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. Brasserie Harricana

    $$ | Little Italy | Canadian

    Instagram-famous for its dusty pink chairs and pleasing, contemporary space, this seriously cool brasserie is home to 41 home-brews—sold by...Read More

  • 2. Dinette Triple Crown

    $$ | Little Italy | American

    Dinette Triple Crown is relatively small (a counter with just eight stools) but the real draw here is not indoors; rather, locals know to ask...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Beaufort Café

    $$ | Rosemont | Scandinavian

    The only Norwegian-inspired eatery in Montréal, Beaufort Café has admittedly been getting a lot of attention. Part-time restaurant, part-time...Read More

  • 5. Bottega Pizzeria

    $$ | Little Italy | Pizza

    Nobody questions the authenticity of the Neapolitan-style pizza here, seeing as there's a 3,500-kilogram wood-burning pizza oven made from Vesuvian...Read More

  • 6. Caffè San Simeon

    $ | Little Italy | Café

    In the heart of Little Italy, this historic coffee shop filled with regulars chatting away in Italian, is one of the city's best places (that...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. La Cornetteria

    $ | Little Italy | Bakery

    This lovely little bakery, which magically transports its patrons (or at least, their tastebuds) to Italy, specializes in the cornetto, the...Read More

  • 10. La Récolte

    $$ | Rosemont | Eclectic

    One could visit La Récolte (literally, "the harvest") every week and never eat the same meal twice, for the blackboard menu is entirely based...Read More

  • 11. Le Petit Alep

    $ | Rosemont | Middle Eastern

    This casual Middle Eastern spot is comfortable and homey but still has style, with music, ivy, exposed-stone walls and a lovely terrasse come...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Pastaga

    $$ | Rosemont | Canadian

    Although famous for its signature dish of crispy pork belly marinated in brown sugar (or maple when in season) and inventive chopped liver ...Read More

  • 14. Tapeo

    $ | Villeray | Spanish

    Bringing tapas uptown, this Spanish-inspired eatery is a chic yet casual place to drink imported wines and share a few small plates. The Tapeo...Read More

  • 15. Ginger

    $$$ | Little Italy | Japanese

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

  • 16. Il Mulino

    Little Italy | Italian

    No longer "rustic," Il Mulino has a fresh decor that matches its kitchen's uncompromising standards. This upscale, family-run trattoria in Little...Read More

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