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Where to Eat in the West Island

Go west for your pick of Afghan cuisine, Montreal smoked meat, Cajun-style seafood boils, and lots more

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Some inner-city folk may snicker at the prospect of venturing past the metro line to Montreal’s western suburbs for lunch or dinner, but the West Island is home to a diverse — and very much worth exploring — food scene. From Bistro Nolah’s southern cooking and Aryana’s Afghan eats, to Bombay Choupati for Indian or Don Rigo for must-try Mexican, West Island municipalities (and their many, many strip malls) play host to a number of standout eats — and in recent years, they’ve only expanded their culinary reach.

Here’s your guide to some of the best the west has to offer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smoke Meat Pete

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283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot
QC J7V 5A1, Canada
(514) 425-6068
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Technically located west of the West Island, this L’Île-Perrot diner has been serving Montreal-style smoked meat since the ‘90s, when the diner’s namesake owner left his role at his father Peter Varvaro’s smoked meat joint (Montreal’s The Main), venturing out on his own.

2. Resto Pub Bord'Eaux

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53A Rue Ste-Anne, Ste. Anne De Bellevue
QC H9X 1L5, Canada
(514) 505-1159
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Expect homestyle cooking that warms you from the inside at this charming pub in the Sainte-Anne Village with no-nonsense grub like steak and pepper sauce, and barbecue ribs.

3. Bistro Grace

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18425 Rue Antoine-Faucon, Pierrefonds
QC H9K 1M7, Canada
(514) 624-7223
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This hip — especially by West Island standards — Pierrefonds hidden gem (literally) has a dedicated local following. It features fresh ingredients and fresh takes on classic bistro staples in a chic environment.

4. Bistro 1843

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376 chemin Cherrier, Ile Bizard
QC, Canada
(514) 305-1229
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Run by husband-wife team Sarah-Ann and Tarik out of the old house they live in, Bistro 1843 features technically strong, French-leaning cuisine on a small table d’hote menu. That said, expect a few touches from Tarik’s Moroccan background — and elsewhere, too.

5. Cugini's Pizza Cafe

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275 Av Elm, Beaconsfield
QC H9W 2C8, Canada
(514) 693-3662
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Chef Germano Mustone has likely the strongest pizza game in the West, courtesy of an eye for flavourful ingredients. There’s no clear adherence to one pizza style, with elements of both New York and Neapolitan pizza on display, but if the pie is good, does it matter?

6. Jasmine Al Sham

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15450 Boul de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds
QC H9H 4K3, Canada
(514) 675-6710
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There is a Boustan on Boulevard St-Jean, but many in the area will contest that Jasmine Al Sham is the superior shawarma, with standards like shish taouk and crispy falafels, alongside fresh Lebanese and Syrian salads.

7. Grill Sélect

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2756 Boulevard Saint-Charles, Kirkland
QC H9H 3B6, Canada
(514) 694-7455
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Though billed as both Greek and Persian, the latter cuisine is the strength at this Kirkland BYOB spot, with marinated meats and specialties like ash (Persian noodle soup) and mirza ghassemi (eggplant dip) as highlights.

8. Ooh! Crabe

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4820 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 626-6222
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Last fall, the West Island unexpectedly became the city’s go-to place for Cajun-style seafood boil, with the opening of two new spots. At Ooh! Crab, seafood lovers happily don plastic bibs before digging into generous piles of shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more — all taken up a notch with its signature sauce.

9. Tacos Don Rigo

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4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 696-9090
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The Mexican tunes spill out the door at this young Pierrefonds counter-service spot — already a West Island favourite. Inside, orange and blue walls lined with gilded frames, a lively atmosphere, and excellent tacos and tortas await. Try their quesabirria, filled with slow-cooked beef, melted cheese, and served alongside a flavour-rich consommé.

10. Toasties

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4710 Boulevard Saint-Jean, Montreal
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 620-2702
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Pierrefondians love this little sub shop, one of few places to get a hearty, reliable, non-chain submarine sandwich in the West Island.

11. Vivaldi

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13071 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds
QC H8Z 1X1, Canada
(514) 620-9200
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This crowd-pleasing Pierrefonds haunt has something for everyone, with a largely Italian-leaning menu that pads pastas and pizzas with offerings like mussels à la Dijonnaise and fish and chips. A fantastic option for group events, made even better by being BYOW.

12. Riccardos Restaurant

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4071 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 2R4, Canada
(514) 620-3477
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Riccardos’ homemade pasta and sauces make it stand out amid a relatively saturated selection of Italian restaurants in the area, even if the location, in a Dollard strip mall, makes it feel like the kind of place you’d have brought a first date in high school.

13. Lucille's Fairview

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6701 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire
QC H9R 5J2, Canada
(438) 618-0006
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Upscale seafood-and-more spot Lucille’s is a household name in and around Montreal, where over the years it has its expanded from Monkland Village to Laval, Brossard, and now the West Island. It’s a great bet for oysters, lobster rolls, and steak, with its grilled octopus Greek salad being an especially delicious entrée or light main.

14. Bistro Nolah

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3669 St.-Jean, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
QC H9G 1X2, Canada
(514) 696-9797
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Southern food is scant in Montreal, but Nolah certainly doesn’t rely on mere novelty factor. Chef Richard Taitt has an adept hand with both meat and seafood, serving up bourbon mussels, Charleston-style shrimp and grits, and a focus on New Orleans specialties like gumbo and jambalaya.

15. Mama Dumplings

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3597 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 1W9, Canada
(514) 305-1115
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Handmade steamed and fried dumplings are Mama’s calling card, with lamb and coriander, beef curry and onion, and shrimp with leek and egg taking centre stage. Spicy pickled cucumbers round out the meal, and there are a couple dumpling options for vegetarians, too.

16. Bombay Choupati

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5011 Boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds
QC H8Y 3E3, Canada
(514) 421-3130
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This unassuming strip mall spot is the preferred place to grab an Indian curry for many West Islanders. Bombay Choupati’s hearty portion sizes (the dosas are especially hefty — and delicious) and spot-on flavours are complemented by its homey, local feel.

17. Becks Cuisine and Catering

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4886B Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H8Y 3C7, Canada
(514) 676-0900
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Becks does stellar homemade Filipino food worth driving for. Try anything that involves deep-fried pork belly, homemade sausage, pickled papaya, or calamansi lime and chili pepper. When Sunday brunch is on, it means heaping plates of fried beef, chicken adobo, garlic-fried rice, and pork dinuguan, a Filipino stew made with pork meat and pig’s blood.

18. Aryana

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4886 de sources, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
QC, Canada
(514) 683-9595
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Ignore the strip mall vibes and enjoy one of Montreal’s few spots for Afghan cuisine: Azim and Safia Afghanzadah do herby and saucy concoctions from the juncture between the Middle East and India — get dumpling-esque ashak and mantoo, and don’t skip dessert.

19. Falafel Abou Hanna

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4660 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H8Y 3C4, Canada
(514) 560-0777
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Go for the hot, fried falafels stuffed in pitas along with pickled turnip, tomatoes, tahini sauce and fresh mint. Then go back again for hummus, fava bean foul, and musabaha, a hummus variation where a lot of the chickpeas stay whole. 

20. Janette's Spicy Island

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5B 3e Av S, Roxboro
QC H8Y 2L3, Canada
(514) 683-4741

The West Island may have recently welcomed Caribbean Curry House’s second outpost into its fold, but locals have been getting their roti from Janette’s for far longer. It’s a takeout-only Jamaican spot, where diners also go for some much-loved jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry. Open Thursdays to Sundays only.

21. Restaurant Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar

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63 Bd Brunswick, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 2N4, Canada
(514) 447-9631
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Though tacos, nachos, and poutine are all on offer, Birdhouse bills itself as a “wingerie,” and the bulk of its menu reflects that. Chicken wings come “wet & messy” with variations like smoked apple habanero, sriracha lime, and cherry cola BBQ, or dry-rubbed, with unique flavours like cacio e pepe and ketchup chip.

22. Matjip

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3343-A Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 1Z8, Canada
(514) 421-3377
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The Korean fried chicken at this strip mall restaurant (located between a Baskin Robbins and a SpiceBros) is worth every penny — especially in the soy-garlic version.

23. 40 Westt

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2305 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire
QC H9R 5Z5, Canada
(514) 428-9378
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With its family-friendly vibes, the West Island has a number of places where to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th or Mom’s big promotion. Upscale Pointe-Claire steakhouse 40 Westt fits the bill, but not without merit — it serves up the best steak in the West Island.

24. Maiko Sushi

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D, 3339 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 1Z8, Canada
(514) 684-3131
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Suburban Montreal might not scream “fresh, quality sushi,” but this local favourite is good (and aesthetically pleasing) enough to compete with more central sushi offerings. It’s not the cheapest spot, but it’s the best sushi you’ll find without trekking into the city.

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1. Smoke Meat Pete

283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot, QC J7V 5A1, Canada

Technically located west of the West Island, this L’Île-Perrot diner has been serving Montreal-style smoked meat since the ‘90s, when the diner’s namesake owner left his role at his father Peter Varvaro’s smoked meat joint (Montreal’s The Main), venturing out on his own.

283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot
QC J7V 5A1, Canada

2. Resto Pub Bord'Eaux

53A Rue Ste-Anne, Ste. Anne De Bellevue, QC H9X 1L5, Canada

Expect homestyle cooking that warms you from the inside at this charming pub in the Sainte-Anne Village with no-nonsense grub like steak and pepper sauce, and barbecue ribs.

53A Rue Ste-Anne, Ste. Anne De Bellevue
QC H9X 1L5, Canada

3. Bistro Grace

18425 Rue Antoine-Faucon, Pierrefonds, QC H9K 1M7, Canada

This hip — especially by West Island standards — Pierrefonds hidden gem (literally) has a dedicated local following. It features fresh ingredients and fresh takes on classic bistro staples in a chic environment.

18425 Rue Antoine-Faucon, Pierrefonds
QC H9K 1M7, Canada

4. Bistro 1843

376 chemin Cherrier, Ile Bizard, QC, Canada

Run by husband-wife team Sarah-Ann and Tarik out of the old house they live in, Bistro 1843 features technically strong, French-leaning cuisine on a small table d’hote menu. That said, expect a few touches from Tarik’s Moroccan background — and elsewhere, too.

376 chemin Cherrier, Ile Bizard
QC, Canada

5. Cugini's Pizza Cafe

275 Av Elm, Beaconsfield, QC H9W 2C8, Canada

Chef Germano Mustone has likely the strongest pizza game in the West, courtesy of an eye for flavourful ingredients. There’s no clear adherence to one pizza style, with elements of both New York and Neapolitan pizza on display, but if the pie is good, does it matter?

275 Av Elm, Beaconsfield
QC H9W 2C8, Canada

6. Jasmine Al Sham

15450 Boul de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, QC H9H 4K3, Canada

There is a Boustan on Boulevard St-Jean, but many in the area will contest that Jasmine Al Sham is the superior shawarma, with standards like shish taouk and crispy falafels, alongside fresh Lebanese and Syrian salads.

15450 Boul de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds
QC H9H 4K3, Canada

7. Grill Sélect

2756 Boulevard Saint-Charles, Kirkland, QC H9H 3B6, Canada

Though billed as both Greek and Persian, the latter cuisine is the strength at this Kirkland BYOB spot, with marinated meats and specialties like ash (Persian noodle soup) and mirza ghassemi (eggplant dip) as highlights.

2756 Boulevard Saint-Charles, Kirkland
QC H9H 3B6, Canada

8. Ooh! Crabe

4820 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, QC H9H 4B2, Canada

Last fall, the West Island unexpectedly became the city’s go-to place for Cajun-style seafood boil, with the opening of two new spots. At Ooh! Crab, seafood lovers happily don plastic bibs before digging into generous piles of shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more — all taken up a notch with its signature sauce.

4820 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada

9. Tacos Don Rigo

4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, QC H9H 4B2, Canada

The Mexican tunes spill out the door at this young Pierrefonds counter-service spot — already a West Island favourite. Inside, orange and blue walls lined with gilded frames, a lively atmosphere, and excellent tacos and tortas await. Try their quesabirria, filled with slow-cooked beef, melted cheese, and served alongside a flavour-rich consommé.

4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada

10. Toasties

4710 Boulevard Saint-Jean, Montreal, QC H9H 4B2, Canada

Pierrefondians love this little sub shop, one of few places to get a hearty, reliable, non-chain submarine sandwich in the West Island.

4710 Boulevard Saint-Jean, Montreal
QC H9H 4B2, Canada

11. Vivaldi

13071 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds, QC H8Z 1X1, Canada

This crowd-pleasing Pierrefonds haunt has something for everyone, with a largely Italian-leaning menu that pads pastas and pizzas with offerings like mussels à la Dijonnaise and fish and chips. A fantastic option for group events, made even better by being BYOW.

13071 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds
QC H8Z 1X1, Canada

12. Riccardos Restaurant

4071 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 2R4, Canada

Riccardos’ homemade pasta and sauces make it stand out amid a relatively saturated selection of Italian restaurants in the area, even if the location, in a Dollard strip mall, makes it feel like the kind of place you’d have brought a first date in high school.

4071 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 2R4, Canada

13. Lucille's Fairview

6701 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5J2, Canada

Upscale seafood-and-more spot Lucille’s is a household name in and around Montreal, where over the years it has its expanded from Monkland Village to Laval, Brossard, and now the West Island. It’s a great bet for oysters, lobster rolls, and steak, with its grilled octopus Greek salad being an especially delicious entrée or light main.

6701 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire
QC H9R 5J2, Canada

14. Bistro Nolah

3669 St.-Jean, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC H9G 1X2, Canada

Southern food is scant in Montreal, but Nolah certainly doesn’t rely on mere novelty factor. Chef Richard Taitt has an adept hand with both meat and seafood, serving up bourbon mussels, Charleston-style shrimp and grits, and a focus on New Orleans specialties like gumbo and jambalaya.

3669 St.-Jean, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
QC H9G 1X2, Canada

15. Mama Dumplings

3597 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 1W9, Canada

Handmade steamed and fried dumplings are Mama’s calling card, with lamb and coriander, beef curry and onion, and shrimp with leek and egg taking centre stage. Spicy pickled cucumbers round out the meal, and there are a couple dumpling options for vegetarians, too.

3597 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9G 1W9, Canada

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16. Bombay Choupati

5011 Boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 3E3, Canada

This unassuming strip mall spot is the preferred place to grab an Indian curry for many West Islanders. Bombay Choupati’s hearty portion sizes (the dosas are especially hefty — and delicious) and spot-on flavours are complemented by its homey, local feel.

5011 Boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds
QC H8Y 3E3, Canada

17. Becks Cuisine and Catering

4886B Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H8Y 3C7, Canada

Becks does stellar homemade Filipino food worth driving for. Try anything that involves deep-fried pork belly, homemade sausage, pickled papaya, or calamansi lime and chili pepper. When Sunday brunch is on, it means heaping plates of fried beef, chicken adobo, garlic-fried rice, and pork dinuguan, a Filipino stew made with pork meat and pig’s blood.

4886B Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H8Y 3C7, Canada

18. Aryana

4886 de sources, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC, Canada

Ignore the strip mall vibes and enjoy one of Montreal’s few spots for Afghan cuisine: Azim and Safia Afghanzadah do herby and saucy concoctions from the juncture between the Middle East and India — get dumpling-esque ashak and mantoo, and don’t skip dessert.

4886 de sources, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
QC, Canada

19. Falafel Abou Hanna

4660 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H8Y 3C4, Canada

Go for the hot, fried falafels stuffed in pitas along with pickled turnip, tomatoes, tahini sauce and fresh mint. Then go back again for hummus, fava bean foul, and musabaha, a hummus variation where a lot of the chickpeas stay whole. 

4660 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H8Y 3C4, Canada

20. Janette's Spicy Island

5B 3e Av S, Roxboro, QC H8Y 2L3, Canada

The West Island may have recently welcomed Caribbean Curry House’s second outpost into its fold, but locals have been getting their roti from Janette’s for far longer. It’s a takeout-only Jamaican spot, where diners also go for some much-loved jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry. Open Thursdays to Sundays only.

5B 3e Av S, Roxboro
QC H8Y 2L3, Canada

21. Restaurant Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar

63 Bd Brunswick, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2N4, Canada

Though tacos, nachos, and poutine are all on offer, Birdhouse bills itself as a “wingerie,” and the bulk of its menu reflects that. Chicken wings come “wet & messy” with variations like smoked apple habanero, sriracha lime, and cherry cola BBQ, or dry-rubbed, with unique flavours like cacio e pepe and ketchup chip.

63 Bd Brunswick, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 2N4, Canada

22. Matjip

3343-A Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 1Z8, Canada

The Korean fried chicken at this strip mall restaurant (located between a Baskin Robbins and a SpiceBros) is worth every penny — especially in the soy-garlic version.

3343-A Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 1Z8, Canada

23. 40 Westt

2305 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5Z5, Canada

With its family-friendly vibes, the West Island has a number of places where to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th or Mom’s big promotion. Upscale Pointe-Claire steakhouse 40 Westt fits the bill, but not without merit — it serves up the best steak in the West Island.

2305 Route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire
QC H9R 5Z5, Canada

24. Maiko Sushi

D, 3339 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 1Z8, Canada

Suburban Montreal might not scream “fresh, quality sushi,” but this local favourite is good (and aesthetically pleasing) enough to compete with more central sushi offerings. It’s not the cheapest spot, but it’s the best sushi you’ll find without trekking into the city.

D, 3339 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC H9B 1Z8, Canada

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