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15 Restaurants Nailing Brunch in Montreal Right Now

Feast on some coconut-flecked French toast, brisket eggs Benedict, or a stack of standout strawberry ricotta pancakes

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Montreal certainly isn’t as famous for its brunch as its (largely still dormant) nightlife, but it has lots to offer in the morning/early afternoon hours — even during a pandemic. 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.

Looking for a brilliant weekday breakfast instead? Here are some options.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arthurs

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4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 757-5190
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Self-described “nosh bar” Arthurs grounds its food in all things Jewish, and its breakfast and brunch dishes have roots in Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Mizrahi traditions — from latke smorgasbord to Moroccan toast with eggplant, chickpeas, and tahini. A few brunch options are available on weekends only, but breakfast and sandwiches are available weekdays as well. Add a sprinkle cookie for the perfect finish.

2. Lloydie's St-Henri

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4601 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 938-3883
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Fluffy French toast crowned with a mound of flaked coconut — that’s all anyone really needs to know. But, for the still curious among us, there’s also a jerk pork hash, breakfast sandwich, and Bajan punch. You’re welcome.

3. Archway

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3683 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada
(514) 766-3609
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Vegan brunch in Verdun looks like sheet-pan pancakes drizzled in dulce de leche; eggs Benedict but with a corn-chipotle Hollandaise and jackfruit “bulgogi”; or burritos encasing tofu, sweet potatoes, and what many regard as some very well executed faux bacon. Round the meal out with a smoothie, like the pink ginger, with dragon fruit, beets, lemon and orange juice, maple syrup, and ginger; or the chipmunk, with banana, cashew, cacao, and plenty of coconut.

4. Foiegwa

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3001 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada
(438) 387-4252
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Foiegwa offers a hangover brunch on steroids, Friday through Sunday. Its cheeseburger with demi-glace is great for sopping up any residual alcohol from the night before, and the same goes for options like the breakfast sandwich, croque monsieur, and ricotta blueberry pancakes on this relatively decadent menu.

5. Le Café Bloom

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1940 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J2, Canada
(514) 508-2313
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Open daily (except Mondays), Café Bloom leans local and low-key with its offering of herby “green eggs,” veggie pâté tartines, and breakfast brioche sandwiches. Come weekends, it adds a series of Belgian waffle options, and a scrambled eggs plate served with merguez, rapini, labneh and sourdough bread from small-batch bakery Miette.

6. Junior

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1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 944-8636
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Perhaps the city’s only Filipino brunch, Griffintown’s Junior delivers coconut waffles, fried chicken, and longanisa sausages with aplomb.

7. Bird Bar

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1800 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1M5, Canada
(514) 938-4343
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It’s no surprise Bird Bar excels at piling its signature crisp and juicy fried chicken on stacks of waffles. But it’s also doing brisket benedict with an avocado bourbon hollandaise sauce, and a “big boy breakfast burrito” with pico de gallo and bacon cheddar, if that’s more your speed.

8. Dandy

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244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1L9, Canada
(514) 289-9996
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Stylish and sunny Old Montreal haunt Dandy has been checking boxes left and right since opening in 2019. And, after a pandemic-prompted hiatus, owner and former Olive & Gourmando chef Michael Tozzi is back with his not-to-be-missed ricotta and Quebec strawberry pancakes — and he doesn’t skip a beat.

9. Restaurant Kamúy

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1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal
QC H2X 1Z9, Canada
(514) 447-7481
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Though home to its fair share of Caribbean restaurants, Montreal is short on ones offering a weekend brunch. Kamúy — and Lloydie’s, also on this list — is among the exceptions, serving up everything from egg and herring empanadas to crêpes doused in a pineapple rum crème anglaise.

10. Leméac

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1045 Av. Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2L1, Canada
(514) 270-0999
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Looking for a spot to brunch that delivers the same fancy feels you’d get dining out at night? Head to this Outremont brasserie for a menu overflowing with French-leaning brunch classics, and what is widely considered some of the best pain perdu (French toast) the city has to offer.

11. Beauty's Restaurant

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93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada

The one. The only. This rollicking 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 it’s reopened with a refreshed look, his legacy lives on.

12. Le Sparrow

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5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada
(514) 507-1642
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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 slightly more manageable, there’s a breakfast banh mi with choice of slow-roasted pork belly or grilled eggplant and a naan B.E.L.T. Wouldn’t hurt to add a scone from sibling establishment Cardinal Tea Room next door.

13. Le Vieux Velo

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59 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada
(514) 439-5595
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Among the more unfussy brunches to be had in Montreal without heading to a full-fledged greasy spoon. All forms of eggs Benedict and hollandaise sauce in general are Vieux Vélo’s specialty, but the lunches are just as good.

14. Régine Café

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1840 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada
(514) 903-0676
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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 scrambled egg-stuffed croissants, it leans classic but is spiced up with a few creative flairs. For the southwest crowd, there’s also sister restaurant Janine in Verdun.

15. Hélicoptère

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4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 543-4255
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Before the pandemic, Hélicoptère was known to serve a brunch tasting menu for the books. For now, it’s carrying over the more casual, but certainly not less tasty, breakfast offering from adjoining Café Hélico, but classing it up with table service and mimosas galore.

1. Arthurs

4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC, Canada

Self-described “nosh bar” Arthurs grounds its food in all things Jewish, and its breakfast and brunch dishes have roots in Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Mizrahi traditions — from latke smorgasbord to Moroccan toast with eggplant, chickpeas, and tahini. A few brunch options are available on weekends only, but breakfast and sandwiches are available weekdays as well. Add a sprinkle cookie for the perfect finish.

4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC, Canada

2. Lloydie's St-Henri

4601 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

Fluffy French toast crowned with a mound of flaked coconut — that’s all anyone really needs to know. But, for the still curious among us, there’s also a jerk pork hash, breakfast sandwich, and Bajan punch. You’re welcome.

4601 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

3. Archway

3683 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V1, Canada

Vegan brunch in Verdun looks like sheet-pan pancakes drizzled in dulce de leche; eggs Benedict but with a corn-chipotle Hollandaise and jackfruit “bulgogi”; or burritos encasing tofu, sweet potatoes, and what many regard as some very well executed faux bacon. Round the meal out with a smoothie, like the pink ginger, with dragon fruit, beets, lemon and orange juice, maple syrup, and ginger; or the chipmunk, with banana, cashew, cacao, and plenty of coconut.

3683 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada

4. Foiegwa

3001 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1N9, Canada

Foiegwa offers a hangover brunch on steroids, Friday through Sunday. Its cheeseburger with demi-glace is great for sopping up any residual alcohol from the night before, and the same goes for options like the breakfast sandwich, croque monsieur, and ricotta blueberry pancakes on this relatively decadent menu.

3001 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada

5. Le Café Bloom

1940 Rue Centre, Montréal, QC H3K 1J2, Canada

Open daily (except Mondays), Café Bloom leans local and low-key with its offering of herby “green eggs,” veggie pâté tartines, and breakfast brioche sandwiches. Come weekends, it adds a series of Belgian waffle options, and a scrambled eggs plate served with merguez, rapini, labneh and sourdough bread from small-batch bakery Miette.

1940 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J2, Canada

6. Junior

1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Perhaps the city’s only Filipino brunch, Griffintown’s Junior delivers coconut waffles, fried chicken, and longanisa sausages with aplomb.

1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Bird Bar

1800 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M5, Canada

It’s no surprise Bird Bar excels at piling its signature crisp and juicy fried chicken on stacks of waffles. But it’s also doing brisket benedict with an avocado bourbon hollandaise sauce, and a “big boy breakfast burrito” with pico de gallo and bacon cheddar, if that’s more your speed.

1800 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1M5, Canada

8. Dandy

244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1L9, Canada

Stylish and sunny Old Montreal haunt Dandy has been checking boxes left and right since opening in 2019. And, after a pandemic-prompted hiatus, owner and former Olive & Gourmando chef Michael Tozzi is back with his not-to-be-missed ricotta and Quebec strawberry pancakes — and he doesn’t skip a beat.

244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1L9, Canada

9. Restaurant Kamúy

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

Though home to its fair share of Caribbean restaurants, Montreal is short on ones offering a weekend brunch. Kamúy — and Lloydie’s, also on this list — is among the exceptions, serving up everything from egg and herring empanadas to crêpes doused in a pineapple rum crème anglaise.

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

10. Leméac

1045 Av. Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 2L1, Canada

Looking for a spot to brunch that delivers the same fancy feels you’d get dining out at night? Head to this Outremont brasserie for a menu overflowing with French-leaning brunch classics, and what is widely considered some of the best pain perdu (French toast) the city has to offer.

1045 Av. Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2L1, Canada

11. Beauty's Restaurant

93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada

The one. The only. This rollicking 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 it’s reopened with a refreshed look, his legacy lives on.

93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada

12. Le Sparrow

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada

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 slightly more manageable, there’s a breakfast banh mi with choice of slow-roasted pork belly or grilled eggplant and a naan B.E.L.T. Wouldn’t hurt to add a scone from sibling establishment Cardinal Tea Room next door.

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada

13. Le Vieux Velo

59 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R1, Canada

Among the more unfussy brunches to be had in Montreal without heading to a full-fledged greasy spoon. All forms of eggs Benedict and hollandaise sauce in general are Vieux Vélo’s specialty, but the lunches are just as good.

59 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada

14. Régine Café

1840 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L6, Canada

There's a reason why for years customers from Rosemont and beyond have joined lengthy queues for Régine’s brunch: from French toast to scrambled egg-stuffed croissants, it leans classic but is spiced up with a few creative flairs. For the southwest crowd, there’s also sister restaurant Janine in Verdun.

1840 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada

15. Hélicoptère

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

Before the pandemic, Hélicoptère was known to serve a brunch tasting menu for the books. For now, it’s carrying over the more casual, but certainly not less tasty, breakfast offering from adjoining Café Hélico, but classing it up with table service and mimosas galore.

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

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