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. 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. HVOR

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    The clean and minimalistic Scandinavian décor of Hvor, pronounced "vor” (Danish for “here") is the perfect blank slate for the playful flavor...Read More

  • 6. Le Fantôme

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    Equal parts whimsy and polish, Le Fantôme—widely touted as one of Canada's best restaurants—offers an exciting dining experience. Rather than...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. La Récolte

    $$ | Rosemont | Eclectic

    One could visit La Récolte (literally, "the harvest") every week and never eat the same meal twice, for the blackboard menu is entirely based...Read More

  • 9. LOV

    $$ | Downtown | Vegetarian

    With its all-white, plant-heavy décor and sustainable approach to food, fashionable and botanical LOV is the kind of vegan restaurant that even...Read More

  • 10. Manitoba

    $$$ | Little Italy | Canadian

    Bringing a taste of the forest to adoring local foodies, food writers, and adventurous eaters, Manitoba was one of the most percussive restaurant...Read More

  • 11. Montréal Plaza

    $$$ | Rosemont | Canadian

    You won’t see anything too familiar on the menu at this fresh, light-filled restaurant with its high ceilings, clean white walls and tablecloths...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. Racines

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Racines is located inside an old, long, and narrow diner that's been renovated into a sophisticated and gorgeous new space that is reminiscent...Read More

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