Romantic Restaurant to Take Your Valentine’s Date

As we all know, Montreal is known for its astounding culinary scene. We have some of the best restaurants with the greatest chefs, so wherever you go, you know you’ll be in for a great meal. Some of the more fine dining restaurants can be quite pricey, but seeing as Valentine’s Day is coming up, it’s an excuse for you and your loved one to treat yourselves to a delicious meal and celebrate your love for each other!  Although there are many incredible options to choose from, here is a list of romantic restaurants to bring your date to:

1. Damas

This elegant restaurant has exceptional Syrian cuisine, and it’s no surprise that they are known as one of the best restaurants in Montreal. Although it is more upscale, the atmosphere is really romantic and cozy with its oriental style décor. As for the food, you will be completely blown away by the dishes. They offer modern Syrian cuisine while still being authentic, and every dish is cooked with precision and perfection. My advice would be to go for the tasting menu. Its $85 per person, but you get a ton of food, from their Middle Eastern spreads, a variety of seafood and char-grilled meat dishes, and dessert. It’s way more worth it than just ordering one dish each, and this way you can try a bit of everything! They are also very accommodating to food allergies and preferences, which is a huge plus! The waiters are extremely polite and knowledgeable and will surely take care of you, which will make your whole dining experience extra special. Just a head’s up, make sure you reserve way in advance because this restaurant is always booked!

Location: 1201 Ave Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

             Friday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

             Saturday, 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday, 4:00 PM – 10:00PM



2. L’express

Want to take your beau to Paris without leaving Montreal? Then you must go to L’express – a Parisian brasserie! This is a chic restaurant with a classy interior and refined French dishes. Aside from the bread, everything is made in house. They have been around since the ‘80s, consistently serving delicious, classic French dishes such as duck leg confit, steak tartar, and bone marrow to name a few. They also have a great wine list to complement your dishes, and what’s more romantic than feeling like you’re in Paris, eating French food, and drinking wine? You must also share the Floating Island – a French dessert that consists of meringue floating on crème anglaise – a sweet ending to your meal! It’s a great restaurant with a beautiful charm, friendly staff, and delicious French cuisine that will truly make you and your date feel like you are in Paris. C’est très romantique!

Location: 3927 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2W 2M4
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3 AM, Sunday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM


3.  Tuck Shop

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Saint-Henri is where some of the best restaurants in the city are located. Tuck Shop is a small, cozy restaurant with creative seasonal dishes, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a great meal in a more intimate setting. The interior is compact with a mostly banquette seating (with a bar and some tables), dim lights, and cool chandeliers – perfect for a romantic evening! The menu changes regularly, so you know they use fresh, quality ingredients to prepare their dishes. They do have some staple menu items, such as the crispy pork belly with aged gouda and oyster mushrooms, and the hanger steak with fries and chimichurri. Some of their seasonal dishes include a variety of pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. Also, you can’t pass up on dessert, as the chef’s mom makes them! (Tip: Go for the chocolate walnut brownie – you won’t regret it). The service is impeccable and attentive with a staff that will go the extra mile to make your dining experience memorable. A place that will surely wow both you and your date!

Location: 4662 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H4C 1S7
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

4. Barroco

Old Port is romantic by nature, and what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than dining in a charming restaurant located on one of the oldest streets in Montreal? Barroco is a warm, welcoming, and rustic restaurant with beautiful stone walls and a market cuisine inspired by the South of France and Spanish influences. Does that not scream romance? You can share many delicious dishes with your date, like the burrata, organic artisanal charcuterie, and Barroco paella. They really take pride in the presentation and preparation of their meals, making sure to satisfy your sight and taste buds. They also have some killer cocktails, so that along with the divine food, romantic ambiance, and phenomenal service will make you and your lover want to stay all night long!

Location: 312 rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montréal (Québec) Canada H2Y 2A3

Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
             Thursday, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
             Friday & Saturday, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM



5. Bis

What’s really romantic is a gondola ride in Venice… but it’s February and we’re in Montreal, so an Italian restaurant will do! Bis is a sophisticated restaurant serving redefined Italian dishes that are clean, consistent, and creative. They really care about what goes on in your plates; their fruits and vegetables are hand-picked from the market, the fish is delivered fresh twice daily, and their meats are of top quality. They also import authentic Italian ingredients to incorporate into their dishes. Eating Italian meals such as tagliolini with lamb meat sauce, and veal with prosciutto and sage with the love of your life in a warm and welcoming ambiance – you can’t get any better than that! Their staff is also incredibly attentive and pay attention to every detail, which adds to the great dining experience.

Location: 1229 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z2
Hours: Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM 
Saturday & Sunday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

6. Sorocco

I’ve been to Spain, and it’s an incredibly romantic country. Luckily, you can get a little taste of Spain at Sorocco. This restaurant is a friendly tapas bar that serves classic, Spanish-inspired cuisine with a twist. Since tapas consists of smaller meals, the dishes are perfect for sharing with your date. The menu is constantly evolving, depending on the season and market favourites. They have simple yet delicious dishes from meatballs, chorizo, lobster croquetas, fried cauliflower with truffle oil, a charcuterie platter, and much more. The brick walls make it an incredibly quaint yet romantic place to dine in with your significant other. This neighbourhood Spanish restaurant also has a friendly, smiling staff, which is the cherry on top of your tapas dining experience!

Location: 4621 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2J 2L4
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
             Wednesday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM

7. Ferreira Café

This is the perfect destination to indulge in a variety of upscale Portuguese cuisine. Here you will find fresh and authentic Portuguese dishes with a modern twist. The quality and freshness of the products is their number one priority, such their fish selection from Portugal, which is caught and served within 24 hours. You can choose from many quality seafood and meat dishes, from Fish and Seafood “Bouillabaisse” to “Churrasco” style natural grain fed Cornish Hen. If you’re looking to splurge a little more, try the dessert-tasting menu for $24. If you’re on a budget and don't mind eating at night, you can opt for the late night menu which includes 1 appetizer and 1 main meal for $30 per person. The ambiance of the restaurant is charming and vibrant with top-notch service, which will make your dining experience very memorable. That’s the goal, right? To create memories with your loved one!

Location: 1446 Peel St, Montreal, QC H3A 1S8

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
                              Saturday, 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

8. Maison Boulud

What’s more romantic than eating at a classy restaurant in one of Montreal’s most sophisticated hotels? The cuisine at Maison Boulud is described as "refined yet soulful contemporary French food,” where you will find Lyonnais charcuterie, Mediterranean flavours, and even burgers, as well as dishes created just for Maison Boulud.

You have many options to choose from, like homemade braised lamb pappardelle pasta with olives and pecorino cheese, and sea bass with za’atar spice, chickpeas, and pomegranate. It’s a stylish restaurant with a vibrant ambiance, a great place to really impress your date! If you want to go all out, they also have a 4-course discover menu for $90, and an 8-course chef’s tasting menu for $120. Dining here will truly make you and your Valentine feel like royalty!

Location: 1228 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 12:00 PM –10:00 PM 
Friday & Saturday, 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

9.  Dominion Square Tavern

 Who says pub food can’t be ideal for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? This restaurant serves upscale English food in a revamped 1920’s tavern, making it a vintage yet chic setting for a date. The ambiance is lively while still being cozy, and the service is friendly and accommodating. Although the menu is not extensive, you can find some delicious, classic English dishes such as scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and sticky toffee pudding. Don’t forget to order one of their amazing cocktails, because how can you go to an English pub without ordering a drink? The bartenders are extremely talented and will surely impress you with their skills. They even make homemade tonics! Your date will truly be impressed with this romantic, glitzy restaurant and classy English food.

Location: 1243 Metcalfe St, Montreal, QC H3B 2V5
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM 
Saturday, 4:30 PM – 12:00 AM

10. Salumi Vino

Located in Old Montreal, this hidden gem is an ideal place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Salumi Vino offers dishes based on authentic Italian recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation. It has a beautiful interior with stone walls and seats about 50 people, making it rustic, romantic, and intimate – a perfect setting for Valentine’s Day! From fried zucchini to arancini and homemade pasta, you will truly taste the love that goes on in preparing the meals. It's the closest you and your date will get to Nonna’s cooking! The service is also exceptional and the owner is really passionate about what he does, so you know you’ll be in for a great experience. Although going for a fancy meal is always great, sometimes you just need a classic, genuine tasting meal – and Salumi Vino will definitely give you that!

Location: 358 Notre-Dame St. East, Montreal, QC H2Y 1C7
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
            Thursday, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday, 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
            Saturday, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM