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 Mil
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 plentifu
Montréal has one of Canada's most cosmopolitan restaurant scenes with trendy new eateries popping up regularly, their me

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. Beaufort Café

    $$ | Rosemont | Scandinavian

    The only Norwegian-inspired eatery in Montréal, Beaufort Café has admittedly been getting a lot of attention. Part-time restaurant, part-time...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. Kitchen Galerie

    $$$ | Little Italy | French

    With its small ingredient-based menu, this homey bistro is an example of excellence through simplicity. The chefs do everything—the shopping...Read More

  • 6. Le Filet

    $$$ | The Plateau | Canadian

    A study in contrasts, Le Filet has a discreet blink-and-you'll-miss-it facade with a glitzy black-and-gold interior and a hot-spot buzz though...Read More

  • 7. Les 400 Coups

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    This low-key destination is the perfect spot for an intimate yet elevated meal, where diners can safely anticipate irreproachable dishes (including...Read More

  • 8. Nora Gray

    $$$ | Verdun | Italian

    The crowd that fills this casual and lively spot nightly is hip, and the simple, modern Southern Italian comfort food and impeccable service...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Restaurant le H4C

    $$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    Housed inside a stately former bank topped by a clock tower, this well-worth-the-trek restaurant uses the bank's old vault as a walk-in cellar...Read More

  • 11. Aix Cuisine du Terroir

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Planters of fresh flowers and semicircular banquettes provide a little privacy for couples sharing the seven-hour braised lamb with hashed fingerling...Read More

  • 12. Ginger

    $$$ | Little Italy | Japanese

    Nothing says tranquil like Ginger. This sushi restaurant in the Villeray area next to the Jean-Talon Market captures the ambiance and the flavor...Read More

  • 13. M sur Masson

    $$$ | Rosemont | French

    The menu at M sur Masson is filled with dishes that are satisfyingly traditional but with enough creative twists to keep food lovers interested...Read More

  • 14. Van Horne

    $$$ | Outremont

    The tiny 28-seat restaurant is decorated in neutral tones yet stuns with its choice of imposing and unique art pieces like a collection of colorful...Read More

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