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. Crew Collective Café

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Undoubtedly the most strikingly beautiful coffee shop in Montreal, perhaps even in North America, Crew Collective & Café is housed inside...Read More

  • 2. Kem CoBa

    $ | Mile End | Café

    Only one word accurately describes the all-natural goodness at this ice cream stand: yum. Flavors change frequently based on what chefs find...Read More

  • 3. Olive + Gourmando

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Influential types arrive at lunchtime en masse for a table at this bustling bakery and sandwich shop where vegetables are organically grown...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Café Myriade

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Aficionados are willing to wait for a seat at this small café, where the foam on your latte or café au lait is artfully arranged in waves, hearts...Read More

  • 6. Café Olimpico

    $ | Mile End | Café

    Open daily from 7 am to midnight, this Mile End staple is a popular spot for great Italian coffee in Montréal's most fashionable neighborhood...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. De farine & d'eau fraîche

    $ | The Village | Café

    This coffee and pastry shop's display is filled with the cutest cakes and cookies that have a strong “high tea in a modern doll house” vibe...Read More

  • 9. Duc de Lorraine

    $ | Côte-des-Neiges | Café

    Opened in 1952, Duc de Lorraine is a Montréal institution. A light croissant or rich pastry from the city's oldest patisserie makes for a nice...Read More

  • 10. Claude Postel

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Hordes of hungry clerks and lawyers line up at lunchtime to order fast, ready-made meals. Conversation is hushed and urgent over the vegetarian...Read More

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