Treat mom to a great dinner in Montreal

When we think of Mother’s Day we tend to think of brunch, but plenty of mothers would rather go out for dinner! These restaurants are open on Sunday nights, including Mother’s Day, and vary from French, to Italian, to Syrian, to Spanish and more. There is something for every mother and their finicky palate![image credit: iStock]

Leméac

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1045, av Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 2L1

Leméac is the perfect spot to take your mom and spoil her on Mother’s Day. French cuisine is perfect for celebrating an occasion. You should definitely try the duck leg confit for that classic French dish, and save room for the extensive dessert menu. What makes Leméac so special? Besides it authentic feel and wonderful atmosphere, it’s their famous French toast with milk jam ice cream and maple caramel.

Pizzeria Bottega Montréal

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65, rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K7

With two locations in Little Italy and Laval, Bottega is the perfect restaurant to spoil your mom on Mother’s Day. Start with their bacio, little doughy balls that are basically mini calzone but better. Their meatballs and lamb chops are sold individually so that you can make your own platter of appetizers. They’re known for their authentic Neapolitan pizzas, but check out their daily pasta specials – that’s one of their best kept secrets.

Damas Restaurant

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1201, av Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4

This Syrian restaurant has built up quite a reputation for itself. With vegetarian options for the pickier mother, and plenty of delicious meat for the carnivorous mother, it’s the perfect restaurant for sharing a lot of plates with the family. Opt for the tasting menu so that you can try a bit of everything, their various Middle Eastern dips with fresh pita will have you salivating at every bite.

Bar A Tapas Tapeo

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511, rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H5

Tapeo is a classic that we simply cannot get enough of. This Spanish tapas restaurant ensures that Mom gets to try a little bit of everything. Their scallops wrapped in lardon are a must, as is their pan-fried mushrooms in a rich sauce with a poached egg. Marie Fleur St Pierre, the head chef, even has a cookbook of all her classic dishes, named after her restaurant. What a perfect little gift for mom, after taking her to Tapeo for dinner!

Dominion Square Tavern

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1243, rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3B 2V5

Dominion Square Tavern was built in 1927 as a hotel tavern, and this 1920s speakeasy is a great piece of Montreal history. Trust us, Mom will be impressed! With high-end English pub fare, you must try their Scotch egg, bangers n’ mash and their succulent platter of bone marrow. Known as a great cocktail bar, this place isn’t just about its wonderful atmosphere, they make the best Canadian old fashioned cocktails in this city.

Lucille's Oyster Dive

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5669 av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E5

If your mom isn’t one for white table cloths and fancy dining then Lucille’s Oyster Dive in NDG may be the place for you. This seafood and aged steak eatery is for the fun mom who wants to slurp oysters, enjoy a Bloody Caesar piled high with seafood and get her hands dirty chomping on crab legs. With a gorgeous terrace in the summer, this restaurant also has a sister restaurant, Brasserie Lucille’s in Westmount, with an almost identical menu.

Restaurant L'Express Inc

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3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4

A classic like L’Express in the Plateau is perfect for Mother’s Day. This Montreal institution has stood the test of time – their jar of gherkins waiting on your table is classic L’Express, as is their dishes, which haven’t changed much since this Parisian bistro opened in 1980. Their veal and mushroom ravioli remains a signature dish, as well as their onglet steak with shallot butter, and please don’t forget their steak tartare, prepared exactly like it would be in France.

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If there’s anyone who deserves to be spoiled, it’s our mothers! They take care of us all the time so it’s only fitting that we take at least one day a year and make it all about them. And there’s no better way to start than by treating mom to a fabulous brunch. Here are some restaurants around Montreal that will be serving a special Mother’s Day Brunch.[image credit: iStock]
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