Top Montréal restaurants for the gourmet traveller
This article was updated on May 29, 2019.
Some people eat to live and some live to eat. This list is for the latter: those who are driven by the decadent pleasure of discovering new gourmand destinations and enjoying delectable gastronomic experiences.
For fine dining par excellence: Restaurant Toqué! Chef Normand Laprise’s cuisine – the very one that started the Montréal food revolution – will leave you speechless and wanting more.
For a European feel: Europea. A fine Relais & Châteaux dining experience to be enjoyed in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core.
For a bit of romance: Chez L’Épicier. A fine dining establishment with a touch of whimsy, the charming Chez L’Épicier is located inside a beautiful old stone building in Old Montréal.
For the foie gras enthusiasts: La Chronique. This is where you go for the best foie gras in Montréal, and keep returning for the flawless French-inspired menu.
For a Michelin-star experience: Maison Boulud. Chef Daniel Boulud’s extensive expertise shines through his chef de cuisine Riccardo Bertolino, and the exquisite service that reigns within the sumptuous dining room.
For the quintessential Montréal night out: Joe Beef. You’ll be treated to the best Montréal has to offer, paired with a glass of natural wine (or 5) from one of the best curated lists in town.
For the fish and seafood aficionados: Le Filet. The delicate ocean-based dishes have become the toast of the town. And speaking of toasts, do try the one with sea urchin and seaweed butter.
Restaurant Le St Urbain
For those willing to travel for food: Le St Urbain. One of the city’s best tables, it’s located a tad out of the way, but is very much worth the trip. You’ll enjoy the elegant food and excellent wine list.
For the design lovers: Le Serpent. The industrial chic restaurant design will wow you just as much as the Italian-inspired menu.
For those in search of exotic flavours: Estiatorio Milos. You’ll savour the vast array of delicate Mediterranean dishes, fresh seafood and scrumptious desserts in a décor reminiscent of a Greek holiday.
For those who want to feel like a local: Bouillon Bilk. This restaurant is so inconspicuous, that it’s easy to miss, but it would be such a shame because the cuisine here is sophisticated yet unpretentious, set against a minimal décor that lets the dishes shine.
For the art lover: Le Mousso. Chef Antonin Rivard-Mousseau comes from a long lineage of artists and it shows! Just because this artist has chosen food as his medium doesn’t mean his work is less impressive since every dish here is a veritable work of (delicious) art.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
For the sure bet: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The legendary Michelin-star studded chef Joël Robuchon set up his signature “atelier” at the dazzling Casino de Montréal. Every detail of this dining experience is carefully curated for everyone’s pleasure.
Le Club Chasse et pêche
For the Québécois traditionalist: Le Club Chasse et Pêche. Savour a modern and fine dining twist on Québécois traditional cuisine in an elegant and sophisticated décor reminiscent of a hunting and fishing lodge.
Primo & Secondo
For those looking for la bella vita: Primo & Secondo. Opened in Little Italy since 2001, Primo & Secondo is the place to be for simple Italian cuisine prepared in an elegant ambiance with impeccable service.
For l’amour of French food: Chez Sophie. After honing her skills at many Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, chef Sophie Tabet brings her haute gastronomie skills to Montréal along with her sommelier husband and partner.
For the sushi devotee: Jun I. Chef Junichi Ikematsu is a master of his craft. His cuisine elegantly walks the fine line between Japanese tradition and a more modern approach.
Marcus Restaurant + Terrace
For the celebrity chef spotters: Marcus Restaurant + Terrace. New York-based star chef Marcus Samuelsson’s stunning restaurant is conceived by Montréal designer extraordinaire Zebulon Perron, while the cuisine focuses on seafood and a raw bar offering.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. 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.