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24 Excellent Restaurants for Vegans and Vegetarians in Montreal

From bao stuffed with Creole-spiced tempeh to milkshake and cheeseburger trios, here’s where to go for meat-free food in the city

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Sure, it may not be the first North American city that comes to mind when one thinks of vegan eating, but Montreal’s strong associations with smoked meat, foie gras, and poutine belie the growing number of top-quality meatless dining options available.

Two and a half decades after local vegan chain Aux Vivres — often touted as the “first restaurant of its kind” in Montreal — opened its doors, meatless cuisine is now becoming abundant. And although the strains of the pandemic saw some of the city’s most iconic vegan joints close their doors, many new spots have taken up the mantle, offering meatless pub fare, pizza, sushi, shawarma, and more.

Except for Queen Sheba, Nilufar, Depanneur Le Pick-Up, Knuckles Cantine, and Santa Barbara, the entries on this map are exclusively vegetarian and mostly vegan — good news for herbivores who enjoy being spoiled for choice.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Falafel St-Jacques

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Run by a Jewish-Muslim team, Falafel St-Jacques is home to some of the city’s best shawarma and falafel, and the fake meat options include vegetarian shish taouk, shawarma, general tao chicken, and Mongolian beef.

It’s hard to find an Indian restaurant in Montreal that isn’t vegetarian-friendly, but Pushap takes things a step further with its exclusively vegetarian offering (many dishes are also vegan). Eat well with one of Pushap’s thrifty thalis, which come in at under $10.

Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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Casual Italian spot Knuckles doesn’t bill itself as a vegetarian restaurant, which makes its largely meat-free dishes (which, at present, make up the entire menu) a delightful surprise for anyone following a vegetarian diet. Knuckles’ vegetable-focused fare is simple-yet-refined, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Vegans be warned, though — cheese is abundant at Knuckles.

Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

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The veg menu at Le-Pick Up isn’t lengthy, but omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans flock to this beloved Mile-Ex dépanneur/lunch counter for its signature sweet and spicy vegan pulled pork sandwiches. And while the faux-pork is excellent, Le Pick-Up’s halloumi sandwich is vastly underrated. It also has a resto-bar location in Hochelaga.

Sham specializes in vegan Syrian and Levantine cuisine. Its extensive menu includes a wide range of Middle Eastern-inspired vegetable and faux meat-filled sandwiches, skewers and other plates, with some burgers and poutine for good measure — and it is the real deal.

Umami Ramen & Izakaya

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Noodles and tofu are made in-house at Mile End’s Umami, where everything is vegan, including (for a limited time) the “pork” gyoza and ramen, which feature OmniFoods’ vegan pork alternative. 

Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara serves omnivore-friendly, (mostly) vegetarian food, so there are only one or two meat or seafood options on the menu at any time. The Petite-Patrie spot’s brunches are known for drawing crowds, so prepare to wait — and then reward yourself with a cocktail or house soda.

Mimi & Jones

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From the same people who brought now-shuttered vegan sushi joint Sata to Hochelaga (which the team recently replaced with sandwich joint Café Jones), Mimi & Jones has been churning out vegan revisions of greasy spoon classics since 2019. At Mimi & Jones, you can pair a whipped cream-topped milkshake with a Philly cheesesteak burger without any of the meat or dairy.

Café Dei Campi

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This is the place for pastries, both sweet and savoury, that could fool even the most discerning of non-vegans. The Italian-inspired menu often changes, focusing on viennoiseries, breads, cakes and tarts — expect items like focaccia, brioche, cornetti, calzones, financiers, and more.

Restaurant Queen Sheba

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Queen Sheba isn’t the only Ethiopian restaurant in Montreal with a robust vegan offering, but it’s arguably the best. Its “vegetarian delights” menu features five warming, veg-heavy (and vegan-friendly) dishes. Can’t decide? Opt for the veg combo, which includes three vegan items.

Aux Vivres (multiple locations)

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One of the city’s vegan strongholds (and self-proclaimed “first vegan resto” in Montreal) features fresh-pressed juices, sandwiches, and healthy bowls, in a bright, almost kitschy spot on St-Laurent, with a second location in Westmount.

Nilufar

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This Shaughnessy Village institution is beloved for its falafel and owner Nilufar Al-Shourbaji’s warm hospitality. But there’s also a vegan shish taouk, called the “mushawarma,” vegan garlic sauce for potatoes, and a vegan poutine featuring falafel and tahini sauce.

Café Tuyo

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This quaint, cozy Plateau café offers simple fare and great coffee — a godsend for café-loving vegans who just want to grab a croissant or a quick breakfast bite to go with their latte without consuming any animal products.

Pizzeria Zac Vegan

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Once among the growing number of omnivorous Montreal pizza joints to offer a handful of solid plant-based options, Pizzeria Zac went fully vegan in 2021 — and its reputation for crafting delicious, crispy pies and compelling ingredient combinations has only grown. Those who can take the heat would be remiss to avoid the El Diablo (which features seitan, roasted tomatoes, jalapenos, and chili flakes); the Lisa Simpson (sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and crunchy almonds) and the Thai pizza are also fan favourites.

ChuChai

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The dishes in the picture? They’re entirely meat-free. ChuChai is all-vegan but with a solid take on faux meat — think plant-based fried shrimp, chicken skewers, and duck curry. Great for vegetarians who miss meat; less so for those repulsed by it.

Lola Rosa (multiple locations)

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With several locations throughout the city, Montrealers just can’t get enough of Lola Rosa. Loaded nachos and hearty platters of curry, lasagna chili, and more give credence to the local chain’s reputation as a favourite of both vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Bowhead Pub

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Bowhead is Montreal’s first fully vegan pub, but its selection and bold flavours will satisfy even the most diehard meat eaters. Bowhead proves that enjoying some hearty pub grub over a beer in front of the game need not be an experience exclusive to omnivores.

Maynard

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Southern comfort with a vegetarian twist is the focus at Maynard, where the deep fryer is kept busy churning out items like pogos, mushroom wings, crispy breaded tofu, and even deep-fried Oreos and Dr. Pepper, a Southern favourite and a Maynard staple.

Sushi Momo

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Momo’s creative, colourful rolls have regularly appeared on round-ups of the best sushi in Montreal since the restaurant’s opening in 2014; the fact that it’s all vegan is a bonus. At Sushi Momo, you’ll find ingredients like oyster mushrooms, garlic, spinach, oshinko, cucumber, avocado, ito togarishi, fried onions, truffle sauce, and basil sauce combined in a single bite. If Momo’s reservation book is full, try (equally delicious) sister restaurant Bloom, located in the Old Montreal.

Oplante

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Let it never be said that Montreal lacks vegan sushi. Oplante’s all-you-can-eat sushi and wok menu is a welcome addition to the growing local vegan sushi scene. Expect a diversity of choice, with dozens of options for both sushi and wok dishes.

Archway

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Verdun restaurant Archway offers an elegant, playful take on vegan cuisine, with fresh, homemade ingredients taking the spotlight, from a Thai-inspired maitake mushroom steak to bao filled with Creole-spiced lupin tempeh, kimchi, and cauliflower fungus.

Burger Fiancé (multiple locations)

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Vegan food isn’t all soybeans and lentils; sometimes, it’s “chicken” nuggets, waffle fries, kimchi dogs, and chocolate milkshakes. Operated by the same team behind local vegan fave Hello 123 and recently opened Italian wine bar/restaurant Conceria, Burger Fiancé already has a second local location in DDO (and a third in Toronto) — proof that the demand for plant-based “junk food” is high.

Lov (multiple locations)

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With immaculate design and a menu from ex-Crudessence chef Stéphanie Audet, Lov quickly became a hit on the vegetarian scene after opening in 2016. It has since expanded downtown and to Laval and DIX30. The menu is a solid balance of lighter fare (granola, smoothies) and heartier options like burgers and poutines.

Bistro Tendresse

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Beyond more predictable staples like salads and pastas, Bistro Tendresse also features creative plates like calamari-style king oyster mushrooms and tomato sashimi. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Tendresse’s cocktails, like the beet juice featuring “fuschia,” are also worthy of attention.

Falafel St-Jacques

Run by a Jewish-Muslim team, Falafel St-Jacques is home to some of the city’s best shawarma and falafel, and the fake meat options include vegetarian shish taouk, shawarma, general tao chicken, and Mongolian beef.

Pushap

It’s hard to find an Indian restaurant in Montreal that isn’t vegetarian-friendly, but Pushap takes things a step further with its exclusively vegetarian offering (many dishes are also vegan). Eat well with one of Pushap’s thrifty thalis, which come in at under $10.

Knuckles Cantine & Vins

Casual Italian spot Knuckles doesn’t bill itself as a vegetarian restaurant, which makes its largely meat-free dishes (which, at present, make up the entire menu) a delightful surprise for anyone following a vegetarian diet. Knuckles’ vegetable-focused fare is simple-yet-refined, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Vegans be warned, though — cheese is abundant at Knuckles.

Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

The veg menu at Le-Pick Up isn’t lengthy, but omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans flock to this beloved Mile-Ex dépanneur/lunch counter for its signature sweet and spicy vegan pulled pork sandwiches. And while the faux-pork is excellent, Le Pick-Up’s halloumi sandwich is vastly underrated. It also has a resto-bar location in Hochelaga.

Sham

Sham specializes in vegan Syrian and Levantine cuisine. Its extensive menu includes a wide range of Middle Eastern-inspired vegetable and faux meat-filled sandwiches, skewers and other plates, with some burgers and poutine for good measure — and it is the real deal.

Umami Ramen & Izakaya

Noodles and tofu are made in-house at Mile End’s Umami, where everything is vegan, including (for a limited time) the “pork” gyoza and ramen, which feature OmniFoods’ vegan pork alternative. 

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara serves omnivore-friendly, (mostly) vegetarian food, so there are only one or two meat or seafood options on the menu at any time. The Petite-Patrie spot’s brunches are known for drawing crowds, so prepare to wait — and then reward yourself with a cocktail or house soda.

Mimi & Jones

From the same people who brought now-shuttered vegan sushi joint Sata to Hochelaga (which the team recently replaced with sandwich joint Café Jones), Mimi & Jones has been churning out vegan revisions of greasy spoon classics since 2019. At Mimi & Jones, you can pair a whipped cream-topped milkshake with a Philly cheesesteak burger without any of the meat or dairy.

Café Dei Campi

This is the place for pastries, both sweet and savoury, that could fool even the most discerning of non-vegans. The Italian-inspired menu often changes, focusing on viennoiseries, breads, cakes and tarts — expect items like focaccia, brioche, cornetti, calzones, financiers, and more.

Restaurant Queen Sheba

Queen Sheba isn’t the only Ethiopian restaurant in Montreal with a robust vegan offering, but it’s arguably the best. Its “vegetarian delights” menu features five warming, veg-heavy (and vegan-friendly) dishes. Can’t decide? Opt for the veg combo, which includes three vegan items.

Aux Vivres (multiple locations)

One of the city’s vegan strongholds (and self-proclaimed “first vegan resto” in Montreal) features fresh-pressed juices, sandwiches, and healthy bowls, in a bright, almost kitschy spot on St-Laurent, with a second location in Westmount.

Nilufar

This Shaughnessy Village institution is beloved for its falafel and owner Nilufar Al-Shourbaji’s warm hospitality. But there’s also a vegan shish taouk, called the “mushawarma,” vegan garlic sauce for potatoes, and a vegan poutine featuring falafel and tahini sauce.

Café Tuyo

This quaint, cozy Plateau café offers simple fare and great coffee — a godsend for café-loving vegans who just want to grab a croissant or a quick breakfast bite to go with their latte without consuming any animal products.

Pizzeria Zac Vegan

Once among the growing number of omnivorous Montreal pizza joints to offer a handful of solid plant-based options, Pizzeria Zac went fully vegan in 2021 — and its reputation for crafting delicious, crispy pies and compelling ingredient combinations has only grown. Those who can take the heat would be remiss to avoid the El Diablo (which features seitan, roasted tomatoes, jalapenos, and chili flakes); the Lisa Simpson (sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and crunchy almonds) and the Thai pizza are also fan favourites.

ChuChai

The dishes in the picture? They’re entirely meat-free. ChuChai is all-vegan but with a solid take on faux meat — think plant-based fried shrimp, chicken skewers, and duck curry. Great for vegetarians who miss meat; less so for those repulsed by it.

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Lola Rosa (multiple locations)

With several locations throughout the city, Montrealers just can’t get enough of Lola Rosa. Loaded nachos and hearty platters of curry, lasagna chili, and more give credence to the local chain’s reputation as a favourite of both vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Bowhead Pub

Bowhead is Montreal’s first fully vegan pub, but its selection and bold flavours will satisfy even the most diehard meat eaters. Bowhead proves that enjoying some hearty pub grub over a beer in front of the game need not be an experience exclusive to omnivores.

Maynard

Southern comfort with a vegetarian twist is the focus at Maynard, where the deep fryer is kept busy churning out items like pogos, mushroom wings, crispy breaded tofu, and even deep-fried Oreos and Dr. Pepper, a Southern favourite and a Maynard staple.

Sushi Momo

Momo’s creative, colourful rolls have regularly appeared on round-ups of the best sushi in Montreal since the restaurant’s opening in 2014; the fact that it’s all vegan is a bonus. At Sushi Momo, you’ll find ingredients like oyster mushrooms, garlic, spinach, oshinko, cucumber, avocado, ito togarishi, fried onions, truffle sauce, and basil sauce combined in a single bite. If Momo’s reservation book is full, try (equally delicious) sister restaurant Bloom, located in the Old Montreal.

Oplante

Let it never be said that Montreal lacks vegan sushi. Oplante’s all-you-can-eat sushi and wok menu is a welcome addition to the growing local vegan sushi scene. Expect a diversity of choice, with dozens of options for both sushi and wok dishes.

Archway

Verdun restaurant Archway offers an elegant, playful take on vegan cuisine, with fresh, homemade ingredients taking the spotlight, from a Thai-inspired maitake mushroom steak to bao filled with Creole-spiced lupin tempeh, kimchi, and cauliflower fungus.

Burger Fiancé (multiple locations)

Vegan food isn’t all soybeans and lentils; sometimes, it’s “chicken” nuggets, waffle fries, kimchi dogs, and chocolate milkshakes. Operated by the same team behind local vegan fave Hello 123 and recently opened Italian wine bar/restaurant Conceria, Burger Fiancé already has a second local location in DDO (and a third in Toronto) — proof that the demand for plant-based “junk food” is high.

Lov (multiple locations)

With immaculate design and a menu from ex-Crudessence chef Stéphanie Audet, Lov quickly became a hit on the vegetarian scene after opening in 2016. It has since expanded downtown and to Laval and DIX30. The menu is a solid balance of lighter fare (granola, smoothies) and heartier options like burgers and poutines.

Bistro Tendresse

Beyond more predictable staples like salads and pastas, Bistro Tendresse also features creative plates like calamari-style king oyster mushrooms and tomato sashimi. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Tendresse’s cocktails, like the beet juice featuring “fuschia,” are also worthy of attention.

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