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Where to Eat in Old Montreal

Head to these 20 superb restaurants in the city’s historic hub — and nearby Cité du Multimédia

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Cobble-stoned Old Montreal is a prime destination for out-of-towners — and as a result home to its share of disappointing touristy spots. But the neighbourhood’s centuries-old buildings are also the backdrop to a number of Montreal’s top fine dining destination, run by some of the city’s most venerable chefs and popular young guns, too. Scattered among them are more casual options, largely catering to the area’s slowly returning office set. Together, the restaurants on this map make up a dining scene that even the most hesitant local should consider braving the crowds for.

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

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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 project came to life in 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 a finer dining area, with menus creatively fine-tuned for each.

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, to 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 in Montreal at chef Helena Loureiro’s eponymous restaurant — feast on caldo verde soup or grilled shrimp with squid, and then dig into the requisite grilled meats or fish and seafood plates for the mains.

4. Brit & Chips

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433 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2H1, Canada
(514) 840-1001
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The folks behind Old Montreal lunch staple Brit & Chips are responsible for a number of the city’s top British food purveyors, including nearby Wolf & Workman, on Saint-Paul Street West. Here, the focus is on all manner of fish and chips, including ale-battered cod and for a locally inflected option, haddock encased in a maple syrup coating. Scotch eggs, mushy peas, and deep-fried Oreos complete the experience.

5. 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.

6. Restaurant Mélisse

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719 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada
(514) 379-3794
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Cité du Multimedia’s condo tower-lined strip of William Street is home to a number of compelling food options, including this bright and airy all-day spot. Mélisse’s menu is Mediterranean-leaning, short, but satisfying, offering up tartines with salmon gravlax or ricotta pancakes with pistachios for weekend brunch, and daily crudo and pasta options, plus crispy falafels and chicken skewers for weekday lunch and dinner.

7. Place Carmin

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740 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1P1, Canada
(514) 439-0740
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The team behind highly regarded Quartier des Spectacles restaurants Bouillon Bilk and Cadet made their way west, to Cité du Multimédia, last summer. Place Carmin is a stunning French brasserie serving up luxe seafood platters, foie gras terrines, and sweet potato schnitzel. Make sure to save room for dessert: they’ve got a bevy of classic confections, including Paris Brest, crème brûlée, and a platter of chocolate and caramel doughnuts.

8. 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.

9. Olive & Gourmando

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351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
(514) 350-1083
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Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard’s essential Montreal restaurant draws line-ups out the door on Saint-Paul West almost without fail. Diners either pop in for a flaky pastry and coffee to go, or nestle down for a sweet ricotta breakfast plate or come lunch, pick from an array of delicious, seasonal soups, salads, or sandwiches.

10. Bloom Sushi

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368 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
(514) 906-2005
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Three 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.

11. 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 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.

12. 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 his own spin on forward-looking fine dining. The menu changes regularly, but diners can always expect a carefully orchestrated stream of small, seasonal dishes.

13. 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.

14. 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, chef 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 selections from sommelier and co-owner Pierre Jullien.

15. Stash Café

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200 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z9, Canada
(514) 845-6611
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Stash Café has been serving homey, hearty Polish fare for decades now, and continues to stand out in the neighbourhood with a warm, cozy ambience animated with live piano playing and pink-hued lighting. You can’t go wrong with Stash’s pierogies (stuffed with beef, cheese and potatoes, or cabbage and mushroom), cabbage rolls, or kielbasa — and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, once a server at the restaurant, seems to agree.

16. 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 2018, but the restaurant’s legacy of serving choice steaks (and accommodating vegetarians) lives on.

17. Lattuca Barbecue

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15 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2C6, Canada
(514) 246-1680
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Montreal barbecue enthusiasts head to pitmaster John Lattuca’s Old Montreal haunt for juicy brisket done Texas-style. Also on offer: tangy pulled pork, Memphis-style smoked chicken, and big, pepper-encrusted beef ribs, plus sandwiches, poutines, and macaroni and cheese. It operates as a limited-batch joint, meaning once the meat of the day is out — you’ll have to try again tomorrow.

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 over two years since opening. A menu dictated by the market means plates rotate frequently, and the wines — courtesy of former Joe Beef sommelier Samia Hannouni — are natural and organic.

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 & 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, burrata with roasted brussel sprouts, hazelnuts and brown butter, or even just an exceptionally 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 reputable chefs, and while Chasse et Pêche has since grandfathered a number of inventive places to eat (see: Le Serpent, Le Filet), this one remains both a testament to hunting and fishing, and an indelible Montreal classic.

1. Monarque

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

When this project came to life in 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 a finer dining area, with menus creatively fine-tuned for each.

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, to 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 in Montreal at chef Helena Loureiro’s eponymous restaurant — feast on caldo verde soup or grilled shrimp with squid, and then dig into the requisite grilled meats or fish and seafood plates for the mains.

438 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2G1, Canada

4. Brit & Chips

433 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H1, Canada

The folks behind Old Montreal lunch staple Brit & Chips are responsible for a number of the city’s top British food purveyors, including nearby Wolf & Workman, on Saint-Paul Street West. Here, the focus is on all manner of fish and chips, including ale-battered cod and for a locally inflected option, haddock encased in a maple syrup coating. Scotch eggs, mushy peas, and deep-fried Oreos complete the experience.

433 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2H1, Canada

5. 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

6. Restaurant Mélisse

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

Cité du Multimedia’s condo tower-lined strip of William Street is home to a number of compelling food options, including this bright and airy all-day spot. Mélisse’s menu is Mediterranean-leaning, short, but satisfying, offering up tartines with salmon gravlax or ricotta pancakes with pistachios for weekend brunch, and daily crudo and pasta options, plus crispy falafels and chicken skewers for weekday lunch and dinner.

719 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada

7. Place Carmin

740 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1P1, Canada

The team behind highly regarded Quartier des Spectacles restaurants Bouillon Bilk and Cadet made their way west, to Cité du Multimédia, last summer. Place Carmin is a stunning French brasserie serving up luxe seafood platters, foie gras terrines, and sweet potato schnitzel. Make sure to save room for dessert: they’ve got a bevy of classic confections, including Paris Brest, crème brûlée, and a platter of chocolate and caramel doughnuts.

740 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1P1, Canada

8. 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

9. Olive & Gourmando

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

Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard’s essential Montreal restaurant draws line-ups out the door on Saint-Paul West almost without fail. Diners either pop in for a flaky pastry and coffee to go, or nestle down for a sweet ricotta breakfast plate or come lunch, pick from an array of delicious, seasonal soups, salads, or sandwiches.

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

10. Bloom Sushi

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

Three 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

11. Barroco

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

Barroco Group’s first — and 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

12. 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 his own spin on 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

13. 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

14. Graziella

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

More than a decade old, chef 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 selections from sommelier and co-owner Pierre Jullien.

116 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

15. Stash Café

200 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z9, Canada

Stash Café has been serving homey, hearty Polish fare for decades now, and continues to stand out in the neighbourhood with a warm, cozy ambience animated with live piano playing and pink-hued lighting. You can’t go wrong with Stash’s pierogies (stuffed with beef, cheese and potatoes, or cabbage and mushroom), cabbage rolls, or kielbasa — and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, once a server at the restaurant, seems to agree.

200 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z9, Canada

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16. 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 2018, but the restaurant’s legacy of serving choice steaks (and accommodating vegetarians) lives on.

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

17. Lattuca Barbecue

15 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2C6, Canada

Montreal barbecue enthusiasts head to pitmaster John Lattuca’s Old Montreal haunt for juicy brisket done Texas-style. Also on offer: tangy pulled pork, Memphis-style smoked chicken, and big, pepper-encrusted beef ribs, plus sandwiches, poutines, and macaroni and cheese. It operates as a limited-batch joint, meaning once the meat of the day is out — you’ll have to try again tomorrow.

15 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2C6, 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 over two years since opening. A menu dictated by the market means plates rotate frequently, and the wines — courtesy of former Joe Beef sommelier Samia Hannouni — are natural and organic.

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 & 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, burrata with roasted brussel sprouts, hazelnuts and brown butter, or even just an exceptionally 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 reputable chefs, and while Chasse et Pêche has since grandfathered a number of inventive places to eat (see: Le Serpent, Le Filet), this one remains both a testament to hunting and fishing, and an indelible Montreal classic.

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

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