17 Restaurants That Make Montreal Dining Great
Montreal is a world-class dining metropolis. A mix of influences from its French colonial past, the vast Canadian wilderness, Indigenous produce, and various immigrant communities from the Caribbean to the Middle East and beyond merge together to create one of the most unique food scenes in the world.
Among Montreal’s greats are multiple generations of famed restaurants: There’s renowned fine dining at Toqué, considered to have put haute Québécois cuisine on the map in the ’90s, and internationally renowned Joe Beef with its meaty menu and relaxed ambiance that’s still going strong after more than a decade. Then there’s a new guard that’s emerging in destinations such as Île Flottante, which are moving away from Quebec’s meat-focused traditions to create stellar new gastronomic options. And while they’re definitely not fancy spots for multi-course meals, it would be remiss to skip local specialties such as a poutine from La Banquise or Montreal-style bagels at Bagel St-Viateur.
The following 17 Montreal favorites are a key part of the city’s dining tapestry, including fine French dining, Québécois food both fancy and affordable, steakhouses, a Syrian destination, and more.