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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Leméac

    $$$$ | Outremont

    Open since 2001, this sophisticated French bistro pleases Montrealers with its flawless classics and its heated wraparound outdoor terrace. Regulars gravitate toward dishes such as...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Park

    $$$$ | Downtown

    Sustainable, organic, and fresh every day is the philosophy of this high-end sushi restaurant. The menu is eclectic, with excellent sashimi—some specimens flown in directly...Read More

  • 15. Pizzeria 900

    $$ | Outremont

    No one does pizza quite like these pizzaiolos; they are, after all, legally certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napolitana in Italy. Using all-natural and...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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