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Montreal’s Newest Brunch Services, March 2020

This month, try a cozy new Plateau café

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In a city that was once diner or bust, brunch is no longer a black sheep and now a very much integral part of the restaurant landscape.

Eater Montreal's brunch heatmap contains the newest destinations for consuming eggs, bloody caesars, and the likes on weekends, or restaurants that have shaken up their brunch service substantially. The best overall brunch restaurants (the "classics", if you will) can be found over here.

For March, say goodbye to H123. In its place, please welcome the cozy classic breakfast options at Café Iso.

Note that most of these restaurants do weekend brunches: for weekday options, check out our breakfast map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abbiocco

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1915 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 2N9, Canada
(438) 375-6091
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Named (loosely) for the Italian word for “food coma”, Abbiocco is a casual new spot that takes over the space of the former Les Héritiers. The brunch (on Sunday only) is not quite as Italian as the dinner, but with Benedicts, waffles, and mimosas, it’s comforting.

2. Ursa

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5589 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4S8, Canada

This event space (owned by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright) recently added brunch — head over to the cozy basement digs on Sundays for a short but comforting menu. The menu rotates weekly, but fusion shakshuka and bread pudding are the kinds of items that appear, alongside a crunchy hot fudge sundae (or “Sunday”, given the timing), accompanied by live music.

3. Café Iso

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251 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H7, Canada
(438) 375-1683
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Stop by this wee spot on Duluth for a petite menu of classics like breakfast sandwiches and pancakes. The menu is a bit closer to “breakfast and lunch” rather than “brunch”, but either way, it’s cozy and homey.

4. Jacopo

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436 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada
(514) 876-8844
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Head to this beautiful, sprawling restaurant at the heart of Montreal’s tourist zone for Italian twists on brunch staples — there’s avocado toast done in more of a bruschetta style, almond French toast with whipped maple mascarpone, and no shortage of pancetta. Bellinis and a few pasta and meatier secondi options round out the offerings.

5. Time Out Market

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705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada

Every restaurant at this major downtown food hall now offers at least one brunch dish from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (so with 15 restaurants, that makes for a well-rounded selection). Of particular note is the fact that several big-name restaurants that have never served brunch before are in on it. You can try a shakshuka from Foxy, grilled octopus and an oatmeal “risotto” from Le Club Chasse et Pêche, or for the hungover, a breakfast poutine from Romados.

Olive & Gourmando’s French toast
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6. Parliament

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351 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada
(514) 842-9945
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This Old Montreal pub from the owner of popular bar the Coldroom leans towards a classic British menu, but with quality ingredients a focus under chef Chanthy Yen, staples like an English breakfast or bubble and squeak certainly won’t be stodgy. There’s also fresh takes on pub fare in the form of mushroom toast with manchego or a toasted oat and potato soup with lemon and crispy onion. Grab a cocktail to wash it all down.

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7. Marcus

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1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z5, Canada
(514) 843-2525
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American chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Montreal restaurant is possibly the sleekest spot to eat brunch in town, courtesy of a classy dining room from Zebulon Perron. While Samuelsson isn’t regularly on-site (the kitchen is headed by Montrealer Nicholas Bramos), the menu gives a few nods to Samuelsson’s soul food menu at Red Rooster in New York — a fried chicken sandwich, and hoe cakes (corn pancakes), and some nods to his Ethiopian heritage, with eggs Benedict topped with berbere-spiced hollandaise.

8. Le Petit Vibe

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5536A Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y9, Canada
(438) 375-6335
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This Hawaiian-Filipino newcomer in Côte-des-Neiges skips the obvious Hawaiian dish that everybody knows (poke) in favour of meaty, saucy options. Expect banana waffles with fried chicken, and options like tocino (a slightly sweet cured pork) and house-made longanisa (sausage) on garlic rice with eggs.

9. Le Fricot

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2661 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N9, Canada
(514) 419-1683
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Montreal’s first Acadian restaurant (focusing on the maritime cuisine of descendants of French settlers in eastern Canada) has jumped into brunch. Fittingly, there’s lobster eggs Benedict and a truck stop breakfast with beer-cooked ham and cretons, but also gin-honey cured trout with a leek waffle — brunch options as fresh as the ocean wind.

10. Kwai

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374 Avenue Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2N4, Canada
(514) 303-4123
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Antonio Park’s grill restaurant Lavanderia may have quietly departed the scene, but its replacement has kept brunch on the menu — and it’s also Montreal’s lone Thai brunch. Expect tropical French toast or almond flour pancakes with poached pineapple, or for the savoury-minded, there’s tom yum fried rice with an egg on top, dim sum-adjacent steamed buns, and nutty, spicy noodle dishes.

1. Abbiocco

1915 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 2N9, Canada

Named (loosely) for the Italian word for “food coma”, Abbiocco is a casual new spot that takes over the space of the former Les Héritiers. The brunch (on Sunday only) is not quite as Italian as the dinner, but with Benedicts, waffles, and mimosas, it’s comforting.

1915 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 2N9, Canada

2. Ursa

5589 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4S8, Canada

This event space (owned by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright) recently added brunch — head over to the cozy basement digs on Sundays for a short but comforting menu. The menu rotates weekly, but fusion shakshuka and bread pudding are the kinds of items that appear, alongside a crunchy hot fudge sundae (or “Sunday”, given the timing), accompanied by live music.

5589 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4S8, Canada

3. Café Iso

251 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1H7, Canada

Stop by this wee spot on Duluth for a petite menu of classics like breakfast sandwiches and pancakes. The menu is a bit closer to “breakfast and lunch” rather than “brunch”, but either way, it’s cozy and homey.

251 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H7, Canada

4. Jacopo

436 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

Head to this beautiful, sprawling restaurant at the heart of Montreal’s tourist zone for Italian twists on brunch staples — there’s avocado toast done in more of a bruschetta style, almond French toast with whipped maple mascarpone, and no shortage of pancetta. Bellinis and a few pasta and meatier secondi options round out the offerings.

436 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

5. Time Out Market

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada
Olive & Gourmando’s French toast
Time Out Market/Supplied

Every restaurant at this major downtown food hall now offers at least one brunch dish from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (so with 15 restaurants, that makes for a well-rounded selection). Of particular note is the fact that several big-name restaurants that have never served brunch before are in on it. You can try a shakshuka from Foxy, grilled octopus and an oatmeal “risotto” from Le Club Chasse et Pêche, or for the hungover, a breakfast poutine from Romados.

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada

6. Parliament

351 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7, Canada
Parliament/Supplied

This Old Montreal pub from the owner of popular bar the Coldroom leans towards a classic British menu, but with quality ingredients a focus under chef Chanthy Yen, staples like an English breakfast or bubble and squeak certainly won’t be stodgy. There’s also fresh takes on pub fare in the form of mushroom toast with manchego or a toasted oat and potato soup with lemon and crispy onion. Grab a cocktail to wash it all down.

351 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

7. Marcus

1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z5, Canada

American chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Montreal restaurant is possibly the sleekest spot to eat brunch in town, courtesy of a classy dining room from Zebulon Perron. While Samuelsson isn’t regularly on-site (the kitchen is headed by Montrealer Nicholas Bramos), the menu gives a few nods to Samuelsson’s soul food menu at Red Rooster in New York — a fried chicken sandwich, and hoe cakes (corn pancakes), and some nods to his Ethiopian heritage, with eggs Benedict topped with berbere-spiced hollandaise.

1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 1Z5, Canada

8. Le Petit Vibe

5536A Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3T 1Y9, Canada

This Hawaiian-Filipino newcomer in Côte-des-Neiges skips the obvious Hawaiian dish that everybody knows (poke) in favour of meaty, saucy options. Expect banana waffles with fried chicken, and options like tocino (a slightly sweet cured pork) and house-made longanisa (sausage) on garlic rice with eggs.

5536A Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y9, Canada

9. Le Fricot

2661 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N9, Canada

Montreal’s first Acadian restaurant (focusing on the maritime cuisine of descendants of French settlers in eastern Canada) has jumped into brunch. Fittingly, there’s lobster eggs Benedict and a truck stop breakfast with beer-cooked ham and cretons, but also gin-honey cured trout with a leek waffle — brunch options as fresh as the ocean wind.

2661 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N9, Canada

10. Kwai

374 Avenue Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N4, Canada

Antonio Park’s grill restaurant Lavanderia may have quietly departed the scene, but its replacement has kept brunch on the menu — and it’s also Montreal’s lone Thai brunch. Expect tropical French toast or almond flour pancakes with poached pineapple, or for the savoury-minded, there’s tom yum fried rice with an egg on top, dim sum-adjacent steamed buns, and nutty, spicy noodle dishes.

374 Avenue Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2N4, Canada

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