Where We Ate in Montreal (Plus Montreal Restaurant Recommendations)

 Eating Out on a Montreal Weekend Getaway 

You’ll probably not get any argument that Montreal’s food scene is amazing and that it really is a foodie’s paradise. Italian, French and Mexican, Pub grub and cafe style! There are great restaurants aplenty in the city and if you failed to make a proper plan like we did on our recent weekend getaway to Montreal, you’ll not be at a loss for find a place to have a good meal.

In case you want some ideas of where to eat, I’m sharing the Montreal restaurants where we ate along with a list of suggestions of where to eat that was shared with us by a friend.

Where We Ate:

On a recent weekend getaway to Montreal, Quebec we didn’t do much planning, the food choices were rather random and based on proximity to where we were at the time. I must say I wasn’t disappointed. But before I get into that, I want to share a couple of tips with you:

Tip 1: Make reservations if you can, even if there are only two of you. I was surprised to see how busy many restaurants were in Old Montreal (the patios for packed)

Tip 2: If there’s only two of you, try to be flexible in where you are seated – at the bar or by some bar stools by window might be available and you may get seated even if you didn’t have a reservation- this happened to us twice and we were seated right away.

Le Warehouse (pub food chain in downtown Montreal)

Wall Art is a rabbit in a suit at Warehouse Restaurant in Montreal

We chose the Warehouse because it was a short walk from the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, our first stop of the morning and was one the only places along a row of restaurants and pubs that was open at the time we were looking to grab a quick bite.

Maison Christian Faure

For the French pastry / any kind of pastry lover in you! We stopped by Maison Christian Faure for some afternoon tea while we were walking around Old Montreal. It’s a chic little cafe with desserts that will make your eyes a big as saucers and may cause you to drool. Talk about a sugar rush! Also, it was just all very pretty to look at.

They also serve lunch as well and from what I spied on the tables beside me, the lunchtime dishes looked as yummy as the desserts.

Inside pastries

We had pastries from the selection on the pastry tray and tea from a variety of teas. Sorry, I cannot recall the names of what we had but seriously, does it matter? Look at the selection! 

We did have to wait for about 10-15 minutes for a seat. It was around the afternoon rush hour so seating was limited and the place was busy. 

The service was efficient and friendly. They also had a takeaway counter – I noticed people coming in to get macaroons and cakes to-go.

Pizzeria Mangiafoco – Mozzarella Bar

(Located in Old Montreal)  Great vibe and fast service. There was a live DJ but the music was just right (not too loud), the place was busy and pizza really good.

Escondite

Tasty Mexican food in a lively atmosphere (also has a small side-walk patio). We arrived at 6:30 pm on a Sunday and without reservations. We were met with a small lineup and the place was already fully booked…almost. We lucked out and since we were a party of 2, they checked and found one table available for 1.5 hour so we jumped on it! We weren’t planning on a late night so it was perfect.

The service was excellent and fast. The food – we opted for tapas – was great! The vibe was lively and casual atmosphere, great spot to have drinks with a small group of friends (with reservations made well ahead of time). 

Olive + Gourmando 

For the brunch lovers out there and the pastries! We enjoyed breakfast very much and regretted not getting a brioche or croissant to go.

Tip for getting a seat at Olive + Gourmando:  The restaurant is not that big and it looks like they also provide to-go service as well so the small entrance way can be lined up with people.

We arrived for breakfast super early on a Sunday morning (they open at 8). We were glad we got there at 8:30 because it quickly started filling by 9:00 and people were still coming. I was told the brioche comes out at 9:30 or so – if you wanted brioche for breakfast you’ll have to wait.

BONUS: MONTREAL RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS

I know, I know, I’m awesome! Here is an additional list of restaurants in Montreal that was recommended to us for our recent trip. Ok, so I cannot take any credit for the actual list. We also didn’t get a chance to check out the restaurants on the list either.

I’m sharing the list of restaurants in Montreal because I have the list and it’d be shame not to share it with you guys and also I wish I had access to the list like this whenever I travel – recommendations from friends of friends who’ve actually eaten at some of these places. It would be a nice starting point for my own research. I hope you find this useful as well.

Brunch | Lunch

O’Thym

Crew Collective & Cafe

Olive + Gourmando

Dinner

Garde Manger

Bocata – Restaurant and Wine Bar

Au Pied de Cochon

Patios | Terraces

Montreal Poutine

Pub BreWskey

Terrasse Sur L’Auberge

Again, I’d suggest you call head and make reservations if possible, especially if you are a party of more than one and it’s a popular spot. Alternatively, go early or prepare to wait. In any event, I’m sure you’ll find great food to enjoy as much as we did.

Bon appétit!

About cassandra mcd.

World's coolest aunt (so I've been told). I'm all about personal growth and living a healthy lifestyle through self-care and mental wellness.I try to work on fitness because weekend brunch and French Toast are my motivators. Tackling aging with a bit of swagger and a lot more grey hair and just trying to live a life with more mindfulness.
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