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. Au Pied de Cochon

    $$$ | The Plateau | French

    Not for the timid, the menu at this famous bistro—one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorites—is an ode to nose-to-tail cooking. Martin Picard is a...Read More

  • 2. Dominion Square Tavern

    $$$ | Downtown | British

    Antique chairs and a 40-foot brass bar, along with original floors, lamps, and walls from 1927, set the tone at this atmospheric British tavern...Read More

  • 3. Ikanos

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Greek

    A far cry from the cliché-clad tavernas found elsewhere in the city, Ikanos serves refined Aegean gastronomy in an elegant and sleek environment...Read More

  • 4. Impasto

    $$$ | Little Italy | Italian

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

  • 5. L'Express

    $$$ | The Plateau | French

    This iconic Montreal 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. Lawrence

    $$$ | Mile End | Canadian

    There are lines outside this hip and trendy establishment before the restaurant even opens for weekend brunch. The chef's British background...Read More

  • 7. Le Serpent

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

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

  • 8. Leméac

    $$$ | Outremont | French

    This sophisticated French bistro pleases Montrealers with its flawless classics and its heated wraparound outdoor terrace; not to mention the...Read More

  • 9. Boris Bistro

    $$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Behind a freestanding facade (the remains of a burned-out historic building) is one of the best alfresco dining areas in Montreal. Like an enchanted...Read More

  • 10. Brasserie Central

    $$$ | Westmount | French

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

  • 11. Brasserie Les Enfants Terribles

    $$$ | Outremont | Canadian

    With its cavernous corner spot on Outremont's trendy avenue Bernard, sophisticated yet playful decor, and artfully prepared comfort food, this...Read More

  • 12. Brasserie T

    $$$ | Downtown | French

    The informal sibling of Montréal's famous Toqué! restaurant, Brasserie T is a see-and-be-seen spot in the heart of downtown. It's an excellent...Read More

  • 13. Da Emma

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

    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...Read More

  • 14. Gus

    $$$ | Rosemont | Eclectic

    Eclectic may be the best way to describe the food at this scarlet-colored restaurant, as the dishes combine a French bistro feel with a little...Read More

  • 15. Kitchen Galerie

    $$$ | Little Italy | French

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

  • 16. Laloux

    $$$ | The Plateau | French

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

  • 17. Le Filet

    $$$ | The Plateau | Canadian

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

  • 18. Les 400 Coups

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    This low-key destination is the perfect spot for an intimate yet elevated meal, where diners can safely anticipate irreproachable dishes (including...Read More

  • 19. M.Mme

    $$$ | Outremont | Wine Bar

    With a simple but slick decor of exposed brick walls, natural woods, and leather chairs and banquettes, the scene-stealer in this trendy wine...Read More

  • 20. Manitoba

    $$$ | Little Italy | Canadian

    Bringing a taste of the forest to adoring local foodies, food writers, and adventurous eaters, Manitoba was one of the most percussive restaurant...Read More

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