Undoubtedly, the Old Port is one of the most beautiful destinations in Montreal. It is the poifect place for people watching, relaxing, shopping, enjoying sunny days by just meandering, and yes you guessed it, dining! Whether you’re from out of town or a Montrealer born and raised, this area is bursting with la crème de la crème of the culinary world. Many of the chefs are local and national celebrities in and outside of the food network. So pick up your forks and knives my friends and dig in to this list of 10 Vieux Port venues!
This restaurant is famous for being located in the basement of a building that housed the first women’s prison in Montreal! If a cell block offered such authentic Italian cuisine, I think we’d have more criminals. The setting is intimate, with old stone walls and wooden beams. They feature pictures of stars who have dined there over the years so pay attention to their walls. In the summer, you can enjoy your meal on the terrasse.Any real foodie will know the name of Joe Mercuri. And if they don’t, they should. A graduate of the Pearson cooking school program, he went on to work at Lucca, Mediterraneo and Cube before opening his own restaurant, Brontë, in the fall of 2003. If there is one thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the exquisitely and beautifully plated dishes. He might be the Michelangelo of the kitchen! Oh, and they’re as much appealing to the eye as they are appetizing to the stomach.Set in a sweet spot on St-Paul street near the Bonsecours Market and identified only by the word “Restaurant”, Le Bremner will turn you on in more ways than one. Danny Smiles, Chuck Hughes’ protégé and former Top Chef Canada finalist, whips up the perfect culinary storm. For those of you who thought Garde Manger was good and were asking about its sister, well here she is ready to treat and satisfy you.From the dark roadhouse decor to the sleek fully stocked bar, this trailblazing resto lives at the heart of Vieux-Montréal. Food television star owner and chef Chuck Hughes and his staff will give you all their culinary loving for as long as you can last. His generous portions will massage your appetite and have you moaning for more. Signature dish, you may ask? The legendary “lobster poutine” that beat the kitchen G-d known as Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America.Looking for some history? The 200-year-old building has converted stables, an iron gate, a beautiful courtyard in the summer and stone walls. Inside the darkly lit rooms, the atmosphere is lively and equipped with fireplaces and a cocktail lounge. The menu consists of steaks, seafood and fish, served in, and we stress, generous portions. The famous garlic pickles begin the meal, along with homemade bread with bacon bits and butter.Maitre ‘D Hubert Marsolais and chef Claude Pelletier continue to offer an artful homage to surf n’ turf. This restaurant is French culinary refinement par excellence. Located between rue St-Paul and rue Notre-Dame, it is a true treasure to be discovered in the venerable Vieux Port and the perfect choice for your romantic tête-à-tête. You enter by going down a small flight of stairs into a dimly lit, low ceilinged, intimate atmosphere. Each table is lit by its own halogen lantern. The mix of stone and painted grey walls had me feeling as though I was being transposed into a sexy 1940s film noir.Situated on a small, quiet Old Montreal street, you are first faced by a wooden door adorned with a small, ornate head of a moose. As you go down the stairs, you are welcomed by the fresh smell of cedar and enter a dimly lit restaurant that exudes a cozy lodge feeling. Can we say cabin fever? Portion perfect and there are lots of great game meats, like venison, to try.Set in a building that’s over 150 years old, it’s vibe is more modern than it is historic. Most important thing to mention: great cocktail menu, heavy on the whiskeys and scotches. Thursday is their big night with specials on drinks and oysters ($2 each) so expect a bigger crowd and Wednesday is live music night. Hungry? Beef tartare, BBQ Bourbon Bacon cheeseburger, prosciutto wrapped chicken, anyone?People highly anticipated the opening of this restaurant because of the involvement of Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Michele Mercuri, Joe Mercuri’s cousin. High expectations to say the least. It is located in the Darling Foundry visual arts center and it’s off the beaten path location makes any guest feel like they’re in the know. The menu at Le Serpent is divided into raw and cooked appetizers, pastas, risottos, fish and meats. There’s also a section called “à la broche” (rotisserie) that changes daily. Desserts are made by the pastry chef Masami Waki (Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet). Don’t you want to be part of the club?Their specialty? You guessed it: les poisons, les poissons. Hehehe, honhonhon! Sebastian and Flounder dance merrily into the pits of your stomach. Now this is a Disney story anyone with a growing appetite can wholeheartedly follow! Crab cakes, lobster ravioli and rainbow trout sound like the perfect combination for a delicious menu, wouldn’t you agree?
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1. Take your girlfriend to Milos for Valentine's Day
This Plateau Greek restaurant is actually what dreams are made of. The space is beautiful and the food is delicious; and they offer a late night menu that's less expensive, so no matter what, this spot is a great Valentine's Day option.
Alright, what do you get when you combine awesome service, delicious food, and an incredibly intimate atmosphere? You get La Chronique. This Plateau restaurant is known for being super high-class, so if you and your Valentine's Day date want that sort of vibe, then you know exactly where you need to go.
Situated in Montreal's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Maison Boulud is classy, intimate, popular, and perfect for Valentine's Day. Also, protip: they serve one seriously awesome brunch, in case you want to spice things up a little bit.
This high-class Mexican restaurant located in the Old Port is 100% sure to impress your Valentine's Day date. It blends a classy atmosphere with a super fun, trendy vibe; their drinks are amazing; and their menu is full of new, awesome takes on traditional Mexican dishes.
Moleskine is a restaurant situated in Montreal's Plateau... and literally, it's a mix of everything. Pizzeria, snack bar, gourmet restaurant, and overall awesome spot, there's something here to please everyone, making it a sure bet for you and your date.
Honestly, if you want a spot that combines delicious food (lobster risotto, anyone?) with a mindblowing vibe, look no further. Le Serpent combines awesome dishes with a beautiful decor and trendy-yet-intimate feel, making it one of the perfect spots to book for Valentine's Day.
The perfect word to sum up this West Island restaurant? Impressive. The decor is gorgeous, and is a sure way to take your date's breath away; and the food? Yeah. The food is the stuff legit dreams are made of.
If you and bae love oysters almost as much as you love each other, then you're going to fall head over heels for Le Filet. Specializing in French cuisine, this restaurant makes some seriously delicious oysters, dressed with maple jalapeno and miso au gratin.
Although Bord'Elle is more of a bar/eatery than a straight-up restaurant, you still absolutely should take your date here for Valentine's Day. Not only can you fill up on delicious food like beef tataki and raw scallops, but you can also dance the night away in this super fun setting.
Guys, Caesars are awesome! Granted, I'm more of a tequila shots type of gal, but there's just something about a good, hearty Caesar (hopefully topped with half an ocean of seafood) that unites all drink lovers, TBH.
Luckily for us, we live in Montreal. Which means we have a whole rainbow of tasty bloody caesars to choose from... and while there's no such thing as a bad Caesar, a select few fantastic ones stand out from the bunch.
The OG amazing bloody caesar cocktail in Montreal, if you're a fan of the Caesar, then you absolutely need to try L'Gros Luxe's version. Not only is the drink itself amazing, but it's stacked high with all the best things in the world, TBH.
Okay, if you love seafood, then you absolutely need to get yourself to Lucille, ASAP. Not only is every single seafood dish here on point, but their delicious Caesars are topped high with oysters, crab legs, shrimp, and pure happiness.
I honestly think SuWu is a paradise for anyone who loves to have fun. Not only is this spot incredibly vibrant and awesome, but they do one killer weekend brunch - including their spicy, tasty bloody caesars.
Honestly, no list on bloody caesars is complete without Montreal's Garde Manger. This drink is mixed to absolute perfection, and as an added bonus, it's topped with some incredibly tasty stuff (like crab legs!) too.
It's always a struggle when you want to impress your date! But an easy way out is to simply take them on a really expensive dinner! Well, luckily for you Montreal if home to superb fancy AF restaurants that are perfect for when you rally want to impress your date.
The restaurants below range from gourmet French cuisine to seafood and even sushi! So, pick the one that will really blow it out of the park for your date. Just remember to bring your wallet because this is going to a super expensive! But hey, this way be your future GF or Bf!
For some delicious white wine and some fabulous food as you eat under the lights, I recommend looking into Jatoba. Jatoba has a great little, terrasse superb food, and its classy AF. The ambiance is gorgeous as it is set up in a perfect way. You are surrounded by lights and plants to set that romantic mood you are trying to create for your date.
Joe Beef is known to be one of Montreal's culinary gems! This is perfect for a first date since the atmosphere is super chill while the dishes are out of this world! So, you don;t have to eat fancy to dine as a king and queen! Everything is fresh and prepared by experts.
HVOR is one of Montreal’s best-rated restaurants! It is stunning and it is a location for a date and some gourmet food. The ambiance is very modern and classy so you can dress up and enjoy your fabulous snacks. Trust me, your date will be falling head over heels if you take them here!
For some really fresh and local ingredients, Les Coups 400 is definitely the place to be! They offer St-Pierre Lake catfish, rabbit from Besnier Farm, and duck magret from La Canardière Farm. You can order a five-course tasting menu for $75 (an extra $45 for wine pairings)! You and your date will be falling in love with.. THE FOOD!
Headed by chef Jérôme Ferrer, Europea offers a French dining experience that is truly like no other.Their signature 12-course tasting menu is $120 of pure lovely food. This is a prefect location to pretend like you are in Paris on your date with that soecial someone.
For divine food as well as a divine time, I suggest heading to Mousso. Here, you and your date can enjoy simply magical desserts along with the extravagant dinners.Your date is guaranteed to be impressed!
For a truly fantastic date where you spend a couple of bills, I recommend looking into Le Club Chasse et Pêche! They are most known for their superb braised piglet risotto with foie gras, an appetizer that will impress your special someone. They are also known for their roasted duck (served with sour cherries in a balsamic sauce) and the “The Bomb” desert, (a caramel-chocolate tart with 80& chocolate sorbet).
This is the perfect restaurant for some delicious steaks! Queue de Cheval is fancy and serves upscale food that is perfect to impress that special someone on your date. The food is to die for and the service is superb! So get fancy and be prepared for an amazing night.
For a chic and classy time at an extraordinary wine and dine restaurant, I recommend taking your date to Tandem. This lovely restaurant is perfect for a sweet and simple first date that you can both enjoy. I mean doesn't the food look just amazing?
This Ahuntsic restaurant is classy and honestly delicious! They offer upscale dishes that pair perfectly with your reds and white wines! This is honestly a perfect location for a first date and to really impress that special someone. You can stuff your faces and break the ice over some wine!
For an upscale dinner date with divine French cuisine, I suggest going to this BYOW restaurant! Your date will be absolutely shocked and swept off her feet with the gourmet food and delightful wine. This is the place to be when you know you want this to be the one!
Auberge Saint-Gabriel is known for serving divine Québécois cuisine. Veal cheek braised in Porto ($34), squid ink ravioli ($29), suckling pig from straight from a farm in Quebec City ($49), and trout confit ($14) are some of their specialties that will have your wallet crying but your date falling in love.
Maison Boulud has dishes for almost every time of day, but for the best experience, go for the $98 6-course tasting menu for supper. For dinner, you can get a razor clam salad, German butterball potato truffle gratin, a plethora of handmade pastas, and roasted rack of lamb with artichoke puree. These dishes are all enjoyed in a classy and tastful environment.
For a truly elegant dinner, I recommend checking out La Chronique’s! Their menu offers a variety of classic French dishes. You can expect to spend about $90 - $150 with wine pairings. You have many options to choose from but by the end of the night your date will be choosing you!
This restaurant happens to one of the more affordable options on the list. You will be spending around $30 for a main dish. Or you could get a 4-course tasting menu for 75$. They specialize in marinated leeks, mozzarella di buffala, roast duck with beetroot puree, and rôti de porc au lait.
Ranked as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, this is the place where you must take your date to make it official! You can even try their tasting menu that will let you sample the best dishes for $129. There’s even a wine-pairing option but this will cost you about $200.