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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Brit & Chips

    $$ | Old Montréal | British

    There's no need to cross the pond to find perfectly battered fish and delicious chips as it can be found right here in Old Montréal. The cod...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Le Taj

    $$ | Downtown | Indian

    Refined Le Taj carries a piece of Montréal's history with its ornate mud wall originally made for India's pavilion at World Expo ’67. With northern...Read More

  • 9. Melina Phyllo Bar

    $ | Mile End | Greek

    It may be in the heart of trendy Mile End, but this "phyllo bar" looks like it was transported directly from Athens, with food arriving on checkered...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Qing Hua Dumplings

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Groups of students and other budget-conscious connoisseurs of hearty chows crowd the tables at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant for soup dumplings...Read More

  • 12. Satay Brothers

    $ | Verdun | Asian

    Bringing southeast Asia to southwest Montreal, Satay Brothers is ioperated by two brothers obsessed with the street food found in Singapore...Read More

  • 13. Soupe Soup

    $ | The Plateau | Canadian

    With multiple locations in all the right areas of Montreal, SoupeSoup offers creative soups and sandwiches to those after a no-nonsense healthy...Read More

  • 14. Yokato Yokabai

    $$ | The Plateau | Japanese

    Frequently cited as the best ramen house in Montreal bar none, Yokato Yokabai is indeed a discreet restaurant that deserves to be visited by...Read More

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