Dine the French Way in Montreal for Plenty of Good Choices

Do you love French food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy French cuisine in Montréal. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Montréal restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Bonaparte, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Laloux. We also point out good neighborhoods for French restaurants in Montréal. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix.

French food lovers are well-served in Montreal. We've discovered the top eateries in this catergory and are happy to share them with our readers. Here you'll find those places that everyone is talking about and those that have stood the test of time. From top bakeries to fine dining, you'll find some great dining suggestions here. We also point out the best neighborhoods for French restaurants in Montreal. From small intimate bistros to large chic industrial spaces and everything else in between, you can have your French food in a variety of interesting venues all over the city. And as to be expected, each of these restaurants have impressive wine lists - predominantly French - that include award-winning cellars.

Les 400 Coups offers a wildly creative menu from an A-list team of chefs. Chef Marc-Andre Jette, pastry chef Patrice Demers and sommeliere Marie-Josee Beaudoin work closely to offer food found nowhere else in the city. The white beet soup with...  Read More

Le Locale

Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Le Locale turns heads with its industrial chic design incorporating a steel and orange color scheme, terrace dining and variety of bistro-style cuisine. An architectural piece of sheer brilliance, the...  Read More

Among Decca 77's laurels is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, a nod earned by maintaining multiple wine cellars with an inventory of over 4000 bottles. Other unique assets include a cheese cellar and a stylish bar/lounge that's a hit...  Read More


To make an impact in this city of bistros, a newcomer must make itself stand out in some novel way. Leméac does so subtly – traditional dishes are given slight modernizations but nothing too brash. Their wine list is exemplary, and the...  Read More

Alexandre & fils

Best suited to a business lunch - especially for those who prefer to end their meal with a fine cigar and a good quality whiskey. With more than two decades of experience behind it, this French brasserie is a Montreal favorite. Its relaxed but...  Read More

This restaurant introduced the world to the often-overlooked Québecoise cuisine and received beaucoup kudos. Chef Martin Picard has created some cheeky signature dishes centered on foie gras. There are 10 choices in including the much in demand...  Read More

Boulangerie Première Moisson

All 17 locations offer an impressive array of up to 40 artisan breads from which to choose for your lunch of pork and brie and other mouth-watering sandwiches. An eye-popping array of gorgeous pastries served up with a strong coffee insures...  Read More


The younger sister of Toque, this bustling eatery sits squarely on the site of the Jazz Festival and just about every other major Montreal happening which is reflected in the constant stream of diners. The food is good, the service quick and the...  Read More

This fabulous French bistro can be hard to ferret out, but locals provide good directions, and the end result is definitely worth the effort. The place is as devoted to its locals as they are to it, and a familiar ambience pervades the space....  Read More

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Despite some ups and downs over the past few years, Laloux has survived and is now helmed by wunderkind Danny St. Pierre and pastry chef extraordinaire Patrice Demers.The traditional French cuisine of yesterday has given way to a more modern...  Read More


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