Restaurants in Canada

The oyster saloon outpost of Rodney Clark's two-restaurant bivalve empire sits on a quiet street close to the Bay Street financial district. Clark's maritime background — he's a native of Prince Edward Island, home to some of the world's best oyster beds — has made him quite knowledgeable.

A bring-your-own-wine restaurant, L’Atelier combines market produce with comfort food by chefs Patrick Garneau and Benjamin Fortier. The Mile End restaurant is rustic with unfinished wood tables, logs sliced and stacked to resemble a woodpile, and photo portraits of local farmers.

Lunch on pressed charcuterie sandwiches at Cluny ArtBar, a funky little art gallery and café housed in a former foundry.

This chain of British-import coffee shops offers surprisingly tasty food. Stop in for panini or ciabatta sandwiches, Mezzalunas (olive oil–infused pizza pockets), internationally inspired salads, and hot chocolate made with Belgian couverture, milk, and zippy orange syrup.

Although the Sparrow has changed chefs since its 2009 opening, the Mile End restaurant still offers all-you-can-eat brunch. The family-style spread includes French toast, cheese and zucchini frittata, balsamic chutney, and fruit brioche.

Installed on the mezzanine level of First Canadian Place, Canada's tallest building, Vertical—with its clean-lined geometry, sleek sandstone-topped bar, and outdoor patio— doesn't exactly call up traditional visions of Italy.

Set in an old movie theater in Saint-Roch, Les Salons d’Edgar draws a thirty-something crowd looking for a cozy but cool place to end the day.

A literal hole-in-the-wall hidden in a small street of the Old City, Bar Sainte-Angèle is a cozy pub where locals and visitors mix to chat, drink, and sometimes listen to live jazz music (performed by musicians sitting only inches from the crowd).

Smack in the middle of Grande-Allée, Maurice Nightclub attracts a chic set that’s ready to flirt, dance, and drink the night away. Experienced DJs know how to excite the crowd, and changing music themes intertwine the latest and biggest hits.

This multidisplinary space is equal parts restaurant, bar, and exhibit space. By hosting performing artists, DJs, and music shows, it caters to a diverse crowd that includes everyone from families to hipsters. The food is a draw, too.

Le Sacrilège instantly makes visitors feel like regulars. The space is tight and rowdy, the atmosphere is laid-back, the service is friendly, and the drinks are cheap. A packed events calendar offers a mix of hockey nights, DJ sets, live performances, and art exhibitions.