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. Beautys Luncheonette

    $$ | The Plateau

    The Schkolnick family has been serving brunch at this Montréal landmark since 1942 and very little here has changed, including the menu. On weekends, the...Read More

  • 2. L'Express

    $$$ | The Plateau

    This iconic Montréal bistro hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1980, and it’s just as well—regulars would throw a fit if it did. Quintessential...Read More

  • 3. La Banquise

    $ | The Plateau

    Québec is notorious for poutine—French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy—and La Banquise has been the place for an authentic experience since 1968 with...Read More

  • 4. La Croissanterie Figaro

    $$ | Outremont

    The self-proclaimed "un coin perdu de Paris" is famous for its wraparound patio, Parisian vibe, an 100-year-old corner building featuring stained glass and woodwork, an...Read More

  • 5. Le Petit Dep

    $ | Old Montréal

    You'll want to keep coming back again and again to this adorable little gourmet convenience store and café with its mint-green facade and single origin...Read More

  • 6. Olive + Gourmando

    $$ | Old Montréal

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

  • 7. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

    $ | The Plateau

    Even New Yorkers have been known to (collective gasp!) prefer Montréal's light and crispy bagel to its bulkier Manhattan cousin, due to the dough of...Read More

  • 8. Café Bazin

    $$ | Westmount

    A melange between a patisserie, a café, and a French bistro, this little restaurant has been a darling of food critics since it opened in...Read More

  • 9. Café Parvis

    $$ | Downtown

    What was once a fur showroom in the 1970s now hosts Café Parvis, a stylish yet eclectic eatery with floor-to-ceiling windows, half-stripped mint-green paint, and...Read More

  • 10. Duc de Lorraine

    $$$ | Côte-des-Neiges

    A light croissant or rich pastry from the city's oldest patisserie makes for a nice break after visiting the Parc Mont-Royal or Oratoire St-Joseph. For...Read More

  • 11. La Cornetteria

    $ | Little Italy

    This lovely little bakery, which magically transports its patrons (or at least, their tastebuds) to Italy, specializes in the cornetto, the Italian version of the...Read More

  • 12. Le Cartet

    $$ | Old Montréal

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

  • 13. Maison Christian Faure

    $ | Old Montréal

    This elegant patisserie is housed in a historic, beautifully renovated three-story graystone in Old Montréal. Baskets of buttery brioches and flaky croissants await, and the...Read More

  • 14. Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann

    $ | The Plateau

    The compact bakery serves some of the best croissants in Montréal, but the specialty here is the eponymous kouign amann, a multilayered butter and sugar...Read More

  • 15. Tendresse

    $$ | The Village

    This lovely new bistro, with its minimalist interior in coral pink, seafoam green, and golden ochre, attracts locals for its casual yet stylish atmosphere, appetizing vegan...Read More

  • 16. Toi Moi et Café

    $$ | Outremont

    Film producers and poets congregate at this corner café-bistro, sitting on the terrace to sip award-winning espresso. Although there's a hearty lunch and dinner menu...Read More

  • 17. Claude Postel

    $ | Old Montréal

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

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