Montreal's Iconic Restaurants
Collected by Isa Tousignant, AFAR Local Expert
A handful of Montreal chefs – Martin Picard, Normand Laprise, David McMillan, Frédéric Morin, Chuck Hughes – have put the more decadent, meat-centric, comfort-food style of Quebec cooking on the map, cementing the city's reputation as a food town. But Quebec food is varied in nature, and so are our iconic restaurants. They run the gamut from fine dining to fast food, and serve everything from vegan wraps to foie gras poutine. Whatever your cravings, you're sure to find your bliss.
900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 2B2, Canada
Normand Laprise is a legend in the culinary world of Montréal, a pioneer who elevated the city's dining scene with an emphasis on local and seasonal products, putting the bounty of Québec at the center of his menu. When he opened...
536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada
Chef Martin Picard is one of the leaders of Montréal's restaurant scene, introducing diners—and other chefs—to a new appreciation of the bounty of local ingredients grown and produced in Québec. (He is also a television celebrity...
408 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2S9, Canada
Chef Chuck Hughes’ first flagship restaurant remains one of the best good-time spots in Old Montreal, featuring a blackboard menu full of seasonal dishes and insane cocktails. The Caesar is a must-try and comes with a salad’s worth of vegetables...
2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada
What can I say about Joe Beef that nobody else has said? All I can say is that I had a great meal here. This is definitely one you have to book quite a while in advance to get a reservation and expect that you'll have to go early. For me, it was...
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4P 2H4, Canada
What may be an eyesore to some is an icon to most. This two-storey high orange dome actually embellishes a sad strip of Boulevard Décarie in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood. Opened in 1932, this snack bar was created primarily as a sales point...
3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
5357 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9, Canada
Greek culture in Montreal has an important presence, and nothing represents it more glamorously than this valet-parking-and-chandelier restaurant. Located on an unlikely strip of Avenue du Parc in Mile End (unlikely because every other nearby...
3961 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
The handsome doorman in uniform is a cue that this dining experience will be a classy affair, though Moishes is the type of place that quickly feels like your second home. Nestled on the second floor on a busy strip of Boulevard Saint-Laurent,...
298 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B6, Canada
This historic steakhouse in a low-ceilinged, stone-walled Old Montreal heritage building has second-to-none atmosphere. The rib-eye steak is the stuff of legend, but so are the Gibby’s salad that comes with every order (served in chilled pewter...
4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada
What started out as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hole in the wall became a full-blown hype restaurant where masses gather to celebrate the joys of vegan cuisine. Thanks to the savoir-faire of brothers Michael and Liam Makhan, eating healthy can be...
316 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P7, Canada
This tiny bakery tucked away on Avenue du Mont-Royal hides one of the city’s most decadent secrets: the kouign amann, a Breton pastry creation that can only be tasted to be believed. Picture an eggy, pie-shaped croissant, then smother that in...
378 Avenue Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N4, Canada
Chef Antonio Park offers the most refined sushi experience in Montreal at his small and relaxed restaurant downstairs from the Victoria Park health centre and spa. He blends classic Japanese sushi traditions with his unique Korean/South American...
5550 Rue Fullum #508, Montréal, QC H2G 2H4, Canada
Montreal’s leading raw vegan restaurant started in this small location on Rue Rachel, just a block away from Parc Mont-Royal, and was so successful that it became a city-wide chain. The dishes are the perfect mix of hearty and healthy, filled with...
93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada
This Plateau lunch counter is as close as you can come to a American-style diner in Montreal. It was opened in 1942 by Hymie Sckolnick, who can still be seen on his trusty stool at the counter, but he’s passed his management tasks on to his son...
5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada
This famous and beloved dinner spot emblematic of Mile End is so popular for brunch, you’ll have to leave your name at the door and go for a walk around the neighborhood until they call you for your turn. It’s worth the wait, though; their...
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