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Sometimes you just want to eat something fresh, flavourful, with a little bit of spice, and spanish food is here to hit the spot.

Spanish cuisine was cultivated hundreds of years ago, and is generally made up of uncomplicated, locally sourced dishes, which means it features tons of delicious seafood, beef, lamb and pork.

We have plenty of options here in Montreal when it comes to Spanish fare, so you can have you pick.

Barroco Restaurant

312 Saint Paul O

Sat in Old Montreal, this small restaurant is serving up some big dishes. The bread at the beginning of the meal is beyond amazing and their drink menu is pretty impressive. For a consistently delicious choice, go for the short ribs. They're fall off the bone tender, after being braised for 12 hours with maple and balsamic, and are served up with celery root and truffle purée.

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Pintxo

256 Roy E

Like the name indicates, the menu here is mostly made up of pintxo, which are small snacks (smaller than tapas) that are meant to be shared. You can start your meal with a bottle of Spanish wine, and then move on to the foie gras torchon with onion confit, or the crab and shrimp stuffed piquillo with shellfish sauce - both of which are delicious. They also have tons of gluten free options on the menu to accommodate any dietary needs.

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Toro Toro

260 Notre-Dame O

Serving up some authentic tapas, Toro Toro imports their products directly from Spain. They have an amazing mushroom dish and their veal meatballs with chorizo, pine nuts, tomato, and fresh cheese will light up your tastebuds.

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La Sala Rosa

4848 Saint Laurent

If you want a show with your diner, Sala Rosa is the place to go with live Flamenco shows every Thursday. Their menu is filled with tapas and paella, and they have a changing weekly menu of specials and desserts. The goat cheese balls are deep fried with honey and caramelized onions and are absolute must haves. For something sweet, you can finish your meal off with a decadent chocolate volcano dessert.

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Club Espagnol de Quebec

4388 Saint Laurent

A community centre wouldn't be the first place most people would think of to go for a good meal, but this hidden gem is bursting with authentic Spanish cuisine. The decor is super simple, but the food more than makes up for it. The boquerones and the paella de mariscos with lobster, shrip and plenty of other seafood are amazing, and the sangria is top notch. Everything is pretty cheap, but it's cash only, so make sure you come prepared.

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El Gitano Restaurant

3507 Parc

If you're looking for a solid paella, then you need to hit up Eli Gitano because it's their specialty. They have plenty of options to choose from, but the seafood paella is killer, coming loaded with clams, mussels, shrimp and fish, all tied together with a subtle saffron flavour.

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Bocata

310 St Paul O

Operating as a restaurant and wine bar, Bocata has a mix of Spanish and French cuisine. The Lobster carbonara tagliatel is always a crowd pleaser, with lobster bisque and smoked bacon, shallots, sundried tomato, topped with an egg yolk in its shell. To finish your meal on an even higher note, get the rich and creamy Tiramisu served in a mini mason jar.

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Restaurant Les Pyrénées

320 Saint Paul O

Another French-Spanish cuisine resto, Pyrénées has tons of veggie options for the non-meat eaters. The portions are huge so you'll be sure not to leave hungry. The catalan style shrimp and chorizo risotto is the appetizer you need to start your meal right, and the glazed duck leg with melted goat cheese and red berries sauce is a must-try. Their menu is a little on the pricier side, but worth it's worth every penny.

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Casa Galicia

2087 Saint Denis

Case Galicia is the place to go if you're looking for a nice leisurely dining experience. Their grilled octopus tapas is cooked perfectly and is super tender, and the Gaspacho andaluz (a cold vegetable soup) has the perfect amount of acidity and spice.

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Tapeo

511 Velleray 

This Tapas Bar gets packed every day of the week so make sure you make a reservation. The bacon wrapped scallops and fried calamari are going to hit that seafood spot, but it's the churros will keep you coming back - you can't really go wrong with fried dough, sugar and chocolate sauce.

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Mesón

345 Villeray

The younger brother of Tapeo, Mesón's menu is filled with unique and innovative Spanish dishes. You can try a squid ink fish and chips plate, or get the new york strip steak with a spanish rub and beef marrow fries.

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