The 51 best restaurants in Montreal: 2024 edition

From the heights of innovative fine dining to eating honest, local food with rich histories and cultural pathways, these are the best restaurants in Montreal right now.

The 51 best restaurants in Montreal: 2024 edition
The Main

The Main

June 25, 2024

From the heights of fine dining to eating honest, local food, the best restaurants in Montreal reveal a cross-section of everything this city has to offer. Each of the names you’ll find here reveal deep histories, rich cultural pathways carved out by cuisines, and bright new generations leading the charge in creating the very best dishes. Sourcing top-tier seasonal ingredients, maintaining near-flawless consistency, making truly memorable moments, and heartwarming hospitality—it’s all found among the best restaurants in Montreal.

Enjoy exploring: This selection aims to collect not only spots you may have to reserve weeks or months in advance, but also those easy-going spots that capture the joy of eating and drinking simply in the city.

Vin Mon Lapin

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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Restaurant
Wine Bar
Little Italy
Beaubien
Restaurant Beba

Blending the owners’ Argentinian background with explorations of great cuisines from around the world, this tiny Verdun restaurant is cooking some of the most impactful yet deceivingly simple food in town.

Restaurant
Argentinian
Verdun
Verdun
Montréal Plaza

Known for their level of creativity that hinges on the unhinged, this French restaurant’s stupefying theatrics are well-known both in the dining room and on its plates.

Restaurant
French
Rosemont
Beaubien
Restaurant Moccione

One meal here and you’ll no longer be surprised why its tables are in such high demand: This restaurant has single-handedly stolen the show when it comes to eating a fantastically delicious Italian meal.

Restaurant
Italian
Villeray
Jean-Talon
Monarque

Dining at this Old Montreal jewel of a French brasserie and dining room from chef Jérémie Bastien is both a masterclass in its cuisine’s techniques and classics plus cosmopolitan inclusions from other cuisines.

Restaurant
French
Old Montreal
Square-Victoria-OACI
Provisions Bar à Vin

Consider this the next-gen steakhouse of Montreal: With its in-house butchery, it’s an address in Outremont that flips the porterhouse-and-martinis formula on its head in the best of ways.

Bar
Outremont
Outremont
Salle Climatisée

A new-wave French bistro on the fringes of Little Italy, its chefs Harrison Shewchuk and Brendan Lavery are both about simple market food done well and aspiring to new frontiers through sheer creativity.

Restaurant
French
La Petite-Patrie
Beaubien
Bar St-Denis

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.

Restaurant
Fine Dining
La Petite-Patrie
Jean-Talon
Au Pied de Cochon

This ode to Quebecois cuisine is essential eating in Montreal, served in a completely unpretentious fashion that takes diners to the very heart of what makes this province stand out.

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Restaurant
French
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Sherbrooke
Restaurant Paloma

Specializing in Niçoise cuisine that combines the best of southern France and Italy, the father-daughter team behind this sweet spot of a restaurant in Villeray easily makes for chic evening any night of the week.

HENI

HENI
SWANA
Southwest Asian
North African

Heni, a Little Burgundy restaurant focused on the SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) region of the world—a decolonial term for what’s commonly referred to as the Middle East—is a place of many new pathways for Montreal. Its kitchen is producing new kinds of flavours that blend its regional focus with Quebecois ingredients—think marinated olives with sea buckthorn berry instead of orange zest, kibbeh can be made with PEI beef or duck hearts, fatteh and couscous with wild mushrooms, lobster tails spiced with ras-el-hanout on a bed of corn, ice cream sandwiches of sfouf and wild blueberries that are dipped in dark chocolate—as well as wines taken from its in-house wine importation agency Sienna which highlights new-generation winemakers from Lebanon. It’ll have even more aces up its sleeves once the whole operation is fully up and running—stay tuned and subscribed to us for when the full story about this place goes out.

Restaurant
Middle Eastern
Little Burgundy
Lionel-Groulx

Pichai

Pichai

A local forerunner for Thai food augmented by pure creativity and Canadian products, this is where chef Jesse Mulder has taken his reputation for dizzyingly good eating to new heights.

Restaurant
Thai
La Petite-Patrie
Beaubien
Lawrence

This small tasting menu-focused restaurant from chef Marc Cohen celebrates offal and classics that have been with the restaurant from the very beginning, served with a level of hearty refinement.

Mano Cornuto
Terrasse
Wine

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.

Restaurant
Italian
Griffintown
Bonaventure
Arthur's Nosh Bar (Le Cathcart)
Jewish
Breakfast
Sandwich

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.

Restaurant
Deli
Downtown
Bonaventure
Satay Brothers Resto 3721 Notre-Dame

Casual, fun, and incomparably flavorful, this Singaporean restaurant’s menu walks the line between addictive comfort food and inventive visits to Malaysia, Indonesia, and beyond.

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Restaurant
Asian
Saint-Henri
Lionel-Groulx

Candide

Candide

John Winter Russell’s classic restaurant for refined seasonal dishes inside a deconsecrated church is an exploration of landscape through food, where the cooking is both intriguing and engaging.

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Restaurant
French
Little Burgundy
Lionel-Groulx

Impasto

Impasto
Pasta
Metro De Castelnau

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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Restaurant
Italian
Little Italy
Jean-Talon
Restaurant Hélicoptère

This destination in Hochelaga is an exceedingly accessible option for fine dining where tasting menus take you on a tour of its chef David Ollu’s Bouillon Bilk tutelage plus wholly new avenues.

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Restaurant
French
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Préfontaine
Joe Beef

The restaurant that launched a thousand ships, this is a definitive Montreal dining experience thanks to its one-two punch celebrating classic dining with a banquet-style celebration of good food.

Le Vin Papillon

While known as the vegetable-forward offering of the Joe Beef empire, its ingredients receive all the love and expertise of its meatier counterparts, plus a wine list of precision and innovation.

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Restaurant
Wine Bar
Little Burgundy
Lionel-Groulx
Gia Vin & Grill

From its interior ‘wine island’ to its lunches full of sandwiches ‘n’ salads and dinners of arrosticini, finely spun pasta, and contorni, this Saint-Henri spot is a fine dining gem without comparison.

Restaurant
Italian
Little Italy
Jean-Talon
Liverpool House
Oyster Bar
Restaurant
Griffintown
...

Liverpool House in Montreal's Little Burgundy has emerged from the shadow of its sibling, Joe Beef, with its own identity. Known for hearty French cuisine and exceptional seafood, it features a raw bar and dishes like Italian beef tartare and lobster spaghetti. Opened in 2007, it offers a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere and a diverse wine selection. The restaurant’s friendly ambiance and outstanding menu make it a favorite for both locals and visitors.

Restaurant
Fine Dining
Little Burgundy
Lionel-Groulx
Hoogan et Beaufort

The wood fire-informed and deeply seasonal menus of this fine dining titan from chef Marc-André Jetté is as comforting as it is exciting, and its wine lists will immediately astound you.

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Restaurant
Rosemont
D'Iberville
Le Mousso

Taking cues from Scandinavian cuisine and applying it to Quebec’s terroir, each plate here is done with pinpoint accuracy, resulting in plates that resemble small sketches or paintings from chef Antonin Rivard-Mousso.

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Restaurant
Fine Dining
Downtown
Beaudry
Île Flottante

This Mile End restaurant focused on vegetable-forward tasting menus is considered among the very best in the city for its high calibre of cooking and service, along with its energetic atmosphere.

Restaurant
Fine Dining
Mile End
Rosemont
Tuck Shop

Its rotating menus of upscale, seasonal fare will keep you guessing, but the buzzy ambiance and service at this Saint-Henri eatery will make you feel like you’re immediately at home.

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Restaurant
Canadian
Saint-Henri
Place-Saint-Henri

Damas

Damas

An essential address in Montreal for Syrian cuisine, every spiced and aromatic bite here is impeccably sourced from across the Mediterranean, from shared mezze to sizzling grilled platters.

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Restaurant
Outremont
Outremont
Le Club Chasse et Pêche

Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier’s Old Montreal restaurant is a discreet and pensive place to spend hours over opulent dishes that, time and again, provide the most memorable of experiences.

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Restaurant
French
Old Montreal
Champ-de-Mars
Garde Manger

The vibes are high when eating at this restaurant from Chuck Hughes. It’s an absolute parade of surf and turf served up with a service staff that knows how to have a good time.

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Restaurant
Seafood
Old Montreal
Place-d'Armes
Kitano Shokudo (OTTO BISTRO)

A progenitor in the Montreal scene for taking Japanese cooking and treating it to French techniques and presentations, Hiroshi Kitano’s bistro in the Plateau is a must—especially the omakase.

Restaurant
Japanese
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Mont-Royal
Taverne Sur Le Square

A Westmount Square institution blends together the very best of French bistro fare, Italian trattorias and steakhouses into one solid offering that can upscale any night out on the town.

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Restaurant
French
Westmount
Atwater
Les Street Monkeys

This next-gen Cambodian restaurant in Verdun is a lively cornerstone of the city’s dining scene because of the richly aromatic food they offer, playing on dishes both traditional and wholly new.

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Restaurant
Cambodian
Verdun
De L'Église
Bonheur D’Occasion

Just when you thought Saint-Henri couldn’t possibly squeeze in another place to eat, Bonheur d’Occasion landed earlier this year with a splash. Maybe it’s the simple and comforting corner bistro ambiance, the steady café noshes cakes and sandwiches during the day, or maybe it’s the “take my money!” dishes they create for dinner services, but chef Philippe Gauthier and pastry chef Victor Adnet are bringing their A-game and then some.

Restaurant
Bistro
Saint-Henri
Place-Saint-Henri

Foxy

Foxy

Dressed in an interior design of black and gold minimalism, the menus of this Griffintown destination sets a high bar for dining in Montreal thanks to its combination of wood-fired and fresh elements.

Restaurant
Little Burgundy
Georges-Vanier
Bistro La Franquette

A hidden gem of Westmount, this French-forward bistro is equal parts traditional dishes done to perfection and a level of experimentation you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Restaurant
French
Westmount
Vendôme
La Marelle

Taking over the space that once housed Mile-Ex’s chef-forward dining room of Le Diplomate, La Marelle comes from Salle Climatisée alum Carlos Melgar. Now brightened up with a new paint job, the restaurant’s softly opened with a purely creative menu that pulls inspiration from the chef’s personal and professional backgrounds. Seasonal with a good use of seasonal ingredients, dishes to date have featured scallop aguachile, beef taratares, sweetbreads, raddichio salads, and beets with stracciatella. Given the spot's connections, you can bet the wine selection’s off the chain here.

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Restaurant
Canadian
Mile-Ex
Parc
Snowdon Deli
Smoked Meat
Jewish
Sandwich

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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Restaurant
Deli
Côte-des-Neiges
Snowdon
Cabaret L'enfer
Bar
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Mont-Royal
Oncle Lee
Restaurant
Chinese
Mile End
Laurier
L'Express

A Montreal institution since 1980 on rue Saint-Denis, L'Express continues to uphold its reputation for timeless French cuisine and conviviality. Founded by François Tremblay, Colette Brossoit, and Pierre Villeneuve, the restaurant caters to everyone with a welcoming atmosphere that remains to this day. With a menu largely unchanged over the years, L'Express offers classic dishes like sorrel soup, marrow, and veal liver, prepared with an unwavering consistency and attention to detail. Designed by renowned architect Luc Laporte, the elegant decor exudes a timeless charm, attracting a diverse clientele served by a stable team of long-serving staff.

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Restaurant
French
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Sherbrooke
Chez Tousignant
Restaurant
Comfort Food
La Petite-Patrie
Jean-Talon
Ma Poule Mouillée
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Restaurant
Portuguese
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Mont-Royal
BOUILLON BILK
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Restaurant
Fine Dining
Quartier des spectacles
Saint-Laurent
Fleurs et Cadeaux Restaurant
Restaurant
Asian
Chinatown
Place-d'Armes

ALMA

ALMA
Restaurant
Mediterranean
Outremont
Outremont
Restaurant Kamúy

Grounded in his home country of Haiti and exploring the islands and South America, eating at chef Paul Toussaint’s restaurant is always a unique celebration of spice and flavour you can’t find elsewhere.

Restaurant
Carribbean
Quartier des spectacles
Place-des-Arts
McKiernan Rôtisserie
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Restaurant
Canadian
Saint-Henri
Charlevoix

Elena

Elena
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Restaurant
Italian
Saint-Henri
Place-Saint-Henri
Restaurant Dobe & Andy
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Restaurant
Chinese
Chinatown
Place-d'Armes
MARCUS Restaurant + Lounge
Restaurant
Fine Dining
Downtown
Guy-Concordia
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