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The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

An evolving list reflecting what we’re into and where we think you’re guaranteed to get a good meal.

Earlier this year, when restaurants reopened after the third lockdown, we decided we’d take some time to get reacquainted with an old pastime: going out to eat. Below is a list of the Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now, an evolving selection of places we love to eat at. It’s by no means definitive, it’s just a reflection of what we’re into at the moment and where we think you’re guaranteed to get a good meal.

The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

1. Beba

Brothers Ari and Pablo Schor’s exceptional Argentinian restaurant in the heart of Verdun. Far from a South American steakhouse, Beba’s menu is representative of the food the brothers grew up eating: a mix of Spanish and Italian-influenced fare. Uncomplicated and honest cooking mingles with a cleverly composed wine list in a small and intimate setting. Easily one of the best tables in town. (3900 Éthel)

2. Pizza Bouquet

The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

The former slice shop in NDQ now has a place to call its own. Pizza Bouquet is a no-frills pizza place that slings some of the finest pies in the city. The soppressata with spicy honey is a crowd favourite, but if you’re looking for something special, try the tomato-sauce-topped upsidedown pie. (45 Beaubien E.)

3. Vin Mon Lapin

Marc Olivier Frappier and Vanya Filipovic’s Little Italy eatery has been one of the most celebrated restaurants in town since opening back in 2018. The food here is a poetic mixture of French and Italian cooking penned in Frappier’s unmistakable and ingenious style. As the undisputed queen of natural wine, Filipovic’s list is expertly curated and chock-full of classics and quaffable curiosities. (150 St-Zotique E.)

4. Dobe & Andy

A Hong Kong Style diner serving incredible Chinese BBQ plus a variety of Dai Pain Dong and Cha Chaan Teng classics. The three-meat combo is always a good way to go but if you happen to head there on a Thursday, get the Beef Ho Fun. Pro tip: ask for extra ginger and scallion sauce. (1071 St-Urbain)

5. Le Petit Alep

A casual Syrian/Armenian restaurant serving snack-sized versions of fattouche salad, muhammara and stuffed vine leaves. If you make the trip, make sure to try the Kebbé Nayé (beef tartare) and the Saucisses D’Alep. Feeling like a splurge? Alep has one of the best (and best-priced) wine lists in town. (191 Jean-Talon E.)

6. Larrys

Open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. non-stop, Larrys is Mile End’s king of small plates. Coffee in the day, wine and cocktails at night, Larrys does simple seasonal dishes made with meat from their sister butcher shop up the road. Since opening in 2016, Larrys has been on every best restaurant list from The New York Times to Bon Appétit. Get the breakfast sandwich. (5201 St-Laurent)

7. AA

This Saint-Henri institution dates back more than 50 years and is known as one of the best late-night casse-croûtes in town. A poutine and a hotdog is a classic order but regulars know the steak sub is what’s up. Open 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily. (3700 Notre-Dame W.)

8. Boom J’s

The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

A no-frills Jamaican restaurant serving some of the most famed jerk chicken, plantains, wraps and beef patties in the city. (2026 Wellington)

9. Ma Poule Mouillée

Ma Poule Mouillée’s charcoal roasted, Piri-Piri glazed birds approach Montréalais-Portuguese sainthood. Make sure to try their poutine, loaded with shredded chicken and thick slices of smoked chouriço — it’s the best of both worlds. (969 Rachel E.)

10. Épicerie Pumpui

A Thai curry shop by way of Chef Jesse Mulder. Featuring a mix of local produce and painstakingly sourced Thai ingredients, Pumpui is one of the finest casual Thai spots in town. The crispy catfish is a house specialty and, when it’s available, the mango sticky rice is some of the best served outside of Thailand. (83 St-Zotique E.)

11. L’Express

The bistro that needs no introduction. Open since 1980, l’Express is perhaps the city’s most beloved dining institution. Classic French fare like steak frites and rognons de veau are served in the generously lit, Luc Laporte-designed dining room. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesday to Saturday. (3927 St-Denis)

12. Le Super Qualité

Serving up a diverse range of dishes from across India, this nouveau spot is scrumptious as it is cool. The unbeatable lunch combos come served in convenient and compact tiffin sets. Try their homemade salty lemonade or the medicinal cocktail. (1211 Bélanger)

13. El Rey Del Taco

Tucked away inside the Jean-Talon market, this taqueria does a bit of everything: chilaquiles and Huevos Divorcados in the morning, hearty pozole, fresh tamales and generous tortas for lunch. But, as the name would suggest, most people come for the tacos. While you’re there, make use of the dépanneur section, where containers of their infamously good guacamole and pico de gallo and other homemade salsas are sold. (232 Jean-Talon E.)

14. Arthurs Nosh Bar

A contemporary take on the classic Jewish deli. Everything from the tuna scoop to matzah ball soup is delicious, but the pancakes are what pay the bills. (4621 Notre-Dame W.)

15. Falafel St. Jacques

The best falafel in Montreal since 2016. Run by an Israeli-Palestinian duo (Israeli owner Ronan Baruch and Palestinian manager Saleh Seh), the Ville St-Pierre lunch counter (now with a satellite location in Ahuntsic) has developed a loyal following thanks to its signature take on the Middle Eastern staple. Though falafel is the main draw, the fully vegetarian menu also features a plant-based shish taouk and shawarma. (345 St-Jacques, Ville St-Pierre & 323 Chabanel W.)

16. Bossa

The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

The home of heavenly hoagies. Deli sandwiches come jam-packed with your choice of salumi, homemade meatballs, fried cutlets and more, and can be dressed up with all manner of toppings. Aside from sandos, Bossa stocks a selection of Italian products, homemade sauces and fresh pasta. (4354 Wellington & 3136 Masson)

17. Salle Climatisée

Open mid-pandemic as a take-out lunch counter and caviste, Salle Climatisée has quickly become one of the most exciting restaurants in town. Helmed by a trio of Maison Publique alumni, the food is refined, restrained and utterly delicious. (6448 St-Laurent)

18. La Franquette

After a string of wildly successful pop-ups, le Fantôme alumni Louis Deligianis and Renée Deschenes opted to open their version of a classic French bistro. Simple, straightforward dishes are cooked with masterful precision and Deschenes works the room with warmth and knowledge. (374 Victoria)

19. Otto Yakitori

Late nights with charcoal-grilled chicken, ice-cold beers and a heavy selection of saké make this an essential Japanese restaurant. The Negima (thing and green onion) are a staple but make sure to grab an order of crispy chicken skins. (1441 St-Mathieu)

20. Phở Tay Ho

A top contender for Montreal’s best pho and easily Nguyen Phi’s top rival. The phở is great but don’t sleep on the bùn and the rare beef salad. (6414 St-Denis)

21. Liverpool House & Vinette

While it may be the middle child of the Joe Beef group, Liverpool House mysteriously remains the best-kept secret on this strip of Little Burgundy. Joe Beef classics like the Lobster Spaghetti appear alongside clever seasonal specials, such as the Hot Crab Sandwich — a dish that epitomizes the Joe Beef style of cooking. The expanded patio and newly opened oyster bar Vinette mean securing a spot for two is easier (but never easy). (2501 Notre-Dame W.)

22. Noren

This microscopic Japanese lunch counter is run by couple Élyse Garand and Hidenori Tsuda. Bonito flaked okonomiyaki and Kewpie drizzled takoyaki are fixtures, but don’t miss the daily bento box. Noren also features a grocery section full of hard-to-find Japanese sundries and a modest saké list. (77 Rachel W.)

23. Hoai Huong

Despite its massive green sign that faces onto busy Victoria Avenue in Côtes-des-Neiges, Hoai Huong is relatively little known. Unless, of course, you’re part of the area’s Vietnamese community — then it’s an institution. Phở makes an appearance on the menu, but it’s massive plates of bún chả and hearty grilled pork chops served over rice that you’ll see on nearly every table. (5485 Victoria)

24. Les Street Monkeys

The Top 25 Restaurants in Montreal Right Now

A flamboyant and mouth-watering restaurant specializing in Cambodian street food. Named for the three owners’ cheeky attitude and the monkeys who loiter on the streets of Cambodia, les Street Monkeys serves playful renditions of traditional Cambodian cuisine. The stuffed chicken wings are legendary. (3625 Wellington)

25. Tavern on the Square

A Westmount institution for over 20 years. The kitchen is run by Ryan Dixon and is overseen by the boisterous, enigmatic, chef/owner Stephen Leslie, whose iconic dishes have been prepared (but never perfectly replicated) by many a great cook in Montreal. Sommelier Jon Cercone is a phenomenal host and stocks one of the most reputed cellars in the city. Infamously good burgers on Tuesdays — no mods allowed. (1 Westmount Square)

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