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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Moishe's

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    Elegant and old-school, Montréal's premier steak house has been in the Lighter family since 1938 and family members have consistently been hands-on when it comes...Read More

  • 6. Toqué!

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec

    $$$ | Latin Quarter

    Long held in disdain by Montréal food critics, the restaurant at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) has upped its epicurean game....Read More

  • 9. La Chronique

    $$$$ | Outremont

    Although La Chronique is indeed an elegant place with white walls and high ceilings flooded with light, people don't come here for the setting; they...Read More

  • 10. Maison Christian Faure

    $ | Old Montréal

    This elegant patisserie is housed in a historic, beautifully renovated three-story graystone in Old Montréal. Baskets of buttery brioches and flaky croissants await, and the...Read More

  • 11. Ryū

    $$ | Downtown

    The salmon and avocado tartare is a must at this surprisingly affordable Japanese tapas restaurant and lounge. Vegans and vegetarians will appreciate plates like the shiitake...Read More

  • 12. Birks Café par Europea

    $$$ | Downtown

    Because where else could you possibly treat yourself to afternoon tea while sitting in a 150-year-old diamond store? A visit to Birks Café is not...Read More

  • 13. Brasserie Central

    $$$ | Westmount

    It takes a lot of nerve to open a French bistro in Montréal’s most voraciously English-speaking neighborhood, but Brasserie Central spruces up snobbish Westmount with...Read More

  • 14. Chez l'Épicier

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    Menus at this French fusion restaurant are printed on brown paper, but there's nothing down-market about the crisp white linens and the seasonal creative dishes...Read More

  • 15. Kaizen

    $$$ | Westmount

    If you like a little drama with your sushi, Kaizen's black-clad waitresses, floor-to-ceiling blue curtains, and glassed-in wine cellar certainly add a dash of theater...Read More

  • 16. Laloux

    $$$ | The Plateau

    Priding itself on an exemplary environmental approach, cuisine at Laloux is in one word "fresh," based on ultra local ingredients like juniper berries, sea buckthorn,...Read More

  • 17. Mezcla

    $$$ | The Village

    This South-American restaurant specializes in modern interpretations of Peruvian cuisine. Its aromatic dishes will win any wavering heart the minute the first dish arrives at...Read More

  • 18. Racines

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Racines is located inside an old, long, and narrow diner that's been renovated into a sophisticated and gorgeous new space that is reminiscent of a...Read More

  • 19. 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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