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17 Restaurants Serving Terrific Tagines and Other North African Foods in Montreal

Where to find the couscous, pastilla, and méchoui transporting Montrealers to the shores of the Mediterranean

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Montreal boasts a sizeable population from the Maghreb, the belt of North Africa stretching along the Mediterranean coast, around the top of the Sahara. As a result, Moroccan, Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, and Mauritanian cuisine are all represented here, with the fresh flavours of mint and lemon mingling happily with warm spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, caraway, and cloves in restaurant dishes around town.

At the restaurants on this list, diners will find couscous platters with chunky sauces, harira lamb soup, merguez sausages, and seafood, with multiple variations on these favourites depending on the country of origin. Tagines from Tunisia may feature eggs, while those from Morocco are more stew-like. Meanwhile, crispy pastilla with squab or chicken might be sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and a seafood version might be dotted with cheese and lemon.

For those who adhere to dietary laws, the meat in most of these restaurants is halal, but it’s good to check first.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. L'Étoile de Tunis

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Vimont, Laval
QC H7K 3G5, Canada
(450) 663-9889
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This affordable, friendly Tunisian restaurant in Laval has been serving couscous with seafood, merguez, and other well-spiced meats since 1988.

2. Ad-Deyafa

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5588 Rue Jean-Talon, Saint-Léonard
QC H1S 1L9, Canada
(514) 257-6144
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At this St-Leonard resto, bread is made in-house, and all dishes can be enjoyed alongside a steaming cup of Moroccan mint tea. Consider the house specialty, méchoui, a slow-roasted lamb dish; Ad-Deyafa also has a catering service for events. 

3. El khomsa

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4050 R. Jean-Talon East, Montréal
QC H2A 2G4, Canada
(514) 961-3733
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Harissa spice paste figures prominently in the dishes at Little Maghreb’s El Khomsa. The menu features some of Tunisia’s most famous sandwiches: the meaty makloub, kafteji, with merguez, and tounsi, with tuna. Also on offer: ojja, a sausage and egg stew with a spicy twist, and makrouna, a garlicky stew with pasta. 

4. Café O Tagine

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4550 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H1V 1Y7, Canada
(514) 255-9599
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Hochelaga denizens aren’t far from Moroccan food with Café Ô Tagine’s polyvalent offerings: it’s a café, restaurant, and grocery store with fresh mint tea, breakfast all day (with or without merguez sausage), and even poke bowls to dine in or take away. 

5. L'Olive Noire

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4271 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 504-9484
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A selection of mouthwatering Moroccan specialties, including several kinds of tagine, and a wide range of couscous dishes, are accompanied by hot coffee or mint tea in this Hochelaga-Maisonneuve restaurant. The music and decor reflect the beauty of the Maghreb region, making for a charming experience. All dishes are also available to go; note that the restaurant is no longer BYOB, and doesn’t serve alcohol.

6. Argana

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1987 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1T9, Canada
(514) 725-6666
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An intimate, casual Villeray-St Michel spot, this eatery has made a name for delicious flatbread dishes fresh from the oven. Upholstered benches and decorative pillows give off a relaxed vibe, and it’s one of the few Moroccan restaurants that serves breakfast along with lunch and dinner — otherwise, stop by for a weekend brunch.

7. La Rose des Sables

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1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L7, Canada
(514) 593-6655
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This cosy spot at Beaubien and Cartier is notable for its tapestry-draped, warmly-lit space, brightly-coloured cloth hangings, and attention to detail. Tunisian takes on Mediterranean fare is the focus here, with savoury pastry brik a specialty, alongside tagines, salads, and grilled dishes.

8. Darna Cantine

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1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada
(514) 273-1106
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The newest incarnation of this Beaubien spot is focused on Moroccan traditions, starting with homemade olives and rghaif, a square, crispy flatbread dotted with cumin. The menu (available for delivery in local parks while it’s still possible to eat outside) includes a range of couscous platters, beet salad, corn and lentils, and seasonal tarts, and saffron-infused pannacotta.

9. Salon Mogador

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310 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R8, Canada
(514) 279-3530
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Named for the Moroccan port city now known as Essaouira, this Petite-Patrie standby is known for tagines, traditionally served in rounded clay dishes with a conical top. Salty, sweet, and a mix of both, they combine the flavours of North Africa to amazing effect, blending dates, almonds, and a variety of meats and vegetables. Also worthy of your time are the pastillas, a layered savoury pastry.

10. Manoubia

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200 Rue Bernard O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K4, Canada
(438) 375-1631
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Tunisian and modern Spanish food mingle at this Mile End spot on Bernard owned by Dhirar Mouhli and Tania Raymond of Le Depanneur Café next door. The menu ranges from traditional chakchouka and Djerbian rice to gambas with garlic and paella; there’s a nice little wine list and Sangria to boot. 

11. Restaurant Au Tarot

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500 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2J 2A3, Canada
(514) 849-6860
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A good meal is in the cards at this Plateau resto, which has been uniting the flavours of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco for 35 years. Chef Nouredine Kara personally selects the ingredients to be used each day, and the result shows in flavourful and fresh food on a couscous-centric menu with merguez, kafta, and other meats.

12. Kahwa Café

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331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P8, Canada
(438) 836-9708

Inspired by his family’s recipes, owner-chef Anis Ghozzi whips up three different kinds of chakchouka, coffee, and sandwiches at his popular café on Mont Royal.

13. Rites Berberes

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4697 Rue de Bullion, Montréal
QC H2T 1Y8, Canada
(514) 844-7863
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Open on the Plateau for nearly 35 years, this casual and fun restaurant is centred around music and cuisine of Kabylie (a mountainous seaside region of Algeria). It bills couscous as the house speciality, but also on the menu is Algerian lamb-roast specialty méchoui.

14. La Khaïma

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142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M5, Canada
(514) 948-9993
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This Mile End restaurant still hosts an annual Mauritanian-inspired Nomad Fest. There’s an ever-changing menu in the nomadic spirit, complete with decor centred around the elegant, colourful desert tents after which the restaurant was named. Expect soups, mezzes, and juicy meatballs stuffed with dates and peppers, all to be enjoyed with a house-made hibiscus soda. Gluten-free options available upon request. BYOB.

15. Au Coin Berbère

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73 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G9, Canada
(514) 844-7405
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This cosy Algerian eatery on the Plateau is great for groups, with plates that are easily shared and best enjoyed with friends. Ingredients from Quebec are combine with recipes from the Maghreb region, to great effect (the rabbit couscous comes highly recommended). Youth, take note: The three-course table d’hôte menu is available to students for a reduced rate on Thursdays.

16. Menthe et Couscous

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361 Rue Émery, Montréal
QC H2X 1J2, Canada
(514) 842-3717
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In the heart of the Latin Quartier, this restaurant draws both its name and menu from two staples of Moroccan cuisine. Unpretentious without compromising on quality, this BYOB spot offers a menu of classics, from dips to tagines; Friday nights there’s a special table d’hôte and belly dance show. Open for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. 

17. Méridional

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1155 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
QC J4W 3J1, Canada
(450) 679-4242
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An elegant, fully-licensed Moroccan restaurant on the South Shore, this place serves classic tagines and pastillas, alongside international dishes that dip into French cuisine, with options like duck confit and escargots. Enjoy the stately decor, lit by the metal lanterns that cast intricate designs onto the walls. 

1. L'Étoile de Tunis

Vimont, Laval, QC H7K 3G5, Canada

This affordable, friendly Tunisian restaurant in Laval has been serving couscous with seafood, merguez, and other well-spiced meats since 1988.

Vimont, Laval
QC H7K 3G5, Canada

2. Ad-Deyafa

5588 Rue Jean-Talon, Saint-Léonard, QC H1S 1L9, Canada

At this St-Leonard resto, bread is made in-house, and all dishes can be enjoyed alongside a steaming cup of Moroccan mint tea. Consider the house specialty, méchoui, a slow-roasted lamb dish; Ad-Deyafa also has a catering service for events. 

5588 Rue Jean-Talon, Saint-Léonard
QC H1S 1L9, Canada

3. El khomsa

4050 R. Jean-Talon East, Montréal, QC H2A 2G4, Canada

Harissa spice paste figures prominently in the dishes at Little Maghreb’s El Khomsa. The menu features some of Tunisia’s most famous sandwiches: the meaty makloub, kafteji, with merguez, and tounsi, with tuna. Also on offer: ojja, a sausage and egg stew with a spicy twist, and makrouna, a garlicky stew with pasta. 

4050 R. Jean-Talon East, Montréal
QC H2A 2G4, Canada

4. Café O Tagine

4550 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H1V 1Y7, Canada

Hochelaga denizens aren’t far from Moroccan food with Café Ô Tagine’s polyvalent offerings: it’s a café, restaurant, and grocery store with fresh mint tea, breakfast all day (with or without merguez sausage), and even poke bowls to dine in or take away. 

4550 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H1V 1Y7, Canada

5. L'Olive Noire

4271 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4, Canada

A selection of mouthwatering Moroccan specialties, including several kinds of tagine, and a wide range of couscous dishes, are accompanied by hot coffee or mint tea in this Hochelaga-Maisonneuve restaurant. The music and decor reflect the beauty of the Maghreb region, making for a charming experience. All dishes are also available to go; note that the restaurant is no longer BYOB, and doesn’t serve alcohol.

4271 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada

6. Argana

1987 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2E 1T9, Canada

An intimate, casual Villeray-St Michel spot, this eatery has made a name for delicious flatbread dishes fresh from the oven. Upholstered benches and decorative pillows give off a relaxed vibe, and it’s one of the few Moroccan restaurants that serves breakfast along with lunch and dinner — otherwise, stop by for a weekend brunch.

1987 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1T9, Canada

7. La Rose des Sables

1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L7, Canada

This cosy spot at Beaubien and Cartier is notable for its tapestry-draped, warmly-lit space, brightly-coloured cloth hangings, and attention to detail. Tunisian takes on Mediterranean fare is the focus here, with savoury pastry brik a specialty, alongside tagines, salads, and grilled dishes.

1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L7, Canada

8. Darna Cantine

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1T5, Canada

The newest incarnation of this Beaubien spot is focused on Moroccan traditions, starting with homemade olives and rghaif, a square, crispy flatbread dotted with cumin. The menu (available for delivery in local parks while it’s still possible to eat outside) includes a range of couscous platters, beet salad, corn and lentils, and seasonal tarts, and saffron-infused pannacotta.

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada

9. Salon Mogador

310 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R8, Canada

Named for the Moroccan port city now known as Essaouira, this Petite-Patrie standby is known for tagines, traditionally served in rounded clay dishes with a conical top. Salty, sweet, and a mix of both, they combine the flavours of North Africa to amazing effect, blending dates, almonds, and a variety of meats and vegetables. Also worthy of your time are the pastillas, a layered savoury pastry.

310 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R8, Canada

10. Manoubia

200 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K4, Canada

Tunisian and modern Spanish food mingle at this Mile End spot on Bernard owned by Dhirar Mouhli and Tania Raymond of Le Depanneur Café next door. The menu ranges from traditional chakchouka and Djerbian rice to gambas with garlic and paella; there’s a nice little wine list and Sangria to boot. 

200 Rue Bernard O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K4, Canada

11. Restaurant Au Tarot

500 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal, QC H2J 2A3, Canada

A good meal is in the cards at this Plateau resto, which has been uniting the flavours of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco for 35 years. Chef Nouredine Kara personally selects the ingredients to be used each day, and the result shows in flavourful and fresh food on a couscous-centric menu with merguez, kafta, and other meats.

500 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2J 2A3, Canada

12. Kahwa Café

331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P8, Canada

Inspired by his family’s recipes, owner-chef Anis Ghozzi whips up three different kinds of chakchouka, coffee, and sandwiches at his popular café on Mont Royal.

331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P8, Canada

13. Rites Berberes

4697 Rue de Bullion, Montréal, QC H2T 1Y8, Canada

Open on the Plateau for nearly 35 years, this casual and fun restaurant is centred around music and cuisine of Kabylie (a mountainous seaside region of Algeria). It bills couscous as the house speciality, but also on the menu is Algerian lamb-roast specialty méchoui.

4697 Rue de Bullion, Montréal
QC H2T 1Y8, Canada

14. La Khaïma

142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M5, Canada

This Mile End restaurant still hosts an annual Mauritanian-inspired Nomad Fest. There’s an ever-changing menu in the nomadic spirit, complete with decor centred around the elegant, colourful desert tents after which the restaurant was named. Expect soups, mezzes, and juicy meatballs stuffed with dates and peppers, all to be enjoyed with a house-made hibiscus soda. Gluten-free options available upon request. BYOB.

142 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M5, Canada

15. Au Coin Berbère

73 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G9, Canada

This cosy Algerian eatery on the Plateau is great for groups, with plates that are easily shared and best enjoyed with friends. Ingredients from Quebec are combine with recipes from the Maghreb region, to great effect (the rabbit couscous comes highly recommended). Youth, take note: The three-course table d’hôte menu is available to students for a reduced rate on Thursdays.

73 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G9, Canada

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16. Menthe et Couscous

361 Rue Émery, Montréal, QC H2X 1J2, Canada

In the heart of the Latin Quartier, this restaurant draws both its name and menu from two staples of Moroccan cuisine. Unpretentious without compromising on quality, this BYOB spot offers a menu of classics, from dips to tagines; Friday nights there’s a special table d’hôte and belly dance show. Open for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. 

361 Rue Émery, Montréal
QC H2X 1J2, Canada

17. Méridional

1155 Boulevard Rome, Brossard, QC J4W 3J1, Canada

An elegant, fully-licensed Moroccan restaurant on the South Shore, this place serves classic tagines and pastillas, alongside international dishes that dip into French cuisine, with options like duck confit and escargots. Enjoy the stately decor, lit by the metal lanterns that cast intricate designs onto the walls. 

1155 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
QC J4W 3J1, Canada

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