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The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Montreal, June 2022

Where to go for potato-topped Rockefeller oysters, Filipino rice porridge, and quintessential Italian cocktails on tap

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater Montreal have one question: Where should I go eat right now? That’s where the monthly Eater Heatmap has customarily come into play, highlighting restaurant newcomers that show particular promise and the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment.

This month’s map welcomes an exciting new Americana-influenced spot, called Bon Service; old-school, but next-generation Verdun diner Millmans; boozy Old Montreal Italian restaurant Bella; more Italian, but done vegan at St-Henri’s Conceria; and finally rooftop Terrasse Carla, which dishes French-Vietnamese fare. At the same time, we must bid farewell to other spots, including Mile End Caribbean sandwich haunt Lucki Delite, Greek food counter Kouzina Niata, and swish Westmount restaurant Donato, among others. They’re still great dinning options worthy of your patronage.

Typically, restaurants featured on this guide are less than six months old, giving readers a sense of what’s new to Montreal’s dining scene. For restaurants that have established themselves as one of the city’s essential places to eat, check out Eater Montreal’s Essential 38.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Restaurant Tadhana

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4 Av. Somerville, Westmount
QC H3Z 1J2, Canada
(438) 380-5887

On the heels of Le Petit Vibe’s Côte-des-Neiges exodus, members of that restaurant crew — namely, Ryan Oabel and Eric Lazaro Magno — have just debuted a highly anticipated new project out in Westmount. Tadhana is a two-storey affair, proposing a creative tapas-style take on traditional Filipino dishes, including beef cheek sisig, octopus kilawen, crispy pancit, and arroz caldo (rice porridge) with bone marrow. Its bottom floor houses a 25-seat speakeasy, where drinks lean tropical, with rum bases, mango and lychee juices, and coconut milk woven throughout.

2. Paradiso

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344 Av. Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2M8, Canada
(514) 805-6198
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Though perhaps more grocer than restaurant, this new Victoria Avenue pasta shop carries over some serious culinary pedigree. Opened by Kira German and Will Weston, two Montreal fine dining alums who’ve held stints at Griffintown mainstay Nora Gray and the Joe Beef Group, respectively, Paradiso specializes in all manner of pasta (hand-rolled, extruded, and stuffed), plus the necessary saucy accoutrements. Come lunchtime, they’re cooking up a daily pasta dish for takeout — think bucatini with tuna, potatoes, and capers; rigatoni with rapini and spicy sausage, or some hearty mafalde with meatballs.

3. Bistrot Paname

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4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X5, Canada
(514) 657-6263
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French bistro classics get reimagined with local seasonal ingredients at this cozy Verdun newcomer, opened in March. The kitchen, helmed by a Bouillon Bilk alum, is churning out dishes like poireaux vinaigrette made with a cranberry emulsion; linguini dressed with dashi butter, shiitake mushrooms, and hazelnuts; and beef tartare with coffee-flavoured mayonnaise and watermelon radishes, served alongside crisp lavash crackers.

4. Gia Vin & Grill

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1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal
QC H4C 2Z6, Canada
(438) 397-9000
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St-Henri’s sizzling new arrival comes from the minds that brought us two other Montreal favourites: perennially bustling pizzeria Elena and swoon-worthy pasta purveyor Nora Gray. Though Gia keeps with the Italian tradition, the team is now directing its attention to the grill. Operating out of an annexe to the old RCA building, Gia is serving up arrosticini (charcoal-grilled meat skewers), plus an array of seafood and vegetable dishes, and pastas, like its pici all’anatra, a traditional, duck-laden Tuscan specialty. Open for lunch and dinner.

5. Millmans

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3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada
(514) 765-3030
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Verdun’s Wellington Promenade has a brand-new no-frills diner — and it’s already generating plenty of buzz. For breakfast, think thick-cut bacon, house-made lox, and fluffy pancake stacks served in mismatched dishware atop formica tabletops. Come lunch, chef-owner Nick Gaudette is slinging burgers, smoked meat, and fried chicken.

6. Conceria

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3580 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P4, Canada
(514) 938-5959
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St-Henri denizens were forced to bid adieu to Hello 123 last winter, but Conceria has landed in its place, taking on the mantle of serving vegan food in the area. Here, the focus is on Italian cuisine, with dishes including wild mushroom arancini, tofu “ricotta” ravioli, and Aperol-glazed carrot. Billed as a wine bar, its list leans natural and low-intervention options, with a focus on small Italian producers.

7. Lulu Épicerie

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2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada
(514) 507-5858
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The Little Burgundy stretch of Notre-Dame West is known for its culinary heavy-hitters (including three Joe Beef group destinations) — and now, it’s also the home base of a brand-new spot that pays homage to Lebanese culture and cooking. Lulu is an épicerie and food counter, where one can grab a shawarma (filled with chicken, beef, or garlicky home-made fries), shish taouk or kafta sandwiches, or flatbreads with za’atar, cheese, or both. If the purpose of your visit is to stock up on picnic provisions, add a container of hummus and a couple Bonjus pyramid-shaped juice boxes to the haul.

8. Pubjelly

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600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal
QC H3C 1W7, Canada
(514) 379-3140
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Old Montreal’s latest arrival is an oyster-shucking, pizza-making wine bar from the team behind neighbouring Jellyfish Crudo + Charbon. Expect chef Mathieu Masson-Duceppe to be serving up veggie-loaded sharing plates and Roman al taglio pizza, both classically and creatively topped, and straight out of the wood-fire oven inherited with the space (a former outpost of La Pizzaiolle). For oysters, they come raw and cooked, and in one case, made Carbonara style, with béchamel sauce, bacon, and green onions.

9. Bella

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351 Pl. d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada
(438) 855-5994
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Another one for the Italian food lovers out there, Bella is serving up the classics, including some of the greatest hits in antipasti (fried calamari, burrata, meatballs, and so on), a hefty offering of fresh pastas, plus a couple protein and pizza options. The venture comes from the folks behind neighbouring Bello Deli and cocktail expert Kevin Demers (Cold Room and El Pequeño), who brings innovation on that front — with spritzes, negronis and espresso martinis served on tap.

10. Folfol

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1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada

When Montreal’s leading Syrian restaurant opens a complementary takeout counter, it’s sure to get noticed. Nestled into a space across the street from Damas, street food counter Folfol offers up many of its progenitor’s classics, plus some promising new sandwich options: Think cheeseburgers spiced with sujok, or falafels, roasted lamb shoulder, and chicken shawarma wrapped in saj, an unleavened Syrian flatbread. Note: There’s no seating on-site.

11. Bon Service

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22 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
(438) 375-9220

Old Montreal recently gained an exciting new dining destination in Bon Service, the new spot dedicated to Americana that’s taken over the premises of Tiers Paysage. Find Southern staples with local spins, including blackened monkfish, grits glammed up with caviar, and potato-topped Rockefeller oysters. And if you’re struggling to decide what to drink, give their roulette wheel a spin.

12. Terrasse Carla

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985 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

Vietnamese and French influences converge at Terrasse Carla, the latest from the Lucky Belly hospitality group (Le Red Tiger, Tiramisu, Le Blossom, etc.) and chef Chanthy Yen. Find dishes like gingery salmon tartare with taro and shrimp chips; mussels in a white wine and coconut cream sauce; and “pho-tine,” which sees the Québécois favourite doused in pho broth-based gravy. Perched on the sixth floor of Chinatown’s new Hampton Inn by Hilton, it’s also a great place to grab a cocktail and relish the Old Montreal view.

1. Restaurant Tadhana

4 Av. Somerville, Westmount, QC H3Z 1J2, Canada

On the heels of Le Petit Vibe’s Côte-des-Neiges exodus, members of that restaurant crew — namely, Ryan Oabel and Eric Lazaro Magno — have just debuted a highly anticipated new project out in Westmount. Tadhana is a two-storey affair, proposing a creative tapas-style take on traditional Filipino dishes, including beef cheek sisig, octopus kilawen, crispy pancit, and arroz caldo (rice porridge) with bone marrow. Its bottom floor houses a 25-seat speakeasy, where drinks lean tropical, with rum bases, mango and lychee juices, and coconut milk woven throughout.

4 Av. Somerville, Westmount
QC H3Z 1J2, Canada

2. Paradiso

344 Av. Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2M8, Canada

Though perhaps more grocer than restaurant, this new Victoria Avenue pasta shop carries over some serious culinary pedigree. Opened by Kira German and Will Weston, two Montreal fine dining alums who’ve held stints at Griffintown mainstay Nora Gray and the Joe Beef Group, respectively, Paradiso specializes in all manner of pasta (hand-rolled, extruded, and stuffed), plus the necessary saucy accoutrements. Come lunchtime, they’re cooking up a daily pasta dish for takeout — think bucatini with tuna, potatoes, and capers; rigatoni with rapini and spicy sausage, or some hearty mafalde with meatballs.

344 Av. Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2M8, Canada

3. Bistrot Paname

4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1X5, Canada

French bistro classics get reimagined with local seasonal ingredients at this cozy Verdun newcomer, opened in March. The kitchen, helmed by a Bouillon Bilk alum, is churning out dishes like poireaux vinaigrette made with a cranberry emulsion; linguini dressed with dashi butter, shiitake mushrooms, and hazelnuts; and beef tartare with coffee-flavoured mayonnaise and watermelon radishes, served alongside crisp lavash crackers.

4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X5, Canada

4. Gia Vin & Grill

1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal, QC H4C 2Z6, Canada

St-Henri’s sizzling new arrival comes from the minds that brought us two other Montreal favourites: perennially bustling pizzeria Elena and swoon-worthy pasta purveyor Nora Gray. Though Gia keeps with the Italian tradition, the team is now directing its attention to the grill. Operating out of an annexe to the old RCA building, Gia is serving up arrosticini (charcoal-grilled meat skewers), plus an array of seafood and vegetable dishes, and pastas, like its pici all’anatra, a traditional, duck-laden Tuscan specialty. Open for lunch and dinner.

1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal
QC H4C 2Z6, Canada

5. Millmans

3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V1, Canada

Verdun’s Wellington Promenade has a brand-new no-frills diner — and it’s already generating plenty of buzz. For breakfast, think thick-cut bacon, house-made lox, and fluffy pancake stacks served in mismatched dishware atop formica tabletops. Come lunch, chef-owner Nick Gaudette is slinging burgers, smoked meat, and fried chicken.

3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V1, Canada

6. Conceria

3580 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P4, Canada

St-Henri denizens were forced to bid adieu to Hello 123 last winter, but Conceria has landed in its place, taking on the mantle of serving vegan food in the area. Here, the focus is on Italian cuisine, with dishes including wild mushroom arancini, tofu “ricotta” ravioli, and Aperol-glazed carrot. Billed as a wine bar, its list leans natural and low-intervention options, with a focus on small Italian producers.

3580 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P4, Canada

7. Lulu Épicerie

2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

The Little Burgundy stretch of Notre-Dame West is known for its culinary heavy-hitters (including three Joe Beef group destinations) — and now, it’s also the home base of a brand-new spot that pays homage to Lebanese culture and cooking. Lulu is an épicerie and food counter, where one can grab a shawarma (filled with chicken, beef, or garlicky home-made fries), shish taouk or kafta sandwiches, or flatbreads with za’atar, cheese, or both. If the purpose of your visit is to stock up on picnic provisions, add a container of hummus and a couple Bonjus pyramid-shaped juice boxes to the haul.

2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada

8. Pubjelly

600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal, QC H3C 1W7, Canada

Old Montreal’s latest arrival is an oyster-shucking, pizza-making wine bar from the team behind neighbouring Jellyfish Crudo + Charbon. Expect chef Mathieu Masson-Duceppe to be serving up veggie-loaded sharing plates and Roman al taglio pizza, both classically and creatively topped, and straight out of the wood-fire oven inherited with the space (a former outpost of La Pizzaiolle). For oysters, they come raw and cooked, and in one case, made Carbonara style, with béchamel sauce, bacon, and green onions.

600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal
QC H3C 1W7, Canada

9. Bella

351 Pl. d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

Another one for the Italian food lovers out there, Bella is serving up the classics, including some of the greatest hits in antipasti (fried calamari, burrata, meatballs, and so on), a hefty offering of fresh pastas, plus a couple protein and pizza options. The venture comes from the folks behind neighbouring Bello Deli and cocktail expert Kevin Demers (Cold Room and El Pequeño), who brings innovation on that front — with spritzes, negronis and espresso martinis served on tap.

351 Pl. d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

10. Folfol

1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K3, Canada

When Montreal’s leading Syrian restaurant opens a complementary takeout counter, it’s sure to get noticed. Nestled into a space across the street from Damas, street food counter Folfol offers up many of its progenitor’s classics, plus some promising new sandwich options: Think cheeseburgers spiced with sujok, or falafels, roasted lamb shoulder, and chicken shawarma wrapped in saj, an unleavened Syrian flatbread. Note: There’s no seating on-site.

1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada

11. Bon Service

22 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

Old Montreal recently gained an exciting new dining destination in Bon Service, the new spot dedicated to Americana that’s taken over the premises of Tiers Paysage. Find Southern staples with local spins, including blackened monkfish, grits glammed up with caviar, and potato-topped Rockefeller oysters. And if you’re struggling to decide what to drink, give their roulette wheel a spin.

22 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

12. Terrasse Carla

985 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

Vietnamese and French influences converge at Terrasse Carla, the latest from the Lucky Belly hospitality group (Le Red Tiger, Tiramisu, Le Blossom, etc.) and chef Chanthy Yen. Find dishes like gingery salmon tartare with taro and shrimp chips; mussels in a white wine and coconut cream sauce; and “pho-tine,” which sees the Québécois favourite doused in pho broth-based gravy. Perched on the sixth floor of Chinatown’s new Hampton Inn by Hilton, it’s also a great place to grab a cocktail and relish the Old Montreal view.

985 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

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