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15 Standout Dining Options for a Christmas Like No Other

Where to get a turkey feast with all the fixings, duck confit tourtiére, and several options for that mandatory bûche de noël

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Christmas 2020 is shaping up to be a Christmas like no other, which, for most people, means scaled-down celebrations and, in many cases, a reprieve from Christmas dinner cooking duties. If you want a turkey feast with all the fixings or a ready-to-go tourtière, prepared by someone else and ready to be thrown in the oven, we guarantee that, despite all the other things you might be missing on December 25, a great meal won’t be one of them.

Opt for one of the many, many bûches de noël to be found to finish your meal, or try something different, like dessert bar Ratafia’s DIY flambée cake. If you’re alarmed by the glaring absence of panettone from this list, fear not: there’s a whole other map for that over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hélicoptère

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4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 543-4255
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Hochelaga gem Hélicoptère, which has been delighting diners with its reasonably priced, fine dining-esque fare since 2018, is one of a few Montreal restaurants that will be offering gourmet food boxes designed to be reheated at home. Hélicoptère’s Christmas menu combines tradition with its signature creative flair, and features four appetizers, a feast of duck breast and duck confit tourtiére with sides of brussels sprouts and potato gratin, and — naturally — a bûche de noël to finish it all off. Orders can accommodate two, four or six people (with an optional wine list add-on) and must be placed by December 18 for pickup at Café Hélico on December 23 or 24.

2. La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

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114 Rue Fleury O, Montréal
QC H3L 2T6, Canada
(514) 507-7109
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Local bakery chain La Bête à Pain, which has locations in Ahuntsic, Griffintown and Laval, has made sourcing your holiday meal exceedingly easy; by filling out a simple form (provided online), you can order whatever feast fixings — including turkey stuffed with chestnuts and cranberries, tourtières, side dishes, wines, yule logs, breads, pastries and panettones — your holiday dinner requires. Orders can be placed any time before December 22, with pickup available on December 24 and 26 to 31. La Bête à Pain’s sister restaurant, Le St-Urbain, will also be offering a four-course holiday menu for two.

3. CRémy

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2202 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1K4, Canada
(514) 521-9696
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If there’s ever been a year that calls for a whimsical, pink icing and rainbow sprinkle-covered bûche de noël, this is it. In addition to the “Babuche,” which also boasts mascarpone and vanilla cream, cherry baba, and cherry and almond cookies as components — Crémy is offering the cookie dough-filled “Cookie Monster” bûche and the Suc’A Crème bûche, which features sablés, fudge and crabapple jelly. Orders are already being accepted for bûches and other holiday treats, including fruitcake, cookies and snack-filled Christmas stockings.

4. Les Filles Fattoush

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7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal
QC H2S 3S3, Canada
(514) 834-9277
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The team at Les Filles Fattoush — a catering service formed in 2018 to provide work opportunities for Syrian women who come to Montreal as refugees — has you covered for crowd-pleasing family dinners, with their collection of salads, dips (including hummus by the kilo), kababs, mezzes and more. Though their Marché Jean Talon kiosk has wound down for the winter, they still offer ready-to-reheat meals for two or four, delivered every Friday and catering services.

5. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

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1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada
(514) 316-2935
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The release of Patisserie Rhubarbe’s holiday items is always a cause for celebration, and this year is no different; festive desserts on offer include cookies, bûches, mignardises, galette des rois and fruitcake. And if you’ve ever found yourself wishing Rhubarbe could simply cater your entire meal, you’re in luck: The patisserie is offering three Christmas menus for two to six people, which contain meat and veg dishes plus desserts (there’s also a vegetarian option) and three appetizer menus, as well as terrines, patés, and coulibiac.

6. Ratafia

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6778 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C7, Canada
(514) 543-8033
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Dessert and wine bar Ratafia, which has adapted to COVID-19 measures by pivoting to a self-dubbed “cake-out” menu, which features a DIY flambée cake, is bringing that same creativity and innovation to its Christmas offerings. Starting December 4, the Little Italy shop will be offering a mix of dessert counter treats (including medovik, a Russian honey cake, and fresh beignes), ready-to-eat (or ready-to-gift) items (think apple butter, fruit meringues, biscotti, and lingonberry chutney) and gift boxes, plus festive takes on their now signature DIY desserts.

7. Le Butterblume

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5836 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1T3, Canada
(514) 903-9115
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The colourful, attractive holiday menus at German-inspired resto-cafe Butterblume are evidence that your 2020 Christmas dinner can still be magical — even if it’s only attended by you, your roommate and your cat. Menus are available for two or four people, with a choice between either a meat-heavy or seafood-heavy version. Butterblume is accepting orders until Wednesday for pickup on Fridays throughout December, as well as on December 23 and 24.

8. Au Pied de Cochon

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536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada
(514) 281-1114
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Au Pied de Cochon is synonymous with fatty, carby Quebecois comfort food, which is exactly what many Montrealers desperately need as the days get shorter and colder while our red zone designation only gets longer and longer. The Montreal institution’s online shop includes a winter menu for two and a holiday chicken, plus individual Au Pied de Cochon staples like tourtière and various other meat pies, tubs of pork cretons and duck rillette and even a bag of mashed potatoes. Orders must be placed by December 15 for home delivery on selected dates or pickup as late as December 23 at 8 p.m.

9. Trifecta

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219 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2T2, Canada
(514) 360-6060
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Trifecta, the assembly-ready takeout venture put together by teams behind Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Le Filet, and Le Serpent, aims to provide a restaurant-quality gourmet experience right in the comfort of one’s home, a goal that is achieved with easy-to-assemble-yet-elegant starters, mains and desserts, like oysters au gratin with miso and lobster risotto with yellow beets and mascarpone (plus wines and champagnes). Pickup (at Le Filet) and delivery occur every Friday and Saturday for orders placed before noon the day before.

10. Maison Christian Faure

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355 Place Royale, Montréal
QC H2Y 2V3, Canada
(514) 508-6453
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Maison Christian Faure’s holiday desserts are of the “almost too beautiful to eat” variety — so make sure you snap a few photos before you dig into the high-end French patisserie’s creations. Although the bakery, which has three locations in Montreal, has been operating with a reduced selection of products, this year’s holiday menu is impressively large. Available from December 21 (pre-orders are already open), the menu features beautiful bûches, a range of confections, cookies and chocolates, savoury pastries and pies, and more elaborate desserts to share, including an already-assembled and decorated gingerbread house.

11. Foxy

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1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada
(514) 925-7007
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Foxy is bringing the coziness usually found inside its Griffintown location right into its patrons’ homes over the holidays, thanks to a winter menu that features wood-fired and barbecued dishes like roasted coquelet, hangar steak, and halibut cheek. Foxy’s menu for two covers appetizers through to dessert, and a selection of wines and craft beers are also available for pickup until December 24 at noon.

12. Patrice Pâtissier

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2360 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest #104, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-5434
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The bûches de noël made at Patrice Patissier, the namesake patisserie of star pastry chef Patrice Demers, are sleek, refined works of art; the cranberry, apple, and chai log is especially gorgeous. Your order can only be improved by the addition of some of Patrice’s other (equally attractive) desserts and pastries. Open for pickup Thursday to Sunday (with a menu that changes with each day of the week).

13. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-6494
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Upscale-yet-inviting wine bar Le Vin Papillion’s veg-focused menu of small plates may not seem poised for takeout success, but the Little Burgundy restaurant — a member of the Joe Beef family— has successfully adapted many of its signature plates for pickup and delivery (on Doordash). In addition to two festive set menus, a range of à la carte items are available (plus, of course, lots of wine).

14. Burgundy Lion

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2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada
(514) 934-0888
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If Christmas, to you, means turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and stuffing,  Burgundy Lion’s British Christmas Supper was designed for you. Available for two, four, or six people, the meal package offers the choice between a roasted and carved turkey, a roasted goose, or a lentil and wild mushroom loaf, six sides, and two dessert options — a sticky toffee yule log or figgy pudding — to choose from. Orders for Christmas must be placed by December 18. Burgundy Lion is also offering a New Years Eve package — the same menu plus drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a copy of the Montreal Cooks cookbook — which can be ordered until Dec. 29.

15. Les Weekendeurs

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7260 Rue Cordner, LaSalle
QC H8N 2W8, Canada
(438) 226-3783
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Ready-to-assemble meal delivery services have experienced a renaissance during the pandemic, and Les Weekendeurs, which brings together dishes from popular Montreal restaurants, is among the best of the best. Les Weekendeurs’ Christmas box options are plentiful; there’s a Christmas brunch box, both omnivore- and vegetarian-friendly dinner boxes, a “festive 5 à 7” box and a “Christmas stocking” box that’s ideal for gifting. Delivery available across the island, as well as on most of the north and south shore.

1. Hélicoptère

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4, Canada

Hochelaga gem Hélicoptère, which has been delighting diners with its reasonably priced, fine dining-esque fare since 2018, is one of a few Montreal restaurants that will be offering gourmet food boxes designed to be reheated at home. Hélicoptère’s Christmas menu combines tradition with its signature creative flair, and features four appetizers, a feast of duck breast and duck confit tourtiére with sides of brussels sprouts and potato gratin, and — naturally — a bûche de noël to finish it all off. Orders can accommodate two, four or six people (with an optional wine list add-on) and must be placed by December 18 for pickup at Café Hélico on December 23 or 24.

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada

2. La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

114 Rue Fleury O, Montréal, QC H3L 2T6, Canada

Local bakery chain La Bête à Pain, which has locations in Ahuntsic, Griffintown and Laval, has made sourcing your holiday meal exceedingly easy; by filling out a simple form (provided online), you can order whatever feast fixings — including turkey stuffed with chestnuts and cranberries, tourtières, side dishes, wines, yule logs, breads, pastries and panettones — your holiday dinner requires. Orders can be placed any time before December 22, with pickup available on December 24 and 26 to 31. La Bête à Pain’s sister restaurant, Le St-Urbain, will also be offering a four-course holiday menu for two.

114 Rue Fleury O, Montréal
QC H3L 2T6, Canada

3. CRémy

2202 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1K4, Canada

If there’s ever been a year that calls for a whimsical, pink icing and rainbow sprinkle-covered bûche de noël, this is it. In addition to the “Babuche,” which also boasts mascarpone and vanilla cream, cherry baba, and cherry and almond cookies as components — Crémy is offering the cookie dough-filled “Cookie Monster” bûche and the Suc’A Crème bûche, which features sablés, fudge and crabapple jelly. Orders are already being accepted for bûches and other holiday treats, including fruitcake, cookies and snack-filled Christmas stockings.

2202 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1K4, Canada

4. Les Filles Fattoush

7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada

The team at Les Filles Fattoush — a catering service formed in 2018 to provide work opportunities for Syrian women who come to Montreal as refugees — has you covered for crowd-pleasing family dinners, with their collection of salads, dips (including hummus by the kilo), kababs, mezzes and more. Though their Marché Jean Talon kiosk has wound down for the winter, they still offer ready-to-reheat meals for two or four, delivered every Friday and catering services.

7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal
QC H2S 3S3, Canada

5. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada

The release of Patisserie Rhubarbe’s holiday items is always a cause for celebration, and this year is no different; festive desserts on offer include cookies, bûches, mignardises, galette des rois and fruitcake. And if you’ve ever found yourself wishing Rhubarbe could simply cater your entire meal, you’re in luck: The patisserie is offering three Christmas menus for two to six people, which contain meat and veg dishes plus desserts (there’s also a vegetarian option) and three appetizer menus, as well as terrines, patés, and coulibiac.

1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada

6. Ratafia

6778 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C7, Canada

Dessert and wine bar Ratafia, which has adapted to COVID-19 measures by pivoting to a self-dubbed “cake-out” menu, which features a DIY flambée cake, is bringing that same creativity and innovation to its Christmas offerings. Starting December 4, the Little Italy shop will be offering a mix of dessert counter treats (including medovik, a Russian honey cake, and fresh beignes), ready-to-eat (or ready-to-gift) items (think apple butter, fruit meringues, biscotti, and lingonberry chutney) and gift boxes, plus festive takes on their now signature DIY desserts.

6778 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C7, Canada

7. Le Butterblume

5836 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1T3, Canada

The colourful, attractive holiday menus at German-inspired resto-cafe Butterblume are evidence that your 2020 Christmas dinner can still be magical — even if it’s only attended by you, your roommate and your cat. Menus are available for two or four people, with a choice between either a meat-heavy or seafood-heavy version. Butterblume is accepting orders until Wednesday for pickup on Fridays throughout December, as well as on December 23 and 24.

5836 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1T3, Canada

8. Au Pied de Cochon

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada

Au Pied de Cochon is synonymous with fatty, carby Quebecois comfort food, which is exactly what many Montrealers desperately need as the days get shorter and colder while our red zone designation only gets longer and longer. The Montreal institution’s online shop includes a winter menu for two and a holiday chicken, plus individual Au Pied de Cochon staples like tourtière and various other meat pies, tubs of pork cretons and duck rillette and even a bag of mashed potatoes. Orders must be placed by December 15 for home delivery on selected dates or pickup as late as December 23 at 8 p.m.

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada

9. Trifecta

219 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2T2, Canada

Trifecta, the assembly-ready takeout venture put together by teams behind Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Le Filet, and Le Serpent, aims to provide a restaurant-quality gourmet experience right in the comfort of one’s home, a goal that is achieved with easy-to-assemble-yet-elegant starters, mains and desserts, like oysters au gratin with miso and lobster risotto with yellow beets and mascarpone (plus wines and champagnes). Pickup (at Le Filet) and delivery occur every Friday and Saturday for orders placed before noon the day before.

219 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2T2, Canada

10. Maison Christian Faure

355 Place Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V3, Canada

Maison Christian Faure’s holiday desserts are of the “almost too beautiful to eat” variety — so make sure you snap a few photos before you dig into the high-end French patisserie’s creations. Although the bakery, which has three locations in Montreal, has been operating with a reduced selection of products, this year’s holiday menu is impressively large. Available from December 21 (pre-orders are already open), the menu features beautiful bûches, a range of confections, cookies and chocolates, savoury pastries and pies, and more elaborate desserts to share, including an already-assembled and decorated gingerbread house.

355 Place Royale, Montréal
QC H2Y 2V3, Canada

11. Foxy

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M1, Canada

Foxy is bringing the coziness usually found inside its Griffintown location right into its patrons’ homes over the holidays, thanks to a winter menu that features wood-fired and barbecued dishes like roasted coquelet, hangar steak, and halibut cheek. Foxy’s menu for two covers appetizers through to dessert, and a selection of wines and craft beers are also available for pickup until December 24 at noon.

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada

12. Patrice Pâtissier

2360 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest #104, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

The bûches de noël made at Patrice Patissier, the namesake patisserie of star pastry chef Patrice Demers, are sleek, refined works of art; the cranberry, apple, and chai log is especially gorgeous. Your order can only be improved by the addition of some of Patrice’s other (equally attractive) desserts and pastries. Open for pickup Thursday to Sunday (with a menu that changes with each day of the week).

2360 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest #104, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

13. Le Vin Papillon

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

Upscale-yet-inviting wine bar Le Vin Papillion’s veg-focused menu of small plates may not seem poised for takeout success, but the Little Burgundy restaurant — a member of the Joe Beef family— has successfully adapted many of its signature plates for pickup and delivery (on Doordash). In addition to two festive set menus, a range of à la carte items are available (plus, of course, lots of wine).

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

14. Burgundy Lion

2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5, Canada

If Christmas, to you, means turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and stuffing,  Burgundy Lion’s British Christmas Supper was designed for you. Available for two, four, or six people, the meal package offers the choice between a roasted and carved turkey, a roasted goose, or a lentil and wild mushroom loaf, six sides, and two dessert options — a sticky toffee yule log or figgy pudding — to choose from. Orders for Christmas must be placed by December 18. Burgundy Lion is also offering a New Years Eve package — the same menu plus drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a copy of the Montreal Cooks cookbook — which can be ordered until Dec. 29.

2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada

15. Les Weekendeurs

7260 Rue Cordner, LaSalle, QC H8N 2W8, Canada

Ready-to-assemble meal delivery services have experienced a renaissance during the pandemic, and Les Weekendeurs, which brings together dishes from popular Montreal restaurants, is among the best of the best. Les Weekendeurs’ Christmas box options are plentiful; there’s a Christmas brunch box, both omnivore- and vegetarian-friendly dinner boxes, a “festive 5 à 7” box and a “Christmas stocking” box that’s ideal for gifting. Delivery available across the island, as well as on most of the north and south shore.

7260 Rue Cordner, LaSalle
QC H8N 2W8, Canada

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