Montreal Restaurants

Montréal has one of Canada's most cosmopolitan restaurant scenes with trendy new eateries popping up regularly, their menus heavily influenced by flavors from around the globe, and often with an added touch of French flair.

Montréal's top dining destinations are plentiful, especially as young chefs move to hip destinations in Mile End and the Plateau areas to open new restaurants. Downtown, convenient to many hotels, finds most of its restaurants clustered between rues Guy and Peel and on the side streets that run between boulevard René-Lévesque and rue Sherbrooke. Rue St-Denis and boulevard St-Laurent, between rues Sherbrooke and Jean Talon, have long been, and continue to be, convenient and fashionable areas, with everything from sandwich shops to high-price gourmet shrines. Old Montréal, too, has a collection of well-regarded restaurants, most of them clustered on rue St-Paul, avenue McGill, and place Jacques-Cartier.

You can usually order à la carte, but make sure to look for the table d'hôte, a two- to four-course package deal. It's often more economical, offers interesting specials, and may also take less time to prepare. For a splurge, consider a menu dégustation, a five- to seven-course tasting menu that generally includes soup, salad, fish, sherbet (to cleanse the palate), a meat dish, dessert, and coffee or tea. A menu dégustation for two, along with a good bottle of wine, will cost around C$250.

Most restaurants will have an English menu or, at the very least, a bilingual menu—but some might only be in French. If you don't understand what a dish is, don't be too shy to ask; a good server will be happy to explain. If you feel brave enough to order in French, remember that in Montréal an entrée is an appetizer, and what Americans call an entrée is a plat principal, or main dish.

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  • 1. Kem CoBa

    $ | Mile End | Café

    Only one word accurately describes the all-natural goodness at this ice cream stand: yum. Flavors change frequently based on what chefs find...Read More

  • 2. Lawrence

    $$$ | Mile End | Canadian

    There are lines outside this hip and trendy establishment before the restaurant even opens for weekend brunch. The chef's British background...Read More

  • 3. Pizzeria Magpie

    $$ | The Village | Pizza

    Although a few inspired appetizers are available, it's really all about the pizza and oysters at this unpretentious, casual spot. Tucked away...Read More

  • 4. BarBounya

    $$ | Mile End | Mediterranean

    The menu at this beautifully designed eatery features Turkish-inspired cuisine with a focus on meze, small dishes served hot or cold and meant...Read More

  • 5. Café Olimpico

    $ | Mile End | Café

    Open daily from 7 am to midnight, this Mile End staple is a popular spot for great Italian coffee in Montréal's most fashionable neighborhood...Read More

  • 6. HELM microbrasserie

    $$ | Mile End | Canadian

    Few places in Montréal can argue being more Quebecois than this lively microbrewery/gastropub: with its own set of brews named after iconic...Read More

  • 7. La Chronique

    $$$$ | Outremont | French

    It's an elegant place with white walls and high ceilings flooded with light, but people don't come here for the ambience; they come for the...Read More

  • 8. La Tamalera

    $ | Mile End | Mexican

    The kitschy-cool décor includes a display of religious icons as well as vibrantly colorful furniture, while the menu is Mexican street cuisine...Read More

  • 9. Melina Phyllo Bar

    $ | Mile End | Greek

    It may be in the heart of trendy Mile End, but this "phyllo bar" looks like it was transported directly from Athens, with food arriving on checkered...Read More

  • 10. Nouveau Palais

    $$ | Mile End | American

    Hipsters head to this laid-back ’70s diner for one thing: delicious, classic greasy spoon dishes with a modern twist (a close second is the...Read More

  • 11. Restaurant Maïs

    $$ | Mile End | Latin American

    A beautiful young crowd, tasty cocktails, and delicious tacos are what this dynamic restaurant and bar is all about. The menu is a mix of some...Read More

  • 12. Salon de thé Cardinal

    $ | Mile End | British

    If it wasn't for the trendy young clientele, you'd think that time had stood still at Salon de thé Cardinal, where you can find a good old-fashioned...Read More

  • 13. Sparrow

    $$ | Mile End | Modern British

    Part cocktail bar, part British restaurant, the aviary decor motifs are welcoming at this oh-so-hip spot—where diners can get a traditional...Read More

  • 14. Hotel Herman

    $$$ | Mile End | Canadian

    Hipster chefs with a French Canadian focus on terroir make creativity the key word at the trendy Hotel Herman (which is not in a hotel, in case...Read More

  • 15. Izakaya Iwashi

    $$ | Mile End | Japanese

    This Japanese-style pub by night and café by day serves little plates to share and delicious bowls of ramen. Iwashi (which translates as sardine...Read More

  • 16. Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vin

    $$ | Mile End | Canadian

    The team at this casual spot know their stuff, and they proudly display their knowledge on the plate. The house-made charcuterie uses whole...Read More

  • 17. Senzala

    $$ | Mile End | Brazilian

    This popular location serving delicious Brazilian fare is known for their all-day brunch from Thursday to Sunday. Locals line up for familiar...Read More

  • 18. Damas

    $$$ | Outremont | Middle Eastern

    If you've never had Syrian food, which is difficult to find in North America, you're in for a treat. The ambience in this newly-relocated restaurant...Read More

  • 19. Milos

    $$$$ | Mile End | Greek

    Don't let the nets and floats hanging from the ceiling fool you: Milos is no simple taverna (a fact reflected in the prices, which some argue...Read More

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