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Restaurants in Montreal

As one of North America’s most diverse and cosmopolitan cities, restaurants in Montreal run the gamut from charming Parisian patisseries to cutting-edge fine dining establishments, upscale steakhouses, Jewish delis, and small local eateries serving cuisines from all around Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. You certainly cannot visit Montreal without sampling the local favorite, poutine – French fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy – served throughout the city at gourmet establishments and fast-food joints alike. The character of Montreal restaurants varyiesby neighborhood – the Plateau Mont-Royal is a hotspot for trendy fusion fare and hipster bars in equal measure, while downtown Montreal and the Old Port house some of the most upscale establishments– but you’ll be hard-pressed to leave the city feeling blasé about Montreal’s dining scene.

Some of the best restaurants in Montreal include Le Lapin Sauté, which specializes in rabbit dishes like rabbit cassoulet and rabbit pie, served in a rustic dining room in Old Montreal; Garde Manger, which draws a mixed crowd of hipsters and gourmands and serves impeccable haute cuisine like lobster risotto, short ribs and snow crabs in an upscale and urbane setting; Au Pied de Cochon, which offers up pork, duck and steak dishes created by an award winning chef; and Queue de Cheval, which serves a dozen varieties of steak and is worth the extravagant expense. Don’t forget to stop by Saint Viateur Bagel, which has several outposts around the city, to sample Montreal’s famous bagels, dense and chewy and jostling with New York’s own doughy style of bagel for supremacy.

  • Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This lively restaurant, manned by chef Martin Picard, has earned a cultlike following both within the city and abroad for its obsessive (and invent... More
  • Bistro Bienville

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Bistro Bienville opened in 2006 on a tucked-away, tree-lined residential street that’s a five-minute walk from St. Denis. The restaurant's dining r... More
  • Boucherie Abu Elias

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    You will recognize Abu Elias, a large Lebanese takeaway grill and grocery, not by the name painted on the window but by its always-crowded corner p... More
  • Bouchonné

    Bouchonné closed in 2010. More
  • Café Santropol

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Ask for a table on the shaded patio and order a bowl of vegetarian chili and a hearty sandwich. More
  • Caffe San Simeon

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Set in Montreal’s Little Italy, home to a large Italian population since the 19th-century, Caffe San Simeon has been making espresso, lattes, and c... More
  • Chez Gautier

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Traditional French cuisine is the specialty at Chez Gautier, which has been a Montreal staple since the 1970's. The bistro is styled after a Parisi... More
  • Chez L'Épicier

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    For eight years, chef Laurent Godbout has been putting a delicious spin on classics (try his pan-seared sea bass with squid-ink risotto, scallops, ... More
  • Cluny Artbar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Lunch on pressed charcuterie sandwiches at Cluny ArtBar, a funky little art gallery and café housed in a former foundry. More
  • Cosmo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Located in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood, Cosmos was opened in 1967 by Crete-born Tony Koulakis. The eatery has just 11 stools, where custom... More
  • Dépanneur le Pick Up

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Dépanneur le Pick Up is one of Montreal’s many convenience stores, turned quirky lunch counter and diet-sensitive bakery. Seating is available near... More
  • DNA

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    To create his Canadian cuisine, chef Derek Dammann draws ingredients from all parts of the animal as well as what's in-season at the market. More t... More
  • Fairmount Bagels

    If you think you love the New York bagel, your loyalty might be tested by Montreal’s small, dense, and sweet version of the boiled classic. The bes... More
  • Garde Manger

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    One part restaurant, one part late-night bar, Garde Manger offers innovative seafood and a seat at the hottest party in town. Set in a historic Vie... More
  • Graziella

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Hand-rolled gnocchi made with no potato, only ricotta, and Grana Padano cheeses, and osso buco with red wine risotto are chef Graziella Batista's s... More

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