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19 Great Bets For French Dining in Montreal

From terrific tartare to delicious duck à l’orange

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La Belle Province may have its own distinct identity and fare, but it still hasn’t forgotten the last few centuries of French influence. Colonization means there’s a major French presence, and lots of options for those who want more than tourist trap crêpes and croissants.

Times (and tastes) have changed from the days of silverware, white-gloved waiters and maître-d’hôtels with pencil moustaches. While many options here lean into French classicism, there are also plenty of bistros touting nouvelle cuisine-ish menus. Despite this, some still sport dress codes, so check in before showing up in jeans and ripped tees.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but focuses strictly on restaurants offering French fare, not just those who use French techniques to produce something distinctly Québécois (Toqué is one such example). French cuisine is also well-represented in Montreal’s BYOB restaurants — see some further restaurant suggestions over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Valois

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25 Place Simon-Valois, Montréal
QC H1W 0A6, Canada
(514) 528-0202
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Located in an art deco space in Hochelaga, La Valois’ menu offers options both traditional and inspired, from surf to turf. One of the more family-friendly locations on this list, there’s no shortage of dining space (its terrasse alone has 120 seats).

Egg croquette with smoked salmon
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2. Tandem

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586 Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H6, Canada
(514) 277-3339
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One of Montreal’s premier bring-your-own-wine French restaurants has earned no shortage of praise from the city’s critics. The meat-heavy offerings (there’s a separate vegan menu available) include veal filet mignon and guinea fowl supreme.

3. Le Pégase

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1831 Rue Gilford, Montréal
QC H2H 1G7, Canada
(514) 522-0487
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Cozy Plateau restaurant Le Pégase does simple French fare, with a relatively small menu and an emphasis on meaty dishes like rack of lamb, flank steak, and stuffed rabbit. Enjoy your dish with a bottle of your own wine, as Le Pégase is one of the area’s beloved BYOBs.

4. Au Petit Extra

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1690 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1S7, Canada
(514) 527-5552
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With an ever-changing menu of specials (scrawled daily on a large chalkboard), the often-bustling Au Petit Extra offers a warm, neighbourhood vibe. Menu standbys include fish soup with rouille, duck confit, and foie gras torchon, with classic options like crème brûlée and Paris-Brest for dessert.

5. Plein Sud

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222 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P3, Canada
(514) 510-6234
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For those looking for more regional French specialties, Plein Sud is a unique choice, with a Corsican approach that brings in influences ranging from Italy to Provence. Rich meat dishes figure heavily on the menu, but lighter options such as beet mille-feuille and ratatouille with poached egg are also available.

6. Le P'tit Plateau

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330 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2W 1B1, Canada
(514) 282-6342
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Tucked on a Plateau side street, this neighbourhood bistro focuses more on southwestern France, with a hearty menu laden with meet — duck confit, lamb shanks, grilled venison. It’s also BYOB. —Tim Forster

7. La Chronique

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104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada
(514) 271-3095
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Chef Marc de Canck is, by all means, a highly classically-trained chef in the French realm. Combine that with the analytical eye and taste of Olivier de Montigny, and the result is an impeccably-plated menu with a substantial list of fine wines in a spotless atmosphere.

8. L'Express

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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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An institution for more than 30 years, L’Express hits all the right notes, both for its French cuisine, and its Parisian bistro styling. Open from breakfast until late-night, the kitchen serves up selections such as their own Toulouse sausage, poached salmon with chervil, duck foie gras, and tarragon calf liver.

9. Le Margaux

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5058 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G1, Canada
(514) 448-1598
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Chef-owner of this Mile End BYOB Jérôme Chatenet has a way with foie gras; in fact, he has a knack with all sorts of extremely French staples: escargot, soupe à l’oignon, duck confit, and profiteroles, to name but a few. —Tim Forster

10. Chez Lévêque

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1030 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2K8, Canada
(514) 279-7355
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Proudly self-described as a Parisian brasserie that hasn’t changed its menu in 40 years, Chez Lévêque serves à la carte items as well as range of fixed menus. While priding itself on a relaxed atmosphere, the staff and food holds elegance in high regard, having imported both recipes and wines from the motherland. 

11. Leméac

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1045 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2L1, Canada
(514) 270-0999
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No list of Montreal French restaurants would be complete without Richard Bastien’s Outremont locale, priding itself on the down-to-earth, metropolitan choices like steak frites and crab cakes in addition to escargot ragout. All that, and they offer a particularly affordable late-night menu for guests that arrive after 10 pm.

Wild cod, fennel, and potato
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12. Café Cherrier

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3635 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada
(514) 843-4308
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A long-time favourite for all sorts of public figures in Quebec, and somewhat of a tourist spot due to its leafy terrasse and prime Plateau placement, Café Cherrier doesn’t really go anywhere wildly experimental, sticking with solid classics done right, from rabbit to steak-frites.

13. Les Deux Gamins

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170 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 3B7, Canada
(514) 288-3389
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French bistro staples in a large, classic space, Les Deux Gamins (both inside and, in the summer, in its sprawling terrasse) oozes Parisian charm. It might have a slightly touristy rep, but it’s a good spot to stake out an outdoor table for some people-watching while enjoying duck confit, escargots, or one of the city’s best onion soups.

14. La Maison du Magret

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102 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1J6, Canada
(514) 282-0008
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A combined bistro-deli, La Maison du Magret is an essential stop for those can’t get enough duck: duck gizzard salad, duck foie gras torchon, duck confit, duck burgers, duck ravioli. It’s topped off with mercifully duck-free desserts like Basque cake and crème brûlée.  

15. Bonaparte

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443 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2T1, Canada
(514) 844-4368
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Despite never changing its menu, “…I admire the fact that every morsel was delicious and every plate was soigné,” wrote critic Lesley Chesterman in Bonaparte’s 26th year of service, “proving that underneath all the elegance, Bonaparte is a well-oiled machine.” An Old Montreal institution, Bonaparte excels in its ambiance and its refined dishes including Provençal tartlets to French onion soup, mushroom fricassée and gamey terrines.  

16. Monarque

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406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada
(514) 875-3896
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A stunning new addition to Old Montreal in 2018 from father-son duo Richard and Jérémie Bastien (see also: Leméac), Monarque offers not one, but two excellent dining experiences: up front is a more classic brasserie with options like steak, tuna niçoise, and bouillabaisse. If you’re looking to spend a bit more, the dining room skews more formal, with a range of delectable meat and seafood dishes — some, like veal sweetbreads, are given a twist with international additions like dukkah, but a strong vein of French flair runs through it all.

17. Holder

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407 Rue McGill #100a, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G3, Canada
(514) 849-0333
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A bustling restaurant headed by chef Simon Laplante, Holder has been a long-time friend to locals for its off-the-cuff brasserie vibes and French leanings. While its menu is not wholly restricted to l’hexagone, dishes like the braised beef cheek à la bourguignon and fish soup with rouille and gruyere make this restaurant a must.  

18. Maison Boulud

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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Going the more contemporary route with its French cuisine, the Ritz-Carlton’s luxurious restaurant carries the name of famed French chef Daniel Boulud. One of several eponymous international locations for Boulud, his collaboration with executive chef Riccardo Bertolino amounts to savoury Lyonnais salads and charcuterie, grilled and seared meats, and an elegant pastry selection. 

19. Jérôme Ferrer par Europea

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1065 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 0B9, Canada
(514) 398-9229
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While somewhat of a tourist haunt, Jérôme Ferrer’s flagship restaurant may not hit the absurd high notes that some claim, but it still does a solid job. Both the tasting and discovery menus are safe bets, featuring dishes like pan-fried foie gras in passion fruit gremolata and fizzy candy. Diners take note: The restaurant requests that customers dress in “business casual” to eat here, and that’s saying a lot for Montreal.

1. Le Valois

25 Place Simon-Valois, Montréal, QC H1W 0A6, Canada
Egg croquette with smoked salmon
Le Valois/Facebook

Located in an art deco space in Hochelaga, La Valois’ menu offers options both traditional and inspired, from surf to turf. One of the more family-friendly locations on this list, there’s no shortage of dining space (its terrasse alone has 120 seats).

25 Place Simon-Valois, Montréal
QC H1W 0A6, Canada

2. Tandem

586 Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H6, Canada

One of Montreal’s premier bring-your-own-wine French restaurants has earned no shortage of praise from the city’s critics. The meat-heavy offerings (there’s a separate vegan menu available) include veal filet mignon and guinea fowl supreme.

586 Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H6, Canada

3. Le Pégase

1831 Rue Gilford, Montréal, QC H2H 1G7, Canada

Cozy Plateau restaurant Le Pégase does simple French fare, with a relatively small menu and an emphasis on meaty dishes like rack of lamb, flank steak, and stuffed rabbit. Enjoy your dish with a bottle of your own wine, as Le Pégase is one of the area’s beloved BYOBs.

1831 Rue Gilford, Montréal
QC H2H 1G7, Canada

4. Au Petit Extra

1690 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1S7, Canada

With an ever-changing menu of specials (scrawled daily on a large chalkboard), the often-bustling Au Petit Extra offers a warm, neighbourhood vibe. Menu standbys include fish soup with rouille, duck confit, and foie gras torchon, with classic options like crème brûlée and Paris-Brest for dessert.

1690 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1S7, Canada

5. Plein Sud

222 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P3, Canada

For those looking for more regional French specialties, Plein Sud is a unique choice, with a Corsican approach that brings in influences ranging from Italy to Provence. Rich meat dishes figure heavily on the menu, but lighter options such as beet mille-feuille and ratatouille with poached egg are also available.

222 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P3, Canada

6. Le P'tit Plateau

330 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal, QC H2W 1B1, Canada

Tucked on a Plateau side street, this neighbourhood bistro focuses more on southwestern France, with a hearty menu laden with meet — duck confit, lamb shanks, grilled venison. It’s also BYOB. —Tim Forster

330 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2W 1B1, Canada

7. La Chronique

104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7, Canada

Chef Marc de Canck is, by all means, a highly classically-trained chef in the French realm. Combine that with the analytical eye and taste of Olivier de Montigny, and the result is an impeccably-plated menu with a substantial list of fine wines in a spotless atmosphere.

104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada

8. L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada

An institution for more than 30 years, L’Express hits all the right notes, both for its French cuisine, and its Parisian bistro styling. Open from breakfast until late-night, the kitchen serves up selections such as their own Toulouse sausage, poached salmon with chervil, duck foie gras, and tarragon calf liver.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

9. Le Margaux

5058 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G1, Canada

Chef-owner of this Mile End BYOB Jérôme Chatenet has a way with foie gras; in fact, he has a knack with all sorts of extremely French staples: escargot, soupe à l’oignon, duck confit, and profiteroles, to name but a few. —Tim Forster

5058 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G1, Canada

10. Chez Lévêque

1030 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 2K8, Canada

Proudly self-described as a Parisian brasserie that hasn’t changed its menu in 40 years, Chez Lévêque serves à la carte items as well as range of fixed menus. While priding itself on a relaxed atmosphere, the staff and food holds elegance in high regard, having imported both recipes and wines from the motherland. 

1030 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2K8, Canada

11. Leméac

1045 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 2L1, Canada
Wild cod, fennel, and potato
Leméac/Facebook

No list of Montreal French restaurants would be complete without Richard Bastien’s Outremont locale, priding itself on the down-to-earth, metropolitan choices like steak frites and crab cakes in addition to escargot ragout. All that, and they offer a particularly affordable late-night menu for guests that arrive after 10 pm.

1045 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont
QC H2V 2L1, Canada

12. Café Cherrier

3635 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L6, Canada

A long-time favourite for all sorts of public figures in Quebec, and somewhat of a tourist spot due to its leafy terrasse and prime Plateau placement, Café Cherrier doesn’t really go anywhere wildly experimental, sticking with solid classics done right, from rabbit to steak-frites.

3635 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada

13. Les Deux Gamins

170 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 3B7, Canada

French bistro staples in a large, classic space, Les Deux Gamins (both inside and, in the summer, in its sprawling terrasse) oozes Parisian charm. It might have a slightly touristy rep, but it’s a good spot to stake out an outdoor table for some people-watching while enjoying duck confit, escargots, or one of the city’s best onion soups.

170 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 3B7, Canada

14. La Maison du Magret

102 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J6, Canada

A combined bistro-deli, La Maison du Magret is an essential stop for those can’t get enough duck: duck gizzard salad, duck foie gras torchon, duck confit, duck burgers, duck ravioli. It’s topped off with mercifully duck-free desserts like Basque cake and crème brûlée.  

102 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1J6, Canada

15. Bonaparte

443 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada

Despite never changing its menu, “…I admire the fact that every morsel was delicious and every plate was soigné,” wrote critic Lesley Chesterman in Bonaparte’s 26th year of service, “proving that underneath all the elegance, Bonaparte is a well-oiled machine.” An Old Montreal institution, Bonaparte excels in its ambiance and its refined dishes including Provençal tartlets to French onion soup, mushroom fricassée and gamey terrines.  

443 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2T1, Canada

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16. Monarque

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

A stunning new addition to Old Montreal in 2018 from father-son duo Richard and Jérémie Bastien (see also: Leméac), Monarque offers not one, but two excellent dining experiences: up front is a more classic brasserie with options like steak, tuna niçoise, and bouillabaisse. If you’re looking to spend a bit more, the dining room skews more formal, with a range of delectable meat and seafood dishes — some, like veal sweetbreads, are given a twist with international additions like dukkah, but a strong vein of French flair runs through it all.

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

17. Holder

407 Rue McGill #100a, Montréal, QC H2Y 2G3, Canada

A bustling restaurant headed by chef Simon Laplante, Holder has been a long-time friend to locals for its off-the-cuff brasserie vibes and French leanings. While its menu is not wholly restricted to l’hexagone, dishes like the braised beef cheek à la bourguignon and fish soup with rouille and gruyere make this restaurant a must.  

407 Rue McGill #100a, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G3, Canada

18. Maison Boulud

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada

Going the more contemporary route with its French cuisine, the Ritz-Carlton’s luxurious restaurant carries the name of famed French chef Daniel Boulud. One of several eponymous international locations for Boulud, his collaboration with executive chef Riccardo Bertolino amounts to savoury Lyonnais salads and charcuterie, grilled and seared meats, and an elegant pastry selection. 

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

19. Jérôme Ferrer par Europea

1065 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 0B9, Canada

While somewhat of a tourist haunt, Jérôme Ferrer’s flagship restaurant may not hit the absurd high notes that some claim, but it still does a solid job. Both the tasting and discovery menus are safe bets, featuring dishes like pan-fried foie gras in passion fruit gremolata and fizzy candy. Diners take note: The restaurant requests that customers dress in “business casual” to eat here, and that’s saying a lot for Montreal.

1065 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 0B9, Canada

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