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. Au Pied de Cochon

    $$$ | The Plateau | French

    Not for the timid, the menu at this famous bistro—one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorites—is an ode to nose-to-tail cooking. Martin Picard is a...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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Joe Beef

    $$$$ | Verdun | Canadian

    Eating out here is a little like being invited to a dinner party by a couple of friends who just happen to be top-notch chefs. Everything written...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. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Brasserie T

    $$$ | Downtown | French

    The informal sibling of Montréal's famous Toqué! restaurant, Brasserie T is a see-and-be-seen spot in the heart of downtown. It's an excellent...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Garde Manger

    $$$$ | Old Montréal | Canadian

    Popular options at this see-and-be-seen locale, steered by local celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, include bountiful platters of seafood, rich lobster...Read More

  • 16.

    $$ | The Plateau | Asian

    Located at the foot of Mount Royal, this unassuming but contemporary local hotspot serves some of the best Vietnamese fare in the city on one...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Pastaga

    $$ | Rosemont | Canadian

    Although famous for its signature dish of crispy pork belly marinated in brown sugar (or maple when in season) and inventive chopped liver ...Read More

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