Vegetarian restaurants in Montreal are prolific, exciting, delicious and can even be so unassuming that I've nearly ordered without being quite certain if the whole menu really was vegetarian or not.

The abundant presence of veg options in Montreal shows that plant-based or plant-favoured diets are more than just a fad, it's really more of a lifestyle. And it's not just a phase either, Mom.

In a study done by Dalhousie University in 2018, over 6.4 million Canadians responded that they followed a diet that restricted meat consumption.

Nearly 55% of Canadians had considered reducing their personal meat consumption an of that, 32% of Canadians were actually willing to reduce their meat consumption over the subsequent 6 months.

As more and more Canadians choose less meat, the market for options increases, which in turn makes it easier and easier for Canadians to make that choice to choose less meat and shop more local.

And, apparently, October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! So, to celebrate, Open Table has done a ranking of the 50 Best Vegetarian Restaurants across Canada.

The list of restaurants is based on an analysis of half a million reviews of over 3,000 restaurants, nationwide. The reviews are left by verified diners and are given a rating out of 5 stars based on Ambiance, Service, Food and Overall experience. They've also opted to include "vegetarian-friendly" restaurants within the list, as well as strictly vegan restaurants.

Damas


Location: 1201 Van Horne, Outremont

With this famous Syrian restaurant in Outremont, it's hard to know where to start. From the stunning decor to the drool-worthy menu, you can't go wrong when you choose a night out at Damas. If you're an amateur of Syrian dishes or if you're looking to try it for the first time, this spot won't let you down.

Find them here.

 

Europea


Location: 1065 rue de la Montagne, Centre-Ville

Food really is art at Europea, where the philosophy is "to move, to touch, to surprise." Let world-renowned chef Jerôme Ferrer take you on an experience of gastronomic proportions with a nature-inspired, seasonal 5-course vegan meal. 

Find them here.

Ile Flottante


Location: 176 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, Mile End

Formerly Les Deux Singes, Ile Flottante serves up three tasting menus of three, five, or seven courses priced from $45 to $85 per person. While there's no question that the meals are gourmet, Ile Flottante is approachable, inviting and whimsical, with a knack for creativity. 

Find them here.


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Invitation V


Location: 201 rue Saint-Jacques, Vieux-Montreal

This vegan restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner with tons of options, so no matter what you choose you're bound to be satisfied. The staff are kind, helpful and all-around awesome. If you're looking for a great spot in Old Port to get your veg on, this is it.

Find them here.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon


Location: 1 ave du Casino, Île Sainte-Hélène

Located at the Montreal Casino, famous and internationally-renowned chef Joël Robuchon uses his "workshop" to serve up innovative, exciting and delicious food on several different menus. Choose to do small tastings or go all-in with several courses, there are options for every kind of foodie here.

Find them here.

Lola Rosa Parc


Location: 4581 ave du Parc, Plateau

Last but not least! (Especially since this list is alphabetical...) A favourite for veg lovers of every budget, Lola Rosa is a staple in the non-meat scene in Montreal. If you're feeling like some vegan tex-mex or some plant-based comfort food, this is the spot to go. 

Find them here.


Ranking for this article provided by OpenTable. Restaurants never pay to be featured on MTL Blog's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.

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