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Pho and Beyond: 10 Very Good Vietnamese Restaurants in Montreal

From banh mi to barbecue

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It’s easy to find a good Vietnamese soup in Montreal — most neighbourhoods have at least one or two solid options to curb a Tonkinese soup craving. If you’re looking for something outside of soup, the options are a little more slim — but not impossible to find.

Whether it’s a crispy banh mi and sweet cà phê sữa đá, or something more innovative and upmarket, these are all the best places for eating Vietnamese in Montreal, with an eye to the spots that go beyond the beefy soup favourite (but a few of those spots, too).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pho Hao

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6230 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3S 2A1, Canada
(514) 343-5018

Côte-Des-Neiges’ Pho Hao is open late and offers all of the best Vietnamese comfort foods -- from pho, of course, to the sauteed beef dish, bò lúc lắc. Pho Hao also offers a tasty iced coffee, which is brewed right at your table.

2. Pho Lien

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5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
QC H3S 1Y7, Canada
(514) 735-6949

A veritable classic on Montreal’s Vietnamese food scene, Pho Lien continues to be a perennially bustling spot. While most come for efficiently dished-up pho, there’s a lengthy menu of grilled items, like lemongrass beef. —Tim Forster

3. Marché Hung Phat

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7099 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada
(514) 272-1332
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This Vietnamese deli just near the Jean-Talon Market offers quick bites like banh mi (possibly Montreal’s best)— which they make using fresh vegetables and homemade sauces. There’s also banh bao — a Vietnamese bun — and a huge selection of desserts.

4. Cafeden

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6576 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada
(514) 419-1589
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One of few fancier Vietnamese spots in town, boasting cocktails and a decent wine list, Little Italy’s Cafeden grills up barbecue beef and tosses green papaya salads with flair in a sleek, minimalist setting. —Tim Forster

5. Pho Tay Ho

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

Another granddaddy of Montreal’s soup scene, Pho Tay Ho does pho, obviously, but also Vietnamese coffee and a list of vermicelli noodle dishes, all for low, low prices. —Tim Forster

6. Tran Cantine Vietnamienne

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4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada
(514) 379-4690
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The St-Henri newcomer offers upmarket versions of Vietnamese classics like pho and banh mi in a decidedly chic and minimal dining room. While it has only been open a little over a year, it’s already made a name for itself.

7. Pho Rachel

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14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C5, Canada
(514) 825-8885
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Good news for vegetarians, Pho Rachel is one of the few pho restaurants in the city offering a completely vegetarian soup (pho broth is typically made with beef bones) and it’s just as good as the omnivorous variety.

8. Pho Bac

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1016 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J3, Canada
(514) 393-8116

This Chinatown mainstay offers an extremely satisfying bowl of pho, yes, but they also make an incredible cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese iced coffee with milk). The sweetened condensed milk and powerful coffee beans come together to create something not quite as sweet as a mass market frappé, but more satisfying than a latte.

9. Restaurant Hà (multiple locations)

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600 Rue William, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 379-4111
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Ideal for birthday dinners or work lunches, Hà is known for its supremely welcoming environment — particularly its newer Old Montreal location, which also boasts Nhậu Bar, a quasi-speakeasy in the basement of the restaurant. While it is decidedly more expensive than most Vietnamese restaurants in the city, it offer beautiful dishes such as red tuna steak, roasted bone marrow and beef tataki salad.

10. Pho MC Brossard

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8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard
QC J4X 2S6, Canada
(450) 904-0660
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The pancake-like banh xeo is arguably one of the most magical Vietnamese dishes available. It’s decadent and satisfying but consists of just rice flour, turmeric powder, and water cooked over a frying pan and served with a mountain of fresh lettuce and herbs. While it can be found in a few restaurants across the city, Pho MC Brossard does it best. It also offers banh knot, which is similar in taste but presented more like a mini tart (pictured).

1. Pho Hao

6230 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3S 2A1, Canada

Côte-Des-Neiges’ Pho Hao is open late and offers all of the best Vietnamese comfort foods -- from pho, of course, to the sauteed beef dish, bò lúc lắc. Pho Hao also offers a tasty iced coffee, which is brewed right at your table.

6230 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3S 2A1, Canada

2. Pho Lien

5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC H3S 1Y7, Canada

A veritable classic on Montreal’s Vietnamese food scene, Pho Lien continues to be a perennially bustling spot. While most come for efficiently dished-up pho, there’s a lengthy menu of grilled items, like lemongrass beef. —Tim Forster

5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
QC H3S 1Y7, Canada

3. Marché Hung Phat

7099 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2S5, Canada

This Vietnamese deli just near the Jean-Talon Market offers quick bites like banh mi (possibly Montreal’s best)— which they make using fresh vegetables and homemade sauces. There’s also banh bao — a Vietnamese bun — and a huge selection of desserts.

7099 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada

4. Cafeden

6576 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C6, Canada

One of few fancier Vietnamese spots in town, boasting cocktails and a decent wine list, Little Italy’s Cafeden grills up barbecue beef and tosses green papaya salads with flair in a sleek, minimalist setting. —Tim Forster

6576 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada

5. Pho Tay Ho

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2R7, Canada

Another granddaddy of Montreal’s soup scene, Pho Tay Ho does pho, obviously, but also Vietnamese coffee and a list of vermicelli noodle dishes, all for low, low prices. —Tim Forster

6414 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2R7, Canada

6. Tran Cantine Vietnamienne

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S6, Canada

The St-Henri newcomer offers upmarket versions of Vietnamese classics like pho and banh mi in a decidedly chic and minimal dining room. While it has only been open a little over a year, it’s already made a name for itself.

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada

7. Pho Rachel

14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1C5, Canada

Good news for vegetarians, Pho Rachel is one of the few pho restaurants in the city offering a completely vegetarian soup (pho broth is typically made with beef bones) and it’s just as good as the omnivorous variety.

14 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C5, Canada

8. Pho Bac

1016 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J3, Canada

This Chinatown mainstay offers an extremely satisfying bowl of pho, yes, but they also make an incredible cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese iced coffee with milk). The sweetened condensed milk and powerful coffee beans come together to create something not quite as sweet as a mass market frappé, but more satisfying than a latte.

1016 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J3, Canada

9. Restaurant Hà (multiple locations)

600 Rue William, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

Ideal for birthday dinners or work lunches, Hà is known for its supremely welcoming environment — particularly its newer Old Montreal location, which also boasts Nhậu Bar, a quasi-speakeasy in the basement of the restaurant. While it is decidedly more expensive than most Vietnamese restaurants in the city, it offer beautiful dishes such as red tuna steak, roasted bone marrow and beef tataki salad.

600 Rue William, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

10. Pho MC Brossard

8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard, QC J4X 2S6, Canada

The pancake-like banh xeo is arguably one of the most magical Vietnamese dishes available. It’s decadent and satisfying but consists of just rice flour, turmeric powder, and water cooked over a frying pan and served with a mountain of fresh lettuce and herbs. While it can be found in a few restaurants across the city, Pho MC Brossard does it best. It also offers banh knot, which is similar in taste but presented more like a mini tart (pictured).

8200 Boulevard Taschereau #1270, Brossard
QC J4X 2S6, Canada

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