Old Montreal Restaurants

Old Montreal is an amazing place to spend an evening, an afternoon, or even a morning. With a backdrop of stunning architecture, there are so many notable restaurants to discover, and a nice post-meal walk along the water is always available for dessert. Take a look at our pick of top Old Montreal restaurants to help narrow down the selection as you plan your time in Canada’s mini-Europe.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try checking out 13+ Delicious Mile End Montreal Restaurants You Can’t Miss, where the food is just as vibrant as the people, or follow your taste buds and discover at these 23+ Delicious & New Places to Eat in Montreal. Also check our full Old Montreal Guide.

18. The Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour

What’s better than a great restaurant? Six great restaurants! Before you pick a spot to dine, you might want to consider the Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour, which stops at five amazing local restaurants! It’s designed for foodies, so you can discover the district’s history and culture while enjoying some of the best food the city has to offer. Learn about the city of Montreal, its food, it’s craft beer & wine and its people on this awesome 3 hour walking tour.

Check out the Old Montreal Food Tour 

18. Place Carmin

Place Carme is a charming French restaurant that exudes elegance and sophistication from the moment you step inside. The interior design is a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern flair, with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and crystal chandeliers. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, making it an ideal spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.

The food at Place Carme is simply outstanding. The menu is a fusion of classic French dishes and contemporary twists, prepared with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.


Price index: $$$$
Address: 740 Rue William
Phone number: (514) 439-0740

17. Hà Restaurant / Nhau Bar

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After the success of their Plateau location, has opened up a restaurant in Old Montreal, bringing a casual and relaxed ambiance to the area, without compromising on style. Serving traditional Vietnamese food, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Try the buns, phở, imperial rolls, or laksa… or you can check out the bar downstairs! It serves lighter fare from fried broccoli to salmon tartar, but Nhau Bar is known for its exotic cocktails both in flavour and presentation, one is even served in a ceramic piece shaped like a seashell. This hidden Old Montreal gem will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Montreal and into another world!


Price index: $$
Address: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques O.
Phone number: (514) 379-4111

16. Crew Collective & Cafe

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At Crew Collective & Cafe, you can dine, sip coffee and stay a while… you’ll want to in a space like this! Located at the old 20’s era Royal Bank headquarters, this is not your average cafe: it boasts 50 foot vaulted ceilings, seating for 100 and an abundance of additional coworking space for its members. Voted by Forbes as one of the top 5 most beautiful coworking spaces in the world, Crew also operates a fully equipped kitchen to prepare fresh and delicious meals that can be served to you as you work! Maybe you’ll even get to rub shoulders with some of the top freelance designers and developers in Montreal who call this space their office. Make sure you make a reservation, the space is in high demand!


Price index: $$
Address: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques
Phone number: (514) 379-4111

15. Monarque

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Monarque has finally come to Old Montreal after years of anticipation, and it lives up to the hype. This expansive new venture comes from chef Jérémie Bastien and his father Richard Bastien of Leméac and Le Mitoyen. The restaurant actually contains several impressive spaces, each with their own menu and sleek, stylish setting. Whether you go Brasserie or Salle à Manger, there are definitely some things you can count on; the wine and beer lists won’t disappoint, and you’ll be able to taste a passion for food in every bite. Indulgent and creative, this restaurant definitely packs a punch in an already saturated dining scene.


Price index: $$$-$$$$
Address: 406 Rue Saint-Jacques
Phone number: (514) 875-3896

14. Restaurant Mélisse

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While open from morning to night on most days, Restaurant Mélisse specializes in brunch, lunch, and simplicity. Featuring many meat-centered dishes, the menu still feels light, fresh and thought out, just like the airy decor. Stop by for a croissant (or Jamaican egg patty) and a coffee in the morning or try one of their tartines such as the spiced beef gravlax with mashed black beans, homemade harissa, haloumi and roasted peppers. Whatever you order, Restaurant Mélisse is a refined dining experience for any time of day!


Price index: $$
Address: 719 Rue William
Phone number: (514) 379-3794

13. Tiradito

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After introducing Nikkei, a blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, to Montreal, Tiradito was voted Eater Best Restaurant of the Year in 2017, and for good reason. The dishes are original and exciting, combining flavours and textures in unique ways. Served tapas style, must try dishes include their ceviche, featuring the catch of the day, and of course the tiradito after which the restaurant is named. The kitchen sits right in the middle of the restaurant, surrounded by primarily bar stool seating. The chefs cook, chat, and serve you, all with ease in the middle of the bustling room. With adventurous cuisine, prominent (well selected) music, and red lighting, Tiradito is a restaurant not to be ignored.


Price index: $$$
Address: 1076 Rue de Bleury
Phone number: (514) 866-6776

Old Montreal Restaurants for fun evenings

12. Venice MTL / Clandestino bar

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Venice MTL, decorated like a California beach house, is the perfect place to escape the winter blues. Come here for poke bowls, tacos, fresh salads and even brunch. With gluten free and vegetarian food featured heavily on the menu, the restaurant focuses on health but the large portions will not leave you hungry! At peak times it can be hard to find a table, but luckily they offer take-out right next door. From the take-out counter you can also head downstairs to Clandestino, a speakeasy-style bar that specializes in cocktails and Mezcal/Tequila drinks.

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Price index: $$
Address: 440 Rue Saint François Xavier
Phone number: (514) 985-0686

Old Montreal restaurants with ambiance

11. Barroco

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Located in a building dating back to Napoleonic times, Barroco combines the old world charm of your grandmother’s cooking with the intimate yet lively atmosphere of a modern supper club. Serving French, Spanish and Italian cuisine in a warm, traditional setting of stone walls and baroque chandeliers, Barroco blends perfectly into the European architecture of Old Montreal. If you’re over 18, make a reservation and try their prime selection of oysters and succulent cuts of Angus beef as you sip a drink from their cocktail bible or try an expertly paired bottle of wine.


Price index: $$$
Address: 312 Rue Saint-Paul O.
Phone number: (514) 544-5800

10. Stash Cafe (one of the oldest Old Montreal restaurant)

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Stash Cafe is one of the longest standing restaurants in Old Montreal: 40 years! Opened by a reporter for the Montreal Gazette as a hangout spot for his friends, this rustic nest serves up  the best traditional Polish food in town. It’s interior is cozy and homey, and its food is just as comforting. You’re in for a pierogi paradise and borscht to boot! Many celebrities make a pit stop here while filming movies in Old Montreal, in case you need an endorsement. Po szklanie i na rusztowanie!


Price index: $$
Address: 200 Rue Saint Paul O.
Phone number: (514) 845-6611

9. Un Po’ Di Più

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This trendy Italian “caffe” is infuenced by timeless Parisian elegance without feeling one moment out of date. Un Po’ Di Più is the brand-new venture by the culinary genius behind Foxy and Olive & Gourmando (more on this to come), which have truly become mainstays of the Montreal food scene. Upscale without being stuffy, it’s easy to see how this new enterprise is ready to become a heavyweight in its own right. From morning to night, they serve colourful and imaginative plates, cocktails, and, of course, coffee. Stop by to slow down.


Price index: $$$
Address: 3 Rue de la Commune E.
Phone number: (514) 861-8686

8. Brit and Chips (one of the best value of the Old Montreal restaurants )

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Brit ‘n Chips, one of the only spots to get fish ‘n chips in Montreal, is a win win win kind of place. Fresh fish, friendly staff, and different flavoured batters to choose from… this trendy and unlikely food spot is a must. The restaurant’s menu was created by a group of Montrealers with a passion for English cuisine who traveled throughout England in search of the perfect recipes to bring home. A great pick for lunch, or to grab a bite and a beer, even visitors from the UK have been known to approve of this spot!


Price index: $
Address: 433 Rue McGill
Phone number: (514) 840-1001

7. Buvette Pastek

Buvette Pastek is a hidden gem in the heart of Old Montreal that effortlessly blends chic style with rustic charm. The cozy atmosphere is perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic date, with dim lighting, exposed brick walls, and an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary decor.

But Buvette Pastek isn’t just about the food and drinks. It’s also a social hotspot, attracting a trendy crowd who appreciate the finer things in life. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of wine at the bar or lounging in one of the cozy booths, you’ll feel like you’re part of an exclusive club where the cool kids hang out.


Price index: $$$
Address: 209 Rue Saint-Paul O
Phone number: (514) 419-2090

6. LOV

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It’s easy to fall in love with LOV the second you walk in. The botanical garden theme is bright and inviting, each table is adorned with a terrarium, and charming wooden wicker seats hang from the ceiling. LOV (Local, Organic, Vegetarian) brings fine cuisine to vegan and vegetarian dishes. Try the kale mac and cheese entrée made with casarecce pasta and a squash cheese sauce. Take a look at their list of organic wine and beer or sip one of their zesty botanical cocktails. For vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike, you’re sure to find something to tickle your tastebuds at LOV.


Price index: $$
Address: 464 Rue McGill
Phone number: 514-287-1155

5. Garde Manger

Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes is the mind behind this trendy pièce de résistance. Locals love it for its innovative yet simple food and vibrant atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a nice twist on a Quebec classic, poutine…a lobster poutine! Choose a delicious dish from their chalkboard menu like the hanger steak with corn custard and bone marrow. A popular “must try” among visitors, you can either try your luck to sit at a bar, or go the safe route and make a reservation (minimum of 1 month in advance).


Price index: $$$$
Address: 408 Rue Saint François Xavier
Phone number: (514) 678-5044

4. Le Serpent

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Don’t let the name Old Montreal fool you, Le Serpent is a newly-opened sleek and modern restaurant that attracts an urban-chic crowd. Even with the huge windows and high ceilings that characterize this converted warehouse, the restaurant isn’t too noisy for an intimate conversation. The selection of fine Italian classics are as full-flavoured as they are comforting. The toughest decision of the night will be to choose between their delicious list of pasta, risotto, seafood and meat. The wine menu, which has options for purchasing by the glass, is an impressive inventory of reasonably-priced bottles, many of which are rare finds. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just feeling fancy, slither no further than Le Serpent!


Price index: $$$$
Address: 257 Rue Prince
Phone Number: (514) 316-4666

3. Olive et Gourmando

Old Montreal Restaurants Olive and Gourmando
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Olive et Gourmando, the place where sandwiches feel like gourmet fair, without actually being all that fancy. They’re just downright scrumptious and made with equal parts love and quality ingredients. Locals and visitors alike flock to this spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch, every day of the week. It’s one of the more… in and out options of the Old Montreal restaurants, letting you enjoy top notch food in a more casual atmosphere. Beware, week-ends get awfully crowded!


Price index: $
Address: 351 St-Paul O.
Phone number: (514) 350-1083

2. Toqué!

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Montreal’s Toqué! was ranked as the number 1 restaurant in Canada by a panel of chefs, critics and diners, and not without good reason. As you may have noticed from the picture, its dishes are a legitimate work of art! Chef Normand Laprise only serves-up the freshest market ingredients and puts special emphasis on local Quebec products. Begin by savouring their renown first course creations like the duck confit and foie gras tortellini. The main courses range from gastronomic delights like cavatelli pasta with arugula and shiitake mushrooms to suckling pig loin. Sink your spoons into their decadent iced raspberry parfait for dessert. Come here to experience world class culinary talent that’ll amaze both your eyes and your tastebuds. Perfect for those seeking a creative, innovative, and a gastronomic experience.


Price index: $$$$
Address: 900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Phone number: (514) 499-2084

1. Le Club Chasse et Pêche

Old Montreal Restaurants Le Club Chasse et Peche

Like only a hunter or fisherman’s pride can produce, the dishes here exude respect for their ingredients and showcase the simple flavours nature has to offer. Le Club Chasse et Pêche offers a comfortably chic fine dining experience with a contemporary menu. Try the highly appraised duck magret topped with sunchoke, blackberries and wildflowers honey. Expect attentive service from a staff that knows the predominantly French wine list like the back of their hand. Definitely don’t skip their dazzling dessert menu because the caramel and milk chocolate tart with dark chocolate sorbet has been raved about time and time again. If you’ve been hunting for a true sensory dining experience, then look no further than this Quebec classic. 


Price index: $$$
Address: 423 Rue St-Claude
Phone number: (514) 861-1112