You've got your outfit ready, your hair is gorgeous, and you just sent a perfectly clever and flirty text. You know what time it is...first date time and you can't wait to show off your best self! But wait a minute, you forgot the most important thing! Where will you go?!
Despite having more restaurants than we do people it's notoriously difficult to find a perfect place for a first date in Montreal. How will you strike the perfect balance between trying to be low-key casual and serious? Will your date enjoy beer and burgers or fine wine and French cuisine? So many questions!
Luckily for you, we've found 23 perfectly cute restaurants (and bars) in Montreal to bring a first date! We believe these restaurants are the best in terms of quality, ambiance, and affordability. First dates are nerve-wracking enough, picking a restaurant doesn't have to be!
Without further ado, here are 23 cute restaurants in Montreal for a perfect first date!
What: Boasting awesome cocktails and a beautiful terrasse, this lovely Italian eatery is one of the finest in the Old Port.
Where: 171 rue St-Paul O.
What: Incredible ambiance and even better ramen at this tucked away Plateau gem.
Where: 360 rue Rachel E.
What: Though not technically a restaurant, Cinema Moderne is a special cafe/bar/cinema trifecta that makes for an unforgettable first date.
Where: 5150 boulevard St-Laurent
Monopole Cafe & Buvette
What: During the day, a quaint cafe that serves up fantastic espresso. By night, a cozy spot to get some wine and delicious tapas.
Where: 782 rue Wellington
What: One of the best poke bowls in Montreal in a cute, casual, and hip setting.
Where: 440 Saint Francois-Xavier || 1045 Beaver Hall || 4001 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: Expertly sourced local food in a super chic yet low-key location.
Where: 4316 rue St. Catherine E.
North Star Machines À Piastres
What: Maybe save it for after dinner, but this bar is a must-go if you want to have a quirky and memorable first date.
Where: 3908 boulevard St. Laurent
Buvette Chez Simone
What: A moody yet cozy wine and tapas restaurant in the heart of Mile-End.
Where: 4869 Avenue du Parc
What: A diner for a first date, you say? Why not! Greenspot is a classic Montreal diner that has one of the best ambiances in town.
Where: 3041 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: Signature cocktails and tasty tapas that are sure to score you a second date!
Where: 686 rue Notre-Dame O.
Un Po' Di Piu
What: A taste of the best Italy has to offer in a gorgeous Old Port location.
Where: 3 rue de la Commune E.
What: Bar Pamplemousse is the latest addition in Montreal's incredible craft beer and locally sourced eats scene.
Where: 1579 boulevard St-Laurent
Atelier & Saveurs
What: Though not technically a restaurant, this local cooking class is a great way to spend the first date!
Where: 444 Saint Francois-Xavier
What: An unpretentious Plateau classic with an awesome ambiance and even better food.
Where: 156 rue Roy E.
Cardinal Tea Room
What: Be transported to a bygone era at this delightful Plateau tea house that serves up simple sandwiches and treats with, of course, tea.
Where: 5326 boulevard St. Laurent
What: A casual spot that'll transport you to Havana with its sunny decor and incredible Cuban food.
Where: 1216 Avenue Union
What: Known for its awesome rum cocktails, Agrikol also boasts delicious Haitian food and a tropical vibe that's sure to impress.
Where: 1844 rue Amherst
Dinette Triple Crown
What: A spot to get some of the best comfort food in Montreal, Dinette Triple Crown is sure to be an awesome first date.
Where: 6704 rue Clark
What: A bustling Montreal izakaya with incredible food. Dare your date to do a sake bomb with you!
Where: 1624 rue St. Catherine O.
What: Anyone who's been here will tell you that it has one of the best vibes in the city. Super affordable oysters aren't a bad deal either.
Where: 4105 boulevard St. Laurent
What: If you or your date is vegan or vegetarian, LOV is an excellent choice for a classy but casual date (even if you aren't plant-based!)
Where: 1232 rue de la Montagne || 464 rue McGill || 140 Promenade Centropolis
What: A Japanese teppanyaki restaurant that's sure to be as delicious as it is entertaining!
Where: 2155 rue de la Montagne
What: A hip setting and delicious food make Foiegwa an awesome and casual spot for the first date.
Where: 3001 rue Notre-Dame O.
Good luck on those first dates, Montreal!