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Restaurants in Montreal

Experience Québécois twists to French influences at Le Club Chasse et Pêche in Old Montreal. Head to the Plateau for winning bistros like Au Pied de Cochon, and an array of good-value ethnic restaurants. Mile End's best Greek food is at Milos; Chinatown and Little Italy offer the expected cuisines. Montrealers dine from 7pm/8pm until 10pm/11pm then stay for drinks, but many small bistros close Sunday or Monday. Tipping at 15% is the norm.

L'Avenue, Montreal. © Shelley MacDonald Beaulieu, courtesy of www.OneRoastVegetable.com

Top-end

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  1. 1. Milos - Top-end: (More than C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Although Milos is north of downtown in the Greek Mile End, it still draws Hollywood stars and lesser mortals for its premium quality fish and seafood. The decor is simple and chic, evoking a taverna feel. The success of the food lies in simple but top-notch ingredients expertly prepared. Lunch and Sundays are more affordable.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-12am; Sat & Sun 5.30pm-12am

    Address

    5357, avenue du Parc, Montreal H2V 4G9

    Telephone

    +1 514 272 3522

    Transport

    Bus 80

    Website

    Milos website

  2. 2. Kaizen - Top-end: (More than C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Just outside downtown in Westmount, Kaizen is worth the trip for its extensive menu of sushi, sashimi and maki. The eclectic décor makes some nods to Japan, but the fish-tail chairs at the sushi bar are unique. Try the kobe beef burger for lunch on the terrace. There's live jazz Monday and Tuesday.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm (until 11pm Mon, Thu & Fri); Sat 5.30pm-11.15pm; Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    4075, rue Sainte-Catherine ouest, Montreal H3Z 3J8

    Telephone

    +1 514 707 8744

    Transport

    Métro Atwater

    Website

    Kaizen

  3. 3. Toqué! - Top-end

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    Toqué! is the gem that single-handedly raised the entire city's gastronomic expectations. A meal here is obligatory for anyone who admires superb, dazzlingly presented food. A short menu and top-of-the-bin ingredients, some of them rarely seen together ensure a unique tasting experience. Fifteen years on the scene, and Toqué! is still at the top of its game.

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    Cost

    Main courses C$40-C$44; tasting menu C$92 (C$104 with foie gras)

    Opening hours

    Tues-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Tues-Sat 5:30-10pm

    Address

    900 place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, Canada

    Telephone

    514/499-2084

    Website

    Toqué!

  4. 4. Le Club Chasse et Pêche - Top-end: (More than C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Montreal. Courtesy of Le Club Chasse et Pêche

    Le Club Chasse et Pêche (Hunting and Fishing Club) has no sign out front, and the cavern-like interior has a haphazard design, but this addition to the Old Montreal scene has drawn praise from local foodies. Starters include briny oysters with unusual dressings. Surf 'n' Turf may be lobster and rabbit.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm (May-Sep & Dec lunch 11.30am-2.30pm)

    Address

    423, rue Saint-Claude, Montreal H2Y 3B6

    Telephone

    +1 514 861 1112

    Transport

    Métro Champ-de-Mars

    Website

    Le Club Chasse et Peche

Mid-range

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  1. 5. Holder - Mid-range: (C$25-C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Holder, Montreal. © Restaurant Holder

    On the edge of Old Montreal, Holder is a generously proportioned space where brokers, lawyers, and executives entertaining clients predominate at lunchtime. In the evenings, neighbourhood residents join them for bistro standards such as fried calamari, lobster bisque, crab and corn cakes, duck confit, beef tartare and the ever-reliable hanger steak avec frites.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm (until 11pm Sat)

    Address

    407, rue McGill, Montreal H2Y 2G3

    Telephone

    +1 514 849 0333

    Transport

    Métro Square-Victoria

    Website

    Holder

  2. 6. L'Express - Mid-range: (C$25-C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This Plateau institution feels like a small part of Paris. The food is fairly priced for a place busy from breakfast until after midnight. After a substantial starter like bone marrow, opt for full-flavoured duck breast with chewy chanterelles or stop by for a croque monsieur. L'Express serves honest, unpretentious food which is thoroughly satisfying.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8am-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-1am

    Address

    3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal H2W 2M4

    Telephone

    +1 514 845 5333

    Transport

    Métro Sherbrooke

    Website

    L'Express

  3. 7. Au Pied de Cochon - Mid-range: (C$25-C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal. © Magalie L'Abbé

    Though it looks like a typical Plateau restaurant, Au Pied de Cochon is packed six nights a week (try after 9pm). Leave cholesterol concerns at the door: this is all about slabs of beef, pork, lamb, venison and duck roasted to a falling-off-the-bone turn. Foie gras comes in several unusual but popular combinations.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 5pm-12am

    Address

    536, avenue Duluth est, Montreal H2L 1A9

    Telephone

    +1 514 281 1114

    Transport

    Métro Sherbrooke or Mont-Royal

    Website

    Au Pied de Cochon

  4. 8. Leméac - Mid-range: (C$25-C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This sprightly member of the Laurier scene has well-spaced tables and a crew of cheerful waitresses. While the bistro dishes sound conventional on the page, they're put together in freshly conceived ways. Expect the likes of wild mushroom and asparagus risotto or Aberdeen Angus filet mignon. Weekend brunch is popular, as is the side terrace.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri midday-midnight; Sat-Sun 10am-midnight

    Address

    1045, avenue Laurier ouest, Montreal H2V 2L1

    Telephone

    +1 514 270 0999

    Transport

    Métro: Laurier

    Website

    Lemeac

  5. 9. Pintxo - Mid-range

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    Pronounced "Peent-choo," the Basque word for tapas, this tucked-away restaurant draws from the Spanish Basque tradition, going in for exquisitely composed dishes at fair prices in pleasant surroundings. Cooking happens in an open kitchen in the middle of a two-part room with antique wood floors and brick walls. Each pintxo is true tapa size, only three or four bites, so order recklessly. 

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    Cost

    Main courses C$16-C$38 (£10-£24); tapas C$5-$12 (£3-£7) or less; menu dégustation C$32 (£20)

    Opening hours

    Wed-Fri noon-2pm; Mon-Sat 6-11pm; Sun 6-10pm

    Address

    256 rue Roy est, Montreal, Canada

    Telephone

    514/844-0222

    Website

    Pintxo

  6. 10. Garde Manger - Mid-range: (C$25-C$45 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Garde Manger, Montreal

    Garde Manger turned the Old Montreal dining scene on its head with its quirky décor, irreverence (rock soundtrack, deep-fried Mars bars for dessert) and attitude towards keeping seafood prices low. If the monster seafood platter doesn't appeal, choose well-cooked bavette (hanger steak) or a blackboard special. The party atmosphere continues until late.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 6pm-3am

    Address

    408, rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montreal H2Y 2S9

    Telephone

    +1 514 678 5044

    Transport

    Métro Place-d'Armes

    Website

    Garde Manger

Budget

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  1. 11. L'Avenue - Budget: (Less than C$25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    L'Avenue, Montreal. © Shelley MacDonald Beaulieu, courtesy of www.OneRoastVegetable.com

    Ever trendy, this hip Plateau restaurant's menu is as eclectic as its wild decor. The modern take on diner-style food comes in gigantic portions, often with a twist - burgers topped with goat's cheese and wild mushrooms, while the L'Avenue hanger steak is simply done to a turn. It's worth the queue for brunch.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-10pm

    Address

    922, avenue du Mont-Royal est, Montreal H2J 1X2

    Telephone

    +1 514 523 8780

    Transport

    Métro Mont-Royal

  2. 12. Schwartz's - Budget: (Less than C$25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This old-school Plateau delicatessen has many ardent fans, who are convinced Schwartz's is the only place to indulge in viande fumée. Plates are heaped with slices of smoked meat, accompanied by rye bread, fries and garlicky pickles. There's just a lunch counter and a few tables and chairs crammed together, so expect a wait.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-12.30am (until 1.30am Fri & 2.30am Sat)

    Address

    3895, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2W 1X9

    Telephone

    +1 514 842 4813

    Transport

    Métro Saint-Laurent

    Website

    Schwartz's deli website

  3. 13. ChuChai - Budget: (Less than C$25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The low-lit interior of ChuChai creates a serene atmosphere to enjoy well-crafted Thai dishes. Everything served at this Plateau restaurant is vegetarian - easy to forget after tasting the 'crispy duck'. Order the deep-fried seaweed to accompany it. Prices are even lower at next door Chuch, which is perfect for a picnic takeaway.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5pm-10pm (Chuch daily 11am-10pm)

    Address

    4088, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal H2W 2M5

    Telephone

    +1 514 843 4194

    Transport

    Métro Mont-Royal or Sherbrooke

  4. 14. Café Cherrier - Budget: (Less than C$25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Café Cherrier, Montreal. © Francis Mariani

    The tables on the terrace that wraps around Café Cherrier are filled whenever it's warm enough to linger over a bowl of café au lait, often until past midnight. Brunch is popular but consider this easygoing Plateau café-bistro any time a snack or a meal is in order. Portions are ample and inexpensive.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-10.30pm (from 8.30am Sat & Sun)

    Address

    3635, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal H2X 3L6

    Telephone

    +1 514 843 4308

    Transport

    Métro Sherbrooke

    Website

    Cafe Cherrier

  5. 15. Café Santropol - Budget: (Less than C$25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The decor is as eclectic as the ingredients in the massive sandwiches at this wholesome Plateau café. The vegetarian pies are savoury and come with a heap of salad and fruit. Be sure to try one of the many varieties of thick milkshakes, best enjoyed in Café Santropol's leafy garden in summer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-10pm

    Address

    3990, rue Saint-Urbain, Montreal H2W 1T7

    Telephone

    +1 514 842 3110

    Transport

    Bus 55

    Website

    Cafe Santropol

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