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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Patisserie Rhubarbe

    $ | The Plateau | Bakery

    This small and tastefully decorated bakery is, simply put, a Montréal treasure; locals come from all over the city to pick up delicious desserts...Read More

  • 6. Schwartz's Delicatessen

    $$ | The Plateau | Sandwiches

    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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Binerie Mont-Royal

    $ | The Plateau | Canadian

    Authentic Quebecois food is the specialty at this tiny greasy spoon that's been in business since 1938. Sit at the long counter and make your...Read More

  • 10. Boulangerie Hof Kelsten

    $ | The Plateau | Bakery

    The mastermind behind this photogenic bakery had been making bread for Montréal's best restaurants for years before he decided to open up his...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Café Myriade

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Aficionados are willing to wait for a seat at this small café, where the foam on your latte or café au lait is artfully arranged in waves, hearts...Read More

  • 13. La Cornetteria

    $ | Little Italy | Bakery

    This lovely little bakery, which magically transports its patrons (or at least, their tastebuds) to Italy, specializes in the cornetto, the...Read More

  • 14. Melina Phyllo Bar

    $ | Mile End | Greek

    It may be in the heart of trendy Mile End, but this "phyllo bar" looks like it was transported directly from Athens, with food arriving on checkered...Read More

  • 15. Patisserie Au Kouign Amann

    $ | The Plateau | Bakery

    Owner and proud Breton Nicolas Henri knows a thing or two about baked goods; the compact bakery serves some of the best croissants in Montréal...Read More

  • 16. Patrice Pâtissier

    $ | Verdun | Bakery

    Pick up a pastry to go at the counter or choose one of the plated desserts to enjoy on-site at Patrice Pâtissier, a beautifully designed pastry...Read More

  • 17. Soupe Soup

    $ | The Plateau | Canadian

    With multiple locations in all the right areas of Montreal, SoupeSoup offers creative soups and sandwiches to those after a no-nonsense healthy...Read More

  • 18. Toi Moi et Café

    $$ | Outremont | French

    Film producers and poets congregate at this corner café-bistro, sitting on the terrace to sip award-winning espresso. Although there's a hearty...Read More

  • 19. Chez Clo

    If you're feeling peckish and want to soak up a little neighborhood ambience, drop into the cash-only Chez Clo for a bowl of the best pea soup...Read More

  • 20. Izakaya Iwashi

    $$ | Mile End | Japanese

    This Japanese-style pub by night and café by day serves little plates to share and delicious bowls of ramen. Iwashi (which translates as sardine...Read More

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