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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Montreal

Eater’s guide to some of the city’s most indispensable eats, featuring an array of cuisines, neighbourhoods, and price points 

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Behold, Montreal’s Eater 38: Your answer to the age-old question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This list is our attempt to render Montreal’s food scene in list form, compiling the city’s unique, sometimes offbeat blend of poutine, Haitian and Middle Eastern staples, and, of course, French fine dining institutions that make this city such a standout place to dine in.

This time around, we welcome several restaurants to the list, including Pho Tay Ho, Darna Bistroquet, Chez Tousignant, Alma, Le Mousso, Elena, Junior, and Nouilles de Lan Zhou. At times, we need to remove a great restaurant from this list to be able to celebrate another one, but that doesn’t mean it has become any less desirable. And who knows? It may appear again next time.

Note: Restaurants on this list have to have been open for at least six months. Looking for a guide to some of the city’s newer options? Check here.

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1. Falafel St. Jacques

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345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada
(514) 595-7482
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Falafel St. Jacques shines with affordable all-vegetarian Middle Eastern fare, and is considered by many as the best when it comes to the chickpea patties after which it’s named. But that’s not all the casual counter-service spot in Ville St-Pierre does well: Give its shiitake mushroom shish taouk and sabich (fried eggplant sandwich) a shot.

2. Beba

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3900 Rue Éthel, Verdun
QC H4G 1S4, Canada
(514) 750-7087
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The intermingling of Spanish and Italian cultures in Argentina are what brothers Ari and Pablo Schor (both Liverpool House alum) sought to recreate in Verdun with their 2019 opening. With the pandemic, empanadas (fresh or frozen) with fillings like spinach and cheese, chorizo and potato, and beef and olive became their calling card, but with their dining room back in action, expect pastas, seasonal salads and seafoods, and some brilliantly braised meats and vegetables.

3. Chalet Bar-B-Q

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5456 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada
(514) 489-7235
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With over three-quarters of a century to its name, NDG landmark Chalet Bar-B-Q has won the hearts of multiple generations enamoured with its charcoal-broiled bird and its arguably unmatched gravy.

4. Snowdon Deli

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5265 Bd Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada
(514) 488-9129
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Looking for famed Montreal smoked meat without having to endure the snaking queues at Schwartz’s? Head to Snowdon instead for a deli that’s been open since 1942 and still within the same family. Snowdon Deli’s status as an iconic Montreal food destination is based on more than just doing smoked meat on rye though: Grab anything from matzo ball soup to latkes, knishes, or blintzes, and you’ll be pleased.

5. Elena

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5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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It’s no wonder effortlessly cool Elena has kept its place among the hottest dining destinations in the city four years after opening. Locals head to the St-Henri gathering spot for everything from a lunchtime hoagie and beer enjoyed on an easygoing backyard terrasse to a remarkable night out indulging in excellent natural wines and pristine pastas and pizzas — in a stunning dining room to boot.

6. Restaurant Paulo & Suzanne

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5501 Boul Gouin O, Montréal
QC H4J 1C8, Canada
(514) 336-5561
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Arguably one of the best casse-croûtes (Quebec-style diners) in the city, this iconic north-end haunt has just over 40 years under its belt. Open into the wee hours of the morning, diners can’t go wrong with the classics: two all-dressed steamé hot-dogs and a cheesy poutine.

7. Pushap

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5195 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 2B1, Canada
(514) 737-4527
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What began as a small samosa and sweet shop in 1986 is now one of Montreal’s Indian eateries of choice — even though its vegetarian-only menu omits usual crowd-pleasing options like butter chicken. Pushap’s thalis are cheap and curry packed, and its stuffed pyramids of golden-fried dough are still a shoo-in.

8. Caribbean Curry House (multiple locations)

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6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal
QC H3W 1B8, Canada
(514) 733-0828
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Montreal’s oldest Caribbean restaurant continues to make soft, flaky roti every day, filling them up with delectable chickpea, goat, and chicken curries. Simple, cheap, oh so filling, and now with a second location in the West Island.

9. Arthurs Nosh Bar

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4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 757-5190
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From the McArthur schnitzel sandwich to a tower of house-smoked salmon and bagels for two, it’s pretty much impossible to fumble when ordering at this St-Henri brunch-and-lunch haunt — and everyone knows it. So, if you’re planning to come on the weekend, factor in some lengthy wait times, but rest assured, you won’t regret it.

10. Satay Brothers

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3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada
(514) 933-3507
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One of very few places to offer Malaysian or Singaporean food in the city, Satay Brothers has over the years evolved from a seasonal market stall founded by two brothers and their mom to a bustling destination-worthy restaurant on the Notre-Dame strip. Stellar peanut-sauced satays, steamed pork belly buns, shrimpy laksa, and coconut-topped rendang have propelled them to icon status on the city’s restaurant scene — with that original stand at the Atwater Market still very much in the picture.

11. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-6494
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This Little Burgundy wine bar was a seamless addition to — and seeming no-brainer for — the Joe Beef family when it opened in the summer of 2013. Expect a bevy of natural and organic wines, a chalkboard menu featuring dishes less hefty than at its sibling spots on the Notre-Dame strip, and a not-to-be-missed staple: cheddar-topped, brown butter-slathered ham.

12. Junior

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1964 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1M8, Canada
(514) 667-0728
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Filipino food options are somewhat limited in the city, but Junior, out in Little Burgundy, has diners covered with many of the essentials. There’s pancit palabok, a quintessential shrimp noodle dish; lechon kawali, deep-fried pork belly; tender, braised beef done Caldereta style; and sizzling sisig — made with either minced milkfish or pork.

13. Kazu

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1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 937-2333
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Expect long lines prompted by a strict no-reservations policy and cramped (though cozy) quarters at this indispensable Japanese spot. From sashimi, tuna belly, and okonomiyaki (a savoury Japanese pancake), to barbecued beef short ribs and 48-hour stewed pork, the menu is long, and totally worth the multiple trips downtown needed to explore it.

14. Damas

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1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada
(514) 439-5435
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Upscale Syrian spot Damas is one of Montreal’s biggest comeback stories: After a fire gutted it in 2015, it was reborn in Outremont and became better than ever. Seven years later, and its spreads of mezzes and hefty char-grilled mains replete with sumac and Aleppo peppers are an almost guaranteed home run for any palate. Now with a sibling street food counter across the street.

15. Alma

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1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada
(514) 543-1363
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This three-year-old Outremont hideaway wields coastal Catalan flavours with such aplomb that diners may momentarily forget that they’re in Montreal. Expect plates dotted with conserves, including an ostensibly simple, yet flavourfully so-sophisticated dish of white anchovies and tomatoes on crusty bread, and a transportive wine list, all from partners (in business and life) Lindsay Brennan and Juan Lopez Luna.

16. Olive & Gourmando

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351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
(514) 350-1083
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There’s a reason why locals keep on coming back to Olive & Gourmando: It’s just that good. A small menu centres around sandwiches (the Cuban is a fave, and so is the grilled cheese) and other lunch fare like a savoury ricotta plate or a hearty soup of the day. There’s really no wrong move here, but if you can’t decide, why not pick up the restaurant’s cookbook and keep feasting at home?

17. Kamúy

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1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal
QC H2X 1Z9, Canada
(514) 447-7481
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Don’t be dissuaded by Kamúy’s placement in the heart of the (historically) tourist-heavy Quartier des Spectacles — it has the makings of an indispensable local favourite. From chef-owner Paul Toussaint (ex-Agrikol) comes a menu stacked with juicy griot, jerk-spiced chicken, and pillowy doumbrey (sweet potato dumplings).

18. Dobe & Andy

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1111 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2Z 1Y6, Canada
(514) 861-9958
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Chinatown’s premier Hong Kong-style barbecue joint is run by second-generation owners Eric, Edmund, and Edward Ku. Since taking over, they’ve experimented with adding some fantastic fried chicken and homemade chilli sauce by the jar to the menu, but the char sui and roast duck remain the headliners.

19. La Capital Tacos

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1096 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 873-5255
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This taqueria resides in Chinatown and has dinnerware to match. Opened seven years ago by partners from Mexico City and Monterrey, La Capital has in the time since cemented its reputation with some delicious carnitas tacos, easy-drinking cocktails, vegan options, and the recent addition of quesabirria, a tortilla stuffed with tender birria beef and sealed shut with melted cheese — served with a side cup of flavour-packed consommé.

20. Nouilles de Lan Zhou

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1006 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada
(514) 800-2959

This Chinatown nook has been luring passersby with cooks skillfully pulling noodles in its front window for years. The fresh Lanzhou-style noodles are the staple, with beef slices in a deeply flavoured broth, but other menu items like its seasoned edamame and Dandan noodles also fare very well.

21. Jun I

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156 Av. Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada
(514) 276-5864
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Kyoto native and chef Junichi Ikematsu has been carefully crafting morsels of raw fish on rice at his eponymously named Mile End sushi restaurant for over 16 years. It’s a staple for upscale Japanese dining in the city, and since 2020, is joined by neighbouring grab-and-go counter and grocery outlet Ôkini, stocked with everything from onigiri and sake to ceramics and sauces.

22. Île Flottante

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176 Saint Viateur West Street, QC 2L3, Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montreal
QC H2T 2L3, Canada
(514) 278-6854
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Chef Sean Murray Smith consistently wows with tasting menus that give seasonal vegetables pride of place — without being strictly vegetarian. Dishes are gorgeous layerings of interesting textures, organic colours, and playful flavours, and they’re all served up in a polished dining space.

23. Wilensky's Light Lunch

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34 Av. Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M1, Canada
(514) 271-0247
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This Mile End deli lunch counter is as classic as they come. Montrealers and tourists flock to 90-year-old Wilensky’s for one thing: The Special, a signature sandwich, that layers beef salami and bologna, cheese (optional) and mustard (mandatory), all in a grilled, pressed roll.

24. Arepera

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73 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada
(514) 508-7267
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This casual Venezuelan eatery specializes in the stuffed corn bread pockets known as arepas. Theirs are filled with your choice from a borderline overwhelming array of beef, chicken, pork, fish, and veggie options. In 2018, Arepera moved to a far more capacious Plateau locale — meaning shorter wait times for on-site dining.

25. Dinette Triple Crown

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6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada
(514) 272-2617
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Pioneers of “picnic in the park” summer takeout, this well-established, wicker basket-dispensing Mile-Ex haunt is known for its delicious Southern comfort classics. Chef Colin Perry’s crisp fried chicken, satiating macaroni and cheese, and rotation of flaky, buttery dessert pies are not to be missed.

26. L'Express

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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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The city’s bellwether bistro has only felt more indispensable since the untimely death of founder Colette Brossoit in 2014. And the oh-so-classic French offerings — think duck confit and pistachio-speckled chicken liver pâté — at this longtime Plateau darling have remained just as solid.

27. Chez Tousignant

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6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada
(438) 386-6368
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It may not have been in business for decades, but Chez Tousignant is as good as a Quebec casse-croûte gets. Opt for a poutine with thick-cut fries, squeaky cheese curds, and rich gravy, with a house-made hot-dog or cheeseburger in a potato bun and with a secret sauce that brings it all up a notch.

28. Pho Tay Ho

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6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada
(514) 273-5627
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There’s no decisive answer to the question of who serves Montreal’s best pho, but Pho Tay Ho is undoubtedly among the highest-ranked bowls of the Vietnamese noodle soup in the city. Technically falling within the boundaries of Little Italy, this family-run spot slings a broth that’s chicken- rather than beef-based — and it’s packed with flavour.

29. Pichai

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5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada
(514) 419-1606
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From the team that brought us standout Little Italy curry shop Pumpui comes this St-Hubert Street newcomer also spotlighting Thai flavours, but in a more formal, wine bar-esque setting. Pichai’s menu focuses on Isaan grilled meats and salads, including options like laab dok kalaam (a spicy cauliflower dish), gai yang (a grilled half chicken with tamarind sauce) and sai krok isan (a rice-fermented Berkshire sausage). A Thai tea-infused tiramisu, attractive wine list, and daily specials round out the offering at Eater Montreal’s 2021 Restaurant of the Year.

30. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada
(514) 522-5175
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A fire at the beginning of 2019 may have caused some panic surrounding this rotisserie’s future, but Portuguese grill Ma Poule Mouillée is here to stay, complete with line-ups out the door. The quarter or half chicken plates — doused in a spicy piri-piri sauce, and served with a delicious mountain of fries and token salad — are the standard play, but the poutine, bulked up with chicken, chorizo, and Sao Jorge cheese, has reached icon status.

31. Le Mousso

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1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1P8, Canada
(438) 384-7410
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Montreal is loaded with splurge-worthy, fit-for-a-special-occasion restaurants — and Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s Village tasting menu operation is a frontrunner in the category. During the pandemic, he was forced to close down slightly more casual Le Petit Mousso next door, but that just means all the attention is now on the fine dining original, celebrated for its simultaneously playful and immaculate approach to Quebec ingredients.

32. Darna Bistroquet

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1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada
(514) 273-1106
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No guide to Montreal’s diverse food scene would be complete without at least one North African destination. Darna Bistroquet, tucked into La Petite-Patrie, is a newer arrival, but its exceptionally warm service, homey space, and delicious Moroccan fare have proven to be a winning combination.

33. Maison Publique

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4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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Prominent Montreal chef Derek Dammann is an ardent advocate of a Canada-wide culinary identity. His cookbook, True North, is all about it — and his popular Plateau gastropub is where he’s known to bring it all home, with hearty flesh and root dishes from local terroirs.

34. Antonietta

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6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal
QC H2G 2X2, Canada
(514) 729-2633
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Papineau Street’s two-year-old Italian spot Antonietta excels at all manner of pasta and pizza — and it manages to both be traditional enough to satisfy the most discerning nonna, but creative enough to dazzle the new guard. The restaurant’s menu changes often, but local veggies, plenty of parmesan and pecorino, and flavour-rich guanciale (cured pork cheek) make frequent appearances.

35. Casse-Croûte Sissi & Paul

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2517 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montréal
QC H2A 1T6, Canada
(514) 903-2517

Montreal is brimming with casual Haitian spots dishing succulent cubes of marinated-braised-then-fried pork (aka, griot) — and everyone has committed to a favourite. Sissi & Paul may be a low-key, frill-free haunt out by D’Iberville metro station, but its grub occupies a space in the top tier.

36. Hoogan et Beaufort

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4095 Rue Molson, Montréal
QC H1Y 3L1, Canada
(514) 903-1233
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Tucked over in the ever-developing Technopole Angus, Hoogan & Beaufort brings a distinctly local feel to its offering. Under chef and owner Marc-Andre Jetté’s watch, mushrooms, beets, turnips, and more all make appearances, often helping to showcase catches from the province’s lakes and land.

37. Hélicoptère

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4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 543-4255
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With a culinary approach that feels fine dining, but is more casual in setting and price, Hélicoptère has been checking boxes left and right since opening in 2018. Expect a menu of colourful, creative plates spotlighting plenty of seasonal fare from chef David Ollu, and don’t overlook adjoining sibling coffee shop Hélico Café around the corner — a necessary spot on any Hochelaga pilgrimage.

38. Le Coq de L'Est

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9007 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2N6, Canada
(438) 385-9455
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Stunning rose-hued, Pakistani-spiced tandoori chicken is the star of the show at Omar Zabuair and Vanessa Beeching’s Tétreaultville dining destination, but their deep-fried pork ribs, Caesar salad, and saucy poutine deserve honourable mentions as well. Once noted for having taken over a joint known for its “serveuses sexy,” Le Coq de L’Est has since moved — a couple blocks east, though still on Hochelaga Street.

1. Falafel St. Jacques

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine, QC H8R 1E6, Canada

Falafel St. Jacques shines with affordable all-vegetarian Middle Eastern fare, and is considered by many as the best when it comes to the chickpea patties after which it’s named. But that’s not all the casual counter-service spot in Ville St-Pierre does well: Give its shiitake mushroom shish taouk and sabich (fried eggplant sandwich) a shot.

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada

2. Beba

3900 Rue Éthel, Verdun, QC H4G 1S4, Canada

The intermingling of Spanish and Italian cultures in Argentina are what brothers Ari and Pablo Schor (both Liverpool House alum) sought to recreate in Verdun with their 2019 opening. With the pandemic, empanadas (fresh or frozen) with fillings like spinach and cheese, chorizo and potato, and beef and olive became their calling card, but with their dining room back in action, expect pastas, seasonal salads and seafoods, and some brilliantly braised meats and vegetables.

3900 Rue Éthel, Verdun
QC H4G 1S4, Canada

3. Chalet Bar-B-Q

5456 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1V9, Canada

With over three-quarters of a century to its name, NDG landmark Chalet Bar-B-Q has won the hearts of multiple generations enamoured with its charcoal-broiled bird and its arguably unmatched gravy.

5456 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada

4. Snowdon Deli

5265 Bd Décarie, Montréal, QC H3W 3C2, Canada

Looking for famed Montreal smoked meat without having to endure the snaking queues at Schwartz’s? Head to Snowdon instead for a deli that’s been open since 1942 and still within the same family. Snowdon Deli’s status as an iconic Montreal food destination is based on more than just doing smoked meat on rye though: Grab anything from matzo ball soup to latkes, knishes, or blintzes, and you’ll be pleased.

5265 Bd Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada

5. Elena

5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

It’s no wonder effortlessly cool Elena has kept its place among the hottest dining destinations in the city four years after opening. Locals head to the St-Henri gathering spot for everything from a lunchtime hoagie and beer enjoyed on an easygoing backyard terrasse to a remarkable night out indulging in excellent natural wines and pristine pastas and pizzas — in a stunning dining room to boot.

5090 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

6. Restaurant Paulo & Suzanne

5501 Boul Gouin O, Montréal, QC H4J 1C8, Canada

Arguably one of the best casse-croûtes (Quebec-style diners) in the city, this iconic north-end haunt has just over 40 years under its belt. Open into the wee hours of the morning, diners can’t go wrong with the classics: two all-dressed steamé hot-dogs and a cheesy poutine.

5501 Boul Gouin O, Montréal
QC H4J 1C8, Canada

7. Pushap

5195 Rue Paré, Montréal, QC H4P 2B1, Canada

What began as a small samosa and sweet shop in 1986 is now one of Montreal’s Indian eateries of choice — even though its vegetarian-only menu omits usual crowd-pleasing options like butter chicken. Pushap’s thalis are cheap and curry packed, and its stuffed pyramids of golden-fried dough are still a shoo-in.

5195 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 2B1, Canada

8. Caribbean Curry House (multiple locations)

6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal, QC H3W 1B8, Canada

Montreal’s oldest Caribbean restaurant continues to make soft, flaky roti every day, filling them up with delectable chickpea, goat, and chicken curries. Simple, cheap, oh so filling, and now with a second location in the West Island.

6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal
QC H3W 1B8, Canada

9. Arthurs Nosh Bar

4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

From the McArthur schnitzel sandwich to a tower of house-smoked salmon and bagels for two, it’s pretty much impossible to fumble when ordering at this St-Henri brunch-and-lunch haunt — and everyone knows it. So, if you’re planning to come on the weekend, factor in some lengthy wait times, but rest assured, you won’t regret it.

4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

10. Satay Brothers

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8, Canada

One of very few places to offer Malaysian or Singaporean food in the city, Satay Brothers has over the years evolved from a seasonal market stall founded by two brothers and their mom to a bustling destination-worthy restaurant on the Notre-Dame strip. Stellar peanut-sauced satays, steamed pork belly buns, shrimpy laksa, and coconut-topped rendang have propelled them to icon status on the city’s restaurant scene — with that original stand at the Atwater Market still very much in the picture.

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada

11. Le Vin Papillon

2519 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

This Little Burgundy wine bar was a seamless addition to — and seeming no-brainer for — the Joe Beef family when it opened in the summer of 2013. Expect a bevy of natural and organic wines, a chalkboard menu featuring dishes less hefty than at its sibling spots on the Notre-Dame strip, and a not-to-be-missed staple: cheddar-topped, brown butter-slathered ham.

2519 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

12. Junior

1964 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M8, Canada

Filipino food options are somewhat limited in the city, but Junior, out in Little Burgundy, has diners covered with many of the essentials. There’s pancit palabok, a quintessential shrimp noodle dish; lechon kawali, deep-fried pork belly; tender, braised beef done Caldereta style; and sizzling sisig — made with either minced milkfish or pork.

1964 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1M8, Canada

13. Kazu

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

Expect long lines prompted by a strict no-reservations policy and cramped (though cozy) quarters at this indispensable Japanese spot. From sashimi, tuna belly, and okonomiyaki (a savoury Japanese pancake), to barbecued beef short ribs and 48-hour stewed pork, the menu is long, and totally worth the multiple trips downtown needed to explore it.

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

14. Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4, Canada

Upscale Syrian spot Damas is one of Montreal’s biggest comeback stories: After a fire gutted it in 2015, it was reborn in Outremont and became better than ever. Seven years later, and its spreads of mezzes and hefty char-grilled mains replete with sumac and Aleppo peppers are an almost guaranteed home run for any palate. Now with a sibling street food counter across the street.

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada

15. Alma

1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont, QC H2V 1P2, Canada

This three-year-old Outremont hideaway wields coastal Catalan flavours with such aplomb that diners may momentarily forget that they’re in Montreal. Expect plates dotted with conserves, including an ostensibly simple, yet flavourfully so-sophisticated dish of white anchovies and tomatoes on crusty bread, and a transportive wine list, all from partners (in business and life) Lindsay Brennan and Juan Lopez Luna.

1231 Av. Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada

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16. Olive & Gourmando

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

There’s a reason why locals keep on coming back to Olive & Gourmando: It’s just that good. A small menu centres around sandwiches (the Cuban is a fave, and so is the grilled cheese) and other lunch fare like a savoury ricotta plate or a hearty soup of the day. There’s really no wrong move here, but if you can’t decide, why not pick up the restaurant’s cookbook and keep feasting at home?

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

17. Kamúy

1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC H2X 1Z9, Canada

Don’t be dissuaded by Kamúy’s placement in the heart of the (historically) tourist-heavy Quartier des Spectacles — it has the makings of an indispensable local favourite. From chef-owner Paul Toussaint (ex-Agrikol) comes a menu stacked with juicy griot, jerk-spiced chicken, and pillowy doumbrey (sweet potato dumplings).

1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal
QC H2X 1Z9, Canada

18. Dobe & Andy

1111 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2Z 1Y6, Canada

Chinatown’s premier Hong Kong-style barbecue joint is run by second-generation owners Eric, Edmund, and Edward Ku. Since taking over, they’ve experimented with adding some fantastic fried chicken and homemade chilli sauce by the jar to the menu, but the char sui and roast duck remain the headliners.

1111 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2Z 1Y6, Canada

19. La Capital Tacos

1096 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

This taqueria resides in Chinatown and has dinnerware to match. Opened seven years ago by partners from Mexico City and Monterrey, La Capital has in the time since cemented its reputation with some delicious carnitas tacos, easy-drinking cocktails, vegan options, and the recent addition of quesabirria, a tortilla stuffed with tender birria beef and sealed shut with melted cheese — served with a side cup of flavour-packed consommé.

1096 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

20. Nouilles de Lan Zhou

1006 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

This Chinatown nook has been luring passersby with cooks skillfully pulling noodles in its front window for years. The fresh Lanzhou-style noodles are the staple, with beef slices in a deeply flavoured broth, but other menu items like its seasoned edamame and Dandan noodles also fare very well.

1006 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

21. Jun I

156 Av. Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7, Canada

Kyoto native and chef Junichi Ikematsu has been carefully crafting morsels of raw fish on rice at his eponymously named Mile End sushi restaurant for over 16 years. It’s a staple for upscale Japanese dining in the city, and since 2020, is joined by neighbouring grab-and-go counter and grocery outlet Ôkini, stocked with everything from onigiri and sake to ceramics and sauces.

156 Av. Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada

22. Île Flottante

176 Saint Viateur West Street, QC 2L3, Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montreal, QC H2T 2L3, Canada

Chef Sean Murray Smith consistently wows with tasting menus that give seasonal vegetables pride of place — without being strictly vegetarian. Dishes are gorgeous layerings of interesting textures, organic colours, and playful flavours, and they’re all served up in a polished dining space.

176 Saint Viateur West Street, QC 2L3, Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montreal
QC H2T 2L3, Canada

23. Wilensky's Light Lunch

34 Av. Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1, Canada

This Mile End deli lunch counter is as classic as they come. Montrealers and tourists flock to 90-year-old Wilensky’s for one thing: The Special, a signature sandwich, that layers beef salami and bologna, cheese (optional) and mustard (mandatory), all in a grilled, pressed roll.

34 Av. Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M1, Canada

24. Arepera

73 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 1B4, Canada

This casual Venezuelan eatery specializes in the stuffed corn bread pockets known as arepas. Theirs are filled with your choice from a borderline overwhelming array of beef, chicken, pork, fish, and veggie options. In 2018, Arepera moved to a far more capacious Plateau locale — meaning shorter wait times for on-site dining.

73 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada

25. Dinette Triple Crown

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9, Canada

Pioneers of “picnic in the park” summer takeout, this well-established, wicker basket-dispensing Mile-Ex haunt is known for its delicious Southern comfort classics. Chef Colin Perry’s crisp fried chicken, satiating macaroni and cheese, and rotation of flaky, buttery dessert pies are not to be missed.

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada

26. L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada

The city’s bellwether bistro has only felt more indispensable since the untimely death of founder Colette Brossoit in 2014. And the oh-so-classic French offerings — think duck confit and pistachio-speckled chicken liver pâté — at this longtime Plateau darling have remained just as solid.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

27. Chez Tousignant

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2S 2T3, Canada

It may not have been in business for decades, but Chez Tousignant is as good as a Quebec casse-croûte gets. Opt for a poutine with thick-cut fries, squeaky cheese curds, and rich gravy, with a house-made hot-dog or cheeseburger in a potato bun and with a secret sauce that brings it all up a notch.

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada

28. Pho Tay Ho

6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2R7, Canada

There’s no decisive answer to the question of who serves Montreal’s best pho, but Pho Tay Ho is undoubtedly among the highest-ranked bowls of the Vietnamese noodle soup in the city. Technically falling within the boundaries of Little Italy, this family-run spot slings a broth that’s chicken- rather than beef-based — and it’s packed with flavour.

6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada

29. Pichai

5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2L8, Canada

From the team that brought us standout Little Italy curry shop Pumpui comes this St-Hubert Street newcomer also spotlighting Thai flavours, but in a more formal, wine bar-esque setting. Pichai’s menu focuses on Isaan grilled meats and salads, including options like laab dok kalaam (a spicy cauliflower dish), gai yang (a grilled half chicken with tamarind sauce) and sai krok isan (a rice-fermented Berkshire sausage). A Thai tea-infused tiramisu, attractive wine list, and daily specials round out the offering at Eater Montreal’s 2021 Restaurant of the Year.

5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada

30. Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel St E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J2, Canada

A fire at the beginning of 2019 may have caused some panic surrounding this rotisserie’s future, but Portuguese grill Ma Poule Mouillée is here to stay, complete with line-ups out the door. The quarter or half chicken plates — doused in a spicy piri-piri sauce, and served with a delicious mountain of fries and token salad — are the standard play, but the poutine, bulked up with chicken, chorizo, and Sao Jorge cheese, has reached icon status.

969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada

31. Le Mousso

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P8, Canada

Montreal is loaded with splurge-worthy, fit-for-a-special-occasion restaurants — and Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s Village tasting menu operation is a frontrunner in the category. During the pandemic, he was forced to close down slightly more casual Le Petit Mousso next door, but that just means all the attention is now on the fine dining original, celebrated for its simultaneously playful and immaculate approach to Quebec ingredients.

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1P8, Canada

32. Darna Bistroquet

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1T5, Canada

No guide to Montreal’s diverse food scene would be complete without at least one North African destination. Darna Bistroquet, tucked into La Petite-Patrie, is a newer arrival, but its exceptionally warm service, homey space, and delicious Moroccan fare have proven to be a winning combination.

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada

33. Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

Prominent Montreal chef Derek Dammann is an ardent advocate of a Canada-wide culinary identity. His cookbook, True North, is all about it — and his popular Plateau gastropub is where he’s known to bring it all home, with hearty flesh and root dishes from local terroirs.

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

34. Antonietta

6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal, QC H2G 2X2, Canada

Papineau Street’s two-year-old Italian spot Antonietta excels at all manner of pasta and pizza — and it manages to both be traditional enough to satisfy the most discerning nonna, but creative enough to dazzle the new guard. The restaurant’s menu changes often, but local veggies, plenty of parmesan and pecorino, and flavour-rich guanciale (cured pork cheek) make frequent appearances.

6672 Av. Papineau, Montréal
QC H2G 2X2, Canada

35. Casse-Croûte Sissi & Paul

2517 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montréal, QC H2A 1T6, Canada

Montreal is brimming with casual Haitian spots dishing succulent cubes of marinated-braised-then-fried pork (aka, griot) — and everyone has committed to a favourite. Sissi & Paul may be a low-key, frill-free haunt out by D’Iberville metro station, but its grub occupies a space in the top tier.

2517 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montréal
QC H2A 1T6, Canada

36. Hoogan et Beaufort

4095 Rue Molson, Montréal, QC H1Y 3L1, Canada

Tucked over in the ever-developing Technopole Angus, Hoogan & Beaufort brings a distinctly local feel to its offering. Under chef and owner Marc-Andre Jetté’s watch, mushrooms, beets, turnips, and more all make appearances, often helping to showcase catches from the province’s lakes and land.

4095 Rue Molson, Montréal
QC H1Y 3L1, Canada

37. Hélicoptère

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4, Canada

With a culinary approach that feels fine dining, but is more casual in setting and price, Hélicoptère has been checking boxes left and right since opening in 2018. Expect a menu of colourful, creative plates spotlighting plenty of seasonal fare from chef David Ollu, and don’t overlook adjoining sibling coffee shop Hélico Café around the corner — a necessary spot on any Hochelaga pilgrimage.

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada

38. Le Coq de L'Est

9007 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal, QC H1L 2N6, Canada

Stunning rose-hued, Pakistani-spiced tandoori chicken is the star of the show at Omar Zabuair and Vanessa Beeching’s Tétreaultville dining destination, but their deep-fried pork ribs, Caesar salad, and saucy poutine deserve honourable mentions as well. Once noted for having taken over a joint known for its “serveuses sexy,” Le Coq de L’Est has since moved — a couple blocks east, though still on Hochelaga Street.

9007 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2N6, Canada

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