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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Montreal

Why not celebrate over dim sum, poutine, or some solid Afghan cuisine?

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Nothing quite invokes the holiday spirit like fine wine, delicious food, and, if you’re lucky, not having to do the dishes. But most Montreal restaurants shut down for Christmas Day or, in some cases, for an extended winter break. That said, some solid food options around town have you covered for December 25 — many with special menus to boot.

Old Montreal and Chinatown are the most reliable bets for eating out on the day — as are many hotel restaurants around town. But you can also head to the Plateau for Afghan cuisine at Khyber Pass, Park-Ex for some North Indian fare at Chand Palace, or to the Julep for something that feels oh so Montreal.

Most restaurants on this guide are also open on Christmas Eve and other days around the holiday, but check their websites or social media for precise details.

Health experts consider dining out to be a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Gibeau Orange Julep

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Squint a little, and this three-storey-high orange sphere may look like a Christmas ornament tossed aside the Décarie. Stop by to pick up a poutine or burger, but it’s the Julep’s eponymous drink — part-way between an orange juice and a milkshake — that’ll make the trek worth it.

Duc de Lorraine

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Montreal’s oldest patisserie also does meal service, so along with croissants for breakfast and millefeuilles for dessert, those steering clear of the kitchen this holiday can opt for some surf and turf: a 16-ounce ribeye and lobster tail served with mashed Monte Carlo potatoes.

Maquis Yasolo

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From the same people behind Aliments Yasolo grocery store next door is this Afro-Québécois restaurant, which — lucky for Saint-Henri — will be open on December 25. Expect menu items like charcoal-grilled chicken in jerk seasoning, riz collé (rice with kidney beans), alloco (fried plantains), and a selection of homemade sauces.

Le Bordelais

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Opening on Christmas day is a tradition that has been going strong for 40 years now at Le Bordelais, which serves up everything from smoked salmon and shrimp cocktails to steak frites and fish and chips.

Le Pois Penche

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At Le Pois Penché, expect to load up on fresh oysters, an utterly decadent French onion soup, and shrimp cocktail with cognac sauce — and that’s only for starters. The Parisian brasserie is open on Christmas Day if festive and oh-so-French is what you’re after.

Another spot that makes it possible to enjoy a feast on Christmas Day. Le Taj is open on the 25th for all your thali, tandoori, naan, and curry needs.

Get in the festive mood with a ribeye and Monte Carlo potatoes at this Old Montreal institution.

For some, eating at Gibby’s for Christmas is a tradition, so be sure to reserve.

Chand Palace

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Several of Parc-Ex’s Indian restaurants will be open for takeout and delivery on Christmas day. Still haven’t sworn your allegiance to a particular one? Chand Palace’s creamy North Indian curries, fragrant biryani, and mango lassi are worth the try.

Pincette

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For many, lobster is the epitome of a special occasion food — the crown jewel of dishes worthy of graduation, anniversary, and, yes, most holiday celebrations. If you are among those who hold lobster in high esteem, then head to this Old Montreal lobster bar where the crustacean can be grilled, stuffed into ravioli, or atop a luxury poutine on Christmas Day.

Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel

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Québécois cuisine served in a capacious, historic building is the proposal at the iconic Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel. It’s also open for New Year’s Eve.

Restaurant Impérial

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If you see dim sum in your Christmas future, make your way to Restaurant Impérial. Fill your table with lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice with chicken, pork, shrimp and mushrooms, steamed barbecue pork buns, and more from Impérial’s extensive offering.

Mon Nan

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Open since 1982, this family-run Chinatown staple is a shoo-in if you are looking to treat yourself to a menu of Chinese specialties so extensive that sifting through them is an activity on its own.

Pho Bac

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One of Chinatown’s best pho spots, Pho Bac, will be open this Christmas — as is the case every year.

La Capital Tacos

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Montreal taco favourite La Capital joins many of its Chinatown restaurant neighbours in staying open on Christmas Day. Head there for standout tacos and some killer cocktails to pair.

Khyber Pass Restaurant

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Leave the cooking to the team at Khyber Pass, the Plateau’s beloved Afghan BYOB, where you’ll find hefty servings of meat (the lamb is a crowd favourite), rice, and plenty of other Afghan dishes.

Gibeau Orange Julep

Squint a little, and this three-storey-high orange sphere may look like a Christmas ornament tossed aside the Décarie. Stop by to pick up a poutine or burger, but it’s the Julep’s eponymous drink — part-way between an orange juice and a milkshake — that’ll make the trek worth it.

Duc de Lorraine

Montreal’s oldest patisserie also does meal service, so along with croissants for breakfast and millefeuilles for dessert, those steering clear of the kitchen this holiday can opt for some surf and turf: a 16-ounce ribeye and lobster tail served with mashed Monte Carlo potatoes.

Maquis Yasolo

From the same people behind Aliments Yasolo grocery store next door is this Afro-Québécois restaurant, which — lucky for Saint-Henri — will be open on December 25. Expect menu items like charcoal-grilled chicken in jerk seasoning, riz collé (rice with kidney beans), alloco (fried plantains), and a selection of homemade sauces.

Le Bordelais

Opening on Christmas day is a tradition that has been going strong for 40 years now at Le Bordelais, which serves up everything from smoked salmon and shrimp cocktails to steak frites and fish and chips.

Le Pois Penche

At Le Pois Penché, expect to load up on fresh oysters, an utterly decadent French onion soup, and shrimp cocktail with cognac sauce — and that’s only for starters. The Parisian brasserie is open on Christmas Day if festive and oh-so-French is what you’re after.

Le Taj

Another spot that makes it possible to enjoy a feast on Christmas Day. Le Taj is open on the 25th for all your thali, tandoori, naan, and curry needs.

Gibbys

Get in the festive mood with a ribeye and Monte Carlo potatoes at this Old Montreal institution.

For some, eating at Gibby’s for Christmas is a tradition, so be sure to reserve.

Chand Palace

Several of Parc-Ex’s Indian restaurants will be open for takeout and delivery on Christmas day. Still haven’t sworn your allegiance to a particular one? Chand Palace’s creamy North Indian curries, fragrant biryani, and mango lassi are worth the try.

Pincette

For many, lobster is the epitome of a special occasion food — the crown jewel of dishes worthy of graduation, anniversary, and, yes, most holiday celebrations. If you are among those who hold lobster in high esteem, then head to this Old Montreal lobster bar where the crustacean can be grilled, stuffed into ravioli, or atop a luxury poutine on Christmas Day.

Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel

Québécois cuisine served in a capacious, historic building is the proposal at the iconic Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel. It’s also open for New Year’s Eve.

Restaurant Impérial

If you see dim sum in your Christmas future, make your way to Restaurant Impérial. Fill your table with lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice with chicken, pork, shrimp and mushrooms, steamed barbecue pork buns, and more from Impérial’s extensive offering.

Mon Nan

Open since 1982, this family-run Chinatown staple is a shoo-in if you are looking to treat yourself to a menu of Chinese specialties so extensive that sifting through them is an activity on its own.

Pho Bac

One of Chinatown’s best pho spots, Pho Bac, will be open this Christmas — as is the case every year.

La Capital Tacos

Montreal taco favourite La Capital joins many of its Chinatown restaurant neighbours in staying open on Christmas Day. Head there for standout tacos and some killer cocktails to pair.

Khyber Pass Restaurant

Leave the cooking to the team at Khyber Pass, the Plateau’s beloved Afghan BYOB, where you’ll find hefty servings of meat (the lamb is a crowd favourite), rice, and plenty of other Afghan dishes.

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