10 places to eat in Montréal during the holidays

Jason Lee

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.

Gathering and sharing a festive meal with family and friends is one of the highlights of the holidays. Here are some restaurant options to add a little holiday sparkle to your get-togethers.

L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel

426 Saint-Gabriel | Website 

If the walls could talk, they would tell you that this spot is the oldest buildings in the city with over 300 years of Québec history! The renown L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel features a menu created by Chef Amédée Bécherraz that features Québec terroir products. With dishes like bone marrow and pickles, spit-roasted Cornish hen and the signature Auberge style bouillabaisse, served with croutons and rouille, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into time. 

Vieux-Port Steakhouse

39 Saint-Paul Street East | Website 

More than just a steakhouse, the Vieux-Port Steakhouse is an institution in Montréal, serving the top-quality meats to their beloved clients for over 35 years. Located on Saint-Paul Street, housed in a century-old building, their menu reads like every traditional steakhouse, except for the fact that they age their AAA Canadian Certified Angus beef in-house for 30 days. They have a holiday menu to discover as well.  

Pincette Lobster Bar

94 Saint-Paul Street East | Website 

Take a culinary trip to an east-coast Canadian lobster shack – but make it chic. With lobster being the focal point of Pincette’s menu, you’ll find it incorporated into all kinds of traditional Canadian dishes. Feel like trying a lobster mac-and-cheese, a lobster poutine, lobster pasta and or a simple classic lobster roll? They’ve got you covered! 

Holder

407 McGill Street #100a | Website 

This spacious European style brasserie is famous for their classic French menu with a new world spin. Their offerings echo what you would find in a neighbourhood spot in any arrondissement in Paris but with a twist. Tempt your palate with a salmon tartare with Mujjol caviar, duck confit with white alba truffle sauce, or a simple French onion soup.  

Mon Nan

43 De la Gauchetière Street East| Website 

Restaurant Mon Nan is popular among locals for their traditional Cantonese cuisine. Owned and operated by Joe Lee (second generation to own this property), Mon Nan features family recipes like soul-soothing sweet and sour soup, Cantonese ginger and scallion lobster, and sizzling hotpots to keep stomach full throughout the holidays.  

Restaurant Kim Fung

1111 Saint-Urbain Street, #M05 | Website 

What better way to ring in the new year than by eating your weight in dumplings to fight off that count-down hangover? Kim Fung is a local favourite, known for their dim sum service (every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Steamers piled high packed with sweet and savoury buns, dumplings and other delights beckon you as they’re wheeled through the dining room. 

Dobe and Andy

1071 Saint-Urbain Street, #12 | Website 

This quaint Hong Kong style diner specializes in traditional Chinese barbecue. The Ku brothers inherited this restaurant and the responsibility to carry on the family tradition of spit-roasting whole hog, local Lac-Brome duck and heritage pork for their famous char-siu - a bright red slices of roasted pork shoulder. Check out their other staple menu items like soup noodles and fried rice. Daily specials as well! 

 

Rosélys

900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West | Website 

Located in the iconic Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Rosélys is a refined space that’s the perfect place to catch your breath in during holiday hustle and bustle. A mix of French elegance with English flair, there’s a variety of taste experiences to satisfy every craving. From afternoon tea, sumptuous seafood and a jazzy happy hour, and from weekend brunch to special holiday celebration menus, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Marcus Restaurant + Lounge

1440 De la Montagne Street | Website 

It’s not uncommon to bump into world-renowned celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson manning the pass in the kitchen or schmoozing in the dining room at his elegant restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel. He’s taken the idea of a traditional brasserie into a new direction to create a one of the hottest destinations for drinks and cocktails, power lunches, or weekend brunch of indulgence. Don’t miss the seafood tower this holiday season.  

 

Le Montréal Seafood and Grill, Casino de Montréal

1, avenue du Casino | Website 

Ring in the new year with Lady Luck smiling by your side at Le Montréal located in the Casino de Montréal. With its breathtaking views of downtown Montréal and a creative à la carte menu created by renowned executive chef Jean-Pierre Curtat, the experience here is a feast for all the senses. Chef Curtat’s curated menu of French favourites and culinary classics include a house-smoked salmon, hand-cut beef tenderloin tartare, a cowboy cut prime rib and an array of desserts to discover. 

Holiday hours may be different for each establishment. We suggest you call ahead and reserve. 

Jason Lee

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.

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