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. Kem CoBa

    $ | Mile End

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

    $ | The Plateau

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

  • 4. Café Bazin

    $$ | Westmount

    A melange between a patisserie, a café, and a French bistro, this little restaurant has been a darling of food critics since it opened in...Read More

  • 5. Café Myriade

    $ | Downtown

    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...Read More

  • 6. Café Replika

    $ | The Plateau

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

  • 7. Duc de Lorraine

    $$$ | Côte-des-Neiges

    A light croissant or rich pastry from the city's oldest patisserie makes for a nice break after visiting the Parc Mont-Royal or Oratoire St-Joseph. For...Read More

  • 8. Le Glacier Bilboquet

    $ | Outremont

    Families and couples with dogs congregate here on warm summer nights, where the artisanal ice-cream recipes are prepared by hand. Real cream and real milk...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Patrice Pâtissier

    $ | Verdun

    Pick up a pastry to go at the counter or choose one of the plated desserts to enjoy on-site at Patrice Pâtissier, a beautifully designed...Read More

  • 11. Salon de thé Cardinal

    $ | Mile End

    If it wasn't for the trendy young clientele, you'd think that time had stood still at Salon de thé Cardinal, where you can find a...Read More

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