Discover some of Montréal's finest bring-your-own-wine (BYOW) restaurants
by Marie-Ève Vallières
From Ahuntstic to Saint-Henri and pretty much everywhere in between, Montréal is home to a plethora of bring-your-own-wine (BYOW) restaurants. These fine eateries give patrons the chance to pair their own wine choices with sumptuous menu offerings. And it’s easier on the wallet, so you can treat yourself to a fine meal more often!
A breath of fresh North-African air on Montréal, La Khaima (“the nomad tent” in Arabic) is a decidedly Mauritanian eatery surprisingly located in the heart of hipster Mile-End. The entire concept is based on comfort and hospitality typically found in Saharan nomadic tents. – 142 Fairmount Avenue West
Le Smoking Vallée
An ode to French market cuisine under the helm of chef Thierry Dufour in an industrial bistro atmosphere, Le Smoking Vallée is located in the rapidly changing neighbourhood of Saint-Henri and serves a mean tuna tartare that is well worth the detour. – 4370 Notre-Dame Street West
All hail the “nuevo latino” cuisine of chef Mario Navarrete Jr, for whom cilantro, strong peppers and lime play a major role in almost each plate offered on the giant blackboard menu of Madre. One of the few Latin-inspired restaurants in Montréal that isn’t a tapas bar. – 2931 Masson Street and 124 Fleury Street West
Known for its fresh Asian fusion cuisine, impeccable service and chic décor, Kyomi can welcome groups of up to 300 people, yet has an intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for a tête-à-tête for two. The menu ranges from tempting tartars and tempuras to fresh salads and sushi. – 7660 Newman Boulevard (Lasalle)
Owners Pascal and Éricka welcome guests to this friendly neighbourhood bistro in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension neighbourhood, serving up fabulous fare in the finest French tradition. Take a seat on the cozy patio and uncork your favourite wine while savouring delicious dishes from the table d’hôte or the tasting menu. – 586 Villeray Street
Often regarded as one of the first high-end BYOW bistros in Montréal, O’Thym serves traditional and perfectly executed French market cuisine with impeccable service. The restaurant has a strict two-service schedule and reservations are strongly recommended. – 112 De Maisonneuve Boulevard East
Its off-the-beaten-path location doesn’t make Grenadine any less popular; this bustling restaurant serves appetizing French cuisine enhanced by oriental flavours (their cherry duck magret is to die for). Its international flair is a perfect reflection of Montréal’s eclectic influences. – 2004 Hôtel de Ville Avenue
Lannes & Pacifique
Wedged between Mile-Ex and Petite-Patrie, this high-end and sought-after bistro offers a refreshing twist on the traditional BYOW experience thanks to a refined menu concocted by Northern Ireland native Adam Lynas and a creative decor. – 200 Beaubien Street East
The rejuvenation currently happening in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is partly due to audacious restaurateurs who have opened up shop in the neighbourhood – Bagatelle is a fine example. The eatery serves the best garlic escargots in Montréal, bar none. – 4323 Ontario Street East
The crown jewel of affordable Asian-inspired restaurants in the city, Coba is located in trendy and upmarket Outremont and serves reasonably priced Asian fare (from sushi to classic cooked dishes) in a beautiful, peaceful setting. – 1124 Laurier Avenue
Self-dubbed the “first pizzeria in Montréal”, this unassuming Italian trattoria set up shop in what used to be a small bar where Italian immigrants would unwind and play cards after work. Napoletana now serves impeccable, simple yet flavourful, wood-fire oven pizzas and an extensive selection of antipasto. – 189 Dante Street
Marie-Ève Vallières is a Montréal-based travel blogger, amateur photographer and translator.
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