Many of us in the city follow strict diets or have some food sensitivities that require a little more care and precaution when heading out for a coffee date, dinner at a restaurant or even while enjoying late night drinks.
One lifestyle that's becoming increasingly popular is the keto diet. You're basically cutting out most, if not all, legumes and grains in your diet which can make navigating the food scene in Montreal a bit more complex.
Luckily, as always, the city is pretty accommodating when it comes to these things. We've given you the best vegan restaurants before, so how about a list of the best keto-friendly restaurants and cafés you can visit across Montreal?
So let's dive in!
TL;DR Having trouble finding restaurants in the city that cater to your keto lifestyle? Look no further! Here are 12 of the best keto-friendly restaurants in Montreal that you need to visit ASAP.
Although there are currently no restaurants in the city that are 100% keto, there are quite a few that make an incredible effort to offer the best menu items that meet the specific diet requirements!
Here are a few locations in the city that you MUST visit if you're on the keto diet.
Serving up some of the best Middle Eastern and health food grub at two locations in the city, Omnivore has quite a few keto options for you to indulge in. From moussaka to kaftka to multiple vegetable-based dishes, you'll leave this spot feeling totally satisfied and super healthy!
Offering a memorable brunch and lunch menu, not only can you get your keto fix at this lovely café, but they also offer gluten-free options! There are a few menu items that are already keto-friendly, with many more that are customizable so you can get your dream brunch meal.
Where:1840 Rue Beaubien E.
This little piece of Tokyo in Montreal makes an almost perfect menu for a keto person. You can choose from either meat or seafood-based dishes and build from there! Make it simple and pair your chicken or beef with a fresh salad, or indulge in a decadent custard pudding!
Where:266 Rue Rachel E.
Chez Bouffe Café Bistro
Another brunch place you need to visit in Montreal. Luckily, they're also open for dinner as well! It's super easy to cut out the fries and bread at Chez Bouffe for a super elegant choice of steak, fish, bacon, octopus and much more. Not only that, but the aesthetic of the restaurant is totally rustic as well, making this a must-visit spot.
Crew Collective & Café
Yes, this is where you can get your coffee fix downtown. Not only that, but if you're in a rush you can also take advantage of the grab and go menu items available such as the Waldorf Salad -- which just so happens to be keto-friendly! Bakery items include soy-free and gluten-free options, with meal options as flexible as creating your very own bowl.
Where: 360 Rue St-Jaques
Olive & Gourmando
This artisanal and rustic restaurant in Montreal is a total keto dream. Just get past the bread and grain-baked goods for some of the best vegetable and egg-based dishes. Don't forget to try their housemade ricotta.
Where:351 Rue Saint-Paul O.
This traditional restaurant in Old Montreal offers more than enough keto-friendly dishes to become of your favourite spots in the city. Start your visit off with an array of cheese boards, oysters or beef tartare followed by your choice of a fish or steak main.
Where:310 Rue Saint-Paul O.
This take on a classic diner offers out-this-world food and drinks you won't find anywhere else in the city. Luckily, the menu is so giant that there's no problem grabbing something keto while you're there. From salads so indulgent they don't even seem healthy to specialty Deville menu items, where could you go wrong?
Where:1235 Rue Stanley
Surprisingly, most menu items at this "pizzeria" are made just for someone on a keto diet. Enjoy pork or chicken souvlaki, light and fresh salads, rib steaks, fish filets and more. Even better is that Alto's delivers within Montreal! You don't even need to leave your house to enjoy your keto-friendly meal.
Where:3469 Parc Ave.
Not only is this restaurant chain able to accomodate the keto customer, but they're also 100% vegan as well! The plant-based menu boasts keto goodness such as their "Truffle & Caviar", "Beef Tartar" minus the crostini, and even the delicious burgers can be put into a lettuce-wrap. Where else is a culinary experience like this in Montreal?
Where:464 Rue McGill
Sample a more unique food experience at this beloved Montreal restaurant with dishes such as duck heart sausage and escargot, horse steak, veal tongue and more! Luckily, most of these items are perfect for a keto, so there's no need to worry when eating at Joe Beef as long as you're ready to be surprised by the adventurous ingredients.
Where:2491 Rue Notre-Dame O.
This Portuguese restaurant is perfect for acheiving your traditional rotisserie chicken dish accompanied by chorizo and the freshest of salads. Drench your meal in mouth-watering piri piri sauce and let your feast begin!
Where:115 Rue Rachel E.
Hopefully this list helps you navigate the city's food scene while on the keto diet!
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