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Ceviche from Chifa.
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13 Restaurants Worth Trying in Downtown Montreal

Downtown offers diners plenty of options, from classic European fare to Peruvian-Japanese fusion.

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Ceviche from Chifa.
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Despite being known less for its restaurants than for its mushrooming condo towers, interminable construction projects, and eclectic mix of visitors, students, and office workers, downtown does offer quite a fair number of dining options — if you know where to find them. Here’s a baker’s dozen of the best spots to seek out.

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1. Chifa

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1080 Rue de Bleury, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N2, Canada
(514) 543-8488
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Unique to Peru, the word “chifa” is used to describe a cuisine that mixes Cantonese fundamentals with Peruvian ingredients and traditions; think Chinese food with a Latin American twist. Items on the menu include Peruvian dishes such ceviche, causa, lomo saltado, and anticuchos (grilled skewers), as well as the most famous chifa dish, chaufa – a fried rice worth writing home about. After dinner, head next door to grab a Pisco sour next door at sister restaurant Tiradito or slide down to the basement to visit Club Pelicano, a speakeasy paying homage to the Parisian Molitor swimming pool of the 1940s.

A plate of fried wontons topped with sliced chilies.
Fried wontons in tamarind sauce.
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2. Restaurant Henri Brasserie Française

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1240 Phillips Square, Montreal
QC H3B 3H4, Canada
(514) 544-3674
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Travel back in time with this classical French bistro inside the recently renovated Birks Hotel. Having preserved several historical and architectural elements owed to the heritage of the building, including the spectacular stained glass, this 19th century-inspired space is as welcoming as it is inviting. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the menus feature seasonal ingredients from Quebec and across Canada, making it an essential stop for those looking to discover the French side of Montréal.

A salad of mixed beets and a glass of wine.
A beet salad from Henri.
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3. Nouilles Zhonghua

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908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H3A 1G3, Canada
(514) 574-6188
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This small, skinny noodle bar facing McGill University is a popular choice among students and office workers alike. The noodles here are hand-pulled (often in the front window), dropped into a spicy, oily broth, and served with tender beef and vegetables. It’s a great option if you’re on a budget or short on time.

4. Jatoba

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1184 Pl. Phillips, Montréal
QC H3B 3C8, Canada
(514) 871-1184
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Chef Olivier Vigneault runs the show at this stunning indoor and outdoor space designed by Amlyne Phillips of La Chambre Design (Mignon Steak, Joséphine, Restaurant Hà). The menu can be defined as high-end Japanese fusion, with everything from sushi and gyoza to miso black cod, bluefin tartare ,and wagyu beef. The cocktail and wine list is equally extensive. Open for lunch and dinner.

5. Gokudo

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630 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada
(514) 375-3715
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Perhaps known more for its cocktails than for its food, this sultry, sexy speakeasy around the corner from Square Phillips is an immersive experience from start to finish. For light fare, Gokudo offers some dishes like onigiri and duck tataki, but these are mere preamble for the real stars of the show.

6. Americas BBQ (TIME OUT MARKET)

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705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada
(438) 502-0363
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The latest venture by Haitian chef Paul Touissant was delivered as yet another counter in the Time Out Market, but this time, the focus was purely to showcase his love for barbecue from across the Americas. With everything from Montreal-style smoked meat to Argentinian asado, this is quite simply a meat-lover’s delight.

7. Foodchain

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1212 Av. McGill College, Montréal
QC H3B 4J8, Canada

With a not-your-average-salad menu complimented by several interesting smoothie options, this McGill College outpost is perfect for those seeking something on the healthier side. The chain is backed by some big names, including Montréal Plaza owners Charles-Antoine Crête and Cheryl Johnson, Hof Kelsten’s Jeffrey Finkelstein, and top interior designer Zébulon Perron.

An array of salads and smoothies.
Colorful salads and smoothies.
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8. Le Taj

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2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada
(514) 845-9015
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Open since 1985, this Northern Indian restaurant has become somewhat of a local institution, having survived close to four decades in the heart of downtown. (Le Taj also opened a counter in the Time Out Market in the summer of 2021.) The specialty here is undoubtedly the tandoori – the tandoori oven is visible from the dining room – but other dishes shouldn’t be ignored. One of the most charming features of the interior decor is the wall installation that was part of the Indian Pavilion of Expo 67. Note: the lunch buffet continues to be temporarily suspended until further notice.

9. Ferreira Café

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1446 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3A 1S8, Canada
(514) 848-0988
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A veritable institution on the Montreal dining scene, this Peel street staple has been in the game since 1996 and continues to be one of the front-runners for all Portuguese restaurants across the city. With both lunch and dinner menus available — as well as the availability of a private room — this remains a great choice for business or a special occasions.

10. Bar George

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Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal
QC H3G 1V9, Canada
(514) 669-9243
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Set inside an immaculately restored mansion in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile district, the former residential area of wealthy anglophone industrialists, the focus here is on all things quintessentially British, with menu options ranging from the ubiquitous beef Wellington to others that possess a notable Québécois influence. If the prices seem a bit out of reach, come simply for the environment, grab a cocktail at the bar and people watch or try their weekend brunch option as an alternative.

11. Sushi Okeya Kyujiro

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1227 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z2, Canada
(514) 557-1227
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Led by chef Takuya Matsuda, this omakase (“chef’s choice”) restaurant is somewhat atypical in a city where diners love to choose their own plates. In this context, it’s all sit-back-and-relax while the chef prepares dishes made from freshly imported fish from all over the world. Reservation only, menu is 250$ per person.

12. Hang Time Pizza

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1390 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3G 2E4, Canada
(514) 474-4264
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Awash in neon colors, this 90s-themed pizzeria dishes out two kinds of pies, Detroit-style, served in squares, or the more common New York style. Each pizza is lovingly named after popular TV sitcoms from the era (think “Boy Meets World”) and sold as whole pies or slices (in-store only). According to its website, a second location is slated to open in Ville-Saint-Laurent in Spring 2022.

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13. Tsukuyomi Ramen

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1242 R. Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada
(514) 393-1242

With the original sitting up in Mile End, this downtown location finds itself among stiff competition as numerous East Asian restaurants have sprouted around Concordia’s main campus in recent years. Nevertheless, the tonkotsu broth and various condiments, not to mention its traditional ramen noodles, ensure this place stands out from the crowd. Note: this location is open for dinner only.

1. Chifa

1080 Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N2, Canada
A plate of fried wontons topped with sliced chilies.
Fried wontons in tamarind sauce.
Chifa/Facebook

Unique to Peru, the word “chifa” is used to describe a cuisine that mixes Cantonese fundamentals with Peruvian ingredients and traditions; think Chinese food with a Latin American twist. Items on the menu include Peruvian dishes such ceviche, causa, lomo saltado, and anticuchos (grilled skewers), as well as the most famous chifa dish, chaufa – a fried rice worth writing home about. After dinner, head next door to grab a Pisco sour next door at sister restaurant Tiradito or slide down to the basement to visit Club Pelicano, a speakeasy paying homage to the Parisian Molitor swimming pool of the 1940s.

1080 Rue de Bleury, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N2, Canada

2. Restaurant Henri Brasserie Française

1240 Phillips Square, Montreal, QC H3B 3H4, Canada
A salad of mixed beets and a glass of wine.
A beet salad from Henri.
Hotel Birks/Facebook

Travel back in time with this classical French bistro inside the recently renovated Birks Hotel. Having preserved several historical and architectural elements owed to the heritage of the building, including the spectacular stained glass, this 19th century-inspired space is as welcoming as it is inviting. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the menus feature seasonal ingredients from Quebec and across Canada, making it an essential stop for those looking to discover the French side of Montréal.

1240 Phillips Square, Montreal
QC H3B 3H4, Canada

3. Nouilles Zhonghua

908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1G3, Canada

This small, skinny noodle bar facing McGill University is a popular choice among students and office workers alike. The noodles here are hand-pulled (often in the front window), dropped into a spicy, oily broth, and served with tender beef and vegetables. It’s a great option if you’re on a budget or short on time.

908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H3A 1G3, Canada

4. Jatoba

1184 Pl. Phillips, Montréal, QC H3B 3C8, Canada

Chef Olivier Vigneault runs the show at this stunning indoor and outdoor space designed by Amlyne Phillips of La Chambre Design (Mignon Steak, Joséphine, Restaurant Hà). The menu can be defined as high-end Japanese fusion, with everything from sushi and gyoza to miso black cod, bluefin tartare ,and wagyu beef. The cocktail and wine list is equally extensive. Open for lunch and dinner.

1184 Pl. Phillips, Montréal
QC H3B 3C8, Canada

5. Gokudo

630 Rue Cathcart, Montréal, QC H3B 3C4, Canada

Perhaps known more for its cocktails than for its food, this sultry, sexy speakeasy around the corner from Square Phillips is an immersive experience from start to finish. For light fare, Gokudo offers some dishes like onigiri and duck tataki, but these are mere preamble for the real stars of the show.

630 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada

6. Americas BBQ (TIME OUT MARKET)

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada

The latest venture by Haitian chef Paul Touissant was delivered as yet another counter in the Time Out Market, but this time, the focus was purely to showcase his love for barbecue from across the Americas. With everything from Montreal-style smoked meat to Argentinian asado, this is quite simply a meat-lover’s delight.

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada

7. Foodchain

1212 Av. McGill College, Montréal, QC H3B 4J8, Canada
An array of salads and smoothies.
Colorful salads and smoothies.
Foodchain/Facebook

With a not-your-average-salad menu complimented by several interesting smoothie options, this McGill College outpost is perfect for those seeking something on the healthier side. The chain is backed by some big names, including Montréal Plaza owners Charles-Antoine Crête and Cheryl Johnson, Hof Kelsten’s Jeffrey Finkelstein, and top interior designer Zébulon Perron.

1212 Av. McGill College, Montréal
QC H3B 4J8, Canada

8. Le Taj

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1R7, Canada

Open since 1985, this Northern Indian restaurant has become somewhat of a local institution, having survived close to four decades in the heart of downtown. (Le Taj also opened a counter in the Time Out Market in the summer of 2021.) The specialty here is undoubtedly the tandoori – the tandoori oven is visible from the dining room – but other dishes shouldn’t be ignored. One of the most charming features of the interior decor is the wall installation that was part of the Indian Pavilion of Expo 67. Note: the lunch buffet continues to be temporarily suspended until further notice.

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada

9. Ferreira Café

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8, Canada

A veritable institution on the Montreal dining scene, this Peel street staple has been in the game since 1996 and continues to be one of the front-runners for all Portuguese restaurants across the city. With both lunch and dinner menus available — as well as the availability of a private room — this remains a great choice for business or a special occasions.

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3A 1S8, Canada

10. Bar George

Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3G 1V9, Canada

Set inside an immaculately restored mansion in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile district, the former residential area of wealthy anglophone industrialists, the focus here is on all things quintessentially British, with menu options ranging from the ubiquitous beef Wellington to others that possess a notable Québécois influence. If the prices seem a bit out of reach, come simply for the environment, grab a cocktail at the bar and people watch or try their weekend brunch option as an alternative.

Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal
QC H3G 1V9, Canada

11. Sushi Okeya Kyujiro

1227 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z2, Canada

Led by chef Takuya Matsuda, this omakase (“chef’s choice”) restaurant is somewhat atypical in a city where diners love to choose their own plates. In this context, it’s all sit-back-and-relax while the chef prepares dishes made from freshly imported fish from all over the world. Reservation only, menu is 250$ per person.

1227 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z2, Canada

12. Hang Time Pizza

1390 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 2E4, Canada
pizza being dipped in sauce Hang Time Pizza/Supplied

Awash in neon colors, this 90s-themed pizzeria dishes out two kinds of pies, Detroit-style, served in squares, or the more common New York style. Each pizza is lovingly named after popular TV sitcoms from the era (think “Boy Meets World”) and sold as whole pies or slices (in-store only). According to its website, a second location is slated to open in Ville-Saint-Laurent in Spring 2022.

1390 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3G 2E4, Canada

13. Tsukuyomi Ramen

1242 R. Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E3, Canada

With the original sitting up in Mile End, this downtown location finds itself among stiff competition as numerous East Asian restaurants have sprouted around Concordia’s main campus in recent years. Nevertheless, the tonkotsu broth and various condiments, not to mention its traditional ramen noodles, ensure this place stands out from the crowd. Note: this location is open for dinner only.

1242 R. Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada

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