Best, New and Famous restaurants in Montreal City and Downtown

(Updated 2022) Best 17 restaurants in Montreal City and Downtown

Montréal is the biggest city in Canada’s Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal. Montreal is North America’s number one host city for international events. Montreal is home to the famous Cirque de Soleil and hosted the Summer Olympics in 1976. 

Today I am going to tell top 14 and most famous restaurant in Montreal city. Furthermore I will show restaurants in Montreal for 2022, best restaurants in old port Montreal, best restaurants in Montreal for families and friends and for birthday. However this list has been updated in September 2022. So check delicious and great restaurants near your home in Montreal. Follow for more

How to choose best restaurant in Montreal for 2022?

In choosing a restaurant, one faces many considerations. Word of mouth or reviews is valid. They give you an idea of how other people experienced the restaurant. That would be a vote for the restaurant.

Here I mention 7 base steps to choose best restaurant in Montreal:

  • Location
  •  Ambiance
  •  Value for money
  •  Service
  •  Hygiene
  •  Cuisine
  •  Chef

Sometimes, all we want to do is get a table and eat. But once in a while, we want a unique experience, a culinary delight or something beyond blah. Often we just run out of ideas, so here are some tips for a great restaurant experience.

Top 4 restaurants in Montreal Downtown

1) Wienstein & Gavino’s

W&G is set on three floors and features a large open kitchen, two sprawling outdoor terraces and a huge four-sided bar at street level. The W&G family invites all to experience the warm surroundings, great food and polished service that have made it one of the most iconic establishments in Montreal. 

Specialty in: Housemade pasta, pizza & Italian standards in a 3-level place with a grand staircase & open kitchen

1434 rue Crescent Montréal, QC H3G 2B6

(514) 288-2231

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2) Nouilles Zhonghua

Specialty in: Noodles

908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1G3, Canada

(514) 574-6188

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3) Time Out Market Montréal

 Time Out Market Launched in 2014 in Lisbon’s historic market, the Mercado da Ribeira, this first Market includes eight bars, a dozen shops, a high-end performance hall and 24 restaurants. Among other things, you can find the best burger in town, excellent steaks and the most delicious sushi, the cream of Lisbon’s culinary scene.

Specialty in: Mix of eats & beverages 

Oshizushi (oshi or pressed & aburi or torched style ushi) with spicy salmon

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada


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4) Ferreira Café

The Octopus was the best in this restaurant. The same goes for the grilled sardines. This is one restaurant where you cannot go wrong.

Specialty in: Portuguese seafood and wines

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8, Canada

(514) 848-0988

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Best new and nicest restaurants in Montréal

1) Moccione

They serve simple Italian dishes with authentic ingredients alongside a comprehensive wine list, each the product of many years of experience and expertise. Moccione is upscale without being over-the-top, fitting perfectly into its cozy Villeray location.

Its simple elegance and effortless atmosphere (that can only be the product of a lot of thought) leaves diners excited to come back for more.

380 Rue Villeray
(514) 270-4441

2) Moleskine

Moleskine is never really one thing. Both upstairs and down you’ll find innovation that packs a punch: hearty and memorable dishes above, simple and well-made bites below. Its name, even, is a nod to Nota Bene, a charming stationary store next door.

3412 Av du Parc
(514) 903-6939

3) Le Mousso

The experience of dining at Le Mousso is unparalleled. Each dish on the 13 course tasting menu at Le Musso is a crefully crafted work of culinary art. Presentented in handmade ceramic bowls and plates they are beautiful to the eyes.

1023 Ontario St E
(438) 384-7410

4) Nikkei

Nikkei’s cocktails are similarly fusiony, with their take on the Chilcano (a Peruvian staple traditionally made with ginger ale, pisco, and lime juice), for example, mixing in a yuzu, ginger, and coriander syrup.

1577 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1J1, Canada

(514) 492-1577

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5) Bon Service

Find Southern staples with local spins, including blackened monkfish, grits glammed up with caviar, potato-topped Rockefeller oysters, and scallop crudo with sliced Quebec strawberries. And if you’re struggling to decide what to drink, give their roulette wheel a spin.

22 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

(438) 375-9220

Best restaurants in Montreal for families


Le Buffet des Continents in Mascouche. Kids eat for free with each adult and the restaurant is tastefully decorated. It’s very family oriented and they have a wonderful ice cream bar and pizza counter, which the children love.

2929 Gascon Rd., Mascouche • 450 968-1099
365 la Montagne, St. Jérôme • 450-438-1099

2) CAFÉ 92

Café 92 on Sherbrooke St. W., in N.D.G. This is more of a coffee shop but they have great food. They are very kid friendly and are part of the Route du lait, a network of businesses in Montreal that provide a space for mothers to nurse without being obligated to buy anything.

6703 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal


Boulangerie Café Le Den on Donegani Ave. in Pointe-Claire. I’ve been going to Le Den for years; during the time I was pregnant and now with my two kids. It’s a great little café with a bin of toys, crayons and paper, books to read, and great food.

Boulangerie Café Le Den
121 Donegani Ave., Pointe-Claire

Best restaurants in Montreal with friends

Top restaurant in Montreal with private rooms are available and you can enjoy it with your besties!

1) Modavie

group at modavie restaurant in old montreal
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A popular and elegant restaurant in Old Montreal, Modavie is fit for any occasion. With a charming vintage vibe that’s fit for its setting, this French bistro is a classic jazz bar. Nightly live music, from jazz and beyond, sets a beautiful tone for a lush evening of flavors and sounds.

Group booking info: They’ll book groups as large as 14 directly through OpenTable, while private and semi-private rooms make their 240 seat dining room flexible for all kinds of events and occasions.

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2) McKiernan Restaurant

mckernan restaurant montreal
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McKiernan is what happens when Joe Beef and Maison Publique meet for lunch – which mean’s it’s amazing. Making its home in a loft next to the Lachine Canal, McKiernan is a more casual way to taste the market-driven menu and natural wines, with dinner also being served two nights a week. A very good Restaurants for groups in Montréal

Group booking info: Groups of 9 to 60 can email the restaurant directly to enjoy a family-style meal chosen by the chef. Larger groups are also able to reserve the entire space.

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3) Ichigo Ichie Izakaya

Ichigo ichie izakaya
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Tucked behind the incredible ramen destination that is Yokato Yokabai, Ichigo Ichie is one of the best izakayas in the city. In the large and lively space you’ll find a selection of traditional sharing-style dishes (as well as a group menu) with some contemporary Quebec influences.

Group booking info: Groups over 9 can call the restaurant to make a reservation.

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 4) Orange Rouge

private dining room for groups at orange rouge in chinatown montreal
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Orange Rouge is a sleek spot serving Asian fusion dishes in Chinatown, and their discreet private room feels like the neighbourhood’s best kept secret. Meet at Table 50 in a wood-panelled room hidden behind the restaurant and you’ll feel like you’re dignitaries undercover.

Group booking info: The private room can seat up to 14 patrons with a set group menu.

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5) Monarque

food at monarque montreal
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This upscale chef-driven restaurant is Montreal’s newest big-league fine dining establishment, and it has the space to prove it. Monarque’s private room offers an all-inclusive experience. A private kitchen, dedicated staff and soundproofing mean you can build your own little world.

Group booking info: The private room is available for reservation to parties of up to 32 people, or 45 in cocktail mode. Groups of 8 to 12 can also dine in the Brasserie or Salle à Manger but must call ahead to make a reservation.

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