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. Agrikol

    $$ | Downtown | Caribbean

    Montreal-based band Arcade Fire is the mastermind behind this Haitian rum house flanked by the most fabulous patio in the city, bar none. Besides...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Labo Culinaire Foodlab

    $$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    Take cutting-edge experimental art and mix it up with food and what you get is Labo Culinaire Foodlab. Located on the third floor of Montréal...Read More

  • 4. BarBounya

    $$ | Mile End | Mediterranean

    The menu at this beautifully designed eatery features Turkish-inspired cuisine with a focus on meze, small dishes served hot or cold and meant...Read More

  • 5. Bottega Pizzeria

    $$ | Little Italy | Pizza

    Nobody questions the authenticity of the Neapolitan-style pizza here, seeing as there's a 3,500-kilogram wood-burning pizza oven made from Vesuvian...Read More

  • 6. Brasserie Les Enfants Terribles

    $$$ | Outremont | Canadian

    With its cavernous corner spot on Outremont's trendy avenue Bernard, sophisticated yet playful decor, and artfully prepared comfort food, this...Read More

  • 7. Burgundy Lion

    $$ | Verdun | British

    This multilevel restaurant filled with young professionals lures in patrons with its lively atmosphere and deliciously updated English food...Read More

  • 8. Caffè San Simeon

    $ | Little Italy | Café

    In the heart of Little Italy, this historic coffee shop filled with regulars chatting away in Italian, is one of the city's best places (that...Read More

  • 9. Chez Victoire

    $$ | The Plateau | French

    A beacon of the French cultural diaspora in Montréal, Chez Victoire is the epitome of Plateau-Mont-Royal’s joie de vivre and warmth; fittingly...Read More

  • 10. Deville Dinerbar

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Located in Montréal's downtown core, Deville Dinerbar is a whimsical alternative to the otherwise rather serious dining options in the area...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. HELM microbrasserie

    $$ | Mile End | Canadian

    Few places in Montréal can argue being more Quebecois than this lively microbrewery/gastropub: with its own set of brews named after iconic...Read More

  • 13. Imadake

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    A boisterous Japanese pub and restaurant (known in Japan as an izakaya ), Imadake serves small plates meant to be shared with a beer or cocktail...Read More

  • 14. La Habanera

    $$ | Downtown | Cuban

    This ambience-driven Cuban restaurant is one of the most colorful spaces in downtown Montreal and perhaps even one of the most festive. The...Read More

  • 15. Maison Kam Fung

    $$ | Chinatown | Chinese

    A family-run restaurant for three generations, there are more than 60 dished on rotation on any given day making this the place for dim sum...Read More

  • 16. Orange Rouge

    $$ | Chinatown | Asian

    Located in the heart of Chinatown, Orange Rouge pays tribute to its neighborhood with creative interpretations of traditional dishes that might...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Globe

    $$$ | The Plateau | Italian

    Given new life by a new kitchen crew, Globe is no longer just a place to rubberneck celebrities and ogle model-slash-waitresses. Now, happy...Read More

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