Entertainment, food and fun at the Casino de Montréal
The Casino de Montréal has been serving up glitz, glamour, fine-dining and entertainment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since 1993, in the architectural jewel that once housed the French Pavilion at Expo 67. The Casino de Montréal has something for everyone, from live concerts to restaurants for all tastes.
Let the good times roll in Montréal!
It is the biggest casino in Canada, located on Île Notre-Dame, just minutes away from downtown Montréal.
Originally designed by architect Jean Faugeron and associated architect André Blouin as the French Pavillion on the site of Expo 67 – the most successful World’s fair of the 20th century, drawing over 50 million visitors – the massive casino complex opened in October 1993 and features three interconnected buildings: the iconic French Pavilion, the neighbouring Québec Pavilion (which today houses the Cabaret du Casino concert hall) and an annex built by the casino.
Inside, adults (18+) will discover a colourful and exciting playground of restaurants, bars and lounge areas popular with tourists and locals alike. From slots and gaming tables to free live concerts by top local entertainers, visitors can enjoy a leisurely night out, all under one roof.
The Casino de Montréal is the biggest casino in Canada and has hosted the World Series of Poker. In addition to more than 100 gaming tables – everything from baccarat and blackjack to craps and roulette – the Casino de Montréal has more than 3,000 slot machines.
The establishment introduces new gaming experiences regularly, which you can discover here before heading out, and its interactive and immersive space called The Zone is a unique and lively explosion of sound and light, where friends can enjoy themselves at their own private gaming table, to enjoy a variety of gaming experiences at their own speed.
Restaurants for all tastes
The Casino de Montréal has a variety of dining options, from Asian cuisine to famed French chef Joël Robuchon’s first restaurant in Canada.
Ajia offers up a selection of Thai, Chinese and Korean food.
L'Instant is a classic deli serving up burgers, club sandwiches and famous Montréal smoked meat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breakfast is also served until 11:00 am daily.
Le Montréal is a cozy seafood and grill restaurant featuring market-fresh products, located on the casino's fifth floor with a stunning view of Montréal.
Named after Expo 67, the Pavillon 67 is a buffet restaurant with a vast selection of dishes to match every palate, and an eye-popping dessert table.
Famed French chef Joël Robuchon’s first restaurant in Canada, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, has enthralled foodies since its grand opening at the Casino de Montréal in December 2016. A jewel in Montréal’s internationally-celebrated restaurant scene, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – like his Ateliers in Paris, London and Shanghai – is known for offering top-flight fine-dining in a friendly and unpretentious environment, and draws gourmet aficionados from around the world.
The acclaimed Montréal “kitchen brigade” of L’Atelier is entirely from Québec and puts local ingredients forward in different menu items. For example, the menu showcases Québec lamb ribs, buffalo mozzarella and cheese in its meals, to diners’ delight.
Cheers! Where to raise a glass
The Casino de Montréal is home to some friendly bars.
La Dame de cœur and Le Roi de pique is a relaxed place to sit and chat, enjoy a drink or before-dinner cocktails, while you can check out live sports on screens at Bar Poker, located near the Texas Hold’em tables. You can also enjoy bar snacks like chicken wings, smoked meat sandwiches or pizza at Bar Poker.
Le Valet de carreau is the entertainment nerve centre of the Casino de Montréal. The bar boasts a three-storey, 21-metre multimedia wall, large dancefloor and a stage for free live concerts by top local entertainers.
Live concerts at the Cabaret du Casino
The Cabaret du Casino concert venue looks and sounds great, with its state-of-the-art 3D psychoacoustic sound system and light shows. The Cabaret du Casino has welcomed everybody from Liza Minnelli to master impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon, and regularly presents concerts paying tribute to the world’s most popular entertainers. Brunch and dinner-show packages are also available.
The Cabaret du Casino also presents professional boxing matches.
Group outings to business meetings
The Casino de Montréal hosts private receptions and corporate events. From cocktails to galas, there is a venue to suit every need.
The Casino de Montréal offers free parking and coat check and is also easily accessible via Jean-Drapeau Métro station. Click here for directions.
For more information, visit the Casino de Montréal online.
Richard Burnett, blogger
Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.
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