Alright, show of hands: who here loves Old Montreal/The Old Port? Don't worry if your hand's not raised. I know it's raised in your heart, because honestly, the Old Port is freaking amazing.
Seriously. What other area of Montreal has so much history and beauty? Okay, sure, every single borough is beautiful in its own way. But the Old Port? There's just something special about it. Of course, this might have something to do with the fact that the area is full of awesome places to eat. Don't believe me? Well, prepare to believe. Read on for Best Restaurants In Montreal's Old Port 2016.
1. Les Pyrénées
Okay, honestly, I don't know where to even begin with Les Pyrénées. Those of you who know me know that I'm totally obsessed with seafood, and the seafood dishes here are crazy good. Actually, all the dishes here are crazy good; always fresh, always bursting with flavour, and the best part? Served up with some super big portions. I don't know if there is such a thing as perfect, but if there were, you'd probably find it at Les Pyrénées.
2. Salumi Vino
Oh, Salumi Vino. I could write actual novels about this place, but I'll just get straight to the point: their food is amazing. Of course, their gnocchi in particular are out of this world, but don't let that stop you from going a little crazy and trying everything on the menu. Actually, you probably don't need me to tell you that. One bite of any of their awesome dishes, and you'll be hooked.
3. Mimi La Nuit
Friends, let me just get this out of the way now: Mimi La Nuit is trendy A.F. But you shouldn't be flocking to this awesome eatery for its cool atmosphere, because the real star of the show? The food. Their menu features delectable items such as fish with pistachio puree and octopus served with merguez, among other many unique items. Get there, now; thank me later.
4. Da Emma
If you're into the Montreal food scene at all, then the chances are very high that you know about Da Emma. Located right on Rue de la Commune, Da Emma's one of Montreal's more famous eateries, and for one very good reason: their food is so, so good. Featuring dishes that are fresh, simple, and super authentic, it's really no wonder why Da Emma is at the top of any Italian food lover's list.
I'm just going to dive right in here and say, straight up: the pizzas at Bevo? Yeah, they're mind-blowing. I think they actually, legitimately melt in your mouth. Although Bevo's pizzas are the standout dish, don't let that stop you from branching out and trying other things on the menu - because their other dishes? Just as amazing as their pizza. Also, bonus points for being the perfect place for a birthday, a date, or a hangout with friends. Seriously, you could probably do it all over here.
6. Le Bremner
Ah, Le Bremner. No list about Old Montreal/The Old Port would be complete without mentioning Le Bremner, mainly because Chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles are actual food artists. So, naturally, their joint venture is a thing of pure beauty. The food at Le Bremner is consistently fresh and tasty - and although their ingredients are simple, they come together to create dishes that are out of this world amazing. Seriously, friends. Get yourself there.
This trendy eatery wins major bonus points for its elegant and contemporary decor. But of course, what's great decor without great food, right? Thankfully, Harlow has the delicious dishes to back up its awesome atmosphere. Their features simple dishes with unique twists, such as duck quesadillas and pasta with shrimp and chorizo. Oh, and a huge shoutout to their tuna tartare maki, which just might have changed my whole life.
Not going to lie to you guys - the food at Barroco is amazing. They have a pretty varied menu, meaning that no matter what you're in the mood for, the chances are very high that they'll have it. Which is very good news for you, since Barroco's food is consistently on point. Protip: if you can manage to get it, try their Dry-Aged Ribeye. It's supposed to be for two, but it's so good that you won't even have the willpower to share. Trust me on this one.
9. Dolcetto & Co.
Alright, I've shown Dolcetto & Co. some love in the past, but honestly, it deserves a little extra recognition. Not only is Dolcetto & Co. a super contemporary and friendly place to grab a bite in Montreal's Old Port, but their food? Yeah. Out of this world. My own personal favourite dish is their pizza Margherita with burrata - it's simple, fresh, and the flavours blend perfectly together - but if you're a fan of something a little more complex, then you're in luck. Their menu features tons of unique options that's sure to leave you in tears of pure bliss.
10. 400 Coups
Okay, first of all, 400 Coups gets huge, huge bonus points for the beautiful way in which they plate their food. You almost feel bad for eating the food; that's how beautiful it is. Of course, that goes away pretty quickly, because the food is amazing. Not only is it fresh, beautifully presented, and super tasty, but their menu also adds some pretty modern twists on classic dishes. All in all, a dining experience at Les 400 Coups? Yeah, it will definitely have you running back for more. Like, the second you feel the slightest twinge of hunger again. It's that good.
11. Club Chasse et Pêche
Friends, ever eat food so good you wanted to hug the chef? Well, at Club Chasse et Pêche, you'll be wanting to give the chef some hardcore huge, because the food is out of this world. First of all, a huge honourable mention goes to their atmosphere, which is somewhere between classy, elegent, and perfectly rustic, making it the perfect date restaurant, or a great place to go after work. And the food? Like I said, the second you taste their awesome dishes, you're going to need to hug it out. The good feels are just too overwhelming.
12. Garde Manger
Alright, before I continue, let me just put this out there: Garde Manger serves lobster poutine. Lobster poutine, friends; and it is amazing. Which shouldn't be too surprising, considering all of the dishes at Garde Manger are top notch. Oh, and also considering that Garde Manger is, famously, the brainchild of celebrity chef Chuck Hughes. To be completely honest, I could go on and on about how awesome Garde Manger is, but I'll spare you guys the details. What I will say is this: get there and experience this culinary euphoria, ASAP.
Hey, friend. Craving some meat? Well, do I have some good news for you. Gibbys serves up some seriously amazing meat. Other than having some of the most juicy, tender, and all-around delicious slices of steak I've tried, the meals at Gibbys also feature a homemade dill pickle. Which is pretty much the cherry on top of a consistently fantastic meal.
14. Le Local
A chic eatery offering classic French cuisine, there's literally no way you can go wrong at Le Local. Seriously. Their scallops? Amazing. Their ravioli with duck confit? Out of this world. Their beet salad? Okay, I personally never even knew a dish so good could ever exist. Add that in with their upscale-yet-friendly atmosphere, and you've got yourself the recipe for one awesome restaurant.