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14 Brand-New Montreal Terrasses to Check Out This Summer

Feast on beef carpaccio, octopus tostadas, or Djerbian rice at these charming new Montreal terrasses

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Montrealers are damn good at making the most of summer weather. And with restrictions — mostly — eased, they’ve been able to enjoy a meal on actual plates or sip an ice-cold draft beer on terrasses across town since May 28.

Certain establishments, many of them less than a year old, are adding to the pool of charming seasonal terrasses (the French word for “patio” that’s been affectionately adopted by the city’s anglophones). Here’s a smattering of some of those newer options for outdoor drinking and dining.

Want to know where the best not-so-new terrasses are in the city? There’s a whole other map for that, over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kokochi Izakaya

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5145 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y2, Canada
(514) 303-8263
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Finally, this Japanese restaurant is serving on small plates rather than takeout boxes. Ramen is on the menu, of course, but Kokochi Izakaya also does agedashi (tempura-covered, deep-fried tofu cubes), sushi, skewers, and dumplings that have just been added for terrasse season. A perfect coupling with a day spent at Verdun Beach around the corner.

2. BONYARD

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5205 Rue Angers, Montréal
QC H4E 4A1, Canada
(514) 766-7279
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After quietly opening a few months ago in an industrial area of Côte-Saint-Paul a few minutes walk from the Lachine Canal, Bonyard has earned itself a devoted following and is ready for summertime service with a new 12-table terrasse. The menu is “Montreal-inspired street food,” and shows influences from Trinidad, France, and Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood. In practice, that looks like “floties” (a Caribbean-style burrito on house-made yeastless tortillas), tasty bowls with jerk chicken, duck confit or tempeh, salads, and innovative sodas with flavours like Japanese yuzu iced tea.

3. Bistro La Franquette

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374 Avenue Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2N4, Canada
(438) 380-4545
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Fine dining — even the casual variety that this Westmount French restaurant espouses — has been unquestionably hit hard during the pandemic, but La Franquette has managed to get by thanks to some loyal customers in the neighbourhood. Now that plein air eating is allowed, La Franquette plans to offer the curated experiences it intended when it first opened in December on long tables on Victoria Avenue. Expect a seasonal menu of dishes like steak frites with herb butter and chicken liver parfait with house-made baguette baked daily from a 70-year-old sourdough starter.

4. BarBara

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4450 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S1, Canada
(438) 375-7209
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This worth-the-hype Italian spot has managed to score permits for a 60-seat terrasse (seats are split between a terrasse on Notre Dame and another facing Sir George Étienne Cartier Square). To celebrate, BarBara has added beef carpaccio and burrata asparagus to the menu, which can be enjoyed with wine by the bottle or glass. Those who prefer the park life can select all the provisions needed for a picnic from their stocked grocery section.

5. SHAY Express

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1414 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3C 1K8, Canada
(514) 937-2001
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Griffintown’s Shay Express (pronounced “shy,” which is Arabic for tea), does “gourmet Lebanese pub food,” so think a selection of mezzes like baba ghanouj and za’atar cauliflower; shish taouk hoagies, Philly cheesesteak shawarma and cherry kabab meatballs as mains; and Ashta cream donuts for dessert. They also do sharable platters and park picnic baskets, but now that on-site dining is permitted its terrasse on Notre Dame is where it’s at.

6. W Montreal

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901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal
QC H2Z 1R1, Canada
(514) 395-3100
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Anyone on the lookout for an al freco dining experience in Square Victoria that’s more formal than having takeout on a bench by the metro entrance can now head to W Hotel. Designed by Side Lee Architecture (also responsible for stunning PVM food hall Le Cathcart), this luminously yellow-painted terrasse, with its wood tables and surrounding plant life, is a sure-fire spot to enjoy fruity and floral cocktails, or a light, tropical dinner of octopus tostadas and char-grilled shrimp served with curry sorbet. — Valerie Silva

terrasse yellow umbrella W Hotel/Supplied

7. Uluwatu Cuisine Indonessiéne

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1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada
(514) 858-9288
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Boiling down a country as remarkably diverse as Indonesia into one encompassing cuisine is tough, but Uluwatu takes a fine stab. Enjoy dishes like Sumatran rendang (slow-cooked beef with bean paste and green chili), cumi goreng sambal gami (fried calamari with roasted shallots, chili, garlic, and shrimp paste) and vegan-friendly lontong sayur (coconut milk soup with rice cakes and tofu) while seated on its terrasse, on a small, tree-lined Outremont street.

8. Manoubia

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200 Rue Bernard O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K4, Canada
(438) 375-1631
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Co-owner Dhirar Mouhli is paying homage to his half-Tunisian, half-Spanish grandmother with this new spot on Bernard that has a lovely side street-facing terrasse. Manoubia’s menu features Mediterranean dishes like fragrant Djerbian rice, saffron-laced paella, salads, soups and a list of exclusively natural wines. Like Mouhil’s other venture, Le Dépanneur Café next door, expect frequent live performances, though of the Flamenco and Tunisian dancing sort.

9. Salle Climatisée

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6448 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada
(514) 277-5504
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December 2020 arrival Salle Climatisée’s proximity to Jean Talon Market is no coincidence — it uses only market-fresh ingredients for its “playful, yet familiar” fare. So think roast chicken braised in local cider, beef tartare with wild garlic, and praline pie accompanied by a selection of superb wines. Enjoy it all on the new Saint-Laurent terrasse near the intersection with Beaubien.

10. Restaurant Joon

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7130 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3E2, Canada
(438) 380-5660
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Like many new restaurants, Joon had to wait a little longer for the go-ahead from city officials before opening its terrasse, but as of July 2, Montreal’s first Caspian and Caucasus-inspired restaurant joins the rest in the city with an outdoor space. Expect dishes like lamb and veal “koofteh,” smoked trout, house-made bread, feta, and yogurt, along with saffron ice cream for dessert.

11. BARRANCO

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4552 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L3, Canada
(514) 282-9000
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Named after the bohemian, graffiti-splattered neighbourhood in Lima that’s reminiscent of the Plateau, Barranco does Peruvian street food like ceviche, leche de tigre (the ceviche juice on its own), and chicharron sandwiches. Like its menu and internal decor, Barranco’s 30- to 40-person terrasse is full of colour and plant life.

12. Le Pontiac

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701 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1W7, Canada
(438) 375-4816
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This Mont Royal-facing terrasse has already made headlines in its short lifespan — Valerie Plante got caught violating then-coronavirus restrictions with an extra diner at her table. Politics aside, Le Pontiac does supremely cheesy pan pizza (the cheese is caramelized on the crust making it like that perfect end piece of a lasagna), brunch sandwiches filled with veggie pâté, smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, and more, as well as smoothies and coffee.

13. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada
(438) 380-3858
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Grab and go morphed into grab and stay at this Italian canteen in Villeray. Customers can open up the dépanneur fridge inside and grab a bottle of wine (most can be enjoyed by the glass, yep, even $80 bottles), and take it out to the pretty terrasse facing Saint-Vincent-Ferrier church. Enjoy their namesake knuckles — deep-fried pizza pocket-like turnovers filled with tomato sauce and cheese — as well as burgers and other goodies.

14. Restaurant Pichai

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5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada
(514) 419-1606
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Pichai’s lovely 12-seat terrasse is set up and ready to greet customers on St-Hubert. From the minds behind Pumpui, Pichai serves food you don’t typically see at your classic Thai restaurant, with dishes like Matane shrimp salad, local Berkshire sausage marinated in rice and Thai tea tiramisu. They also specialize in booze: there’s a list of natural wines cider on tap and a just-revealed jasmine rice saison beer in collaboration with Dunham Brewery.

1. Kokochi Izakaya

5145 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1Y2, Canada

Finally, this Japanese restaurant is serving on small plates rather than takeout boxes. Ramen is on the menu, of course, but Kokochi Izakaya also does agedashi (tempura-covered, deep-fried tofu cubes), sushi, skewers, and dumplings that have just been added for terrasse season. A perfect coupling with a day spent at Verdun Beach around the corner.

5145 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y2, Canada

2. BONYARD

5205 Rue Angers, Montréal, QC H4E 4A1, Canada

After quietly opening a few months ago in an industrial area of Côte-Saint-Paul a few minutes walk from the Lachine Canal, Bonyard has earned itself a devoted following and is ready for summertime service with a new 12-table terrasse. The menu is “Montreal-inspired street food,” and shows influences from Trinidad, France, and Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood. In practice, that looks like “floties” (a Caribbean-style burrito on house-made yeastless tortillas), tasty bowls with jerk chicken, duck confit or tempeh, salads, and innovative sodas with flavours like Japanese yuzu iced tea.

5205 Rue Angers, Montréal
QC H4E 4A1, Canada

3. Bistro La Franquette

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

Fine dining — even the casual variety that this Westmount French restaurant espouses — has been unquestionably hit hard during the pandemic, but La Franquette has managed to get by thanks to some loyal customers in the neighbourhood. Now that plein air eating is allowed, La Franquette plans to offer the curated experiences it intended when it first opened in December on long tables on Victoria Avenue. Expect a seasonal menu of dishes like steak frites with herb butter and chicken liver parfait with house-made baguette baked daily from a 70-year-old sourdough starter.

374 Avenue Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2N4, Canada

4. BarBara

4450 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S1, Canada

This worth-the-hype Italian spot has managed to score permits for a 60-seat terrasse (seats are split between a terrasse on Notre Dame and another facing Sir George Étienne Cartier Square). To celebrate, BarBara has added beef carpaccio and burrata asparagus to the menu, which can be enjoyed with wine by the bottle or glass. Those who prefer the park life can select all the provisions needed for a picnic from their stocked grocery section.

4450 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S1, Canada

5. SHAY Express

1414 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3C 1K8, Canada

Griffintown’s Shay Express (pronounced “shy,” which is Arabic for tea), does “gourmet Lebanese pub food,” so think a selection of mezzes like baba ghanouj and za’atar cauliflower; shish taouk hoagies, Philly cheesesteak shawarma and cherry kabab meatballs as mains; and Ashta cream donuts for dessert. They also do sharable platters and park picnic baskets, but now that on-site dining is permitted its terrasse on Notre Dame is where it’s at.

1414 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3C 1K8, Canada

6. W Montreal

901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H2Z 1R1, Canada
terrasse yellow umbrella W Hotel/Supplied

Anyone on the lookout for an al freco dining experience in Square Victoria that’s more formal than having takeout on a bench by the metro entrance can now head to W Hotel. Designed by Side Lee Architecture (also responsible for stunning PVM food hall Le Cathcart), this luminously yellow-painted terrasse, with its wood tables and surrounding plant life, is a sure-fire spot to enjoy fruity and floral cocktails, or a light, tropical dinner of octopus tostadas and char-grilled shrimp served with curry sorbet. — Valerie Silva

901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal
QC H2Z 1R1, Canada

7. Uluwatu Cuisine Indonessiéne

1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont, QC H2V 1P2, Canada

Boiling down a country as remarkably diverse as Indonesia into one encompassing cuisine is tough, but Uluwatu takes a fine stab. Enjoy dishes like Sumatran rendang (slow-cooked beef with bean paste and green chili), cumi goreng sambal gami (fried calamari with roasted shallots, chili, garlic, and shrimp paste) and vegan-friendly lontong sayur (coconut milk soup with rice cakes and tofu) while seated on its terrasse, on a small, tree-lined Outremont street.

1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada

8. Manoubia

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

Co-owner Dhirar Mouhli is paying homage to his half-Tunisian, half-Spanish grandmother with this new spot on Bernard that has a lovely side street-facing terrasse. Manoubia’s menu features Mediterranean dishes like fragrant Djerbian rice, saffron-laced paella, salads, soups and a list of exclusively natural wines. Like Mouhil’s other venture, Le Dépanneur Café next door, expect frequent live performances, though of the Flamenco and Tunisian dancing sort.

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

9. Salle Climatisée

6448 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C4, Canada

December 2020 arrival Salle Climatisée’s proximity to Jean Talon Market is no coincidence — it uses only market-fresh ingredients for its “playful, yet familiar” fare. So think roast chicken braised in local cider, beef tartare with wild garlic, and praline pie accompanied by a selection of superb wines. Enjoy it all on the new Saint-Laurent terrasse near the intersection with Beaubien.

6448 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada

10. Restaurant Joon

7130 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3E2, Canada

Like many new restaurants, Joon had to wait a little longer for the go-ahead from city officials before opening its terrasse, but as of July 2, Montreal’s first Caspian and Caucasus-inspired restaurant joins the rest in the city with an outdoor space. Expect dishes like lamb and veal “koofteh,” smoked trout, house-made bread, feta, and yogurt, along with saffron ice cream for dessert.

7130 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3E2, Canada

11. BARRANCO

4552 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L3, Canada

Named after the bohemian, graffiti-splattered neighbourhood in Lima that’s reminiscent of the Plateau, Barranco does Peruvian street food like ceviche, leche de tigre (the ceviche juice on its own), and chicharron sandwiches. Like its menu and internal decor, Barranco’s 30- to 40-person terrasse is full of colour and plant life.

4552 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L3, Canada

12. Le Pontiac

701 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1W7, Canada

This Mont Royal-facing terrasse has already made headlines in its short lifespan — Valerie Plante got caught violating then-coronavirus restrictions with an extra diner at her table. Politics aside, Le Pontiac does supremely cheesy pan pizza (the cheese is caramelized on the crust making it like that perfect end piece of a lasagna), brunch sandwiches filled with veggie pâté, smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, and more, as well as smoothies and coffee.

701 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1W7, Canada

13. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1T6, Canada

Grab and go morphed into grab and stay at this Italian canteen in Villeray. Customers can open up the dépanneur fridge inside and grab a bottle of wine (most can be enjoyed by the glass, yep, even $80 bottles), and take it out to the pretty terrasse facing Saint-Vincent-Ferrier church. Enjoy their namesake knuckles — deep-fried pizza pocket-like turnovers filled with tomato sauce and cheese — as well as burgers and other goodies.

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada

14. Restaurant Pichai

5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2L8, Canada

Pichai’s lovely 12-seat terrasse is set up and ready to greet customers on St-Hubert. From the minds behind Pumpui, Pichai serves food you don’t typically see at your classic Thai restaurant, with dishes like Matane shrimp salad, local Berkshire sausage marinated in rice and Thai tea tiramisu. They also specialize in booze: there’s a list of natural wines cider on tap and a just-revealed jasmine rice saison beer in collaboration with Dunham Brewery.

5985 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada

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