10 Romantic Restaurants in Canada for Valentine’s Day «Food Network»
By Lisa Jackson, Food Network
Seeking to capture that special someone’s heart this Valentine’s Day? Inject a little romance into your date night by choosing the perfect restaurant that serves a hefty side of l’amour. Here are 10 Canadian restaurants that will surely spoil your babe and get sparks flying across the table.
Candide (Montreal, QC)
The quickest way to your honey’s heart? Book a coveted table at Candide, one of Montreal’s best new restaurants. Inside this renovated Victorian church rectory, Chef John Winter-Russell unveils a four-course feast inspired by garden bounty, amidst a warm, intimate atmosphere. Get cozy with your date at a table constructed from old church pews or by the open-air kitchen, enjoying delicacies like roasted carrots served atop smoked yogurt or grilled radishes with smoked buttermilk cream.
GEORGE Restaurant (Toronto, ON)
George Restaurant has one of the most romantic dining spaces in Toronto. Inside this refurbished 1850s chocolate factory, enjoy fine fare surrounded by fresh flowers, flickering candlelight and colourful artwork on the exposed brick walls. Indulge in an epic five, seven or ten-course feast that features local, seasonal ingredients, and wine pairings selected by a sommelier. On summer evenings, share a night cap on the Parisian-style terrace that evokes pure romance.
Panache (Québec City, QC)
The Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel has a secret weapon for l’amour: Panache, a four-diamond restaurant nestled within the stone walls and exposed wooden beams of an 1822 maritime warehouse. The dining room offers exceptional privacy for languishing over a multi-course meal, along with stunning views of the St. Lawrence River. The menu will also dazzle: Chef Julien Ouellet reinvents classic Québecois dishes with a modern approach, sourcing ingredients from an organic garden on Île d’Orleans.
Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery (Wolfville, NS)
Le Caveau, a boutique winery and restaurant in Wolfville, is utterly enchanting, surrounded by grapevines, gardens and cobblestone walkways. Located 50 minutes from Halifax, Chef Jason Lynch curates a seasonal menu featuring local wines and East Coast ingredients, like poached Fundy lobster or crispy pork belly that’ll impress your mate. Sup under an outdoor terrace overlooking sprawling vineyards, or inside the cozy candle-lit dining room during cooler months.
The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino, BC)
Woo your mate West Coast-style at The Pointe, a rustic restaurant in Tofino famed for its farm-fresh fare and panoramic vistas of idyllic Chesterman Beach. Reserve a table that’s close to the gas-burning fireplace, and overlooks the windswept sands and swirling surf. Treat your date to a Champagne Sunday Brunch, featuring swoon-worth dishes like Apple-Stuffed French Toast and Mushrooms on Toast.
Little Grouse on the Prairie (Saskatoon, SK)
With an incredible wine selection, sumptuous Italian fare and an intimate 40-seater dining room, Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie has all the ingredients for romance. The menu is ever-evolving, but if available, try the scratch-made tortellini sauteed in brown butter with kale, walnuts and shallots. Get cozy and share the food love with your honey by dining “Alla Famiglia-style,” whereby a table can share multiple courses with wine pairings for a set price.
Raymonds (St. John’s, NFD)
For an amorous and unforgettable feast in the East, take your sweetheart to Raymonds in St. John’s. This award-winning restaurant is lauded for its terroir-driven menu, inspired by Newfoundland’s plentiful wild foods and traditions. It’s also got pretty sweet digs, housed inside a stunning historic building overlooking St. John’s harbour. Plus, supping on some of the world’s best seafood, wild game and produce is sure to set the mood.
Blink (Calgary, AB)Ask for a cozy corner away from the crowds at Blink, one of Calgary’s finest contemporary dining spots set within a historic 19-century saddlery. This trendy restaurant dishes up tasty delicacies made with local ingredients, as well as a decadent dessert menu. Finish the night on a sweet note by splitting a slice of Valrhona Chocolate Tort with some chocolate bon bons to boot.
Restaurant Eighteen (Ottawa, ON)
Set amidst 19th-century limestone walls adorned with elegant artwork, Restaurant E18hteen’s unique and haunting ambiance will create an amorous mood for your date night. Stylish decor aside, the crafty cocktails, extensive wine list and beautifully presented French cuisine will also send sparks flying across the table. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurant often serves a special romance-inducing menu, featuring delicacies like Acadian Sturgeon Caviar and Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse cake.
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa (Cambridge, ON)
If you’re looking for Old World charm and a little pampering, make a date with Langdon Hall Country House. It has one of Canada’s dreamiest restaurants, set within the majestic pillars of an elegant country estate. After a cocktail by the roaring fire, indulge in an exquisite eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings, or for a day date, enjoy High Tea set inside a solarium.
Lisa Jackson is a food and travel writer based in Toronto who loves sinking her teeth into new flavours across Canada and abroad.