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Where to go for dinner on a Monday night: a few suggestions

Published on September 08, 2021
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Where to go for dinner on a Monday night: a few suggestions

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 scouring the Internet (only to be disappointed), we have gathered many good addresses across the city that are open on Mondays for dinner! While the list is not extensive, it does contain several options that will certainly please you. Here are a few suggestions when you feel like going out on a Monday night.

If you’re looking for a place to go for lunch on a Monday, check out our list here. Happy discoveries!

Bistro Tendresse

Bistro Tendresse is located in a magnificent and minimalist space in the heart of the Village. The gourmet offer, elaborated by the whole team in collaboration with the chef Valérie Doucet, is totally vegan and varied. The owners have chosen not to impose a particular style of food on themselves and to simply follow their inspiration of the moment. We find local, Asian and Mexican inspired cuisine. The brunch menu is just as diversified and offers savoury and sweet dishes! Favourite for the cocktails AND mocktails with electric colours.
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Épicerie Pumpui

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 $19.5. 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.  
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BarBara Vin

BarBara is a beautiful new 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.
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India Rosa

India Rosa is a restaurant that allows Indian food to blend seamlessly with the Montreal summers. The dishes are well executed while being served in generous portions designed for sharing with friends or lovers. Like any good Indian restaurant, the butter chicken is simply delicious. We also like the lamb Madras, a classic that does not disappoint. The menu also includes a few Naan pizzas that recall the Indo-Italian fusion of Sandhu, one of the owners’ other restaurants.
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État-Major

Owners Vincent Châtelais and Dominic Laflamme opened their very first restaurant, Le Quartier Général, on the Plateau-Mont-Royal in 2009. This first project, characterized by its Bring Your Own Wine formula, was a great success with the neighbourhood’s residents thanks to its warm and inventive market cuisine. Specialties include Gaspor piglet, tartare, veal chop, and foie gras. Inventive, affordable and downright delicious classics – perfect to accompany one of your favorite bottles of wine.
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Milos

The restaurant, which is on our list of great Montreal institutions and chic restaurants, opened in 1979 on Parc 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 yogurt.
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Mano Cornuto

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.
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Pho Lien

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.
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Pizzéria Melrose NDG

Pizzeria Melrose in NDG is a breath of fresh air. With their open kitchen, pizza oven and smiling chef and co-owner, the atmosphere here is warm and it feels good. Pizza is always comforting, and their pizza is indeed very good (among the best in town). Whether margherite, mushroom or veal meatballs, everyone at the table will be charmed. They offer around ten choices of pizza, as well as a pizza of the week.
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Graziella

Graziella is one of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal where you can savour delicate and subtle cuisine in a chic decor. On the menu, we find Italian grace. Graziella Battista is indeed known for the finesse of her dishes. The evening menu changes according to the season and the availability of the ingredients. The only item that has been a fixture since opening is the Ossobucco. Here, everything is homemade, from the pasta to the sauces. The only things that aren’t are the cheeses – which are of Italian or Quebecois appellation – and the charcuterie which comes from Italy. The meat and fish served here come mainly from Quebec, and the vegetables are also sourced as locally as possible.
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Pizzeria Heirloom

Heirloom Pizzeria is a beautiful address that serves very good pizzas in Hochelaga Maisonneuve. At Heirloom, we savour very good pizzas, of course, including the heirloom, the signature pizza of the establishment. There are also various salads and pasta dishes on the menu to suit all tastes. In addition to their famous signature pizza, we particularly like the rabbit pappardelle and the gnocchi.
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Joséphine

Joséphine restaurant opened their doors on St-Denis Street in May 2018 and offers delicious seafood and fish dishes in an elegant space. The menu features a nice variety of marine products all sourced from eco-responsible fishing, many of which come from a local supplier in Gaspésie. The delicious dishes savoured at Joséphine are cleverly enhanced with local ingredients and are well prepared. One of the most popular dishes to date is the scallop tartare with yuzu kosho dressing. All dishes are prepared with care – the quality of the plates and the experience is reflected in the price of the dishes.
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Monarque

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.
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Barroco

Barroco is a festive restaurant, presenting a fragment of Mediterranean cuisine in one of Montreal’s oldest buildings and on one of the oldest streets in town. For starters, oysters, plates of Noyan cheese and artisanal charcuterie, tartares, foie gras mousse and more await you, offering a gourmet selection that is perfectly prepared for what’s to come. As for mains, they serve an excellent duck breast, Nagano pork chops, and beef short ribs. Let’s not forget the beef ribs, as Barroco has a nice selection of Angus beef cuts in limited quantities.
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Helena

Located in Old Montreal, Helena is the restaurant of the Portuguese-born chef Helena Loureiro. In this elegant restaurant on McGill Street, one savours a cuisine with Portuguese influences that is both classic and modern. The menu includes hot and cold tapas (Pasteis de bacalhau, Mexilhão à portuguesa, Vieiras U, Chouriço assado, etc.) and, for the pièce de résistance, meat and fish dishes (Ensopado de borrego, Salada de polvo, Filetes de Sardi, etc.). The house also offers a nice wine list of private Portuguese imports.
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Ferreira Café

Ferreira is a Montreal institution and one of the best Portuguese restaurants in the city. Ferreira is the very definition of Portuguese class. The renowned restaurant has earned its reputation through years of hard work and constant renewal. Carlos Ferreira opened the restaurant to introduce Montrealers to his country’s cuisine, but his daughter Sandra has been helping him run the restaurant for some time now and has brought a breath of fresh air to the place. The restaurant has recently redone its decor to give a new look to the establishment. We love this address for its delicious cuisine and its festive evenings. We come here to savour fresh fish, grilled seafood and Portuguese-style meat.
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Renoir

Renoir is the chic and delicious restaurant of the Sofitel Montreal Le Carré Doré hotel, in the heart of downtown. The lunch and dinner menus change seasonally. For lunch, the chic address offers a formula for $36 per person.  Among the signature dishes on the menu is the pork and lobster dish, a plate that remains on the menu even if the garnish changes. Renoir is also known for making some of the best beef ribs in Montreal.
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Foiegwa

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
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Elena

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!
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Icehouse

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!
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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.
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Kazu

Kazu is already on our list of beautiful, good and cheap restaurants and we think it deserves its place on this one! The establishment is open every night and offers Japanese delicacies at very low prices, in a fun, warm and always full atmosphere. The place is casual, but the quality of the dishes is quite sophisticated. We owe the excellence of the dishes to the chef Kazuo Akutsu, who prepares the menu that we savour here. Japanese pancakes, dumplings, carpaccio and shrimp burgers are to be tried. We often see a line to eat here, but the service is good and fast.
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Bar Henrietta

Bar Henrietta is one of our favourite bars and by far one of our favourite places to go on a date. We feel it’s nearly perfect for a romantic evening out. Henrietta on Laurier Avenue West is always charming with its elegant and welcoming decor and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Here, we enjoy 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.
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Taverne sur le Square

Taverne sur le Square is a chic restaurant and a staple in Westmount that offers delicious cuisine in a beautiful decor. The menu offers appetizers, salads, pastas – mostly homemade – and main courses of poultry, fish, seafood and meats. The menu also features the house classics, which have been on the menu since opening and are still popular – salmon tartare, the famous Caesar salad, meat rigatoni and macaroni and cheese. The restaurant also offers nightly specials and the main menu changes monthly based on seasonal arrivals. The house classics are a must-try (!) and the staff’s recommendations as you pass by are also worth considering. Note that Taverne sur le Square is known for its delicious pasta and meat dishes.
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