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. 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

  • 2. Lawrence

    $$$ | Mile End

    There are lines outside this hip and trendy establishment before the restaurant even opens. The chef's British background means that the homemade scones and clotted...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Toqué!

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    Frequently named one of Montréal's best restaurants and Canada's third best by canadas100best.com, a meal at Toqué! is not so much about sustenance but rather...Read More

  • 5. Brasserie Les Enfants Terribles

    $$$ | Outremont

    With its cavernous corner spot on Outremont's trendy avenue Bernard, sophisticated yet playful décor, and artfully prepared comfort food, this brasserie is always a good...Read More

  • 6. Club Chasse et Pêche

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    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 ingredients have made this one...Read More

  • 7. Garde Manger

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    Blink and you'll miss it. While the address is written on the building's facade, the restaurant's nondescript exterior and lack of a sign mean you...Read More

  • 8. Hambar

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    As the name suggests, the focus of this restaurant is ham in all its many incarnations. The menu changes seasonally but charcuteries and marinated vegetables...Read More

  • 9. Helm Microbrasserie

    $$ | Mile End

    Few places in Montréal are more Québécois than this lively microbrewery/gastropub, where the atmosphere is electrifying on hockey night if the local team, the Canadiens,...Read More

  • 10. L'Assommoir

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    The cocktail menu originally put this hip bistro on the map, drawing crowds for creative martinis (think cucumber and basil), and now the food holds...Read More

  • 11. Les 400 Coups

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    This low-key destination is the perfect spot for an intimate yet elevated meal, where diners can safely anticipate irreproachable dishes (including the $125, five-course tasting...Read More

  • 12. Maison Publique

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    Local celebrity chef Derek Dammann teamed up with famed British chef Jamie Oliver to open this pub-style restaurant that perfectly blends Canadian and British traditions....Read More

  • 13. Monarque

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    For fine dining in Old Montréal, head to this chic, contemporary restaurant serving expertly presented Canadian fare, from oysters to PEI côte de boeuf. A...Read More

  • 14. Nouveau Palais

    $$ | Mile End

    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 décor;...Read More

  • 15. Pastaga

    $$$ | Rosemont

    Don't be fooled by the name: Pastaga is not a pasta joint; the name is a slang term for alcoholic drinks composed of anise, specifically...Read More

  • 16. Restaurant le H4C

    $$$$ | Verdun

    Housed inside a stately former bank topped by a clock tower, this well-worth-the-trek restaurant uses the bank's old vault as a walk-in cellar, while the...Read More

  • 17. Magnan

    $$$ | Downtown

    Serving Montrealers since 1932, this tavern is best known for its roast beef. The meat marinates for 20 days and the result is so succulent,...Read More

  • 18. Hotel Herman

    $$$ | Mile End

    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,...Read More

  • 19. Ian Perreault

    $$ | Outremont

    Part food bar, part take-out counter, Ian Perreault is an upscale commissary in the entrance of the grand old Theatre Outremont. With its hot pink...Read More

  • 20. Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vin

    $$ | Mile End

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

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