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. Brasserie Harricana

    $$ | Little Italy | Canadian

    Instagram-famous for its dusty pink chairs and pleasing, contemporary space, this seriously cool brasserie is home to 41 home-brews—sold by...Read More

  • 3. Café Parvis

    $$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    What used to be a fur showroom in the 1970s now hosts Café Parvis, an impeccably designed eatery with floor-to-ceiling windows, half-stripped...Read More

  • 4. Crew Collective Café

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Undoubtedly the most strikingly beautiful coffee shop in Montreal, perhaps even in North America, Crew Collective & Café is housed inside...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Ikanos

    $$$ | Old Montréal | Greek

    A far cry from the cliché-clad tavernas found elsewhere in the city, Ikanos serves refined Aegean gastronomy in an elegant and sleek environment...Read More

  • 7. Impasto

    $$$ | Little Italy | Italian

    This unpretentious, industrial-chic Little Italy restaurant has garnered a great reputation, thanks in part to its celebrity-chef owners, Stefano...Read More

  • 8. L'Express

    $$$ | The Plateau | French

    This iconic Montreal bistro hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1980 and it’s just as well—regulars would throw a fit if it did. Quintessential...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. La Croissanterie Figaro

    $$ | Outremont | French

    The self-proclaimed "un coin perdu de Paris" is famous for its wraparound patio, Parisian vibe, and 100-year-old corner building. It's hard...Read More

  • 11. Lawrence

    $$$ | Mile End | Canadian

    There are lines outside this hip and trendy establishment before the restaurant even opens for weekend brunch. The chef's British background...Read More

  • 12. Leméac

    $$$ | Outremont | French

    This sophisticated French bistro pleases Montrealers with its flawless classics and its heated wraparound outdoor terrace; not to mention the...Read More

  • 13. Maison Christian Faure

    $ | Old Montréal | Bakery

    The upscale bakery has made its elegant home inside a beautifully renovated gray stone, three-story building in Old Montréal. The prominent...Read More

  • 14. Olive + Gourmando

    $ | Old Montréal | Café

    Influential types arrive at lunchtime en masse for a table at this bustling bakery and sandwich shop where vegetables are organically grown...Read More

  • 15. Pizzeria Magpie

    $$ | The Village | Pizza

    Although a few inspired appetizers are available, it's really all about the pizza and oysters at this unpretentious, casual spot. Tucked away...Read More

  • 16. Schwartz's Delicatessen

    $$ | The Plateau | Deli

    This Montréal classic has zero frills decor-wise and consistently long lines but that's all really beside the point because you simply haven...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Toqué!

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Frequently named one of Montréal's best restaurants (a very coveted title in this foodie capital), a meal at Toqué! is not so much about sustenance...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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