New restaurant openings in Montréal

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 January 30, 2024.

The Montréal restaurant scene is in constant motion, with new places opening every week. Read this latest list and stay up to date with the city’s dynamic culinary scene.

Restaurants:

Heni

2621 Notre-Dame West | Website

Heni (which means jovial in Arabic) features the culinary traditions of the SWANA (South-West Asia and North Africa) and pays homage to these ancient cuisines in a very contemporary and refined way, sometimes painting them with a French brush while always remaining rooted in the past.

 

Hiatus Restaurant

1 Place Ville Marie, 45th & 46th Floor | Website

On the 45th and 46th floors of Place Ville Marie is Hiatus, a Japanese-inspired fine dining establishment. It is truly a wonder to savour some of hiatus’ exquisite and meticulously prepared dishes while admiring a bird’s eye view of the city below.

 

Palomar

200 Jean-Talon Street East | Website

Located in the heart of the Jean-Talon Market, Palomar specializes in fish and seafood, and more specifically dry-aged fish and charcuterie made with their own aged fish. The space also houses a fish shop and an extensive oyster bar.

Casavant

350 De Castelnau East | Website

Open 7 days a week, from 5pm to midnight, Casavant is a new neighbourhood brasserie opened by people in the industry (vinvinvin, Satay Brothers and Club Chasse et Pêche) with a desire to create a restaurant where they would want to go. Casavant is beautifully designed with a hint of 60s vintage accents and the food is classic brasserie but with a modern twist and a focus on local ingredients. The wine list is impeccable. This is a place you’d want to hang out at every night of the week.

Izakaya Regashi

820 Atwater Avenue | Website

An izakaya is a Japanese brasserie and the word “regashi” means legacy. This is truly a legacy place since it was founded by the son of Tri Du to whom we owe Tri Express, one of the best sushi restaurants in Montréal. Regashi serves sharing dishes featuring local meat and fish, some of which is aged on site.

Hayat

131 De La Commune Street West | Website

Hayat is a celebration of the culinary cultures of “the shores of Lebanon and the mountains of Syria”. Delectable mezzes to be shared, exquisite fish and meat dishes and their very own Levantine twist on cocktails and brunch are all a wonderful treat.

Sabayon

2194 Centre Street | Website

It was the sad sign that could be heard across the city when pastry chef Patrice Demers announced the closure of Patrice Pâtissier. He is back with Sabayon, a beautiful restaurant where he delves into savoury (and sweet) creations for evening service as well as teatime. His partner in life and in the business Marie-Josée Beaudoin takes care of the excellent service and the wine list.

La Marelle

129 Beaubien Street West | Website

Three Salle Climatisée alums are behind La Marelle, a new spot that’s taken over and revamped the Diplomate restaurant space. The menu offers dishes inspired by the chef’s Salvadorian culture and French cuisine experience.

Oncle Lee

222 Laurier West | Website

The most talked about opening of this new year is Oncle Lee from the team behind Bouillon Bilk, Cadet and Place Carmin. Chef Andersen Lee has honed his skills at these restaurants and offers a contemporary Chinese cuisine with a great cocktail menu in a relaxed and chic atmosphere perfect for Laurier West.

Chez Jean Paul

1141 Bélanger Street | Website

French classics, nostalgic family recipes and seasonal specialties are the kind of dishes you’ll find on Chez Jean-Paul’s menu, a new Petite-Patrie restaurant whose chef-owner has previously honed his skills at Joe Beef and Paloma. 

Ăn Chơi Plaza

6553 St-Hubert Street | Website

Plaza St-Hubert welcomes yet another great food establishment with Ăn Chơi Plaza. This beautiful and lively wine bar combines outstanding Vietnamese food culture with an impressive wine list.

Shūshūtō Bar à Ramen + Tapas

2600 Saint-Patrick Street | Website

Comforting and steaming bowls of ramen, mazemen, and udon carbonara share the menu with fusion tapas and great cocktails at Shūshūtō Bar à Ramen + Tapas, a new restaurant that draws inspiration from Tokyo’s busy ramen bars and Barcelona’s vibrant tapas culture.

Pamika Wine Room

240 Laurier Avenue West | Website

The latest restaurant by chef Pamika Sukla (Pamika Thai and Mae Sri Comptoir Thai) is located on chic Laurier Avenue West. It is essentially a wine bar with a great list of wines and authentic Thai dishes that were created together by chef Sukla and sommelier Guillaume Turpin. Chef Sukla recently opened Le Garden Room as well, a gorgeous spot with a glazed roof offering authentic rice and noodle Thai dishes.

Moqueur

1844 R. Atateken | Website

In an extravagant and absolutely gorgeous décor that is reminiscent of New Orleans, Moqueur is inspired by Louisiana’s multi-cultural heritage that it features on its menu. Po’ boys, blackened shrimp, and beignets are among the mouth-watering dishes to enjoy while sipping on a cocktail.

Jun Jun

1974 Notre-Dame Street West | Website

This new fine dining establishment from the team behind Little Burgundy restaurant Junior features a contemporary Filipino cuisine that’s refined and beautifully plated.

Welldun Pizza

4434 Wellington Street | Website

Verdun’s Wellington Street, the coolest in the world, has acquired a new pizza spot. Welldun pizza doesn’t specialize in any one style of pie, but rather excels at four styles: the Sicilian, New York, Detroit and Grandma.

Gino’s

4639 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

Aperitivo, Negroni, lasagna and dessert – if that’s everything you need to make you happy then head to Gino’s, a new spot that specializes in all those happy things and that recently opened in Plateau Mont-Royal.

Loumi

5181 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

Les Chefs participant and Instagram star chef Amine Laabi has partnered up with his childhood friend Karim Mahmoud to open a Mediterranean fast food made well place in the Mile-End. Sandwiches, burgers, salads and bowls are well executive and often feature their star ingredient: halloumi cheese. 

Maps

8501 Saint-Denis Street | Website

A new sourdough bread and pizza place has just opened in Villeray and it’s quickly garnering a loyal following. The light-drenched corner space is furnished with simple wood banquettes and tables and is the perfect place to enjoy a pie in the sun.

Sae Low

426 Faillon Street East | Website

Chef Minh Phat (Mui Mui & Anemone) is behind this neighbourhood café/wine bar. Open through the day, you can enjoy simple yet delicious fare such as tataki, temaki, and ramen for lunch, dinner or a snack. Great signature cocktails and wines are also part of the dining experience at Sae Low.

Le Miracolo

3891 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

If you’ve been to Le Majestique or Darling, you will instantly recognize the over-the-top décor of this new Italian restaurant from the same partners. A little kitsch, a little dazzling and a lot delicious and memorable, Le Miracolo is sure to make an impression on diners and to become a favourite.

Bar Vivar

533 Duluth Avenue East | Website

A new addition to Plateau Mont-Royal’s Duluth Street, Bar Vivar serves a traditional Spanish cuisine with dishes such as tortilla Española, zorza, croquetas and jamon with a great wine list.

 

Below are more notable restaurant openings:

 

HOGAR (Mexican steakhouse)

Pizza Frankies (speakeasy pizza)

La Casina (Italian)

Mariscos (Mexcian cantina)

Sabrosa (Latin restaurant)

Patty Slaps (smashed burgers)

Lou’s (elevated diner food in Pointe-Claire from the Loïc team)

Ciccio’s (Italian diner)

325 F (Madagascar cuisine)

Fu Chun (dumplings)

Sora 45 (Japanese sushi counter by restaurant Hiatus)

Oorja (Indo Chinese cuisine) 

Stanley (at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel)

Hang (Elevated Vietnamese food)

Café Monk (coffee, cocktails and brunches)

Ti Amo (pizza, pasta and Italian specialties)

Commodore (French restaurant at Hotel Honeyrose)

Golden Lotus (Vietnamese specialties and phở)

Ewha Shiro Restaurant (Japanese & Korean)

Tzatzi-Qui (Greek)

La Limette (Mexican)

Panda Doré Restaurant (Shanghai cuisine)

Pan Américan (pan pizza and subs by chef Danny St-Pierre)

No Fish Poke (plant-based poke bowls)

Kari (Southeast Asian curries)

Zeitoona (“modern Middle-Eastern sandwich shop”)

Estelle (Italian)

Cuisine Formosa (Taiwanese) 

Akham (couscous bar)

Le Godot (“eclectic cuisine, wine and cocktails”)

 

BARS, LOUNGES, BUVETTES & TERRASSES

 

 

Emmanuelle Lounge

2 Sainte-Catherine Street East, 5th Floor | Website

Designed by star-designer Zébulon Perron, Emmanuelle Lounge is a warm, intimate and elegant space that overlooks Place des Arts.

Muze Lounge & Terrasse

355 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West | Website

With a jungle-inspired décor on the 5th floor of Hotel Honeyrose, Muze is an exotic destination in the heart of downtown Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles.

Tittle Tattle Cocktail Bar

22 Saint-Paul Street East | Website

Old Montréal’s latest bar is a great place to meet for creative cocktails, an electrifying ambiance and a unique concept inspired by the 7 deadly sins. Write a secret and leave it in the glass urn and it might inspire the next, hit Tittle Tattle cocktail.

La Buvette des lumières

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle | Website

Inspired by the colourful windows of Palais des Congrès, wine bar La Buvette des Lumières cranks up the rainbow hues in its décor. It’s the perfect spot to grab a bite and a glass of wine before or after a visit to the Quartier International.

Magpie Magique

380 Gilford Street | Website

Hiding behind an inconspicuous door on Gilford Street and with a décor inspired by vintage hotel lobbies from around the world, Magpie Magique is a new speakeasy from the team behind Magpie Pizza.

Azalea

4306 Saint-Denis Street | Website

This new mother-and-daughter founded Plateau Mont-Royal buvette and wine shop serves great Persian-inspired mezzes in a welcoming and cozy ambiance.

 

Below are more notable bar openings:

 

Rose Orange (outdoor terrasse only open in the summer), Invisible Bar, June BuvetteCasa Kaki, Bar BelloJules Bar, Ciel Rose (only open in the summer), Bar Spaghetti Western, Baby Far WestVino Disco Bar, Le Marie-LouiseBon Délire, and P2.

 

CAFÉS, BAKERIES & PASTRY SHOPS

 

So many wonderful cafés have opened around Montréal.

Commodore Café (at Hotel Honeyrose), Feuilleté Café (beautiful pastries), Maison Sauvage (great cookies made on site), Café Cosé (so cozy!), Le Grand Cormoran (sunny space and nice food), Voyager Labs (minimalist space and great beverages, not just coffee), Un Instant en Provence (a trip to the South of France), Café Parka (slick design), Cocooning Café (vegan food), Café Moonday (coffee with a side of candle-making), Aux Angles Ronds (coffeeshop + creative workshops and cultural events), Pamai (plants, coffee and bubble tea), Côte Café (southern California vibes), Savsav (café-buvette), Ohayo Café (with ramen and Japanese specialties), Dépanneur Comptoir (café and wine shop) and Café Tranquille (at Esplanade Tranquille in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles).

 

There have also been several new and marvelous pastry shop and bakery openings.

Pâtisserie Mélilot (gorgeous and delicious), Nanana (playful and refined desserts), Son et Seigle (sourdough bread and baked goods), Par Amour Pâtisserie (Korean-inspired desserts), Carlota Boulangerie (exceptional Mexican pastries), Pâtisserie Marcette (specializing in financiers), Les Madeleines d’Emilie (100% madeleines), and Farine et Cacao (refined desserts).

 

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS, REOPENINGS & MOVES

 

 

 

Moishes is synonymous with great steakhouse fare in Montréal and it’s back in a new Square Victoria location with two gorgeous dining spaces and more fish and veggie options on the menu.

Le Petit Dep, the little café/depanneur with the Instagram famous turquoise façade has opened new spots in the Mile End and Plateau Mont-Royal.

Ikanos, Old Montréal’s Greek restaurant has become Garde-Côte, a unique gastronomic experience featuring seafood and dry-aged fish.

Beloved restaurant Le Piment Rouge, “home to the original Montréal Hunan dumplings”, has reopened on Beaumont Avenue.

Authentic Mexican restaurant Caifan has moved to a new and bigger space on Saint-Denis near Mont-Royal Avenue.

Saint-Henri taco slinger Tacos Victor is now also serving the downtown core from a second location on Crescent Street location.

Pigeon Club Café, the tongue-in-cheek self-proclaimed “world’s worse coffee” now has several locations around Montréal in addition to the original De Maisonneuve spot. 

Italian-style coffee slinger Baristello has opened another location in Outremont in the new Campus Mil location.

Audacieuse Vanille has morphed into Pâtisserie Béline, with exquisite vegan and gluten-free concoctions.

Serving fresh salads, bowls and juices, La Med Resto Café has recently moved to a new location at 42 McGill Street in Old Montréal.

 

 

COMING SOON

 

 

Climats, a new québécois brasserie by chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Restaurant h3, Coureur des bois) will be opening soon at Time Out Market Montréal.

Le 9e, Montréal’s most iconic and magnificent Art Deco restaurant on the 9th floor of the Eaton center, announced its reopening sometime in 2024. 

Nama Omakase, a contemporary Japanese restaurant and omakase bar opening this spring.

Palomino is a new pizza place coming soon to Verdun.

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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