Best Restaurant Patios in Montreal: where to eat outside

Update 7 June 2019   |   Published on 25 July 2018
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Best Restaurant Patios in Montreal: where to eat outside

Summer is synonymous with many things: road trips, camping in the wilderness, swimming at the local pool, maybe a first love, working on that perfect suntan (hopefully not sunburn!) and picnics in the hills.  In the meantime, so many of us here in Montreal have had it with our long winters in hibernation, and when the sun finally starts to peek out …. it official – Montreal’s patio season kicks off!  It’s impossible to imagine a Montreal summer without these true havens of peace and fun, where your favourite pair of shades-sunnies-sunglasses – whatever you call them, are de rigeur!  Tastet has put together numerous comprehensive lists for every occasion you may find yourself in need of a patio, whether that is at a bar, a café, or a BYOB restaurants. And now, we also have this list of the best restaurant patios in the city! It’s over to you to head out and discover your own favourites, where you can spend some time soaking up our beautiful summer days.

Whether the patios are tucked away in a passage, perched on a roof, hidden in the back, or overlooking a nice street in the Plateau, they will have you texting everyone you know to arrange a rendezvous asap! These restaurants are very capable and skilled at offering a great combination of good food with an attractive list of cocktails and pints of the summer’s most cold and refreshing beers. Most importantly, they all share the common characteristic of having a well designed, attractive and inviting terrace to host summer diners!

With your cocktail in one hand and a fork in the other, allow the places on our lists to work their magic, even if it means putting aside everything else and passing the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer on one or all of these patios!

If you know of another spots that deserve to be on this list of the best restaurant patios, please email us:  [email protected]  We are continually improving our lists, thanks to your help!

Boris Bistro is by far one of the most beautiful restaurant patios in Montreal. Located in Le Vieux Port, it remains discreet and classy. Their beautiful patio has not changed since the restaurant opened nearly 20 years ago.  The trees and magical lights make it a haven of tranquility for every visitor. A “must” during the Montreal summers, Boris Bistro serves simple, unpretentious and reliable cuisine.

© photo Best of Quebec

For a long time, Bremner was one of Montreal’s best kept secrets. Now, this half-basement restaurant of the famous chef Chuck Hughes is one of the best Quebec-cuisine restaurants in Montreal. In the kitchen, the friendly and talented Danny Smiles offers you brilliant food, served in copious portions with the most original of flavors. Bremner also conceals one of Montreal’s most beautiful patios at the back – intimate and comfortable, this is where to enjoy the delights of Bremner during the summer months, in the cool shade.

© photo Una O’Leary

We applauded the opening of this restaurant which is located inside a converted presbytery. Chef John Winter Russell welcomes you to a somewhat secluded location, but the reward is getting to dine in this restaurant! This is extravagant cuisine, just enough to intrigue, and just enough to make you want to taste even more …. and more. Top notch gastronomy relayed through market cuisine. Their small patio with seating for 35 is in front of the restaurant and is very charming!

© photo Candide

The second floor of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), harbors the Labo Culinaire which also offers breathtaking views of the city: definitely one of Montreal’s most beautiful restaurant patios. Jean-Philippe Tastet said “the patio is magnificent, overlooking the chaos and, in terms of immersive experiences, the chefs here offer exceptional displays on a daily basis. The menu changes every two weeks, based on a monthly theme.  Balance and creativity at all times”.

© photo Labo Culinaire

The arrival in Montreal of the star chef Daniel Boulud delighted the city’s gastronomy world. Chef Riccardo Bertolino designs the menu, and it is brilliant. Italian as he is, he prepares dishes that are out of the ordinary with many touches from French cuisine.  The veranda patio adjacent to the dining room is exceptional! (see cover photo). We particularly like the elegance of this space and the incredible light that illuminates the patio.

© Ritz Carlton MTL | Maison Boulud | Alexandre Parent

Hoogan & Beaufort is a new restaurant which opened in the historical Angus Shops, and it is worth a visit!  Refined and spacious, the interior of the restaurant is magnificent with its mix of modern and old industrial, tastefully arranged, and with the kitchen right in the middle of everything. Fortunately for us, Hoogan et Beaufort has set up its wonderful patio for the summer where you can enjoy the superb menu created by chef Marc-André Jetté and his team. The patio is in front of the restaurant and can seat more than 40 people. On those sunny days, this is where you want to be seated.

© photo Hoogan et Beaufort

Allow yourself to be welcomed at the top of Place Ville-Marie into one of Montreal’s most beautiful restaurant patios! This iconic downtown building hosts the new restaurant Les Enfants Terribles at nearly 200m high, where you can take in a 360° view of Montreal.  Admire the St. Lawrence River from Mount Royal through to the Quartier des spectacles, the Olympic Park and on to the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Les Enfants Terribles have grown up and offer a typical Montreal brasserie menu. We do wish them much success.

© photo Les Enfants Terribles

Vin Papillon is one of a trio of places from the same owners who are also on our list of best restaurants in Montreal, and all three offer beautiful restaurant patios! Eating here is better than just good! Joe Beef may now be more touristy due to its media coverage, but Liverpool House is excellent, some may say even better than Joe Beef. Vin Papillon is a paradise of vegetables and intoxicating wine. Since Vin Papillon doubled in size, its patio is even more stunning. The three restaurant patios are behind these rue Notre-Dame Ouest restaurants, and they are intimate, pleasant and comfortable.

© photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

Jatoba is located in the former Philips Lounge and the decor is magnificent. Chef Olivier Vigneault prepares heavenly seafood platters that have fallen to earth! But also available for lunch and dinner are small dumplings, salads, and meat. Jabota is home to another beautiful restaurant patio. Inside awaits a bright, luminous room that is quite magnificent where you can dine.  In the heart of downtown Montreal, this patio offers you quite an enchanting experience.

© photo Jatoba

Accords wine bar is a friendly restaurant in Vieux Montreal. There are many natural wines available, carefully chosen by the sommelier Gabriel Gallant. Chef Simon Mathys confidently prepares good small plates with quality food and produce. Almost everything is made in-house and the market cuisine wins over the customers, especially when it is devoured on the superb patio.

© photo Restaurant Accords

In the heart of the Plateau, it is Mohand, the owner who welcomes you to his restaurant that serves fine North African cuisine. Taste traditional Berber dishes and probably the best couscous in town, together with lamb, chicken, merguez sausages, salads, brik and other delights. When you enter, the aromas whet your appetite and what better place to enjoy your meal than their beautiful summer patio! Even if it is very hot, the surrounding greenery helps keep the air cool – it is truly  a magical place.

© photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

We don’t always think of rue Sherbrooke as a gastronomic stopover, but at Renoir, the French cuisine is at its best, and they aren’t at all shy about tapping into the available local produce. Olivier Perret, the elegant chef, looks after his customers by serving only the best local products. This same elegance can be found on the menu, especially in the De-Light formula, a meal combining gastronomy and today’s dietary knowledge. The patio is discerning French, that is to say extremely enjoyable.

© photo Renoir

This small restaurant on ave Bernard is absolutely delightful and offers the same charm on its equally delightful patio. They also prepare some of Montreal’s best pizzas. We really like the pizzas with the Saucisse italienne douce,  and the Porcini with white truffle oil.  They also make a breakfast pizza, and if you didn’t already know, they run a food truck which is eye-popping! With quality ingredients that are well prepared and served by charming staff,  Pizza 900 has a winning recipe. The patio is well taken care of, elegant, and offers an unobstructed view of rue Bernard.

© photo Pizzéria No 900

Hà is located opposite Parc Jeanne-Mance and has a charming patio.  It may be small but many satisfied customers love sitting there to enjoy the cuisine with its South-East Asian influences and flavors. They probably make the best imperial pork rolls in the city, certainly one of the best laksa and exceptional buns. Hà is warm, kind and generous. So is the patio. The clientele is young and dynamic, and come to eat these delicious dishes both at noon and in the evening.

© photo Restaurant Hà

Khyber Pass is a really nice restaurant on ave Duluth that is on our list of best BYOB restaurants in Montreal. Come here to eat comforting Afghan cuisine, vibrant in colors and prepared with the most wonderful spices. The portions are very generous and the prices affordable. The restaurant’s very large patio is simply magnificent with its attractive plants and colorful murals. Ideal for the summer season!  It’s all very casual and unpretentious, and it is always crowded!

© photo Kenza_Kenza – Instagram

The Botanical Gardens on their own could be considered the most beautiful “patio” in Montreal since the location itself is sublime. However, its restaurant, Espace pour la Vie, completely renovated in 2013, proposes a simple and healthy menu (many veggie options) to eat then and there. But you can also bring your own lunch and enjoy their patio. The surroundings are welcoming and relaxed, and the view is wonderful. The menu often changes, inspired by seasonal, local and often organic products. Wines, beers and Sangria are also available. The restaurant is closed during the winter season.

© photo Jardin Botanique (Michel Tremblay)

The second Escondite restaurant by Drummond and René Lévesque is as lively as the original on rue Union. This Mexican restaurant is ideal for lively evenings with friends, eating tacos accompanied by a refreshing Margarita. The menu proposes a variety of classic Mexican dishes but also some small plates that have been reworked.  The decor takes you on a trip to South America every time.  There is a small hidden patio at the back of Escondite Drummond that’s quite charming, and where it’s fun to eat either during hot summer days or when the night falls, and the small lanterns illuminate the space.  Spending some summer days and evenings on this small patio is very appealing, especially when you get to travel to South America as soon as you come through the front door!

© photo Le Journal de Montréal

Since opening in May 2018 in Outremont, Alma has become a favourite address of ours! In a small, charming and friendly space, the owners welcome you to enjoy absolutely exquisite Mediterranean cuisine paired with an amazing wine list, which features many Catalan wines. Carefully selected by Lindsay, the bottles are all from small private importers. The house offers a superb small terrace, ideal for enjoying the warm summer evenings and the tranquility of the neighbourhood. We love Alma!

© Photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

Located on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, the charming bar Le Darling provides a an enchanting space to sit down and sip on a coffee or cocktail, or grab a bite to eat. The address offers a delicious evening menu with superbly tasty dishes that change along with the seasons. On sunny days, you can access a very beautiful terrace that will leave you dreading the moment you need to leave. Very early in the morning, at the first rays of morning sunshine, at noon, or in the evening, the terrace at Le Darling is always very busy.

© Photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

Mckiernan Luncheonette is the new project of the team of Liverpool House, Joe Beef and Maison Publique. Located on St. Patrick Street near Monk Boulevard, the new 7,000 square foot (!) address now offers a comforting canteen kitchen in a neighbourhood that needed it. The address, which now also opens its doors a few evenings, will officially open its terrace to celebrate the arrival of the sun and its inseparable warmth. Installed on the roof, the terrace offers a view of the canal where, if you are lucky, you can see dragon boats in action.

Caffe Un Po di Piu is the new restaurant of the Olive and Gourmando and Foxy owners, Éric Girard and Dyan Solomon. The magnificent space of about sixty seats was designed by the famous designer Zébulon Perron. In the summertime, we go there mainly for the incredible cuisine, but we also appreciate even more so the beautiful atmosphere that the terraces creates, installed directly on the rue de la Commune.

© Photos Alison Slattery — Instagram

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