Save and bring your own wine at those Montreal tables

Let’s face it, eating out in Montreal is amazing, but we can’t all afford to do it on the regular. There are ways to make it cheap, though, and that doesn’t mean you have to compromise the quality of the cuisine. Here’s a list of some of the best BYOW restaurants in Montreal.

Restaurant Le P'Tit Plateau

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330, rue Marie-Anne E, Montréal, QC H2W 1B1

You’ll be surprised to learn that le P'Tit Plateau is located, you guessed it, in the heart of the Plateau. Reservations are required in order to enjoy the fine cuisine of Southwest France found here. Are you in the mood for duck breast stuffed with duck confit? Foie gras? Tartare? Cassoulet? Whatever you choose, don’t forget to bring a good bottle!

Restaurant Quartier Général

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1251, rue Gilford, Montréal, QC H2J 1R3

The Quartier Général’s generous, meaty lunch menu (tartare of the day, veal liver mousse, flank steak, shoulder croquette, lamb T-bone) and its savoury evening menu (pork cheek, bison takaki, lamb, halibut, suckling pig, etc.) is a pleasure to explore. Up the pleasure factor with your own bottle of wine to match your meal. Eat there on weekdays from 11:30 to 4:00 pm, and every evening of the week including weekends from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Lannes et Pacifique

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200, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R4

This small Beaubien Street bistro offers a menu that is always subject to change, but here's what you may be entitled to: homemade bread made with molasses and Guinness beer, beet risotto, a perfect chicken liver, a suckling pig flank, baked sea bream, root vegetable curry, and to top it off, an ice cream parfait topped with homemade corn flakes or molten chocolate cake and coffee. Do not forget your bottle at home! The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Le Smoking Vallée

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

Open every evening starting at 6:00 pm - and for lunch if you can gather a group - Smoking Vallée on Notre-Dame Street West offers a menu that will showcase your bottle of wine. Start with a first course of smoked salmon, a fine mushroom pie or a crispy pork flank, and, after the “Trou Normand” (drink break during the meal), go ahead and try a flank steak, tuna tartare, scallops, lobster or a lamb T-bone.

Restaurant Etat-Major

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4005, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1T1

Open for dinner on weekdays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and for dinner daily from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, l'État-major on Ontario Street is a small French restaurant with some excellent tables d'hotes offered for lunch and dinner. Tartare, fish of the day, suckling pig, breast of duck, sweetbreads, monkfish tail ... all to be paired with whatever bottle of wine you choose to bring along. Enjoy!

Yuukai

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10580, av Vianney, Montréal, QC H2B 2X9

Want to try a little Japanese fusion cuisine? Yuukai on du Parc Avenue offers sushi, sashimi and other dishes in an atmosphere that is both friendly and very zen. Specialties include fried noodles with seafood, chicken or vegetables, all of which will go nicely with a bottle of wine you bring along.

O'Thym

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1112, boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 1Z5

This De Maisonneuve Boulevard East restaurant offers a lunch menu from Tuesday to Friday (11:30 am to 2:30 pm) and an evening menu daily starting at 6:00 pm. For lunch, enjoy a table d'hôte by selecting either sweet potato and chipotle soup or orzo salad, beef tartare, maple duck confit, duck ravioli, etc. In the evening, they offer salmon tartare two ways, Nova Scotia scallops, foie gras tatin, lamb sirloin, homemade smoked salmon and more, all to be washed down with whatever wine you wish to bring along.

Pizzeria Napoletana

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189, rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K1

This Dante Street establishment, in the middle of Little Italy, prides itself on having been the first pizzeria in town. People have been enjoying pizza here since 1948, and now a third generation of owners is slinging close to 40 different types of pie, as well as serving up antipasto and many pasta dishes. Bring your wine of choice to complement a true Italian treat.

Restaurant Grenadine

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

This bring-your-own-wine resto on Hotel de Ville Avenue offers French and fusion cuisine using local ingredients served with a wonderful personal touch. On the menu you’ll find such items as horse tataki, snail pizza, and crispy goat cheese, all of which prepare you for the main course offerings that include roast quail, horse steak, crispy deer and more. A "surprise" five-course tasting menu is offered, as well as a vegetarian option.

Restaurant La Prunelle

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

For over 15 years, this Duluth Avenue establishment has been offering French cuisine prepared with seasonal Quebec produce. Here you’ll find such delicacies as grilled octopus, homemade chorizo pudding, trout tartare, duck breast and veal T-bone. A tasting menu is also offered and you’re welcome to bring your own bottle of wine.

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