At this time of year, Montrealers are typically heading to the airport in large numbers, eager to escape the frost of visit friends and family abroad for the holiday season. After last year’s travel lull, air traffic seemed poised to pick up — but that was before provincial officials urged Quebecers once more to avoid all non-essential travel and the federal government tightened travel measures in face of growing concerns surrounding the cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 in Canada.
In the past, this guide to airport dining provided direction on the best bets for eating on-site; this time, the barometer is much lower. This is simply a list of the places — no matter how mass-produced or unappealing — that are still serving, should you find yourself in need of some sustenance before or after a trip.
Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport has ramped up its food and beverage offering since the late spring, though it’s still no where close to what it was before the pandemic hit — and as the regulations continue to evolve, we may well see a scale-back once again. Check this airport page for an up-to-date list of dining options.
This guide is divided into four sections — the public area (open to non-travellers), and then Canadian, international, and United States departures.
- Burger King: The makers of the Whopper are your only option for a burger in this part of the airport[Arrivals]
- Java U: Montreal-based café chain with breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and pastries — better than most other coffee options [Near United States check-in]
- Paramount: A Canadian chain doing a range of Lebanese-leaning options like shawarma, falafel, and salads [Near international and domestic security]
- Subway: Its former spokesperson Jared Fogle may be in prison, but this sandwich chain is still something that exists [Arrivals]
- Tim Hortons: Hands down the cheapest thing in the airport — debatably drinkable coffee, doughnuts, and pastries [Arrivals]
Restricted Zone: Canadian Departures — Gates 1 to 51
YUL Pizza: Pizza, salads, and snacks, all served relatively quickly [Gate 1]
Starbucks: Tall, grande, venti — you know the drill [Gate 1]
Tim Hortons: See above [Gate 1]
Java U: See above [Gate 1]
Pork & Pickle: Perhaps the best bet on this list — a Southern barbecue spot, or at least the airport chain version of it. Expect lots of smoky meat (ribs and brisket), and generally heavier comfort fare like burgers, and mac and cheese [Gate 1]
Urban Crave: Internationally inspired street eats ranging from samosas to Cubano sandwiches [Gate 9]
Six Pints: A brasserie serving up draft beer, sports on screens, and standard pub fare [Gate 34]
Bistrot MTL: It leans more casual café than chic bistro, but there’s pasta, soup, crepes, and more [Gate 48]
Ryu: Sushi, smoothies, and poke bowls from a Montreal staple [Gate 49]
Camden: Health-food oriented fare that can also cater to plenty of allergies and intolerances — think sandwiches and salads [Gate 50]
Archibald: A decent bet as far as airport eats go, featuring burgers and breakfast poutine [Gate 51]
Restricted Zone: International Departures — Gates 51 to 68
YUL Pizza: See above [Gate 51]
MTL Bagel: Fairmount bagels served in sandwich form with classic toppings — it’s tough to screw that up [Gate 52]
Auberge St-Gabriel: This airport offshoot of an iconic Montreal institution is a good bet for something a little more upscale. [Gate 52]
Java U: See above [Gate 53]
Mr. Pretzel: An outpost of an international chain specializing in soft pretzels [Gate 53]
U-Bar: Standard airport bar with cocktails and pub-leaning food such as pizza [Gate 53B]
Bistrot MTL: See above [Gate 59]
Restricted Zone: United States Departures
Dining options in this part of the airport remain scant. All that’s open is Urban Crave and Starbucks (both at Gate 74), a sandwich counter at Gate 77, and your meatiest bet, Houston steakhouse at Gate 76.