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17 Fantastic Places for Pho Around Montreal

Beefy broths that will warm your soul

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There’s an art to this comforting Vietnamese rice noodle soup and the key is the clear, long-simmered broth. Usually made with as many knobby bits of chicken or beef as possible (as well as toasted and bruised ginger and shallots and often star anise), it’s strained before being ladled into your giant bowl of sweet-and-salty comfort.

Every restaurant has its own small differences and special touches, whether it’s chicken with lemon leaf pho at Pho MC Brossard, Triple AAA beef flank pho at La Belle Tonkinoise, duck pho at Au 14 Prince Arthur or tofu pho at Pho Rachel (take note: a lot of places serve “vegetarian” pho made with beef or chicken broth, but Pho Rachel’s is 100 percent vegetarian).

And while most will serve ample plates of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges and chilli peppers alongside, some go a step further, like Ho Guom, which offers sawtooth herb and long and airy pastry fritters, just like in Hanoi.

There’s much more to Vietnamese food than just pho, so if you’re looking for other suggestions, check out another map over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pho Nam Quan

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3562 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H1Z 2G3, Canada
(514) 722-1888
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You don’t come to this cosy basement in St-Michel for the view. The real draw is beef pho bo noodle soup with brisket, rare flank steak, chewy tendon, and tripe. The space is so small and the soup so aromatic, you’ll most likely smell like pho for the rest of the day, which is most definitely not a bad thing. 

2. Pho Duy Anh

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7961 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Montréal
QC H1Z 3C9, Canada
(514) 722-9595
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Beef pho bo on the terrasse of this BYOB St-Michel shop is a summertime treat that’ll have you sweating in a heartbeat. Come winter, the rich broth is an indoor welcome warmer, full of rare beef, meatballs, tripe, tendons, well-done flank, and brisket. Boiled chicken pho gà and grilled chicken pho gà round out the soup options.

3. Vien Dong

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661 Boulevard des Laurentides, Laval
QC H7G 2V8, Canada
(450) 629-1661
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This family-run restaurant in Laval serves a mix of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese specialties, but many just come for the pho, which include the classic rare beef, meatballs, tripe and flank as well as grilled chicken. Other soup options include long-simmered bun bo hue with beef and pork, tapioca udon noodles with pork and shrimp, and Vietnamese ramen with pork and seafood. 

4. Restaurant Ho Guom

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2035 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1V2, Canada
(514) 507-8598
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Ho Guom’s chicken pho (plain or with lemon leaf) will bring tears to the eyes of anyone recently returned from Hanoi in northern Vietnam. Dip a crunchy pastry fritter into it, add some bean sprouts and sawtooth herbs and order an avocado smoothie and your dinner will feel like the least expensive hop across the Pacific Ocean ever. Hot tip: visit with a friend on a Tuesday, when your second meal is 50 percent off.  

5. Phở Dzũng

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1298 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
QC H7V 2W1, Canada
(450) 682-7828
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At $9 for a small, $10 for a large and $11 for an extra-large, there’s no reason to not get the most giant bowl of beef pho here possible and toss in all the fresh herbs and bean sprouts that your heart desires. Top it up with extra meat for $3, and add on a red bean icy drink to cool off and you’re still getting one of the best deals on a soul-satisfying bowl of pho any day of the week. 

6. La Belle Tonkinoise (multiple locations)

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1380 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1S2, Canada
(514) 448-8988
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Rarely does Triple AAA-certified beef figure prominently on a pho menu, but longstanding Vietnamese restaurant La Belle Tonkinoise and its newer, cooler offshoot, La Belle Tonki (over on Beaubien), are big on quality. The former serves lunch, while the roomier Belle Tonki has taken over dinner service, adding funky menu items inspired by traditional Vietnamese cuisine, such as poutine with braised beef, homemade meatballs, and pho gravy. Bonus: it has local beers from 4 Origines, kombucha, and fun cocktails like the Old Feng Shui with bourbon, five-spice syrup and Thai green chili bitters.

7. Pho Tay Ho

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6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada
(514) 273-5627

This cash- and debit-only spot near Beaubien metro has long been the go-to pho destination in the area, serving a long-simmered broth ladled into giant bowls with heaps of onions, plus rice noodles, bean sprouts and herbs. Even better, it’s incredibly affordable. Don’t miss the Vietnamese coffee. 

8. Phở Thành Nam Quang

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Vẻtu, 740 Boulevard Cote-Vertu Ouest #120, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 5C8, Canada
(514) 744-3014

The rare beef is a bloody treat at this pho spot tucked in a shopping mall near Côte-Vertu metro. It’s also some of the least expensive pho in the city, and comes with ample basil, mint and bean sprouts on the side whether you order your bowl with meatballs, tendon, tripe, or all-dressed. 

9. Pho Rachel

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14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C5, Canada
(514) 825-8885
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Sometimes when a restaurant says it has vegetarian pho, it turns out to be vegetables in chicken or beef broth. That’s not the case at Pho Rachel, where “vegetarian” means no animal products, and there’s even tofu instead of just leaving out the beef or chicken. But meat-eaters are catered to as well, with beef and chicken versions, served piping hot with all the fixings.  

10. Au 14 Prince Arthur

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14 Rue Prince Arthur O, Montréal
QC H2X 1S3, Canada
(514) 842-3512
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Au 14 might be the only Vietnamese restaurant in the city serving duck pho, featuring a meaty, sweet-and-savoury broth kicked up a level with star anise. Those looking for something more nutritionally balances can add seasonal veggies to the soup for $1.50. 

11. Pho Bang New York

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1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
(514) 954-2032
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Communal tables and steamy soup make for an intimate experience at this Chinatown pho shop. The generous servings of meat in the broth make it tempting to share a giant bowl with a friend, but you’re going to want your own to slurp those noodles and tasty broth in peace.

12. Pho Real

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2044b Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3A 1X8, Canada
(514) 284-9999
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There’s no hint of MSG in the earthy beef broth from Pho Real, a welcome addition in downtown Montreal. Even better, the homemade meatballs and sliced beef are a cut above what you sometimes find at the least expensive pho shops — no pre-frozen hot pot meat here. 

13. Pho Lien (multiple locations)

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5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3S 1Y7, Canada
(514) 735-6949
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Arguably he best-known and most highly rated pho destination in Montreal, this restaurant near the Montreal Jewish Hospital draws diners with its giant bowls of noodles in a heavily spiced broth heady with fish sauce and sweet onions. Come for the raw beef version that usually gets to your table before the meat cooks through (as it should). The plates of herbs and bean sprouts are always fresh thanks to the high turnover. And if you don’t want to wait in the lunchtime line, there’s now a Pho Lien Express on Bishop Street, near Concordia University.

14. Pho Nguyen

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1452A Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada
(514) 846-6688
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Quick and inexpensive, this soup is addictive. The basement location near Concordia University is perfect for when you want to keep your dinner date on the down low — or for when the only company you want is a huge bowl of chicken pho gà and a side of fresh rice paper rolls.

15. Doi Comptoir Vietnamien

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Faubourg Ste Catherine, 1616 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal
QC H3H 1L7, Canada
(438) 502-6396

You can only find pho at this upstairs counter in the Faubourg on Mondays when beef pho is the $10 soup of the day. Rich with star anise and cinnamon, it’s worth setting a reminder in your calendar. If you come on a different day, the turmeric noodles with shrimp broth and the crab, shrimp and tomato soup are more-than-decent fallbacks. 

16. Tran Cantine

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4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada
(514) 379-4690
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St-Henri’s relatively young Vietnamese snack bar serves a chicken broth soup with rare beef, flank, chicken or bean curd. With a family connection to Pho Tay Ho near Beaubien metro, the place uses quality ingredients, meaning it won’t be the cheaper MSG-hit you might expect (and crave) — but it’ll still be delicious. 

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17. Pho MC Brossard

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8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard
QC J4X 2S6, Canada
(450) 904-0660
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You don’t come to this no-frills Vietnamese restaurant in Brossard for the ambiance — you come for the broth that makes you close your eyes and sink into a sort of soup-induced zen. Beyond the beefy variants, there’s a chicken and lemon leaf pho, a grilled shrimp and vegetable option, and a hard-to-find vermicelli soup with snails (bún ôc). This isn’t officially pho (because of the broth and seasonings), but fits in nicely among the other noodle soups. The restaurant is also known for its other Vietnamese specialties, including steamed, savoury spheres of turmeric-hued pork, and shrimp cakes. 

1. Pho Nam Quan

3562 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H1Z 2G3, Canada

You don’t come to this cosy basement in St-Michel for the view. The real draw is beef pho bo noodle soup with brisket, rare flank steak, chewy tendon, and tripe. The space is so small and the soup so aromatic, you’ll most likely smell like pho for the rest of the day, which is most definitely not a bad thing. 

3562 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H1Z 2G3, Canada

2. Pho Duy Anh

7961 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Montréal, QC H1Z 3C9, Canada

Beef pho bo on the terrasse of this BYOB St-Michel shop is a summertime treat that’ll have you sweating in a heartbeat. Come winter, the rich broth is an indoor welcome warmer, full of rare beef, meatballs, tripe, tendons, well-done flank, and brisket. Boiled chicken pho gà and grilled chicken pho gà round out the soup options.

7961 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Montréal
QC H1Z 3C9, Canada

3. Vien Dong

661 Boulevard des Laurentides, Laval, QC H7G 2V8, Canada

This family-run restaurant in Laval serves a mix of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese specialties, but many just come for the pho, which include the classic rare beef, meatballs, tripe and flank as well as grilled chicken. Other soup options include long-simmered bun bo hue with beef and pork, tapioca udon noodles with pork and shrimp, and Vietnamese ramen with pork and seafood. 

661 Boulevard des Laurentides, Laval
QC H7G 2V8, Canada

4. Restaurant Ho Guom

2035 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2E 1V2, Canada

Ho Guom’s chicken pho (plain or with lemon leaf) will bring tears to the eyes of anyone recently returned from Hanoi in northern Vietnam. Dip a crunchy pastry fritter into it, add some bean sprouts and sawtooth herbs and order an avocado smoothie and your dinner will feel like the least expensive hop across the Pacific Ocean ever. Hot tip: visit with a friend on a Tuesday, when your second meal is 50 percent off.  

2035 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1V2, Canada

5. Phở Dzũng

1298 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V 2W1, Canada

At $9 for a small, $10 for a large and $11 for an extra-large, there’s no reason to not get the most giant bowl of beef pho here possible and toss in all the fresh herbs and bean sprouts that your heart desires. Top it up with extra meat for $3, and add on a red bean icy drink to cool off and you’re still getting one of the best deals on a soul-satisfying bowl of pho any day of the week. 

1298 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
QC H7V 2W1, Canada

6. La Belle Tonkinoise (multiple locations)

1380 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2E 1S2, Canada

Rarely does Triple AAA-certified beef figure prominently on a pho menu, but longstanding Vietnamese restaurant La Belle Tonkinoise and its newer, cooler offshoot, La Belle Tonki (over on Beaubien), are big on quality. The former serves lunch, while the roomier Belle Tonki has taken over dinner service, adding funky menu items inspired by traditional Vietnamese cuisine, such as poutine with braised beef, homemade meatballs, and pho gravy. Bonus: it has local beers from 4 Origines, kombucha, and fun cocktails like the Old Feng Shui with bourbon, five-spice syrup and Thai green chili bitters.

1380 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2E 1S2, Canada

7. Pho Tay Ho

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2R7, Canada

This cash- and debit-only spot near Beaubien metro has long been the go-to pho destination in the area, serving a long-simmered broth ladled into giant bowls with heaps of onions, plus rice noodles, bean sprouts and herbs. Even better, it’s incredibly affordable. Don’t miss the Vietnamese coffee. 

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada

8. Phở Thành Nam Quang

Vẻtu, 740 Boulevard Cote-Vertu Ouest #120, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 5C8, Canada

The rare beef is a bloody treat at this pho spot tucked in a shopping mall near Côte-Vertu metro. It’s also some of the least expensive pho in the city, and comes with ample basil, mint and bean sprouts on the side whether you order your bowl with meatballs, tendon, tripe, or all-dressed. 

Vẻtu, 740 Boulevard Cote-Vertu Ouest #120, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 5C8, Canada

9. Pho Rachel

14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1C5, Canada

Sometimes when a restaurant says it has vegetarian pho, it turns out to be vegetables in chicken or beef broth. That’s not the case at Pho Rachel, where “vegetarian” means no animal products, and there’s even tofu instead of just leaving out the beef or chicken. But meat-eaters are catered to as well, with beef and chicken versions, served piping hot with all the fixings.  

14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C5, Canada

10. Au 14 Prince Arthur

14 Rue Prince Arthur O, Montréal, QC H2X 1S3, Canada

Au 14 might be the only Vietnamese restaurant in the city serving duck pho, featuring a meaty, sweet-and-savoury broth kicked up a level with star anise. Those looking for something more nutritionally balances can add seasonal veggies to the soup for $1.50. 

14 Rue Prince Arthur O, Montréal
QC H2X 1S3, Canada

11. Pho Bang New York

1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

Communal tables and steamy soup make for an intimate experience at this Chinatown pho shop. The generous servings of meat in the broth make it tempting to share a giant bowl with a friend, but you’re going to want your own to slurp those noodles and tasty broth in peace.

1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

12. Pho Real

2044b Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3A 1X8, Canada

There’s no hint of MSG in the earthy beef broth from Pho Real, a welcome addition in downtown Montreal. Even better, the homemade meatballs and sliced beef are a cut above what you sometimes find at the least expensive pho shops — no pre-frozen hot pot meat here. 

2044b Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3A 1X8, Canada

13. Pho Lien (multiple locations)

5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3S 1Y7, Canada

Arguably he best-known and most highly rated pho destination in Montreal, this restaurant near the Montreal Jewish Hospital draws diners with its giant bowls of noodles in a heavily spiced broth heady with fish sauce and sweet onions. Come for the raw beef version that usually gets to your table before the meat cooks through (as it should). The plates of herbs and bean sprouts are always fresh thanks to the high turnover. And if you don’t want to wait in the lunchtime line, there’s now a Pho Lien Express on Bishop Street, near Concordia University.

5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3S 1Y7, Canada

14. Pho Nguyen

1452A Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2H9, Canada

Quick and inexpensive, this soup is addictive. The basement location near Concordia University is perfect for when you want to keep your dinner date on the down low — or for when the only company you want is a huge bowl of chicken pho gà and a side of fresh rice paper rolls.

1452A Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada

15. Doi Comptoir Vietnamien

Faubourg Ste Catherine, 1616 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1L7, Canada

You can only find pho at this upstairs counter in the Faubourg on Mondays when beef pho is the $10 soup of the day. Rich with star anise and cinnamon, it’s worth setting a reminder in your calendar. If you come on a different day, the turmeric noodles with shrimp broth and the crab, shrimp and tomato soup are more-than-decent fallbacks. 

Faubourg Ste Catherine, 1616 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal
QC H3H 1L7, Canada

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16. Tran Cantine

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S6, Canada

St-Henri’s relatively young Vietnamese snack bar serves a chicken broth soup with rare beef, flank, chicken or bean curd. With a family connection to Pho Tay Ho near Beaubien metro, the place uses quality ingredients, meaning it won’t be the cheaper MSG-hit you might expect (and crave) — but it’ll still be delicious. 

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada

17. Pho MC Brossard

8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard, QC J4X 2S6, Canada

You don’t come to this no-frills Vietnamese restaurant in Brossard for the ambiance — you come for the broth that makes you close your eyes and sink into a sort of soup-induced zen. Beyond the beefy variants, there’s a chicken and lemon leaf pho, a grilled shrimp and vegetable option, and a hard-to-find vermicelli soup with snails (bún ôc). This isn’t officially pho (because of the broth and seasonings), but fits in nicely among the other noodle soups. The restaurant is also known for its other Vietnamese specialties, including steamed, savoury spheres of turmeric-hued pork, and shrimp cakes. 

8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard
QC J4X 2S6, Canada

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