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19 Magnificently Meaty Montreal Restaurants for Steak

With serious grill skills, these restaurants are top of the chops.

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Long looked to for luxuriant nights out on the town, steakhouses have been a popular breed of restaurant, encapsulating the smell of charcoal, bones piling up, knives scraping on plates, fully-stocked wine cellars, and cups overflowing as patrons loudly laugh.

Some say these temples to costly self-indulgence and charbroiled meat are passé, as trends and tastes veer away from meat and potato diets. Yet many institutions continue to stake (pun intended) their claims (Moishes, Gibbys, Rib’N Reef) and newer arrivals have made room on their menus for the heavily carnivorous (Gus). In fact, some of the oldest steakhouses in the city are routinely booked solid.

The restaurants on this map aren’t strictly steakhouses, although most lean in that direction, with menu options like ribs and surf ‘n’ turf, sometimes served atop white tablecloths. Yet some others have made the cut due to their focus on grilled goods. Without further ado, it’s time to break out the bibs.

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Chef-owner David Ferguson’s restaurant is not strictly a steakhouse, but it’s not entirely dissimilar from one. Wine by the bottle, a quaint cut of bavette and surf and turf for two are sure to please meat lovers, alongside heartily-done vegetables.

Boucherie Bar à Vin Provisions

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Outremont tasting-menu-only resto Provisions has had its own butcher shop for a while — but now it’s evolved into a wine bar with a handsome selection of steaks, including tomahawk, rib and skirt steaks — otherwise, there are plenty of other in-house meats on the menu, and a fine list of natural wines.

Moishes

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If a Montreal steakhouse were to be named Patron Saint of Charbroiling, Moishes would likely be atop the list. Founded in 1938 by Moishe Lighter and working its way to local legend status with customers that included Mordecai Richler, this steakhouse’s choices are wide-ranging to an intense degree. It was recently sold to a corporate outfit, but at this stage, it seems that the Lighter family are still keeping up service and quality.

Taverne Gaspar

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Located in the shell of a 19th century warehouse and touting two terrasses, Taverne Gaspar is a popular spot for tourists throughout the year. With a combination of aggressive advertising and diverse options like beef flank and a veal tomahawk chop, Gaspar’s fame is still more fire than flash.

Vieux-Port Steakhouse

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Vieux-Port may be one of the most expansive restaurants in its riverside neighbourhood (1,000 seats!), but doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Beef and bison are at the forefront of the steak menu, combined with surf and turf options including lobster and crab.

Méchant Boeuf

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While it may tout a bull’s head for its logo, Méchant Boeuf is one of those steakhouses that has moved beyond the traditional. Think 5 à 7 deals, a raw bar, and burgers in additions to their beefy cuts. One thing’s for sure: it’s a solid bet for a real plate of steak and eggs.

Vargas Steakhouse & Sushi

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Calling a steakhouse upscale may seem redundant, but Vargas sits among the glitzier options in Montreal. Located in prime downtown real estate, this combination steakhouse-sushi bar is a fan favourite among white collars and for special occasions.

The Old Montreal location and its beautiful, historic dining room might be confused as the original Gibbys, but it’s actually the second: the first Gibbys was born in Saint-Sauveur in 1970. Regardless, neither location has sacrificed a scrap of the brand’s reputation for steaks. Come for a cozier, refined experience, and a menu that goes solidly beyond steak for the less red meat-oriented.

L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean

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It’s easy to lose track of this 25-year-old French bistro institution in the top-heavy downtown restaurant scene, but steak-lovers take note: L'Entrecôte makes a mean steak and fries with a signature sauce.

Reuben's Deli & Steakhouse

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Trademarked as Montreal’s premier steakhouse, Reuben’s is an establishment of over 40 years in the making. The name and the front window filled with brisket may cause some to perceive it as a house of smoked meat, but rest assured, Reuben’s sets aside space in its heart for steak.

Rib'N Reef Steakhouse

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With more than 50 years’ of grilling experience under its belt, the Rib’N Reef is a formidable mainstay in Montreal’s steakhouse scene. Think leather-backed booths with wine and cigar lists to peruse as you lay into a slab of corn-fed, Midwestern beef.

La Queue de Cheval

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Among the steakhouses in town that revel in excess, La Queue de Cheval takes the cake. Some may not agree with how owner Peter Morentzos has styled the restaurant, but the quality of their dry-aging locker is hard to ignore when walking by.

Grinder

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With a reputation for pleasing the business class with its swank and steak, this artfully-designed restaurant is a catch in Griffintown. Grinder has one of the most extensive meat rosters in town, to the point of owning a separate butcher shop.

Tavern On The Square

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Tavern On The Square isn’t quite a steakhouse, but it has the right chops when it comes to their New York steak with aligot potatoes or a Black Angus bavette. With endorsements from the critics, owners Jonathan Cercone and Stephen Leslie have carved out something special for themselves in Westmount.

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Joe Beef

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This Montreal icon has no need for introductions: if purveying its own line of steak spices and sauces weren’t enough to convince you (or the fact that the restaurant is consistently booked solid for months at a time), a visit certainly will.

An Asian-fusion steakhouse with a substantial menu of both meat and fish, this restaurant is proudly kosher and dry-ages their own stock for a minimum of 28 days before letting it touch the grill.

40 Westt

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For a good steak, sometimes it’s necessary to look beyond the downtown core. 40 Westt is a notable West Island establishment for steak, as diners enjoy their open market concept with an open dry-aging locker where selections are made while listening to live music.

Towne Hall

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Towne Hall is commonly looked to for its supper club vibe in the West Island, in the original sense of the term. The restaurant describe itself as having a “sophisticated yet casual elegance” taking place below crystal chandeliers, for example. A lavish spot for bavette, strip-loin or filet mignon cuts.

Portovino

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While Portovino’s multiple locations in the Greater Montreal were whittled down to just one, its “turf” menu serves a few steaks that are worth a visit, if not their ossobuco alla Milanese.

Gus

Chef-owner David Ferguson’s restaurant is not strictly a steakhouse, but it’s not entirely dissimilar from one. Wine by the bottle, a quaint cut of bavette and surf and turf for two are sure to please meat lovers, alongside heartily-done vegetables.

Boucherie Bar à Vin Provisions

Outremont tasting-menu-only resto Provisions has had its own butcher shop for a while — but now it’s evolved into a wine bar with a handsome selection of steaks, including tomahawk, rib and skirt steaks — otherwise, there are plenty of other in-house meats on the menu, and a fine list of natural wines.

Moishes

If a Montreal steakhouse were to be named Patron Saint of Charbroiling, Moishes would likely be atop the list. Founded in 1938 by Moishe Lighter and working its way to local legend status with customers that included Mordecai Richler, this steakhouse’s choices are wide-ranging to an intense degree. It was recently sold to a corporate outfit, but at this stage, it seems that the Lighter family are still keeping up service and quality.

Taverne Gaspar

Located in the shell of a 19th century warehouse and touting two terrasses, Taverne Gaspar is a popular spot for tourists throughout the year. With a combination of aggressive advertising and diverse options like beef flank and a veal tomahawk chop, Gaspar’s fame is still more fire than flash.

Vieux-Port Steakhouse

Vieux-Port may be one of the most expansive restaurants in its riverside neighbourhood (1,000 seats!), but doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Beef and bison are at the forefront of the steak menu, combined with surf and turf options including lobster and crab.

Méchant Boeuf

While it may tout a bull’s head for its logo, Méchant Boeuf is one of those steakhouses that has moved beyond the traditional. Think 5 à 7 deals, a raw bar, and burgers in additions to their beefy cuts. One thing’s for sure: it’s a solid bet for a real plate of steak and eggs.

Vargas Steakhouse & Sushi

Calling a steakhouse upscale may seem redundant, but Vargas sits among the glitzier options in Montreal. Located in prime downtown real estate, this combination steakhouse-sushi bar is a fan favourite among white collars and for special occasions.

Gibbys

The Old Montreal location and its beautiful, historic dining room might be confused as the original Gibbys, but it’s actually the second: the first Gibbys was born in Saint-Sauveur in 1970. Regardless, neither location has sacrificed a scrap of the brand’s reputation for steaks. Come for a cozier, refined experience, and a menu that goes solidly beyond steak for the less red meat-oriented.

L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean

It’s easy to lose track of this 25-year-old French bistro institution in the top-heavy downtown restaurant scene, but steak-lovers take note: L'Entrecôte makes a mean steak and fries with a signature sauce.

Reuben's Deli & Steakhouse

Trademarked as Montreal’s premier steakhouse, Reuben’s is an establishment of over 40 years in the making. The name and the front window filled with brisket may cause some to perceive it as a house of smoked meat, but rest assured, Reuben’s sets aside space in its heart for steak.

Rib'N Reef Steakhouse

With more than 50 years’ of grilling experience under its belt, the Rib’N Reef is a formidable mainstay in Montreal’s steakhouse scene. Think leather-backed booths with wine and cigar lists to peruse as you lay into a slab of corn-fed, Midwestern beef.

La Queue de Cheval