Montreal restaurants are without a doubt some of the best we have ever experienced in North America. What more should we expect in such a culturally diverse city, rich with unique taste and talents?
While there are hundreds to choose from, we have curated a list of some of the newest hot spots with tasty menu items and aesthetically pleasing decor.
We present to you, 16 Montreal restaurants that you’ve got to try in 2016 (see what we did there?). Oh, and it’s also in alphabetical order – as it should be!
Montrealers and New Yorkers share a passion when it comes to two things: bagels and pizza.
Any Montrealer would argue that our bagels are top notch, and now we can say the same for our pizza (sorry NY <3).
For years, pizza by the slice has been a thing that we’ve indulged in late at night when we are drunk and don’t know any better. Until now.
Adamo gives us exactly what this city has been missing: NYC-style pizza by the slice. The thin crust, quality ingredients and simple menu are what dreams are made of. If you’ve been craving NYC pizza, you’ll love Adamo.
Adamo opened in mid 2015 and if you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?
Where: 4629 Notre Dame west
While the south-west is growing in popularity, Chez Dallaire is undoubtedly carving its way into the Pointe Saint Charles neighbourhood. Their cocktails and gastropub menu is plentiful and deems fit for our 2016 must-try Montreal restaurants list. This the French-Canadian pub that south-west foodies on the south side of the canal have been waiting for.
Open from 5 pm to 3 am, leaving you plenty of time to get your snack on and enjoy a delicious cocktail or fine craft brew.
Where: 2035 Wellington
Hot DAMN, this place has got it going on! Located in the financial district, Chez JERRY is a snack spot that I discovered after exiting my spinning class across the street. Nothing screams temptation like their menu. Safe to say this spot will be around for years to come.
Where: 1083 Beaver Hall
Sure to cure even the most fiercest of snack attacks, Chez Tousignant serves fast food made to order, and where you want to be when hunger strikes. Oh, and did we mention that these delicious plates are reasonably priced? Check out their menu to see for yourself.
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Where: 6959 Drolet
Rumoured to be Montreal’s latest blockbuster restaurant, Foxy was created by gents Dyan Solomon & Éric Girard of Olive and Gourmando. This rustic gem has been the talk of the town since it opened its doors in late 2015, so it had to be on our list. Obviously.
Where: 1638 Notre Dame West
This joint is one heck of a trendy foodie haven. The menu at Hoogan & Beaufort lends itself to being photographed, and the menu is just as fetching. Every day should be a H&B day in our books, so if you are looking for the perfect restaurant to impress that relative, mate, out-of-town friend – this is the place to bring them.
Where: 4095 Molson
Launched in historically charming Old Montreal by Robbie Pesut (22 years at Globe Restaurant and Buonanotte since 1992) and Francis Rodrigue co-proprietor of Magia restaurant, Garde-Manger and Madame Thai Bistro. The neighborhood in which they operate: Old Montreal’s Nouvel Europa development.
Perfect for seafood lovers and the tartare & tataki obsessed. The kitchen is run by Masson Duceppe, who loves playing with different flavours and perfecting raw and grilled combinations. Try it out for yourself!
Where: 626 Rue Marguerite d’Youville
Created with minimalism in mind, the menu at Le Mousso is another gem of a restaurant that lends itself to instagram shares. Delicate presentations, full of flavour and thoughtfully prepared. We are in awe with their instagram feed, check it out for yourselves.
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1023 Ontario East
This one is a particularly intriguing spot. Not all Montreal restaurants have board games in their establishments, but Colonel Moutarde does – and that, you can take to the bank.
There’s something to be said about Griffintown restaurant owners and chefs: they do not lack imagination. Creative combinations that are chock-full of flavour definitely put Le Fantôme in the runnings for our 16 Montreal restaurants to try in 2016. If you haven’t tried their celery root lasagna, we suggest giving it a go.
Have a sweet tooth? Order their malted ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
Where: 1832 William
If there’s something that we are always on the lookout for, it’s a wine bar. Laurier west is home to one that we keep hearing about — and it’s rather impressive. M. Mme presents a beautifully curated list of wines and pairings, guaranteed to please event he most fickle grape enthusiasts.
Where: 240 Laurier Ouest
Provisions 1268 presents a menu that pleases even the most fickle foodie. The small 25 seat restaurant takes a unique approach when crafting their menu, focusing on seasonal, local and market fresh ingredients. Rather than offering a menu, Provisions 1268 creates tastings at a fixed price of $60. The format? 2 appetizers, 2 mains and 1 dessert (all family-style).
Got allergies? Don’t fret – they can accommodate.
Where: 1268 Van Horne Ave
Calling all ramen lovers and Concordia University students: there’s a new ramen joint in the Shaughnessy Village.
Now you can slurp some of the best ramen in the city between classes! I wish this place was around during my undergrad.
Where: 2159 Mackay
Around since 2015, Trilogie is one of those Montreal restaurants that really speaks to the blogging community. This family-run business crafts everything that make with love – particularly their tasty dumplings! On, and the pho is not to be missed.
Where: 8521 boul. Saint Laurent
Saint-Henri has become one heck of a foodie haven, touching on dozens of culinary tastes and creating cultural magic. Nozy landed a spot in late October of 2015, at the former address of Crossover Comics (don’t worry comic book geeks, they’ve just moved next door and share the same postal code).
The Japanese menu is created in the spirit of Teishoku-style (“meal set”) food – combining broiled, grilled, deep fried menu items or noodle dishes. Just writing this has me salivating.
Where: 3568 Notre-Dame Ouest, corner Rose-de-Lima
What does rustic-chic, breaded meatballs, delicious cocktails, the formerly known Salon Officiel and Neapolitan pizza have in common? Watts Bar, of course! Complete with a carefully curated wine list, instagram-worthy cocktails and a menu that speaks to any Italian who craves home-cooked goods, prepared as dine out quality.
The dynamic interior samples an avant-garde essence of the artsy plateau spirit, yet it’s simple enough to all to appreciate.
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