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. HVOR

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    The clean and minimalistic Scandinavian décor of Hvor, pronounced "vor” (Danish for “here") is the perfect blank slate for the playful flavor...Read More

  • 2. Joe Beef

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    Eating out here is a little like being invited to a dinner party by a couple of friends who just happen to be top-notch chefs. Everything written...Read More

  • 3. Le Fantôme

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    Equal parts whimsy and polish, Le Fantôme—widely touted as one of Canada's best restaurants—offers an exciting dining experience. Rather than...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Toqué!

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Frequently named one of Montréal's best restaurants (a very coveted title in this foodie capital), a meal at Toqué! is not so much about sustenance...Read More

  • 6. Bouillon Bilk

    $$$$ | Downtown | French

    The decor at this restaurant reflects its philosophy: fresh, thoughtful, and simplified (yet not simple). The market-based menu changes often...Read More

  • 7. Café Ferreira

    $$$$ | Downtown | Portuguese

    The open-concept kitchen is renowned for its for "haute" Portuguese cuisine including roasted salted cod, seafood bouillabaisse, and a whole...Read More

  • 8. Chez l'Épicier

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Menus at this French fusion restaurant are printed on brown paper, but there's nothing down-market about the crisp white linens and the seasonal...Read More

  • 9. Club Chasse et Pêche

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    Despite the name—French for "Hunting and Fishing Club"—this isn't a hangout for the local gun-and-rod set. Impeccable service and top-notch...Read More

  • 10. Garde Manger

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    Popular options at this see-and-be-seen locale, steered by local celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, include bountiful platters of seafood, rich lobster...Read More

  • 11. Gibbys

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Steakhouse

    A culinary landmark like few others in the city, Gibbys is one of Montréal's most famous steak houses. Part of what makes is so attractive is...Read More

  • 12. La Chronique

    $$$$ | Outremont | French

    It's an elegant place with white walls and high ceilings flooded with light, but people don't come here for the ambience; they come for the...Read More

  • 13. Restaurant Helena

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Portuguese

    An airy, colorful restaurant housed inside a welcoming space with alcove windows and stone walls, the cuisine here is traditional Portuguese...Read More

  • 14. Kyozon

    $$$$ | Downtown | Asian

    Only a Kaiten-style sushi joint in a high-ceilinged, casual-industrial space could get Montrealers to dine on Crescent Street, an otherwise...Read More

  • 15. Portus Calle

    $$$$ | The Plateau | Portuguese

    A sunny decor greets you at this fabulous Portuguese restaurant. The many petiscos (tapas) such as caldo verde soup (traditional potato...Read More

  • 16. Queue de Cheval

    $$$$ | Downtown | Steakhouse

    The white-aproned chefs toiling away under the 20-foot-wide copper canopy look more like pagan priests engaged in some arcane ritual than cooks...Read More

  • 17. Milos

    $$$$ | Mile End | Greek

    Don't let the nets and floats hanging from the ceiling fool you: Milos is no simple taverna (a fact reflected in the prices, which some argue...Read More

  • 18. Nuances

    $$$$ | Île Notre-Dame | French

    If you hit the jackpot on one of the slot machines downstairs, you'll have no trouble paying the bill at the Casino de Montréal's premier restaurant...Read More

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