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. Crew Collective Café

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Undoubtedly the most strikingly beautiful coffee shop in Montreal, perhaps even in North America, Crew Collective & Café is housed inside...Read More

  • 2. Ikanos

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Greek

    A far cry from the cliché-clad tavernas found elsewhere in the city, Ikanos serves refined Aegean gastronomy in an elegant and sleek environment...Read More

  • 3. Le Serpent

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

    The expertise and irreproachable service at Le Serpent truly make it an essential stop on any Montreal foodie itinerary. The industrial-looking...Read More

  • 4. Maison Christian Faure

    $ | Old Montréal | Bakery

    The upscale bakery has made its elegant home inside a beautifully renovated gray stone, three-story building in Old Montréal. The prominent...Read More

  • 5. Olive + Gourmando

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Influential types arrive at lunchtime en masse for a table at this bustling bakery and sandwich shop where vegetables are organically grown...Read More

  • 6. Toqué!

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Frequently named one of Montréal's best restaurants (a very coveted title in this foodie capital), a meal at Toqué! is not so much about sustenance...Read More

  • 7. Boris Bistro

    $$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Behind a freestanding facade (the remains of a burned-out historic building) is one of the best alfresco dining areas in Montreal. Like an enchanted...Read More

  • 8. Brit & Chips

    $$ | Old Montréal | British

    There's no need to cross the pond to find perfectly battered fish and delicious chips as it can be found right here in Old Montréal. The cod...Read More

  • 9. Chez l'Épicier

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Menus at this French fusion restaurant are printed on brown paper, but there's nothing down-market about the crisp white linens and the seasonal...Read More

  • 10. Club Chasse et Pêche

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    Despite the name—French for "Hunting and Fishing Club"—this isn't a hangout for the local gun-and-rod set. Impeccable service and top-notch...Read More

  • 11. Da Emma

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

    The cellar of what used to be Montréal's first women's prison hardly sounds like the ideal setting for an Italian eatery, but grandma Emma's...Read More

  • 12. Garde Manger

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    Popular options at this see-and-be-seen locale, steered by local celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, include bountiful platters of seafood, rich lobster...Read More

  • 13. Gibbys

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Steakhouse

    A culinary landmark like few others in the city, Gibbys is one of Montréal's most famous steak houses. Part of what makes is so attractive is...Read More

  • 14. Le Cartet

    $$ | Old Montréal | French

    As a gourmet grocery shop, takeout counter, and French restaurant rolled into one, this splendid space was quickly adopted by local foodies...Read More

  • 15. Les 400 Coups

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    This low-key destination is the perfect spot for an intimate yet elevated meal, where diners can safely anticipate irreproachable dishes (including...Read More

  • 16. Restaurant Helena

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Portuguese

    An airy, colorful restaurant housed inside a welcoming space with alcove windows and stone walls, the cuisine here is traditional Portuguese...Read More

  • 17. DNA

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    The much-photographed, multitattooed chef, Derek Dammann, is revered by foodies for using the entire animal when creating his out-there dishes...Read More

  • 18. Aix Cuisine du Terroir

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Planters of fresh flowers and semicircular banquettes provide a little privacy for couples sharing the seven-hour braised lamb with hashed fingerling...Read More

  • 19. Claude Postel

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Hordes of hungry clerks and lawyers line up at lunchtime to order fast, ready-made meals. Conversation is hushed and urgent over the vegetarian...Read More

  • 20. Osteria Venti

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

    Authentic regional Italian cuisine comes to life at this restaurant, housed in a rustic 200-year-old building on a cobblestone street in historic...Read More

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