Why Choose a Steakhouse for Your Next Date?

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Are you trying to think of something to do with that special someone in your life? Sometimes, you want to do something different but can’t figure out what that something should be. Well, if you both love to eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company, then a steakhouse might just be your best bet for your next date. It’s a great idea for a birthday or anniversary celebration. Or you can go out and celebrate just because. And if you want to visit one of the best steakhouses in Montreal, you should definitely make your way to Rib ‘n Reef. Let’s take a look at why a steakhouse is a great choice for your next date.


Something Special


You can go out to a movie or cook dinner at home together on any normal day. But every now and then, you’re looking for an experience that’s just a bit more special. An upscale steakhouse is the perfect setting for such a date. The atmosphere is relaxing and romantic, the setting is just right, and if you choose the right restaurant, the food is going to be delicious, too. Plus, a steak dinner feels special and lavish (especially when you pair it with top-notch seafood and the perfect wine). Sometimes, that’s just what you need for an incredible night with your special someone.


Amazing Food


When you’re on a date, you should enjoy the company regardless of what you’re doing. But it helps make the date even better when you’re having a great time. What could be more enjoyable than eating delicious food? If you’re both foodies, it seems like an obvious choice.


When you dine at Rib ‘n Reef, don’t be afraid to get creative with what you order. In addition to our extremely high-quality steaks, you’ll find items on the menu like grilled octopus, chorizo sausage, salmon tartare, and so much more … and those are just appetizers. You can choose from a wide variety of veggie dishes if you’re looking for a healthier bite. Explore the menu, then try something out of the ordinary next time you go out.


Finish with Dessert


You may not have dessert every night, but when you go out for a nice dinner, it almost feels like a necessity. Doesn’t it sound amazing to indulge in something sweet and decadent after your perfect steak and seafood meal? If so, make sure you check out the dessert menu at Rib ‘n Reef. From the classic crème brûlée to the to-die-for cherries jubilee, you’re going to want to order something. Want to share? Order one dish and get two spoons. But if you think you can finish a dessert all by yourself, there’s nothing wrong with getting your own, either.


The next time you’re looking for someplace nice to go on a date with that special person in your life, make sure you make a reservation at Rib ‘n Reef in Montreal. We can’t wait to help make your night as perfect as it can be.

Creative Ideas for a Great Holiday Smoke

Montreal Cigar Lounge

There is no better time for a fine cigar than during the holidays. Something about the sudden coming of winter and being surrounded by family and friends creates a beautiful setting for a relaxing smoke. The number of places and occasions to enjoy your favorite cigar seems practically limitless. Plus, the holidays are when family or friends who do not regularly enjoy cigars may be more willing to try them with you. This makes for great opportunities for bonding with relatives or breaking the ice at parties.


Lots of things can enhance a fine cigar, and cigars can make even the simplest activities much more enjoyable. This is even truer around the holidays when everyone wants to relax, unwind, and enjoy the finer things in life. Getting ready now means you will have everything you need to sit down and enjoy your favorite stogie. At Rib’N Reef, we have you covered. If you are looking for some great ideas for a holiday smoke, look no further. Any of these ideas will be sure to put you in the yuletide spirit.

A Fireside Smoke

There is little that is more refreshing and comfortable than a cigar by the fireplace. Not everyone can light up a cigar in their home or has a fireplace to sit beside, but a bonfire, fire pit, or any other source of heat and flame can be a great alternative. Perhaps no setting pairs as well with a good cigar as a warm fire. Add holiday decorations, gifts, the smell of food, and a nightcap, and you have a winning combination.

On a Scenic Winter Walk

Nobody says you have to smoke your cigar sitting down. If you have never been on a quiet walk through the woods or your neighborhood around the holidays, you are missing an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and your favorite smoke. Where you walk is not as important as getting out for some fresh air with a delicious stogie to help you appreciate the little things.

Over a Delicious Dinner

If you are having guests who enjoy cigars, why not have a smoke over dinner? This is not an option for many people. Not everyone wants to smoke inside his or her homes, and many family dinners have small children present. However, there are other ways to enjoy a good smoke over a satisfying meal, like popping in for a holiday meal at Rib’N Reef or another location that allows for indoor smoking.

The Key to a Great Holiday Smoke

The most crucial aspect of a great holiday smoke is to make sure it is a pleasant experience for everyone involved. Whether you smoke alone or with family and friends, make sure that you mind your manners around people who may not want to partake. Make sure beforehand that you let people know you plan to have a family cigar by the fire or over dinner and keep others’ preferences in mind. With a little bit of planning, you can set yourself up for your best holiday smoke yet.

Sharing A Smoke With Friends

Rib n Reef Cigar Lounge

If your passion is enjoying a cigar, sharing a smoke with friends can make the experience that much more pleasurable. But what if you’re the only one in your circle of friends who knows what a good cigar is all about? Then it’s time to introduce them to cigars.

Create the Perfect Setting

You don’t need a reason to invite your friends over for a smoke, but the right occasion and setting can make all the difference. Celebrating an engagement, buying a new home or getting a new job are all good reasons to pull out the cigars and pour a few drinks.

No matter what the occasion, smoking a cigar should take about an hour to two hours, relaxing as you kick back and celebrate or just contemplate life. In many ways, enjoying a cigar is a ritual that allows people to come together and engage in a ceremony that’s been going on for hundreds of years.

Choosing The Right Cigar

Selecting the right cigar is important if you want beginners to have the perfect first-time experience and understand the aroma and flavor that comes out of each cigar. Spicy, coffee, and rich flavors are what’s going to keep novices coming back for more.

A good place to start is with a Cuban brand, such as the Montecristo. This cigar is smooth and easy, with a medium strength flavor. Another option is the Hoyo De Monterrey, which is also good for the novice smoker. With its robust size, this is a lighter tasting cigar that even experienced cigar aficionados reach for when they’re in the mood for a mild smoke.

The Process of Smoking

Part of the experience of enjoying a cigar is getting ready to smoke it. Demonstrate how to prep the cigar – cutting the cap on the cigar, how to hold it, and how to draw in the smoky taste. The art to smoking is to savor and experience all the complexities of each different cigar.

Cigars and Drinks

Another ritual that goes with a good cigar is pairing it with just the right type of drink. Although it comes down to individual choice, there are some tried and true pairings that cigar aficionados swear by, sticking with whiskey and scotch, pale ale beers, and coffee martinis. Other classic pairings include port, bourbon, and a dark rum.

But don’t let this hold you back from drinking almost any spirit when introducing your friends to cigars. Open a bottle of deep red wine, such as an aged Malbec. And while gin and vodka aren’t at the top of the list when it comes to pairing drinks and cigars, these spirits are crisp and clear and can bring out the anise or fruitiness of some cigars.

Looking for an elegant atmosphere to enjoy your next cigar? Check out our cigar list at Rib’N Reef and make a night of it first in our cigar lounge and then in our dining room as you enjoy one of the steaks on our menu.

How to Celebrate During National Beef Month

Steak Meat

April has come to a close, and it’s the greatest time of the year! Well, it might not be the absolute greatest, but it’s still pretty great. May is National Beef Month, and it’s the perfect time for it. With the days growing longer and summer approaching, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate our favourite meat.


Of course, summer and beef mean one thing: it’s time to barbecue. But there are also so many other ways that you can make this month special. So, grab your grill fork and your table fork and get ready to celebrate this May.

Buy Local Beef.


Recent years have seen a rise in encouragement to buy local, but many people don’t think about doing this with meat. There are a huge number of benefits to buying local, farmer-raised beef. For one, you support local businesses in your community. For another, farms are frequently in danger of losing out to the bigger competition. It’s always a great idea to support local farms when you can, and that includes the meat that you eat. However, there are more practical reasons to buy locally too. Farmers often give you more variety of cuts of meat and a better price point for the best ones.

Learn About a New Marinade or Rub.


If you love to cook or grill, there’s no better time to challenge yourself to expand your knowledge. You can find entire books and websites devoted to all the rubs and marinades you can use for your next steak. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try something new. Maybe even you would never usually put on your menu. Try a porterhouse with some lemon-and-thyme butter, a grapefruit and habanero flank steak, or adobo sauce and orange juice. There’s a whole world of flavour combinations that are waiting.


If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take some time to learn about the ways that people cook steaks all around the world. Try wrapping a steak in lettuce before popping it on the grill, a Korean specialty. Or cook it with papaya skins, which contain an enzyme that breaks down meat fibres for an extra tender steak.



May isn’t just National Beef Month, it’s also National Barbecue Month. With school graduations and Mothers’ Day, there are many reasons to have your friends over for a great meal. With the weather warming, you’ll have the sunshine and the long days to enjoy too. And of course, it’s the perfect way to combine all the items on this list.


If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate beef in May, just follow these tips. Buy local beef, get experimental with your cooking, and invite all your friends to enjoy it with you.


Of course, if grilling isn’t your style, you can also stop in to the Rib’N Reef for the most delicious steaks you can find in Montreal. After all, as a steakhouse, May is our favourite month!