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17 Excellent Portuguese Eats in Montreal

It ain’t all about the rotisserie chicken

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It shouldn’t be surprising that Montreal has a strong Portuguese food scene, considering that this city has the second-highest concentration of Luso-Canadians after Toronto, with a 46,000 strong community, according to the 2006 census.

And of course, there are tons of options for rotisserie chicken, from obscenely popular spots like Romados and Ma Poule Mouillée, but there’s ample non-poultry choices that cover ground from casual to fancy: think of casual eateries like O Cantinho and Imperio up north, or the fine dining offered by the Ferriera group and famed chef Helena Loureiro.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. O Cantinho

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3204 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H1Z 2E2, Canada
(514) 729-9494
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The Plateau needn’t get all the attention when it comes to Montreal’s informal and cheap Portuguese options. O Cantinho serves all the grilled classics of chicken and seafood, along with options like cod croquettes and mean grilled steak.

2. Restaurant Casa Vinho

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3750 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1X 1S6, Canada
(514) 721-8885
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With one of the owners hailing from Canada’s own Magdalen Islands, this unassuming neighbourhood restaurant prides itself on knowing its seafood. While the mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid all come recommended, consider the bife a cavalo, a classic dish of a sunny-side egg served on steak.

3. Imperio Portuguese Grill

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1292 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1X1, Canada
(514) 721-5665
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Mountainous chicken and seafood platters come highly recommended at this small Villeray spot, but if you really want to order up something classic, try Imperio’s carne de porco à alentejana: A mound of pork marinated in white wine and garlic, served up with salty clams.

4. Douro

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6518 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada
(514) 273-6969
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At the finer end of Portuguese cuisine in Montreal, Douro’s looked to for its white tablecloths, wine cellar, and classic dishes. Many swear by the whole menu, from caldo verde soup and tapas to the rabbit braised in red wine.

5. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada
(514) 522-5175
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One of the most beloved spots for rotisserie chicken (and its chorizo-chicken poutine) in Montreal, Ma Poule Mouillée has stolen the show since it first opened in 2013. It’s a perpetually popular restaurant; hungry patrons may have to wait in line before ordering their half-chicken with fries and a salad, but it’s worth it.

6. Aldea

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4403 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada
(514) 843-6464
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Having only been open for a little over two years, Aldea has quickly raised the bar in town for Portuguese fine dining. With a menu focused on the comforts of the countryside, coupled with private imports from the old country, it’s a family operation that’s been consistently worthy.

7. Romados

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115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada
(514) 849-1803
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Whether you’re from Montreal or moved in from elsewhere, Romados was likely your first local experience of Portuguese rotisserie. It’s been 30 years of diehard fandom that shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, plowing through 300 to 600 chickens a day atop its coals.

8. Boca Iberica

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12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 1G1, Canada
(514) 507-9996
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A restaurant with a more modern slant, Manuel Martins’ Spanish-Portuguese hybrid menu offers a lot of intriguing alternatives, from cold and hot tapas selections to steak with coffee sauce, scallops in saffron and sambuca, and tripe with beans.

9. Rotisserie Portugalia

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34 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 2T1, Canada
(514) 282-1519
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Located so closely to Boca Iberica next door, Rotisserie Portugalia could be confused for its kitchen. But make no mistake, this hole in the wall’s the reason why the corner of Clark and Rachel smells of delicious chicken and pork all throughout the evening. Be warned of occasional slow service.

10. Casa Minhota

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3959 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
(514) 842-2661
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Old country décor and fine dining vibes are constant draw cards for this institution of over 40 years. The Mediterranean vibes are strong at this swanky spot, right down to its tiled walls. With large portions and convivial service, try Minhota’s evening table d’hôte menu for the best bang for your buck.

11. Jano

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3883 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada
(514) 849-0646
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One of the oldest Portuguese operations in town on this list, Jano has been in business since 1974. It’s a no-frills restaurant with food of exceptional quality, accompanied by squeeze bottles of mayonnaise and all. Worth a visit for both its surf and its turf.

12. Solmar

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111 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1G7, Canada
(514) 861-4562
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A classic supper club of a Portuguese restaurant since the early 1970s, Solmar’s one of the few establishments on this list that offers a full tasting menu — and it’s a reasonable $60. That gets a full sampling of all kinds of classic dishes from caldo verde to chorizo and grilled octopus.

13. Campo

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1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3A 1M7, Canada
(514) 903-9639
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There’s a lot to be said for classic tavernas serving Portuguese food, but just as much for the newer breed of fast casual restaurants like Campo. Run by the Ferreira Group, the food here is served quickly from a lunch counter but can still be coupled with the option of bottles of wine or Super Bock. A favourite for power lunches — or hangover lunches — downtown.

14. Helena

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438 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G1, Canada
(514) 878-1555
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Among Montreal’s household names for Portuguese cuisine, Helena Loureiro sits at the top. The culinary skills at her eponymous restaurant is instantly recognizable, with plenty of seafood, and just as much meat — consider the rabbit stuffed with orange and duck.

15. Ferreira Café

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1446 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3A 1S8, Canada
(514) 848-0988
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Carlos Ferreira’s café (closer to a high-end restaurant in practice) may not have been around as long as some other stalwart Portuguese restaurants, but it quickly gained a reputation for excellent food and service, and has seen many great chefs of the city pass through its doors to cook.

16. Portus 360

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777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3C 3Z7, Canada
(514) 849-2070
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It was big news when chef Helena Loureiro closed her first restaurant in the Plateau, Portus Calle, opting to open this revolving restaurant downtown instead. It’s been fertile ground for the chef to explore her roots, making intriguing dishes like Cornish hen stuffed with currants or a Portuguese bouillabaisse.

17. Viana

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2042 Rue Lapierre, LaSalle
QC H8N 2S2, Canada
(514) 379-6789
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Carlos Costa is a skilled chef of the Montreal-Portuguese scene, having earned his chops at Jano in the Plateau for decades. Together with his wife and daughter, they opened a wholly new family restaurant in Lasalle in 2017, and it’s been pleasing neighbours ever since with spicy chicken.

1. O Cantinho

3204 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H1Z 2E2, Canada

The Plateau needn’t get all the attention when it comes to Montreal’s informal and cheap Portuguese options. O Cantinho serves all the grilled classics of chicken and seafood, along with options like cod croquettes and mean grilled steak.

3204 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H1Z 2E2, Canada

2. Restaurant Casa Vinho

3750 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1X 1S6, Canada

With one of the owners hailing from Canada’s own Magdalen Islands, this unassuming neighbourhood restaurant prides itself on knowing its seafood. While the mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid all come recommended, consider the bife a cavalo, a classic dish of a sunny-side egg served on steak.

3750 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1X 1S6, Canada

3. Imperio Portuguese Grill

1292 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1X1, Canada

Mountainous chicken and seafood platters come highly recommended at this small Villeray spot, but if you really want to order up something classic, try Imperio’s carne de porco à alentejana: A mound of pork marinated in white wine and garlic, served up with salty clams.

1292 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1X1, Canada

4. Douro

6518 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C6, Canada

At the finer end of Portuguese cuisine in Montreal, Douro’s looked to for its white tablecloths, wine cellar, and classic dishes. Many swear by the whole menu, from caldo verde soup and tapas to the rabbit braised in red wine.

6518 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada

5. Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel St E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J2, Canada

One of the most beloved spots for rotisserie chicken (and its chorizo-chicken poutine) in Montreal, Ma Poule Mouillée has stolen the show since it first opened in 2013. It’s a perpetually popular restaurant; hungry patrons may have to wait in line before ordering their half-chicken with fries and a salad, but it’s worth it.

969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada

6. Aldea

4403 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

Having only been open for a little over two years, Aldea has quickly raised the bar in town for Portuguese fine dining. With a menu focused on the comforts of the countryside, coupled with private imports from the old country, it’s a family operation that’s been consistently worthy.

4403 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

7. Romados

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1C8, Canada

Whether you’re from Montreal or moved in from elsewhere, Romados was likely your first local experience of Portuguese rotisserie. It’s been 30 years of diehard fandom that shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, plowing through 300 to 600 chickens a day atop its coals.

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada

8. Boca Iberica

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal, QC H2W 1G1, Canada

A restaurant with a more modern slant, Manuel Martins’ Spanish-Portuguese hybrid menu offers a lot of intriguing alternatives, from cold and hot tapas selections to steak with coffee sauce, scallops in saffron and sambuca, and tripe with beans.

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 1G1, Canada

9. Rotisserie Portugalia

34 Rue Rachel O, Montréal, QC H2W 2T1, Canada

Located so closely to Boca Iberica next door, Rotisserie Portugalia could be confused for its kitchen. But make no mistake, this hole in the wall’s the reason why the corner of Clark and Rachel smells of delicious chicken and pork all throughout the evening. Be warned of occasional slow service.

34 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 2T1, Canada

10. Casa Minhota

3959 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

Old country décor and fine dining vibes are constant draw cards for this institution of over 40 years. The Mediterranean vibes are strong at this swanky spot, right down to its tiled walls. With large portions and convivial service, try Minhota’s evening table d’hôte menu for the best bang for your buck.

3959 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

11. Jano

3883 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada

One of the oldest Portuguese operations in town on this list, Jano has been in business since 1974. It’s a no-frills restaurant with food of exceptional quality, accompanied by squeeze bottles of mayonnaise and all. Worth a visit for both its surf and its turf.

3883 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada

12. Solmar

111 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G7, Canada

A classic supper club of a Portuguese restaurant since the early 1970s, Solmar’s one of the few establishments on this list that offers a full tasting menu — and it’s a reasonable $60. That gets a full sampling of all kinds of classic dishes from caldo verde to chorizo and grilled octopus.

111 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1G7, Canada

13. Campo

1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1M7, Canada

There’s a lot to be said for classic tavernas serving Portuguese food, but just as much for the newer breed of fast casual restaurants like Campo. Run by the Ferreira Group, the food here is served quickly from a lunch counter but can still be coupled with the option of bottles of wine or Super Bock. A favourite for power lunches — or hangover lunches — downtown.

1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3A 1M7, Canada

14. Helena

438 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2G1, Canada

Among Montreal’s household names for Portuguese cuisine, Helena Loureiro sits at the top. The culinary skills at her eponymous restaurant is instantly recognizable, with plenty of seafood, and just as much meat — consider the rabbit stuffed with orange and duck.

438 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G1, Canada

15. Ferreira Café

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8, Canada

Carlos Ferreira’s café (closer to a high-end restaurant in practice) may not have been around as long as some other stalwart Portuguese restaurants, but it quickly gained a reputation for excellent food and service, and has seen many great chefs of the city pass through its doors to cook.

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3A 1S8, Canada

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16. Portus 360

777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 3Z7, Canada

It was big news when chef Helena Loureiro closed her first restaurant in the Plateau, Portus Calle, opting to open this revolving restaurant downtown instead. It’s been fertile ground for the chef to explore her roots, making intriguing dishes like Cornish hen stuffed with currants or a Portuguese bouillabaisse.

777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3C 3Z7, Canada

17. Viana

2042 Rue Lapierre, LaSalle, QC H8N 2S2, Canada

Carlos Costa is a skilled chef of the Montreal-Portuguese scene, having earned his chops at Jano in the Plateau for decades. Together with his wife and daughter, they opened a wholly new family restaurant in Lasalle in 2017, and it’s been pleasing neighbours ever since with spicy chicken.

2042 Rue Lapierre, LaSalle
QC H8N 2S2, Canada

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