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The Best Places to Eat in the Laurentians

Crepes, casse-croûtes, and meaty feasts

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Weekends spent up north may primarily revolve around barbecues in the summer and home-cooked dinners holed up by a fire in the winter, but there’s plenty the mountains north of Montreal have to offer by way of restaurants. From crêperies to câsse-croutes, bistros to boulangeries, no one leaves the Laurentians hungry.

You can’t throw a stone without hitting a crêperie — Crêperie Au Tournesol is arguably best but Mont-Tremblant’s Crêperie Catherine or Saint-Sauveur’s Crêperie Bretonne are just as beloved — and excellent greasy spoon breakfast options like Au Petit Poucet abound.

On the fancier side, bistros like La Table des Gourmets or Estérel Resort’s Bistro à Champlain fit the bill, and on the complete other end of the spectrum, casse-croûtes like 100% Boeuf dot most main roads and highways. It’s a wide expanse and each little town has its own gems.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Sandwicherie

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1918 Chemin du Village, Mont-Tremblant
QC J8E 1K4, Canada
(819) 717-1559
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Amidst a sea of made-for-tourist restaurants in Mont-Tremblant Village, La Sandwicherie is a haven for good, fresh food that makes the most of local ingredients. As the name suggests, sandwiches are the thing to order here.

2. 100% Boeuf

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1176 Rue Saint Faustin, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré
QC J0T 1J3, Canada
(819) 688-3111

Any casse-croûte worth the salt on its fries needs a no-frills name — and this place delivers. Also known as “Le P’Tit Stop”, this roadside Saint-Faustin snack bar does exactly what it promises, slinging burgers, poutines, onion rings and steamés, all with the requisite amount of grease.

3. Bistro à Champlain

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39 Chemin Fridolin-Simard, Estérel
QC J0T 1E0, Canada
(450) 228-2571
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Estérel Resort’s swish new restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful lake views around and an impressive wine cellar packed with over 5,000 bottles. The menu changes seasonally and includes a $100 per person six-course tasting option.

4. La Table des Gourmets

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2353 Rue de l'Église, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada
(819) 322-2353
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Most city people don’t head north in search of fine dining, but La Table des Gourmets in Val-David is a special case. Opened by two ex-pats of the Montreal restaurant world (specifically, La Porte in the Plateau), this much-loved fine dining destination turns out beautiful French dishes showcasing the best seasonal and local ingredients available.

A halibut and mini-peppers dish
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5. L'Épicurieux

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2270 Rue de l'Église, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada
(819) 320-0080
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This relative newcomer has dazzled critics last year with inventive French-leaning dishes with influences from all over the map, all showcasing Quebec produce and products from season to season. In the summer, ask for a spot on the screened-in terrace.

6. Au Petit Poucet

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1030 QC-117, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada
(819) 322-2246
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Cabin or no cabin, Val-David’s Au Petit Poucet is a destination in and of itself for Montrealers. Come for the eggs, bacon and Québécois fixings — house-made cretons, baked beans, maple-smoked ham — and stay for the not-so-Québécois French onion soup.

7. Cal's Pizza

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6193 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada
(819) 322-6421
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This pizza place has been around since the sixties, dishing out (and boxing up) pizza of the thicker, cheese-heavy variety and subs for the local crowd. Do not expect anything fancy, but do expect to leave very full.

8. Creperie Au Tournesol

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5825 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada
(819) 322-1401

Crepes are a major theme in the Laurentian dining scene, and Tournesol’s are tops. Grab a front-row seat for a mesmerizing display of crepe-making at this Val-David favourite. Savoury or sweet, you can’t order wrong.

9. Au Mazot Suisse

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5320 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada
(450) 229-2553
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Fondue in the country just makes good sense. Head to this Val-Morin institution for cheesy, belly-warming goodness in a Swiss-style setting that hasn’t changed since they first opened in 1963. Chocolate fondue to finish is a must.

10. Les Têtes de Cochon

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15 Rue Maurice Aveline, Sainte-Adèle
QC J8B 2M8, Canada
(450) 745-4047
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As its name suggests, meat is the star of this casual Saint-Adèle restaurant-slash-butcher shop. The menu covers the classics with barbecue ribs and burgers, but also offers some higher-brow options like boudin noir, oysters, foie gras terrine, and tartare.

11. Lezvos

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429 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur
QC J0R 1R4, Canada
(450) 227-4170
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Another Montreal outpost, this Mediterranean eatery in Saint-Sauveur serves up all the same Greek favourites as its sister restaurant in the city: dolmades, taramosalata, saganaki, grilled octopus, lamb chops, whole grilled fish, and more.

12. Gibbys

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414 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur
QC J0R 1R4, Canada
(450) 227-2623
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With the same rustic charm as its Old Montreal counterpart, Gibbys is the area’s top (possibly only) spot for a fancied-up steakhouse dinner. Nestled in the heart of Saint-Sauveur Village, red meat is the thing to order here, accompanied by all the classic sides — and an old-school trou normand that comes standard with any meal.  If steak isn’t your thing, it also offers a mean ultra-buttery chicken Kiev.

13. Merci la Vie

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2988 Boulevard du Curé-Labelle, Prévost
QC J0R 1T0, Canada
(450) 335-2525
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You won’t find better pastries, bread or brunch anywhere in the Laurentians, and this café-bakery gives Montreal pastry chefs a run for their money, too. Owners Johanne Martineau and Albert Elbilia make everything with love, and it shows.

1. La Sandwicherie

1918 Chemin du Village, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1K4, Canada

Amidst a sea of made-for-tourist restaurants in Mont-Tremblant Village, La Sandwicherie is a haven for good, fresh food that makes the most of local ingredients. As the name suggests, sandwiches are the thing to order here.

1918 Chemin du Village, Mont-Tremblant
QC J8E 1K4, Canada

2. 100% Boeuf

1176 Rue Saint Faustin, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, QC J0T 1J3, Canada

Any casse-croûte worth the salt on its fries needs a no-frills name — and this place delivers. Also known as “Le P’Tit Stop”, this roadside Saint-Faustin snack bar does exactly what it promises, slinging burgers, poutines, onion rings and steamés, all with the requisite amount of grease.

1176 Rue Saint Faustin, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré
QC J0T 1J3, Canada

3. Bistro à Champlain

39 Chemin Fridolin-Simard, Estérel, QC J0T 1E0, Canada

Estérel Resort’s swish new restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful lake views around and an impressive wine cellar packed with over 5,000 bottles. The menu changes seasonally and includes a $100 per person six-course tasting option.

39 Chemin Fridolin-Simard, Estérel
QC J0T 1E0, Canada

4. La Table des Gourmets

2353 Rue de l'Église, Val-David, QC J0T 2N0, Canada
A halibut and mini-peppers dish
La Table des Gourmets/Facebook

Most city people don’t head north in search of fine dining, but La Table des Gourmets in Val-David is a special case. Opened by two ex-pats of the Montreal restaurant world (specifically, La Porte in the Plateau), this much-loved fine dining destination turns out beautiful French dishes showcasing the best seasonal and local ingredients available.

2353 Rue de l'Église, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada

5. L'Épicurieux

2270 Rue de l'Église, Val-David, QC J0T 2N0, Canada

This relative newcomer has dazzled critics last year with inventive French-leaning dishes with influences from all over the map, all showcasing Quebec produce and products from season to season. In the summer, ask for a spot on the screened-in terrace.

2270 Rue de l'Église, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada

6. Au Petit Poucet

1030 QC-117, Val-David, QC J0T 2N0, Canada

Cabin or no cabin, Val-David’s Au Petit Poucet is a destination in and of itself for Montrealers. Come for the eggs, bacon and Québécois fixings — house-made cretons, baked beans, maple-smoked ham — and stay for the not-so-Québécois French onion soup.

1030 QC-117, Val-David
QC J0T 2N0, Canada

7. Cal's Pizza

6193 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0, Canada

This pizza place has been around since the sixties, dishing out (and boxing up) pizza of the thicker, cheese-heavy variety and subs for the local crowd. Do not expect anything fancy, but do expect to leave very full.

6193 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada

8. Creperie Au Tournesol

5825 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0, Canada

Crepes are a major theme in the Laurentian dining scene, and Tournesol’s are tops. Grab a front-row seat for a mesmerizing display of crepe-making at this Val-David favourite. Savoury or sweet, you can’t order wrong.

5825 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada

9. Au Mazot Suisse

5320 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0, Canada

Fondue in the country just makes good sense. Head to this Val-Morin institution for cheesy, belly-warming goodness in a Swiss-style setting that hasn’t changed since they first opened in 1963. Chocolate fondue to finish is a must.

5320 Boulevard Labelle, Val-Morin
QC J0T 2R0, Canada

10. Les Têtes de Cochon

15 Rue Maurice Aveline, Sainte-Adèle, QC J8B 2M8, Canada

As its name suggests, meat is the star of this casual Saint-Adèle restaurant-slash-butcher shop. The menu covers the classics with barbecue ribs and burgers, but also offers some higher-brow options like boudin noir, oysters, foie gras terrine, and tartare.

15 Rue Maurice Aveline, Sainte-Adèle
QC J8B 2M8, Canada

11. Lezvos

429 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur, QC J0R 1R4, Canada

Another Montreal outpost, this Mediterranean eatery in Saint-Sauveur serves up all the same Greek favourites as its sister restaurant in the city: dolmades, taramosalata, saganaki, grilled octopus, lamb chops, whole grilled fish, and more.

429 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur
QC J0R 1R4, Canada

12. Gibbys

414 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur, QC J0R 1R4, Canada

With the same rustic charm as its Old Montreal counterpart, Gibbys is the area’s top (possibly only) spot for a fancied-up steakhouse dinner. Nestled in the heart of Saint-Sauveur Village, red meat is the thing to order here, accompanied by all the classic sides — and an old-school trou normand that comes standard with any meal.  If steak isn’t your thing, it also offers a mean ultra-buttery chicken Kiev.

414 Rue Principale, Saint-Sauveur
QC J0R 1R4, Canada

13. Merci la Vie

2988 Boulevard du Curé-Labelle, Prévost, QC J0R 1T0, Canada

You won’t find better pastries, bread or brunch anywhere in the Laurentians, and this café-bakery gives Montreal pastry chefs a run for their money, too. Owners Johanne Martineau and Albert Elbilia make everything with love, and it shows.

2988 Boulevard du Curé-Labelle, Prévost
QC J0R 1T0, Canada

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