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Whether you’re planning to eat at an upscale eatery or looking for a more relaxed ambiance, “bring-your-own-booze” restaurants are popular in Montreal. Check for an Apportez votre vin sign outside of a restaurant before you head inside. Here is a list of some favorite spots if you’re interested in trying some of the city’s best BYOB restaurants, selected for their diversity of cuisine, styles, and atmospheres.
Located in the Hochelaga district close to the Maisonneuve Market, the popular Bagatelle Bistro is an affordable BYOB restaurant that offers a range of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. There’s a patio during the summer months, and you can enjoy a hearty à la carte dinner crafted with local produce or opt for a boozy brunch.
Also found in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the design of Les Canailles follows the popular new open-kitchen concept, making it a unique and intimate dining experience. The creative chefs serve up French favorites such as foie gras du moment, oysters, risotto and bavette, and salmon and beef tartares.
The French BYOB called Tandem lies in Villeray, north of the Jean-Talon Market. Serving a range of fixed-price menus that varies with the seasons, the restaurant is operated by a young couple whose enthusiasm has made Tandem a popular must-try neighborhood spot that includes a small terrace during the summer. If you’re not sure what wine to bring, you can contact them for suggestions before you head over for dinner.
Long considered to be among the best pizza restaurants in Montreal, Pizzeria Napoletana has been around since 1948 and is currently operated by the third generation of the same family. Naturally located in Little Italy, it claims the status of being the first pizzeria in the city. Bring your own wine and enjoy the simple and authentic pizza and pasta dishes at this casual landmark in Montreal’s foodie history.
The small French restaurant Monsieur B opened in the Plateau in 2009, at the off-the-beaten-track corner of Villeneuve and Gilford. The creative menu options inspired by traditional French dishes change with the seasons. Even though it’s open seven days a week, you should reserve a table in advance because it’s a small and intimate venue that fills quickly.