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16 Montreal Restaurants With Affordable, Delicious Latin American Food

Where to get empanadas, pupusas, ceviches, and more

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Lately Latin American food has seen a surge in popularity in Montreal. Hip spots like Maïs, Grumman 78 and Cartel have flourished, making upscale fusion-cuisine tacos with cocktails to match. When all you want is an affordable, delicious foray into authentic Latin American food, however, these are the places to try.

On the hunt for tacos? While there are a handful of options below, there’s a separate map dedicated just to taquerias over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sol y Mar

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7610 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada
(514) 273-4446
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Peruvian food has cropped up in trendy settings across the city like Tiradito and Pikeos, but Sol y Mar is more of a classic mainstay. This no-frills Saint-Hubert spot serves up flavourful classics such as ceviche, chicharrón, charcoal-grilled meats, and rice dishes, and none of them will really break the bank.

2. La Cecilia

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500 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1G4, Canada
(514) 660-3879
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While a trip to the beautiful, sandy coastlines of the Caribbean’s largest island isn’t always possible, Montrealers can dine on Cuban cuisine, including the ever-popular Cubano sandwich and ropa vieja – pulled beef with red peppers, tomatoes and onions — as well as dishes such as croquettes, pork steak, deep fried fish, and arroz congri (rice and beans). The Bandejita is a hearty house favourite of ropa vieja served with chicharrons on top. Skip the oddball non-Cuban menu items like poutine, though.

3. Sabor Latino

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436, rue Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2S 1G2, Canada
(514) 277-4130
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Open since 1984, Sabor Latino is part restaurant, part grocery store — but don’t let that deter you from coming in for a full meal. The chorizo and al pastor tacos come in sets of four and are some of the best in the city, full-stop. The guacamole is excellent, there’s tamales from all over Latin America, and combo platters of stewed meat with rice and beans. With a mango Jarritos to wash it all down, you’re still looking at under $15 for a meal. For dessert, try the dulce de leche-filled churros or the conchas, which are just like those in Mexico. Now with bigger digs on St-Hubert and Bélanger.

4. La Carreta

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350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada
(514) 273-8884

This Salvadoran restaurant on Saint-Zotique is well known for its horchata, vegetarian platters, and fried plantains (yucas fritas), but cheap pupusas are the main attraction, filled with combinations of beans, cheese, and meat. It can be known to fill up quickly on summer nights, so come early, and come hungry.

5. La Matraca

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4607, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L4, Canada
(514) 285-0777
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La Matraca is the place to be if you’re on the hunt for real Mexican atmosphere and real Mexican food. In addition to tacos, the open kitchen serves up chilaquiles, sincronizadas, choriqueso, and flautas — all the best homey dishes that can be hard to find elsewhere in Montreal.

6. Barros Luco

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5201 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2T 2W8, Canada
(514) 270-7369
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Serving Chilean-leaning classics, this long-standing Mile End corner café offers a wide variety of sandwiches for just $5.75 a piece, as well as empanadas ($3.50 each), and main dishes for around $10 to 15. Don’t leave without trying one of their alfajores, a dulce de leche sandwich cookie found all throughout South America.

7. Los Planes Gourmet

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4115 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M7, Canada
(438) 833-1577
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In the heart of the Plateau, Los Planes is one of the most recognized stops for authentic and delicious Salvadoran cuisine, including pupusas – particularly the revuelta con frijoles – as well as tamales, chicharron, and fried plantains. The horchata and tamarind juices seal the deal.

8. La Tamalera

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226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M7, Canada
(438) 381-5034
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This family-friendly hangout advertises itself as “gourmet Mexican street food” and hits that mark with aplomb. The vibe is a little trendier than some places around, but the food is classic: order up any combination of pork carnitas tacos, Milanesa tortas or a plate of tamales to warm you from top to bottom. Don’t miss out on any of the homemade juices, either.

9. Cacique Grill

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1 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-7720
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One of the more traditional Venezuelan options in town, this Plateau corner spot focuses on street food classics, including cachapas ‚ sweet corn pancakes filled with butter and tons of cheese — patacóns, and arepas. If it’s your first time, go for the Pabellon (pulled beef, black beans, cheese and plantain) or the Reina Pepiada (chicken and avocado). Bonus: Cacique is open very late on weekend nights.

10. T & T Tacos and Tortas

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51, rue Rachel Ouest, Montreal
QC H2W 1G2, Canada
(514) 518-5331
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As the name suggests, this Plateau favourite serves delicious tacos, as well as tortas, a dish that is finally having a moment outside of Mexico. Tortas are big, overstuffed sandwiches, often filled with meat, refried beans, salsas and vegetables. The star at T & T has to be either the Cochinita, served with achiote — marinated pulled pork, pickled onions, and jalapenos — or the Milanesa, a breaded beef filet with avocado, aioli, jalapenos, and tomatoes. A full range of tequila is also on offer, to boot.

11. La Chilenita

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130, rue Roy, Montreal
QC H2W 1L9, Canada
(514) 286-6075
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La Chilenita is an excellent lunch spot in the Plateau. You can pop in for a delicious Chilean-style empanada and take it to go for just a few bucks, or get your empanada to stay and order a side salad. La Napoletana is a common favourite—stuffed with artichokes, green olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and mozzarella.

12. Arepera

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73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada
(514) 508-7267
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Arepera is the ideal place for a hearty Venezuelan food fix. Its extensive menu offers more than 30 types of arepas, a white corn-based patty, grilled and then filled with the likes of pulled pork, chicken and avocado, and cheese. On weekend mornings, you can pop in for a hefty brunch of tamales, cheese, beans and eggs — but the arepas are the stars of the show.

13. Cachitos

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153 Ste-Catherine E., Montreal
QC H2X 1K8, Canada
(514) 500-6259
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It’s all in the name at this Latin Quarter spot. Cachitos are horn-shaped Venezuelan pastries traditionally filled with ham and white cheese. Aside from the original, the spinach–ricotta, chorizo, and guayaba–cheese cachitos are common favourites. They make the perfect snack with an espresso.

14. Che Churro

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6543 Somerled, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 303-8316
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Che Churro is the ideal place for a break from the cold. This little Argentine spot offers excellent churros and hot chocolate, as well as Argentine and Colombian empanadas. Products are sold individually or by the dozen — try the plain churros dusted in cinnamon sugar, or get loco with dulce de leche or chocolate.

15. Villa Wellington

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4701 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X2, Canada
(514) 768-0102
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This Peruvian restaurant in Verdun is well-known for its jalea — a large platter of breaded seafood — and seafood soup parihuela. The fish or mixed seafood ceviches are also popular choices, as well as any of the causas, which are mashed yellow potatoes served with either chicken or shrimp on top. If seafood isn’t really your thing, the grilled lamb cutlets are a solid alternative.

16. El Sabor de México

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5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada
(514) 362-8888
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As the only Mexican restaurant in the Verdun area, El Sabor de México has made its name as the go-to for fajitas, enchiladas, mole poblano, sopa azteca and, of course, margaritas. Available for dine-in or take-out.

1. Sol y Mar

7610 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2R 2N6, Canada

Peruvian food has cropped up in trendy settings across the city like Tiradito and Pikeos, but Sol y Mar is more of a classic mainstay. This no-frills Saint-Hubert spot serves up flavourful classics such as ceviche, chicharrón, charcoal-grilled meats, and rice dishes, and none of them will really break the bank.

7610 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada

2. La Cecilia

500 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2S 1G4, Canada

While a trip to the beautiful, sandy coastlines of the Caribbean’s largest island isn’t always possible, Montrealers can dine on Cuban cuisine, including the ever-popular Cubano sandwich and ropa vieja – pulled beef with red peppers, tomatoes and onions — as well as dishes such as croquettes, pork steak, deep fried fish, and arroz congri (rice and beans). The Bandejita is a hearty house favourite of ropa vieja served with chicharrons on top. Skip the oddball non-Cuban menu items like poutine, though.

500 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1G4, Canada

3. Sabor Latino

436, rue Bélanger, Montreal, QC H2S 1G2, Canada

Open since 1984, Sabor Latino is part restaurant, part grocery store — but don’t let that deter you from coming in for a full meal. The chorizo and al pastor tacos come in sets of four and are some of the best in the city, full-stop. The guacamole is excellent, there’s tamales from all over Latin America, and combo platters of stewed meat with rice and beans. With a mango Jarritos to wash it all down, you’re still looking at under $15 for a meal. For dessert, try the dulce de leche-filled churros or the conchas, which are just like those in Mexico. Now with bigger digs on St-Hubert and Bélanger.

436, rue Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2S 1G2, Canada

4. La Carreta

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1L7, Canada

This Salvadoran restaurant on Saint-Zotique is well known for its horchata, vegetarian platters, and fried plantains (yucas fritas), but cheap pupusas are the main attraction, filled with combinations of beans, cheese, and meat. It can be known to fill up quickly on summer nights, so come early, and come hungry.

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada

5. La Matraca

4607, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2L4, Canada

La Matraca is the place to be if you’re on the hunt for real Mexican atmosphere and real Mexican food. In addition to tacos, the open kitchen serves up chilaquiles, sincronizadas, choriqueso, and flautas — all the best homey dishes that can be hard to find elsewhere in Montreal.

4607, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L4, Canada

6. Barros Luco

5201 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2T 2W8, Canada

Serving Chilean-leaning classics, this long-standing Mile End corner café offers a wide variety of sandwiches for just $5.75 a piece, as well as empanadas ($3.50 each), and main dishes for around $10 to 15. Don’t leave without trying one of their alfajores, a dulce de leche sandwich cookie found all throughout South America.

5201 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2T 2W8, Canada

7. Los Planes Gourmet

4115 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M7, Canada

In the heart of the Plateau, Los Planes is one of the most recognized stops for authentic and delicious Salvadoran cuisine, including pupusas – particularly the revuelta con frijoles – as well as tamales, chicharron, and fried plantains. The horchata and tamarind juices seal the deal.

4115 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M7, Canada

8. La Tamalera

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M7, Canada

This family-friendly hangout advertises itself as “gourmet Mexican street food” and hits that mark with aplomb. The vibe is a little trendier than some places around, but the food is classic: order up any combination of pork carnitas tacos, Milanesa tortas or a plate of tamales to warm you from top to bottom. Don’t miss out on any of the homemade juices, either.

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M7, Canada

9. Cacique Grill

1 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 1N4, Canada

One of the more traditional Venezuelan options in town, this Plateau corner spot focuses on street food classics, including cachapas ‚ sweet corn pancakes filled with butter and tons of cheese — patacóns, and arepas. If it’s your first time, go for the Pabellon (pulled beef, black beans, cheese and plantain) or the Reina Pepiada (chicken and avocado). Bonus: Cacique is open very late on weekend nights.

1 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 1N4, Canada

10. T & T Tacos and Tortas

51, rue Rachel Ouest, Montreal, QC H2W 1G2, Canada

As the name suggests, this Plateau favourite serves delicious tacos, as well as tortas, a dish that is finally having a moment outside of Mexico. Tortas are big, overstuffed sandwiches, often filled with meat, refried beans, salsas and vegetables. The star at T & T has to be either the Cochinita, served with achiote — marinated pulled pork, pickled onions, and jalapenos — or the Milanesa, a breaded beef filet with avocado, aioli, jalapenos, and tomatoes. A full range of tequila is also on offer, to boot.

51, rue Rachel Ouest, Montreal
QC H2W 1G2, Canada

11. La Chilenita

130, rue Roy, Montreal, QC H2W 1L9, Canada

La Chilenita is an excellent lunch spot in the Plateau. You can pop in for a delicious Chilean-style empanada and take it to go for just a few bucks, or get your empanada to stay and order a side salad. La Napoletana is a common favourite—stuffed with artichokes, green olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and mozzarella.

130, rue Roy, Montreal
QC H2W 1L9, Canada

12. Arepera

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 1B4, Canada

Arepera is the ideal place for a hearty Venezuelan food fix. Its extensive menu offers more than 30 types of arepas, a white corn-based patty, grilled and then filled with the likes of pulled pork, chicken and avocado, and cheese. On weekend mornings, you can pop in for a hefty brunch of tamales, cheese, beans and eggs — but the arepas are the stars of the show.

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada

13. Cachitos

153 Ste-Catherine E., Montreal, QC H2X 1K8, Canada

It’s all in the name at this Latin Quarter spot. Cachitos are horn-shaped Venezuelan pastries traditionally filled with ham and white cheese. Aside from the original, the spinach–ricotta, chorizo, and guayaba–cheese cachitos are common favourites. They make the perfect snack with an espresso.

153 Ste-Catherine E., Montreal
QC H2X 1K8, Canada

14. Che Churro

6543 Somerled, Montreal, QC, Canada

Che Churro is the ideal place for a break from the cold. This little Argentine spot offers excellent churros and hot chocolate, as well as Argentine and Colombian empanadas. Products are sold individually or by the dozen — try the plain churros dusted in cinnamon sugar, or get loco with dulce de leche or chocolate.

6543 Somerled, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. Villa Wellington

4701 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1X2, Canada

This Peruvian restaurant in Verdun is well-known for its jalea — a large platter of breaded seafood — and seafood soup parihuela. The fish or mixed seafood ceviches are also popular choices, as well as any of the causas, which are mashed yellow potatoes served with either chicken or shrimp on top. If seafood isn’t really your thing, the grilled lamb cutlets are a solid alternative.

4701 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X2, Canada

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16. El Sabor de México

5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1Y1, Canada

As the only Mexican restaurant in the Verdun area, El Sabor de México has made its name as the go-to for fajitas, enchiladas, mole poblano, sopa azteca and, of course, margaritas. Available for dine-in or take-out.

5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada

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