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11 Restaurants Worth The Drive From Montreal

Fill up the tank for some fine dining in the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, and beyond.

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Face it: sometimes, you just need to get the hell away from our island hellscape of potholes and roadworks. There’s no singular stand-out food town within immediate proximity of Montreal, but from the Laurentians to Vermont, there’s a number of destination restaurants worth trekking (read: driving) out to.

Whether you're looking for pit stops on the way to somewhere else, or just need an idea for a day trip, here are 11 restaurants worth the drive — a couple might even be accessible by bus — within a couple hours of Montreal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pollen & Nectar

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111 Rang 2 de Gravel, Ferme-Neuve
QC J0W, Canada

Pollen & Nectar is a casual canteen set in the heart of the High Laurentians. It showcases a simple, flavourful menu aimed at highlighting the beauty of Miels d’Anicet’s wild, organic honeys. Owners Anicet Desrochers and Anne-Virginie Schmidt devote their lives to beekeeping, they also specialize in rearing queen bees, and market beauty products made from edible ingredients. Their Pinterest-decorated porch reflects the passion and attention to detail every member of the Desrochers family possesses. 

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2. Les Têtes de Cochon

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

Les Têtes de Cochon is a butcher, artisan grocery store and restaurant in the heart of Sainte-Adèle. The restaurant serves Quebec beef, generous charcuterie platters and sweet, sweet desserts in a lively pub-like atmosphere. The menu also includes signature appetizers like house-made cold-smoked salmon, while oysters paired with private import wines are worthy of attention. The venue also features an outdoor heated terrasse.

3. Les Jardins Sauvages

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17 Chemin Martin, Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan
QC J0K 3H0, Canada

Les Jardins Sauvage is a raw, authentic and personal encounter with nature. What François Brouillard picks (flowers, herbs, mushrooms, etc.), chef Nancy Hinton cooks. Close your eyes and learn the experience of authentic wild flavours, devoid of added fat and sugar. Reservations are a must, and be sure to bring your own wine and some cash (credit cards are not accepted here).

4. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

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11382 Rang de la Fresnière
Montreal, QC
(450) 258-1732
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La Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon is an outrageous dining experience served as a multi-course family-style feast. Québécois fare doesn’t get more gluttonous than at La Cabane PDC. Iconic chef-owner Martin Picard (along with a nearly 50-strong brigade) strives to serve the best ingredients available. There are only two offerings per year: autumn features an apple-oriented menu and spring is entirely dedicated to Picard’s personal maple syrup production. Reservations open up at set times in advance, and tend to go very rapidly.

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5. Cabane d'à côté

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3595 Montée Robillard, Mirabel
QC J7N 2S3, Canada

Opened in February 2018, this is the most recent addition to the family of Montreal’s famed Au Pied de Cochon. As its name suggests, it’s located on the next lot over from the Pied-de-Cochon sugar shack in Mirabel. The main difference between the two is that Cabane d’à Côté serves rustic Quebecois food year-round with a commitment to producing 50% of their offerings on-site (the sugar shack, in comparison, skews less traditional).

6. Furley

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411B Main Road, Hudson
QC J0P 1H0, Canada
(450) 202-0700
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Just under an hour outside of Montreal lies the idyllic town of Hudson, where you’ll be happy to find this haven of all the good things in life: meat, bread, and wine. The menu is refined without being pretentious and changes monthly, featuring hearty dishes like lamb agnolotti with ‘nduja broth, and asparagus with morels, a cured duck egg, bread, and chili.

7. Bistro Kapzak

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108 Rue Principale, Granby
QC J2G 2V2, Canada

Chef, owner, and physics graduate Jason Kacprzak brings a modern Eastern Europe flair to Granby. Making way through his family’s culinary heritage, Kacprzak’s menu features classic Polish dishes (braised mutton, pierogies, etc.) made exclusively from local ingredients and seasonal produce. Generous portions, generous flavours. Zdrowie!

8. Spa Eastman

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895, chemin des Diligences
Eastman, QC
(800) 665-5272
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Spa Eastman is the perfect environment for a vegan-friendly weekend. No gluten or milk products; there’s only what they call “tonic cuisine”: mostly organic, non-GMO, local and seasonal ingredients featuring products from neighbouring farms.

9. Le Hatley

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575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley
QC J0B 2C0, Canada
(819) 842-2421
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The beauty and elegance of nature are at the heart of this Relais & Château institution, located inside quaint Hovey Manor. Le Hatley’s ingredients are sourced from the rivers, lakes, fields, and forests of Quebec. Every taste is carefully studied while enhanced through texture and colour. The cuisine from chefs Paul Roberts and Alexandre Vachon is deep-rooted in classic French techniques, revisited in a way that morphs it into modern edible art. 

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10. Hen of the Wood

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1117, 92 Stowe St
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 244-7300
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Another Vermont favourite, the much-buzzed-about Hen of the Wood now has two locations for diners to choose from, with a second over in Burlington. But the O.G. location is really the ultimate destination, housed in an old gristmill that dates back to 1806. Expect elevated dishes that feature all kinds of local goodness.

11. Prohibition Pig

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23 S Main St
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 244-4120
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Montreal has been blessed with a handful of fine American-style barbecue institutions over the years, but that’s no reason to miss out on the goodness located just two hours away at this Waterbury, Vermont institution. Smoked meats are the thing to order here — and don’t miss the pork cracklings, either — along with a pint of one of many craft brews on tap.

1. Pollen & Nectar

111 Rang 2 de Gravel, Ferme-Neuve, QC J0W, Canada
Pollen & Nectar
Miels d’Anicet/Facebook

Pollen & Nectar is a casual canteen set in the heart of the High Laurentians. It showcases a simple, flavourful menu aimed at highlighting the beauty of Miels d’Anicet’s wild, organic honeys. Owners Anicet Desrochers and Anne-Virginie Schmidt devote their lives to beekeeping, they also specialize in rearing queen bees, and market beauty products made from edible ingredients. Their Pinterest-decorated porch reflects the passion and attention to detail every member of the Desrochers family possesses. 

111 Rang 2 de Gravel, Ferme-Neuve
QC J0W, Canada

2. Les Têtes de Cochon

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

Les Têtes de Cochon is a butcher, artisan grocery store and restaurant in the heart of Sainte-Adèle. The restaurant serves Quebec beef, generous charcuterie platters and sweet, sweet desserts in a lively pub-like atmosphere. The menu also includes signature appetizers like house-made cold-smoked salmon, while oysters paired with private import wines are worthy of attention. The venue also features an outdoor heated terrasse.

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

3. Les Jardins Sauvages

17 Chemin Martin, Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, QC J0K 3H0, Canada

Les Jardins Sauvage is a raw, authentic and personal encounter with nature. What François Brouillard picks (flowers, herbs, mushrooms, etc.), chef Nancy Hinton cooks. Close your eyes and learn the experience of authentic wild flavours, devoid of added fat and sugar. Reservations are a must, and be sure to bring your own wine and some cash (credit cards are not accepted here).

17 Chemin Martin, Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan
QC J0K 3H0, Canada

4. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Montreal, QC

La Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon is an outrageous dining experience served as a multi-course family-style feast. Québécois fare doesn’t get more gluttonous than at La Cabane PDC. Iconic chef-owner Martin Picard (along with a nearly 50-strong brigade) strives to serve the best ingredients available. There are only two offerings per year: autumn features an apple-oriented menu and spring is entirely dedicated to Picard’s personal maple syrup production. Reservations open up at set times in advance, and tend to go very rapidly.

11382 Rang de la Fresnière
Montreal, QC

5. Cabane d'à côté

3595 Montée Robillard, Mirabel, QC J7N 2S3, Canada

Opened in February 2018, this is the most recent addition to the family of Montreal’s famed Au Pied de Cochon. As its name suggests, it’s located on the next lot over from the Pied-de-Cochon sugar shack in Mirabel. The main difference between the two is that Cabane d’à Côté serves rustic Quebecois food year-round with a commitment to producing 50% of their offerings on-site (the sugar shack, in comparison, skews less traditional).

3595 Montée Robillard, Mirabel
QC J7N 2S3, Canada

6. Furley

411B Main Road, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0, Canada

Just under an hour outside of Montreal lies the idyllic town of Hudson, where you’ll be happy to find this haven of all the good things in life: meat, bread, and wine. The menu is refined without being pretentious and changes monthly, featuring hearty dishes like lamb agnolotti with ‘nduja broth, and asparagus with morels, a cured duck egg, bread, and chili.

411B Main Road, Hudson
QC J0P 1H0, Canada

7. Bistro Kapzak

108 Rue Principale, Granby, QC J2G 2V2, Canada

Chef, owner, and physics graduate Jason Kacprzak brings a modern Eastern Europe flair to Granby. Making way through his family’s culinary heritage, Kacprzak’s menu features classic Polish dishes (braised mutton, pierogies, etc.) made exclusively from local ingredients and seasonal produce. Generous portions, generous flavours. Zdrowie!

108 Rue Principale, Granby
QC J2G 2V2, Canada

8. Spa Eastman

895, chemin des Diligences, Eastman, QC

Spa Eastman is the perfect environment for a vegan-friendly weekend. No gluten or milk products; there’s only what they call “tonic cuisine”: mostly organic, non-GMO, local and seasonal ingredients featuring products from neighbouring farms.

895, chemin des Diligences
Eastman, QC

9. Le Hatley

575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley, QC J0B 2C0, Canada

The beauty and elegance of nature are at the heart of this Relais & Château institution, located inside quaint Hovey Manor. Le Hatley’s ingredients are sourced from the rivers, lakes, fields, and forests of Quebec. Every taste is carefully studied while enhanced through texture and colour. The cuisine from chefs Paul Roberts and Alexandre Vachon is deep-rooted in classic French techniques, revisited in a way that morphs it into modern edible art. 

575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley
QC J0B 2C0, Canada

10. Hen of the Wood

1117, 92 Stowe St, Waterbury, VT 05676

Another Vermont favourite, the much-buzzed-about Hen of the Wood now has two locations for diners to choose from, with a second over in Burlington. But the O.G. location is really the ultimate destination, housed in an old gristmill that dates back to 1806. Expect elevated dishes that feature all kinds of local goodness.

1117, 92 Stowe St
Waterbury, VT 05676

11. Prohibition Pig

23 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676

Montreal has been blessed with a handful of fine American-style barbecue institutions over the years, but that’s no reason to miss out on the goodness located just two hours away at this Waterbury, Vermont institution. Smoked meats are the thing to order here — and don’t miss the pork cracklings, either — along with a pint of one of many craft brews on tap.

23 S Main St
Waterbury, VT 05676

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