Ya, ya we know. Down town Montreal is where it’s at for wining and dining. No matter where you are there’s something for everyone. That doesn’t mean, however, that greatness does not surround it. Au contraire mes amis! Turns out there are a fair share of restaurants to go off island for and we know exactly where to send you. So if you’re up for a little trip to get away from city life here are a list of 10 restaurants worth exploring.
Who knew the West could provide Southern Soul? If you’re in the mood for some good ol’ fashion Louisiane Creole grub this place is definitely worth checking out. They even serve you an amuse-bouche of fried jambalaya balls. They’ve got some true grit or at least real grits with shrimp. It won’t be the easiest to get to since its way out in Hudson, but it’s a beautiful location and their fusion tapas style restaurant will definitely please your palette. It’s an open kitchen so be prepared to be entertained by Chef Scott as he cooks up a variety of his own dishes before your eyes. Another great feature of Carambola is that it is a BYOW which might make it even more difficult to leave.The ingredients are fresh, the presentation is beautiful and the food is orgasmic! Did we mention they do lobster poutine? We all agree that beef is pretty. Graffiti on the walls gives the joint an urban feel despite being in Laval. It’s a very fun, lively and playful environment. Big drinks accompany big burgers! The only thing they offer other than beef is poutine... with beef. It might be worth your while to do a full day of shopping at the surrounding outlets or to Carrefour next door. Burn some calories before you pack it down. Did anyone say Onion Bhajia? No? How about Tandoori chicken or some butter chicken? Yes, the West can supply you with some good Eastern tradition. They start by serving papadum with red chutney, green chutney and carrot pickle at no charge. This is a local hot spot and great for take out. Go big or go home! From the guys who brought you Epic Meal Time comes Jukebox burgers. Tasty tantalizing, and mouth-watering burgers worth racing after. Size does matter. Look of the restaurant is really shnazzy. Think of that scene in Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman sports that cool bob and they’re at that retro 50s restaurant. Minus the smoking. The best kept secret in the West Island. Reservations are difficult to make, but well worth waiting to get a table. This BYOW in Ile Bizard has two seatings in a historical dining room (the old Viger House living room) and can sit about 30 people. Nothing says intimate like oversized armchairs and a fireplace nearby. The young couple who own the restaurant, Sara and Tarik from Calgary, have truly created a charming place to dine. A gem to be found in the oh so quaint Saint Anne de Bellevue. Open since 1976, this restaurant as is charming as it is cozy. The food: absolutely divine. What generally sets the tone is service and from the moment you arrive you’ll feel like family. The nicest part of dining here are all the little details that don’t get done anywhere else. Between each meal you are served with a little palette cleanser: before the entrée a tiny zucchini quiche, between that and the main a sorbet ball, and after dessert chocolate covered grapefruit. Photo cred - It doesn’t look like much on first glance, but you shouldn’t care because the food is great! Plus their terrasse overlooking the water definitely sets a nice mood in the summertime. You can’t go wrong with anything you choose: from their peanut dumplings, to their red curry beef even to their General Tao chicken. The restaurant is situated in an old 19 century house (a Pointe Claire landmark) with a very cozy stone walled interior. They have a wonderful garden terrace in the back to enjoy your meal. This French-Cajun restaurant is a great spot to eat and then perfectly located so be sure to walk around the area. There is comfort food to be found in the South Shore surprisingly enough. The restaurant doesn’t look like much on the outside, but it’s nice and modern on the inside. Beautifully plated and well portioned. This is creative comfort food - to put it succinctly. Have we missed any you’ve ventured out for?
Except, of course, a juicy, cheesey, delicious hamburger... piled high with some seriously awesome ingredients. Montreal has tons of spots that serve up gourmet hamburgers; but a select few truly stand out from the bunch.
I am not too sure if you are all ready for this... I suggest making sure that you have a nice glass of water next to you because your mouth will literally be watering before, during, and after you read this! Montreal sure is known for their amazing poutines but let's be real... Their Mac N' Cheese dishes are even better!
The list below includes restaurants that serve TO DIE FOR Mac N' Cheese! Their delicious melted gooey cheese is absolutely amazing. Let's be honest... Who doesn't love Mac N' Cheese on a cold winter day whether it be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So, instead of stuffing up on poutines, get yourself a decadent classic, or gourmet, Mac N' Cheese dish!
Although this spot is known for its fried chicken and on the go picnics, they also serve one of Montreal's most outstanding macaroni and cheese! Som instead of ordering some chiken to go, be sure to get their mac and cheese instead.
For a nice original dish of mac and cheese to bring you back to that good old home comfort nostalgia, I suggest checking out Mache! This Plateau restaurant if perfect for comfort food on a rainy day in Montreal.
This cute restaurant/food truck is solely dedicated to cheese. Not just any old cheese, but savoury mac and cheese that will literally make your mouth water. They even have grilled cheese mac and cheese sandwhiches!
Jukebox Burgers offers a variety of crazy and traditional mac and cheese dishes tha will melt your heart! They are known for their extensive mac and cheese menu, and their "Buffalo Chicken" Mac to spice things up!
Check out Bistro Nolah if you are searching for another West Island mac and cheese restaurant that has mastered the cheese world. They specialize in melty, gooey cheeses that will make you fall in love!
If you and your squad just absolutely love mac and cheese, then La Belle Et La Boeuf is the place for you! their traditional mac and cheese can be paired with any of their 6 sangrias to make you dream of summer! This is a great place to have some drinks and laugh with your squad before summers.
If you ever happen to be craving mac and cheese and you find yourself in NDG, be sure to check out NextDoor Pub! Not only can you get a nice cold beer, but also some fresh and delicious mac and cheese!
If you love some awesome mac and cheese and some even more delicious and larger than life drinks, I suggest treating you and your BFF to Deville! Deville is a great restaurants where you can dress up a little and enjoy from great eats. They have there amazing fish bowl drinks that are perfect for you and your BFF to share that is great when paired with their mac and cheese!
If you love deep fried food and mac and cheese, then BlackStrap BBQ has the perfect combination for you! They are most known for their fabulous deep fried cheese balls that will make you die of a cheese overdose!
This family-run eatery serves the best quality mac and cheese dishes that will have you coming back every week! They use fresh ingredients and will have you addicted to their savoury flavours in a heart beat.
If you want to go to a restaurant that serves Mac and Cheese to the 9, then I highly recommend chekcing out Macbar Et Fromage! Not only is their entire restaurant dedicated to mac and cheese, but they have perfected the dish with new twists and old traditions.
This french little restaurant is located right near McGill for those students who have daily cravings of mac and cheese. Not only are their dishes to die for, but they also add bacon and other touches to make you drool.
When love is in the air of Montreal the real one way to win a girls heart is through her stomach! Honestly, it isn't too hard to do so since our city is FILLED with amazing restaurants. So, if the first date went well, seal the deal with a second date at one of the restaurants below!
To help you guys out a little, I made this list that composes of restaurants whose food will 514% steal your girls heart! The list has a large variety or restaurants that range from sushi to Greek food so choose wisely according to your future GF's or BF's preferences!
HVOR is one of Montreal’s best-rated restaurants! Not only is the food amazing, but it is stunning and it is the perfect location for "the one" to enjoy some gourmet food. The ambience is very modern and classy so it’s a great location to make the final move in your relationship.
For the perfect mixture of Greek and Mediterranean food, then Ikanos is the place to be! It is absolutely delicious and they have so many different options that you will spend 30 minutes just looking at the metro! So don’t be shy to try some new things and order a bunch of options to make your second date something extra special.
For an ambience that is rustic, contemporary, and romantic then this is the place for you! They also specialise in french cuisine, but they add a vintage twist on it which makes it perfect for a simple secon date in MTL.
ChuChai is a great vegetarian restaurant that serves delicious foods that also promote vegan delights. Not only s this restaurant charming AF, their dishes are great even if you aren’t a vegetarian. This is a great place for you both to try something new on a second date.
This Ahuntsic restaurant is classy and honestly delicious! They offer upscale dishes that pair perfectly with your reds and white wines! This is honestly a perfect location for a first date and to really impress that special someone. You can stuff your faces and break the ice over some wine!
You need to take "the one" here for a great time! To really make your date fall in love, I suggest bringing them here for classic, southern comfort food but in an upscale way! This is a great way to show her how fancy you can be but how warm hearted and down to earth you are as well!
For some delicious seafood options – such as platters, shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs, and scallop, I suggest checking out Maestro S.V.P. It is the perfect location where you and your special someone can dress up and enjoy some lovely seafood.
Joe Beef is known to be one of Montreal's culinary gems! This is perfect for a first date since the atmosphere is super chill while the dishes are out of this world! So, you don't have to eat fancy to dine as a king and queen! Everything is fresh and prepared by experts.
Headed by chef Jérôme Ferrer, Europea offers a French dining experience that is truly like no other. Their signature 12-course tasting menu is $120 of pure lovely food. This is a prefect location to pretend like you are in Paris on your date with that special someone of yours.
For some really fresh and local ingredients, Les Coups 400 is definitely the place to be! They offer St-Pierre Lake catfish, rabbit from Besnier Farm, and duck magret from La Canardière Farm. You can order a five-course tasting menu for $75 (an extra $45 for wine pairings)! You and your date will be falling in love with.. THE FOOD!
Le Passé Composé is a classy brunch restaurant that will utterly shock your date! Their breakfast food is far from typical. They offer great mixes of bagels and fried eggs that will make both your mouths water.
For a chic and classy time at an extraordinary wine and dine restaurant, I recommend taking your date to Tandem. This lovely restaurant is perfect for a sweet and simple first date that you can both enjoy. I mean doesn't the food look just amazing?
For some delicious white wine and some fabulous food as you eat under the lights, I recommend looking into Jatoba. Jatoba has a gorgeous garden terrasse where you can enjoy inspired classic Japanese and Chinese dishes made by their chef, Olivier Vigneault.
For an upscale dinner date with divine French cuisine, I suggest going to this BYOW restaurant! Your date will be absolutely shocked and swept off her feet with the gourmet food and delightful wine. This is the place to be when you know you want this to be the one!
Auberge Saint-Gabriel is known for serving divine Québécois cuisine. Veal cheek braised in Porto ($34), squid ink ravioli ($29), suckling pig from straight from a farm in Quebec City ($49), and trout confit ($14) are some of their specialties that will have your wallet crying but your date falling in love.
For a truly elegant dinner, I recommend checking out La Chronique’s! Their menu offers a variety of classic French dishes. You can expect to spend about $90 - $150 with wine pairings. You have many options to choose from but by the end of the night your date will be choosing you!
This restaurant happens to one of the more affordable options on the list. You will be spending around $30 for a main dish. Or you could get a 4-course tasting menu for 75$. They specialize in marinated leeks, mozzarella di buffala, roast duck with beetroot puree, and rôti de porc au lait.