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Where to Eat in Old Montreal

20 tried-and-true establishments in the city’s historic hub

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During normal times, the historical neighbourhood of Old Montreal is a prime destination for tourists. These days, out-of-town visitors are few, and so are the neighbourhood’s office workers, but it remains a veritable mecca for fine dining at establishments run by some of the city’s most prized chefs, and popular young guns, too.

This map stretches the boundaries of Old Montreal to include the ambiguous Cité-du-Multimédia section. Restaurants in the area bounded by Robert-Bourassa to the west, Viger to the north, the St. Lawrence river to the south, and Berri to the east were all considered.

Note: Several notable Old Montreal restaurants, such Toqué, Stash Café, and newcomer 212 are still on hiatus following the province’s ban on indoor dining during the pandemic. When they reopen, they are also worth your visit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Monarque

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406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada
(514) 875-3896
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When this five-year project came to life at the end of 2018, critics and diners alike welcomed its sleek design, stellar service, and classically French vibe with open arms. Inspired by New York’s acclaimed Gramercy Tavern, the restaurant features both a casual brasserie section and more modern dining area.

2. Dandy

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244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1L9, Canada
(514) 289-9996
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With former Olive & Gourmando chef Michael Tozzi at the helm, we knew this spot would be great from the moment it came onto the scene in 2019. The chic, luminous space specializes in lunch and brunch, serving everything from buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, ricotta pancakes, and stuffed pastas with aplomb.

3. Helena

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438 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G1, Canada
(514) 878-1555
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Portuguese cuisine hits a high point at chef Helena Loureiro’s eponymous restaurant — sup on caldo verde or grilled shrimp with piri-piri sauce, and then dig into the requisite grilled meats and fish for the mains. —Tim Forster

4. L'Orignal

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479 Rue Saint Alexis, Montréal
QC H2Y 2N7, Canada
(514) 303-0479
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When it comes to restaurants that embrace Canadian identity through their menu, L’Orignal tops the list, going beyond decorative kitsch and plaid fabric in the booths. Game meats are a pride and joy here — and while the menu changes frequently, deer, bison, and rabbit are a safe bet on any given night.

5. Holder

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407 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G3, Canada
(514) 849-0333
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Busy by day or night, this brasserie has been a longstanding favourite in Old Montreal. Its chef Simon Laplante offers a menu that combines French classics with nouvelle cuisine — including artsy takes on tartare, chicken liver pâté, and French onion soup — in addition to an extensive list of wines and cocktails.

6. Dispensa Italian Grocery

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696 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada
(514) 690-1425
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Easily the most affordable and casual bet on this list, Dispensa is a popular pick among the area’s lunchtime crowd for its pared-down menu of classic panini. They’re all delicious, but the chicken cutlet and eggplant parmigiana options — with some added rapini — are especially perfetto. Complete the meal with an iced espresso and Italian sweet.

7. Olive et Gourmando

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351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
(514) 350-1083
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Besides being one of the hottest brunches in town, Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard’s lunch offering of salads, sandwiches, and sweets draw noon-hour line-ups almost without fail. The prices have crept up over the years, but it’s still a lunch classic.

8. Bloom Sushi

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368 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
(514) 906-2005
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Two years since its opening in the historic quarter, Bloom Sushi has already made itself well-known as one of the best vegan sushi spots in town. The menu appears at first glance like that of any traditional Japanese restaurant (think: maki, nigiri, tempura), but its ingredients make it stand out from the rest. Also on offer are a range of sake- and kombucha-based cocktails.

9. Barroco

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312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
(514) 544-5800
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Barroco Group’s first — and only namesake — restaurant is undeniably its most rustic, offering up French and Spanish flavours with old-world charm. Its dimly lit location in an Old Montreal bicentennial building only adds to its allure.

10. Parlement

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351 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada
(514) 842-9945
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From Kevin Demers, the owner of nearby cocktail destinations Coldroom and El Pequeño comes this English-inspired pub and parlour nestled in Place d’Youville. Chef Chanthy Yen, of popular pandemic pop-up Touk, helms the kitchen, churning out oysters, chicken liver pâté, and Matane shrimp rolls on brioche buns draped in whipped yogurt and pickled lemon. And, as with anything Demers gets his hands on, the beverage offering is spectacular.

11. Restaurant Pastel

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124 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 395-9015
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Founding chef Jason Morris may have a new vocation at Four Season’s restaurant Marcus, but his successor Yoann Van Den Berg carries the torch with exceedingly artsy plating and that same particular brand of forward-looking fine dining. The menu changes regularly, but diners can always expect a carefully orchestrated stream of small, seasonal dishes.

12. Le Garde-Manger

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408 Rue Saint François Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2S9, Canada
(514) 678-5044
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Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes and chef de cuisine Chris Merrick run the ship at this seafoody spot, dishing out oysters, Nordic shrimp, razor clams, and octopus, plus a decadent range of desserts.

And with the recent demise of Hughes’s other restaurant in the area, Le Bremner, a table at Le Garde-Manger is poised to become even more in-demand.

13. Graziella

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116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 876-0116
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More than a decade old, Graziella Batista’s restaurant is commonly regarded as one of the finest for Italian fare in the city. Its elegance is paired with a menu that’s inspired by seasons, regions, and trips abroad — with wine from the amenable Pierre Jullien.

14. Ikanos

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112 Rue McGill #1, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 842-0867
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Chef Constant Mentzas’ restaurant is a hot spot for refined Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. Classic grilled seafood dishes figure prominently alongside inventive seasonal garnishes like spinach mousse. The table d’hôte menus come highly recommended for both price and quality.

15. Gibbys

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298 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B6, Canada
(514) 282-1837
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Built out of a reclaimed barn, Gibbys is one of the finest steakhouses the city has to offer. It was a sad day for restaurateurs and chefs alike when its founder Gilbert Rosenberg passed away, but the restaurant’s legacy of serving choice steaks (and accommodating vegetarians) lives on.

16. Pub Wolf & Workman

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139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada
(514) 737-1787
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From the same team that brought us Burgundy Lion and Bishop & Bagg, this pub draws playful inspiration from the taverns of London in its carefully crafted décor and pub fare. Look for a wide range of hearty plates with U.K. influences, including a full English breakfast and a Howard Scotch egg, and a range of dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. In the area, but want to try something else? The group also runs fish-and-chips haunt Brit & Chips over on McGill.

17. Crêperie Chez Suzette

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3 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1E9, Canada
(514) 874-1984
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Sure, it has got “crêpe” in its name, but many who flock to Chez Suzette do so for its ultra cheesy, perfectly caramelized French onion soup. It also serves fondues (cheese, chocolate, or “Chinese,” i.e., hot pot), and yes, its paper thin crêpes — either savoury or sweet — remain a fine option should you find yourself cheesed out.

18. Tiers Paysage

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22 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
(438) 375-9220
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Billed as a “cave à manger,” this east-side Old Montreal wine bar still boasts plenty of intrigue a little over a year and a half since opening. A menu dictated by the market means plates rotate frequently, and the wines — courtesy of of former Joe Beef sommelier Samia Hannouni — are natural and organic. One of the last restaurant to receive a reviews from former Le Devoir critic Jean-Philippe Tastet before the pandemic brought the industry to halt, Tiers Paysage received an enviable four out of five stars.

19. Caffe Un Po' Di Piu

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3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 0B1, Canada
(514) 861-8686
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Olive et Gourmando’s Dyan Solomon and Eric Girard brought us low-key Italian eatery Caffè Un Po’ Di Piu in 2018, and it continues to stand out from the pack. Located right along the Old Port promenade, it’s one of the best places in the neighbourhood to stop for a bite of homemade pasta, creatively paired burrata, or even just a well-executed Negroni.

20. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

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423 Rue Saint-Claude, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B6, Canada
(514) 861-1112
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Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier’s original restaurant has been the training ground for many of Montreal’s most popular chefs, and while Chasse et Pêche has since grandfathered many inventive places to eat (see: Le Serpent, Le Filet) this place is both a testament to hunting and fishing, and an indelible classic.

1. Monarque

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

When this five-year project came to life at the end of 2018, critics and diners alike welcomed its sleek design, stellar service, and classically French vibe with open arms. Inspired by New York’s acclaimed Gramercy Tavern, the restaurant features both a casual brasserie section and more modern dining area.

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

2. Dandy

244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1L9, Canada

With former Olive & Gourmando chef Michael Tozzi at the helm, we knew this spot would be great from the moment it came onto the scene in 2019. The chic, luminous space specializes in lunch and brunch, serving everything from buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, ricotta pancakes, and stuffed pastas with aplomb.

244 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1L9, Canada

3. Helena

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

Portuguese cuisine hits a high point at chef Helena Loureiro’s eponymous restaurant — sup on caldo verde or grilled shrimp with piri-piri sauce, and then dig into the requisite grilled meats and fish for the mains. —Tim Forster

438 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G1, Canada

4. L'Orignal

479 Rue Saint Alexis, Montréal, QC H2Y 2N7, Canada

When it comes to restaurants that embrace Canadian identity through their menu, L’Orignal tops the list, going beyond decorative kitsch and plaid fabric in the booths. Game meats are a pride and joy here — and while the menu changes frequently, deer, bison, and rabbit are a safe bet on any given night.

479 Rue Saint Alexis, Montréal
QC H2Y 2N7, Canada

5. Holder

407 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2G3, Canada

Busy by day or night, this brasserie has been a longstanding favourite in Old Montreal. Its chef Simon Laplante offers a menu that combines French classics with nouvelle cuisine — including artsy takes on tartare, chicken liver pâté, and French onion soup — in addition to an extensive list of wines and cocktails.

407 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G3, Canada

6. Dispensa Italian Grocery

696 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1N9, Canada

Easily the most affordable and casual bet on this list, Dispensa is a popular pick among the area’s lunchtime crowd for its pared-down menu of classic panini. They’re all delicious, but the chicken cutlet and eggplant parmigiana options — with some added rapini — are especially perfetto. Complete the meal with an iced espresso and Italian sweet.

696 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada

7. Olive et Gourmando

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

Besides being one of the hottest brunches in town, Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard’s lunch offering of salads, sandwiches, and sweets draw noon-hour line-ups almost without fail. The prices have crept up over the years, but it’s still a lunch classic.

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

8. Bloom Sushi

368 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

Two years since its opening in the historic quarter, Bloom Sushi has already made itself well-known as one of the best vegan sushi spots in town. The menu appears at first glance like that of any traditional Japanese restaurant (think: maki, nigiri, tempura), but its ingredients make it stand out from the rest. Also on offer are a range of sake- and kombucha-based cocktails.

368 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

9. Barroco

312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

Barroco Group’s first — and only namesake — restaurant is undeniably its most rustic, offering up French and Spanish flavours with old-world charm. Its dimly lit location in an Old Montreal bicentennial building only adds to its allure.

312 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

10. Parlement

351 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

From Kevin Demers, the owner of nearby cocktail destinations Coldroom and El Pequeño comes this English-inspired pub and parlour nestled in Place d’Youville. Chef Chanthy Yen, of popular pandemic pop-up Touk, helms the kitchen, churning out oysters, chicken liver pâté, and Matane shrimp rolls on brioche buns draped in whipped yogurt and pickled lemon. And, as with anything Demers gets his hands on, the beverage offering is spectacular.

351 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

11. Restaurant Pastel

124 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

Founding chef Jason Morris may have a new vocation at Four Season’s restaurant Marcus, but his successor Yoann Van Den Berg carries the torch with exceedingly artsy plating and that same particular brand of forward-looking fine dining. The menu changes regularly, but diners can always expect a carefully orchestrated stream of small, seasonal dishes.

124 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

12. Le Garde-Manger

408 Rue Saint François Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2S9, Canada

Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes and chef de cuisine Chris Merrick run the ship at this seafoody spot, dishing out oysters, Nordic shrimp, razor clams, and octopus, plus a decadent range of desserts.

And with the recent demise of Hughes’s other restaurant in the area, Le Bremner, a table at Le Garde-Manger is poised to become even more in-demand.

408 Rue Saint François Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2S9, Canada

13. Graziella

116 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

More than a decade old, Graziella Batista’s restaurant is commonly regarded as one of the finest for Italian fare in the city. Its elegance is paired with a menu that’s inspired by seasons, regions, and trips abroad — with wine from the amenable Pierre Jullien.

116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

14. Ikanos

112 Rue McGill #1, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

Chef Constant Mentzas’ restaurant is a hot spot for refined Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. Classic grilled seafood dishes figure prominently alongside inventive seasonal garnishes like spinach mousse. The table d’hôte menus come highly recommended for both price and quality.

112 Rue McGill #1, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

15. Gibbys

298 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B6, Canada

Built out of a reclaimed barn, Gibbys is one of the finest steakhouses the city has to offer. It was a sad day for restaurateurs and chefs alike when its founder Gilbert Rosenberg passed away, but the restaurant’s legacy of serving choice steaks (and accommodating vegetarians) lives on.

298 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B6, Canada

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16. Pub Wolf & Workman

139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada

From the same team that brought us Burgundy Lion and Bishop & Bagg, this pub draws playful inspiration from the taverns of London in its carefully crafted décor and pub fare. Look for a wide range of hearty plates with U.K. influences, including a full English breakfast and a Howard Scotch egg, and a range of dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. In the area, but want to try something else? The group also runs fish-and-chips haunt Brit & Chips over on McGill.

139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada

17. Crêperie Chez Suzette

3 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1E9, Canada

Sure, it has got “crêpe” in its name, but many who flock to Chez Suzette do so for its ultra cheesy, perfectly caramelized French onion soup. It also serves fondues (cheese, chocolate, or “Chinese,” i.e., hot pot), and yes, its paper thin crêpes — either savoury or sweet — remain a fine option should you find yourself cheesed out.

3 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 1E9, Canada

18. Tiers Paysage

22 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

Billed as a “cave à manger,” this east-side Old Montreal wine bar still boasts plenty of intrigue a little over a year and a half since opening. A menu dictated by the market means plates rotate frequently, and the wines — courtesy of of former Joe Beef sommelier Samia Hannouni — are natural and organic. One of the last restaurant to receive a reviews from former Le Devoir critic Jean-Philippe Tastet before the pandemic brought the industry to halt, Tiers Paysage received an enviable four out of five stars.

22 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

19. Caffe Un Po' Di Piu

3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 0B1, Canada

Olive et Gourmando’s Dyan Solomon and Eric Girard brought us low-key Italian eatery Caffè Un Po’ Di Piu in 2018, and it continues to stand out from the pack. Located right along the Old Port promenade, it’s one of the best places in the neighbourhood to stop for a bite of homemade pasta, creatively paired burrata, or even just a well-executed Negroni.

3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 0B1, Canada

20. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

423 Rue Saint-Claude, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B6, Canada

Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier’s original restaurant has been the training ground for many of Montreal’s most popular chefs, and while Chasse et Pêche has since grandfathered many inventive places to eat (see: Le Serpent, Le Filet) this place is both a testament to hunting and fishing, and an indelible classic.

423 Rue Saint-Claude, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B6, Canada

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