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A Dozen Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Montreal

And you won’t even have to get take out

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Montreal has bucketloads of great restaurants, but for reasons of space, cuisine, or otherwise, not all are cut out for kids. (Indeed, some are technically classed as bars, and may not always be allowed to serve under-18s at all.) Here are 12 choices for dining with the little ones.

Since we’re talking about a day or night out with the family, note that these are more dine-in spots, rather than fast food spots and take-out joints.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sumac

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3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada
(514) 935-1444
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Sumac’s loaded plates and pitas of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are sublimely juicy, and served with smooth hummus and a selection of salads — a great place to wean them off the more standard North American conception of kid food (burgers or pizza).

2. Le Boucan

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1886 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M6, Canada
(514) 439-4555
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Take the kids for ribs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and other smoky meats at this Southern-style barbecue spot in Griffintown.

3. Garage Beirut

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1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada
(514) 564-2040
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This unpretentious Lebanese restaurant on Mackay has a detailed enough menu to please the whole family, running the gamut from smooth dips with pita to cheese pastries, char-grilled skewers, and garlic potatoes. It all goes down in a casual setting with friendly service.. Open lunch and dinner every day but Monday.

4. Brit & Chips (multiple locations)

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433 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2H1, Canada
(514) 840-1001
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Deep-fried foods for the kids? Check. Beer and wine for the parents? Also check. Open day and night, this oh-so-British affair neatly straddles the line of being ideal for families but without feeling fast foody or low-rent. As the name implies, fried seafood makes up much of the menu, but there are a few salads and other English tidbits like curry chips and Scotch eggs. There’s a second location downtown, too.

5. Beautys Luncheonette

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93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada
(514) 849-8883
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Most diners and breakfast spots in town are relatively kid-friendly, but few have the iconic status of Beautys, with its bagel-based breakfasts, shakes, and its meaty, trademarked Mish-Mash™ omelette. It’s a daytime spot, only open until 3 p.m. (weekdays) or 4 p.m. (weekends).

6. Le Passé Composé

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1310 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A5, Canada
(514) 524-6663
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Montreal’s diners are eminently kid-friendly, but brunch restaurants can be a bit more fraught: not so at this Village restaurant. Expect a rounded menu with decked-out Benedictines and breakfast poutines, with grilled cheeses and sweet options like crepes for the rugrats. Daytime only.

7. Robin des Bois

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4653 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R2, Canada
(514) 288-1010
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With a decade and counting in business on the Main, Robin des Bois hits the nail on the head for being casual enough to welcome kids, while culinarily creative enough to feel like something special. The menu is relatively wide-ranging, from its reputable daal to beef bavette with red wine-shallot sauce, through to burgers and sandwiches for the pickier ones. The restaurant is also a not-for-profit with connections to various community-level organizations in Montreal

8. Dinette Triple Crown

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6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada
(514) 272-2617
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Your kids can run around as much as they like here: Triple Crown will pack your order of fried chicken, pulled pork, and other Southern favourites, and you can take it to Little Italy Park across the street, complete with house-made drinks, barbecue sauces, and more. In the colder months, there’s a next-door dining room on offer that’s also pretty good for families, if you can snag a bigger table.

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9. Pizzeria Gema

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6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal
QC H2S 3B1, Canada
(514) 419-4448
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Pizza is a solid kid-friendly foodstuff, and Gema does some of the best pies in town — and while not every option will charm the pickier young appetites (say, melted leek and confit prosciutto), there’s plenty for all palates, some tidy salads, and a solid wine list for mom and dad.

10. Byblos

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1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada
(514) 523-9396
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Give the kids a taste of Iran (and other Middle Eastern flavours) at this cool, calm, and collected Plateau café with simple breakfasts, salads, dips, and sandwiches. The menu reads as more of a breakfast and lunch affair, but it’s open until 11 p.m. most days.

11. La Boulette

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2223 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1M8, Canada
(514) 903-5599
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Forget the multinational burger chains, this Rosemont resto has a solid range of classic and fancied-up burgers that will please both parent and child, alongside various poutines and tartares. There’s also an above-board private import wine list, too.

12. L’Auberge du Dragon Rouge

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8870 Rue Lajeunesse, Montréal
QC H2M 1R6, Canada
(514) 858-5711 ext. 21
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Not every parent can stomach a theatrically executed themed restaurant, but for those who can, head up to Ahuntsic and take in the spectre of medieval France here. Dragon Rouge has a proper production company behind it, focusing on “immersive experiences”. The menu, laden with meaty festin options, fits the theme, and fares decently, though it’s not very vegetarian-friendly. (Note that the theatrics generally take place in French.)

1. Sumac

3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P5, Canada

Sumac’s loaded plates and pitas of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are sublimely juicy, and served with smooth hummus and a selection of salads — a great place to wean them off the more standard North American conception of kid food (burgers or pizza).

3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada

2. Le Boucan

1886 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M6, Canada

Take the kids for ribs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and other smoky meats at this Southern-style barbecue spot in Griffintown.

1886 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M6, Canada

3. Garage Beirut

1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H4, Canada

This unpretentious Lebanese restaurant on Mackay has a detailed enough menu to please the whole family, running the gamut from smooth dips with pita to cheese pastries, char-grilled skewers, and garlic potatoes. It all goes down in a casual setting with friendly service.. Open lunch and dinner every day but Monday.

1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada

4. Brit & Chips (multiple locations)

433 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H1, Canada

Deep-fried foods for the kids? Check. Beer and wine for the parents? Also check. Open day and night, this oh-so-British affair neatly straddles the line of being ideal for families but without feeling fast foody or low-rent. As the name implies, fried seafood makes up much of the menu, but there are a few salads and other English tidbits like curry chips and Scotch eggs. There’s a second location downtown, too.

433 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2H1, Canada

5. Beautys Luncheonette

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

Most diners and breakfast spots in town are relatively kid-friendly, but few have the iconic status of Beautys, with its bagel-based breakfasts, shakes, and its meaty, trademarked Mish-Mash™ omelette. It’s a daytime spot, only open until 3 p.m. (weekdays) or 4 p.m. (weekends).

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

6. Le Passé Composé

1310 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 2A5, Canada

Montreal’s diners are eminently kid-friendly, but brunch restaurants can be a bit more fraught: not so at this Village restaurant. Expect a rounded menu with decked-out Benedictines and breakfast poutines, with grilled cheeses and sweet options like crepes for the rugrats. Daytime only.

1310 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A5, Canada

7. Robin des Bois

4653 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada

With a decade and counting in business on the Main, Robin des Bois hits the nail on the head for being casual enough to welcome kids, while culinarily creative enough to feel like something special. The menu is relatively wide-ranging, from its reputable daal to beef bavette with red wine-shallot sauce, through to burgers and sandwiches for the pickier ones. The restaurant is also a not-for-profit with connections to various community-level organizations in Montreal

4653 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R2, Canada

8. Dinette Triple Crown

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

Your kids can run around as much as they like here: Triple Crown will pack your order of fried chicken, pulled pork, and other Southern favourites, and you can take it to Little Italy Park across the street, complete with house-made drinks, barbecue sauces, and more. In the colder months, there’s a next-door dining room on offer that’s also pretty good for families, if you can snag a bigger table.

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E9, Canada

9. Pizzeria Gema

6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B1, Canada

Pizza is a solid kid-friendly foodstuff, and Gema does some of the best pies in town — and while not every option will charm the pickier young appetites (say, melted leek and confit prosciutto), there’s plenty for all palates, some tidy salads, and a solid wine list for mom and dad.

6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal
QC H2S 3B1, Canada

10. Byblos

1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada

Give the kids a taste of Iran (and other Middle Eastern flavours) at this cool, calm, and collected Plateau café with simple breakfasts, salads, dips, and sandwiches. The menu reads as more of a breakfast and lunch affair, but it’s open until 11 p.m. most days.

1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada

11. La Boulette

2223 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1M8, Canada

Forget the multinational burger chains, this Rosemont resto has a solid range of classic and fancied-up burgers that will please both parent and child, alongside various poutines and tartares. There’s also an above-board private import wine list, too.

2223 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1M8, Canada

12. L’Auberge du Dragon Rouge

8870 Rue Lajeunesse, Montréal, QC H2M 1R6, Canada

Not every parent can stomach a theatrically executed themed restaurant, but for those who can, head up to Ahuntsic and take in the spectre of medieval France here. Dragon Rouge has a proper production company behind it, focusing on “immersive experiences”. The menu, laden with meaty festin options, fits the theme, and fares decently, though it’s not very vegetarian-friendly. (Note that the theatrics generally take place in French.)

8870 Rue Lajeunesse, Montréal
QC H2M 1R6, Canada

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