18 of Montréal’s best bring-your-own-wine restaurants
The next best thing to a perfect meal in your favourite restaurant is the glass of wine that goes with it. Montréal has an excellent selection of bring-your-own-wine restaurants that allow you to bring your favourite bottled red, white or rosé along for the night, knowing you’re going to enjoy it, and your evening, to the fullest. Here’s a great selection of bring-your-own-wine restaurants from neighbourhoods around the city that will satiate your hunger for great food and wine!
Restaurant Carte Blanche
Only steps from the beautiful Saint-Jacques Market, Restaurant Carte Blanche features a mixed menu of seafood, meats and cheeses, all carefully sourced from the finest of Québec producers to the reaches of international inspiration. Set in an eclectic and bright environment, this restaurant, which has been enjoying success for over ten years, is an exciting choice in an up and coming neighbourhood.
1159 Ontario Street East
Restaurant La Raclette
Imagine cozying up with a date or some friends on a cool fall evening with your favourite glass of wine. Now, imagine the smell of melting cheese, warming meats and vegetables, all ready to take your comfort food craving to new heights. Any time of the year is a great time of year for raclette in Montréal, and at Restaurant La Raclette on the Plateau, you can enjoy the some of the best that Swiss tradition has to offer.
1059 Gilford Street
Simplicity and elegance may rule the roost as far as decor goes at this quaint bistro on Mont-Royal Avenue, but the food is anything but simple. Wonderfully created dishes such as marinated beef bavette, duck breast and much more are the tip of the iceberg that await you and your wine at Les Héritiers.
1915 Mont-Royal Avenue East
Madre sur Masson
A French bistro with a modern, Latin edge, Madre sur Masson is a great choice after spending an hour or two meandering along the bustling Masson Street. Chef Mario Navarrete Jr. creates works of art on the dishes that look almost too good to eat. Seafood lovers, take note of this highly coveted Rosemont hotspot.
2931 Masson Street
Bistro Smoking Vallée
A Saint-Henri staple for over a decade, it’s tough to find something not to like about this cutting-edge restaurant that blends French cuisine with flavours from around the world. The pork loin with smoked potatoes and chimichurri is a signature dish that you can’t miss. A cacophony of delightful chatter, laughter, clinking plates and cutlery creates an ambiance that’s music to ears to nightlife lovers.
4370 Notre-Dame Street West
Madre sur Fleury
Much like its sister restaurant on Masson, Madre sur Fleury welcomes you with a delectable atmosphere and a seafood inspired, Latin menu that is as unique as the bottle of wine you choose to bring to the restaurant. Tomato salad, lamb, beef, fish and calamari are among the choices that will have you going back to Fleury again and again.
124 Fleury Street West
Blending nomadic, North African cuisine with Mile-End’s laid-back attitude creates a dichotomy of chill in this brilliant and authentic restaurant found just west of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, on Fairmount Avenue. Tented ceilings and low, cushioned seating provide for cozy comfort while you sample delicious food such as cooked vegetables, meats and more, all served family style and all ready to be tasted with your choice of wine.
142 Fairmount Avenue West
Sometimes sticking to the classics makes all the differences and Restaurant Wellington has taken classic French fare and given it a proper Montréal twist. Located in the storied Verdun neighbourhood, this charming restaurant serves mouth-watering roasted cod, PEI mussels, seared scallops, beef bavette and so much more. If you find yourself walking along Wellington, this restaurant is worth stopping for.
3629 Wellington Street, Verdun
If tasting menus are your thing, look no further than Les Canailles, in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, for excellent food that you get to pair with the wine you bring along. They’re known for their foie gras, their fresh oysters, savoury tartares and more. The decor is a terrific blend of classic Montréal eatery and French bistro, making the restaurant feel refined yet friendly.
3854 Ontario Street East
A quaint bistro in the heart of the Plateau, Monsieur B features inventive French cuisine (the fried cod accras as a starter are a must) served in a relaxed setting. With windows facing two sides of the restaurant, one of North America’s most bustling neighbourhoods is the perfect backdrop to your night out with your favourite people.
371 Villeneuve Street East
Another excellent bring-your-own-wine restaurant on the Plateau. During the summer months, a wall of windows is removed, blurring the lines of where the restaurant ends, and Duluth Street begins. This restaurant’s strengths lie not only in the delicious food it serves but also in how it’s artfully presented. The duck breast, the guinea fowl and the seared scallops are all outstanding dishes.
327 Duluth Avenue East
Preparing dishes with foods that are seasonally fresh as either table d’hôte or in a tasting menu format, Tandem Restaurant aims to impress with passion. Situated just north of the famous Jean-Talon Market, the restaurant also features cooking courses, a catering service and even gives recommendations on which types of wine work best with its food (so you look like a pro, even if you don’t know the difference between Douro or Sangiovese).
586 Villeray Street
Restaurant Le Square
Prince-Arthur Street has been known for years as a mecca of bring-your-own-wine restaurants. After an astonishing revamp of the pedestrian street, people are flocking to restaurants like Le Square to enjoy its summer terrasse, its fabulous and generous French food and the people watching. Deer carpaccio, avocado mousse with crab and an excellent selection of tartares is the tip of the iceberg at Le Square, making the restaurant a wonderful choice.
162 Prince-Arthur Street East
Lannes et Pacifique
With food sourced from some of the most interesting places on the planet (pork from Nagano, cod from Iceland), Lannes et Pacifique puts a quirky spin on classics. The decor is beautifully bright and colourful, making this restaurant truly unique in every way.
200 Beaubien Street East
Restaurant La Rose des Sables
Stepping into Restaurant La Rose des Sables is a little like leaving Montréal behind. The draped carpets that hang overhead and the sweet sounds of Mediterranean music sweep you away to a different world, even if it’s just for an evening. Offering refined Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine that’s slow cooked to bring out the boldest of flavours in dishes like their delicious couscous and tajines, La Rose des Sables is an escape from the ordinary.
1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L7, (514) 593-665
Prince is a recent addition to the Plateau’s evolving restaurant scene and in a very short time it has become a coveted treasure that takes elegant and delicious food to new heights. You could call it a French restaurant, but the inspiration for the food doesn’t stop at any border. The burrata is a great starter and their pasta is fantastic but it’s the côte de boeuf that steals the show.
771 Rachel Street East, Montréal
The fresh pasta at Gaston on Masson is distractingly good, but there’s so much more to this fantastic little restaurant. Featuring coastal fare mixed with classic takes on beets mixed with goat cheese mousse, crab cakes, pork and much more, if you haven’t grabbed your favourite bottle of white (maybe even a bubbly) and taken your place at this restaurant yet, you should do it as soon as possible. Did I mention the pasta?
2666 Masson Street
Le Millen is a boldly colourful addition to Fleury Street’s food scene. Elevating our sense with market fresh food that’s artfully prepared and presented, this restaurant is a bring-your-own-wine that stands apart and once you’ve been, you understand why. Pasta stuffed with scallops and bacon, shrimp fished from the waters around Matane and succulent filet mignon are among the must-try dishes.
1185 Fleury Street East
Blair Dohey, writer
Blair Dohey is a Canadian writer and blogger who relentlessly tracks down the coolest things to do and see in Montréal and loves discovering amazing restaurants and bars in the city. When he’s not writing about his travels through Montréal, you’ll probably find him sitting at a bar, chatting with friends and laughing at his own jokes.
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