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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Boris Bistro

    $$$ | Old Montréal | French

    Behind a freestanding facade (the remains of a burned-out historic building) is one of the best alfresco dining areas in Montreal. Like an enchanted...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Le Taj

    $$ | Downtown | Indian

    Refined Le Taj carries a piece of Montréal's history with its ornate mud wall originally made for India's pavilion at World Expo ’67. With northern...Read More

  • 6. M.Mme

    $$$ | Outremont | Wine Bar

    With a simple but slick decor of exposed brick walls, natural woods, and leather chairs and banquettes, the scene-stealer in this trendy wine...Read More

  • 7. 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

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