Montreal’s Best Restaurants of 2016
By Lesley Chesterman for the Montreal Gazette
With rising interest rates in both the U.S. & Canada and much uncertainty in the world on the political front, this holiday season is a good time to turn to one of my favorite topics, “food”, When it comes to food, Montreal is certainly one of the best cities! I fear it’s no longer a well kept secret, in fact the word is out! There are so many delicious tastes and places to discover and savor, spread out throughout our many neighborhoods. What’s really special is the local neighborhood fare that is sometimes located on your own street! I recently tried this super healthy and yummy curcumin, kamut, almond bread, made by Arhoma, one of my favorite bakeries in the city, located in the Hochelaga Maisonneuve district. Montreal has become a food lover’s paradise… and to make the point, check out Gazette editor, Lesley Chesterman’s list of Montreal’s best restaurants of 2016!
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Toqué! has had a monumental impact on the Québécois food scene since it first opened in Montreal 23 years ago under the stewardship of Normand Laprise. Faultless cooking keeps it on a par with many of the world’s top restaurants.
1/2 out of 4 stars $$$$ 1228 Sherbrooke St. W. (At de la Montagne St., in the Ritz Hotel.) Phone: 514-842-4224Website: maisonboulud.com Open: Breakfast, daily 7 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch, Mon.- Fri. noon to 2 p.m.; dinner, daily 5:30 to 11 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun. noon to 2:30 p.m.
1/2 out of 4 stars $$$$ 116 McGill St. (Corner Wellington St.) Phone: 514-876-0116 Website: restaurantgraziella.ca Open: Lunch, Mon.-Fri. noon to 2:30 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Sat. 6 to 10 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major Wheelchair access: No Vegetarian-friendly: Yes Reservations: Essential Parking: On surrounding streets with meters; several lots in the neighbourhood.
1/2 $$$ 1414 Notre-Dame St. W. (corner Lucien L’Allier St.) Phone: 514-937-2001 Open: Wed.-Sun.: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major Wheelchair access: No Parking: on the street with meters and valet Vegetarian friendly: Yes Reservations: Recommended Price range: Three-course tasting menu $45 (wine pairings $30); five course tasting menu $65 (wine pairings $45).
Phone: 514-903-6939 Website: moleskine-mtl.com Open: Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major Wheelchair access: No Parking: On the street, metered Vegetarian friendly: Not especially Reservations: Essential Price range: Appetizers: $10-$16; main courses $24-$30; desserts $6-$10.
Four stars out of four $$-$$$ 3927 St-Denis St. (near Duluth Ave. ) Phone: 514-845-5333 Website: restaurantlexpress.com Open: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
1045 Laurier Ave. W. (near Durocher St.) Phone: 514-270-0999 Website: restaurantlemeac.com Open: Monday-Friday, noon to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major Wheelchair access: Yes Reservations: Essential Parking: On the street with meters Price range: Starters $8-$27; main courses $23-$54; desserts $9-$14.
out of **** stars (three out of four stars) $$-$$$ 9 Fairmount Ave. E. (near St-Laurent Blvd.) Phone: None Website: larrys.website Open: Mon.- Sat. 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major cards Wheelchair access: No Reservations: Not taken Vegetarian-friendly: Yes Parking: on the street with meters Price range: Small plates: $6-$14.
1/2 out of 4 stars $$-$$$ Address: 3001 Notre-Dame St. W. (Corner Atwater Ave.) Phone: 438-387-4252 Website: foiegwa.com Open: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wheelchair access: Yes Reservations: Essential Cards: Major cards Vegetarian friendly: Not especially Parking: On surrounding streets Price range: Snacks $4.25-$6.95; appetizers $7.75-$25; main courses $15.25-$35; desserts $6.50-$9.95.
out of 4 stars $$ 1206 Union Ave. (Corner Cathcart St.) Phone: 514-419-9755 Website: escondite.ca Open: Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 10 p.m. (Fri. to 11 p.m.); Sat. 5:30 to 11 p.m.
1638 Notre-Dame St. W., Phone: 514-925-7007 Website: foxy.restaurant Open: Tues. – Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: Major cards (no Amex) Wheelchair access: No Reservations: Essential Vegetarian-friendly: Yes Parking: On the street, difficult on busy nights Price range: Starters $9-$16; mains $25-$35; sides $7-$9; flatbreads $15-$17; desserts $10-$12 Ask a Montrealer to name one of the city’s top chefs and chances are he or she will come up with at least one name.
Fiorellino 470 de la Gauchetière St. (corner St-Alexandre St.) Phone: 514-878-3666 www.fiorellino.ca Open: Weekdays 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Licensed: Yes Credit cards: All major cards Wheelchair access: Yes Reservations: Essential Vegetarian-friendly: Yes Parking: On the street with meters Price range: Appetizers: $11-$16; main courses $17-$26; desserts $7-$10.
If I were to compile an all-around best restaurants in Montreal list, I could choose 50 terrific restaurants right off the bat. Perhaps not three-Michelin-star level, but is Montreal even a three-Michelin-star kind of town? To that list, I could add dozens more worth recommending. And this year we have many more to enjoy.