Food & Drinks

25 Standout Restaurants in Montreal’s Plateau

Be it bibimbap, kafta, or poutine, there’s something for everyone

Montreal’s bohemian ilk have ventured in all directions for ungentrified frontiers, but the Plateau, with its highly-walkable streets and colourful early 20th-century facades, continues to impress — especially in the food department. Sure, the Plateau offers up some of the city’s most iconic foods and restaurants, like poutine, rotisserie chicken, and smoked meat (La Banquise, Romados, Schwartz’s, respectively), plus famed establishments for finer dining (Au Pied de Cochon, L’Express), but there are also ample options for other eats worth trying.

Many diners may be happy to make a choice based on strolls along the Plateau’s main strips such as St. Laurent, Duluth, or Mont-Royal, but it’s worth perusing its side streets for some charming neighbourhood gems.

While the Mile End is officially part of the Plateau, that neighbourhood, with its large number of establishments, is covered on a separate map. For the purpose of this map, the boundaries of the Plateau are defined as such: Sherbrooke to the South, Saint-Urbain to the west, and the train tracks to the north and east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal

QC H2J 1H8, Canada

Stephanie Labelle’s efforts studying pastry in Paris have paid off greatly, garnering major praise from the public and critics alike throughout her decade in business. Along with pastries and desserts like its glorious lemon meringue pie, Rhubarbe offers take-out meals and jarred goods.

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal

QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

A noted gastropub that favours flavours and ingredients from across Canada, Derek Dammann’s establishment has a deliciously heavyset menu filled with starches, carbs, and proteins. During pandemic restrictions, a limited selection of hearty take-out meals and brunches are available, in addition to wine bottles from the restaurant’s private stock.

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal

QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

Billed as a neighbourhood bistro, chef Alexandre Gosselin’s French and nouveau cuisine sensibilities in the kitchen have culminated in creative, lavish meals currently enjoyed either hot for pick-up or in a reheatable kit with instructions for preparing it at home. The menu changes weekly, but expect comforting pasta, hearty, burgers or tasty small plates like grilled octopus and spicy Albacore tuna tartare. Thirsty? Chez Victoire is offering wine bottle discounts when accompanied with a meal.

1251 Rue Gilford, Montréal

QC H2J 1R3, Canada

Out of all the BYOBs that Vincent Chatelais and Dominic Laflamme have opened, Le Quartier Général is the star. With a focus on Québécois terroir, the menu is at once stable enough to be reliable while whimsical enough to merit return visits. Of course, with COVID-19 restrictions the only BYOB happening will be the booze you bring from the fridge or cellar to your table at home, but you can accompany your drinks with Le Quartier Général’s extensive list of à la carte and table d’hôte fare. Air-tight packages of foie gras and smoked salmon are also available for takeout.

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2J 2J3, Canada

Tourists flock to Schwartz’s for smoked meat, and 24-hour diner La Banquise has that same sort of magnetism for folks seeking poutine. This restaurant has been pouring gravy over fries and cheese curds since 1968, and has since grown to experiment with don’t-knock-’em-’till-you-try-’em toppings like guacamole or sliced pogos. It’s perhaps not actually Montreal’s best poutine, but it’s iconic enough to belong here. And even with COVID-19 restrictions eliminating indoor dining, La Banquise’s infamous lines are still going strong with takeout orders.

969 Rachel St E, Montreal

QC H2J 2J2, Canada

Picnic crowds wanting to eat in Jeanne-Mance Park for a satiated sunbath head for Romados, but if they’re headed to La Fontaine Park, it’s Ma Poule Mouillée — and some would argue it’s supplanted Romados in the category of best rotisserie. Their chicken poutine, piled high with sliced bird and chorizo, is more than a safe bet and has offered sturdy competition to La Banquise across the street

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CA, 917 Rue Rachel E, Montreal

QC H2J 2J2, Canada

A relative Plateau newcomer, this cozy Korean BYOB has been filling the need for quality Korean food in the neighbourhood since it opened in 2018. Luna’s modern takes on classic dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and jeyuk are super flavourful and available for takeout and delivery.

330 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal

QC H2W 1B1, Canada

Offering hearty French fare from the southwest, this cute BYOB restaurant is a popular nook for locals who live a stone’s throw away. Specialties include foie gras au torchon, duck confit, and venison in red wine sauce. Takeout and delivery are available during COVID-19 restrictions.

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2L 1A9, Canada

The Plateau has seen many newcomers in the last decade, but no one could forget when Martin Picard began elevating Québécois cuisine on Duluth in 2001, taking hearty dishes like poutine and pouding chômeur and inserting them into the fine dining arena. During the coronavirus, Pied de Cochon has shifted its focus to pizza, with wildly glutinous options like pizzaghetti (spaghetti bolognese, bacon and cheese), hot chicken, and whelks (snail) pizza. Oh, and foie gras can be added to anything, of course. From mid-February to mid-May, its seasonal sugar shack is a fun and filling affair.

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2L 1A7, Canada

If you’re looking for anything less than a feast, steer clear of this Duluth BYOB, which serves up hefty, flavourful platters of Afghan food; expect ample rice and veggies with your main. Despite an issue a couple years back that resulted in the Duluth Afghan restaurant having to take down its famously odd facade, Khyber Pass remains and is offering takeout and delivery during coronavirus.

360 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1E9, Canada

One part izakaya and one par ramen bar (the ramen side is officially named Yokato Yokabai), this two-punch combo of Japanese fare from Kevin Fung is a knockout. 2015 was a particularly good year for Japanese openings in Montreal, and Ichigo Ichie still remains head and shoulders above most. Takeout and delivery are on offer while indoor dining is closed.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal

QC H2W 2M4, Canada

For those looking for a classic Parisian-style bistro, look no further than this institution. Operating since 1980 and continuing with takeout during coronavirus restrictions, L’Express is one of the few restaurants deemed crème de la crème by local critics, and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Whatever chef Jean-François Vachon is doing (hint: it’s French classics), he’s doing it right.

227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1E4, Canada

A pandemic newcomer, this café named in honour of the founder’s “téta,” which means grandmother in Lebanese, is already facing lineups on nice-weather days. A simple formula of piping hot manouché flatbreads with spiced meat, za’atar and/or cheese has proven to do the trick, especially when accompanied with a hot latte and sfouf (vegan curcuma cake).

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1C8, Canada

Watch a Montrealer’s pupils dilate and mouth salivate when asking them if Fernando Machado’s charcoal-roasted Portuguese rotisserie chicken is worth a trip. A decades-old institution, there was a time when an electrical fire robbed citizens of this fix for chicken, but Romados survived this setback and presently (thankfully) continues to sell hundreds of grilled birds each day.

4306 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

This Lebanese restaurant from Charbel Yazbeck and Akram Sleiman is regarded as one of the Plateau’s mainstays for Middle Eastern fare. The charcoal-grilled kafta is the specialty here, wrapped in pita and made tangy with sumac, tahini, and cucumbers. Available, and quite ideal, for pickup and delivery from three of its four Montreal locations.

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1H4, Canada

It might have been open for a quarter century already, but the pandemic has helped prove this iconic Duluth breakfast and lunch place’s worth. Saucy sandwiches stuffed with an omelette or Portuguese chicken are perfect to go, as evidenced by the lineups outside. And the vegan options, smoothies, and chai lattes are great, too. Now if only they sold bottles of their homemade chipotle sauce so we could smother it on everything we cook at home.

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal

QC H2X 3L6, Canada

Sushi is not Montreal’s forte. And yet Momo, which was opened in 2014 by chef Christian Manuel Ventura Alatorre, came along and started offering creative rolls that are sure to please even the most ardent sushi lovers (and the fact that they’re vegan makes them even more intriguing).

Following the runaway success of Sushi Momo, Ventura Alatorre has opened Casa Kaizen, a creative vegan Mexican/Japanese fusion spot and vegan torta restaurant Nopalito — both also in the Plateau.

4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

From their palm-sized hamburgers to string-cut fries, this miniaturized casse-croûte is visited year-round. Running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, a steady stream of customers continues to grab mini burgers, fries, and salad from the window facing Rachel. While poutine is a fan favourite here, consider exploring their sandwich menu, which includes ample vegetarian options.

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal

QC H2W 1G1, Canada

Specializing in seafood and small plates, Boca Iberica offers a change of pace to the more casual Portuguese spots in the neighbourhood. The Friday and weekend-only takeout menu includes Portuguese classics forgotten by the chicken joints in the neighbourhood, including cod fish, sardines, and seafood feijoada (bean stew).

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1G7, Canada

Long looked to as a craft beer haunt, Le Réservoir has seen more culinary traction since the owners of the now-closed (but not forgotten) Hôtel Herman came on board as owners. Dominic Goyet, Ariane Lacombe, and chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier’s transplantation and efforts have yielded fantastic results in a much more casual setting than their previous venture. During COVID-19, a small pick-up menu is available, including dumplings, lentil soup, and sandwiches, as well as take-home beer.

8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1G6, Canada

Another 2020 newcomer, this takeout pizza joint on the corner of Duluth and St-Laurent bakes its thin-crust ‘zas in a stone oven, which they say tastes better than wood-fired — and they might have us convinced. Alongside familiar tastes like Hawaiian, Chez Zac’s dishes out surprising yet satisfying flavours like Siamese Dream, which has peanut sauce, chicken, cilantro, roasted peppers, green onion, and sriracha. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available, as are nachos and calzones. This place has munchies satisfaction written all over it.

3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1X9, Canada

With an original smoked meat spice recipe and delicatessen that goes back to 1928, Reuban Schwartz’s legacy lives on in one of the most famous restaurants in Montreal. If endorsements from celebrities and long lines outside their doors aren’t convincing enough, a “fatty” with a side pickle will be. Now proudly owned by superstar singer Céline Dion.

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal

QC H2W 2S3, Canada

In 2011, Texas-born Nick Hodge set out to carve out space for a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Plateau, and the result was immediately satisfying. Fans of American fare would do well to try a bucket of their fried chicken (some of Montreal’s best), tacos, and burritos — all available for takeout and delivery. Certainly an accomplished everyman’s restaurant.

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal

QC H2W 1T7, Canada

A Plateau and McGill University classic since 1976, Café Santropol is still going strong despite pandemic measures closing its doors and best-of-Montreal terrasse. Chili, vegan mac & cheese, salads, and its famous thickly-sliced sandwiches like the Duluth (caramelized onion, pear, cheddar, and arugula) are available for takeout. As are homemade soups of the day, brunch, and bags of coffee beans. Meals via VR headset are, however, thankfully not expected until 2049.

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal

QC H2X 1B4, Canada

Arepera stands out amongst the many eateries of Prince Arthur thanks to its fresh, colourful Venezuelan dishes, including the signature arepas, corn cakes stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies. And fans of (genuinely delicious) gluten-free food rejoice; thanks to the use of corn flour, nothing at Arepera contains any gluten. While the menu isn’t strictly vegetarian, it’s also known for being highly vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fare.

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Stephanie Labelle’s efforts studying pastry in Paris have paid off greatly, garnering major praise from the public and critics alike throughout her decade in business. Along with pastries and desserts like its glorious lemon meringue pie, Rhubarbe offers take-out meals and jarred goods.

1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal

QC H2J 1H8, Canada

A noted gastropub that favours flavours and ingredients from across Canada, Derek Dammann’s establishment has a deliciously heavyset menu filled with starches, carbs, and proteins. During pandemic restrictions, a limited selection of hearty take-out meals and brunches are available, in addition to wine bottles from the restaurant’s private stock.

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal

QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

Billed as a neighbourhood bistro, chef Alexandre Gosselin’s French and nouveau cuisine sensibilities in the kitchen have culminated in creative, lavish meals currently enjoyed either hot for pick-up or in a reheatable kit with instructions for preparing it at home. The menu changes weekly, but expect comforting pasta, hearty, burgers or tasty small plates like grilled octopus and spicy Albacore tuna tartare. Thirsty? Chez Victoire is offering wine bottle discounts when accompanied with a meal.

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal

QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

Out of all the BYOBs that Vincent Chatelais and Dominic Laflamme have opened, Le Quartier Général is the star. With a focus on Québécois terroir, the menu is at once stable enough to be reliable while whimsical enough to merit return visits. Of course, with COVID-19 restrictions the only BYOB happening will be the booze you bring from the fridge or cellar to your table at home, but you can accompany your drinks with Le Quartier Général’s extensive list of à la carte and table d’hôte fare. Air-tight packages of foie gras and smoked salmon are also available for takeout.

1251 Rue Gilford, Montréal

QC H2J 1R3, Canada

Tourists flock to Schwartz’s for smoked meat, and 24-hour diner La Banquise has that same sort of magnetism for folks seeking poutine. This restaurant has been pouring gravy over fries and cheese curds since 1968, and has since grown to experiment with don’t-knock-’em-’till-you-try-’em toppings like guacamole or sliced pogos. It’s perhaps not actually Montreal’s best poutine, but it’s iconic enough to belong here. And even with COVID-19 restrictions eliminating indoor dining, La Banquise’s infamous lines are still going strong with takeout orders.

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2J 2J3, Canada

Picnic crowds wanting to eat in Jeanne-Mance Park for a satiated sunbath head for Romados, but if they’re headed to La Fontaine Park, it’s Ma Poule Mouillée — and some would argue it’s supplanted Romados in the category of best rotisserie. Their chicken poutine, piled high with sliced bird and chorizo, is more than a safe bet and has offered sturdy competition to La Banquise across the street

969 Rachel St E, Montreal

QC H2J 2J2, Canada

A relative Plateau newcomer, this cozy Korean BYOB has been filling the need for quality Korean food in the neighbourhood since it opened in 2018. Luna’s modern takes on classic dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and jeyuk are super flavourful and available for takeout and delivery.

CA, 917 Rue Rachel E, Montreal

QC H2J 2J2, Canada

Offering hearty French fare from the southwest, this cute BYOB restaurant is a popular nook for locals who live a stone’s throw away. Specialties include foie gras au torchon, duck confit, and venison in red wine sauce. Takeout and delivery are available during COVID-19 restrictions.

330 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal

QC H2W 1B1, Canada

The Plateau has seen many newcomers in the last decade, but no one could forget when Martin Picard began elevating Québécois cuisine on Duluth in 2001, taking hearty dishes like poutine and pouding chômeur and inserting them into the fine dining arena. During the coronavirus, Pied de Cochon has shifted its focus to pizza, with wildly glutinous options like pizzaghetti (spaghetti bolognese, bacon and cheese), hot chicken, and whelks (snail) pizza. Oh, and foie gras can be added to anything, of course. From mid-February to mid-May, its seasonal sugar shack is a fun and filling affair.

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2L 1A9, Canada

If you’re looking for anything less than a feast, steer clear of this Duluth BYOB, which serves up hefty, flavourful platters of Afghan food; expect ample rice and veggies with your main. Despite an issue a couple years back that resulted in the Duluth Afghan restaurant having to take down its famously odd facade, Khyber Pass remains and is offering takeout and delivery during coronavirus.

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2L 1A7, Canada

One part izakaya and one par ramen bar (the ramen side is officially named Yokato Yokabai), this two-punch combo of Japanese fare from Kevin Fung is a knockout. 2015 was a particularly good year for Japanese openings in Montreal, and Ichigo Ichie still remains head and shoulders above most. Takeout and delivery are on offer while indoor dining is closed.

360 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1E9, Canada

For those looking for a classic Parisian-style bistro, look no further than this institution. Operating since 1980 and continuing with takeout during coronavirus restrictions, L’Express is one of the few restaurants deemed crème de la crème by local critics, and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Whatever chef Jean-François Vachon is doing (hint: it’s French classics), he’s doing it right.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal

QC H2W 2M4, Canada

A pandemic newcomer, this café named in honour of the founder’s “téta,” which means grandmother in Lebanese, is already facing lineups on nice-weather days. A simple formula of piping hot manouché flatbreads with spiced meat, za’atar and/or cheese has proven to do the trick, especially when accompanied with a hot latte and sfouf (vegan curcuma cake).

227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1E4, Canada

Watch a Montrealer’s pupils dilate and mouth salivate when asking them if Fernando Machado’s charcoal-roasted Portuguese rotisserie chicken is worth a trip. A decades-old institution, there was a time when an electrical fire robbed citizens of this fix for chicken, but Romados survived this setback and presently (thankfully) continues to sell hundreds of grilled birds each day.

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal

QC H2W 1C8, Canada

This Lebanese restaurant from Charbel Yazbeck and Akram Sleiman is regarded as one of the Plateau’s mainstays for Middle Eastern fare. The charcoal-grilled kafta is the specialty here, wrapped in pita and made tangy with sumac, tahini, and cucumbers. Available, and quite ideal, for pickup and delivery from three of its four Montreal locations.

4306 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

It might have been open for a quarter century already, but the pandemic has helped prove this iconic Duluth breakfast and lunch place’s worth. Saucy sandwiches stuffed with an omelette or Portuguese chicken are perfect to go, as evidenced by the lineups outside. And the vegan options, smoothies, and chai lattes are great, too. Now if only they sold bottles of their homemade chipotle sauce so we could smother it on everything we cook at home.

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1H4, Canada

Sushi is not Montreal’s forte. And yet Momo, which was opened in 2014 by chef Christian Manuel Ventura Alatorre, came along and started offering creative rolls that are sure to please even the most ardent sushi lovers (and the fact that they’re vegan makes them even more intriguing).

Following the runaway success of Sushi Momo, Ventura Alatorre has opened Casa Kaizen, a creative vegan Mexican/Japanese fusion spot and vegan torta restaurant Nopalito — both also in the Plateau.

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal

QC H2X 3L6, Canada

From their palm-sized hamburgers to string-cut fries, this miniaturized casse-croûte is visited year-round. Running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, a steady stream of customers continues to grab mini burgers, fries, and salad from the window facing Rachel. While poutine is a fan favourite here, consider exploring their sandwich menu, which includes ample vegetarian options.

4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

Specializing in seafood and small plates, Boca Iberica offers a change of pace to the more casual Portuguese spots in the neighbourhood. The Friday and weekend-only takeout menu includes Portuguese classics forgotten by the chicken joints in the neighbourhood, including cod fish, sardines, and seafood feijoada (bean stew).

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal

QC H2W 1G1, Canada

Long looked to as a craft beer haunt, Le Réservoir has seen more culinary traction since the owners of the now-closed (but not forgotten) Hôtel Herman came on board as owners. Dominic Goyet, Ariane Lacombe, and chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier’s transplantation and efforts have yielded fantastic results in a much more casual setting than their previous venture. During COVID-19, a small pick-up menu is available, including dumplings, lentil soup, and sandwiches, as well as take-home beer.

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1G7, Canada

Another 2020 newcomer, this takeout pizza joint on the corner of Duluth and St-Laurent bakes its thin-crust ‘zas in a stone oven, which they say tastes better than wood-fired — and they might have us convinced. Alongside familiar tastes like Hawaiian, Chez Zac’s dishes out surprising yet satisfying flavours like Siamese Dream, which has peanut sauce, chicken, cilantro, roasted peppers, green onion, and sriracha. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available, as are nachos and calzones. This place has munchies satisfaction written all over it.

8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal

QC H2W 1G6, Canada

With an original smoked meat spice recipe and delicatessen that goes back to 1928, Reuban Schwartz’s legacy lives on in one of the most famous restaurants in Montreal. If endorsements from celebrities and long lines outside their doors aren’t convincing enough, a “fatty” with a side pickle will be. Now proudly owned by superstar singer Céline Dion.

3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

QC H2W 1X9, Canada

In 2011, Texas-born Nick Hodge set out to carve out space for a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Plateau, and the result was immediately satisfying. Fans of American fare would do well to try a bucket of their fried chicken (some of Montreal’s best), tacos, and burritos — all available for takeout and delivery. Certainly an accomplished everyman’s restaurant.

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal

QC H2W 2S3, Canada

A Plateau and McGill University classic since 1976, Café Santropol is still going strong despite pandemic measures closing its doors and best-of-Montreal terrasse. Chili, vegan mac & cheese, salads, and its famous thickly-sliced sandwiches like the Duluth (caramelized onion, pear, cheddar, and arugula) are available for takeout. As are homemade soups of the day, brunch, and bags of coffee beans. Meals via VR headset are, however, thankfully not expected until 2049.

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal

QC H2W 1T7, Canada

Arepera stands out amongst the many eateries of Prince Arthur thanks to its fresh, colourful Venezuelan dishes, including the signature arepas, corn cakes stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies. And fans of (genuinely delicious) gluten-free food rejoice; thanks to the use of corn flour, nothing at Arepera contains any gluten. While the menu isn’t strictly vegetarian, it’s also known for being highly vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fare.

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal

QC H2X 1B4, Canada

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