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. Brasserie Harricana

    $$ | Little Italy

    Instagram-famous for its dusty pink chairs and pleasing, contemporary space, this seriously cool brasserie is home to 41 home-brews—sold by the bottle at the boutique...Read More

  • 3. Café Olimpico

    $ | Mile End

    Ranked one of the world's best cafés by the UK's Telegraph, this unpretentious 1970s-style café is popular with locals for Italian pastries like cannoli and...Read More

  • 4. Kem CoBa

    $ | Mile End

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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

    $ | The Plateau

    This small and tastefully decorated bakery is, simply put, a Montréal treasure. Locals come from all over the city to pick up delicious desserts like...Read More

  • 10. Schwartz's Delicatessen

    $$ | The Plateau

    You simply haven't really eaten in Montréal if you haven't eaten at Schwartz's, Canada’s oldest deli. This Montréal classic has zero frills décor-wise, yet crowds...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Aux Vivres

    $$ | Westmount

    A favorite among vegans, celiacs, and vegetarians—and even omnivores—Montréal's first vegan restaurant serves comfort food dishes and beverages that are creative and delicious—not to mention...Read More

  • 13. Beaufort Bistro

    $$$ | Rosemont

    The only Norwegian-inspired eatery in Montréal, Beaufort Bistro has admittedly received a lot of attention. Part-time restaurant, part-time busy café (complete with freelancers and students...Read More

  • 14. Blackstrap BBQ

    $$ | Verdun

    Memphis-style barbecue is the name of the game at this popular, self-serve spot owned and operated by a champion pit master honing his skill behind...Read More

  • 15. Bottega Pizzeria

    $$ | Little Italy

    Nobody questions the authenticity of the Neapolitan-style pizza here, seeing as there's a nearly four-ton wood-burning pizza oven made from Vesuvian rock in the kitchen...Read More

  • 16. Brit & Chips

    $$ | Old Montréal

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

  • 17. Café Replika

    $ | The Plateau

    Students, freelancers, and local hipsters flock to this understated Turkish café for two reasons: the gourmet coffee and the food. Between the Nutella and sea...Read More

  • 18. Deville Dinerbar

    $$$$ | Downtown

    Located in Montréal's Downtown core, Deville Dinerbar is a whimsical alternative to the otherwise rather serious dining options in the area. A palette of neon...Read More

  • 19. Juliette & Chocolat

    $$ | Latin Quarter

    This popular Québec restaurant/chocolate bar chain is the brainchild of Juliette Brun, a self-confessed chocoholic since she was a child. First opened in 2003 when...Read More

  • 20. La Tamalera

    $$ | Mile End

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

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