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9 Restaurants and Bars in Montreal With Winter ‘Terrasses’

Helping you pretend it’s not -20 degrees

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Come summertime, Montreal is a city of terrasses. Though what some may not realize is that the city’s all-season terrasse scene has been on the rise. This year alone, pub Burgundy Lion’s added a rooftop solarium, and Christmas pop-up bar Miracle took over a winterized version of the Hotel William Grey’s eighth floor rooftop. Beyond these, there’s a number of permanent “outdoor” bars or dining room solariums to help keep your vitamin D levels in check throughout the chilly months. (Don’t throw away that SAD lamp, though.)

There’s no reason al fresco dining has to be reserved for the summer months, and for that reason, here are the city’s notable all-season terrasses, verandas, and solariums.

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Leméac

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Whether you’re in the mood for pot-au-feu, tartar or perhaps a glass or two of natural wine, French bistro Leméac has something for everyone. Even better, the winterized terrasse, perched comfortably on the corner of Laurier West and Durocher, makes for a cozy spot to waste away a winter evening.

Bar Suzanne

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Bar Suzanne quickly became a go-to spot for dumplings and drinks (think: sommelier-approved wine list and craft cocktails) after opening in 2017. Their vaulted glass ceiling and ample amounts of plants will make it easy to forget about the frigid cold — at least for a little while. Not strictly a terrasse, but it feels like one.

Le Bremner

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Those in the mood for seafood will want to head to Le Bremner. Chuck Hughes’ eclectic Old Montreal spot is best known for its unique, unpretentious culinary creations — as well as its cozy, year-round terrasse.

Jatoba offers a refined oasis of a winterized terrasse; hanging vines, candle light and glass ceiling await, as well as a smattering of Asian-fusion offers like fried rice with duck confit and oysters with jalapeño sauce.

Maison Boulud

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Daniel Boulud’s Montreal location at the Ritz-Carlton may have one of the city’s most extravagant terrasses in summertime, with a flowing stream, bridge, and sometimes a string of sweet ducklings (that they keep as pets!). In the wintertime, you can still take in these sights, while staying toasty on a winterized veranda.

This Moroccan restaurant has a fully-enclosed courtyard decked out with greenery, and it’s pretty darn charming at any point of the year. Grab a seat and tuck into tangy mezzes and soul-warming tagines.

Ristorante Beatrice

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One of the most striking spaces on this map, Beatrice’s terrasse, right in the middle of downtown, makes for a great spot to escape the bustle and tuck into a plate of homemade pasta (think: squid ink fettuccine or spinach gnocchi) or perhaps a glass of wine and a fresh cannoli. It even has a retractable roof.

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Brutopia

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This sprawling brewpub boasts live music, multiple levels and a bar stocked a great beer selection. With so much going in, one may not even notice the heated back terrasse — which would be a real shame. Understated, but cozy all the same, this no-frills terrasse is the perfect place to escape from the noise and enjoy a pint while taking in a bit of fresh air.

Burgundy Lion

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Burgundy Lion’s all-season top floor is less a terrasse and more a “tea garden conservatory” —  but either way, it offers an entirely glass roof with Parisian-inspired seating and floor-to-ceiling plants, and serves British afternoon tea as well as regular Burgundy Lion fare.

Leméac

Whether you’re in the mood for pot-au-feu, tartar or perhaps a glass or two of natural wine, French bistro Leméac has something for everyone. Even better, the winterized terrasse, perched comfortably on the corner of Laurier West and Durocher, makes for a cozy spot to waste away a winter evening.

Bar Suzanne

Bar Suzanne quickly became a go-to spot for dumplings and drinks (think: sommelier-approved wine list and craft cocktails) after opening in 2017. Their vaulted glass ceiling and ample amounts of plants will make it easy to forget about the frigid cold — at least for a little while. Not strictly a terrasse, but it feels like one.

Le Bremner

Those in the mood for seafood will want to head to Le Bremner. Chuck Hughes’ eclectic Old Montreal spot is best known for its unique, unpretentious culinary creations — as well as its cozy, year-round terrasse.

Jatoba

Jatoba offers a refined oasis of a winterized terrasse; hanging vines, candle light and glass ceiling await, as well as a smattering of Asian-fusion offers like fried rice with duck confit and oysters with jalapeño sauce.

Maison Boulud

Daniel Boulud’s Montreal location at the Ritz-Carlton may have one of the city’s most extravagant terrasses in summertime, with a flowing stream, bridge, and sometimes a string of sweet ducklings (that they keep as pets!). In the wintertime, you can still take in these sights, while staying toasty on a winterized veranda.

Tangia

This Moroccan restaurant has a fully-enclosed courtyard decked out with greenery, and it’s pretty darn charming at any point of the year. Grab a seat and tuck into tangy mezzes and soul-warming tagines.

Ristorante Beatrice

Beatrice
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One of the most striking spaces on this map, Beatrice’s terrasse, right in the middle of downtown, makes for a great spot to escape the bustle and tuck into a plate of homemade pasta (think: squid ink fettuccine or spinach gnocchi) or perhaps a glass of wine and a fresh cannoli. It even has a retractable roof.

Beatrice
Ashley MacPhee/Jade Wulfraat

Brutopia

This sprawling brewpub boasts live music, multiple levels and a bar stocked a great beer selection. With so much going in, one may not even notice the heated back terrasse — which would be a real shame. Understated, but cozy all the same, this no-frills terrasse is the perfect place to escape from the noise and enjoy a pint while taking in a bit of fresh air.

Burgundy Lion

Burgundy Lion’s all-season top floor is less a terrasse and more a “tea garden conservatory” —  but either way, it offers an entirely glass roof with Parisian-inspired seating and floor-to-ceiling plants, and serves British afternoon tea as well as regular Burgundy Lion fare.

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