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The 25 most romantic restaurants in Montreal

Cozy up with that special someone at the most romantic restaurants in Montreal, from tasting menus to oysters and bubbly.

Written by
JP Karwacki
Mallory Frayn
Isa Tousignant
Tommy Dion

Dating in Montreal is a breeze—that is, if you're making reservations at the most romantic restaurants (or swoon-worthy café!) in Montreal. Some do brunch, some do dinner, and some doubly feature as some of the city’s best cocktail bars to enjoy before or after an unforgettable meal. From spots with romantic histories that take you and your date back to another place and time, to those that offer modern spaces and menus to inspire romance, Montreal has it all.

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Best romantic restaurants in Montreal

Mickael A. Bandassak

1. Candide

An enchanting location, an absolutely charming and peaceful terrasse, attentive service, honest and thoughtful cuisine: Chef John Winter Russell's restaurant Candide has everything to charm you and your significant other. If you're the type of person who has a hard time making a choice, this choice is going to make life incalcuably easy for you with its tasting menu and the selection of their pairings. Here's the place to be at peace for the rest of the evening, knowing you can simply focus on who's across the table from you.

Photograph: Graziella /

2. Graziella

What could be more romantic than an Italian dinner where Vitello Tonnato, homemade Pappardelle and fresh fish simply grilled follow each other like a perfect waltz to the ternary rhythm? Maybe accompanying it all with a dry white wine from Piedmont, followed by a red wine bursting with sunshine from Tuscany, all before arriving at the sweetness of a homemade Gelati, just to leave with fresh taste buds, just in time for a little walk in Old Montreal? Here's a bona fide spot to enjoy reenacting the Lady and the Tramp's spaghetti scene.

Le Renoir
Photograph: © Sofitel Montréal Le Carré Doré / Renoir

3. Le Renoir

Any evening at the Renoir should begin with a cocktail—or a glass of champagne—whether you're comfortably installed on the terrasse during the summer season or at the lounge bar in the winter. Once your appetite is whetted, the dining room is where the charm continues, with dishes prepared by chef Olivier Perret. An evening is not complete without a sweet treat from pastry chef Clément Tilly, either (just make sure to order one by accident to share with two spoons).

Maison Boulud, an impossibly chic table at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, is known for a bold menu, flawless cuisine, and techniques as masterful as the flavours. From the soothing environment to the quality of the service, Maison Boulud is without a doubt one of the best tables in Montreal.

Le Millen
Photograph: Adèle Pasquin Frenette

5. Le Millen

If you're trying to decide between a bring-your-own-wine restaurant or a place offering a 7 or 9 course tasting menu, Le Millen is the answer. The chef and brigade here offer a fine menu in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. Not sure what to opt for? You really can't go wrong with the 9-course menu that doesn't skip a beat: Foie gras, consommé, trou normand, cheeses, desserts... Plenty to merit bringing a second (or third) bottle with. Make that trip to the SAQ part of the night!

Perles et Paddock
Photograph: Perles et Paddock

6. Perles et Paddock

Romantic restaurants are all about the food and the ambiance, but an oft-neglected aspect is the ability to communicate. After all, what’s the point of a dinner date if you can’t hear the person across the table from you? The owners of Perles et Paddock designed their space with that in mind, and it checks all the requisite boxes of stellar food and beverages. Beautiful by day or by night, and the booze options are unparalleled.

Le Club Chasse et Pêche
Photograph: Nicolas Ruel

7. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

Sometimes you want to splurge and treat the one you love to the best of the best, and when that moment strikes, there’s no better option than this Old Montreal institution and testament to the city’s fine dining capabilities. One of the most reliable high-end experiences available, you can leave the wining and dining to the expert service’s guidance while you focus your attention on the one you’re sharing the evening with.

Photograph: Vesia Photography | Damas

8. Damas

This opulent spot on Van Horne serves Syrian food with a modern flare, introducing Montrealers to the region’s cuisine in an oh-so-approachable way. From hot and cold mezzes, to charcoal grilled kabob and more, there’s no leaving hungry and a bit of everything to keep both partners happy. With a cuisine that’s meant to be shared, it’s perfectly fit for date night. Enjoy luxuriating in the deep reds and candlelight of this one.

Nora Gray
Photograph: Clayton Sandhu

9. Nora Gray

Pasta is an inherently romantic meal, but expect more than basic spaghetti and meatballs at Nora Gray. Think dishes like braised whelk fusilli or nettle gnudi with a comprehensive wine list to boot. What might feel cramped for groups is perfect for pairs who can grab a small table for two and sip cocktails as they choose which plates to share.

Photograph: Julie Perreault

10. Impasto

Short of traveling to Italy, Chef Michele Forgione’s pasta is some of the best you can find and is always made fresh each and every day. At Impasto, look for dishes like squid ink linguini with confit salmon, or opt for their 4-course tasting for $65. Tables are in high demand, so reservations are recommended to help your romantic evening go as smoothly as possible. Trust servers to take you and your date for a trip with their wine pairings as well.

Caffe Un Po’ Di Piu
Photograph: David Boyer

11. Caffe Un Po’ Di Piu

Saddle up at Un Po’ Di Piu’s gorgeous bar with your love and plan to stay awhile. Their menu of antipasti is eminently snackable, and with an array of Negronis to choose from, it’s hard to say no to another bite. Nothing makes a date go more smoothly than when the food is consistently on point. They also do brunch if weekend morning dates are more your thing.

Le Mousso
Photograph: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin/Montreal en Lumière

12. Le Mousso

When you’re looking to impress and money is no object, Le Mousso’s multi-course tasting menu isn’t a meal as much as it is an experience. With multiple tasting menus to choose from that can go as long as 13 courses, prepare to be wooed by plates just big enough to be satisfying, but still small enough to have you wanting more. 

Le Majestique
Photograph: Two Food Photographers

13. Le Majestique

Oysters might be the ultimate aphrodisiac, and Majestique offers them in spades. In addition to romance on the half-shell, check out the other options for fresh seafood and shellfish, as well as their critically acclaimed footlong hot dog made with local Gaspor pork. How one opts to share that meaty masterpiece is up for debate; maybe start at opposite ends and meet in the middle. Puns here are totally intended.

Buvette Chez Simone
Photograph: Buvette Chez Simone

14. Buvette Chez Simone

For a fun date spot that’s less of a commitment than a multi-course dinner, there’s Buvette Chez Simone. This bustling wine bar on Parc is usually packed for their 5 à 7, but battling the crowds is worth it to enjoy their thorough selection of wines by the glass at very reasonable prices. You can stay late if the date’s going well, and if it isn’t? At least you don’t need to awkwardly wait to polish off the rest of a bottle and bail early.

Photograph: Susan Moss

15. Foiegwa

Ever think there's a bunch of unnecessary pomp and pretensions with poured wine by candlelight and wonder why booze and burgers can't be good enough? No problem, this upscaled diner will meet you halfway and then some: Knock back a couple cocktails either here or in the speakeasy Atwater Cocktail Club next door before ordering up and splitting dishes from across the menu, from luxuriant burgers to milkshakes and slices of pie.

Photograph: André Cornellier

16. L’Express

Paris might be known as the city of love, but you can thankfully bypass the plane tickets while still experiencing the romance at a classic French bistro like L’Express. Steak tartare, escargot, and their infamous mushroom ravioli are all top choices here, and perfect for sharing too. This place stays open late too, so wine and dine until it’s time to hit the sheets.

Photograph: Jimmy Hamelin

17. Leméac

This Laurier institution's bistro staples like moules-frites and foie gras torchon never go out of style. While their regular menu prices itself in special occasion territory, their after-10 p.m. menu gets you a special deal on an appetizer and a main. The menu and ambiance of this address is perfect for solidifying the French connection for a sultry date night.

Khyber Pass
Photograph: Courtesy Khyber Pass

18. Khyber Pass

Located in a cavernous space on Duluth, this BYOB restaurants serves up hearty Afghani fare, including some of the best braised lamb shank you can find in the city. Perfect for a casual date night or special occasion, dishes are best enjoyed together and washed down with a generous glass of wine. There are dépanneurs and SAQ outlets located within walking distance, so enjoy picking out your bottle for the evening together.

La Raclette
Photograph: Restaurant La Raclette

19. La Raclette

Cheese and romance go hand in hand, right? Right. That makes La Raclette the ideal spot to share in their namesake dish, or a bubbling pot of cheese fondue with the person sitting across the table from you. It’s BYOB as well, so you can optimize the wine and cheese pairings of your choosing. Make the most of your evening and enjoy picking out a couple bottles of sauvignon blanc or pinot gris beforehand.

Chez Lévêque
Photograph: Chez Lévêque

20. Chez Lévêque

With intimate lighting, crisp white tablecloths and a location on pretty Laurier Street West, this classic French restaurant has been providing intimate moments for over half a century. It’s a wonderful spot for a hushed tête a tête over beef tartare, bouillabaisse, a grandiose seafood platter or tender sautéed veal brains in butter sauce with capers, crispy bread cubes and lemon.


21. Restaurant Hà

The original location of the Old Montréal hot spot is nestled at the foot of Mount Royal on the Plateau, and provides a much more chill ambiance to share excellent Vietnamese delights with someone special. Keep it fun, caj and flirty with a bottle of sake or a couple of their renowned cocktails and a selection of stuffed buns to get things started.

22. Maison de Cari Golden

It doesn’t get more intimate than this tiny Indian restaurant in Mile End. The size of a shoebox, with the perfect low-lit, felted atmosphere for sweet-nothing conversations, this perennial favourite also makes a mean butter chicken (arguably the best in town) and a fantastically fragrant bhuna gosht. Does anything warm the heart more than sunny spices?


Photograph: Celia Spenard-Ko / @cicchetti.mtl

23. Cicchetti

The trouble will be finding this place—it’s kind of tucked away in an offshoot of Parc Avenue in Mile Ex—but once that hurdle is jumped, you’ll be well rewarded. It’s a wine bar with a small plates menu that makes sharing easy and fun, with just enough of a happening atmosphere to distract from total intimacy. Great for a first, second, third or 376th date. There’s a whole section of the drinks menu dedicated to macerated wines, and in the summer there’s a wonderful terrasse.

Photograph: The Sav Collective | Alma

24. Alma

Small and intimate, this Outremont restaurant with a Catalan twist is so hard to get into that you’ll feel extra special if you make the cut! (Book well ahead of time.) The 9-course, seafood-forward tasting menu is a joy to discover and will elevate your meal to the level of sensorial adventure. With every dish paired with a particular wine, you’ll leave gloriously warmed up.

Stash Café
Courtesy Stash Café

25. Stash Café

You’ll be enveloped as if by a hug upon entering this Old Montréal restaurant, as much by the smell of Polish home cooking as by the historical stone walls, low-hung lamps, live music and general Old World coziness. The food is heartwarmingly unpretentious (pierogies, bigos, kielbasa, stroganoff), so this is for date nights where you’re looking to keep it real.

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