Not your typical BYOW restaurants in Montreal

Typically associated with mediocre, generic eateries, the term Bring Your Own Wine does not usually evoke the greatest dining memories. Hope is not lost, however, as we’ve unearthed the following standouts across the city and its outskirts. Keep these in mind next time you don’t feel like paying a premium for wine with your dinner.

Pizzeria Napoletana

1
189, rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K1

One of the city’s first pizzerias specializing in thin-crust Neapolitan pies, Napoletana has been a Little Italy landmark for over half a century. The menu lists endless possibilities featuring any topping you can imagine and more – and you can bring your own wine to match whatever you end up choosing.

Thanjai Restaurant

2
4759, av Van Horne, Montréal, QC H3W 1H8

A South Indian restaurant in Côte-des-Neiges with an unusual menu; you won’t find any tikka, tandoori or other Northern and Anglo-Indian regulars here. Instead, discover the likes of rasam (tamarind/tomato soup) and dosas (rice crepes) of all sorts.

Restaurant au Tarot

3
500, rue Marie-Anne E, Montréal, QC H2J 2A3

This is a hidden Plateau gem dishing out impeccable Moroccan/Tunisian specialties such as couscous, tagines and bricks. Owner Nouredine Kara is always on-site to tend to your needs at this 35-year-old stronghold.

Restaurant Grenadine

4
2004, av de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2X 3B2

A small, intimate space – not for claustrophobes! – Grenadine is dishing out contemporary French fare with Asian influences. Go à la carte or try the five-course tasting menu; either way you’re in good hands.

Restaurant La Prunelle

5
327, av Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1J1

A Duluth Avenue fixture since 1999, La Prunelle has been delighting Plateau dwellers with its seasonal French plates in a table d’hôte or tasting menu format. Feast on ingredients ranging from duck breast and veal T-bone to black cod and albacore tuna.

Restaurant A L'Os

6
5207, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4

A modern eatery specializing in Quebecois/French cuisine, A l’Os aptly serves almost everything bone-in. Enjoy local ingredients such as oysters, bone marrow, foie gras, game and of course bone-in steaks.

Restaurant Angkoria

7
1155, boul Rome, Brossard, QC J4W 3J1

This low-key, family-run South Shore establishment serves Cambodian/Thai specialties such as curries, banh bung vermicelli, pad thai, phnom penh noodles and love nests (yes you read that correctly).

Le Smoking Vallée

8
4370 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1R8

A quaint BYOW bistro de quartier, Le Smoking features a concise, handwritten chalk menu listing classics such as smoked salmon and steak-frites. Desserts are particularly strong here, with the likes of a parfait glacé with caramel or a white chocolate cake showcasing Quebec strawberries.

Restaurant Le Jardin De Panos

9
521, av Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A8

An old school Greek diner boasting a beautiful inner courtyard, Le Jardin de Panos’ food is just slightly above par, but the decent pricing and charming terrace more than make up for that. You can’t go wrong with their table d’hôte starting with a hot lentil soup followed by a filling plate of chicken or beef brochettes.

Restaurant Parisa Inc

10
4123, rue de Verdun, Verdun, QC H4G 1L2

This casual, bare Persian eatery serves typical Iranian perfumed rice next to everything from grilled skewers and fish to stews and vegetarian specialties.

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