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Yelp Names 100 Most-Starred Canadian Restaurants With 13 Montreal Spots

Now with less Schwartz’s

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Online goods-and-service review site Yelp has distilled its wealth of restaurant reviews and petty complaints from customers into a ranked list covering all of Canada. They’re billing it as their Top 100 Places to Eat in Canada for 2017.

Yelp offered up a similar list early in 2016, which only featured seven Montreal restaurants, with their method for figuring out who had the best reviews clearly favouring tourist drawcards such as Schwartz’s, La Banquise, and Au Pied de Cochon. This year, they changed the system to only count reviews from Canadians, keeping foreign tourists (especially Yelp’s big base of American reviewers) out of it. They also put less weight on the sheer quantity of reviews received by restaurants.

Most restaurants in Montreal don’t have anywhere near the sheer volume of Yelp reviews as their Toronto and Vancouver counterparts — that would appear to explain why Montreal has fewer restaurants on the list compared to Vancouver, a smaller city.

Bear in mind that Yelp reviews may not always be fair, and restaurateurs are ambivalent about it, because it’s not really fun to receive a one-star review for “delicious food, excellent service, but the toilet paper was only one-ply”. It may not be a perfectly objective gauge of quality: a suburban Toronto creperie called Muncheez is probably not the best restaurant in Canada. But it’s not wrong, either: by most accounts, Bouillon Bilk (the top Montreal restaurant on the list), is a very good restaurant.

Anyway, these are the 13 Montreal restaurants who made the list, along with a sample of the best and worst of their Yelp write-ups, proving that there really is no way to please everybody. Global News has the full list from 1 to 100.

11. Bouillon Bilk (Modern French, Downtown)

18. Damas (Syrian, Outremont)

37. Cafe Frida (Tacos, St-Henri)

48. L’Avenue (Brunch, Plateau)

54. Saint Sushi Bar (Sushi, Plateau)

58. Kazu (Japanese, Shaughnessy Village)

Read Monica X.'s review of Kazu on Yelp
Read Raymond M.'s review of Kazu on Yelp

74. Yokato Yokabai (Japanese, Plateau)

75. Lola Rosa Milton (Vegetarian, Plateau)

81. Gus (Seafood and Steak, Petite-Patrie)

Read Janine T.'s review of Gus on Yelp
Read Angela A.'s review of Gus on Yelp

82. Le Robin Square (Euro-Bistro, Old Montreal)

90. Ma Poule Mouillée (Portuguese, Plateau)

98. Il Focolaio (Pizza, Downtown)

99. Falafel St-Jacques (Pita, Lachine)


1595 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Ville-Marie, QC H2X 2S9 (514) 845-1595 Visit Website

Yokato Yokabai

4185 rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L5 (514) 282-9991


1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H3H 1M1 (514) 937-2333 Visit Website


1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4 (514) 439-5435 Visit Website

Il Focolaio

1223 place Philips, Montréal, QC H3B 3E9 (514) 879-1045 Visit Website

Saint Sushi Bar

424 Avenue Duluth Est, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2L 1A3 (514) 507-7537 Visit Website


38 Rue Beaubien Est, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC H2S 1P8 (514) 722-2175 Visit Website


922 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2J 1X1 (514) 523-8780 Visit Website

Le Robin Square

520, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Y 2Y9 (514) 508-5770

Café Frida

4412 Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S1 (514) 553-2040

Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel Street East, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2J 2J2 (514) 522-5175 Visit Website

Lola Rosa

4581, avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4E4 (514) 843-5652 Visit Website