La Bistrote’s charming, friendly décor will make you feel instantly at home, and its menu is composed of simple, flavourful dishes made with the freshest ingredients. The café-bistro is open during the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offers a delectable brunch on Sundays. Or, just sit back and relax in the lounge area with a cup of gourmet coffee and a homemade cookie or muffin.
Griffintown Café’s mission is to serve flavourful, high-quality cuisine in a relaxed ambiance. The daytime menu caters mainly to the business crowd and features burgers and sandwiches, while the evening menu proposes short ribs, mussels, halibut, and tartare. And don’t forget to head over on Sunday for the traditional brunch—you won’t be disappointed. Three nights a week, Griffintown Cafe also hosts impressive jazz and blues nights, perfectly suited to the casual, lively atmosphere and open, brick-walled space.
Café Daylight Factory
With its breezy post-industrial décor, simple, fresh, and flavorful dishes, Italian spirit, fantastic wine list, luxuriously comfortable chairs, and spectacular patio with its very own orange tree, Daylight Factory is an irresistibly attractive destination in the heart of Old Montreal!
With its exceptional coffee and attentive service, Café Differance is the ultimate Old Montreal destination for lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos to satisfy your caffeine craving. Differance also offers freshly baked pastries, and serious aficionados can pick up a bag of artisan-roasted beans for brewing top quality hot drinks at home.
Toqué! offers the full gastronomic experience: impeccable, attentive service, a spectacular wine list, and absolutely exquisite cuisine. This Montreal great has earned every iota of praise it has garnered over the years.
Le Local is a happening urban space designed to see and be seen, boasting a vast central dining room in muted oranges and greys with high ceilings and brick walls, and a spectacular patio. The upscale bistro-style fare is outstanding, with artfully combined flavors that burst with creativity.
Muvbox Lobster Roll offers clam chowder, lobster rolls, and a selection of pizzas for you to enjoy while taking in the view from a bench on the bank of the St. Lawrence River. The food is served street-truck-style out of a recycled shipping container-turned-kitchen, open every day from May to October.
Les Sœurs Grises
At the Les Sœurs Grises brewpub, the beer, in-house smoked meats, and relaxed vibe take centre stage. The name also has history behind it: the brasserie is located on the previous site of the Sœurs Grises Convent founded by Marguerite d’Youville.
Le Cartet is a rare find: a hybrid restaurant/market/gourmet shop nestled in an unassuming 19th century townhouse concealing its majestic interior. The eatery offers a large selection of mineral waters, fine oils, and other imported specialty foods. It is a favourite among area residents, who pop in to pick up all manner of take-out epicurean delights.
Chef Graziella Battista’s namesake restaurant exemplifies simple, elegant Italian food at its very best. Her expertise is apparent down to the last detail, and each and every ingredient is selected with care and prepared with Graziella’s natural skill that soars above and beyond. The Graziella experience is enhanced by the space itself, a subtly feminine, stone-walled room with wood accents, high ceilings, and immense works of art.
Grange Vin + Bouffe
The concept behind Grange Vin + Bouffe is simple and seductive: a hip cabin décor and cozy ambiance that invite you to linger with friends while savoring delicious food and fine wines from all four corners of the globe. The dishes are meant for sharing, and include tartares, tapas, oysters, charcuteries, and cheeses.
Le Hambar celebrates the pig in all its forms, and the proof is in its transcendent charcuterie platter. This unpretentious restaurant, with its Old Montreal ambiance that teasingly hints at Paris and New York, sources its ravishing selection from (amongst others) Spain, Italy, and the Magdalen Islands, and the simplicity of its refined menu allows the quality of the products to truly shine.
Vallier Bistro et Comptoir
Vallier Bistro et Comptoir charms with its inviting ambiance reminiscent of the bistros of New York, contemporary décor and retro accents, homey and innovative menu marrying classic French and Quebec cuisine, and a new table d’hôte each week. The intelligently designed space is lined with lofty windows on both sides of the room that flood the room with natural light, creating a bright, magical setting.
Venti, the Italian word for “twenty,” is a fitting name for this restaurant that pays homage to every one of Italy’s twenty regions. The bustling, inviting bistro serves regional Italian favourites to the lunch, dinner, and late-night crowds, with an emphasis on rustic Italian fare with a modern twist.
Olive et Gourmando
Olive et Gourmando is a gourmet’s paradise: from coffee and decadent treats to paninis, soup and salads, the ingredients are impeccably fresh and the food is prepared with an unmistakable degree of care. This bustling Old Montreal bakery and sandwich shop is an upscale hotspot for lighter fare, and has a loyal following among the young professionals working in the area and lunchers who travel out of their way to savor what might very well be the best sandwiches in the city.
Brit & Chips
Brit & Chips serves up traditional British fish and chip shop (“chippy”) fare with a hefty measure of Quebecois flair in an authentic English pub-style atmosphere. The menu was created by some of Montreal’s foremost experts in British cuisine, and the main attraction is everything fried, from the haddock in maple syrup batter, to the hake in Orange Crush batter, to the salmon in Guinness batter… even the desserts are fried!
Kitchen Galerie Poisson
The original, much-lauded Kitchen Galerie on Jean-Talon now has a younger brother: Kitchen Galerie Poisson. The emphasis at KGP is on fish and seafood, and the blackboard-listed specials change according to what’s fresh that day: oysters, caviar, soups, salads, and mains that will set your taste buds afloat on a wave of pleasure.
For over 20 years, Café Titanic has been a popular destination for the downtown business crowd looking to enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. The charming cafeteria-style restaurant has an impressively varied and delicious menu, but has earned most of its praise for its inspired sandwiches and luscious tiramisu.
Le Gros Jambon
Walking into Le Gros Jambon is like stepping back in time, with its ‘50s retro look straight out of an American diner, shot with a Montreal vibe all its own. The eatery is open seven days a week and into the early morning hours, keeping customers happy with a simple menu of bona fide comfort food made from scratch.
L’orignal’s vision is to create a cuisine that is sophisticated and innovative while retaining an unmistakably Quebecois approach. The restaurant’s fresh spin on “terroir” fare, starring regional game and seafood that mingle harmoniously with tempting tartares, is served in a cozy space that epitomizes chalet chic.
Dolcetto & Co
Dolcetto & Co is a hip Italian wine bar and restaurant boasting a nautical theme and beachy-chic vibe that transport you to the pristine beaches of Italy. The impeccable service, fresh flowers at every table, and laid-back background music crown the entire experience. Enjoy the tapas-style menu, featuring antipasti, pizzas, charcuterie platters, and cheese plates.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Brasero Hardi is one of the area’s swankiest go-tos, serving up a smorgasbord of grilled dishes in an eclectic, refreshing space with New York City allure. The long, strategically lit bar invites you to grab a drink and spark up a conversation, and the outdoor patio was designed with elegant comfort in mind. Brasero Hardi is open until the early morning hours, drawing the city’s most fashionable night owls.
Les Glaceurs is Montreal’s premier provider of expertly crafted cupcakes, with over 30 tempting flavors in every color of the rainbow. Get a cupcake to go, or take a seat in the café with a few friends and enjoy a latte, cappuccino, coffee, or tea to accompany your sweet, sinful treat.
This unpretentious Italian café recalls the trattorias of Rome, with its menu of simple yet satisfying fare including antipasti platters, classic Emilia-Romagna piadine, and mouth-watering gelato. Romagna Caffe brews especially delicious, authentic Italian coffee, and concocts absolutely divine raspberry hot chocolate.
Bevo Bar + Pizzeria is a new addition to Old Montreal’s Italian food scene, with Chef Giovanni Vella cooking up unique daily menus featuring classic Italian favourites and unique cocktails in a lively environment. Don’t miss out on the scrumptious, authentic wood-fired pizzas.
Le Club chasse et pêche
Le Club chasse et pêche, considered by many to be one of the city’s top tables, proposes sensational contemporary cuisine and a wine list that dazzles. Chef Claude Pelletier selects unquestionably fresh ingredients, with which he composes subtly complex dishes illuminated by a soupçon of European, Asian, and North American accents.
Homegrown Chuck Hughes’ newest restaurant, tucked away in a semi-basement on Saint-Paul Street, is your characteristic cozy Old Montreal haunt, bedecked with the building’s original beams, delightfully mismatched antique chandeliers, and plush banquettes. The chef and his up-and-coming team of food artistes have created a sumptuous menu of dishes made to share, including sublime seafood and fish tapas.
Les 400 coups
Les 400 coups, owned and led by the masterful trio of executive chef Marc-André Jetté, pastry chef Patrice Demers, and sommelier Marie-Josée Beaudoin, offers diners a serious gourmet experience. The seasonal cuisine and intelligent, refined dishes are destined to make any foodie’s palate sing.