Craving Curator's Guide to Dining in Montreal

Craving Curator's Guide to Dining in Montreal

Come along as food photographer Scott Usheroff guides you through the city's diverse gastronomic scene with this personally curated selection of 'must-tries' from 10 Montreal establishments.

Scott Usheroff

Scott Usheroff

October 27, 2023
Mano Cornuto
Terrasse
Wine

Mano Cornuto

988 Rue Ottawa

Italian
Griffintown
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Every Sunday, Griffintown's Mano Cornuto transforms into a haven of Italian tradition. Dive into a four-course feast that feels like home, yet surprises every time. At $40 per person, it's an unmatched culinary journey in Montreal. From fresh salads kissed with unique vinaigrettes to pasta dishes that sing with authenticity, and desserts that melt your heart. And, if you're in the know, the porchetta add-on is a must. Paired with curated wines and special cocktails, Sunday at Mano is more than a meal; it's an experience.

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Vin Mon Lapin

Vin Mon Lapin

150 Rue Saint-Zotique East

$$$$$
Wine Bar
Little Italy
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Mon Lapin has forged its reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city thanks to its impeccable consistency on all levels. The restaurant on Saint-Zotique Street has distinguished itself since its opening by offering refined cuisine, personalized service, an exceptional wine list, and a unique atmosphere.

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Bar St-Denis

Bar St-Denis

6966 R. Saint-Denis

Fine Dining
La Petite-Patrie
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Bar St-Denis is rapidly ascending Montreal's culinary ladder, and for good reason. The magic lies in the dedication of David Gauthier, Emily Holmsy, and their gifted crew. Among a menu of standout dishes, the Deer Kibbeh Nayeh stands out. This raw deer delicacy, with its creamy texture and subtle sweetness, is a testament to premium local sourcing. Garnished with mint and onions, and enriched by a premium olive oil drizzle, it's a symphony of flavors. Paired with spicy chili-brushed flatbread, every bite promises a new revelation.

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Impasto
Pasta
Metro De Castelnau

Impasto

48 Rue Dante

$$$$$
Italian
Little Italy
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If you haven't lunched at Impasto, you're missing out. Seriously, make a reservation. With Luca, Charles, and Deborah at the helm, expect a parade of culinary delights from appetizers to desserts. Their weekly pasta specials, crafted by the genius Pastapooks, are a revelation.

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Bernie Beigne

Bernie Beigne

23 Rue Bernard O

Donuts
Mile End
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Step into Bernie Beigne, where the art of doughnut-making comes alive five days a week. Here, every doughnut is a testament to handcrafted perfection. From mixing to frying, garnishing to serving, the team ensures each piece is fresh and flawless. Watch as Bobby masterfully handles the dough, while Philippe, with drumsticks in hand, flips and glazes. George, John, and Dean complete the ensemble, each adding their unique touch.


With a spread of 23 tempting varieties, making a choice can be daunting. Yet, for purists like me, the plain, warm, glazed doughnut is unparalleled. It's a bite where simplicity meets perfection, letting the craft shine. If Bernie Beigne isn't on your radar, it's high time. And for those who've tasted their magic, there's always a reason to return.

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Snowdon Deli
Smoked Meat
Jewish
Sandwich

Snowdon Deli

5265 Bd Décarie

$$$$$
Deli
Côte-des-Neiges
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Snowdon Deli isn't just a restaurant; it's an institution. For those in the know, it's a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For newcomers, it's a delightful discovery waiting to happen. This iconic Jewish deli, with its vibrant matzo ball soup and cheese bagelach, transports you straight to the heart of classic Miami eateries, echoing the charm of places like Wolfie’s Rascal House. Outlasting local legends like The Brown Derby and Ben’s, Snowdon Deli stands as a testament to timeless taste and tradition.

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Nolan
Cocktails
Little Burgundy
Griffintown

Nolan

1752 R. Notre Dame O

Wine Bar
Little Burgundy
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Breaking the monotony of Griffintown's dining scene, Nolan offers a familiar yet refreshing ambiance, reminiscent of cherished gatherings with friends. Under the expert guidance of Chef Tyler Flamand, formerly of Knuckles, the menu sings with seasonal local produce. Communal small plates pave the way for a traditional spread of vegetables, pasta, meats, and fish.


While every dish at Nolan is a delight, the Nolan Roll stands out. A gourmet twist on the cheese stick, it melds Montreal smoked meat, Emmental cheese, and sauerkraut, perfectly complemented by a red bell pepper sauce. It's an unmissable treat that keeps patrons coming back for more.

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Liverpool House
Oyster Bar
Restaurant
Griffintown
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Liverpool House

2501 R. Notre Dame O

Fine Dining
Little Burgundy
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Arthur's Nosh Bar (Le Cathcart)
Jewish
Breakfast
Sandwich

Arthur's Nosh Bar (Le Cathcart)

Place Ville Marie

Deli
Downtown
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Living next to Arthurs on rue Notre-Dame felt like having a culinary gem right at my doorstep. Having known Rae from high school and Alex for years, it was a joy to witness their first day and the birth of the latke smorgasbord. From those early beginnings, Arthurs has grown into a gastronomic powerhouse.

But the true pièce de résistance? The Grand Slam. Imagine crispy Noshville fried chicken, soft mini Syrniki, rich all-beef bacon, and flawlessly fried eggs, all complemented by classic American diner-style hash browns. It's a symphony of flavors and textures, challenging you to capture every ingredient in a single, unforgettable bite.

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Kitano Shokudo (OTTO BISTRO)

Kitano Shokudo (OTTO BISTRO)

143 Avenue du Mont-Royal E

Japanese
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
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