Serving delicious Portuguese food, Taverne F serves its mostly meat dishes in big iron frying pans laid on the table. Be sure to brush up on your Français before heading in, or, of you don’t fancy a seat in the sun-bathed dining room take up a seat on the terrace, and watch Montreal life pass by as you savor the Portuguese fare.
1485 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC H2X 2J4, Canada +15142894558
Joe Beef offers excellent French cuisine at its most perfect and is perhaps the purveyor of some of Montreal’s tastiest food. It combines the portion size of a gastropub with seafood and steak prepared as they would be at an establishment that specializes in only one, but Joe Beef manages to master both. The atmosphere is casual, and if the dining room does not suit your fancy, book a table on the terrace. Vegetarians should beware, because Joe Beef, like many places specializing in French food, does not really accommodate you.
Price: Fine dining
2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada +1 514-935-6504
Chef Firsun Ercan immigrated to Montreal from Turkey where she learned the art of Turkish cooking from her mother and grandmother and later studied cuisine at the College Lasalle. Barbounya is the product of her cooking. The light and colorful dishes she prepares are delightful to look at and wonderful to eat. Her food is spicy, spiced, or both, and the menu caters to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. A lovely terrace is just beside the front façade of the entrance, shaded by the boughs of the trees overhead. The tables are long, allowing parties to sit next to strangers and open the conversations to new frontiers with new faces.
234 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N8, Canada +1 514-439-8858
Named for its founder, New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, the Maison Boulud is in the Montreal Ritz-Carlton. Offering a fine dining experience with even finer cuisine, the restaurant blends indoor and outdoor seating in the same way it blends the heavy nature of French food with the lightness of a chic wine bar. Sit in either the beautiful dining room or the glorious garden, and be sure to order a bottle of wine from the list of over 300 labels.
Price: Fine dining
Chez Cook’s is fun little Mediterranean joint with a mini patio out front. Without a website or any online connection, Chez Cook’s epitomizes an eclectic but still old-fashioned diner. This place is great for lunch with many options for Italian-inspired sandwiches, vegetarian delights, and refreshing lemonade. Come with a group of friends and chow down in the crisp Canadian air.