Welcome to the Montreal restaurants Valentine’s Day section of Go Montreal Living. Where are you going to take your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Well, our listings below of some of the top Montreal restaurants for Valentine’s Day will surely help you make up your mind! All the superb Montreal restaurants below have included either a special Valentine’s Day menu or Valentine’s Day event. Also, as we approach Valentine’s Day there will be many new additions.

Your favorite Montreal restaurants will be adding their events to our Valentine’s Day section on a daily basis, so stayed tuned and come back and visit often!

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Montreal Valentine’s Day – The Man Valentine

Is the history of Valentines Day expressed in the current celebration of yummy chocolates, lovely cards, and sparkling engagement rings? What is the story behind such a highly-retailed celebration?

Some say the day is named after a bishop named Valentine, who was stationed in the Roman Empire. Claudius II was the Emperor at that time. He thought that unmarried men made better soldiers, so he decided to make it a law that young men could not marry. Around 270 A.D., Valentine took pity on the ostracized soldiers who were not permitted to marry or see their sweethearts.

He became an advocate of these young lovers and began to perform secret marriages. He was soon found out and jailed. Emperor Claudius II attempted to convert Valentine to begin worshipping the Roman gods, but Valentine refused. Instead, he tried to convert Claudius to Christianity and Valentine sentenced to be executed on February 24, 270.

Another version of the history of Valentines Day tells that Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Just before his death, he sent her a note and signed it “from your Valentine.” An aura of romance surrounded his demise and those who knew about it spread the tale. Bishop Valentine became Saint Valentine with his fame extending to England and France.

After his death, Valentine then became what is known as a “Patron Saint.” Some considered him the spiritual overseer of an annual festival in which young Romans would distribute cards of affection to those they wished to formally see. This festival was held each February 14. There are Valentine cards in museums worldwide that date back to 1415.

February has been the month to celebrate love ever since the Middle Ages.

Montreal Valentines Day - Symbols of the Day

Even though the history of Valentines Day is unclear, it has become one of the most popular holidays among lovers and florists! The common symbols of Valentine’s Day in this era are cupids, hearts, roses, teddy bears, and words of adoration. Children exchange valentine cards decorated with current comic and cartoon icons. Adults have continued this tradition of card giving which makes this day, behind Christmas, the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.

Cupids with bows and arrows represent Roman mythology. Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. The shot of the arrow would strike the unsuspecting desired person or god, making him fall in love.

Montreal Valentines Day – Finding True Love

The history of Valentine’s Day began in the era of courtly traditions. The stories of how women were wooed by grand gestures of gallantry flourish in romance novels of today. We all wish to be desired -- to be loved and accepted.  Enjoy your day!

Montreal Valentine's Day Restaurants & Hotels

Auberge des Gallants
1171 Chemin St-Henri
Ste-Marthe-de-Rigaud J0P 1W0

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Rib'n Reef
8105 Decarie
Montreal, Qc, H4P 2H5
fax: 514.735.1777

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Méchant Boeuf
124 St-Paul W.
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 1Z3

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Vieux-Port Steakhouse
39 St-Paul E.
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 1G2
fax: 514.866.6171

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Le Paris
1812 Ste-Catherine W.
Montreal, Qc

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Hotel Place d'Armes
55 St-Jaques Street
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 3X2

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Hotel Nelligan
100 St-Paul W.
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 1Z3

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Auberge du Vieux Port
97 de la Commune E.
Montreal, Qc

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Le Petit Hotel
168, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Montréal, QC, H2Y 1Z7

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55 St-Jacques
Montreal, Qc H2Y 3X2

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Restaurant Verses
100 St-Paul O.
Montreal, Qc,
fax: 514.788.4001

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Suite 701
701 Côte de la Place d'Armes
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 2X6

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Taverne Gaspar
87, de la Commune St. E
Montreal, Qc, H2Y 1J1
T : 514.392-1649
F : 514.876-8923

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1 St-Paul O.
Montreal, Qc

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Hotel St.Paul
355 McGill
Montréal, Qc, H2Y 2E8

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La Serenata
53 Brunswick blvd,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9B 1P7

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Hotel Maritime Plaza
1155 Guy
Montreal, Qc, H3H 2K5
514.932.1411   fax: 514.932.0446

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Hôtel Travelodge Montréal Centre
50 Rene-Levesque Blvd. W
Montreal, Qc, H2Z 1A2
Fax: 514.874.0907

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Sylvia Pizzi Spa
223 Place Frontenac
Pointe-Claire, Qc, H9R 4Z7

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Il Centro
252 Lakeshore,
Pointe-Claire, H9S 4K9

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1279 St-Marc
Montreal, Qc

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Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux
3900 Boul. St-Jean,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9G 1X1

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La Capannina
2022 Stanley
Montreal, Qc, H3A 1R6

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Valentine’s Day for Dummies

By Andrea Zanin

Okay, so we can all agree that Valentine’s Day is stressful. Not because of in-laws (that’s the holidays), not because of potential turkey-cooking disasters (that would be Thanksgiving), and not because of the split personality problem some of us encounter with Saint-Jean-Baptiste one week and Canada Day the next. No, no, no. Valentine’s Day is freakout-worthy because this is the day the world expects you to both have the perfect sweetie and be the perfect sweetie. That enough pressure for you?

So it’s Go Montreal Living to the rescue! Here I give you my fail-safe recipe for Valentine’s Day success. You can thank me later. (Chocolate and flowers are appreciated.)

Step 1: Have a Valentine. If you don’t have one, get one. If you don’t want one or can’t get one, you can either be your own Valentine for the purposes of this exercise, or stop reading now. Helpful hint: I suggest you keep reading. If nothing else you’ll find great ways to spoil yourself.

Step 2: Spend the next two weeks observing your Valentine. The key question is, What small luxuries do they enjoy? Helpful areas to check out: the shower or bathroom area, for favourite perfumes and bath products; the closet and drawers, for preferred brands, sizes and styles of clothing; the fridge and cupboards, for sweets, expensive strange-looking condiments in small jars, preferred wines and tea or coffee collections. Helpful hint: If you find perfumed love notes or someone else’s underwear during your search, pretend you never saw it and assume your lover has a really good, perfectly reasonable explanation. Oh, and if you find strange-looking expensive condiments in small jars that have mould inside the lid, scratch them off your list of ideas.

Step 3: The next question is, what can you extrapolate from the answer to Step 2? Trust me: it looks great when you notice the little ways you can spoil your lover based on the way you see them spoil themselves. But it’s far more impressive still if you can take that information and go a few steps further with it. To take the examples from Step 2: perfumes and bath products often come in ranges that include other items with the same scent. Go find ‘em and get ‘em wrapped up all pretty. If your sweetie always buys size 10 from the same store and likes dark colours, get thee to said store and pick out a new charcoal sweater. If you find white chocolate, plain sardines and raspberry tea, pick up a variety box of Belgian whites with interesting fillings, seasoned sardines and anchovies with yummy fancy crackers, and two kinds of custom-blended mixed-berry organic teas from a shop that charges way too much for such things. You see what I’m getting at? Gift extrapolation makes you look creative and thoughtful; you are noticing your darling’s tastes and expanding them. Aren’t you just grand? Helpful hint: Don’t extrapolate too far. One step removed is fine. Chanel perfume does not lead to Chanel sunglasses, black t-shirts do not lead to a full-body black latex catsuit, and anchovies do not lead to fishing gear.

Step 4: Remember that this is the time for luxury. Valentine’s Day serves no practical purpose but to get you in your honey’s good graces. DO NOT—I repeat, DO NOT, under any circumstances, purchase a practical gift. This is not the time for extra RAM for their computer, new socks to replace those worn-out woollies, or a fresh coat of varnish on the kitchen table. Yes, they’ll be pleased. But inside they’ll wonder where the romance has gone. You hear? Helpful hint: The only exception to this rule is if your honey has been batting their eyes a lot lately and sighing, “If only someone would buy me a power drill/new hair dryer/spare snow tire!”

Step 5: Make reservations at a good restaurant. Top picks this year include Rib’n’Reef if you like a succulent steak, Casa de Mateo for spicy Mexican lovers (it really is delish), Restaurant Kaizen for sushi fans, Comme chez Soi, and the Verses Restaurant if you prefer traditional fine dining of the fancier variety. Helpful hint: Reserve ahead of time. It is Valentine’s Day, after all—and you’re not the only one reading this article.

Step 6: Go to the restaurant. Eat some good food. Be charming—this involves withholding criticism on your cutie’s outfit of choice, complimenting their eyes, and reminiscing about when you first met, whether that was last week or twenty-three years ago. Give your prezzie. Get big smiles and lots of kisses. ‘Nuff said.

Have a happy one!

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The benefits of being single on Valentine's Day

For many people, Valentine's Day, is the day when you may feel sad, depressed, or alone if you are single. However, with so many failed relationships, nasty break-ups, or unhealthy unions, some singles are seeing this time as a time to embrace their solitude. Ann Landers once said, "it is better to be alone, than wishing you were." As a single person, why not use this time to focus on the benefits of being single rather than regretting a past you cannot change.

Here are some perks to being single:

1. Freedom. As a single person, you can do what you want, when you want. You
are not accountable to anyone.
2. You don't have to compromise or negotiate.
3. You have the time and energy to focus on other areas of your life like your career,
health and friendships or other self-improvement goals.
4. No in-laws to deal with.
5. Your space is your space. You can decorate it any way you like.
6. You can choose to be neat or messy without worrying about comments from your partner.
7. There are no emotionally toxic, co-dependent needs to deal with.
8. Your money is your money.
9. You can go out with friends, drink and not worry about coming home late.
10.You don't need to stress about what your partner's friends think about you and if you fit in.
11.You don't have to wonder if you are settling.
12.Your time is your own.
13.You don't have to worry about breaking up with your partner.
14.You can create and visualize the details of what your future relationship should be.
15.Use this time wisely. Make a list of the things that are positive in your life today and work toward reducing your negative self-talk and eliminating the destructive patterns you tend to repeat in your relationships.

If you mistakenly buy into the myth that you need a partner to be happy, being single can be lonely at times. If, however, you look on this time as an opportunity to work on yourself, appreciate what you already have and make a plan to be an even better you, just imagine the kind of partner you will be attracting into your life, thanks, in part, to be single on Valentine's day.

Please feel free to forward this article to any of your single friends,
Rhonda Rabow, M.A.
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