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Montréal is known for its unparalleled culinary offerings, with every neighbourhood offering an array of restaurants to discover. Eating out is a great way to enjoy each other’s company while supporting local restaurateurs. Don't forget to reserve your table as soon as possible!
For a fabulous night out, why not choose a place that offers a sensory experience unlike any other? Onoir in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district, for example, serves your dinner in complete darkness to heighten your sense of taste and perhaps even bring you closer together. At Grenade, an Asian brasserie, you'll be transported by original flavours, while at Le Mousso, a favourite of food critics that’s located in The Village, your plates will be veritable works of art. Valentine’s Day promises to be caliente at Barranco, with its four-course table d'hôte at $75 per person as well as Latin dancing to bachata and salsa grooves. Chefs Marco Olliart and Daniel Silva will be offering shared platters of Peruvian cuisine.
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In downtown Montréal, the chic Lloyd has devised a five-course meal for February 14 that will tantalize your taste buds to the sound of jazz, and it comes with a special surprise. L’Atelier Floral will be on hand for last-minute gifts of flowers and chocolate. On February 17, from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, the Belvu Hors-Piste terrasse will have a DJ spinning for those wishing to go on an open-air date. At Stanley, you can enjoy a special Valentine’s Day, three-course table d'hôte menu for $72, available February 14-17.
The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel invites you to Rosélys on February 14 for a refined three-course menu in a romantic setting that’s sure to delight. Spend an evening in Paris at Le Pois Penché. A menu with a French accent and love potions specially prepared for the occasion will charm even the most reluctant Valentine’s Day celebrants. The three-course table d'hôte includes a bouchée à la reine, filet mignon en croûte, scallops, smoked celeriac and much more for $100 per person.
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In Old Montréal, let yourself be seduced by Babacool’s Mediterranean-inspired menu in an elegant setting. Or for lobster lovers, Pincette is the perfect place to break bread, or a claw, thanks to the Saint-Valentine’s table d'hôte, which includes an amuse-bouche and a three-course meal. If you like Japanese cuisine, Kyo Bar is the place to go with its seven-course tasting menu at $95 per person. Auberge Saint-Gabriel, which has been showing love to patrons since 1754, has also concocted a menu for romantics, or head to Little Burgundy’s cozy Vin Papillon for a tasty meal.
Foiegwa and Fugazzi, two 18-and-over establishments, are offering tempting three-course set menus for the evening of February 14. In the city centre, Marcus, located in the Four Seasons hotel, offers an incredible gastronomic experience with its 4-course menu at $185 per person.
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India Rosa puts an end to the box of chocolates/bouquet of roses clichés by dishing out the best of Indian cuisine. Feed your love through your stomach with their food and wine pairing menu, available on the evening of February 14. And want to transport yourself to Italy for the night? Savour the specialities of Le Muscadin.
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Valentine's Day takes on a festive air at Mariscos, where a Bachata evening is offered for $15 and the night for $10. At Clandestino, you can enjoy tequila and mezcal tastings combined with dessert to the sound of a guitarist.
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L'Antipode offers a 3-course menu with a Valentine's cocktail for $60 per person, with the succulent Antipode cheese fondue as the main course.
Sushi lovers will be delighted at Bloom sushi, where the special Valentine's Day menu includes an appetizer, a 32-piece tasting platter and a succulent dessert.
Le Mezz offers their Valentine's Day menu until March 2, where you can feast on a 3-course meal for $47.50 per person.
At Muze Lounge & Terrasse, on February 14, 16 and 17, discover their four-course menu at $69 per person.
Le Butterfly invites you to feast on its French bistro-style cuisine with a 4-course menu at $95 per person and wine pairing at $39 per person.
For more gourmet options, see our section devoted to local gastronomy.
Hotel packages for romantics
© Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal
For a magical night, take advantage of one of the many packages offered by hotels across the city designed especially for Valentine's Day.
Until February 18, celebrate your love by staying at Hôtel Nelligan, which will be offering a “Valentine’s Dinner” package featuring a delicious four-course dinner at Méchant Bœuf plus 20% off your room rate.
Hôtel Place d’Armes also invites lovers to enjoy a dream stay with its “Séjour d’amour” package, which includes 20% off the room rate, breakfast in bed, a bottle of wine and a sweet and savoury platter.
To get away from it all this Valentine's Day, the Gray Collection hotels, Hôtel William Gray, Auberge du Vieux-Port, and Le Petit Hôtel are pleased to offer a sweet package from February 9 to 25: 1 night at a reduced rate, 1 bottle of champagne in the room and $100 restaurant credit at any Gray Collection restaurant, including Maggie Oakes, Jacopo, Pincette, Gaspar, Vieux-Port Steakhouse, BEVO, plus 15% off at Spa William Gray.
The InterContinental, meanwhile, is offering a three-course meal in your room with its “Cocooning” package, which comes with a lavender bath bomb for a truly relaxing stay. Hôtel Monville is another option, with its “Romantic Escape” package, valid February 9-18. It includes a gourmet breakfast, a romantic three-course dinner for two at MONÈME restaurant and a box of chocolates.
The Saint-Sulpice hotel brings you closer in a suite with electric fireplace and bathtub, breakfast for two at the Oskar restaurant, a SoSulpice! bath set and late check-out.
The Hyatt Place Montréal offers lovers a night’s accommodation in a top-floor room with a view of the city, plus a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, free parking and late checkout. Adjoining restaurant Bivouac is offering a Valentine’s Day special featuring a three-course meal with fabulous dishes and dessert for $89 per person.
Love in a bubble
© Alison Slattery - Tourisme Montréal
Looking for an original idea to celebrate the love that surrounds you? With its luxurious domes overlooking Old Montreal, Terrasse William Gray offers a five-course dining experience or a succulent three-course brunch for four to eight people. Indulge in a boreal-flavoured menu in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles at Les Refuges du Bivouac, featuring three cozy domes that invite sweet moments for two or a small group. If one of the domes is not available, the Bivouac offers a Valentine's Day special on February 14: delicious meal with a dessert for two to share for 89 $ per person.
Gifts to remember
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Offer your loved one something original and maybe a little bit surprising: indoor surfing, a helicopter ride over the city or a hot air balloon ride for two.
If you’re looking for a musical gift for your loved one, Salle Bourgie will be presenting 17 concerts in February, including Les Violons du Roy’s Mozart and Haydn (winds and harp) on February 2, followed by Arion Orchestre Baroque – Love Letters on February 14. Also not to be missed: the Fabonacci trio – from tango to bossa nova – on February 23.
For Valentine's Day, the Boutique des 3 Sorciers is offering a discounted gift set ($58) to give to a loved one who’s a fan of the Harry Potter franchise. Several little extras include a HERSHEY’S chocolate bar, a Felix Felicis potion pen, a replica of Ron or Hermione’s exercise book and more.
For an out-of-the-ordinary evening, why not treat yourself to a grandiose performance at La TOHU? RIOPELLE Grandeur Nature is an immersive show that evokes the work of iconic artist Jean Paul Riopelle through 360-degree video projections and live movement. It runs from February 14 to March 9.
Take a journey through the greatest works by many of the best-known impressionist painters at Espace Saint-Denis with “Lasting Impressions,” an immersive experience in 3D.
The Valentine's Day Pop-up will take place again this year at Time Out Market from February 10 to 17, where you can find a little gift for your significant other.
For lovers looking to create a gourmet experience at home, Marché Artisans is offering you the opportunity to purchase a delicious gourmet box between February 9 and 18.
Romance to go
© État de Choc
Feel like celebrating Valentine’s Day at home? There are a number of places offering specialties that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
État de choc offers Gift Box - Love, a box that includes a chocolate card and other chocolate delights.
La Boîte du Chef recommends the “Month of Love” box for two. This very special combo contains a ready-to-serve, four-course tasting menu including a lobster cappucino with truffle purée and a risotto with princess scallops and lobster sauce that are bound to impress.
The Marché Artisans in the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel is also taking advantage of the occasion to offer a four-course meal for two created by chef Mathieu Couture that comes with a sweet surprise, in effect from February 9-18.
NANANA, Ratafia's pastry shop, offers tasty pink-coloured desserts during the whole week.
Duc de Lorraine invites you to indulge your sweet tooth with its special range of pastries inspired by love. Raspberry puff pastry, New York roll, Saint-Honoré cake... Why not turn your celebration into a yummy dessert tasting?
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If you're up for a day at the spa, book a couple's massage at the St. James Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal or enjoy the benefits of Rainspa, which has a traditional hammam and offers several packages for two. To enjoy nature in the city, opt for Strøm spa nordique on Nuns' Island, or enjoy a view of downtown at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau.
Why give a box of ready-made chocolates when you can make your own? Your significant other will be delighted to learn new tricks in a culinary workshop on chocolate making, French pastries, exotic foods, or food and wine pairings.
You can also take a trip to Quincaillerie Dante in Little Italy, Richmond's Italian Market in Griffintown, or Gourmet Laurier on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, tried and true institutions where you will find everything you need to prepare a romantic feast at home.
Make your love shine
© Stéphan Poulin – Tourisme Montréal
What could be better than spending a special moment with your loved one? Montréal has no shortage of romantic spots where you can stroll, or glide, hand in hand for hours on end. The Old Port Skating Rink provides a picturesque place to twirl around together from 10 am to 10 pm on Valentine’s Day. You can even ask the DJ to play your favourite song.
Long live love!