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. Agrikol

    $$ | The Village

    Co-owned by Win Butler and wife Régine Chassagne of famed Montréal band Arcade Fire, this popular Haitian rum house with tropical décor is flanked by...Read More

  • 2. Au Pied de Cochon

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    Not for the timid, the menu at this famous 20-year-old bistro—one of the late Anthony Bourdain’s favorites—is an ode to gluttony and nose-to-tail cooking. Wild...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Crew Collective Café

    $ | Old Montréal

    Undoubtedly the most strikingly beautiful coffee shop in Montréal, perhaps even in North America, Crew Collective & Café is housed inside a former 1920s-era bank...Read More

  • 7. Dinette Triple Crown

    $$ | Little Italy

    Dinette Triple Crown is relatively small (a counter with just eight stools), but the real draw here is not indoor dining but taking the comfort...Read More

  • 8. Dominion Square Tavern

    $$$ | Downtown

    Antique chairs and a 40-foot brass bar, along with the original terrazzo flooring, ceiling lamps, aged mirrors, and ceramic walls from 1927, set the tone...Read More

  • 9. Ikanos

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    A far cry from the cliché-clad tavernas found elsewhere in the city, Ikanos serves refined Aegean gastronomy in an elegant and sleek environment. No blue-and-white...Read More

  • 10. Impasto

    $$$ | Little Italy

    This unpretentious, industrial-chic Little Italy restaurant has garnered a great reputation, thanks in part to its celebrity-chef owners, Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione. Start by...Read More

  • 11. Joe Beef

    $$$$ | Verdun

    Eating out at this establishment in the St. Henri/Little Burgundy neighborhood is a little like being invited to a dinner party by a couple of...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Labo Culinaire Foodlab

    $$$ | Latin Quarter

    Take cutting-edge experimental art and mix it up with food and what you get is Labo Culinaire Foodlab. Located on the third floor of Montréal's...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Le Serpent

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

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

  • 20. Le Taj

    $$$ | Downtown

    Refined Le Taj carries a piece of Montréal's history with its ornate mud wall originally made for India's pavilion at World Expo ’67. With northern...Read More

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