Montreal's Quintessential Restaurants: Dine Out with Montrealers

Choosing restaurants in Montreal is a breeze. The most obvious method is to drop in to those that appear to cater to a local crowd and not just tourists! An easier method to choose your perfect dining spot is to follow my suggestions so you can reserve ahead, especially on weekends. Standards are generally quite high in Montreal restaurants and prices reasonable. Like most places, lunch is often the better deal.

Don't overlook local hotel restaurants especially if you hear a lot of French - because who knows food better? Consider restaurants a bit off the beaten tourist track too like those in East Montreal, The Village or newer hotspots like Griffentown and the Pointe St. Charles neighborhoods on the western edge of the city.

Quality restaurants with multiple locations like Premiere Moisson and L'Academie are not really chains and should not be regarded as such. Some of the fussiest palates on the planet live in Montreal making it almost impossible to get a bad meal here as Quebec in general and Montreal in particular reject large, international chain restaurants. Dining in Montreal is all about authenticity, quality and enjoying the dining experience. Montreal restaurants therefore become a tourist attraction in themselves. 



Commerce is a modern neighbourhood bar, the creative result of MTL Cuisine and renowned chef Martin Juneau. The shared vision of the partners was to give Old Montreal's financial district a space that would be reuniting each other's taste in...  Read More

Chez Schwartz Charcuterie


Celine Dion has purchased Schwartz's but vows to keep it the same. Let us hope so. The grubby hole in the wall fixture on St. Laurent (The Main) offers only one real choice: the perfectly smoked meat brisket sandwich served with fries and a...  Read More



Parlez-vous Francais? You will have a better time at this hip French Bistro if you do. Young, upwardly mobile Francophones flock to L'Express to see and be seen and to eat the best steak tartare et pomme frites on the planet or the tantalizing...  Read More

Mile End


Rumi Grill Restaurant Montreal can best be described as a cross between a grill house and a tearoom. For over a decade Rumi Grill has been serving lamb, beef, chicken and seafood in either half kilo or whole kilo portions accompanied by pickled...  Read More



L'Academie focuses on great mussels (moules) with creative sauces. "Moules et frites" offers diners a large serving of steamed mussels in a variety of cream or tomato-based sauces.The best tomato - based sauce, a savory marinara, tops the...  Read More

Mile End


At Milos, traditional Greek architecture meets raw industrial space that produces a casual taverna atmosphere. The understated elegance appeals to sophisticated diners thanks to the formal white tablecloths and well-designed lighting. Patrons...  Read More



This popular spot for Québecoise cuisine caters to serious carnivores, especially pork lovers, for which the restaurant is famous. Chef Picard, an avid game hunter, has little patience for vegetarians. Ten choices of foie gras include a...  Read More

The Plateau


While Casa Tapas, Montreal's favorite Spanish restaurant serves full meals, it's better known for its extensive tapas menu. A night out here is perfect for small groups sharing small plates. The dining room is comfortable and inviting with...  Read More

Boulangerie Première Moisson


With over 17 locations, Montreal natives and visitors alike can always find a reliable outlet for breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices. Premiere Moisson (First Harvest) Bakeries can are found on trendy Montreal streets such as Sherbrooke,...  Read More

The Village


One wall of Carte Blanche is a color-field painting by Belgium artist, Andre Claes which balances the chic black and white decor. Popular with local media and Quebec film and TV stars, Carte Blanche is the ideal venue for a special occasion, a...  Read More


Meet Sherel Purcell

Sherel Purcell is a travel writer who specializes in golf, Montreal and Quebec, contemporary art, cycling and food and wine. Her articles appear on USA Today's 10Best,, Aol, Matador,...  More About Sherel