Montréal’s award-winning restaurants

Montréal is a fantastic food city with such an amazing range of restaurants that it can sometimes be difficult to choose just one. With fabulous flavours and unique culinary experiences in every neighbourhood, it’s no wonder that so many of the city’s establishments have made their way to the top of several prestigious lists. So bring your appetite and get ready to discover Montréal’s award-winning cuisine.

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Joe Beef

No. 2 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Joe Beef is a place where locals congregate, and around which tourists plan their Montréal trip! The popular lobster pasta is a must for first timers although anything on the menu will make your taste buds sing. Dave McMillan and Fred Morin have their restaurants down to a delicious science.

Restaurant Toqué!

No. 3 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

A staple on the Montréal restaurant scene since 1993, chef Normand Laprise’s restaurant is built on his passion and commitment to shedding a spotlight on Québec’s local and seasonal ingredients. Beautiful and delightful dishes and exceptional service make a meal at Restaurant Toqué! an experience to remember. There’s a reason this restaurant has been part of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants top 10 since 2015!

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Le Mousso

No. 6 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Known for its tasting menu and wine pairings, Le Mousso has been a hit on Montréal’s dining scene since day 1. Its dishes, plated like works of art, are colourful, original and flawless. It’s a great place for a celebration. If you’re not in the mood for a tasting menu, the newly opened Le Petit Mousso right next door offers a more casual ambiance with an à la carte menu.

Montréal Plaza Restaurant

No. 8 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

A meal at Montréal Plaza Restaurant will always surprise and delight. The dining room has a modern crisp ambiance with quirky accent pieces that will make you do a double take. Try the tasting menu to sample some extraordinary dishes or order items to share with you dining companions. All will result in a great night out.

Le Vin Papillon

No. 13 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

With in season ingredients, fantastic cocktails and wines, a charming garden, and creative dishes to share, Le Vin Papillon has been putting smiles on people’s faces since 2013. The crew, all part of the Joe Beef staff, is like an all-star team of extremely talented humans. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations but a local’s trick to avoid waiting is to head over for a late lunch or early dinner when it opens at 3 pm.

Liverpool House

No. 19 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Liverpool House is the third restaurant from the Joe Beef team to carve itself a spot on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants. Wedged between the original Joe Beef restaurant and Le Vin Papillon, Liverpool House is a casual and comfortable place for a great meal or a glass of wine and an easy bite. There’s nothing pretentious about this place and you have a better chance of scoring a reservation here than at its famous neighbour.

Estiatorio Milos

No. 30 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Opened in 1979, Estiatorio Milos has wowed tourists and locals with its service and ambiance along with its fish and seafood-heavy menu. Famous for having its fresh catch flown in daily from around the world, Milos offers its clientele some of the freshest dishes in the city in a décor that is reminiscent of a seaside Greek taverna. Head there for lunch if you want to enjoy the same quality dishes for a more wallet-friendly price.

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L’Express

No. 32 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Walk into this establishment and you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped foot in a Parisian bistro. L’Express’ layout, waiters and menu all come together to create an unmistakable French culinary experience. At this Montréal iconic establishment, must have dishes include the bone marrow with coarse salt, the chicken liver pate, the tartares with fries and the delicious pickles that come complimentary of the house with the baguette and butter.

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Maison Publique

No. 36 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Maison Publique is in the quaint, bohemian Plateau neighbourhood of Montréal. The menu, written on a chalkboard up on a sidewall, is rooted in British pub food while focusing on Canadian ingredients. The casual, family-friendly ambiance makes this restaurant a hit with everyone. Locals love the weekend brunch that includes some of the best pancakes in the city.

Pastel Restaurant

No. 38 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Canadian and Québec products are the focus at Pastel Restaurant, located in charming Old Montréal. The stunning décor is as refined and elegant as the delightful dishes that are akin to artful edible tableaux. Whether you dig into the celebrated tasting menu or pick the à la carte option, you are in for a memorable dining experience.

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Below is a list of some more Montréal award-winning restaurants with their specific rank on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants and on enRoute’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018 list:

Jun I - No. 41 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Damas - No. 43 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Elena - No. 44 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants and No. 3 on enRoute’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018 list

Monarque - No. 48 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Vin Mon Lapin - No. 50 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants and No. 2 on enRoute’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018 list and the Lauriers 2019 Restaurant of the year

Le Club Chasse et Pêche Restaurant Bar Salon - No. 52 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Casino de Montréal - No. 53 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Bouillon Bilk - No. 55 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Marconi - No. 73 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Maison Boulud - No. 74 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Foxy - No. 77 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Île Flottante - No. 83 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Candide - No. 85 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

La Chronique - No. 86 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Impasto - No. 90 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Provisions - No. 96 on Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants

Looking to celebrate with a festive cocktail? Check out our article on Montréal’s award winning bars!

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha, blogger

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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