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14 Marvellous Mid-Range Restaurants in Montreal

These restaurants hit the sweet spot between cheap eats and pricey tasting menus

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It’s easy to dine well (read: extravagantly) in Montreal, but it can come with some sticker shock at the end of the meal. Fear not, as there are plenty of options where you can get in and out, with a main course and a drink (for example), for somewhere around $40 per person.

Although some self control is required to avoid splurging when the wine starts flowing, these spots will satisfy your stomach without breaking the bank — and of course, if you’re factoring in bottles of wine and multiple courses, you will go beyond that arbitrary $40 mark easily, even at these places. either way, whether it’s a casual dinner with a friend, or somewhere to treat yourself to dinner for one, these places hit the spot when you want something nice, without burning half your paycheck.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hélicoptère

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Seasonal small plates and natural wine are the name of the game at this Hochelaga restaurant. The team behind Hélicoptère brings experience from Bouillon Bilk, but with less of the fine dining price tag.

A neighbourhood joint where pizza, pasta, and natural wine are all on offer at a very reasonable price point, Vesta is one of those places that is a sensical answer to the age-old question, “what’s for dinner?”

Dinette Triple Crown

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For a meal that packs a punch without being too aggressive on your wallet, Southern style fried-chicken-and-more restaurant Dinette Triple Crown excels in both quality and quantity. Go for their “meat and threes” deal, getting you brisket, pulled pork, or fried chicken and choice of three sides for around 20 bucks. Despite its reputation as that picnic restaurant in the summer, you can dine in, with full service and great cocktails.

The wine bar-ish little brother of Mile End favourite Lawrence, Larrys has food on offer from breakfast to dinner. Whether it’s grabbing a 5 à 7 bite or a full meal, there’s a great range of small-but-not-too-small plates, and it’s not too hard to keep that spending in check.

Bar à Vin Provisions

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From the team that brought Montreal Provisions comes their more casual wine bar, ideal for light meals and 5 à 7 eats. Choose from a selection of brochettes, veg-focused small plates, and other salty snacks.

Les Fillettes

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Charming Outremont resto Les Fillettes does a range of modern French fare, spanning from foie gras au torchon to smoked sturgeon or braised lamb cheek with polenta. The natural wine heavy drinks list boosts it all up — it’s a fraction more expensive than some spots on this guide, but worth it.

Agrikol

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Agrikol’s tropical vibe is perfect for celebrating summer (the terrasse is stunning) or escaping winter, and the cost of entry is not bad. Dig into cocktails and Haitian staples like griot, in a boisterous atmosphere. Take note: reservations aren’t accepted.

Poincaré

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Relatively new to the Chinatown dining scene is eco-friendly Poincaré. This local watering hole offers more than just craft beer and natural wine, with an emphasis on preserves and ferments, like their lacto-fermented French fries, best served with the burger (pictured).

Café Parvis

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Downtown can feel like a bit of a dead zone when it comes to good eats, but tucked away on rue Mayor is Café Parvis. It serves up casual eats at all times of day, with a focus on pizza and salads, plus a solid wine selection to go alongside. 

Un Po' Di Piu

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Many Old Montreal restaurants cater to the tourist crowd and aren’t afraid to charge accordingly. On the other hand, Un Po’ Di Piu comes from the owners of uber-popular Olive et Gourmando and provides locals and tourists alike with a formidable Italian menu that is creative, reasonably priced and perfect for sharing — don’t skip the house pancetta.

Tiradito

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Just beyond Place des Arts lies this jovial spot, serving up tropical cocktails and Peruvian-Japanese plates. One of their pisco sours and order of ceviche will go down just fine, any night of the week.

Yuca fries with dipping sauce.
Yuca fries
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Parliament

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From the owner of popular cocktail destination Coldroom comes this Victorian-inspired pub with fantastic cocktails and upscale takes on classic British fare, from chef Chanthy Yen. Although more refined than your average pub, the price point still won’t set you back.

Restaurant Hà (multiple locations)

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With locations here in Old Montreal and on Mont Royal, Hà focuses on Vietnamese-leaning cuisine and cocktails. Expect everything from steam buns to tom yum soup, with sweet and sour cocktails to help balance out the spice.

While Nora Gray is a meal fit for an occasion, its sister restaurant, Elena, is a much more casual affair. Expect interesting natural wines by the glass and bottle with antipasti, pizza, and pasta all on offer food-wise, as well as a few formidable roast dishes.

Hélicoptère

Seasonal small plates and natural wine are the name of the game at this Hochelaga restaurant. The team behind Hélicoptère brings experience from Bouillon Bilk, but with less of the fine dining price tag.

Vesta

A neighbourhood joint where pizza, pasta, and natural wine are all on offer at a very reasonable price point, Vesta is one of those places that is a sensical answer to the age-old question, “what’s for dinner?”

Dinette Triple Crown

For a meal that packs a punch without being too aggressive on your wallet, Southern style fried-chicken-and-more restaurant Dinette Triple Crown excels in both quality and quantity. Go for their “meat and threes” deal, getting you brisket, pulled pork, or fried chicken and choice of three sides for around 20 bucks. Despite its reputation as that picnic restaurant in the summer, you can dine in, with full service and great cocktails.

Larrys

The wine bar-ish little brother of Mile End favourite Lawrence, Larrys has food on offer from breakfast to dinner. Whether it’s grabbing a 5 à 7 bite or a full meal, there’s a great range of small-but-not-too-small plates, and it’s not too hard to keep that spending in check.

Bar à Vin Provisions

From the team that brought Montreal Provisions comes their more casual wine bar, ideal for light meals and 5 à 7 eats. Choose from a selection of brochettes, veg-focused small plates, and other salty snacks.

Les Fillettes

Charming Outremont resto Les Fillettes does a range of modern French fare, spanning from foie gras au torchon to smoked sturgeon or braised lamb cheek with polenta. The natural wine heavy drinks list boosts it all up — it’s a fraction more expensive than some spots on this guide, but worth it.

Agrikol

Agrikol’s tropical vibe is perfect for celebrating summer (the terrasse is stunning) or escaping winter, and the cost of entry is not bad. Dig into cocktails and Haitian staples like griot, in a boisterous atmosphere. Take note: reservations aren’t accepted.

Poincaré

Relatively new to the Chinatown dining scene is eco-friendly Poincaré. This local watering hole offers more than just craft beer and natural wine, with an emphasis on preserves and ferments, like their lacto-fermented French fries, best served with the burger (pictured).

Café Parvis

Downtown can feel like a bit of a dead zone when it comes to good eats, but tucked away on rue Mayor is Café Parvis. It serves up casual eats at all times of day, with a focus on pizza and salads, plus a solid wine selection to go alongside. 

Un Po' Di Piu

Many Old Montreal restaurants cater to the tourist crowd and aren’t afraid to charge accordingly. On the other hand, Un Po’ Di Piu comes from the owners of uber-popular Olive et Gourmando and provides locals and tourists alike with a formidable Italian menu that is creative, reasonably priced and perfect for sharing — don’t skip the house pancetta.

Tiradito

Yuca fries with dipping sauce.
Yuca fries
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Just beyond Place des Arts lies this jovial spot, serving up tropical cocktails and Peruvian-Japanese plates. One of their pisco sours and order of ceviche will go down just fine, any night of the week.

Yuca fries with dipping sauce.
Yuca fries
Tiradito/Facebook

Parliament

From the owner of popular cocktail destination Coldroom comes this Victorian-inspired pub with fantastic cocktails and upscale takes on classic British fare, from chef Chanthy Yen. Although more refined than your average pub, the price point still won’t set you back.

Restaurant Hà (multiple locations)

With locations here in Old Montreal and on Mont Royal, Hà focuses on Vietnamese-leaning cuisine and cocktails. Expect everything from steam buns to tom yum soup, with sweet and sour cocktails to help balance out the spice.

Elena

While Nora Gray is a meal fit for an occasion, its sister restaurant, Elena, is a much more casual affair. Expect interesting natural wines by the glass and bottle with antipasti, pizza, and pasta all on offer food-wise, as well as a few formidable roast dishes.

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