Whether you’re on a first date or a 500th, marking an occasion or celebrating just because, surprising your foodie partner with a meal at a restaurant with incredible food and stunning decor is a surefire bet. Here are some of the most sought-after restaurants across the country to help you pull off a night to remember.
10 Rue Saint-Antoine, Québec City, Que.
This award-winning restaurant tucked away in the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel serves farm-to-table French Canadian fare in a super-cozy, rustic setting. It’s quiet and comfortable, with soft comfy chairs and a rustic central fireplace. Since chef Julien Ouellet sources as much food locally as possible, the menus change seasonally. Surprise your significant other with a sharing menu to get the full experience, or opt for the tasting menu to savour it all.
600 Ebedora Ln., Malahat, B.C.
Located just north of Victoria, this establishment offers exquisite, romantic views of Saanich Inlet and surrounding mountains from inside Villa Eyerie Resort, perfect for a surprise dinner for two. The menu draws on the chef’s German heritage, and it features ingredients and traditional preparation methods from Alpine areas of Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Depending on the season, try the smoked tomato bisque or open-faced seafood lasagna (swoon).
The Press Gang
5218 Prince St., Halifax, N.S.
Housed in Halifax’s oldest stone structure, the building this historic restaurant is housed in dates back to 1759. The stone walls, warm fireplace and rich dark woods are sure to stoke the fire as you take advantage of The Press Gang’s famous oyster bar, or feast on other fresh seafood fare. Surprise your sweetheart on a Friday or Saturday—live music begins at 8:30pm.
777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montreal, Que.
A stunning city skyline awaits you on the 30th and 31st floor. Don’t worry where you sit, this restaurant is set on 360-degree rotating system. Take in the twinkling lights of Montreal as you enjoy beef sirloin, grilled vegetables, or chourico from the Portuguese menu curated by chef Helena Loureiro.
North and Navy
226 Nepean St., Ottawa, Ont.
Meals are inspired by the tradition of northeast Italy, based on quality and availability of seasonal game, seafood, and veggies from local sources. Surprise your loved one with a weeknight out at this delicious, deep-blue restaurant—though options change with the season, try out the ravioli or trout, or the tender, modern take on Venetian liver and onions.
124 Rue Prince Arthur E., Montreal, Que.
Nothing says sexy and spine-tingling like a meal served and enjoyed entirely in the dark! Choose your courses ahead of time, and then allow your taste, smell and touch to guide you through courses served in pitch black.
Little Grouse on the Prairie
167 3 Ave S., Saskatoon, Sask.
Classic Italian dishes focusing on farm-to-table ingredients are simple yet mouthwatering. Enjoy a tender moment in a light and airy setting, and be sure to opt for the courses with wine pairing for a truly delicious experience.
Eden at The Rimrock Resort Hotel
300 Mountain Ave., Banff, Alt.
An absolutely stunning dining room with pristine views of the mountain makes the perfect backdrop to enjoy gourmet season fare. This cellphone-free zone allows for that truly personal, intimate connection. Choose three courses or the tasting menu, with menu options rotating monthly.
797 College St., Toronto, Ont.
A romantic night out does not get tastier than a Spanish-inspired meal at Bar Isabel. From the succulent bone marrow served with a side of homemade bread, to the smoky grilled octopus to the fresh scallops, this is a sure-fire date night to remember, with flavour-packed dishes made from fresh local ingredients and fine European imports.
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