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Best Restaurants in Montreal For Fine Dining

If you want to take the guesswork out of gastronomic exploration in Montreal, then look no further.

If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, finding excellent places to eat is probably high on your list of priorities when you visit a new city. Whether you consider yourself a bit of a food snob, or simply enjoy the experience of spending an evening in a swish restaurant, there’s one thing we can all agree on – when it comes to fine dining, nobody wants to risk the heads or tails probability that a place will satisfy your expectations (and your hunger).

If you’re soon to be in Montreal – and want to take the guesswork out of your gastronomic exploration – then look no further. This post will compile the very best restaurants in Montreal for fine dining, so you can book your table with confidence.

Restaurant Toqué!, 900 Jean-Paul-Riopelle

If Montreal’s fine dining scene was a menu, then Restaurant Toqué! would be its signature dish. Co-owned by Christine Lamarche and the renowned Normand Laprise – an award-winning chef who is apparently the only Canadian ever to be named in Le Chef’s compilation of the 100 Best Chefs in the World – Toqué! offers innovative cuisine, including a tasting menu as well as an evening à la carte menu. The latter features mouth-watering pairings such as razor clams with kumquat gel, foie gras terrine and frosted pecan nuts, and duck magret with turnip boulangère and blueberry poivrade sauce.

Maison Boulud, 1228 Sherbrooke Street West

Maison Boulud is headed by the Michelin-starred French chef Daniel Boulud, who also owns high-end restaurants in cities such as New York, London, Toronto and Singapore. This Montreal-based Maison Boulud boasts a wine cellar, bar and lounge as well as its beautiful wood-toned eating area. On the menu, you can find everything from breakfast to after-dinner cocktails. Look out for ‘Le Montréalais’, a dish which is served every morning from 7am – a homemade bagel, with home-smoked king salmon, cream cheese, Lebanese cucumbers and radish à la fleur de sel.

Le Serpent, 257 Rue Prince

Le Serpent is worth visiting almost as much for its industrial-chic design as it is for its contemporary Italian fare. Its extensive alcohol menu should please spirit aficionados (it features more than 15 single malts and a generous variety of both apéritifs and digestifs), while its food includes classic Italian favourites with a creative gourmet twist. Its delicious range of pastas and risottos should satisfy anyone who’s yearning for comfort food, without the beige stodginess that can let down blander dishes. Its truffle and asiago ravioli is a particularly tempting example.

Bouillon Bilk, 1595 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

Bouillon Bilk can be easy to miss – but situated just around the corner from the Saint-Laurent metro station, it’s well worth spending an evening here. This French-inspired restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, with a variety of options suitable for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Its deceptively simple menu receives exceptional reviews, from its homemade soup to its incredible desserts – after all, there aren’t many places you can finish off your meal with a dish of foie gras, pineapple, almonds and caramel.

These restaurants offer some of the most indulgent dining experiences in Montreal. Why not make a reservation today?