Out of the many possible birthday activities to choose from, going for a nice dinner remains one of the most popular ways to celebrate. This is unsuprising, because it requires minimal effort on the part of the birthday person, it's delicious, and it's a great way to get people together.
That being said, planning birthdays can be really hard. It is difficult to gather a group of friends together on the same day at the same time, and it's hard to find places that will accommodate various dietary restrictions and allergies.
A good birthday dinner spot has to have enough seating for large groups, a good wine and cocktail selection, and a varied menu. And, of course, it needs a fun atmosphere appropriate for celebrations! Read on for a list of restaurants that match that criteria.
If you're looking for a supper club:
Where: 417 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal
What: This trendy izakaya-themed supper club is a perfect venue to celebrate a birthday if you don't mind spending a little more on the evening. Sit down with your friends for a late dinner (curated by chef Antonio Park) and stay as the dinner venue turns into a swanky club.
Where: 390 St Jacques St, Montreal.
What: Bord'Elle is an excellent option for those of you looking for a unique supper-club experience. The 1920s, prohibition-themed venue is lavishly decorated and features dizzying aerial performers once the restaurant becomes a club. Pst: They have good deals on oysters.
Where: 1106 Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montreal.
What: Soubois is an enchanting supper club that looks like the enchanted forest's modern, cool cousin. Portions are a little small, but the food is to-die-for. Not to mention their selection of expertly crafted cocktails. Later, an amazing DJ turns the place into a club. The music is good, the drinks are fun and the people are beautiful: you can't ask for more.
If you're looking for a nice terrasse:
Les Enfants Terribles
Where: Place Ville Marie and Outremont
What: Les Enfants Terribles is a french brasserie with an impressive and unique menu. The food is incredible and the they have a wide selection of wines. Both locations offer something unique: the Place Ville Marie restaurant has a great view of the whole city, while the Outremont restaurant makes for a more intimate dining experience.
Where: 433 Mayor St, Montreal.
What: Café Parvis is located just off of the busy de Bleury street. The restaurant is a little oasis in the heart of the city. Their terrasse, open in the summer, is covered with plants and fragrant herbs. They also have fantastic food and a good selection of cocktails. I recommend trying the pizzas!
Where: 106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal.
What: This terrasse is a classic summer hang-out spot. The seasonal, outdoor location offers an unparalleled view of the city. While they are well-known for their friendly staff and great drinks, their menu is also very flavourful.
If you're looking for something affordable:
Where: 4185 rue Drolet, Montreal.
What: This is hands down the best ramen place in the city, and I will fight anyone who thinks otherwise. Try one of their gigantic ramen bowls that won't set you back more than $15. Vegetarian friendly!
Where: 1450 Crescent St, Montreal.
What: Devi is a fantastic Indian restaurant with a great atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown, it is a hidden gem on the bustling, boisterous Crescent street. The chefs come directly from Delhi, where they occupied prestigious positions in restaurants. They are well-known for their butter chicken and lamb dishes.
Where: Downtown and in the Plateau.
What: Le Warehouse is a chain of bars known for their fun atmosphere and good selection of snacks and meals. Everything on the menu is priced at $6, from onion rings to sandwiches. This is independent of whether or not you're drinking (though you should definitely try their cocktails). You can either split a few snacks between friends or eat a whole meal! I recommend the pieroggies.
If your're looking for an intimate dinner:
Where: 4105 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal.
What: Le Majestique is an upscale restaurant known for its oysters and fun drinks. The atmosphere is perfect for those who want a smaller, more intimate get-together. The decor and ambiance make this Plateau restaurant perfect for birthday celebrations.
Where: 1 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal.
What: Modavie is a must on birthday dinner lists. The eclectic atmosphere and varied menu makes it a great place to go and chat with old friends. This Old Port restaurants hits the sweet spot between excellent food, good prices and a friendly staff. There's even live music! Check it out!
Where: 1431 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal.
What: Owned by the same people who brought Bouillon Bilk to life, Cadet is an upscale tapas bar with an ever-changing menu. Both the food and the drinks are balanced and thought-through. Not to mention that the service is impeccable.
If you're looking for an all-you-can-eat spot:
Where: 1824 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal
What: Seoul Chako is an all-you-can eat Korean BBQ place perfect for groups. The food is prepared at a grill at your table, which is very entertaining. Great food and a fun ambiance for only $26!
Where: 1437 Crescent St, Montreal.
What: What Sushi Crescent lacks in ambiance it more than makes up for in good food and a wide selection of dishes. There is ample space for large parties and a good selection of makis, sashimi and warm dishes. Highly recommended for more casual nights!
Where: 3211 Chambly Road, Longueui
What: Five words: all-you-can-eat tacos. M. Burrito has a fun atmosphere, good mojitos and a great promotion: for only $30 total, two can can get all-you can eat tacos AND a pitcher of sangria or beer. It doesn't get better than that.
Happy celebrations, Montreal! I hope you all have magical birthdays.