Monday night: where to go for dinner
Every week or so, our readers reach out to us looking for a restaurant to go to on a Monday night. We admit it’s not an easy task. After busy weekends, most Montreal restaurants close their dining rooms for a day or two at the beginning of the week to regain their energy. After all, everyone deserves a little break, right? That said, we know how depressing it can be to repeatedly come across restaurants that are closed on Mondays.
To save you from searching high and low (only to be disappointed), we have gathered many good addresses across the city that are open for dinner on Mondays! While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does contain several options that will certainly please you. If you want more suggestions, don’t hesitate to search with our map.
If you’re looking for a place to go for lunch on a Monday, check out our list here.
Here are a few suggestions for a Monday night dinner:
L’Épicerie Pumpui is a small resto-counter that opened in November 2017 on St-Zotique Street and offers a great menu with flavours from Thailand! The menu offered at Épicerie Pumpui offers mostly Thai dishes, but with influences from Southeast Asian cuisines. The items change a little each day, the base being always curries; served in soups, noodles, stir-fries, and more. Prices range from $3 to $35. The dishes are comforting, offer authentic tastes and are very tasty! To drink, there are different juices, sodas, Thai teas and coffees (very unique), and in summer they have an iced tea made with condensed milk.
Le Darling is the enchanting establishment of the Holder brothers (Holder restaurant, Majestique bar, Brasserie Bernard and Waverly bar), that opened its doors in March 2017 at the corner of St. Laurent and Marie-Anne. “We offer a formula to please everyone. At Darling, you can always eat well. The menu changes throughout the day. In the morning, we serve pastries and brunches on weekends. For lunch, we serve more substantial dishes, and in the evening, we go all out with beautiful, refined dishes that change from week to week depending on the seasonal produce” – Alejandro Vega, chef at Le Darling.
BarBara is a beautiful address that opened on Notre-Dame Street West in January 2020. The menu is signed by David Pellizari with a special emphasis on fresh pasta and other small Italian delicacies. During the day, they have focaccia, zeppoli, bombolini and other dishes to savour on the go that make us hungry just talking about them. The house has a wine cellar full of products selected by Catherine Draws; small producers from here and elsewhere whose products can be enjoyed without thirst.
The restaurant, which is on our list of great Montreal institutions and chic restaurants, opened in 1979 on Park Avenue and has since contributed to the cultural and culinary history of the city. The menu at Milos is made up of Greek dishes prepared with high quality ingredients. On a first visit, we highly recommend the Milos Special, a plate of thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini served with tzatziki. For the main course, you should try the fresh fish from Milos (be sure to ask the price before ordering) and their delicious octopus. And for dessert, you can’t leave without tasting the incomparable yogourt.
Monarque is one of Montreal’s indispensable restaurants, as well as one of the most beautiful in the city. Here, they invite their clientele to savour delicious French-inspired gourmet cuisine. On the menu of the brasserie, you will find dishes that vary slightly according to the season so that freshness is always at the table. Fish and seafood bouillabaisse, Cornish chicken, sweetbreads, taleggio veal meatballs and house-aged Prince Edward Island beef are among the delicious items on the menu. The dining room menu features a four-course offering that will change several times throughout the year. The dishes are often carefully crafted classics with a focus on market cuisine.
An Italian cafe-restaurant in Griffintown, Mano Cornuto has been very popular since it opened! Everyone here seems to know each other, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. Every day, the house prepares its own focaccias. These oven-baked flatbreads are offered with your choice of spread (truffle honey, fig or apricot jam) and ricotta cheese. The rest of the menu is designed to showcase excellent local and Italian products. There are a few fresh pasta dishes, colourful salads, two generous sandwiches (one of which is vegetarian), good pastries and plates of salami or crudo. For dessert, the kitchen offers a delicious doughnut that is a nice ending to any meal.
Pho Lien is a famous restaurant in the Côte-Des-Neiges neighbourhood: crowded from opening to closing, it offers one of the best pho soups in Montreal! When we come here, it’s not to admire the decor, but most certainly to savour their very good Vietnamese menu! Ms. Lien is the one who developed the recipes for the establishment. There are six starters, including some salads, excellent imperial rolls and spring rolls with peanut sauce. The specialty of the house, however, is the phở soup. Phở soup, or Tonkinese soup, is the national dish of Vietnam that is most commonly eaten for breakfast, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
La Prunelle is one of the best Bring Your Own Wine restaurants in Montreal as well as one of the best French restaurants! The menu changes with the seasons and daily specials are offered on the slate. The classics of the house and the most popular dishes include the feta gnuddis, veal T-bone, duck breast, grilled octopus and mushroom toast!
Bouillon Bilk is a staple in town and one of the best restaurants in Montreal! Their menu offers an exceptional taste experience, with reduced prices for lunch and a tasting menu that we recommend for dinner! It is based on a protein – guinea fowl, cod, venison, crab etc. – and its accompaniments.
Foiegwa offers a decadent and comforting cuisine until the late hours of the night! You will find revisited French classics at relatively affordable prices. For starters, you’ll find, among others, country terrine with foie gras, frog legs, bone marrow, Niçoise salad, and escargots. You will then have a choice of cheeseburger (extra foie gras available), mussels à la provençale, vol-au-vent with duck confit, ribs, cassoulet, or tartares as main courses. To finish it all, you can enjoy profiteroles or homemade soft ice cream, to name but a few of their desserts. Our favourite is the spaghetti with butter and black truffle and their exquisite burger, which is on our list of the best burgers in town! The plates are well done, and the dishes are quite delicious.
Elena is a restaurant that we adore. Here, you can enjoy delicious homemade pasta, natural sourdough pizzas and more, all accompanied by delicious natural wines. The restaurant is open on Mondays and the place is beautiful. Unpretentious, but with a unique style, Elena is truly a place to be. All this makes the restaurant a great place for a date!
Icehouse is neither haute gastronomy nor fast food, it’s an in-between; an unpretentious place where one comes to eat the most delicious feel good food. The menu, offered until late in the evening, is Tex-Mex inspired. You can savour tacos, sandwiches, nachos and burritos of all kinds, and a great fried chicken. The establishment is known for its drinks, so it’s a good place to go if you’re looking for a date with a festive feel. Its friendly and relaxed atmosphere and its nice little terrace in the summer make this address perfect for a date, besides being open on Sundays!
Le Red Tiger
The neon lights that greet you illuminate the phrase “The more the merrier”! That’s the atmosphere you’ll find at the Red Tiger, one of our festive and affordable restaurants. The owners wanted a restaurant-bar where you could come and eat Vietnamese street food, and it’s been very successful! In the heart of the Village, the restaurant is a charming and very friendly place that is buzzing with foodies. The restaurant is almost always full thanks to its delicious cuisine offered at affordable prices in an original decor. The establishment is also open on Sundays.
Bar Henrietta is one of our favourite bars and by far one of our favourite places to go on a date because the bar is almost perfect for a romantic night out. Henrietta’s on Laurier Avenue West is always charming with its elegant and welcoming decor and its friendly and knowledgeable staff. At Bar Henrietta, we drink excellent cocktails (the Goldeneye and the Betty Flanagan are our favourites), very good wines, chat to lively music and eat good snacks. Note that the editor is madly in love with one of the owners of this establishment.
Jellyfish Crudo+Charbon is a chic restaurant in Old Montreal, located in the splendid space on the corner of Marguerite d’Youville and Sœurs Grises. Here you will find a delicious cuisine with generous portions. As you may have guessed, crudo+charbon means their menu includes both raw and charcoal grilled dishes.