The 10 Best Restaurants In Griffintown, Montreal

Griffintown, Ottawa
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Riley Londres

A neighborhood in southwestern Montreal, Griffintown is full of historic buildings, boutiques and restaurants, all within a short walk from the waterfront. Check out this list of restaurants that incorporate the culture and flavor of the city while still taking inspiration from around the world.

1. Petros

Restaurant, Greek, Seafood

A Mediterranean themed restaurant, Petros serves colorful dishes full of herbs, spices and olive oil. Each bite elicits new flavors and textures, so diners can savor every morsel. With the chance to bring your own wine, each entree, whether it’s lamb chops or moussaka, can be perfectly paired to your own preference.

2. Arem

Restaurant, Turkish, Middle Eastern

A trendy restaurant full of murals and dimly lit rooms, Arem seeks to create a memorable experience for every guest. The menu features a selection of Turkish cuisine that the chefs have spent countless hours experimenting with, combining a range of textures, ingredients and recipes. With each bite, guests are sent on a culinary journey back in time to the ancient Turkish empire, and will leave feeling satisfied.

3. La Trattoria

Restaurant, Italian

Olive et Gourmando
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An intimate location perfect for a business lunch, family dinner or happy hour with friends, La Trattoria is bright and comfortable, specializing in hearty Italian food. The restaurant is BYOB, so guests can save money and bring their drink of choice with them to accompany their meal. La Trattoria also offers elegant private reception rooms for large parties and gatherings.

4. Olive et Gourmando

Cafe, Canadian, European, French, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

A charming and rustic cafe, Olive et Gourmando is a very popular lunch spot with a line out the door on a regular basis, but the long wait is worth it. The small cafe offers a wide range of artisan breads and pastries as well as savory sandwiches, paninis and salads. There are even a delicious number of vegetarian options such as the Viva Las Vegan sandwich, which includes marinated tofu, caramelized onions, hummus, olives and arugula.

5. Garde Manger

Restaurant, Canadian

Welcoming guests with mouth-watering aromas and catchy music, Garde Manger is a popular fine dining restaurant specializing in seafood. The servers are knowledgeable and happy to answer any question about the menu or recommend a glass of wine. One of their most popular dishes is the lobster poutine, which can’t be compared to anything else in terms of its perfect mix of flavors, balancing the seafood taste with the crispy potatoes and savory gravy and cheese curds.

6. Nora Gray

Restaurant, Italian

A small restaurant specializing in Southern Italian food, guests are welcomed by the warm atmosphere and stay for the creative cocktails. Each dish at Nora Gray is generously portioned, and the hearty food soothes the soul with options such as black garlic farfalle, scallops or squid ink pasta. Guests are guaranteed to leave satisfied, relaxed and looking forward to their next visit.

7. Le Boucan Smokehouse

Bar, Restaurant, BBQ

A lively Southern-style smokehouse specializing in barbecue and assorted poutines, Le Boucan Smokehouse is the place to go for savory cuisine. The chefs use wood chip smoking techniques to enhance the flavor of the meat, and the menu includes nachos with smoked salsa and delicious barbecue chicken. To complete the meal, the restaurant offers an extensive selection of bourbon and whiskey that can also be enjoyed at either the bar or the outdoor terrace.

8. Doca

Restaurant, Mediterranean

Portuguese Nata
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Doca is portuguese for ‘docks,’ and it obviously takes its name from the many docks nearby. The restaurant prides itself on providing excellent Mediterranean cuisine prepared by passionate chefs, whose attention and care is reflected in the presentation and flavor or each dish. Diners can try a selection of grilled calamari or quail, tagliatelle and seared cod for dinner, and finish off the meal with a taste of Portuguese natas for dessert.

9. Grinder

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood

A warm and relaxing restaurant, Grinder makes use of glass and metal to decorate its interior. The menu puts a great focus on its raw bar with tartares, tatakis, ceviches and more while still serving several meat entrees; at Grinder, there is something for everyone enjoy. The servers are knowledgeable and quick to recommend any of their boutique wines to pair with the meal.

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