Drinking good wine and eating go together like peanut butter and jelly. One of the best things about Montreal-living is access to countless Bring Your Own Wine Restaurants. Because adding a bottle of wine - or two - can take a restaurant bill from totally reasonable to max out your credit card in a heartbeat. Making these restaurants are a godsend for those who are on a budget but still love to drink and eat.
That said, over the next few page, we will look at some of the key Bring-Your-Own-Wine spots in the center and across the greater Montreal area. We also find that BYOW is not only reserved for the typical family-style Vietnamese and Italian restaurants.
Over the years BYOW concept has expanded to restaurants offering a more elevated dining experience such as restaurants that bring modern French experience or fusion cuisine. So that everyone, no matter what your food preference, can enjoy a nice bottle of wine to accompany their dinner - without breaking the bank. Because drinking good and eating should always be democratic.
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Where: 201 Milton // Downtown
Type: Classic Italian / wood oven pizza & pasta
Why you should take your date here: Amelia's is a laid-back fairly run joint that serves up some tasty and ultra-cheesy pizza. Straight out of a classic wood oven with traditional ingredients. Ultra comforting and hits the spot every time.
Restaurant La Prunelle
Where: 327 Duluth // Plateau
Type: Eclectic / French Bistro
Why you should go: Serving seasonal and eclectic french far and it's a BYOW. If that's not reason enough the atmosphere is casual yet still trendy. Great date spot if your looking for something different.
Where: 2004 Hotel-De-Ville // Downtown
Type: French / Asian fusion
Why you should go:Grenadine is serving an interesting mix of french bistro cuisine and asian flavours. All wrapped up in an intimate and laid-back environment that's also BYO.
Where: 5058 Avenue Du Parc // Plateau
Type: Classic Southern French
Why you should go: Located right on Parc Avenue this is a fixed-price menu spot serving serving classic french dishes in a cozy and intimate environment. And it's also bring your own wine!
Le Ptit Plateau
Where: 330 Marie-Anne Avenue // Plateau
Type: French Bistro
Why you should go: Serving all those mouth-watering and rich classic french dishes, Le Ptit Plateau has been around a long time, that should be testament enough to the quality and experience this BYO Plateau restaurant has to offer.
Where: 68 Avenue Duluth // Plateau
Why you should go: Curious about Hungarian cuisine? Well, why not try one that is also BYO. With authentic Hungarian dishes such as ratatouille and gnocci, this is bound to be a unique dining experience.
Restaurant Tay Do
Where: 300 Duluth East // Plateau
Why you should go: If you make a group reservation they will let you play your own music until 11PM at night. Making this low-key restaurant turn into a full-blow super club on weekends. And the classic Vietnamese dishes we all love also hit the spot, too.
Where: Multiple locations // Plateau & Downtown
Type: Bistro / Euro-American
Why you should go: You can get everything from pasta to burgers, and even oysters, too. With multiple locations, L'Academie is the BYO staple of Montreal. There is a really great mix of items to choose from on the menu and is also a perfect spot to bring a big group of friends for a weekend dinner party.
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Restaurant Le Millen
Where: 1185 Rue Fleury // Ahuntsic
Type: French Bistro
Why you should go: Fairly new to town, restaurant Le Millen is located in quickly gentrifying neighbourhood of Ahuntsic. With a simple yet refined menu of bistro-dishes it's a great option for a casual weekday dinner.
Where: 586 Rue Villeray // Villeray
Type: Modern French / Bistro
Why you should go: This is a modern french bistro serving locally-sourced ingredients in beautiful presentations; all wrapped up in a sleek and contemporary atmosphere.
Where: 1001 Rue Jean-Talon // Mile-Ex
Type: Indian Mom & Pop / Vegetarian
Why you should go: Bombay Mahal is a Jean Talon staple for those Indian food lovers out there. Not only is it BYO but the prices are crazy reasonable, and the portions are huge. Yum Yum.
Lannes & Pacifique
Where: 2000 Rue Beaubien East // Petite Patrie
Why you should go: This is a BYO restaurant serving up modern and contemporary take on traditional French dishes all wrapped up in a quirky and fun environment.
Where: 5658 Park Avenue // Plateau
Type: Contemporary Japanese
Why you should go: Yuukai serves up modern and beautifully presented sushi and other creative seafood-driven dishes in a sleek and modern atmosphere. This is a great option for an occasion to bring a big group of friends along.
Where: 142 Fairmont West // Plateau
Type: Middle Eastern / Morrocan / Egyptian
Why you should go: This place serves up traditional North African and Middle Eastern dishes in a warm and inviting tent-like atmosphere with cushioned benches all around for a tasty and comfortable dining experience.
Where: 189 Rue Dante // Little Italy
Type: Classic Italian Family Eatery
Why you should go: This is one of Montreal's oldest pizza spots, open since 1948. The vibe is casual and unpretentious - hasn't changed a bit over the years. A great place to bring your girlfriend for a low-key evening of amazing pizza and pasta. And it's BYOW. Enough said.
Restaurant Wing Phat
Where: 4201 Jarry East // Saint-Leonard
Type: Family-Style / Vietnamese
Why you should go: Generous portions of mouth-watering authentic family-style Vietnamese food in a casual and easy environment. No need to say more.
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Le Quartier General
Where: 1251 Gilford // Plateau
Type: French Bistro
Why you should go: The definition of a hidden gem, Le Quartier General right in the Plateau serves traditional French bistro food in an unfussy environment that also brings let's you bring your own wine.
Restaurant La Strada
Where: 600 Boulv St-Joseph // Lachine
Type: Classic Italian
Why you should go: For those of you that live South West part of the Island, this is a great option for a classic Italian that is also BYOW. Great for accommodating large groups also makes it a fun place for an event like a birthday or anniversary party.
Dur A Cuire
Where: 219 Rue Saint Jaques // Longueuille
Type: French / Contemporary / Bistro
Why you should go: For those that live in the South parts of the city, don't think you have to travel to the Plateau for a good BYOW, there are plenty like the very tasty - Dur A Cuire - right in your own neighborhood.
Where: 1978 Maisonneuve West // Downtown
Type: Classic Italian
Why you should go: This place is the definition of a cozy hole in the wall and authentic Italian eatery. You will be served by your very own Italian grandfather for the night.
Type: 3629 Rue Wellington // Verdun
Type: French / Bistro / Modern
Why you should go: Restaurant Wellington is located right in the heart of "downtown" Verdun. Serving lovely modern bistro food at reasonable prices, it's a great place for a Friday date night.
Where: 4123 Rue Verdun // Verdun
Why you should go: Because Persian food is always delicious. Add the fact that it's BYOW - you've got a no-fail winner here.
Where: 4801 Rue Verdun // Verdun
Why you should go: For all you Indian food lovers out there that live in Verdun - this is your spot. Serving generous portions of delectable Indian dishes; this is the definition of a hidden gem.
Les Delices De L'Ile Maurice
Where: 272 Rue Hickson // Verdun
Why you should go: The humble Island of Mauritius is located off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean - just in case you needed a Geography refresher. And this little Verdun Gem is a place to go eat and escape from the city. Serving all the classic dishes from the Island.
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Where: 3854 Ontario East // Plateau East
Type: French / Bistro
Why you should go: Classic bistro dishes like tartar and risottos served in an unpretentious environment that is also BYOB.
Where: 1915 Mont-Royal East // Plateau
Type: Classic French
Why you should go: This place is a BYOW staple of the Plateau if you're looking for a slightly more elevated French dining experience.
Restaurant Le Pégase
Where: 1831 Rue Gilford // Plateau
Type: French / European
Why you should go: La Pégase serves classic French and European dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Perfect spot for a romantic date night for two.
Where: 771 Rue Rachel East // Plateau
Type: Market-driven / Regional / Bistro
Why you should go: For an elevated BYOW experience, visit Restaurant Prince in the Plateau East. Opened up just a little over a year ago and still going strong!
Restaurant Monsieur B
Where: 371 Rue Villeneuve East // Plateau
Why you should go: Monsieur B is a cozy and intimate BYOW in the Plateau East. Serving traditional french bistro dishes and a pre-set menu, the experience is sure to be memorable.
Where: 124 Fleury East // Plateau
Type: Latin American / Bistro
Why you should go: Restaurant Madre actually has two locations. Serving contemporary and Latin inspired dishes, this BYOW spot is a must-try for those who like a little adventure when dining.
Le Jardin De Panos
Where: 521 Duluth East // Plateau
Type: Greek / Family
Why you should go: Jardin De Panos is a kind of BYOW institution on Duluth East. Serving generous portions of classic and much-adored Greek specialities such as Mousaka and Souvlaki - come with an empty stomach and leave happy.
Where: 1663 Rue Amherst // Village
Why you should go: This place is perfect when you're looking for uncomplicated Vietnamese food that hits the spot every time. Bonus, the food is sometimes served in very cute heart-shaped bowls.
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Restaurant Le Petros
Where: 4785 Sherbrooke West // Westmount
Why you should go: Restaurant Le Petros actually has two locations. One in Saint-Henri, the other in Westmount. The blue and white interior - typical of Greek Islands - truly adds a warm and rustic feeling to the dining experience.
Where: 3506 Rue Notre-Dames West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: This is a quaint and homey little restaurant located in Saint-Henri. If you haven't already tried African food, it's a great place to start.
La Maison De Seoul
Where: 5030 Rue Sherbrooke West // NDG
Why you should go: Serving your favourite Korean classics such as Bibimbap and Haemul Pajeon - those who love Korea flavour will be delighted by this West-end gem.
Al Dente Trattoria
Where: 5678 Rue Monkland // NDG
Type: Classic / Family Italian
Why you should go: A warm and uncomplicated atmosphere serving generous and portions of comforting home-cooked Italian food.
Mon Ami Korea BBQ
Where: 6521 Avenue Somerled // Montreal West
Type: Korean BBQ
Why you should go: This is an all you-can-eat Korean BBQ spot. At a fixed price you will get all the meat, seafood and veggies you can eat, BBQ on your very own table. Fun idea for the whole fam.
MIZU Sushi Lounge
Where: 5828 Sherbooke West // NDG
Type: Sushi / Japanese
Why you should go: Mizu Sushi Lounge serves-up beautifully presented Sushi in a fun and unique atmosphere. If you're looking for a different sushi experience in the West, this is it.
Where: 6087 Rue Sherbrooke West // NDG
Type: Greek / Family
Why you should go: Nikas Greek Restaurant serves exactly what you're looking for when you go eat family-style Greek. Generous portions of succulent and mouth-watering roasted meat with beautiful fresh sides. Yummy.
Where: 4241 Decarie Boulevard // NDG
Type: Persian / Family
Why you should go: This West-side restaurant serves up plates of succulent grilled meats and other Iranian specialities such as Saffron rice. Perfect for those who love a hearty home-cooked style meal and Mediterranean food.