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The 15 Most Underrated Restaurants in Montreal

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We first put the question to you, the readers: what is the most under the radar restaurant in Montreal? Over the last several weeks, many of you took the time to respond.

The result was a deluge of restaurants, from diners to formal pushers of gourmet gastronomy, that, in your collective judgement, warrant more accolades, more love and more foot traffic.

The list was long but we took it upon ourselves to pare it down to a tidy - and eclectic - fifteen.

Disagree or have a personal fave not on the list? No problem. Drop a comment below or cast your votes to the tipline. But first, have a look at the map.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. M sur Masson

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2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec
H1Y 1W9, Canada
(514) 678-2999
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The restaurant that first put Masson and Vieux-Rosemont on the map no longer has famously snug digs and a postage stamp kitchen. Still a quality bistro nonetheless.

2. Tri Express

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1650 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 1J2, Canada
(514) 528-5641
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Antonio Park, Junichi Ikematsu and Shinji Nagai rule the haute sashimi scene in Montreal but Tri Du has been at it, successfully, for two decades. This is far from austere Jiro-san style but, still, the cash-only, sans alcohol Tri Express is a lot of fun.

3. Alep

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199 Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2R 1S8, Canada
(514) 270-6396
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Alep is a soigné spot close to Marché Jean-Talon that serves loyal Levantine fare. Home to (surprise) one of the best wine lists in the city, the restaurant has been in business since 1976 and has a nice, casual sister bistro - Le Petit Alep - next door.

4. Kitchen Galerie

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60 Jean-Talon E., Montreal, Quebec
H2R 1S5, Canada
(514) 315-8994
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Kitchen Galerie had off-the-charts buzz when it hit the scene in 2007 with a chef from Club 357c and Les Caprices de Nicolas. Well, guess what: 2010 Gold Medal Plates champ Mathieu Cloutier is still in the kitchen.

5. Primo e Secondo

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7023 rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3B6, Canada
(514) 908-0838
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Even a good restaurant like Primo e Secondo can get lost in the shuffle in a busy food enclave like Marché Jean-Talon. But Roberto Stabile is a diligent and talented chef. And with wife Natalina front of house, this is a family affair.

6. Lucca

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12 rue Dante, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 1J5, Canada
(514) 278-6502
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The shine is on Impasto now but Lucca's Little Italy bona fides on Dante date to 1999.

7. Brama

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6701 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3C8, Canada
The former pasta chef at Osteria Venti, Mike Ursini, ran the kitchen at Brama until very recently. The restaurant, open just over a year ago, has been a relative hit with critics and diners alike.

8. Tripoli

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679 rue Saint-Roch, Montreal, Quebec
H3N 1L2, Canada
(514) 277-4689
This no-nonsense Greek taverna in Park Ex serves family-style salads, meze and gonzo grilled meat platters (try the lamb ribs), with lines out the door.

9. Cocagne

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3842 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2M2, Canada
(514) 286-0700
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The old Toqué is decidedly under the radar (L'Express is across the street) but is home to some of the most inventive menus in the city, thanks to chef Alexandre Loiseau.

10. Pintxo

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256 rue Roy Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1M6, Canada
(514) 844-0222
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Pintxo has had to scrap in order to establish a consistent niche with upscale takes on tapas. It deserves a look and, notably, celebrates a decade in business in 2014.

11. Casa Minhota

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3959 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1Y4, Canada
(514) 842-2661
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It's easy to take a restaurant like Casa Minhota for granted because it's been a fixture on the Main for so long. The place is invariably packed, especially on weekends, with Portuguese families who've long since moved from the area but who flock from the 'burbs on weekends for platters of charcoal-grilled fish and meats.

12. Big in Japan

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3723 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2V7, Canada
(514) 847-2222
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Big in Japan got the Bourdain bump when Martin Picard and Normand Laprise had him sample the izakaya-like hangover food on the Montreal episode of The Layover. Still underrated, many readers proclaim.

13. La Porte

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3627 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2V5, Canada
(514) 282-4996
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Lesley Chesterman gave La Porte a hefty 3.5 stars in a June, 2010 review. Chef Thierry Rouye and wife Pascale have a way with French food but need to do more, apparently, to generate word of mouth. (La Porte ultimately closed in May. The couple will open a new restaurant soon in the Laurentians.)

14. Furusato

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2137 rue de Bleury, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2K2, Canada
(514) 849-3438
"Furusato is a place of simple charms, a reminder that comfort food doesn’t always mean mac ’n’ cheese.", wrote Sarah Musgrave in a 2012 review of this downtown Japanese restaurant.

15. EVOO

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3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal
QC H4L 1P2, Canada
(514) 846-3886
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EVOO has a posse of ardent followers in the Sud-Ouest but you get the sense that the creative cuisine of chefs Sophie Ouellet and Peter Saunders deserves a wider audience.

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1. M sur Masson

2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec, H1Y 1W9, Canada
The restaurant that first put Masson and Vieux-Rosemont on the map no longer has famously snug digs and a postage stamp kitchen. Still a quality bistro nonetheless.
2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec
H1Y 1W9, Canada

2. Tri Express

1650 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 1J2, Canada
Antonio Park, Junichi Ikematsu and Shinji Nagai rule the haute sashimi scene in Montreal but Tri Du has been at it, successfully, for two decades. This is far from austere Jiro-san style but, still, the cash-only, sans alcohol Tri Express is a lot of fun.
1650 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 1J2, Canada

3. Alep

199 Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2R 1S8, Canada
Alep is a soigné spot close to Marché Jean-Talon that serves loyal Levantine fare. Home to (surprise) one of the best wine lists in the city, the restaurant has been in business since 1976 and has a nice, casual sister bistro - Le Petit Alep - next door.
199 Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2R 1S8, Canada

4. Kitchen Galerie

60 Jean-Talon E., Montreal, Quebec, H2R 1S5, Canada
Kitchen Galerie had off-the-charts buzz when it hit the scene in 2007 with a chef from Club 357c and Les Caprices de Nicolas. Well, guess what: 2010 Gold Medal Plates champ Mathieu Cloutier is still in the kitchen.
60 Jean-Talon E., Montreal, Quebec
H2R 1S5, Canada

5. Primo e Secondo

7023 rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 3B6, Canada
Even a good restaurant like Primo e Secondo can get lost in the shuffle in a busy food enclave like Marché Jean-Talon. But Roberto Stabile is a diligent and talented chef. And with wife Natalina front of house, this is a family affair.
7023 rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3B6, Canada

6. Lucca

12 rue Dante, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 1J5, Canada
The shine is on Impasto now but Lucca's Little Italy bona fides on Dante date to 1999.
12 rue Dante, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 1J5, Canada

7. Brama

6701 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 3C8, Canada
The former pasta chef at Osteria Venti, Mike Ursini, ran the kitchen at Brama until very recently. The restaurant, open just over a year ago, has been a relative hit with critics and diners alike.
6701 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 3C8, Canada

8. Tripoli

679 rue Saint-Roch, Montreal, Quebec, H3N 1L2, Canada
This no-nonsense Greek taverna in Park Ex serves family-style salads, meze and gonzo grilled meat platters (try the lamb ribs), with lines out the door.
679 rue Saint-Roch, Montreal, Quebec
H3N 1L2, Canada

9. Cocagne

3842 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 2M2, Canada
The old Toqué is decidedly under the radar (L'Express is across the street) but is home to some of the most inventive menus in the city, thanks to chef Alexandre Loiseau.
3842 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2M2, Canada

10. Pintxo

256 rue Roy Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1M6, Canada
Pintxo has had to scrap in order to establish a consistent niche with upscale takes on tapas. It deserves a look and, notably, celebrates a decade in business in 2014.
256 rue Roy Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1M6, Canada

11. Casa Minhota

3959 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1Y4, Canada
It's easy to take a restaurant like Casa Minhota for granted because it's been a fixture on the Main for so long. The place is invariably packed, especially on weekends, with Portuguese families who've long since moved from the area but who flock from the 'burbs on weekends for platters of charcoal-grilled fish and meats.
3959 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1Y4, Canada

12. Big in Japan

3723 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2V7, Canada
Big in Japan got the Bourdain bump when Martin Picard and Normand Laprise had him sample the izakaya-like hangover food on the Montreal episode of The Layover. Still underrated, many readers proclaim.
3723 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2V7, Canada

13. La Porte

3627 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2V5, Canada
Lesley Chesterman gave La Porte a hefty 3.5 stars in a June, 2010 review. Chef Thierry Rouye and wife Pascale have a way with French food but need to do more, apparently, to generate word of mouth. (La Porte ultimately closed in May. The couple will open a new restaurant soon in the Laurentians.)
3627 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2V5, Canada

14. Furusato

2137 rue de Bleury, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2K2, Canada
"Furusato is a place of simple charms, a reminder that comfort food doesn’t always mean mac ’n’ cheese.", wrote Sarah Musgrave in a 2012 review of this downtown Japanese restaurant.
2137 rue de Bleury, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2K2, Canada

15. EVOO

3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal, QC H4L 1P2, Canada
EVOO has a posse of ardent followers in the Sud-Ouest but you get the sense that the creative cuisine of chefs Sophie Ouellet and Peter Saunders deserves a wider audience.
3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal
QC H4L 1P2, Canada

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