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14 Restaurants for a Monday Meal in Montreal

From low-key to finer dining, here are some places to start the week

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It's a day of rest for much of the hospitality world in this city, so finding a restaurant open on Mondays can be a frustrating Google guessing game. But fear not — there remain several solid restaurants where to start the week. From some more formal options in Old Montreal to a tried-and-true Tex-Mex nook in the Plateau, here are our suggestions for where to grab an early-week meal.

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Restaurant État-Major

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Foie gras, salmon tartare, magret de canard, mackerel confit — it’s all French fare, but with Quebec ingredients, at this staple Hochelaga-Maisonneuve BYOB.

Pho Tay Ho

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This Petite-Patrie pho joint offers the perfect hideaway for a chilly Monday evening. Cozy up in its back-room solarium with a jumbo bowl of deeply flavoured broth, silky noodles, and fresh bean sprouts piled high.

A must-try any day of the week — and luckily for locals that includes Mondays. Pumpui brings fragrant, flavour-packed curries and other Thai specialties to Little Italy, where you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else quite like it.

Chez Doval

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On the quieter side, this rustic Plateau restaurant is all about traditional Portuguese fare. Expect lots of seafood and grilled meats.

Icehouse

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Take your pick from any number of Tex-Mex and southern classics at this side-street Plateau nook. That includes tacos, burritos, fried chicken, po’ boys, and seven-layer dip. The bourbon lemonade is also a must.

Qing Hua Dumpling (multiple locations)

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Among Montreal’s more popular dumpling purveyors, Qing Hua is open daily for lunch and dinner in its Chinatown and downtown locations. Steamed or fried, the dumpling options are ample, but if you can’t decide on a filling, they’ll let you get two in one serving (for a small extra fee).

Tiradito

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Tiradito made a splash when it landed on the local culinary scene in 2016, and it continues to impress with its Peruvian-Japanese (or Nikkei) fare — all served from behind a stylish wrap-around bar. Try the octopus anticucho (grilled skewers), crab causa (made here with tobiko, avocado, and a maple emulsion), its namesake tiradito, a dish of sashimi-style raw fish dressed in a parmesan leche de tigre sauce, and, of course, the mandatory pisco sour.

Monarque

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This St-Jacques Street stunner — half all-day brasserie, half swanky dining room — from father-and-son duo Richard and Jérémie Bastien was much anticipated when it opened in 2018. It lived up to the hype and continues to impress, with a menu primarily composed of French fare with the occasional East Asian twist.

Open since 1985, this upscale Indian restaurant in the heart of downtown Montreal has stood the test of time. A solid choice for curry, tandoor-cooked meats, and more.

Mano Cornuto

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One could do much worse than some lemony branzino crudo, pistachio pesto burrata, and a helping of fusilli Bolognese for a Monday night. Add an Italian iced tea and some tiramisu — and you’d be hard-pressed to find much better, certainly in Griffintown.

Otto Yakitori

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Enjoy skewered, charcoal-grilled delights at Montreal's leading yakitori restaurant.

Sumac’s pitas and plates of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are great bets, but you won’t regret padding that with some of their standout dips, salads, and sides. The garlicky, feta-topped labneh, hummus fries, and gorgeous muhammara are highly recommended.

Boom J's Cuisine

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Pointe-Saint-Charles lucked out when Boom J’s swung open its doors on Wellington Street in 2013. The Jamaican eatery’s jerk chicken is a popular choice, but its tender, spiced oxtail should not be overlooked.

The surest way to cure the Monday blues is to grab a seat at this wildly popular St-Henri hangout serving up pizza, pasta, hoagies, and more. Expect wood-fired fare done right.

Restaurant État-Major

Foie gras, salmon tartare, magret de canard, mackerel confit — it’s all French fare, but with Quebec ingredients, at this staple Hochelaga-Maisonneuve BYOB.

Pho Tay Ho

This Petite-Patrie pho joint offers the perfect hideaway for a chilly Monday evening. Cozy up in its back-room solarium with a jumbo bowl of deeply flavoured broth, silky noodles, and fresh bean sprouts piled high.

Pumpui

A must-try any day of the week — and luckily for locals that includes Mondays. Pumpui brings fragrant, flavour-packed curries and other Thai specialties to Little Italy, where you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else quite like it.

Chez Doval

On the quieter side, this rustic Plateau restaurant is all about traditional Portuguese fare. Expect lots of seafood and grilled meats.

Icehouse

Take your pick from any number of Tex-Mex and southern classics at this side-street Plateau nook. That includes tacos, burritos, fried chicken, po’ boys, and seven-layer dip. The bourbon lemonade is also a must.

Qing Hua Dumpling (multiple locations)

Among Montreal’s more popular dumpling purveyors, Qing Hua is open daily for lunch and dinner in its Chinatown and downtown locations. Steamed or fried, the dumpling options are ample, but if you can’t decide on a filling, they’ll let you get two in one serving (for a small extra fee).

Tiradito

Tiradito made a splash when it landed on the local culinary scene in 2016, and it continues to impress with its Peruvian-Japanese (or Nikkei) fare — all served from behind a stylish wrap-around bar. Try the octopus anticucho (grilled skewers), crab causa (made here with tobiko, avocado, and a maple emulsion), its namesake tiradito, a dish of sashimi-style raw fish dressed in a parmesan leche de tigre sauce, and, of course, the mandatory pisco sour.

Monarque

This St-Jacques Street stunner — half all-day brasserie, half swanky dining room — from father-and-son duo Richard and Jérémie Bastien was much anticipated when it opened in 2018. It lived up to the hype and continues to impress, with a menu primarily composed of French fare with the occasional East Asian twist.

Le Taj

Open since 1985, this upscale Indian restaurant in the heart of downtown Montreal has stood the test of time. A solid choice for curry, tandoor-cooked meats, and more.

Mano Cornuto

One could do much worse than some lemony branzino crudo, pistachio pesto burrata, and a helping of fusilli Bolognese for a Monday night. Add an Italian iced tea and some tiramisu — and you’d be hard-pressed to find much better, certainly in Griffintown.

Otto Yakitori

Enjoy skewered, charcoal-grilled delights at Montreal's leading yakitori restaurant.

Sumac

Sumac’s pitas and plates of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are great bets, but you won’t regret padding that with some of their standout dips, salads, and sides. The garlicky, feta-topped labneh, hummus fries, and gorgeous muhammara are highly recommended.

Boom J's Cuisine

Pointe-Saint-Charles lucked out when Boom J’s swung open its doors on Wellington Street in 2013. The Jamaican eatery’s jerk chicken is a popular choice, but its tender, spiced oxtail should not be overlooked.

Elena

The surest way to cure the Monday blues is to grab a seat at this wildly popular St-Henri hangout serving up pizza, pasta, hoagies, and more. Expect wood-fired fare done right.

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