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Where to Get Great Greek Food in and Around Montreal

Including everything from high-end fine dining to “just like yia-yia used to make!”

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A core cuisine in these parts, Greek food can be found all across the islands of Montreal and Laval. What began with the establishment of a strong immigrant community in Parc-Extension during the 1970s led to the opening of many typical restaurants in the area — some still open today. Now, the city is home to a robust selection of tavernas, estiatorios, and everything in between.

Whether it’s from a time-honoured institution, a lively spot for dinner and a show, or a casual and beloved diner or bakery, the options are brimming with mezze, rotisserie, pastries, souvlaki, gyros, and beyond. Here are 19 spots to get you started.

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Greektown Grill

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When it comes to Greek grill restaurants in Laval, this is the chart-topper, serving pork and lamb chops, loukaniko sausages, and beef patties dressed in oregano and lemon. Family-style feasts are the major drawcard, with mezze platters and “Greektown Boards” combining all the aforementioned grilled goods into one serving.  

Christina's Cuisine

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Ask around Laval for Greek restaurant recommendations and Christina’s will invariably come up. While all manner of mezze and classics ranging from pastitsio and moussaka to Greek loukaniko sausage are served, a rotating selection of generous specials keeps regulars coming back for more.

When looking for a solid option in this part of town, Nostos is it. The standard menu here features the usual suspects, including charcoal-grilled meats, tzatziki and fries, and Greek salads, but many swear by the Nostos Special, a sharing platter of chicken or pork, served with a stack of pita and fixings.

Fameux Gyros Elatos

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There may have been an exodus of Montreal’s Greek community to Laval, but various Greek dining options still persist in the Parc-Ex area. Take Elatos: one part Québécois casse-croûte, one part Greek classic, and all-around neighbourhood institution.

Afroditi (multiple locations)

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Afroditi has been a Parc-Ex staple for baked goods, both savoury and sweet, since 1971. While often looked to for lavishly decorated cakes, any given visit provides a bevy of festive baked goods —koulourakia, melomakarona, baklava, vasilopita — or year-round choices like peinirli, aboat-shaped pizza.

Marven's

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An institution since it opened in 1973, Marven’s steaks, souvlaki, and gargantuan platters of grilled chicken, lamb chops, pork chop, quails, and veal chops remain immensely popular among Montrealers. Line-ups are a common occurrence on weekends, so it’s best to arrive early — especially if it’s to grab a spot on the terrasse.

Village Grec (multiple locations)

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Setting the city’s standard for cheap and delicious souvlaki and gyros in casual digs both in Montreal and Laval, Village Grec has been a staple on the Greek food scene since 1977. The menu specializes in affordable, hearty dishes, such as gyros, souvlaki, and mixed grill plates of lamb, sausage, and chicken.

A classic griller of Greek-style meats and seafoods, here diners can expect all the souvlaki standards, fried zucchini, and spanakopita they need. Head by at lunchtime for prices that are especially cheap. First established in Parc-Ex, the restaurant has since expanded to Laval and Dollard-des-Ormeaux with equal success.

Good wine and good food form the basis of a classic Greek meal, and Ouzeri’s got both in spades. Tucked into a corner location on the Plateau, the wine lists, sizeable selection of ouzo, and menu here make it a necessary stop on a Greek food lover’s list. Recommendations include the lamb moussaka, saganaki (a pan-fried cheese appetizer), papoutsaki (stuffed eggplant), grilled seafood, and mezze trios.

Phyllo Bar Melina's

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Not all Greek food in Montreal requires loading up the table with grilled meats. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, and that’s where Melina’s comes in: This in-and-out spot specializes in phyllo pastries like spanakopita and cheesy tiropita, as well as feta sandwiches.

Kouzina Niata

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It took owners Angelis Sarbanis and Lampros Tsalamengas two long pandemic years to kick this Mile End grab-and-go location for Greek food off the ground, but once they did, it was quick to build a strong following. The Zebulon Perron-designed interior is sleek and the coffee is great, but the success is likely thanks to Niata’s menu of kotopita (chicken pie), spanakopita, Greek pasta dishes like pastitsio, desserts including a luxuriant baklava cheesecake, and menu.

Le Jardin de Panos

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When it comes to the picturesque, older-school restaurants that line Duluth, Jardin de Panos stands out; open in 1978, it’s also the first restaurant to have opened on the street — period. A Greek BYOW, its affordable food and attractive enclosed courtyard make it a consistently popular bet.

There may be a wealth of great Greek restaurants in Montreal, but this one from chef and owner Costas Spiliadis sets the bar especially high with opulent recipes that date back to 1979. The seafood-forward menu here with fish flown in from Kefalonia comes at a higher price point for dinner than most, but diners can still enjoy inexpensive prix fixe menus for $38 Monday to Friday.

While it’s located right across from Milos on Parc Avenue, the two are far from being in direct competition. Mythos swings much more casual with a dinner-and-a-show offering unlike anywhere else in the city. It’s certainly the more jovial of the two, with live music and dancing to accompany its traditional taverna menu of lamb with potatoes and orzo, charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, and avgolemono chicken soup.

First opened in 1986, Faros chef and owner Benny Kazerooni continues to lead this old-school taverna’s kitchen known for its seasonal seafood and fresh fish by the pound in Mile End. It’s a good spot to dine on more uncommon specialties like skordalia (garlic and potato dip) and youvetsi (a meaty orzo stew) in addition to a robust dessert menu of loukoumades and baklava.

Philinos Restaurant

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Occupying the sweet spot between super-high-end destinations like Milos and the grill-heavy family spots further north is this charming spot, counting hearty moussakas and pastitsio as its specialties, alongside many of the meaty and seafood-oriented standards.

elounda

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Located in Ville-St-Laurent, this sit-down affair stands out for its upscale interior of white tablecloths and service — with a seafood-focused menu to match. From lobster salads and oysters Rockerfeller to mains of swordfish and Icelandic scampies, the seaside Mediterranean offerings here are strong with prim and proper vibes to match.

Restaurant Ikanos

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For those looking for a break from the traditional, Ikanos chef Constant Mentzas takes the cuisine’s cornerstone of seafood and adds creative elements like rhubarb ponzu, rose hip emulsions, and the occasional slice of foie gras. But the restaurant doesn’t forget its roots: The menu also features standards like mezze, , and fish, both fresh and aged, cooked off on a charcoal-fired Josper grill.

Marathon Souvlaki (multiple locations)

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With a trifecta of locations in Montreal, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Laval, Marathon’s namesake dish isn’t the only reason it’s earned heaps of accolades and praise from locals and media alike. First opened in 1977, this franchise’s generously portioned platters of gyros, souvlaki, lamb chops, and spanakopita have made it an anchored local institution wherever it’s landed.

Greektown Grill

When it comes to Greek grill restaurants in Laval, this is the chart-topper, serving pork and lamb chops, loukaniko sausages, and beef patties dressed in oregano and lemon. Family-style feasts are the major drawcard, with mezze platters and “Greektown Boards” combining all the aforementioned grilled goods into one serving.  

Christina's Cuisine

Ask around Laval for Greek restaurant recommendations and Christina’s will invariably come up. While all manner of mezze and classics ranging from pastitsio and moussaka to Greek loukaniko sausage are served, a rotating selection of generous specials keeps regulars coming back for more.

Nostos

When looking for a solid option in this part of town, Nostos is it. The standard menu here features the usual suspects, including charcoal-grilled meats, tzatziki and fries, and Greek salads, but many swear by the Nostos Special, a sharing platter of chicken or pork, served with a stack of pita and fixings.

Fameux Gyros Elatos

There may have been an exodus of Montreal’s Greek community to Laval, but various Greek dining options still persist in the Parc-Ex area. Take Elatos: one part Québécois casse-croûte, one part Greek classic, and all-around neighbourhood institution.

Afroditi (multiple locations)

Afroditi has been a Parc-Ex staple for baked goods, both savoury and sweet, since 1971. While often looked to for lavishly decorated cakes, any given visit provides a bevy of festive baked goods —koulourakia, melomakarona, baklava, vasilopita — or year-round choices like peinirli, aboat-shaped pizza.

Marven's

An institution since it opened in 1973, Marven’s steaks, souvlaki, and gargantuan platters of grilled chicken, lamb chops, pork chop, quails, and veal chops remain immensely popular among Montrealers. Line-ups are a common occurrence on weekends, so it’s best to arrive early — especially if it’s to grab a spot on the terrasse.

Village Grec (multiple locations)

Setting the city’s standard for cheap and delicious souvlaki and gyros in casual digs both in Montreal and Laval, Village Grec has been a staple on the Greek food scene since 1977. The menu specializes in affordable, hearty dishes, such as gyros, souvlaki, and mixed grill plates of lamb, sausage, and chicken.

Panama

A classic griller of Greek-style meats and seafoods, here diners can expect all the souvlaki standards, fried zucchini, and spanakopita they need. Head by at lunchtime for prices that are especially cheap. First established in Parc-Ex, the restaurant has since expanded to Laval and Dollard-des-Ormeaux with equal success.

Ouzeri

Good wine and good food form the basis of a classic Greek meal, and Ouzeri’s got both in spades. Tucked into a corner location on the Plateau, the wine lists, sizeable selection of ouzo, and menu here make it a necessary stop on a Greek food lover’s list. Recommendations include the lamb moussaka, saganaki (a pan-fried cheese appetizer), papoutsaki (stuffed eggplant), grilled seafood, and mezze trios.

Phyllo Bar Melina's

Not all Greek food in Montreal requires loading up the table with grilled meats. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, and that’s where Melina’s comes in: This in-and-out spot specializes in phyllo pastries like spanakopita and cheesy tiropita, as well as feta sandwiches.

Kouzina Niata

It took owners Angelis Sarbanis and Lampros Tsalamengas two long pandemic years to kick this Mile End grab-and-go location for Greek food off the ground, but once they did, it was quick to build a strong following. The Zebulon Perron-designed interior is sleek and the coffee is great, but the success is likely thanks to Niata’s menu of kotopita (chicken pie), spanakopita, Greek pasta dishes like pastitsio, desserts including a luxuriant baklava cheesecake, and menu.

Le Jardin de Panos

When it comes to the picturesque, older-school restaurants that line Duluth, Jardin de Panos stands out; open in 1978, it’s also the first restaurant to have opened on the street — period. A Greek BYOW, its affordable food and attractive enclosed courtyard make it a consistently popular bet.

Milos

There may be a wealth of great Greek restaurants in Montreal, but this one from chef and owner Costas Spiliadis sets the bar especially high with opulent recipes that date back to 1979. The seafood-forward menu here with fish flown in from Kefalonia comes at a higher price point for dinner than most, but diners can still enjoy inexpensive prix fixe menus for $38 Monday to Friday.

Mythos

While it’s located right across from Milos on Parc Avenue, the two are far from being in direct competition. Mythos swings much more casual with a dinner-and-a-show offering unlike anywhere else in the city. It’s certainly the more jovial of the two, with live music and dancing to accompany its traditional taverna menu of lamb with potatoes and orzo, charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, and avgolemono chicken soup.

Faros

First opened in 1986, Faros chef and owner Benny Kazerooni continues to lead this old-school taverna’s kitchen known for its seasonal seafood and fresh fish by the pound in Mile End. It’s a good spot to dine on more uncommon specialties like skordalia (garlic and potato dip) and youvetsi (a meaty orzo stew) in addition to a robust dessert menu of loukoumades and baklava.

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Philinos Restaurant

Occupying the sweet spot between super-high-end destinations like Milos and the grill-heavy family spots further north is this charming spot, counting hearty moussakas and pastitsio as its specialties, alongside many of the meaty and seafood-oriented standards.

elounda

Located in Ville-St-Laurent, this sit-down affair stands out for its upscale interior of white tablecloths and service — with a seafood-focused menu to match. From lobster salads and oysters Rockerfeller to mains of swordfish and Icelandic scampies, the seaside Mediterranean offerings here are strong with prim and proper vibes to match.

Restaurant Ikanos

For those looking for a break from the traditional, Ikanos chef Constant Mentzas takes the cuisine’s cornerstone of seafood and adds creative elements like rhubarb ponzu, rose hip emulsions, and the occasional slice of foie gras. But the restaurant doesn’t forget its roots: The menu also features standards like mezze, , and fish, both fresh and aged, cooked off on a charcoal-fired Josper grill.

Marathon Souvlaki (multiple locations)

With a trifecta of locations in Montreal, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Laval, Marathon’s namesake dish isn’t the only reason it’s earned heaps of accolades and praise from locals and media alike. First opened in 1977, this franchise’s generously portioned platters of gyros, souvlaki, lamb chops, and spanakopita have made it an anchored local institution wherever it’s landed.

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