Where to Dine in Montreal


Founded in 1642, Montreal is a large city in the Canadian province of Quebec although archaeological evidence shows that native people lived there about 4,000 years ago. It was named for Mount Royal, which is a triple-peaked mountain in the middle of the city and is the site of Mount Royal Park.

One of the most famous dishes in Montreal is poutine, which is French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy. Some places add meat, cheese, and other toppings. You can also find great smoked pork and other meats as well as pastries and much more. Leave your bags at a Montreal suitcase storage locker and go eat. 

Jerome Ferrer

At Jerome Ferrer, they are dedicated to making every dish a masterpiece to the eyes as well as to the palate. You will know right away you are in for something special when you see the rich oak walls and cabinets, crystal chandeliers, and plush furniture including couches as well as club chairs. 

But the menu is stellar as well with appetizers like crispy beef tartare with poutine, lobster roll on garlic bread, or oysters on seafoam. Some of the main courses include salmon cooked in hay served on citrus, maple smoked breast with truffle potato mousseline and lobster with garlic butter and lemon pesto.


The first thing you will notice about Toqué is the view. You will be seated near floor-to-ceiling windows that look over one of the nicest squares in Old Montreal. You can choose from the tasting menu, which is seven courses, or the a la carte menu which has a variety of dishes that are all equally sublime.

Starters include potato soup with chanterelle mushrooms, veal carpaccio, or razor clams with ginger fish stock. They also have roasted scallops and foie gras terrine. The main courses include beef tenderloin with port-Neuf potatoes, rack of lamb, black cod with pickled vegetables, duck magret, and risotto vialone nano. 


La Banquise

If you really want to try poutine but cannot decide how you want to try it, you need to go to La Banquise where they have over 30 different varieties of this iconic Canadian dish. You can have the classic with fries, curds, and gravy or you can choose one of the more creative poutine recipes. 

For example, the La Matty has bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions, the La Fred Caillou has merguez sausage, spicy sausage, smoked meat, and ground beef, or the La Taquise with guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes. Or try the La Couvre Feu with ground beef, onions, hot peppers, and mac ‘n’ cheese bites. 

Le Club Chasse et Pêche

This fabulous establishment will treat you to a meal that you will never forget. The chefs consider every one of their meals to be a unique experience for each guest in their restaurant, so they make sure everything is perfectly seasoned, cooked, and presented. You will want to have your phone to take pictures. 

Start with arctic char with champagne sour cream or veal tartare with pistachios and black olives. Then you can choose from the halibut confit with mussels or the braised piglet risotto. The main entrée is either the wagyu with lobster or the rabbit with truffle sauce. Finish with strawberries and cream cheese or chocolate pralines.

Schwartz’s Deli 

Schwartz’s Deli is well-known all over the world for its smoked meat sandwiches, which is probably why they have been in business for almost a century. In fact, this is the oldest deli in Canada. You may want to go early or late because Schwartz’s is almost always crowded with locals as well as visitors.

What makes this deli so popular is its thick-sliced meat. They do not serve paper-thin slices of meat you can see through. Their meat is cut so thick, it is hard to keep it on the bread. But that’s okay. It’s all going to the same place. Get the turkey, beef, chicken, or salami with pickles and special mustard. 

Chalet Bar-B-Q

For some fantastic spit-roasted barbecue chicken almost as famous as Schwartz’s Deli, head to Chalet Bar-B-Q. And they have been barbecuing since 1944 so they know what they are doing. They choose their own chickens and then roast them slowly over hardwood charcoal until they are crispy outside and juicy inside.

You can get a whole barbecue chicken or just a leg, breast, or half a chicken. You can even get a chicken meal with a baked potato or fresh-cut fries and a toasted bun. They also serve coleslaw, salad, chicken noodle soup, and poutine. Or try one of their desserts like apple pie, carrot cake, or cheesecake. 

Juliette & Chocolat

Speaking of dessert, Juliette & Chocolat will satisfy that sweet tooth whether you want chocolate or some other flavor. From ice cream to brownies and pastries to fondues, this place has it all and then some. They even have a variety of savory crepes, omelets, and brunch with eggs, cheese, and bacon. 

Their Pop Stars are some of the most popular treats. Try the Aretha Poplin with vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles and strawberry pearls. They also have tiramisu, raspberry cheesecake in a jar, and several different waffle specialties. But don’t miss their chocolate fondue. 

No matter what you choose to eat and where you eat it, make sure you get a chance to visit some of the Montreal attractions. The Notre Dame Basilica is Montreal’s oldest church from 1656 with a carved pulpit and 7,000-pipe organ. Or visit Olympic Park, Montreal Biosphere, or the Botanical Garden.