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. Le Virunga

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    A mother-daughter team helm this delightfully cozy pan-African Québécois fusion restaurant in Le Plateau. Innovative and well executed dishes like cassava couscous with okra and...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bloom

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    A relatively new addition (opened in late 2019) to the plant-based sushi zeitgeist, Bloom on rue St-Paul aims to prove that it's possible to enjoy...Read More

  • 4. Bouillon Bilk

    $$$$ | Downtown

    The decor at this restaurant reflects its philosophy: fresh, thoughtful, and simplified (yet not simple). The market-based menu changes often and includes dishes that are...Read More

  • 5. Café Ferreira

    $$$$ | Downtown

    The open-concept kitchen is renowned for its for "haute" Portuguese cuisine, including roasted salted cod, seafood bouillabaisse, and a whole array of appetizers like giant...Read More

  • 6. Da Emma

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    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 cooking...Read More

  • 7. Kitchen Galerie

    $$$$ | Little Italy

    With its small ingredient-based menu, this homey bistro is an example of excellence through simplicity. The chefs do everything—the shopping, the chopping, the cooking, the...Read More

  • 8. Le Filet

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    A study in contrasts, Le Filet has a discreet blink-and-you'll-miss-it façade with a glitzy black-and-gold interior and a hot-spot buzz. Though it's been around a...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Nora Gray

    $$$$ | Verdun

    The crowd that fills this casual and lively spot nightly is hip, and the simple, modern Southern Italian comfort food and impeccable service keeps them...Read More

  • 11. Restaurant Helena

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    Housed inside a welcoming space with alcove windows and stone walls, this airy, colorful restaurant serves traditional Portuguese with plenty of seafood dishes. Share a...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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 potatoes, or the elk...Read More

  • 14. Ginger

    $$$ | Little Italy

    Nothing says tranquil like Ginger. This sushi restaurant in the Villeray area next to the Jean-Talon Market captures the ambiance and the flavor matches: the...Read More

  • 15. Le Mas des Oliviers

    $$$ | Downtown

    Search for a textbook definition of "classic French Bistro" and you'll find Le Mas des Oliviers. It's been around since 1966 and the owners pride...Read More

  • 16. M sur Masson

    $$$ | Rosemont | French

    The menu at M sur Masson is filled with dishes that are satisfyingly traditional but with enough creative twists to keep food lovers interested...Read More

  • 17. Van Horne

    $$$ | Outremont

    The tiny 28-seat restaurant is decorated in neutral tones yet stuns with its choice of imposing and unique art pieces like a collection of colorful...Read More

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