Montreal certainly isn’t as famous for its brunch as its nightlife, but it has lots to offer in the morning and early afternoon hours. Of course, there are our world-renowned bagels (24-hour shops mean these double as a late-night snack) and inimitable old-school diners, but recent years have brought a flurry of other options dishing out miraculous pairings of pancakes, potatoes, eggs, and so much more.Read More
18 Montreal Brunch Spots Worth Planning Your Weekend Around
Feast on a herbaceous Persian frittata, patata bravas with sunny-side-up eggs, or caramelized banana French toast
Self-described “nosh bar,” Arthurs grounds its offering in all things Jewish. From latke smorgasbord to a Moroccan toast with poached egg, spiced chickpeas, and tahini, its dishes have roots in Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Mizrahi traditions. A small but mighty brunch menu is available on weekends only, but an array of equally impressive sandwiches and breakfast items are available all week long — except Tuesdays.
Foiegwa offers a hangover brunch on overdrive Friday through Sunday. Its cheeseburger with demi-glace is excellent for sopping up any residual alcohol from the night before. The same goes for options like the breakfast sandwich, croque monsieur, and its decadent, maple syrup-soaked ricotta blueberry pancakes.
Le Café Bloom
Café Bloom in Pointe-St-Charles leans local and low-key. For brunch, that means a tartine topped with an herby omelet and garlicky oyster mushrooms from Full Pin or a platter with merguez, eggs, rapini, labneh, and sourdough from top-notch Little Burgundy bakery Miette. Its Belgian waffles are also known to be on-point.
Open since 2014, Junior delivers coconut waffles, fried chicken, and longganisa sausages with aplomb out in Griffintown. It’s a stellar Filipino brunch option in a city otherwise short on them.
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MARCUS Restaurant + Lounge
There’s little competition for an impossibly chic weekend brunch in Montreal: Marcus Samuelsson’s Four Seasons Hotel restaurant is it. Expect eggs Benedict with red wine-glazed ham and mustard hollandaise, a lobster omelet draped in Gruyère, and a slick brunch cocktail list — all in a striking indoor-outdoor Zebulon Perron-designed space.
From 300-year-old stained glass windows to 22-carat gold fixtures, this is the place to go for what is easily Montreal’s most show-stopping brunch setting. Bar George is located in the Mount Stephen Hotel, serving duck confit hash, lobster eggs Benedict, and a full English breakfast with black pudding, sausage, and mushrooms.
On weekends, this charming Outremont spot graces its tables with two-person platters of baba ghanoush, pumpkin moutabbal, labneh, grilled halloumi, and more. Bloomfield weaves Middle Eastern flavours into its solo portions, too — there’s French toast topped with halva and tahini, a herbaceous Persian frittata, and a serving of lamb kefta and eggs.
Looking for a brunch spot that delivers the same fancy feels you’d get when dining out at night? Head to this long-time Outremont brasserie for a menu overflowing with French-leaning brunch classics, including a potato, onion and leek tartlet, French toast with caramelized bananas and chocolate sauce, and lots of salmon gravlax.
Stylish and sunny Old Montreal haunt Dandy has been checking boxes left and right since opening in 2019. Three years later, owner and chef Michael Tozzi continues to draw snaking queues with his not-to-be-missed ricotta pancakes and exquisite buttermilk fried chicken.
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Pub Wolf & Workman
From the same team that created Burgundy Lion and Bishop & Bagg, this Old Montreal spot draws inspiration from the taverns of London. Expect a wide range of hearty pub plates, with brunch options including a full English breakfast and a Howard Scotch egg, and a charming interior courtyard to enjoy them in.
The one, the only: This longstanding diner and iconic home of the Special and Mish-Mash has been in the breakfast game since 1942. Its founder Hymie Sckolnick was a local legend, and now that the restaurant has reopened with a refreshed look, his legacy lives on.
Spanish-style brunch awaits at this sleek Villeray restaurant, sibling to neighbourhood mainstay and top tapas destination Tapeo. The menu features patata bravas with sunny-side-up eggs, crepes with Manchego cheese and blueberries, and a hearty chorizo and blood sausage cassoulet.
Le Vieux Velo
Le Vieux Velo is as close as you get to a deliciously unfussy brunch that isn’t a full-fledged greasy spoon affair. All forms of eggs Benedict and hollandaise sauce are its specialty, but the lunches are just as good.
Make your way to Sparrow for a bountiful Turkish breakfast platter piled with feta, olives, soft-boiled egg, flatbread, walnuts, merguez, and more. For something more compact, there’s a breakfast banh mi with a choice of slow-roasted pork belly or grilled eggplant, or a naan B.E.L.T.
Though Mile End hangout Larrys may be the poster child for natural wines and small plates, it has a brunch-worthy breakfast offering. Open from 9 a.m. Tuesday to Sunday, its menu features a spectacular breakfast sandwich, scones with jam and clotted cream, and relative to the pancake: pikelets.
The food is on point at this Duluth Avenue microbrewery — and that includes weekend brunch, when they’re known to sling deviled eggs, French toast with apples and white chocolate, and a shallot pie with sour cream. Make it boozy with a mimosa or michelada.
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Le Passé Composé
This Village destination from Montreal brunch doyen Arnaud Glay has amassed a legion of fans who’ve stuck with the restaurant even after its Plateau exit in 2016. From poached eggs with foie gras to Panko French toast, expect rich, hearty variations on brunch staples.
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There’s a reason why, for years, customers from Rosemont and beyond have joined lengthy queues for Régine’s brunch: from French toast to egg-stuffed croissants, it leans classic but is boosted with creative flairs. For the Sud-Ouest crowd, there’s a sister restaurant, Janine, in Verdun.