Posted on May 16th, 2011 by .

Those looking for a quiet evening of pasta, vino and candlelight be warned: Cavalli might not be for you! As any Montrealer will tell you, the restaurant has become better known for its happy hours, va-va-va-voom waitresses and wild Thursday night parties…

On Thursdays, as on other nights, Cavalli on Peel Street churns out pretty decent dishes that can be best described as Mediterranean-meets-Asian. There are oysters with wasabi and lime or yuzu-spiced tuna and avocado tartare for the girls on a diet, but also hearty fare like pine-crusted filet mignon on a bed of mushroom-spelt risotto or rack of lamb with peppers, feta and olives.

But often the real attraction is the place itself: alive, vibrant, flirty and loud, with a lit-up fuschia bar and… did we mention the hot waitresses? It’s a restaurant with a distinctly nightclubby vibe…

The party vibe is kicked up ten notches on Thursday nights, when it actually does become an impromptu nightclub, drawing hordes of local beauties in sexy get-ups and the men-in-suits that like to hang around them. At around nine, the lights start to dim and the music – already pretty loud by default – reaches dance-floor levels, as a DJ spins in a temporary booth.

By midnight, the place is filled shoulder-to-shoulder with a mostly local clientele (age average in the low thirties) and the flirting level gets sky-high. Pretty girls have a better chance at getting by the doorman at this point, as a line-up inevitably forms.

“They all arrive at once, do the rounds and scope out the attractive guys,” says a regular. Clearly this is not your usual pasta joint…


Cavalli, 2040 Peel Street, (514) 843-5100


  1. It is a great pick-up by Cavalli to have a good change in its night parties. All those gorgeous waitress are required to make the night a memorable one for those who visit Cavalli.

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