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18 Last-Minute Christmas Takeout Options in Montreal

For all those who haven’t mastered the art of pre-ordering

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Even during normal times, much of Montreal, including many of its restaurants, shuts down on Christmas day. In previous years that has meant that, for many, fine wine and foie gras got swapped out for house wine and roast turkey, but with holiday gatherings banned due to a surge in the coronavirus, even that’s now off the table.

Earlier this month we published a map highlighting spots that released special Christmas menus with all the fixings. However, enjoying many of those on Christmas day required some foresight; for the most part, pre-orders have already closed. That’s where this current map, for all the stragglers who haven’t been able — or couldn’t be bothered — to plan ahead, comes in. It includes some options from Chinatown (where many restaurants will remain open on the day), some meaty French fare, and some Indian, Tunisian, and Afghan dishes, too.

Note that most restaurants on this guide are also open Christmas Eve and other days around the holiday — check their websites or social media for precise details.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Bordelais

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1000 Boul Gouin O, Montréal
QC H3L 1K9, Canada
(514) 337-3540
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Opening on Christmas day is a tradition that has been going strong for 39 years now, and though Le Bordelais won’t be able to welcome diners indoors, it’s French menu remains within reach. There’s everything from smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail to steak frites and and fish and chips, available from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2. Elounda

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1818 Blvd. de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 2A6, Canada
(514) 331-4040
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If an expansive spread of grilled fish and garlicky crustaceans conjures the holidays for you and yours, this Côte-Vertu area Greek haunt may be a shoe-in. Pad your seafood picks with a selection of cold and hot appetizers — there are enough to fill all the empty spots at the table.

3. Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada
(514) 738-7486
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Squint a little, and this three-storey-high orange sphere may just look like a Christmas ornament tossed aside the Décarie. Stop buy 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.

4. Dak Hing Barbecue

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4705 Av. Van Horne, Montréal
QC H3W 1H8, Canada
(514) 560-8033
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Open throughout the holidays (with the exception of December 28 and 29, and January 4 and 5) is Côte-Des-Neiges’ primo Chinese barbecue spot, which just recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. There’s no going wrong with its selection of barbecued meats, including char siu, and roast duck (original, black pepper, or pipa).

5. Snowdon Deli

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5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada
(514) 488-9129
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This Côte-des-Neiges deli had been open since 1942 and is still within the family, making it one of Montreal’s most iconic. Stop by between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas day for some of its famed marbled beef on rye, along with some matzo ball soup, potato knishes, blintzes, and a sweet or two.

6. Chand Palace

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989 Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal
QC H3N 1S9, Canada
(514) 271-6000

Several of Park-Ex’s Indian restaurants will be open for takeout and delivery on Christmas day. Still haven’t sworn your allegiance to particular one? Chand Palace’s creamy North Indian curries, including its lamb tikka masala and veggie korma, are worth a try. Round out the order with a biryani and mango lassi.

7. Duc de Lorraine

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5002 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
QC H3V 1G6, Canada
(514) 731-4128
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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.

8. La Rose des Sables

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1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L7, Canada
(514) 593-6655
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This Rosemont mainstay is perhaps best known for its warm and cozy ambience, achieved with live musical performances, weekend belly dancing, a bring-your-own-wine allowance, and lantern lighting. But, throughout the pandemic, it has been channeling that energy into its cooking. Opt for one its briks (filo pastry pockets stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses ,and eggs) to start, a fragrant tagine or couscous for a main, and some traditional Tunisian pastries for dessert.

9. Maquis Yasolo

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3763 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada
(514) 248-4498
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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 from noon to 6 p.m. on December 25. on the menu is a special holiday offering: a whole charcoal-grilled chicken marinated for 24 hours in jerk seasoning, served with attiéké (fermented cassava) riz collé (rice with kidney beans), alloco (fried plantains), and a selection of homemade sauces.

10. Le Kioko

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3735 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada
(514) 657-7979
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For another standout option in Saint-Henri, there’s Le Kioko, staying open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, and throughout the holidays in general. There’s no going wrong with one of their platters, and the addition of some of their special rolls, like neighbourhood namesake, the “sud-ouest,” with salmon tartar, tobiko, shrimp tempura, fried onions, avocado, spicy mayo and shallots.

1809 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada
(514) 931-8889
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Downtown mainstay PM offers generous portions and a wide selection of Chinese and Thai dishes, and it doesn’t appear to have scaled back its offerings at all for its takeout menu. Choose between dozens of mains, sides, drinks, and more right on the restaurant’s website, with free delivery for orders over $30 within a 3 km radius and 10 percent off orders over $20. Don’t worry about having to make a separate trip to the SAQ; PM also delivers Dukang and Sapporo.

12. Le Taj

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2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada
(514) 845-9015
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Another spot that makes it possible to enjoy a feast on Christmas Day without having to worry about any pre-planning (or cooking). While Le Taj, a staple in Montreal since the 80s, has had to abandon its lunchtime buffets for the time being, it’s still open every day of the week, including Christmas Day, from 5 to 10 p.m. for takeout and delivery of its wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Be sure to add some of Le Taj’s delicious samosas and pakoras to your order.

13. Khyber Pass Restaurant

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506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A7, Canada
(514) 844-7131
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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 other Afghan dishes. Following a brief closure, the Duluth spot has reopened for takeout and delivery, and will serve customers throughout the holidays.

14. Cantine Burgz

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1243 Rue Charlevoix, Montréal
QC H3K 2Z7, Canada
(514) 702-2524
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Pointe-Saint-Charles Haitian restaurant Cantine Burgz will be open on Christmas day, offering its same pared-down menu of griot (spiced and fried pork cubes), vegetables and beef, chicken, and a vegetarian option. All come with a side or rice, plantains, salad, and pikliz, and won’t set you back more than $13.

15. La Capital Tacos

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1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 873-5255
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La Capital Tacos closed up shop early this month, from December 7 to 20, so that it could remain open throughout the holidays. “You won’t be able to go to Cancun, but at least you can feast on the best tacos for Christmas & New Years,” it says in a Facebook post. Also available are three special holiday edition tamales: vegan purple sweet potatoes and beans, pork chile colorado, and cocoa-pineapple (for dessert).

16. Pho Bac

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1016 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J3, Canada
(514) 393-8116
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One of Chinatown’s best pho spots, Pho Bac will remain open this Christmas. Hot tip: Get some Vietnamese iced coffee to go, too.

17. Restaurant Impérial

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998 Boul St-Laurent 6th floor, Montréal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada
(514) 379-4664
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If you see dim sum in your Christmas future, place an order at Restaurant Impérial — one of the city’s best spots for dim sum, and one that has effectively embraced red zone restrictions with free delivery on orders over $50; a great reason to place yours directly with the restaurant, although delivery is also available on most major platforms. Fill your table with lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice with chicken, pork, shrimp and mushrooms, dumplings (especially the har gow), bao, and more from Impérial’s extensive takeout menu featuring over 20 dim sum dishes.

18. Gibbys

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298 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B6, Canada
(514) 282-1837
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Get in the festive mood with a ribeye and Monte Carlo potatoes at this Old Montreal institution, open from 5 p.m. Christmas Day and serving its regular carnivore-friendly menu to go. Word has it that orders are already piling up, so the earlier you can place yours, the better.

1. Le Bordelais

1000 Boul Gouin O, Montréal, QC H3L 1K9, Canada

Opening on Christmas day is a tradition that has been going strong for 39 years now, and though Le Bordelais won’t be able to welcome diners indoors, it’s French menu remains within reach. There’s everything from smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail to steak frites and and fish and chips, available from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

1000 Boul Gouin O, Montréal
QC H3L 1K9, Canada

2. Elounda

1818 Blvd. de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 2A6, Canada

If an expansive spread of grilled fish and garlicky crustaceans conjures the holidays for you and yours, this Côte-Vertu area Greek haunt may be a shoe-in. Pad your seafood picks with a selection of cold and hot appetizers — there are enough to fill all the empty spots at the table.

1818 Blvd. de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 2A6, Canada

3. Gibeau Orange Julep

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4P 2H4, Canada

Squint a little, and this three-storey-high orange sphere may just look like a Christmas ornament tossed aside the Décarie. Stop buy 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.

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada

4. Dak Hing Barbecue

4705 Av. Van Horne, Montréal, QC H3W 1H8, Canada

Open throughout the holidays (with the exception of December 28 and 29, and January 4 and 5) is Côte-Des-Neiges’ primo Chinese barbecue spot, which just recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. There’s no going wrong with its selection of barbecued meats, including char siu, and roast duck (original, black pepper, or pipa).

4705 Av. Van Horne, Montréal
QC H3W 1H8, Canada

5. Snowdon Deli

5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H3W 3C2, Canada

This Côte-des-Neiges deli had been open since 1942 and is still within the family, making it one of Montreal’s most iconic. Stop by between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas day for some of its famed marbled beef on rye, along with some matzo ball soup, potato knishes, blintzes, and a sweet or two.

5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada

6. Chand Palace

989 Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal, QC H3N 1S9, Canada

Several of Park-Ex’s Indian restaurants will be open for takeout and delivery on Christmas day. Still haven’t sworn your allegiance to particular one? Chand Palace’s creamy North Indian curries, including its lamb tikka masala and veggie korma, are worth a try. Round out the order with a biryani and mango lassi.

989 Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal
QC H3N 1S9, Canada

7. Duc de Lorraine

5002 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC H3V 1G6, Canada

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.

5002 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
QC H3V 1G6, Canada

8. La Rose des Sables

1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L7, Canada

This Rosemont mainstay is perhaps best known for its warm and cozy ambience, achieved with live musical performances, weekend belly dancing, a bring-your-own-wine allowance, and lantern lighting. But, throughout the pandemic, it has been channeling that energy into its cooking. Opt for one its briks (filo pastry pockets stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses ,and eggs) to start, a fragrant tagine or couscous for a main, and some traditional Tunisian pastries for dessert.

1815 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1L7, Canada

9. Maquis Yasolo

3763 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8, Canada

From the same people behind Aliments Yasolo grocery store next door is this Afro-Québécois restaurant, which — lucky for Saint-Henri — will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on December 25. on the menu is a special holiday offering: a whole charcoal-grilled chicken marinated for 24 hours in jerk seasoning, served with attiéké (fermented cassava) riz collé (rice with kidney beans), alloco (fried plantains), and a selection of homemade sauces.

3763 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada

10. Le Kioko

3735 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8, Canada

For another standout option in Saint-Henri, there’s Le Kioko, staying open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, and throughout the holidays in general. There’s no going wrong with one of their platters, and the addition of some of their special rolls, like neighbourhood namesake, the “sud-ouest,” with salmon tartar, tobiko, shrimp tempura, fried onions, avocado, spicy mayo and shallots.

3735 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada

11. PM

1809 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M2, Canada

Downtown mainstay PM offers generous portions and a wide selection of Chinese and Thai dishes, and it doesn’t appear to have scaled back its offerings at all for its takeout menu. Choose between dozens of mains, sides, drinks, and more right on the restaurant’s website, with free delivery for orders over $30 within a 3 km radius and 10 percent off orders over $20. Don’t worry about having to make a separate trip to the SAQ; PM also delivers Dukang and Sapporo.

1809 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada

12. Le Taj

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1R7, Canada

Another spot that makes it possible to enjoy a feast on Christmas Day without having to worry about any pre-planning (or cooking). While Le Taj, a staple in Montreal since the 80s, has had to abandon its lunchtime buffets for the time being, it’s still open every day of the week, including Christmas Day, from 5 to 10 p.m. for takeout and delivery of its wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Be sure to add some of Le Taj’s delicious samosas and pakoras to your order.

2077 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R7, Canada

13. Khyber Pass Restaurant

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A7, Canada

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 other Afghan dishes. Following a brief closure, the Duluth spot has reopened for takeout and delivery, and will serve customers throughout the holidays.

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A7, Canada

14. Cantine Burgz

1243 Rue Charlevoix, Montréal, QC H3K 2Z7, Canada

Pointe-Saint-Charles Haitian restaurant Cantine Burgz will be open on Christmas day, offering its same pared-down menu of griot (spiced and fried pork cubes), vegetables and beef, chicken, and a vegetarian option. All come with a side or rice, plantains, salad, and pikliz, and won’t set you back more than $13.

1243 Rue Charlevoix, Montréal
QC H3K 2Z7, Canada

15. La Capital Tacos

1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

La Capital Tacos closed up shop early this month, from December 7 to 20, so that it could remain open throughout the holidays. “You won’t be able to go to Cancun, but at least you can feast on the best tacos for Christmas & New Years,” it says in a Facebook post. Also available are three special holiday edition tamales: vegan purple sweet potatoes and beans, pork chile colorado, and cocoa-pineapple (for dessert).

1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

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16. Pho Bac

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

One of Chinatown’s best pho spots, Pho Bac will remain open this Christmas. Hot tip: Get some Vietnamese iced coffee to go, too.

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

17. Restaurant Impérial

998 Boul St-Laurent 6th floor, Montréal, QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

If you see dim sum in your Christmas future, place an order at Restaurant Impérial — one of the city’s best spots for dim sum, and one that has effectively embraced red zone restrictions with free delivery on orders over $50; a great reason to place yours directly with the restaurant, although delivery is also available on most major platforms. Fill your table with lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice with chicken, pork, shrimp and mushrooms, dumplings (especially the har gow), bao, and more from Impérial’s extensive takeout menu featuring over 20 dim sum dishes.

998 Boul St-Laurent 6th floor, Montréal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

18. Gibbys

298 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B6, Canada

Get in the festive mood with a ribeye and Monte Carlo potatoes at this Old Montreal institution, open from 5 p.m. Christmas Day and serving its regular carnivore-friendly menu to go. Word has it that orders are already piling up, so the earlier you can place yours, the better.

298 Place d'Youville, Montréal
QC H2Y 2B6, Canada

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