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Montreal's 13 Hottest Brunch Restaurants

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Call it the shapeshifter extraordinaire of Montreal's food scene: brunch, one can reasonably posit, has undergone a sea change over the last decade. In a city that was once diner or bust, brunch is now less of a black sheep and more a regular, and important, part of a restaurant's repertoire. While still far from Portland or Brooklyn territory, Montreal feels more and more like a brunch town these days. With that, we present the inaugural Montreal brunch heatmap— in no particular order.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal
QC H4C 2N2, Canada
(514) 861-1112
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H4C lacks the weathered nookishness that makes a lot of brunch spots so alluring but, rest assured, the comfort factor is all there on the menu. And it's all very precisely executed, from your sweet (a doughnut, say) to your savoury (a melting flanc de porcelet).

2. Maison Christian Faure

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355 Place Royale, Montreal
QC H2Y2V3, Canada
(514) 508-6453
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The most Gallic pastry shop in the city churns out croissants, pain perdu and gorgeous sweets from a handsome Old Montreal address.

3. Leméac

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1045 Av. Laurier O, Montreal
QC H2V 2L1, Canada
(514) 270-0999
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Oh so classic Leméac is abuzz, inevitably, on weekends between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when items like beignets, omelettes aux fines herbes and rillettes à l’ancienne star.

4. BarBounya

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234 avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada
(514) 439-8858
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Brunch gets a Levantine, Ottoman twist at BarBounya with the likes of lamb sausage, chick peas in tomato sauce, poached egg and yogurt and brioche French toast with tahini and chocolate.

5. Lawrence

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5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 503-1070
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Everything feels like it's done with care at Lawrence. You'll likely have to queue to enjoy brunch here but it's totally worth it, even in subzero temperatures. A Black Velvet, a scone, some scrapple, kedgeree and devilled kidneys on toast ought to warm you up.

6. Sparrow

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5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1A5, Canada
(514) 690-3964
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Sparrow deserves credit as the de facto pioneer of Montreal's brunch new wave. While it feels less "in" than in times past, this has more to do with the crop of newcomers and less with the quality of the bénédictines and cocktails.

7. Nouveau Palais

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281 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada
(514) 273-1180
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New Palace's irreverent (and correct) ways with brunch diner fare includes fried chicken and waffles, cheddar cheese grits and a killer lumberjack sandwich.

8. Micro Resto La Famille

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418, rue Gilford, Montreal
QC H2J 1N2, Canada
(514) 508-8700
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This diminutive gem is truly micro and some may balk at the wait and inevitable need to jostle for position. Whatever. From quiches to canelés, the food is terrific.

9. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

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5091, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal
QC H2J 3P9, Canada
(514) 903-3395
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Tops in the charm department, Stéphanie Labelle's Pâtisserie Rhubarbe prepares twee little plates like eggs with herb cake, pear, and bergamot gremolata and crêpes with cream, blood orange and hazelnut crumble. Not a hangover brunch perhaps but effective, nonetheless.

10. Maison Publique

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4720, rue Marquette, Montreal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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Ever the cook's cook, Derek Dammann and his crew at Maison Publique make food that industry folks crave. Fine libations abound, for one, and masculine plates of pancakes and bacon and boudin and eggs quell hunger pangs fast.

11. Régine Café

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1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada
(514) 903-0676
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Long lineups seem to indicate that up-and-comer Régine Café was just the tonic for brunch-hungry Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie residents. The menu has a few surprises, despite the usual "grano" and "mish mash." Bonus: one of the few places to serve brunch seven days a week.

12. La Récolte

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764, rue Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2S 1C6, Canada
(514) 508-5450
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"Éco-responsable" La Récolte offers a small yet playful brunch menu that alters from week to week. The caterer-culinary school-restaurant likes to underscore the local angle but the bottom line is that the food is just good.

13. La Bête à Pain

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114 Rue Fleury Ouest, Montréal
QC H3L 2T6, Canada
(514) 507-7109
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Chef Marc-André Royal may put in more time and effort on his weekly brunch menus at La Bête à Pain than anyone in the city. No two look the same at the Ahuntsic bakery, caterer, pastry shop - but all resemble thematic, multi-course flights of fancy.

1. H4C

538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal, QC H4C 2N2, Canada
H4C lacks the weathered nookishness that makes a lot of brunch spots so alluring but, rest assured, the comfort factor is all there on the menu. And it's all very precisely executed, from your sweet (a doughnut, say) to your savoury (a melting flanc de porcelet).
538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal
QC H4C 2N2, Canada

2. Maison Christian Faure

355 Place Royale, Montreal, QC H2Y2V3, Canada
The most Gallic pastry shop in the city churns out croissants, pain perdu and gorgeous sweets from a handsome Old Montreal address.
355 Place Royale, Montreal
QC H2Y2V3, Canada

3. Leméac

1045 Av. Laurier O, Montreal, QC H2V 2L1, Canada
Oh so classic Leméac is abuzz, inevitably, on weekends between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when items like beignets, omelettes aux fines herbes and rillettes à l’ancienne star.
1045 Av. Laurier O, Montreal
QC H2V 2L1, Canada

4. BarBounya

234 avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2N8, Canada
Brunch gets a Levantine, Ottoman twist at BarBounya with the likes of lamb sausage, chick peas in tomato sauce, poached egg and yogurt and brioche French toast with tahini and chocolate.
234 avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada

5. Lawrence

5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
Everything feels like it's done with care at Lawrence. You'll likely have to queue to enjoy brunch here but it's totally worth it, even in subzero temperatures. A Black Velvet, a scone, some scrapple, kedgeree and devilled kidneys on toast ought to warm you up.
5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

6. Sparrow

5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1A5, Canada
Sparrow deserves credit as the de facto pioneer of Montreal's brunch new wave. While it feels less "in" than in times past, this has more to do with the crop of newcomers and less with the quality of the bénédictines and cocktails.
5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1A5, Canada

7. Nouveau Palais

281 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal, QC H2V 1T5, Canada
New Palace's irreverent (and correct) ways with brunch diner fare includes fried chicken and waffles, cheddar cheese grits and a killer lumberjack sandwich.
281 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada

8. Micro Resto La Famille

418, rue Gilford, Montreal, QC H2J 1N2, Canada
This diminutive gem is truly micro and some may balk at the wait and inevitable need to jostle for position. Whatever. From quiches to canelés, the food is terrific.
418, rue Gilford, Montreal
QC H2J 1N2, Canada

9. Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

5091, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P9, Canada
Tops in the charm department, Stéphanie Labelle's Pâtisserie Rhubarbe prepares twee little plates like eggs with herb cake, pear, and bergamot gremolata and crêpes with cream, blood orange and hazelnut crumble. Not a hangover brunch perhaps but effective, nonetheless.
5091, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal
QC H2J 3P9, Canada

10. Maison Publique

4720, rue Marquette, Montreal, QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
Ever the cook's cook, Derek Dammann and his crew at Maison Publique make food that industry folks crave. Fine libations abound, for one, and masculine plates of pancakes and bacon and boudin and eggs quell hunger pangs fast.
4720, rue Marquette, Montreal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

11. Régine Café

1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2G 1L6, Canada
Long lineups seem to indicate that up-and-comer Régine Café was just the tonic for brunch-hungry Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie residents. The menu has a few surprises, despite the usual "grano" and "mish mash." Bonus: one of the few places to serve brunch seven days a week.
1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada

12. La Récolte

764, rue Bélanger, Montreal, QC H2S 1C6, Canada
"Éco-responsable" La Récolte offers a small yet playful brunch menu that alters from week to week. The caterer-culinary school-restaurant likes to underscore the local angle but the bottom line is that the food is just good.
764, rue Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2S 1C6, Canada

13. La Bête à Pain

114 Rue Fleury Ouest, Montréal, QC H3L 2T6, Canada
Chef Marc-André Royal may put in more time and effort on his weekly brunch menus at La Bête à Pain than anyone in the city. No two look the same at the Ahuntsic bakery, caterer, pastry shop - but all resemble thematic, multi-course flights of fancy.
114 Rue Fleury Ouest, Montréal
QC H3L 2T6, Canada

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