The 20 finest eating places in Montreal, Quebec

Welcome to Montreal, where the people are really friendly, the shopping is amazing, the weather is really cold and of course the food is amazing. It is so good! Really! We have so much to talk about and that’s before the poutine! Here are a few places (in alphabetical order) that you must eat out while in town. Good Appetite!

Alice Bar; Downtown

You may not know that you are sitting in a hotel bar unless you have to enter the Alice Bar through the front doors of the Omni Mont-Royal. The cocktails are on point – but the food could be better. The chefs revise it every season so you might find mango cocktails and desserts in the summer and a full Season of Smoke menu in the fall. Foie gras poutine, smoked ketchup croquettes, and local cheese serve as an upscale nod to Montreal’s iconic foods.

Where to find it: 1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3A 2R6, Canada

Arthur’s Nosh Bar; Saint-Henri

Married couple Alex Cohen and Raegan Steinberg made a giant mitzvah for Montreal in 2016 when they opened this new wave Jewish deli. All the classics are on the menu, but they’re updated. Challah is served as a pressed bun with a dash of honey. Lox is served alongside bagels and eggs – but also on a massive sandwich with a caramelized onion spread. Eat as much as you can; You may regret it later.

Where to find it: 621 Notre-Dame St. W, Montreal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

Au Pied de Cochon; tray

Montrealers credit this restaurant and its chef, Martin Picard, for reinventing the city’s dining scene in 2001. The food is heavy – like no lunch and maybe not even a heavy breakfast – but oh so very good. Many dishes feature foie gras, a scruffy duck served straight out of a can, and cuts of meat from nose to tail (including a pork’s foot). You will also notice a slight Japanese influence. Just finish it and order the sake and tartare temaki.

Where to find it: 536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada

Luncheonette of beauty; plateau

The breakfast menu here is big enough to sink a ship. It’s hard to tell what to eat at Beauty’s simply because they do so many things so well. Start with the blintzes, end with the bagels, and throw an omelette in somewhere. You will not regret it.

Where to find it: 93 Mont-Royal Avenue W, Montreal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada

Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde; Southwest district

Often referred to as a “watering hole”, the drinkerie is one of those places you walk by and know you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s warm, tiny, and has cocktails that will blow you away. The Negroni is the way to go, but almost everything is worth it. It’s also a short walk to Joe Beef (later on this list). You might consider warming up here at 9:30 PM before making your reservation. You know, so you’re ready to eat.

Where to find it: 2661 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N9, Canada

Fox; Griffintown

There is a definite atmosphere at Foxy – moody and dark. The restaurant is small and you will find the fire is what drives it. There are candles on every table and almost every dish on the menu is either grilled or cooked in a wood oven. Carnivores: The hanger steak and the Cornish hen should be your focus. And if you want to crush a bottle, the wine list is impressive.

Where to find it: 1638 Notre-Dame St. W, Montreal, QC H3J 1M1, Canada

Hoogan and Beaufort; Rosemont

After eating your way through town hectically, literally trying to squeeze every bite in, take a few hours and enjoy your time in this place. It’s a slower experience, but a really fun one. Not only is it fun, it was named Montreal’s Best New Restaurant in 2016. That’s probably because it’s one of the tastiest and most beneficial dishes out there: cheese agnolotti, suckling pig, all of that. They’re all good.

Where to find it: 4095 Rue Molson, Montreal, QC H1Y 3L1, Canada

impasto; Little Italy

Impasto is cute and lovely, which makes it the perfect place to end a day with equally cute and beautiful new neighborhoods. The wine list is extensive, but – ironically perhaps – the pasta selection is not. Stick to ricotta gnocchi, braised rabbit mafalde, and some anolini. Oh, and some sea salt focaccia to dip it in.

Where to find it: 48 Rue Dante, Montreal, QC H2S 1J6, Canada

Joe Beef; Little burgundy

If you’ve been looking for restaurants in Montreal, you’ve no doubt stumbled upon Joe Beef 4273948329742 times. Presidents love it, chefs love it, critics love it, and everyone who is not famous and goes there loves it too. As the name of the place suggests, there is a lot of meat on the menu (like beef and rabbit). But fans will agree, the lobster spaghetti is a sleeper hit.

Where to find it: 2491 Notre-Dame St. W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

Kem Coba; Mile end

Kem Coba is still pretty new to Montreal’s gastronomy, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most popular snack spots across the city. There’s literally a queue around the door at all times – probably because this pretty lychee soft serve is an instant Insta star.

Where to find it: 60 Avenue Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada

Larrys; Mile end

You could stand on the corner and try to come for brunch at Larrys’ chic brother restaurant, Lawrence, or you could avoid the mess of a line and walk right in here. Don’t be fooled by Larry’s tiny little cuteness. The food is just as omg-worthy. Go with a group and get pikelets (the cutest baby pancakes you’ve ever seen) for the table. The “Bubbles & Squeak” (a potato-like, charcoal cake) should also find its way onto your table.

The ice; tray

Do you want poutine? Go here. The spot offers more than 30 varieties, including the tried and tested La Classique: French fries with brown sauce and curd cheese. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are also poutines inspired by Philly cheesesteaks, tacos, and cheeseburgers. (Psst, vegans: you can swap sauce and cheese for their vegan counterparts.)

Where to find it: 994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J3, Canada

La Champagnerie; Old Montreal

The name suggests that this place is all about champagne. And it is. There are soap bubbles from all over the world: France, Italy, Spain and whatever the “Here and Elsewhere” category on the menu includes. But the chefs here also cook great food. Seafood predominates. You can get raw food over ice or lobster over poutine.

Where to find it: 343 St Paul St E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H3, Canada

The papillon wine; Little Burgundy district

Have you tried and tried and failed and failed for months to get a res at Joe Beef? Sad! But this little eatery right next door (owned by the same geniuses) is just as charming and a bit more body-friendly, which means a lot more cheese and vegetable dishes happen here. Note, however, that they do not take reservations.

Where to find it: 2519 Notre-Dame St. W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

Main deli steak house; plateau

People will tell you that Schwartz’s is the only place in all of Quebec that has smoked meat, but these people don’t really think beyond the nearly centenarian plate. Main Deli feels like bringing Katz’s to Canada. Everything is gigantic and good for the soul.

Where to find it: 3864 St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y2, Canada

Olive and gourmando; Old Montreal

Before Foxy existed, the chefs opened this one – a cafe known for its sandwiches, salads, and pastries. It’s easily one of the more charming places in the already ridiculously charming neighborhood of Old Montreal. Everything that is served is homemade, as the sign on the wall says. Come early or be ready to wait; there is always a line.

Where to find it: 351 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

Ripple’s homemade ice cream; tray

Ripples is about a three second walk from the Main Deli and it’s 100 percent the way to go to chase your smoking heartburn. It’s nostalgic and delicious, just as you would expect good ice cream to be.

Where to find it: 3880 St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y2, Canada

Schwartz’s Deli; plateau

Look, Schwartz is worth a try – if only because of the fact that Celine Dion’s family owns a stake. You can also have a meat-off during your stay.

Where to find it: 3895 St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada

St. Viateur Bagel Shop; Mile end

Montreal bagels are smaller, thinner, and sweeter than New York’s dough bombs; they are also baked in a wood oven. You should be warned there is an ongoing debate about who makes the best in town – St. Viateur or Farimount – but if you know what is best for you, go to the former. You can watch bakers throw fresh bagels straight from the oven into containers for hungry onlookers. Don’t ask for cream cheese; they won’t do it for you. Just grab a can of Philadelphia out of the fridge.

Where to find it: 263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montreal, QC H2V 1Y1, Canada

Tommy; Old Montreal

There’s a real coffee scene in Montreal, and Tommy is the Instagram darling of the big hitters. Lots of greenery hangs from the ceiling, tricky WiFi passwords (like Celine2020) and baked goods just waiting to be photographed and then eaten. But this coffee: It’s not too bitter and really good.

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