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12 of Montreal’s Essentially Québécois Restaurants

Food from the heart of La Belle Province

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Like other big cities, Montreal’s culinary landscape is replete with plenty of influences, but there’s also a deep-rooted tradition of French-Canadian tradition reflected in many of its restaurants.

From Québécois food icons like Au Pied de Cochon, offering up over-the-top fare that captures the essence of the province, to newer places like Candide and Hoogan et Beaufort that focus on showcasing the wealthy of ingredients the region has to offer, there is no singular approach in how to make the province’s culinary spirit shine.

It's tough to squeeze all of Quebec into one guide, so a few key components of Quebec’s culinary background can be found elsewhere — Jewish traditions exert a strong influence in Montreal, and can be found over here; immigrants from the Caribbean (Haiti, in particular) also have a major presence, and that food guide is right here. And Quebec's most internationally famous dish, poutine, gets its very own guide.

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1. Le St-Urbain

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96 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC H3L 1T2, Canada
(514) 504-7700
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This Ahuntsic restaurant has helped put the neighbourhood on the map with its rotating, seasonal menus. Not only is the food from chef-owner Marc-André Royal and chef Lindsay McLaren fantastic, there’s also a stellar selection of wines to bring out the best in each and every dish.

2. Restaurant Beau Mont

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950 Avenue Beaumont suite 105, Montréal
QC H3N 1V5, Canada
(514) 270-8882
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With Normand Laprise’s widely acclaimed Toqué still on a pandemic hiatus, his newer, more casual Beau Mont makes for a worthy stand-in. The menu doesn’t lean so much into classic Québécois fare, but rather places emphasis on showcasing the best ingredients the province has to offer.

3. Restaurant Manitoba

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271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada
(514) 270-8000
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Though named for the prairie province, Manitoba is an unflinching ode to the Québec terroir. It’s less about fancy, over-the-top techniques, and more about letting local ingredients speak for themselves.

4. Caribou Gourmand

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5308 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada
(438) 387-6677
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Just because you don’t find yourself in a log cabin in the middle of the forest doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you are in one — with an elevated twist, of course. This spot on St-Laurent offers casual Québécois foods with plenty of poultry and game meat to be had.

5. La Binerie Mont-Royal

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4167 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M7, Canada
(514) 285-9078
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It may be pretty far removed from the other mostly fine dining options on this map, but from lardons to tourtière and pouding chômeur, La Binerie is a temple of old-school hearty Québécois foodstuffs. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

6. Hoogan et Beaufort

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4095 Rue Molson, Montreal
QC H1Y 3L1, Canada
(514) 903-1233
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The menu at this Rosemont restaurant is anchored in what’s available both locally and seasonally, enhanced by an in-house fire pit. The restaurant is named after two farmers and they definitely do justice to that reference in the food put out.

7. Au Pied de Cochon

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536 Ave. Duluth Est., Montreal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada
(514) 281-1114
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Martin Picard’s restaurant is, for many, the temple of Quebecois gastronomy in Montreal. It has foie gras in all forms, including, at times, atop poutine, hamburgers, and during the pandemic, even pizza. And if you still have room at the end of it all, you can finish it off on a sweet note with classic tarte au sucre.

8. Bouillon Bilk

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1595 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S9, Canada
(514) 845-1595
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One of Montreal’s finest dining establishments, Bouillon Bilk conceptualizes dishes that are often traditionally Québécois in their ingredients, but much more modern in their preparations and flavour pairings. Take the combination of duck, celery root, hazelnuts, leeks and truffle in one of their dishes — a straightforward dish until nuts and truffles are added to the mix. And it totally works.

9. Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

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1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S6, Canada
(514) 844-2033
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Although it may sound more like a science experiment than a restaurant, Labo Culinaire’s menu is constantly changing with the seasons. Chef Timothée Vielajus at the SAT-located restaurant isn't afraid to think outside the box to bring out the best of what local products — including those grown on its very own roof — have to offer without compromising their natural integrity.

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10. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

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423 Saint-Claude, Montreal
QC H2Y 3B6, Canada
(514) 861-1112
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A fishing and hunting club it is not, but bounty from the sea and the land do play heavily into the menus at Le Club Chasse et Pêche. Dishes like braised piglet risotto with foie gras shavings are very regional takes on classic dishes from other international cuisines.

11. Candide

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551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
QC H3J 2L6, Canada
(514) 447-2717
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John Winter Russell’s food is best described as having a “meat on the side” attitude, but the lack of extra protein doesn’t go amiss. Vegetables are a star here, which means they have to be good vegetables to start, and they certainly are. Candide is a prime example of how working closely with local producers pays off in the final dishes that are prepared — and gets historical points for its location in a converted church.

12. Tuck Shop

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4662 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada
(514) 439-7432
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One of the best examples of market-driven cuisine in Montreal, this St-Henri spot has received rave reviews since its inception, and a recent revamp is yet another reason to make the trip for dinner.

1. Le St-Urbain

96 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal, QC H3L 1T2, Canada

This Ahuntsic restaurant has helped put the neighbourhood on the map with its rotating, seasonal menus. Not only is the food from chef-owner Marc-André Royal and chef Lindsay McLaren fantastic, there’s also a stellar selection of wines to bring out the best in each and every dish.

96 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC H3L 1T2, Canada

2. Restaurant Beau Mont

950 Avenue Beaumont suite 105, Montréal, QC H3N 1V5, Canada

With Normand Laprise’s widely acclaimed Toqué still on a pandemic hiatus, his newer, more casual Beau Mont makes for a worthy stand-in. The menu doesn’t lean so much into classic Québécois fare, but rather places emphasis on showcasing the best ingredients the province has to offer.

950 Avenue Beaumont suite 105, Montréal
QC H3N 1V5, Canada

3. Restaurant Manitoba

271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal, QC H2V 1A4, Canada

Though named for the prairie province, Manitoba is an unflinching ode to the Québec terroir. It’s less about fancy, over-the-top techniques, and more about letting local ingredients speak for themselves.

271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada

4. Caribou Gourmand

5308 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada

Just because you don’t find yourself in a log cabin in the middle of the forest doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you are in one — with an elevated twist, of course. This spot on St-Laurent offers casual Québécois foods with plenty of poultry and game meat to be had.

5308 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada

5. La Binerie Mont-Royal

4167 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M7, Canada

It may be pretty far removed from the other mostly fine dining options on this map, but from lardons to tourtière and pouding chômeur, La Binerie is a temple of old-school hearty Québécois foodstuffs. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4167 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M7, Canada

6. Hoogan et Beaufort

4095 Rue Molson, Montreal, QC H1Y 3L1, Canada

The menu at this Rosemont restaurant is anchored in what’s available both locally and seasonally, enhanced by an in-house fire pit. The restaurant is named after two farmers and they definitely do justice to that reference in the food put out.

4095 Rue Molson, Montreal
QC H1Y 3L1, Canada

7. Au Pied de Cochon

536 Ave. Duluth Est., Montreal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada

Martin Picard’s restaurant is, for many, the temple of Quebecois gastronomy in Montreal. It has foie gras in all forms, including, at times, atop poutine, hamburgers, and during the pandemic, even pizza. And if you still have room at the end of it all, you can finish it off on a sweet note with classic tarte au sucre.

536 Ave. Duluth Est., Montreal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada

8. Bouillon Bilk

1595 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S9, Canada

One of Montreal’s finest dining establishments, Bouillon Bilk conceptualizes dishes that are often traditionally Québécois in their ingredients, but much more modern in their preparations and flavour pairings. Take the combination of duck, celery root, hazelnuts, leeks and truffle in one of their dishes — a straightforward dish until nuts and truffles are added to the mix. And it totally works.

1595 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S9, Canada

9. Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S6, Canada
plate of asparagus with flower petals Alex Dozois

Although it may sound more like a science experiment than a restaurant, Labo Culinaire’s menu is constantly changing with the seasons. Chef Timothée Vielajus at the SAT-located restaurant isn't afraid to think outside the box to bring out the best of what local products — including those grown on its very own roof — have to offer without compromising their natural integrity.

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S6, Canada

10. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

423 Saint-Claude, Montreal, QC H2Y 3B6, Canada

A fishing and hunting club it is not, but bounty from the sea and the land do play heavily into the menus at Le Club Chasse et Pêche. Dishes like braised piglet risotto with foie gras shavings are very regional takes on classic dishes from other international cuisines.

423 Saint-Claude, Montreal
QC H2Y 3B6, Canada

11. Candide

551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal, QC H3J 2L6, Canada

John Winter Russell’s food is best described as having a “meat on the side” attitude, but the lack of extra protein doesn’t go amiss. Vegetables are a star here, which means they have to be good vegetables to start, and they certainly are. Candide is a prime example of how working closely with local producers pays off in the final dishes that are prepared — and gets historical points for its location in a converted church.

551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
QC H3J 2L6, Canada

12. Tuck Shop

4662 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S6, Canada

One of the best examples of market-driven cuisine in Montreal, this St-Henri spot has received rave reviews since its inception, and a recent revamp is yet another reason to make the trip for dinner.

4662 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada

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