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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.

Kokochi Izakaya

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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.

BONYARD

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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.

Bistro La Franquette

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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.

BarBara

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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.

SHAY Express

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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.

W Montreal

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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

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Uluwatu Cuisine Indonessiéne

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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.

Manoubia

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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.

Salle Climatisée

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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.

Restaurant Joon

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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.

BARRANCO

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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.

Le Pontiac

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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.

Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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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.

Restaurant Pichai

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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.

Kokochi Izakaya

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.

BONYARD

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.

Bistro La Franquette

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.

BarBara

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.

SHAY Express

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.

W Montreal

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

terrasse yellow umbrella W Hotel/Supplied

Uluwatu Cuisine Indonessiéne

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.

Manoubia

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.

Salle Climatisée

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.

Restaurant Joon

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.

BARRANCO

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.

Le Pontiac

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.

Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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.

Restaurant Pichai

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.

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