Let’s do lunch: hotel restaurants edition

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on May 5, 2022.

Montréal’s downtown and Old Montréal hotels have outstanding dining options, whether you’re looking for a casual business lunch or a more leisurely meal.

DOWNTOWN

 

Bar George

1440 Drummond Street | Website

Classic English and Scottish fare are the stars of the menu at Bar George, an absolutely stunning space featuring 300-year-old stained glass windows, wood paneled walls and 22-carat gold fixtures. Yet despite its location inside a 140-year old heritage mansion, Bar George doesn’t take itself too seriously and adds a little dash of Montréal fun to its ambiance and cuisine.

 

EAST Pan-asiatique

1250 Robert-Bourassa Blvd. | Website

Hotel Renaissance’s EAST restaurant explores the rich culinary heritage of many Asian countries while retaining each dish’s authenticity. Explore or discover popular Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, or Korean dishes in a trendy ambiance.

 

Henri Brasserie Française

1240 Square Phillips Street | Website

Located inside the iconic Birks Building, Henri Brasserie Française’s space reflects its 19th centure splendour with its ornate ceiling and mouldings, stained glass windows and brass accents. The menu is classic brasserie fare with a special focus on using local and sustainable ingredients.

 

L'Ô - Restaurant et Lounge

1180 de la Montagne Street | Website

Simple and well-executed international and local cuisines are the main attraction at L’Ô Restaurant and Lounge. It’s the ideal space for a business lunch or an after work cocktail.

 

Le Boulevardier

2050 Mansfield Street | Website

Inspired by French brasseries and designed by star restaurant designer Zébulon Perron, Le Boulevardier reflects Le Germain Hotel’s elegant and contemporary look. The cuisine is rooted in French with an emphasis on seafood and featuring local ingredients.

 

Le Kube restaurant

900 De La Gauchetière Street West | Website

Offering a large variety of well-executed dishes, from signature items such as curries and fish, to pizza and burgers, Hotel Bonaventure’s Le Kube restaurant can please any palate and craving.

 

Lloyd

1 Place du Canada | Website

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain’s new restaurant Lloyd has an elegant and subdued design with soft lighting and a pastel palette. The chef here spent years in French Polynesia before moving to Montréal so the menu features Québec produce infused with a certain tropical flair.

 

Maison Boulud

1228 Sherbrooke Street West | Website

With a location inside the Ritz-Carlton, celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Montréal restaurant reflects the sophistication and elegance he’s so famous for. Maison Boulud’s menu is steeped in French tradition. It stars some of his New York City favourites but it also features many Québec ingredients put together with elegance and flair by Executive Chef Romain Cagnat.

 

Osco!, Brasserie Provençale

360 Saint-Antoine Street West | Website

 “Osco” is an old Provençal saying that means “bravo”. Osco! Brasserie Provençal highlights the cuisine of that sun-drenched region of southern France famous for its dreamy lavender fields and olive groves. The cuisine at Osco! is fresh and market-driven and features some classic French dishes such as duck magret and lamb chops.

 

Renoir

1155 Sherbrooke Street West | Website

Sofitel Montréal’s Renoir restaurant is an elegant space offering a refined cuisine by critically acclaimed chef Olivier Perret. The menu at Renoir is French-rooted but uses local ingredients to create a unique and sophisticated take on Montréal cuisine. Pastry chef Clément Tilly’s inventive desserts are not to be missed.

 

Restaurant Bivouac

1255 Jeanne Mance Street | Website

Restaurant Bivouac aims to bring certain unique flavours from the boreal forest onto the diner’s plates. From Labrador Tea, spruce and other wild and foraged ingredients to produce from local farms, the Bivouac dining experience always surprises. Open for lunch from April 26, 2022.

 

Restaurant H3

340 De La Gauchetière Street West | Website

Downtown’s new Humaniti “Vertical Community” is the home of Restaurant H3, a space that mixes cuisine du terroir with art, inspired not only by the likes of Riopelle or Séguin, but also by the artisans and creators that feed us.

 

Restaurant Rosélys

900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West | Website

Bold geometric patterns and jewelled-toned colours pair well in Rosélys’ impressive dining room. “Inspired by the French and English influences of Montréal’s heritage”, the menu is an ode to local flavours and cuisine.

 

Restaurant Siam

1325 René-Lévesque Blvd. West | Website

Specializing in Thai cuisine, Siam’s menu is packed with traditional dishes, including several vegetarian or vegan options. The beautiful plating may be contemporary but the flavours at Siam are truly authentic.

 

Restaurant Tbsp.

901 Square-Victoria Street | Website

Italian-inspired Restaurant Tbsp. specializes in fresh pasta and other signature dishes such as whole roasted fish, octopus carpaccio, tagliata (grilled sirloin) and more. Located right on the edge of Old Montréal and the downtown core, it’s a great lunch destination that’s within walking distance of both neighbourhoods.

 

OLD MONTRÉAL

 

Brasserie 701

701 Côte de la Place-d'Armes | Website

Housed inside a gorgeous grey stone building on iconic Place d’Armes in Old Montréal, Brasserie 701 is a charmer the minute one crosses the threshold. The brasserie-inspired menu is just as chic as the space and features all your classics such as beef tartare, bouillabaisse and pâté en croute.

 

gaZette

270 Saint-Antoine Street West | Website

Located inside the Westin in Old Montréal, gaZette is a catch-all restaurant headed by chef Paul Little. While the breakfast service doesn’t deviate from classics like bagels with lox or stacks of pancakes, lunches and dinners feature a wide range of dishes, from poutines and poke bowls to burgers and chicken dumplings.

 

Maggie Oakes

426 Place Jacques-Cartier | Website

Maggie Oakes is a modern steakhouse located on historic Place Jacques Cartier. It serves top quality Canadian beef that is dry aged in their in-house meat cooler. The two-course lunch table d’hôte menu is the perfect occasion to indulge in their specialties.

 

NELLI bistro

104 Saint-Paul Street West | Website

Coffee shop by day and wine bar by night, NELLI bistro is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in the charming inner courtyard of Hôtel Nelligan. On the menu are sandwiches for a speedy meal or grilled meats and fish for a more leisurely dining experience.

 

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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