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The Best Restaurants in Montreal

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Listing Montreal's best restaurants is nothing short of a feat; indeed, Montreal has the second largest number of restaurants per capita in all of North America, with a new establishment setting up shop every week or so. From Italian trattorias to izakayas, from hole-in-the-wall bagel shops to classic eateries and French brasseries, to trendy Nordic-inspired and hipster-run taco shops, there is no such thing as leaving Montreal hungry.
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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...
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273 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2, Canada
Montreal doesn't lack for atmospheric restaurants in which both the decor and the aromas entice anyone who walks by. But my favorite of them all is, without a doubt, the Usine de Spaghetti, nestled on the quiet side of the touristy St. Paul Street...
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1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
While the map says it's located in Montreal's Chinatown, do not let yourself be scared of labels. The area is more of a melting pot of several Asian cultures rather than the Chinese alone—luckily for us, if I do say so: the more the merrier! Pho...
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74 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada
New York City vs Montreal. Oh, the debate. In the ongoing Great War of the Bagels between the two cities, Montreal has always been the favorite contender, both among the proud locals and the tourists. Let's be honest here—Montreal wins, and there...
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1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X9, Canada
The Montreal bagels at one of the best known bagel shops in the city, St. Viateur, lived up to the hype. Although the actual shop had no seating and was a hole in the wall, the bagels were delicious. Montreal bagels are distinctive in that they...
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1425 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC H2X 2J4, Canada
Ask any Montrealer the question "Which is the fanciest restaurant in town?" and chances are Toqué! will be a frequent answer. Indeed, quite fancy. But also quite expensive. Luckily, chef Charles-Antoine Crête, once mentored by Toqué's Normand...
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1126 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X8, Canada
I'll be honest—these are the first macarons I have had in my life. Not being an authority on the delicate little bundles, I can't say how these compare to what you'd find at other bakeries in the city, but from a dessert perspective these were...
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433 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H1, Canada
Fish and chips is a well-known staple of British cuisine, and while the British troops colonized Canada well before the 20th century, this lovely dish still made its way to Montreal. Brit & Chips' mission is to capture as authentically as possible...
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1276 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H2, Canada
This Tex-Mex eatery has excelled at creating a half freak show, half ruin decor (think half bathtubs for seats, a chaotic jungle of mismatched items, and toilet paper in lieu of napkins), but as it turns out, it excels at other things. Namely,...
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106 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1C3, Canada
The inspiration behind Orange Rouge's dishes is still up for debate. Some might call it hipster Chinese; some might say it's nothing like traditional Cantonese fare. Others will simply not be bothered to try, seeing as the menu is on the upper end...
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6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B1, Canada
Their description alone certainly justifies a double take: pizzeria and ice-cream shop. What? Only in Montreal. But despite the rather audacious mix, Gema Pizzeria passes the test with flying colors thanks to a refined, traditional but extremely...
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6704 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9, Canada
If there's one thing you need to know about Dinette is that they serve the best mac’n’cheese in town. Not that the other items on the menu aren't just as good - I have not heard a single complaint about this place - but the m&c is simply the stuff...