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15 Spots for a Monday Meal in Montreal

From low-key to fine dining, here are some picks to start the week

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It's the day of rest for much of the hospitality world in this city, so landing on a restaurant that’s open on a Monday can be a frustrating Google guessing game — made only worse during the pandemic, with many currently curtailing operating hours.

But fear not — there remains a number of restaurants where to start off 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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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1. Elena

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5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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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.

2. Sumac

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3618 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada
(514) 935-1444
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Sumac’s pitas and plates of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are solid 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 come highly recommended.

3. Boom J's Cuisine

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2026 Rue Wellington, Montréal
QC H3K 1W5, Canada
(514) 730-6524
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Pointe-St-Charles lucked out when Boom J’s swung open its doors on Wellington in 2013. The Jamaican eatery’s jerk chicken is a popular choice, but its tender, spiced oxtail should not be glossed over.

4. Otto Yakitori

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1441, rue Saint-Mathieu, Montreal
QC H3H 2M4, Canada
(514) 507-8886
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Enjoy skewered, charcoal-grilled delights at Montreal's leading yakitori restaurant.

5. Le Taj

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2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada
(514) 845-9015
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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.

6. Mano Cornuto

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988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal
QC H3C 1S3, Canada
(514) 868-8451
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One could do a lot worse than some lemony sea bass crudo, pistachio pesto burrata, and a wavy-edged mafaldine carbonara for a Monday night dinner. Come to think of it: Add an Italian iced tea and some tiramisu — and you’d be hard-pressed to find much better, certainly in Griffintown.

7. Da Emma

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777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H3C 1Y1, Canada
(514) 392-1568
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Located in the basement of a former 19th century women’s prison in Old Montreal, this Roman-style Italian restaurant serves up all the classics with great service to boot.

8. Monarque

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406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada
(514) 875-3896
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This Saint-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 today, with a menu largely composed of French fare, with the occasional East Asian twist.

9. Milos

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5357 avenue du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4G9, Canada
(514) 272-3522
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The venerable Milos, one of 28 classic restaurants every Montrealer should try, serves upscale, white tablecloth Greek fare. Open for lunch and dinner on Mondays.

10. Qing Hua Dumpling (multiple locations)

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1019 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
(514) 903-9887
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Among Montreal’s more popular dumpling purveyors, Qing Hua is open daily, for lunch and dinner, at both 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).

11. Pumpui

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83 Rue Saint-Zotique Est, Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C5, Canada

A must-try any day of the week — and lucky for us all 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.

12. Pho Tay Ho

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6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada
(514) 273-5627
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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.

13. Chez Doval

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150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2H 1M5, Canada
(514) 843-3390
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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.

14. Icehouse

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51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada
(514) 439-6691
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Take your pick of any number of Tex-Mex and southern classics at this side-street Plateau nook, including tacos, burritos, fried chicken, po’ boys, and seven-layer dips. The bourbon lemonade is a must.

15. Restaurant État-Major

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4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S7, Canada
(514) 905-8288
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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.

1. Elena

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

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.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

2. Sumac

3618 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P5, Canada

Sumac’s pitas and plates of chicken shawarma, beef kefta, and falafel are solid 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 come highly recommended.

3618 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada

3. Boom J's Cuisine

2026 Rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3K 1W5, Canada

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

2026 Rue Wellington, Montréal
QC H3K 1W5, Canada

4. Otto Yakitori

1441, rue Saint-Mathieu, Montreal, QC H3H 2M4, Canada

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

1441, rue Saint-Mathieu, Montreal
QC H3H 2M4, Canada

5. Le Taj

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1R7, Canada

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.

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada

6. Mano Cornuto

988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal, QC H3C 1S3, Canada

One could do a lot worse than some lemony sea bass crudo, pistachio pesto burrata, and a wavy-edged mafaldine carbonara for a Monday night dinner. Come to think of it: Add an Italian iced tea and some tiramisu — and you’d be hard-pressed to find much better, certainly in Griffintown.

988 Rue Ottawa, Montréal
QC H3C 1S3, Canada

7. Da Emma

777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H3C 1Y1, Canada

Located in the basement of a former 19th century women’s prison in Old Montreal, this Roman-style Italian restaurant serves up all the classics with great service to boot.

777 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
QC H3C 1Y1, Canada

8. Monarque

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

This Saint-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 today, with a menu largely composed of French fare, with the occasional East Asian twist.

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

9. Milos

5357 avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9, Canada

The venerable Milos, one of 28 classic restaurants every Montrealer should try, serves upscale, white tablecloth Greek fare. Open for lunch and dinner on Mondays.

5357 avenue du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4G9, Canada

10. Qing Hua Dumpling (multiple locations)

1019 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

Among Montreal’s more popular dumpling purveyors, Qing Hua is open daily, for lunch and dinner, at both 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).

1019 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

11. Pumpui

83 Rue Saint-Zotique Est, Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C5, Canada

A must-try any day of the week — and lucky for us all 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.

83 Rue Saint-Zotique Est, Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C5, Canada

12. Pho Tay Ho

6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2R7, Canada

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.

6414 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada

13. Chez Doval

150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal, QC H2H 1M5, Canada

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

150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2H 1M5, Canada

14. Icehouse

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal, QC H2W 2S3, Canada

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

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada

15. Restaurant État-Major

4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1S7, Canada

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

4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S7, Canada

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