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Cheap Dates: Restaurants to take a date without breaking the bank

Update 22 March 2019   |    Published on 18 March 2019
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Cheap Dates : Restaurants to take a date without breaking the bank

Whether it’s for a first date or an evening with your long-time loved one, we all know the struggle of wanting to impress while on a budget. Of course, there is no need to sacrifice quality, taste and charisma for the sake of saving money. Here is a list of a few ideas for a cheap date!

There are endless dining options in this city, but among the good addresses Montreal has to offer, it can be difficult to make an informed choice. Are looking for a causal and easy going venue for a low-stress first date? Or maybe you envision more of a romantic atmosphere that will truly ignite a spark.  Whatever you are searching for, Tastet is here for you!

Many of you have come to us for advice on where to take a date without breaking the bank. Just for you, here is our list of the best addresses to enjoy a romantic evening, without emptying your wallet! These suggestions are original and fun places that are ideal for having conversation- the perfect cheap date.

Tastet has a full roster of lists for great dates, so check those out for more suggestions! Amongst these, you’ll find a list for almost any moment : addresses for a Sunday date, for a Monday rendezvous, the most romantic restaurants in Montreal, and where to go on a second date.

Regardless of the situation, the restaurants on this list are all perfect for a casual date! We wish you the best of luck in your romantic endeavours!

Do you know of any other beautiful, good and cheap addresses that are perfect for a date? Help us improve this list by writing us with your suggestion : [email protected].

Café Mei

5309 Boul St-Laurent

Open for nearly 30 years, Café Mei is a charming establishment where you can enjoy excellent Chinese dishes. We are greeted into an inviting and comfortable setting, with warm colours and large windows overlooking Saint-Laurent Boulevard. On the menu, we find fabulous dumplings that are part of our list of the best dumplings in Montreal! With a beautiful assortment of alcohols to accompany your dish, Café Mei is a great place to try on a date. It is also open on Mondays!

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4629 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC, Canada

At restaurant Kazamaza, you will find a little bit of everything. This friendly address offers delicious Middle Eastern dishes that are perfectly tailored for two! The setting is simple and the atmosphere is calm enough to hear yourself speak. The chef at Kazamaza authentically prepares dishes with exotic flavours and sophisticated tastes; soft hocks, incredible hummus, kibbehs, and much more. The establishment also offers irresistible brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, which taste especially good when they’re eaten on the terrace in the summertime.

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Paradis BBQ

4165 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal

Paradis BBQ  is an adorable little restaurant that opened on the corner of St-Hubert and Rachel Street. They offer pretty much every variation of chicken you can imagine! The restaurant team is friendly and the space has an ideal atmosphere for a fun outing. The space of 27 seats is pretty and the location of the restaurant (very close to Park Lafontaine) allows you to enjoy the take-out menu picnic style! Here, expect to find chicken from the Rose des Vents Farm in the form of chicken wings, club sandwiches, hot chicken and fried chicken.

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880 Rue Jarry Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada

A trip to Mr. Mahli’s house feels a bit like a trip out of the city- Mahli Sweets is one of the best Indian restaurants in Montreal! On the walls, you will find pictures of the owner with stars such as Catherine Deneuve, and on the plates, generous portions of some of the best food there is to offer. Mahli serves exceptional goat curries. On television screens, Bollywood hits are on a constant stream. For an original and unpretentious date, this is certainly one of your best options.

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Dumpling Hut

3591 Rue Clark, Montreal, QC, Canada

Dumpling Hut is a quaint little restaurant that offers some of the best dumplings in Montreal! Owner Haiqin is originally from China and arrived in Montreal in 2013. Since then, she has been introducing Chinese culture to Montreal in her own way, preparing tasty dumplings for her clients. With its friendly dining room and semi-open kitchen, the address is unique and charming. A great discovery to make on a date!

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Thaï Sep

1900 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

Opened in 2011, restaurant Thai Sep welcomes its guests into a simple and friendly setting, perfect for enjoying delicious Laotian and Thai cuisine! Chef and owner Anouxath Siyavong prepares dishes with authentic flavours from his native countries, and the result is exquisite! Note that in addition to offering delicious dishes in a rather quiet atmosphere, Thai Sep is also a great BYOB, as well as one of Montreal’s most beautiful, good and cheap addresses!

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1211 rue Bélanger, Montréal

The Super Quality is an Indian snack bar that offers you some of the best cuisine from the Indian subcontinent. It mainly includes street food from South India, cocktails and regional specialities. The space is pretty and original, and its relaxed atmosphere is conducive to a date. This small local restaurant should be discovered simply for the quality of its dishes and its friendly staff! It is one of the best Indian restaurants in town!

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Dinette Triple Crown

6704 rue Clark

This address, which is one of our favourites in Montreal, offers cuisine from the southern United States in a 1920s inspired atmosphere. The music they play and the scenery of the space takes us back in time, and we love it. On the menu, you will find fried chicken (one of the best in town!) and brown sauce, incredible macaroni and cheese, shredded pork sandwich or brisket, salads and potatoes of all kinds. You can eat at the counter in a relaxed atmosphere or take it all away to enjoy somewhere else. The place even has a special offer to borrow a picnic basket in case you are inspired to bring your date outside!

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1041 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC, Canada

Boxermans is a superb little restaurant and café on Van Horne Street, and it is entirely unique to the rest of the area. The establishment is elegant and chic while remaining warm and comfortable. For lunch or dinner, the house offers a short and delicious menu composed of small delicate dishes that are perfect to share with your date. They offer a beautiful list of white, red, rosé and bubblies, all sourced from small producers. You can also drink ciders, homemade beers and a dozen of good cocktails. We really like this address for both its atmosphere and for its ability to serve beautiful products at a low price. 

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1441, Rue Saint-Mathieu

Otto Yakitori is known for its specialty- yakitoris (of course), amazingly delicious meat skewers. In a friendly and humble atmosphere, you can enjoy yakitoris of all kinds, from chicken thigh and breast to the neck and skin. The address also offers a few menu specialities such as sashimi, plain chawanmushi (sea urchin), bibimbap with Japanese influences, burgers, ramen, tatakis and soups. The place is perfect for a date thanks to its festive atmosphere and wide array of cuisines!

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Escondite

1206 Union Avenue, Montréal, QC, Canada

A stone’s throw from the old fur district, Escondite is a small, friendly Mexican restaurant. The restaurant offers a selection of original tacos and small specialty dishes. We love the taco with braised tongue as well as the cod taco. We also strongly advise you to taste their churros! Note that the atmosphere of the restaurant is very festive and the place is always full – perfect for a fun and lively date.

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