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Top 10 spots for a romantic dinner in Montreal
La Pizzelle (2080, rue St-Mathieu , Montreal)
This Italian restaurant is a perfect example of one of those hard-to-find gems that commands regulars. Lovely, cozy back patio. Wait staff are quiet and serious – if Tony Soprano ever ventured to Montreal, he would eat here. Owner Rocco mixes and mingles with the regulars. The avocado and grapefruit appetizer is refreshing and crisp, and the Osso Bucco is melt-in-your mouth succulence . . . Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Bistro On The Avenue (1362 Av Greene, Montreal)
Commonly referred to as ‘the Bistro,’ Bistro on the Avenue is a Westmount institution. With a great selection for pairs or small groups, the Bistro serves up bistro fare with few surprises. The classic 8 oz Steak & Frites is consistent and delicious, and served with some of the best French fries you will have all week. The French Onion Soup is done well, and the duck confit is tender and delicious without being overwhelmingly fatty. . . Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Simplechic (3610, rue Wellington, Verdun)
A little off the beaten path, Simpléchic is not necessarily the kind of restaurant you would expect to find in Verdun. It is very French, very rich, and very good – but beware of the name, these menu items are anything but simple. The barley risotto (served with fried scallops, black truffle mushrooms, parmesan, asparagus, and a roasted red beet reduction) is delicious, though very heavy. An open-face smoked meat sandwich topped with foie gras is gluttonous if not a good once-in-a-lifetime choice for the adventurous. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Bottega Pizzeria (65 St-Zotique est, Montreal)
Bottega is for those who enjoy true Italian pizza. Many of the pizza selections are without tomato sauce, such as the Nolana with house sausage and mozzarella backed with a bitter kick of Rapini. The Caprese pizza, simple and delicious, is an excellent choice for a first time visit, with tomato sauce, strategically placed buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, oregano and olive oil. Few items rivaled the homemade chocolate and hazelnut ice cream, with ribbons nutella-esque chocolate swirl throughout. Good for pairs, as the resto was too loud to communicate amongst four people. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Garde-Manger (408 rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal)
From the outside, all you can see of this exclusive small upscale restaurant in Old Montreal is a tiny fuchsia sign, like a beacon in the night. The ever-changing menu is presented on a blackboard, and warm fireplaces give it a rustic homey feel. Garde-Manger features Montreal premium microbrew Bierbrier, the ever popular lobster poutine, deep-fried Mars bars, and of course – beautiful people. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
DNA Restaurant (355 Marguerite D’Youville, Montreal)
DNA is Montréal’s newest gem. Chef-to-the-celebrities Derek Dammann and managing owner Alex Cruz (hence the D ‘n A) have a unique dining experience in store for you. Derek’s menu is dubbed “Mediterranean” but after tasting the octopus, sweet breads and duck liver ravioli, odds are you won’t be concerned with factual particulars. Try not to get distracted by the gratuitous décor while you sample the homemade salami amuse bouche between courses. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Toqué! (900, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle,, Montreal)
Often regarded as Montreal’s best restaurant, renowned chef Normand Laprise has built Toqué!’s reputation over the past 14 years. Toqué! boasts an impressive wine list, and an even more imposing reputation that precedes it. However, despite a great word-of-mouth recommendations and rave reviews, there is no shortage of online criticism by disgruntled foodies, critics who found it overrated, or jaded tourists. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Restaurant La Porte (3627 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal)
This French resto on St. Laurent near Prince Arthur, in the former Il Sole location, was created by a couple from Brittany. Of the tasting menu, you’ll find a lot of foie gras, delicious fish and seafood, hearty beef, and a variety of items I felt medium to strongly about. With an emphasis on organic regional ingredients (provided from 15 specially selected local suppliers), La Porte caters to a crowd looking to spend. The staff was very attentive with the wine, and the food was rich, flavourful and inventive. . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
Graziella (116 McGill Street, Montreal)
Inconspicuous upscale Italian resto in Old Montreal. The seared scallop starter with wild mushrooms and pancetta is outstanding, as is the foie gras served atop thin toasts. Of the buzz about Graziella, most critics seem to mention the potato-free ricotta gnocchi, served in a simple tomato-basil sauce. The grand finale is an inventive dessert that may or may not have been called “Pastiera”, a slice of moist cake made with Barley with vanilla perfume and a dollop of ricotta. . . .Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
L’Express (3927 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal)
An inconspicuous French bistro in the plateau, L’Express is one of the most renowned restaurants in Montreal. It is a true Montreal classic, offering classic bistro dishes such as croquet monsieur, pot-au-feu, escargots, caviar, terrine de foie gras, sauté de lapin, and confit de canard en salade with class and style. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate date, or a romantic meal en Francais. . . Read the Full Review on OurFaves.com.
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