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The Best Restaurants In Montreal

The Best Restaurants In Montreal
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Updated: 9 February 2017
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Montréal is also the centre of French-speaking Canada. Drawing from its rich Québécois history and culture, Montréal’s dining scene evokes the old world charm of Paris mixed with a sense of creative exploration. From haute-cuisine icons to greasy-spoon poutine spots and hole-in-the-wall budget eats, whilst far from exhaustive, we select our favourite venues that offer visitors a true taste of Montréal.

Restaurant Europea

Restaurant, French
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Restaurant Europea, Montréal
Restaurant Europea, Montréal | © Restaurant Europea

Restaurant Europea, which is headed by Chef Jérôme Ferrer, specialises in Languedoc-inspired French coastal cuisine. Prized by many as the quintessential haute-cuisine restaurant in Montréal, Restaurant Europea pairs excellent food with impeccable service. Highlights at Restaurant Europea include the deliciously creamy lobster cappuccino with a rich topping of truffle purée, the selection of dainty amuse-bouches and the maple-bark pan-seared foie gras.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Fine Dining, Romantic, Business

Restaurant Les 400 Coups

Bistro, Restaurant, French, Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten-free, $$$
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Restaurant Les 400 Coups, Montréal
Restaurant Les 400 Coups, Montréal | © Restaurant Les 400 Coups

Restaurant Les 400 Coups brings creative dining to the heart of Vieux-Montréal, the charmingly historical city centre. The attractive bistro with high aluminium-tiled ceilings is the quintessence of classical elegance that is simultaneously tasteful, elegant, casual and low-key. Featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, the mains and dessert menu at Les 400 Coups rotates regularly, ensuring that no two visits will be the same, and giving diners the perfect excuse to come back again and again.
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Le Vin Papillon

Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, $$$
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Le Vin Papillon, Montréal
Le Vin Papillon, Montréal | © Le Vin Papillon

Le Vin Papillon came out on top in the Eater Awards 2013 Montréal edition. This wine bar and restaurant is the third venture of Montréal chef-restaurateurs David McMillan and Fred Morin. Headed by the hugely experienced sommelier Vanya Filipovic, Le Vin Papillon is a wine-lovers haven. Housed in a former General Store, the building has been converted into a sleek contemporary space with white-washed brick walls, black board signage and long communal tables, creating a stylish yet relaxed ambiance. Whilst the food is seasonal, freshly prepared, with a uniquely large selection of vegetable dishes, the highlight of any meal here is, of course, the wine.
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Tue:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Romantic, Stylish, Relaxed, Modern

Joe Beef

Bistro, Restaurant, Steakhouse
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Just a short walk away from Le Vin Papillon, diners can find Joe Beef, one of the best known establishments in all of Montréal and one that wins accolades even from chef David Chang of Momofuku fame. Montréal’s most famous bohemian bistro is headed up by chefs David McMillan and Fred Morin and serves far more than the classic ’steak and seafood’ billing would suggest. In fact, Joe Beef has made a name for itself off of one dish, the infamous Joe Beef foie-gras double down. Describing this as rich hardly does it justice. The dish is made with bacon and cheese topped with chicken skin mayonnaise and sandwiched between two deep-fried slabs of foie gras then drizzled with maple syrup. Other favourites include the tournedos de cheval (horse-meat wrapped in bacon) and the lobster spaghetti.
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Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Traditional, Stylish, Cosy

Olive + Gourmando (O+G)

Cafe, Canadian, European, French, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Olive et Gourmando, Montréal
Olive et Gourmando, Montréal | © Olive + Gourmando

Olive + Gourmando, or O+G, is one of the most delightfully charming breakfast and lunch spots in Montréal. Specialising in sandwiches and sweets, Olive + Gourmando’s paninis are without a doubt one of the best sandwiches in the city, and Le Cubain, a hot panini sandwich with pancetta, roasted pork, gruyère cheese with lime, cilantro, chipotle and pickle mayonnaise, is, for many, a must-try. For breakfast, opt for the ‘Poached egg on your face’ panini, a wonderful sandwich with spicy poached eggs, Comté cheese, speck and slow roasted tomatoes. Olive + Gourmando also serves a great selection of baked goods, all of which is beautifully presented and deliciously tempting.
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Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual

La Banquise

Diner, Restaurant, American, Canadian, North American, Fast Food, $$$
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La Banquise, Montreal
La Banquise, Montreal | © La Banquise

La Banquise is known for doing the Québecois specialty, poutine, best. Determinedly un-photogenic, poutine is the quintessential greasy spoon dish of French Canada. Said to have originated in rural Québec in the 1950s, poutine is a comfort food favourite with crispy fries smothered in gravy and topped with a healthy helping of cheese curds, and La Banquise, opened since 1968, is renowned for featuring over 20 different variations of the classic poutine. Toppings include bacon, steak, smoked meat, veggies and more. Open 24/7, La Banquise is a must-visit for a hearty taste of traditional Montréal.
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Sun - Sat:
12:00 am

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Schwartz’s Deli

Deli, Restaurant, Canadian, French, $$$
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Schwartz's, Montreal
Schwartz's, Montreal | © Schwartz’s Deli

Another classic restaurant in Montréal, Schwartz’s Deli is consistently one of the most highly recommended dining spots in the city. Serving what Montréal is known for, Montréal-style smoked meats (viande fumée) since its establishment in 1928, this landmark restaurant is a favourite amongst locals and a top destination for foodie visitors. Grab a black cherry coke, avoid the lean cuts, and sit down to savour a delectably fatty smoked meat sandwich.
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Sun - Mon:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Tue:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Tue - Wed:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Wed - Thu:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Thu - Fri:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 1:30 am
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 1:30 am

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Rôtisserie Romados

Bakery, Restaurant, Portuguese, $$$
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Rotisserie Romados, Montreal
Rotisserie Romados, Montreal | © Rotisserie Romados/Flickr

Rôtisseries Romados may not look particularly impressive from the outside, but many Montréal natives rejoiced at Romados’ reopening in mid-2013. Featuring a short and simple menu, Romados focuses on perfecting just one thing, the incredible Portuguese-style roasted chicken. Indeed, Romados’ claim to fame is its incredible constantly-turning racks of roast chicken that keep pace with the queue of eager customers, some of whom have been regularly frequenting this humble bistro for years. The must-order item is, of course, the roast chicken which comes in whole, ½ and ¼ sizes, and most diners complement this with an order of fries on the side, a mountainous portion.
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Mon - Thu:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Ta Pies (Tourtière Australienne)

Restaurant, Oceanian, Fast Food, $$$
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Tourtiere Australienne, Montréal
Tourtiere Australienne, Montréal | © Ta Pies

Undoubtedly one of our least expected finds in Montréal, Ta Pies, or Tourtière Australienne, brings ‘rapid cuisine from Australia and New Zealand’ to the heart of French Canada. Ta Pies specializes in the iconic meat pie often considered the national dish of both countries. Ta Pies offers a huge variety of these quick to eat pies, piping hot with flavors ranging from classic beef and cheese to butter chicken and Ned Kelly. Any pie can also be topped with mushy peas and mash, as well as gravy. For the homesick Aussie craving a bite of home, Ta Pies also sells lamingtons, Tim Tams and other Australian desserts.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Cafe, Tea
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Pikolo Espresso Bar, Montréal
Pikolo Espresso Bar, Montréal | © Pikolo Espresso BAR

At the forefront of a quiet coffee revolution in Montréal, Pikolo Espresso Bar has all of the things we love about the craft coffee shops sprouting up in our favourite cities. Serving coffee with beans by Calgary roasters Phil & Sebastian and Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters, Pikolo Espresso Bar proves that serious coffee is longer confined to Antipodean metropolises. Located on the ground floor of a lovely restored old heritage building, the space is long and narrow, with picture-lined walls and unique lighting fixtures, making it a great space for catching up over some of the best coffee in town.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Modern, Quirky

Marché Jean-Talon

Farmers' Market, Market, Fusion
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Jean-Talon Market, Montréal
Jean-Talon Market, Montréal | © Marché Jean-Talon

The Borough Market of Montréal, Marché Jean-Talon, is a vibrant farmers’ market in Montréal’s Little Italy neighbourhood. One of the largest open-air markets in North America, the market is a favourite haunt for locals, where they can stock up on fresh fruit and veggies throughout the year at great prices from local producers. The market makes for an excellent outing with a huge array of stalls selling not only fresh produce, but also hard-to-find cheeses, baked goods, artisanal breads, meats, seafood, jams, jellies, honeys and more. Favourite stalls include Havre-aux-Glaces, La Fromagerie Hamel and the Poissonnerie Aqua Mare‘s fresh oysters.
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Sun:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors
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