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The 11 Oldest Montreal Restaurants That Are Still In Business Today

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The 11 Oldest Montreal Restaurants That Are Still In Business Today

Montreal is known for its rich background and historical buildings and businesses. It makes eating-out in the city really exciting! It may interest you to know that some of the foundational restaurants of the city are still in business!

Some of these Montreal restaurants have been around for over 100 years, and they're still kicking.

Great food is great food. So, no matter when these restaurants were established, they're worth the visit.

So, without further ado, here are the 11 oldest Montreal restaurants still in business:

1. Montreal Pool Room (since 1912)

If you're looking for some amazing classic hot dogs and fries, this is the place to be. The Montreal Pool Room has been through some hardships including a fire and relocation, but that hasn't diminished the quality of the food. You can find it in the Quartier des Spectacles, which actually used to the red light district of Montreal.

Find it here!

2. La Binerie Mont-Royal (since 1938)

Located Montreal's Plateau, in the Mont Royal neighbourhood, La Binerie serves classic Quebecois meals such as paté chinois, tourtière and creton. Founded by Joachim Lussier, it's a great place for some comfort food. He built his company around the pillars of traditional Quebec cusine and family spirit. Come eat here and you'll feel like family.

Find it here!

3. L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel (since 1754)

Located in Old Montreal, this restaurant claims to be the oldest inn in North America. So, this place has definitely seen its fair share of Quebec history. Come here for some classic French and Quebec cuisine made with regional and fresh ingredients. You can even stay the night and take in some of Old Montreal's best sights.

Find it here!

4. Schwartz’s Delicatessen (since 1928)

This place has been through its fair share of owners. Starting with its founder Reuben Schwartz, the ownership has made its way all the way to Celine Dion. As the oldest deli in Canada, Schwartz is famous for its smoked meat and pickles. If you haven't already been, it's about time you do.

Find it here!

5. Moishe’s Steakhouse (since 1938)

Named one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in the world by Forbes magazine, Moishes is famous in Montreal. Popular with celebrities, politicians, and athletes, this is Montreal's go-to spot for steak. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Find it here!

6. Wilensky’s Light Lunch (since 1932)

The "Wilensky's Special" is a pressed sandwich of grilled beef salami and beef bologna in a Kaiser roll with mustard. This Mile End restaurant is a great little spot for a light lunch. They've been making their food the same way for over 80 years, so there is no doubting that this place serves some gooood food.

Find it here!

7. Orange Julep (since 1932)

This famous Montreal landmark is easy to spot, but it actually wasn't part of the original restaurant. The Orange Julep started serving food in 1932, but the orange was only built 13 years later. Known for its drive-in atmosphere with vintage cars and loud-speaker parking lot parties, and of course for its creamy orange drink, I bet this place will be around for a very long time.

Find it here!

8. Pizzeria Napoletana (since 1948)

This restaurant actually claims to be the very first pizzeria in Montreal. Naturally, it can be found in Little Italy and it serves only the best pizza and pasta. Lucky for us, it's also a BYOW.

Find it here!

9. Beauty’s Luncheonette (since 1942)

This place has got lines around the corners on the weekend! And it should be considering that it claims to be the first restaurant in Montreal to serve breakfast. The "Beauty's Special" is a toasted Montreal bagel with cream cheese, lox, onions, and tomatoes. Hymie Sckolnick, the founder and owner, sadly passed away last year at the age of 96. His legacy will definitely go on!

Find it here!

10. Fairmount Bagel (since 1919)

Founded by Isadore Shlafman, this bagel shop has been serving Montreal for almost 100 years. Don't let its small size fool you, there is a whole lot going on inside. Come to Fairmount Bagel for some of the best crunchy, doughy bagels in Montreal.

Find it here!

11. Rôtisserie Chalet Bar-B-Q (since 1944)

Have you ever had rotisserie chicken cooked over wood charcoal in custom built brick ovens? Well, you can at this popular NDG restaurant. Chalet Bar-B-Q really knows its chicken and you can even ask for a full bowl of necks. Eating here will change the way you experience chicken; you probably won't be happy with the fast food versions anymore so beware.

Find it here!


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