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 Mil
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 plentifu
Montréal has one of Canada's most cosmopolitan restaurant scenes with trendy new eateries popping up regularly, their me

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. Beautys Luncheonette

    $$ | The Plateau | American

    The Schkolnick family has been serving brunch at this Montréal landmark since 1942 and very little has changed since, both in decor and classic...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. La Banquise

    $ | The Plateau | Canadian

    Québec is notorious for poutine—french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy—and La Banquise has been the place for an authentic experience...Read More

  • 5. Le Majestique

    $$ | The Plateau | Canadian

    With its bric-à-brac décor, retro knickknacks, and sceney vibes, Majestique is a quirky wine bar that's open until the wee hours with an excellent...Read More

  • 6. Moishe's

    $$$$ | The Plateau | Steakhouse

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

  • 7. Patisserie Rhubarbe

    $ | The Plateau | Bakery

    This small and tastefully decorated bakery is, simply put, a Montréal treasure; locals come from all over the city to pick up delicious desserts...Read More

  • 8. Schwartz's Delicatessen

    $$ | The Plateau | Deli

    This Montréal classic has zero frills decor-wise and consistently long lines but that's all really beside the point because you simply haven...Read More

  • 9. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

    $ | The Plateau | Café

    Even New Yorkers have been known to (collective gasp!) prefer Montréal's light and crispy bagel to its bulkier Manhattan cousin. The secret...Read More

  • 10. Aux Vivres

    $$ | The Plateau | Vegetarian

    A favorite among vegans, celiacs, and vegetarians; dishes and beverages served here are creative, inspiring, and delicious—not to mention packed...Read More

  • 11. Binerie Mont-Royal

    $ | The Plateau | Canadian

    Authentic Quebecois food is the specialty at this tiny greasy spoon that's been in business since 1938. Sit at the long counter and make your...Read More

  • 12. Boulangerie Hof Kelsten

    $ | The Plateau | Bakery

    The mastermind behind this photogenic bakery had been making bread for Montréal's best restaurants for years before he decided to open up his...Read More

  • 13. Café Replika

    $ | The Plateau | Turkish

    College students, freelancers and local hipsters flock to this understated Turkish café for two reasons: the gourmet coffee and the food. Between...Read More

  • 14. Chez Victoire

    $$ | The Plateau | French

    A beacon of the French cultural diaspora in Montréal, Chez Victoire is the epitome of Plateau-Mont-Royal’s joie de vivre and warmth; fittingly...Read More

  • 15. ChuChai

    $$ | The Plateau | Thai

    Vegetarians and meat eaters love this casual Thai restaurant where no meat is served but the chefs prepare meatless versions of such classics...Read More

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    $$ | The Plateau | Asian

    Located at the foot of Mount Royal, this unassuming but contemporary local hotspot serves some of the best Vietnamese fare in the city on one...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Maison Publique

    $$ | The Plateau | British

    Local celebrity chef Derek Dammann teamed up with famed British chef Jamie Oliver to open this pub-style restaurant that perfectly blends Canadian...Read More

  • 20. Om

    $ | The Plateau | Chinese

    Walls the burnt orange color of the Dalai Lama's robes provide the backdrop for traditional, saffron-scented sanctuary serving Tibetan dishes...Read More

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