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. Beautys Luncheonette

    $$ | The Plateau | American

    The Schkolnick family has been serving brunch at this Montréal landmark since 1942 and very little has changed since, both in decor and classic...Read More

  • 2. Dominion Square Tavern

    $$$ | Downtown | British

    Antique chairs and a 40-foot brass bar, along with original floors, lamps, and walls from 1927, set the tone at this atmospheric British tavern...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Da Emma

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Italian

    The cellar of what used to be Montréal's first women's prison hardly sounds like the ideal setting for an Italian eatery, but grandma Emma's...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Magnan

    $$$ | Downtown | Canadian

    Serving Montrealers since 1932, this tavern is best known for its roast beef. The meat marinates for 20 days and the result is so succulent...Read More

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