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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Dinette Triple Crown

    $$ | Little Italy | American

    Dinette Triple Crown is relatively small (a counter with just eight stools) but the real draw here is not indoors; rather, locals know to ask...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Le Majestique

    $$ | The Plateau | Canadian

    With its bric-à-brac décor, retro knickknacks, and sceney vibes, Majestique is a quirky wine bar that's open until the wee hours with an excellent...Read More

  • 9. Le Vin Papillon

    $$ | Verdun | Italian

    First and foremost a wine bar, this tiny 30-seat spot also dishes out delicious vegetable-centric, market-based cuisine. The cuisine features...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Blackstrap

    $$ | Verdun | American

    Memphis-style barbecue is the name of the game at this popular, self-serve spot owned and operated by a champion pit master honing his skill...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Brit & Chips

    $$ | Old Montréal | British

    There's no need to cross the pond to find perfectly battered fish and delicious chips as it can be found right here in Old Montréal. The cod...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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