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Where to Do Fondue and Raclette in Montreal

Warm yourself up this winter with a hearty cheese-based meal

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Cheese is arguably the best dairy product, and in these frigid winter months, what better way to enjoy it than piping hot and gooey in the form of fondue or melted raclette? The oh-so-Swiss dishes offer all the cozy vibes of a toasty Alpine chalet and enough richness to keep your insides warm when the temperatures dip far below freezing. And let’s be realistic — if you buy a fondue or raclette kit, you’re probably only going to use it once, so you may as well just go out to a restaurant.

While the full potential for quality fondue and raclette has yet to be realized in Montreal, there are some solid options for indulging in the classic Swiss fare in and around Montreal, some of which — like Plateau mainstay La Raclette — specialize specifically in melty cheese. But be prepared to travel: some of the best spots for Swiss fare can be found in the suburbs.

This map sticks primarily to cheesy, alpine-style dishes (plus one dessert option) — if you’re looking for broth-based fondue like hot pot, our map of the best Chinese restaurants in Montreal has a few options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

La Chaudronnée Suisse

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Forty minutes northeast in Repentigny, La Chaudronnée Suisse offers, as the name suggests, classic Swiss fondue and raclette, as well as crepes and a wide range of desserts (including chocolate and maple fondue). An extensive list of options for dipping — vegetables, meats, seafood — is available for individuals or pairs.

D'Artagnan Crépes & Fondues

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Another spot worth trekking outside of Montreal for, Terrebonne’s D’Artagnan does classic Swiss fondue as well as hot pot. The cozy, family-friendly restaurant is especially proud of its Belgian chocolate dessert fondue, served with fruit and marshmallows. 

La Fonderie

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A few minutes north of Montmorency station, La Fonderie in Laval has both cheesy Swiss and brothy Chinese and bourguignonne fondues on offer. If the Swiss fondue doesn’t satisfy your cheese cravings, try the raclette or fried brie appetizers. 

Bar Zoé

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Karaoke and fondue might not seem like the most natural combination, but it somehow works at Bar Zoé, where you’ll also find an extensive list of cocktails. The simple menu offers the option of cheese (traditional and forestière, with Swiss cheese and mushrooms) or Chinese-style hot pot, plus sides to dip. It’s easy as choosing the next song. 

La Raclette

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The go-to spot for raclette in Montreal for over 30 years (along with now-closed downtown resto Alpenhaus), La Raclette is one of the best spots for Swiss cuisine you’ll find in the city. The menu goes far beyond raclette, too, with an array of roasted or grilled meats. Bonus: it’s BYOB.

Juliette & Chocolat (multiple locations)

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While a few places on this map offer chocolate-based dessert fondue, this local chain is probably your best bet if you have a hankering for it. It comes with an array of fruit, waffles, and marshmallows for dipping, and you can choose which high-quality chocolate the fondue is made with.

Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel

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Swiss fondue is one of many classic-but-fresh items available on the menu at this Old Montreal restaurant, which specializes in French-style fare. The fondue for two, while pricey, is a worthwhile treat (it’s probably the highest-end fondue in town), and L’Auberge’s swanky surroundings are ideal for date night. 

Crêperie Chez Suzette

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Old Montreal’s Crêperie Chez Suzette may be more popular with francophile tourists than locals, but it’s still a decent place to indulge your cheese cravings. Chez Suzette does three fondues — Swiss, Chinese (read: hot pot) and chocolate — all of which are available for tables of two or more. It also does a great onion soup (if you’re not already all cheesed out). 

Marché de la Villette

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This Old Montreal spot is certainly geared the tourist crowds who find the city “so European”, but there is both fondue (served with charcuterie) and raclette on the menu, and it’s cute, if a little kitschy.

La Fondue Du Prince

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Way out in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, La Fondue du Prince is another restaurant that hasn’t limited itself to one dippable dish, with both cheese fondue and hot pot available. There’s a particularly winter-friendly, homey quality to the wood-panelled interior of the restaurant, and the fondue menus are large and meaty. 

La Chaudronnée Suisse

Forty minutes northeast in Repentigny, La Chaudronnée Suisse offers, as the name suggests, classic Swiss fondue and raclette, as well as crepes and a wide range of desserts (including chocolate and maple fondue). An extensive list of options for dipping — vegetables, meats, seafood — is available for individuals or pairs.

D'Artagnan Crépes & Fondues

Another spot worth trekking outside of Montreal for, Terrebonne’s D’Artagnan does classic Swiss fondue as well as hot pot. The cozy, family-friendly restaurant is especially proud of its Belgian chocolate dessert fondue, served with fruit and marshmallows. 

La Fonderie

A few minutes north of Montmorency station, La Fonderie in Laval has both cheesy Swiss and brothy Chinese and bourguignonne fondues on offer. If the Swiss fondue doesn’t satisfy your cheese cravings, try the raclette or fried brie appetizers. 

Bar Zoé

Karaoke and fondue might not seem like the most natural combination, but it somehow works at Bar Zoé, where you’ll also find an extensive list of cocktails. The simple menu offers the option of cheese (traditional and forestière, with Swiss cheese and mushrooms) or Chinese-style hot pot, plus sides to dip. It’s easy as choosing the next song. 

La Raclette

The go-to spot for raclette in Montreal for over 30 years (along with now-closed downtown resto Alpenhaus), La Raclette is one of the best spots for Swiss cuisine you’ll find in the city. The menu goes far beyond raclette, too, with an array of roasted or grilled meats. Bonus: it’s BYOB.

Juliette & Chocolat (multiple locations)

While a few places on this map offer chocolate-based dessert fondue, this local chain is probably your best bet if you have a hankering for it. It comes with an array of fruit, waffles, and marshmallows for dipping, and you can choose which high-quality chocolate the fondue is made with.

Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel

Swiss fondue is one of many classic-but-fresh items available on the menu at this Old Montreal restaurant, which specializes in French-style fare. The fondue for two, while pricey, is a worthwhile treat (it’s probably the highest-end fondue in town), and L’Auberge’s swanky surroundings are ideal for date night. 

Crêperie Chez Suzette

Old Montreal’s Crêperie Chez Suzette may be more popular with francophile tourists than locals, but it’s still a decent place to indulge your cheese cravings. Chez Suzette does three fondues — Swiss, Chinese (read: hot pot) and chocolate — all of which are available for tables of two or more. It also does a great onion soup (if you’re not already all cheesed out). 

Marché de la Villette

This Old Montreal spot is certainly geared the tourist crowds who find the city “so European”, but there is both fondue (served with charcuterie) and raclette on the menu, and it’s cute, if a little kitschy.

La Fondue Du Prince

Way out in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, La Fondue du Prince is another restaurant that hasn’t limited itself to one dippable dish, with both cheese fondue and hot pot available. There’s a particularly winter-friendly, homey quality to the wood-panelled interior of the restaurant, and the fondue menus are large and meaty. 

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