And if you're having a tough time figuring out exactly where to get some seriously prime pieces of baklava, then don't worry. Although there are tons of places in Montreal with amazing baklava, a select few truly stand out from the bunch.
If you've never been to this above and beyond amazing Greek pastry shop, then you need to stop what you're doing and get there ASAP. Among a wide variety of fresh and delicious pastries and other goodies, they've got stacks on stacks on stacks of crispy, sticky, sweet baklava.
Friends, I was going to go into some spiel about how one bite of the baklava at Mahrouse will make you go from just liking baklava to straight-up loving it... but I feel like that's way too much description to get to my point. Because my point with all of this is simple: the baklava here is delicious, and you absolutely need to try some, ASAFP.
What could possibly be better in life than a tea, a coffee, and a nice, crisp, deliciously sweet slice of baklava? Absolutely nothing, guys, which is why this cafe - situated in Villeray - is so amazing. A cafe serving up fresh baklava, there's legit no way you can leave this spot without a huge smile on your face.
This Turkish pastry shop is situated in Villeray/Parc-Ex, and is renowned for their delicious baklava. Tasty, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth, and infused with just the right amount of sweetness, one bite of the baklava here and you won't even have to wonder why it's known for being so awesome.
An immense Greek pastry shop in Laval, Serano will legit astound you. Not only does it have every pastry known to man, I'm pretty sure (like millefeuilles, cheesecake, cookies, and more), but it also has an astounding array of baklava, all of which is tasty, fresh, and quite frankly mindblowing.
A super trendy Turkish restaurant in the Plateau specializing in deliciously executed mezze, like liver mousse, marinated sardines, and chicken roti, BarBounya also happens to serve up some of the tastiest baklava in the city. Crisp, fresh, dense, and just perfectly sweet, BarBounya's baklava is more than worth a try or two.
Located in the Mile-End/Plateau, this pret-a-manger restaurant is the king of quick, delicious, and fresh Mediterranean food. Their baklavas, however, legit take the cake in awesomeness. Like a legit sweet and crunchy taste of pure happiness, the baklava at Trip De Bouffe is life, TBH.
Lately, I've been reading a lot about the Mediterranean diet, and how awesome it is. Of course, being Sicilian (and therefore Mediterranean by extension, maybe?) I'm inclined to believe that the Mediterranean diet is the best thing to happen to food in forever. Maybe that's true; maybe it's not, but one thing's for sure - Mediterranean-inspired food is fresh and tasty AF.
Montreal's got a whole lot of places to nosh on Mediterranean dishes, which is great for those of us down to try out that diet. Of course, although all Mediterranean spots are amazing, a handful of them truly stand out.
This Plateau restaurant specializes in serving up mezzes, which are basically small Mediterranean dishes - kind of like tapas - that are perfect for sharing.
And Barbounya does mezzes up right, trust. Their menu features fresh and high quality ingredients, and super tasty options like oysters, ceviche, foie gras, calamari, and much, much more. Bonus points for their trendy, welcoming atmosphere, making it the absolute perfect spot to take a date and share some mezzes.
An incredibly trendy and modern Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, Ikanos is seriously one impressive spot. The upscale yet welcoming Downtown Montreal spot serves up fresh and tasty high-quality dishes, although their seafood dishes are pretty much the true stars of the show.
Seriously, you haven't tasted seafood unless you've given it a try at Ikanos. Their seared scallop mezze, served up with apricot salsa, is fresh, flavourful, and cooked to perfection; their grilled seafood platter, which is a mixture of shrimp, octopus, calamari, and more, is basically a work of art. Trust, friends, get yourselves here ASAP.
Hey, friend, are you in the mood for some authentic Lebanese food? Yes? Perfect, because the Plateau's Aux Lilas has totally got your back.
This neighbourhood spot's been open for almost four decades, and one taste of their food is a super clear indication as to why. Authentic, fresh and tasty, Aux Lilas specializes in serving up traditional food like hummus, falafel, and fatayer, as well as awesome Lebanese wine. So the next time you're in the mood for some super authentic Mediterranean/Lebanese dishes, you know exactly where you've got to go.
I honestly cannot express how much I love this restaurant. Located in the Mile End, Sel Gras serves up consistently awesome dishes, with a modern and inviting atmosphere, warm vibes, and super friendly service.
The food here is totally mouthwatering; they serve up Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like grilled red snapper, braised lamb shank, and grilled octopus, that are perfectly cooked, and made with only the freshest, tastiest ingredients. Basically, if you guys are on the search for some seriously top quality Mediterranean dishes, then stop the search. Sel Gras is here to save your day.
Situated in Old Montreal, Porto Mar is the perfect place to go to in order to satisfy that Mediterranean food crave.
Although they specialize in Portuguese dishes, like Portuguese chicken, sardines, and pork sandwiches, they also offer more straight-up Mediterranean food, like shrimp salad and grilled squid. Of course, everything here is fresh and super tasty, meaning that you know exactly where you need to go for your next Mediterranean food feast.
Omnivore's already gotten some love from me for being one of the healthiest places in Montreal, which is super good news, because the food here is so amazing that you're going to want to eat it nonstop. Seriously. You've been warned.
The Mediterranean choices here include kafta sandwiches (like their awesome Thai sandwich, with beef, peanut sauce, white cabbage and coriander), grilled meat and vegetable dishes, and much, much more. So when you're in the mood for some healthy Mediterranean food, get yourself to this Plateau spot.
Straight-up, if you're in the mood for a Mediterranean feast, you've got to head to Doca, centrally located in Montreal's Griffintown.
Their hugely varied menu is a mashup of all kind of Mediterranean foods, including Portuguese oysters, Spanish mackerel, tagliatelle, grilled steak, and more, meaning that no matter what you're craving, you'll find something here. Of course, it doesn't really matter what you pick; every single item on the menu is made with love, and using super fresh ingredients, making for one seriously amazing Mediterranean food fiesta.
Alright, this place gets all the yums. If you're in the mood for some seriously authentic Greek/Mediterranean food, then Zante should totally be next on your list of spots to check out.
Serving up authentic Greek dishes, like grilled chicken, lamb chops, and loukaniko, Zante's pretty much got you covered for a dining experience you won't soon forget. Of course, they've also got you covered for more general Mediterranean dishes, like grilled swordfish, grilled shrimp, and much more - all of course made with only the best ingredients around.
Milos is known as being one of the topmost spots to get some Greek food in Montreal, and if you've ever been there, then you know why.
The food here is what actual dreams are made of. Other than always being top quality and fresh, the actual dishes themselves are flavoured to absolute perfection. They don't just have strictly Greek food, either: they've got a whole selection of Mediterranean dishes, like pasta with lobster, grilled salmon, tuna burgers, and much, much more.
Friends, raise your hand if deciding where to take your S/O out on a date gets a little overwhelming sometimes. It's okay if you didn't actually raise your hand. I know it's raised in your heart, because figuring out where to take that special someone? Yeah. It's complex - especially in Montreal, where we have tons of awesome places to choose from. And especially if either one of you identifies as a foodie; or at the very least, a food lover.
It might seem like either you or your (food) lover has seen and tasted it all, but trust me when I say that picking a place to impress the food lover in your life is not a lost cause. In Montreal, new spots are popping up all the time - spots that not only serve up some seriously delicious food, but also have that certain je ne sais quoi that makes them awesome date spots, as well. Not sure where to begin the search? Well, fear not, friends. I've got your back. 20 Montreal Restaurants To Bring A Food Lover On A Date.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding this Angus eatery - and in this case, that hype is absolutely to be believed. What makes it great for a date spot with a food lover, though? Its vibe. Don't get me wrong, the food is out of this world amazing: each dish is fresh, with flavours and textures that compliment each other perfectly. But the rustic/modern decor, trendy vibe, friendly atmosphere, and bar-like seating? Yeah, that helps propel Hoogan et Beaufort into a date experience that you won't soon forget. Enjoy, friends. Enjoy.
The menu at Hotel Herman might seem super simple, but that just means one thing: they have literally perfected all of the dishes on there. No matter which item you select, you're guaranteed an amazing meal made with fresh, top quality ingredients and cooked to absolute perfection. If you want to take the food lover in your life to a place that'll make them super happy, then I think you know exactly where to go.
This spot, located in Little Italy, is a surefire way to impress the foodie in your life. First of all, the restaurant is super romantic: dimly lit, with intimate seating and amazing service, you'll definitely feel like the only two people in the room. And, the food? OMG. Amazing. I feel like nothing I can say will do this place justice; their food is constantly fresh and flavourful, with even the most simple dishes tasting like something extraordinary. Protip: try the cold cut platter to share. Just trust me on this one. The mortadella will change your lives.
Friends, let me be candid with you (...anyone?): Candide is fantastic. Anyone with a real affinity for food will instantly come to adore their menu: a seasonally changing four course meal of culinary delights, filled with simple items that are picked especially so that the flavours blend and contrast with stunning perfection. Sounds awesome? Of course it does. Pair this with their intimate, cozy atmosphere - and super unique location - and you've got yourself a perfect date spot.
Relatively new to Montreal's food scene, it's very clear that Le Fantôme does food incredibly, incredibly well. Foodies, prepare to be impressed with the way that Fantome combines flavours and textures to create innovative dishes that are so delicious, you'll be thinking about them for weeks at a time. People dating foodies? Prepare to relive your amazing dish every day for a week, because both you and your food loving S/O will be raving about it for that long. Maybe longer, even.
I can't say enough good things about Le Robin Square, but for everyone's sake I'll condense it into this: the food at Le Robin Square? Yeah. Game changing. Especially their mac and cheese, which is creamy, cheesy, decadent, and straight up amazing. Their super vibrant and cozy atmosphere puts them on the map as an awesome date spot; their delicious food, though, seals their fate as an awesome date spot that any foodie will enjoy.
This contemporary, rustic spot is a serious date night game changer. Their decor is reminiscent of a garden wedding, with chique furniture, floral wallpaper, and an exposed brick wall, making it one of the most romantic spots you can go to in Montreal. But their food? Yeah. Their food is fantastic. Their dinner menu boasts classic dishes with unique spins, such as foie gras with pistachio and a seafood plate featuring flounder, mussels, and clams, making this spot a brilliant destination for a date night with your (food) lover.
Alright, I'm sure at this point we're all familiar with the Landry & Filles food truck and how awesome it is, right? Great. Because, guess what, friends? The Landry & Filles team has opened up a snack bar location on Papineau, and not only is it just as awesome as their food truck, but it's also a great place to take your date. First of all, Landry & Filles gives off a really unpretentious, casual and friendly vibe, which is perfect for getting to know your date. Second of all, the food? Amazing. Their menu is simple and beautifully executed, making this spot a surefire pick for an incredible time.
This beautiful restaurant is located in Old Montreal, so after you're done noshing on some serious delights, you and your S/O can take a stroll down to the Old Port and take cute, couply selfies for Instagram. Actually, scratch that. Le Serpent's atmosphere is so upscale, classy, and straight up romantic that you'll probably want to stay there all night - if not for the excellent date atmosphere, then for their out of this world delicious food. Get there and get your date on, guys. ASAP.
The newest addition to Ahuntsic's La Promenade Fleury, Le Millen offers up an unforgettable dining experience, perfect for all the food lovers in love out there. Not only is the food here a perfect offering of fresh ingredients, innovative dishes, and straight up happiness on a plate, but to sweeten the deal? Le Millen is a BYOW restaurant, so you and your S/O can drink your fave while eating at your new fave.
Friends, the menu at Tuck Shop is a lot like love. Constantly changing, sometimes surprising, but if you put your trust in it, it's guarunteed to be very, very rewarding. This sentiment alone should have you and your date flocking to Tuck Shop - but wait, there's more. The menu at Tuck Shop is constantly changing in order to offer you the freshest and most innovative dishes possible - but one thing's for sure: the food here is always fresh, always top quality, and always, always awesome.
Question: how do you impress a Montreal sushi fanatic? You bring them to Jun I. (Even if you're the fanatic and you're bringing yourself there, TBH). Jun I is widely regarded as one of the most legit sushi spots in Montreal, and one bite of their awesome food will tell you exactly why. Always fresh and delicious, the sushi here almost seems to melt in your mouth. And the presentation? Beyond gorgeous. Prepare to fall in love. (With the sushi, mostly, but also maybe with your date if you two are feeling it).
If you and your lover are lovers of tapas, then have I got a treat for you two. Barbounya is a Turkish restaurant that focuses on Turkish and Mediterranean tapas dishes. Their selections might seem relatively simple, but the magic is in the food: always fresh, cooked to perfection, and absolutely bursting with flavour, these morsels of happiness are sure to impress even the most enthusiastic of food lovers.
Located in Villeray, Meson offers dinner and brunch options, so no matter when you're down to take your food lover out for some food loving, Meson's got your back. Not only that, but the food at Meson is out of this world. Seriously; if you like Spanish cuisine - or cuisine in general - then you and your date are in for a treat. Meson's Spanish inspired menu is full of vibrant ingredients, hearty dishes, and all-around delicious food. Add this together with their super hip and romantic atmosphere, and you've got your next date spot.
Friends, is there anything better than a brunch date? Yes. A brunch date at Passé Composé. This Montreal brunchery (that's a thing I just made up) specializes in serving up some seriously delicious brunch dishes in a classic and intimate setting. Meaning that you and your date can enjoy some legitimately on point waffles, all while enjoying each other's company.
Danny St Pierre's newest venture has been making waves in Montreal for offering up some seriously legit brunch and lunch fare. This means that you and your date can both indulge in La Petite Maison's fresh, flavourful, and top notch dishes during the two best meals of the day (sidenote: there's nothing more perfect than a weekend lunch date, TBH). Add this in with La Petite Maison's cozy and flat out awesome vibe, and you've got a recipe for a perfect date spot.
Foodies, rejoice. Jatoba is seriously every food lover's dream come true. First of all, their menu is super varied, so that whether you're in the mood for sashimi, dumplings, duck, or anything in between, Jatoba's got you covered. Second of all, their atmosphere? Yeah. Perfection. Not only is Jatoba's upscale vibe super intimiate and inviting, but this top notch date spot is also, in a word, gorgeous.
Straight up, anyone who loves food is going to adore eating at EAT. This restaurant is relatively new on the scene, but it's already making huge waves in Montreal - and for one very good reason: the food. Their dishes are ultra delicious, and presented in such a beautiful and unique way that you can't help but feel like you're being presented with actual art. Add this in with their impeccable decor and super trendy vibe, and you've got yourself a spot that's sure to blow your mind. Oh, and your date's mind, too.
The food at Le Red Tiger is good - seriously good. Red Tiger's menu features Vietnamese streetfood options, including things like banh khot and shrimp spring rolls, as well as a solid choice of delicious desserts and some straight up awesome drinks. But while the food is the star of the show, its atmosphere is what really makes this spot stand out. Dimly lit, cool and comfortable, this spot can be awesome for a one on one date, but its fun, friendly vibe makes it perfect for a group date, as well.
We've already spoken about this Plateau wine bar and their amazing wine selection (to the tune of 700 different bottles). M.Mme isn't just a top notch spot to grab a glass of your fave, though: their ultra trendy interior, amazing wine selection, and beautiful food options gives this spot an upscale and intimate feel, making it one of the city's top places to go to impress your date.
When it comes to picking the restaurantfor a night out, Lebanese isn't usually the first thing that pops into people's heads. What they're missing out on is one of the most delicious and soul-comforting cuisines that have ever existed.
Lebanese cuisine pulls from all different food groups, but likes to keep its dishes simple and freshly seasoned. It does, however, feature copious amounts of garlic and olive oil, so you may want to bring a breath mint or two for afterwards.
Montreal has plenty of options when it comes to trying this Middle Eastern fare, so you can discover what there is to Lebanese food beyond shawarma.
This fast-food style Lebanese restaurant is a Montreal staple. Open, with delivery, until 4:00am every night, Boustan knows how to please it’s customers with delicious, satisfying, Middle Eastern fare. The shawarma plates are amazing, loaded with their signature garlic sauce and hummus, but The Creation is what keeps you coming back; it’s their “ultimate” pita, stuffed with chicken, potatoes, cole slaw, turnips, and hummus, and it's topped off with homemade hot sauce.
If you ever find yourself wandering along the main, looking for somewhere to eat, make it Omnivore. All of the traditional Lebanese dishes and flavours are brought to life, but with Omnivore’s own twist. They use a Maple Charcoal Grill for the meat, which instantly blows the drool-worthy factor out of the water. Any dish with that on it will be sure not to disappoint.
Sitting right at the corner of Peel and Sherbrooke, this fine-dining establishment has a balanced mix of vegetarian and vegan delights, plentiful carnivorous dishes, and fresh seafood plates. To start your meal off right, go for the Chicken Arayes: grilled pita stuffed with ground chicken, sumac, tomatoes, parsley and onion. But if you’re not feeling the meat route, the Taboulé, a traditional parsley salad with crushed wheat, diced tomatoes, onions, fresh mint, olive oil and lemon, is amazing here too.
If you’ve ever wanted to be transported straight to Lebanon without having to buy an international ticket, Saj Mahal’s your place. As soon as you walk in you’re surrounded by the smell of traditional spices and the sound of Arabic-style music. Their Man’ouche (Lebanese flatbread) is out of this world, and they have more than 20 toppings for you to load it up with. And you can't forget the hummus with pine-nuts - it's not to be missed.
While technically a bakery, Trip de Bouffe serves up some of the most delicious, homemade Lebanese food around. It makes for the perfect lunch when you want something high quality that you can get on the fly. But if you're looking for something sweet, you can’t go wrong with a syrup coated Baklava.
At Kaza Maza you’ll find a mix of Syrian and Lebanese cuisine, coming together to give you a fuller Middle Eastern experience. Their baba ghanoush is quite possibly the best in Montreal, and comes topped with fresh pomegranate seeds and parsley.
If you’re down by Concordia and want a Lebanese-style skewer done right, Garage Beirut is the place to go. Everything is cooked to perfection, and their grill platters come loaded with hummus, pita, pickled turnips, and grilled tomato and onion.
Seafood is the specialty at this Lebanese establishment. So much so that they even have their own fish market attached to the restaurant. You can either oder off the menu, or head on over to the seafood counters and pick out what you’ll be having for dinner that evening. All of the fish is kept light and simple in seasoning and you can have it cooked whatever way you prefer.
You better come with your eating pants on because the portions at Daou are huge. The Kebbah Nayeh (Lebanese-style steak tartar) is seriously outstanding, made with raw onions, mint and olive oil. The hummus is also not to be missed, unless you’re okay living with regret.
All tasty things you desire will transpire at these hot spots.
So what exactly constitutes the Middle East? Take the lands around the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, extending from Morocco to the Arabian Peninsula including Iran and sometimes beyond and what do you get? Cuisine paradise. Luckily you don’t have to take an over 10 hour plane ride to enjoy such culinary pleasures. Here’s a list of 10 we think you gotta check out!
Full of flavor, well balanced and definitely filling. The menu focuses on Syrian and Armenian cuisine. Highlights include such things as Mouhamara (a savory dip made of bread crumbs, walnuts, pepper, and pomegranate molasses), Feuilles de Vigne (succulent stuffed grape leaves in a tangy sauce), Chiche Kebab Terbialy pita roll (spiced beef chunks rolled with lettuce and tomato in a toasted pita), and pickled vegetables. All of the food is fresh and tasty, and the best part? Most dishes are priced under $10.Can we just call it a Montreal heritage site already? I mean it’s included in Frommer’s. Amidst the bars and clubs of rue Crescent sits this Lebanese restaurant gem. Whether it is 2pm or 2 am people are eating! Falafel, or sandwiches anyone?Intimate atmosphere where you’ll have to take off your shoes before you settle in. Make sure you reserve in advance because this place is quite the popular destination! Definitely well portioned dishes and it’s a great place to go with a group of close friends.A hodgepodge of Middle Eastern options: Persian, a bit of Turkish, a bit of Afghan, and a bit of Moroccan. Things to check out are the three mezes ( (), () and () and the vegetarian majdub. Definitely end on a high note – and we’re not talking hookah. The Persian tea is heavenly.This Syrian restaurant has a hearty following. We suggest the beet mutabbal which they are most known for and then move on to their baba ganouj with pomegranate seeds. Mmm we can taste the pita now… Save room for their lamb shank with friki. Finger licking good!Montreal can do upscale just about anything – including Levantine cuisine. This has a chic atmosphere to accompany its aesthetically pleasing plates. A highlight dish would be the Bamia D'alep served with apricots, prunes, okra, coriander and a pomegranate-tomato sauce. End your evening with a cup of heartwarming traditional Syrian black tea.What’s not to love about good and fresh charcoal-grilled meats? Delicious kafta sandwiches that you’ll have to wait for patiently, however, we promise it’ll be worth it. Turns out they even deliver!This Lebanese restaurant knows how to serve up a storm… of hummus! The mixed grill for four people, consisting of brochettes of grilled lamb, chicken and kafta as well as some grilled vegetables and pickles, all sitting on a large pita slathered in a tomato sauce, sounds like it’ll hit anyone’s stomach right.If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with this cheap, delicious wrap shop then you've GOT to eat here. Fried and baked goods are showcased in the bakery section like spinach fatayers, zataar and cheese pizzas, mini lahambajin, meat and veggie sambouseks, fried cheese rolls, and meat and veggie kebbés. As far as the plates go you might want to try the lahamajin (minced lamb, garlic, onions, tomato and spices over dough). Got a sweet tooth? Don’t leave without savoring their baklava.If you have a love for Turkish cuisine then let the affair begin! The Mayil sisters — Diyar and Fatma (and her husband, Sedat) — grew up in Istanbul so they know what they’re talking about. Salivate over this: Hunkar begendi a generous amount of tender braised veal that sits on a spread of cooked eggplant, roasted over an open flame. Drool. Just looking at your meal will have you salivating. Quality ingredients to serve a quality product.