Of all of the dating milestones, nailing the first date is often the hardest.

First dates are extremely stressful. You need to consider what to wear, where to eat, what to say and who’s going to pay.

But deciding where to eat is very detrimental for the success rate of your relationship. You have to find the perfecy balance of “impressive” but “non-chalant”.

So we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Montreal to make the date process that much easier.

And while we can’t guarantee a kiss at the end of the night, we can guarantee that you’ll ace the date and land a second one.

Barroco 
Located in the heart of Montreal, this chic and rustic dinner spot is the perfect mix of a hip and intimate. The menu meets the needs of all appetites, with a variety of delicious meat and sea food dishes and fresh homemade pastas. Barroco also knows how to serve a mean cocktail, with some popular choices being theApple Pie Old Fashioned and the Tea Mule. Accompanied by the soft lighting and humble staff, you’re guaranteed and unforgettable evening.

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Da emma
This charming Italian eatery is located in the Old Port and the stone walls and historic decor create a one of a kind dining experience. Dine on refined Italian dishes like roasted lamb, eggplant parmigana, and handmade fettuccine with porcini mushrooms. Make sure to wrap the meal up by splitting the tiramisu with your date.

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Foxy 
If you’re always nervous about what to say on a date, head to Foxy in Griffintown, where you dine at communal tables, so there’s always the chance someone else can join in on your conversation. Foxy is extremely cozy  and rustic and it even has a wood-fired oven. While it’s a bit of a trek from the centre of town, it’s worth the trip for a great night out.

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Le Bremner 
If you’re looking for a spot that’s full of energy, make your way to Le bremner in Old Montreal for a guaranteed memorable first date. The cozy space is perfect for adventerous appetites as it serves up eclectic seafood comfort foods and plenty of raw options. But make sure to make a reservation, this spot fills up fast.

Maison Boulud 
If you’re more of a romantic type and really want to impress your date, pay Maison Boulud a visit, located in the Ritz Carlton for an elegant dining experience. The posh eatery features upscale French fare and has provides the perfect ambiance for a great dinner.

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Tuckshop 
Located in the heart of St-Henri, this neighbourhood eatery has a charming dining room thats perfect for dinner, or a cozy bar if you just want to grab drinks. The menu is seasonal, so it’s always changing. You can even check the restaurant’s Twitter before your dinner to look at what will be served that night. But you can expect seasonal eclectic dishes are are sure to impress your date.

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Le Richmond
Trendy, tasty and tastefully decorated, Le Richmond is a farm-fresh Italian eatery. The large, two-leveled space is almost always full with people looking to see and be seen. If you like supper club style dining, with amazing music and an Italian-inspired menu, this is your first date spot. Try the polenta with sautéed mushrooms and pair your meal with wine from the in-house wine cellar.

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Jatoba 
Located in the Latin Quarter, Jatoba is a refined modern eatery that serves up Asian-influenced dishes. Diners will appreciate the beauty of the restaurant as it offers a mix of classic and trendy decor and an impressive ambiance. The menu consists of flavourful shared plate options, which are perfect for a first date.

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Park Resto 
Park Resto is a sushi restaurant in Westmount, that pairs the purity of traditional Japanese cuisine with Korean and South American flavours. Every dish is presented with care and detail, making your meal look more like a work of art. You can also sit at the sushi bar and watch the chef prepare your meal, which will surely leave your date impressed.

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