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14 Super Spanish Restaurants In and Around Montreal

Where to eat hearty paella loaded with shellfish, salty jamon, tasty tapas, and much more.

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Montreal may not be considered a destination for Spanish food, yet there’s quite a number of restaurants serving up the paprika-tinged flavours of the Iberian Peninsula with flair.

Tapas is perhaps one of Spain’s best-known exports, so restaurants serving those small plates (and its relatives, like Basque pintxos) are well represented — this map only considers those that serve Spanish-style tapas (as opposed to restaurants using “tapas” as a euphemism for “small plates”). Beyond those tiny bites, there’s also a number of more general Spanish restaurants, some regional specialists (for example, venues serving Catalan cuisine), and some fusion options — here are the best bets.

Looking for more food from the region? Check out our guide to Portuguese food in Montreal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tapeo

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511 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H5, Canada
(514) 495-1999
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In the heart of Villeray, Tapeo’s broad menu includes hot and cold tapas offerings, and a wide range of Spanish wines. If you’re coming as a group, the chef’s table (seating up to 18 people) allows guests to see chef-owner Marie-Fleur St-Pierre in action. The desserts — including hot, mouthwatering churros and crème catalane — are especially recommended. Mondays are reserved for private groups. 

2. Bo' Dégât

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1392 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1K9, Canada
(514) 567-3051
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Keeping it simple and tasty, Bo’ Dégât, near Beaubien metro, serves tapas and wine in a sleek modern setting. Choices include spicy pork rolls, omelettes, and Spanish-Portuguese bacalao (salted cod). The desserts have a Montreal flair, with churros in the shape of the city’s logo. All up, it’s a fun menu with several vegetarian options, and a great place to go with friends. 

3. Mesón

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345 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G8, Canada
(514) 439-9089
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The younger sister restaurant to Marie-Fleur St-Pierre’s excellent Tapeo, Villeray’s Mesón is a casually elegant bistro offering weekend brunch, and lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Dishes include octopus with paprika, and mussels in a piri piri marinade, but the rarity here is cocas, a Catalan flatbread that can be sweet or salty. 

4. Ibéricos

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4475 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L2, Canada
(514) 845-4475
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A snazzy Plateau resto-wine bar with a fun vibe, Ibéricos has an artful interior with blackboard art, warm lighting, and plates from chef Haissam Souki Tamayo, who hails from Venezuela, and has honed his culinary expertise around the world. Each part of the menu has at least one vegetarian option. 

5. Taza Flores

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5375 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G9, Canada
(514) 274-5516
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Though Taza Flores isn’t strictly Spanish, its tapas menu maintains a Mediterranean flair, blending Spanish and Moroccan influences. The casual elegance of the interior design reflects the tastes of founders Gilbert and Harry Marciano, restauranteurs with international experience but an affinity for Montreal. It’s got a warm atmosphere, friendly vibes, and a great location in Mile End. 

6. La Sala Rosa

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4848 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R5, Canada
(514) 844-4227
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A restaurant and event space, La Sala Rosa is well-named — the décor is mostly vivid red. From the bar, serving (among other things) orange sparkling wines, and upscale cocktails featuring artisanal gins, to the wide-ranging menu, it’s a Plateau institution. It’s the host to the Flamenco festival each year, along with weekly Flamenco shows. Not to be confused with La Sala Rossa (with two S’s), a music venue upstairs.

7. Alma

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1231 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada
(514) 543-1363
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With a name that translates to “the soul”, Outremont wine bar Alma delivers on its promise of a menu with spirit. Chef Juan Lopez Luna and sommelier Lindsay Brennan deliver artful plates made with local ingredients, paired with a plethora of Catalan wines. The duo have created an experience in elegant dining that brings together the best of Quebec and Catalonia. 

8. Hispania

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1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada
(514) 543-6997
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This cosy side-street niche in Outremont dresses up toast with chorizo and quail eggs, and infuses paella with squid ink. New to the Montreal scene, it is rapidly coming into its own, with attractive blue tile and exposed brick, making for a lively and welcoming interior.

9. Paella 1334

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1334 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H5, Canada
(438) 925-5285
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The aptly-named Village eatery Paella 1334 has several variations on that classic Spanish rice dish. These range from a lush five-vegetable options to chorizo, seafood, and chicken versions. The kitchen is open late, and a table d’hôte menu is available. They also deliver. 

10. Casa Galicia

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2087 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada
(514) 843-6698
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Casa Galicia is a culinary tour of Spain, with Valencian-style mussels, Gallegan scallops, and Galician zarzuela (a seafood stew) — and, of course, the ubiquitous paella. Weekends liven up the place with a Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancing. Its cellar proffers a range of fine Spanish wines, many of which are tough to find in North America. 

11. L’Española (Libreria Española)

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3811 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada
(514) 849-3383
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Ideal for grabbing a bite on St-Laurent, L’Española serves mouthwatering paella and a range of sandwiches on the go — they’re simple, yet loaded with flavour courtesy of prime ingredients like jamon. It’s also a grocery store and importer of goods, making it a great place to find ingredients for Spanish cuisine that can be hard to source in North America. 

12. Les Pyrénées

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320 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
(514) 842-5566
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Serving a blend of Basque and Catalan cuisines, Les Pyrénées sources fresh ingredients, including Manchego cheese, smoked paprika, and mussels. Dishes are carefully-spiced and prepared artfully, and it’s all served up in an elegant atmosphere in Old Montreal. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are many and varied. 

13. Cordova

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4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada
(514) 647-4338
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A fairly new addition to St-Henri, Cordova experiments with classic ingredients to make creative open sandwiches, croquettes, and other small plates. Its menu also sports quite a range of conservas — high quality canned, preserved seafood that will make you rethink any aversion to tinned fish. The cocktails are equally playful; it’s also a café by day, and comes with a dog-friendly terrasse. 

14. La Bodega

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3698 Rue Principale, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada
(450) 284-0580
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OK, this one’s outside Montreal (about an hour away by car, in Dunham), but it’s worth the trip. Located in the wine region of Brome-Missisquoi, La Bodega is located in a historic building, with a sunny, relaxed patio surrounded by greenery. Whether it’s tapas dishes such as grilled sardines, aubergine gratinée, or variations on paella, this place has all options covered. 

1. Tapeo

511 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H5, Canada

In the heart of Villeray, Tapeo’s broad menu includes hot and cold tapas offerings, and a wide range of Spanish wines. If you’re coming as a group, the chef’s table (seating up to 18 people) allows guests to see chef-owner Marie-Fleur St-Pierre in action. The desserts — including hot, mouthwatering churros and crème catalane — are especially recommended. Mondays are reserved for private groups. 

511 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H5, Canada

2. Bo' Dégât

1392 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1K9, Canada

Keeping it simple and tasty, Bo’ Dégât, near Beaubien metro, serves tapas and wine in a sleek modern setting. Choices include spicy pork rolls, omelettes, and Spanish-Portuguese bacalao (salted cod). The desserts have a Montreal flair, with churros in the shape of the city’s logo. All up, it’s a fun menu with several vegetarian options, and a great place to go with friends. 

1392 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1K9, Canada

3. Mesón

345 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G8, Canada

The younger sister restaurant to Marie-Fleur St-Pierre’s excellent Tapeo, Villeray’s Mesón is a casually elegant bistro offering weekend brunch, and lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Dishes include octopus with paprika, and mussels in a piri piri marinade, but the rarity here is cocas, a Catalan flatbread that can be sweet or salty. 

345 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G8, Canada

4. Ibéricos

4475 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L2, Canada

A snazzy Plateau resto-wine bar with a fun vibe, Ibéricos has an artful interior with blackboard art, warm lighting, and plates from chef Haissam Souki Tamayo, who hails from Venezuela, and has honed his culinary expertise around the world. Each part of the menu has at least one vegetarian option. 

4475 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L2, Canada

5. Taza Flores

5375 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9, Canada

Though Taza Flores isn’t strictly Spanish, its tapas menu maintains a Mediterranean flair, blending Spanish and Moroccan influences. The casual elegance of the interior design reflects the tastes of founders Gilbert and Harry Marciano, restauranteurs with international experience but an affinity for Montreal. It’s got a warm atmosphere, friendly vibes, and a great location in Mile End. 

5375 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G9, Canada

6. La Sala Rosa

4848 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5, Canada

A restaurant and event space, La Sala Rosa is well-named — the décor is mostly vivid red. From the bar, serving (among other things) orange sparkling wines, and upscale cocktails featuring artisanal gins, to the wide-ranging menu, it’s a Plateau institution. It’s the host to the Flamenco festival each year, along with weekly Flamenco shows. Not to be confused with La Sala Rossa (with two S’s), a music venue upstairs.

4848 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R5, Canada

7. Alma

1231 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont, QC H2V 1P2, Canada

With a name that translates to “the soul”, Outremont wine bar Alma delivers on its promise of a menu with spirit. Chef Juan Lopez Luna and sommelier Lindsay Brennan deliver artful plates made with local ingredients, paired with a plethora of Catalan wines. The duo have created an experience in elegant dining that brings together the best of Quebec and Catalonia. 

1231 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada

8. Hispania

1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont, QC H2V 1P2, Canada

This cosy side-street niche in Outremont dresses up toast with chorizo and quail eggs, and infuses paella with squid ink. New to the Montreal scene, it is rapidly coming into its own, with attractive blue tile and exposed brick, making for a lively and welcoming interior.

1239 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
QC H2V 1P2, Canada

9. Paella 1334

1334 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H5, Canada

The aptly-named Village eatery Paella 1334 has several variations on that classic Spanish rice dish. These range from a lush five-vegetable options to chorizo, seafood, and chicken versions. The kitchen is open late, and a table d’hôte menu is available. They also deliver. 

1334 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H5, Canada

10. Casa Galicia

2087 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada

Casa Galicia is a culinary tour of Spain, with Valencian-style mussels, Gallegan scallops, and Galician zarzuela (a seafood stew) — and, of course, the ubiquitous paella. Weekends liven up the place with a Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancing. Its cellar proffers a range of fine Spanish wines, many of which are tough to find in North America. 

2087 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada

11. L’Española (Libreria Española)

3811 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada

Ideal for grabbing a bite on St-Laurent, L’Española serves mouthwatering paella and a range of sandwiches on the go — they’re simple, yet loaded with flavour courtesy of prime ingredients like jamon. It’s also a grocery store and importer of goods, making it a great place to find ingredients for Spanish cuisine that can be hard to source in North America. 

3811 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada

12. Les Pyrénées

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

Serving a blend of Basque and Catalan cuisines, Les Pyrénées sources fresh ingredients, including Manchego cheese, smoked paprika, and mussels. Dishes are carefully-spiced and prepared artfully, and it’s all served up in an elegant atmosphere in Old Montreal. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are many and varied. 

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

13. Cordova

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S4, Canada

A fairly new addition to St-Henri, Cordova experiments with classic ingredients to make creative open sandwiches, croquettes, and other small plates. Its menu also sports quite a range of conservas — high quality canned, preserved seafood that will make you rethink any aversion to tinned fish. The cocktails are equally playful; it’s also a café by day, and comes with a dog-friendly terrasse. 

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada

14. La Bodega

3698 Rue Principale, Dunham, QC J0E 1M0, Canada

OK, this one’s outside Montreal (about an hour away by car, in Dunham), but it’s worth the trip. Located in the wine region of Brome-Missisquoi, La Bodega is located in a historic building, with a sunny, relaxed patio surrounded by greenery. Whether it’s tapas dishes such as grilled sardines, aubergine gratinée, or variations on paella, this place has all options covered. 

3698 Rue Principale, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada

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