clock menu more-arrow no yes

The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, May 2014

View as Map

What is the most difficult reservation in town? Where is the buzz? Welcome to the ever in flux Eater Heatmap - where we take the pulse of Montreal's restaurant scene.

The May 2014 installment welcomes newcomers in the Plateau, Rosemont, the Village and Villeray. All in all, a hodgepodge of hot spots that best represents what the culinary landscape of the city is all about.

Enjoy, and remember, this list is in no particular order.

12/05/13: Added: La Bête à Pain, Maïs, Lili Co., Hof Kelsten, Orange Rouge, Racines, Le Richmond
01/02/14: Added: Brasserie Bernard, Moteur, État-Major, Cardinal Tea Room, La Récréation
02/06/14: Added: Sel Gras, Le Shinji, Bethlehem XXX, Anabel, Le Serpent, Café Parvis, Au Pied de Cochon, Barcola
03/06/14: Added: Bishop & Bagg, Mercuri, Patrice Pâtissier, Saka-Ba!
04/03/14: Added: Les Coudes sur la Table, Galt, Taverne F, Biirū
05/01/14: Added: Labarake, Mesón, La Réserve, L'Gros Luxe, Majestique, Cantinho de Lisboa, Bar Mercuri

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Labarake / Caserne à Manger

Copy Link
3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1A3, Canada
(514) 521-0777
Visit Website
Labarake has a surefire, first impression advantage in old caserne de pompier digs in the Rosemont Angus Shops. The comfort food menu serves up burgers, ribs, a raw bar and a foie gras "du moment."

2. Mesón

Copy Link
342 rue Villeray, Montreal, QC
H2R 1G8, Canada
Can we call Mesón a Spanish bistro? You get the sense this is the vibe owners Sébastien Muniz and Victor Afonso and chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, all of Tapeo, want to inculcate. Casual with finesse, once more, rules the day. Plus brunch. [Photo]

3. Saka-Ba!

Copy Link
1279 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
Junichi Ikematsu (of Juni on Laurier) has gone downscale and is sans chef whites at his new izakaya. Saka-Ba! feels at home in a part of town that needs amnesty from greasy spoons and bistros. The liquor permit is in now, so you can enjoy a tallboy Asahi (or Red Stripe) with that soba.

4. Les Coudes sur la Table

Copy Link
2275 rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2K 2J3, Canada
The corny, staged photos from this bistro's launch party in September felt like a bad omen but, happily, none of that nonsense translates to the food. When you snag the best review of 2014 from Lesley Chesterman (so far) and a rave from Jean-Phillipe Tastet, as Les Coudes did recently, you deserve a place on this map.

5. L'Gros Luxe

Copy Link
3807 Saint-André, Montreal
QC H2L 3V9, Canada
(514) 447-2227
Visit Website
L'Gros Luxe, a new restaurant/bar/café that "serves up fresh, affordable food and drinks 7 days a week in the heart of the Plateau", includes principals from SuWu and Cabaret Underworld and a designer whose work is on display at the former, as well as 3643 St-Laurent Apt. 200. Food is in the haute snacks/tacos/burgers/poutine mold, with emphasis on drinks. [Photo]

6. La Réserve du Comptoir

Copy Link
2000 Amherst, Montreal, QC
H2L 3L9, Canada
(514) 521-8467
Lawrence has a butcher shop and now Le Comptoir is in on the act, sort of, with La Réserve. While not next door to the original Mile End restaurant, the charc shop and sandwich counter enlivens a 'hood in need of a jolt. No, not a sit-down restaurant per se but notable nonetheless.

7. Majestique

Copy Link
4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 439-1850
Visit Website
The good word on Majestique thusfar hinges on the Charles-Antoine Crête-curated menu, which includes a titanic 12-inch hot dog, and décor by Thomas Csano. [Photo]

8. Café Parvis

Copy Link
433 Mayor, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1N9, Canada
This new project from Furco and Buvette Chez Simone principals has salads and Romano-style pizza on the menu, a full booze permit and good buzz from critics like Sarah Musgrave and Jean-Philippe Tastet.

9. Cantinho de Lisboa

Copy Link
356 rue Saint-Paul ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
(514) 843-3003
Visit Website
The MTL Cuisine group's expansion in Old Montreal took on a new twist this week with Cantinho de Lisboa, a gourmet shop slash lunch counter with Helena and Portus Calle chef Helena Loureiro at the helm.

10. Mercuri / Bar Mercuri

Copy Link
645 Wellington, Montreal
QC H3C1T2, Canada
(514) 394-3444
Visit Website
Of Mercuri, Lesley Chesterman recently wrote: "Innovative, creative, complex and oh-so-flavourful, the dishes offered fireworks we taste all too rarely on the Montreal scene." And now, as of today, Bar Mercuri is open in a larger, adjacent space, with a more casual menu to complement the prix fixe fare next door.

11. Le Serpent

Copy Link
257 Prince, Montreal, Quebec
H3C 2N4, Canada
(514) 316-4666
Visit Website
White-hot Le Serpent seems to have it all: cool digs (the industrial chic contemporary art space that is La Fonderie Darling), proven ownership (Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet) and a name chef in Michele Mercuri.

12. Patrice Pâtissier

Copy Link
2360 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-5434
Visit Website
Patrice Demers and partner Marie-Josée Beaudoin finally unveiled the soigné and savoury wine bar side of Patrice Pâtissier last week. Menu items range from sunchoke pancakes with mushrooms and chèvre to trout with carrots, dill and crème fraîche. There's also a dessert dégustation, naturally, at $22 per.

1. Labarake / Caserne à Manger

3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H1W 1A3, Canada
Labarake has a surefire, first impression advantage in old caserne de pompier digs in the Rosemont Angus Shops. The comfort food menu serves up burgers, ribs, a raw bar and a foie gras "du moment."
3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1A3, Canada

2. Mesón

342 rue Villeray, Montreal, QC, H2R 1G8, Canada
Can we call Mesón a Spanish bistro? You get the sense this is the vibe owners Sébastien Muniz and Victor Afonso and chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, all of Tapeo, want to inculcate. Casual with finesse, once more, rules the day. Plus brunch. [Photo]
342 rue Villeray, Montreal, QC
H2R 1G8, Canada

3. Saka-Ba!

1279 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montreal, QC, Canada
Junichi Ikematsu (of Juni on Laurier) has gone downscale and is sans chef whites at his new izakaya. Saka-Ba! feels at home in a part of town that needs amnesty from greasy spoons and bistros. The liquor permit is in now, so you can enjoy a tallboy Asahi (or Red Stripe) with that soba.
1279 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

4. Les Coudes sur la Table

2275 rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2K 2J3, Canada
The corny, staged photos from this bistro's launch party in September felt like a bad omen but, happily, none of that nonsense translates to the food. When you snag the best review of 2014 from Lesley Chesterman (so far) and a rave from Jean-Phillipe Tastet, as Les Coudes did recently, you deserve a place on this map.
2275 rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2K 2J3, Canada

5. L'Gros Luxe

3807 Saint-André, Montreal, QC H2L 3V9, Canada
L'Gros Luxe, a new restaurant/bar/café that "serves up fresh, affordable food and drinks 7 days a week in the heart of the Plateau", includes principals from SuWu and Cabaret Underworld and a designer whose work is on display at the former, as well as 3643 St-Laurent Apt. 200. Food is in the haute snacks/tacos/burgers/poutine mold, with emphasis on drinks. [Photo]
3807 Saint-André, Montreal
QC H2L 3V9, Canada

6. La Réserve du Comptoir

2000 Amherst, Montreal, QC, H2L 3L9, Canada
Lawrence has a butcher shop and now Le Comptoir is in on the act, sort of, with La Réserve. While not next door to the original Mile End restaurant, the charc shop and sandwich counter enlivens a 'hood in need of a jolt. No, not a sit-down restaurant per se but notable nonetheless.
2000 Amherst, Montreal, QC
H2L 3L9, Canada

7. Majestique

4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
The good word on Majestique thusfar hinges on the Charles-Antoine Crête-curated menu, which includes a titanic 12-inch hot dog, and décor by Thomas Csano. [Photo]
4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

8. Café Parvis

433 Mayor, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1N9, Canada
This new project from Furco and Buvette Chez Simone principals has salads and Romano-style pizza on the menu, a full booze permit and good buzz from critics like Sarah Musgrave and Jean-Philippe Tastet.
433 Mayor, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1N9, Canada

9. Cantinho de Lisboa

356 rue Saint-Paul ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada
The MTL Cuisine group's expansion in Old Montreal took on a new twist this week with Cantinho de Lisboa, a gourmet shop slash lunch counter with Helena and Portus Calle chef Helena Loureiro at the helm.
356 rue Saint-Paul ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

10. Mercuri / Bar Mercuri

645 Wellington, Montreal, QC H3C1T2, Canada
Of Mercuri, Lesley Chesterman recently wrote: "Innovative, creative, complex and oh-so-flavourful, the dishes offered fireworks we taste all too rarely on the Montreal scene." And now, as of today, Bar Mercuri is open in a larger, adjacent space, with a more casual menu to complement the prix fixe fare next door.
645 Wellington, Montreal
QC H3C1T2, Canada

11. Le Serpent

257 Prince, Montreal, Quebec, H3C 2N4, Canada
White-hot Le Serpent seems to have it all: cool digs (the industrial chic contemporary art space that is La Fonderie Darling), proven ownership (Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet) and a name chef in Michele Mercuri.
257 Prince, Montreal, Quebec
H3C 2N4, Canada

12. Patrice Pâtissier

2360 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada
Patrice Demers and partner Marie-Josée Beaudoin finally unveiled the soigné and savoury wine bar side of Patrice Pâtissier last week. Menu items range from sunchoke pancakes with mushrooms and chèvre to trout with carrots, dill and crème fraîche. There's also a dessert dégustation, naturally, at $22 per.
2360 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

Related Maps