The thing I love most about my dear city of Montreal is its wide selection of BYOWs. Perfect for every occasion and a great way to save some cash. This also gives you free creative range in your pairing and why pay the mark up for your favorite vino if you don't have to? BYOB restaurants are sometimes given a bad rep because of the mistaken assumption that the food isn’t up to par, but these 10 certainly say otherwise. So here's a look into some of the best this city has to offer with a few suggestions of what to bring along!
Photo credit: Bonjour QuébecThere's a chef's menu at $55 which considering you'll get a full meal and as many bottles as you can enjoy ... why not? Restaurant Grenadine is a beautiful little space that feels very welcoming and comfortable. Try the duck – you won’t be disappointed. Think Pinot if you go for that option, like Belle Glos Wines Meiomi 2012 ($25.95).Be Bap is a small and modern looking Korean restaurant located on Amherst in the Gay Village. Bulgogi and Galbi are smoky and sweet dishes, so a bright and simple red wine is your best bet. Try an Australian or Chilean shiraz or go for a Chianti. Korean dishes are packed full of flavor since there are so many ingredients try to avoid anything to complex, heavy or earthy.Who doesn't love a sushi restaurant? Sushi and beer are an awesome combination, but you might be surprised how delicious wine and sushi can be together. Consider bringing along a light coastal white wine from Italy, or a palate-cleansing sparkler from France or Spain.This is a quaint French restaurant tucked away on a side street in the plateau. This small-ish bistro with an open kitchen concept serve simple yet expertly crafted dishes. Excellent foie gras and duck to be had at this joint. The classic pairing with foie gras is Sauternes like Marquis de Chasse 2011 Sauternes ($18.55).This is a no-fuss Thaï eatery with a varied menu that has delicious fried bananas for dessert. Try something off of their specialty menu - most bang for your buck. Don't know what to pair with your meal? Riesling and Gewürztraminer are some of the best white wine choices for Thai food.Casual restaurant with a great menu. Located in Little Italy, this restaurant focuses on Pizza and Pasta. The décor isn't anything to write home about, but if you are coming to eat a good meal at a good price this is the place. . You can easily leave the restaurant feeling sufficiently full with a bill under 30$ a head. Wine really depends on the toppings... or your taste as always. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel or Merlot to handle the meat mega dose. Veggie pizza with plenty of peppers, olives, onions and mushrooms, you can't go wrong with a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.Many would probably consider this their go-to BYO in the city. Equipped with a terrace, this long-standing family run establishment is reasonably priced and serves some tasty Greek food. Domaine Sigalas Santorini 2012 ($23.15) is dry, fruity and pairs great with fish or try Boutari Merlot / Xinomavro 2008 ($17.40) is dry, spicy and great for your meat options !This is a small gem in a lovely area. Definitely one of the better BYO restos in MTL. They serve a daily fixed menu of five or seven courses, with an additional course of foie gras as an option. The general theme is a fusion between french and latin american cuisine. Cousino Macul Isadora Sauvignon Gris 2012 is a dry, light and fruity white wine.For an additional 12$, you can add an appetizer and dessert to any main dish, which already comes with the choice of soup or salad. This is the table d’hôte menu and it’s well worth the cost. Thinking in French? Château Sainte-Marie Entre-deux-Mers Vieilles Vignes 2013 ($16.95) is a nice dry white wine.Want to be serenaded by an accordion player while you sip your vino and twirl your spaghetti? If you’re thinking of pairing your meal with something Italian consider picking up a bottle of Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Di Romagna Riserva ($20.10) at the SAQ. Have you had a bad week ? Forget about it.
Restaurant Le P’tit Plateau
Restaurant Tay Dô
Le Jardin de Panos
Le Quartier General
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