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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. La Récolte

    $$ | Rosemont | Eclectic

    One could visit La Récolte (literally, "the harvest") every week and never eat the same meal twice, for the blackboard menu is entirely based...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. LOV

    $$ | Downtown | Vegetarian

    With its all-white, plant-heavy décor and sustainable approach to food, fashionable and botanical LOV is the kind of vegan restaurant that even...Read More

  • 7. Manitoba

    $$$ | Little Italy | Canadian

    Bringing a taste of the forest to adoring local foodies, food writers, and adventurous eaters, Manitoba was one of the most percussive restaurant...Read More

  • 8. Restaurant Maïs

    $$ | Mile End | Latin American

    A beautiful young crowd, tasty cocktails, and delicious tacos are what this dynamic restaurant and bar is all about. The menu is a mix of some...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Sparrow

    $$ | Mile End | British

    Part cocktail bar, part British restaurant, the aviary decor motifs are welcoming at this oh-so-hip spot—where diners can get a traditional...Read More

  • 11. Crudessence

    $$ | The Plateau | Vegetarian

    Hippies and health nuts are drawn to this casual raw-food counter near Jeanne Mance Park. Open for lunch and dinner, Crudessence promises that...Read More

  • 12. Hotel Herman

    $$$ | Mile End | Canadian

    Hipster chefs with a French Canadian focus on terroir make creativity the key word at the trendy Hotel Herman (which is not in a hotel, in case...Read More

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