Where to eat in Montréal during the holidays
It’s that time of year… the holiday season! From the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers to the warm glow of festive decorations, there is an undeniable energy that courses through the city.
Regardless of what you may observe, a tradition we can all agree on is gathering and sharing a festive meal amongst loved ones and friends. Whether you’re in town over the holidays or are looking for dining options to avoid doing the dishes, here are some places to celebrate the season one meal at a time.
Celebrate the holidays and Québécois cuisine at the same time! There is no mentioning traditional terroir cuisine without naming Au Pied de Cochon. Specializing in foie gras (duck liver), Chef Picard’s team celebrates this local delicacy and export while featuring Québec ingredients and tradition on their menu. Check out the ultra-casual Québécois diner La Binerie. Located in the Plateau, this spot is charming with its counter dining, serving traditional meat and fish pie and famous “pouding-chômeur” – Québécois-style bread pudding. Visit Restaurant Mâche in the heart of the Quartier Latin for some classic comfort food, "pâté chinois" (shepherd’s pie), poutines and burgers to keep you warm.
The holiday season doesn’t always mean indulgence and excess. Here are some places serving lighter dining options that you can enjoy instead of heavy holiday meals. Invitation V is one of the city’s most popular vegan bistros that offers an eclectic menu inspired by Chef Kelvin’s worldly travels. Lola Rosa’s motto is “the vegetarian restaurant preferred by non-vegetarians.” A big claim to entice meat-eaters over to the veggie side. They have two locations that serve vegetarian and vegan dishes – don’t miss the vegetarian poutine! Get your fill of greens at Mandy’s, Montréal’s premiere gourmet salad bar. With 18 different signature salads, as well as build-your-own bowls, the options are endless.
It’s undeniable that the holiday season is a magical time of year where the diet is on hold and you go all in when you get the chance to. The newly reopened Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel offers a stunning holiday menu. From a multi-course Christmas Eve dinner service, Christmas Day brunch options, their bar and restaurant, Nacarat and Rosélys, will ring in the new year with cocktails and canapés, a seven-course festive dinner on the 31st, and a brunch service on the 1st.
If you’re looking for something that’s out of the ordinary, Atelier d’Argentine is hosting a “Murder Mystery Dinner & Dance” soiree on the 31st: “New Year’s Eve themed Murder Mystery during cocktails and dinner with seven professional actors dispersed amongst the guests incognito until…all hell breaks loose!”
Some other spots around town that you may want to check out on Christmas or New Year’s day for special celebration meals: Chez Levêque, La Raclette (bring your own wine), Quindici 15, as well as Alexandre et Fils, all have Christmas and New Year’s menus. Sinclair, Hambar and Verses Restaurant in scenic Old Montréal also have awesome holiday menus for you to discover.
(Holiday hours may be different for each establishment. We suggest you call ahead.)
Jason Lee, blogger
Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.