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The Most Beautiful Restaurants of Montreal x Ramacieri Soligo

Update 7 November 2019   |    Published on 12 June 2019
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The Most Beautiful Restaurants of Montreal x Ramacieri Soligo

It is often said that the visual aspect of a gourmet experience is just as important as the flavours of the food that is being served. Just like how we appreciate a dish that has been prepared with care and skill, dining in a beautiful space can often be the cherry on top of a meal. There is nothing that elevates the culinary merits of a dish more than serving it in a dazzling environment! A restaurant’s decor is a physical manifestation of the efforts and investment of the restaurateurs. With the right lighting, the right furniture, and a fluid arrangement of the space, a dining experience has the potential to transform from being mediocre to incredible.

It is with great pleasure that we present to you, in collaboration with Ramacieri Soligo, our list of the most beautiful restaurants in Montreal. The restaurants featured on this list are all meticulously groomed examples of just how important the environment is to the overall dining experience. At these addresses, we savour the decor just as much as the dishes!

If you are looking for more suggestions for addresses where you can spend an evening in style, have a look at our list of the most beautiful bars in Montreal. For hot summer days, you may prefer our list of the most beautiful restaurant terraces, or the most beautiful bar terraces. Finally, why not make your mornings a little more luxurious with a coffee in one the most beautiful cafés in Montreal!

Do you know of any restaurant’s that you think are beautiful enough to be on this list? Write us so we can add your suggestion : [email protected]

**Ramacieri Soligo is one of Montreal’s best in the realm of ceramics and homeware. The Outremont boutique offers an impressive range of products for individuals and professionals alike – especially restaurateurs. With the help of a dedicated team, the company has been expanding for three generations. More daring than ever, Ramacieri Soligo is constantly on the lookout for new trends and remains, almost 50 years after its foundation, a creative leader in the ceramics industry. More information here.

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Le Blossom

1101 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

There was no hesitation when deciding to include Blossom on this list – it has been one of Montreal’s most beautiful restaurants since the day it opened! It comes as no surprise that the cherry blossom tree in the centre of the dining area is the focal point of the decor.  However, if you take a moment to look beyond the impressive indoor tree, you will be equally as amazed by the modern geometric design of the bar, the neutral tones of light wood and white walls, and the restaurant’s lighting. The combination of the trendy aesthetic, festive atmosphere, and delicious Japanese cuisine and sake, will pretty much guarantee you a lovely evening. The superb space is the product of a collaboration between designer Guillaume Ménard of Atelier Mainor and the vision of the owners, Dan Pham (Kamehameha Snack Bar, Red Tiger), Viet Truong and Nam Truong.

© photo Christian Brault

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Taverne Square Dominion

1243 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC, Canada

Taverne Square Dominion is a true institution in Montreal. Having opened for the first time in 1927, this restaurant has witnessed the rich history of Montreal as it unfolded in real time, from the roaring twenties to 2019. Today, period pieces and furniture, and intricate wood molding and tile work bring you back in time to when the place first opened. The space also has a distinctly Quebec style! With so many modern restaurants popping up on the scene (we love those too), we love coming to Taverne Square Dominion whenever we want to embrace a more classical atmosphere. We come here to eat French, English and, of course, Quebec cuisine.

© photo Shayne Laverdière

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Restaurant Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC, Canada

Restaurant Damas is on our list of the most beautiful restaurants in Montreal thanks to it’s charming design, and it’s unique ability to let us escape from the busy Montreal life, even just for an evening. Walking through the restaurant door makes you feel like you’re traveling from Van Horne Avenue in Montreal to an elegant restaurant in the heart of Syria. The most striking features of restaurant Damas are the abundance of vibrant red tones, and the ceiling covered in hanging glass lanterns. There was no questioning about whether Damas should be on the list of the most beautiful restaurants in Montreal, due to its uniqueness and elegance.

© photo Vesia Photography

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Le Serpent

257 Rue Prince, Montréal, QC, Canada

Le Serpent is not only one of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal, it is also one of the most beautiful! This wonderful restaurant is located in the same building as Darling Foundry, which helps explain the focus on the industrial materials and aesthetic that characterize the space. Black and white are the featured colours of Le Serpent, which elevates the interior to an elegant space that is worthy of hosting any special occasion. Suspended light fixtures maintain a romantic dim lighting during the evening.

© photo Tora Chirila

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Perles et Paddock

403 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal, QC H3J 1X7, Canada

If you have ever taken a stroll through the side streets of Griffintown, the likelihood is that you have already seen the Perles and Paddock restaurant.  Tucked away behind rue Notre-Dame, the bright white building dramatically stands out from the neighbourhood’s usual somber colouring. Upon entering the building, you will notice two distinct atmospheres that split the restaurant in half – a chic dining room and a more casual eatery. The chic side of the restaurant features lots of white, marble,  light wood, copper accents, and lot of plants, which all give it a pristine appearance. Passing into the second dining room, the space takes on a more yellow hue and warm atmosphere, where you will find yourself wanting to stick around as enjoy the comforting space as long as possible. The beauty of Perles and Paddock is that it’s like having two beautiful restaurants in one!  The credits for the amazing design go to owner Maxime Perrault, architect Maurice Martel and the firm FX Studio Design.

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Leméac

1045 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Outremont, QC, Canada

Restaurant Leméac is best known as a chic brasserie with delicious French cuisine. However, part of what makes the food here so delicious is the beauty of the setting in which it is served. Leméac is designed in such a way that you will feel like you’ve traveled from modern day Montreal to a brasserie in France from a past era. Located at the corner of Laurier Avenue West and Durocher Street, the restaurant is bathed in beautiful natural light almost all day long. The walls and ceiling of Leméac are covered in dark wood, which looks especially striking next to the white tables. The decor of the establishment was designed by the late Luc Laporte, an exceptional Montreal architect. Ramacieri Soligo participated in this timeless project.

© photo Jimmy Hamelin

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Foxy

1638 Notre Dame Ouest

Restaurant Foxy, located in the heart of Griffintown on rue Notre-Dame, is the perfect vision of a romantic date night restaurant. Dark tones and dim evening lighting make the space especially atmospheric, while the layout of the restaurant keeps it all feeling casual and inviting. The decor is the result of the imagination of owners Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard as well as the know-how of Éric Filtreau and his team at MO Design Workshop and Architecture. The lighting fixtures of Foxy are the star attraction – they provide the restaurant with the subdued luminosity that made us fall in love with it in the first place. Ramacieri Soligo participated in this magnificent project.

© photo Restaurant Foxy

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Bar George

1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal, QC, Canada

Bar George is located in the former residence of Sir George Stephen (founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company), which is now a registered heritage building. This bar is one of our favourites to go to for a chic evening, especially in the downtown area. Designed by Metaphore Design company, the interior of the bar and restaurant perfectly compliments the grand exterior of the heritage site. Bar George is separated into two main sections;  the bar and the restaurant.  The bar is lit in a reddish glow and the decor was made to match. The restaurant sports shades of green through out the whole space, black upholstered chairs, and an impressive wall tapestry. This establishment is truly a hidden gem out of Montreal’s long and complex history.

© photo Bar George

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L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis

If you are an avid follower of Tastet, you should by now be well aware of our appreciation for this restaurant. L’Express is a true Montreal institution, and it is featured on many of our lists, including our favourite spots to dine alone.  Opened in December of 1980, the decor, which was designed by the late Luc Laporte, has remained almost unchanged for more than 35 years. As if it exists in a time capsule, L’Express allows us to journey back in time and into the 80s for an evening. The ambient noise, the perfectly tailored uniforms of the staff, the rattling of utensils and the sound of the workstations – every detail of the restaurant has been meticulously designed to enhance the elegance of the overall setting.

© photo Le Devoir

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Moleskine

3412 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC, Canada

Designed by the talented Bruno Braën, restaurant Moleskine has earned a spot on this list thanks to its charming design details and the impressive overall atmosphere. The pretty dining room and the open kitchen’s wood-burning oven can be admired from the second floor dining room which overlooks the ground floor. On the second floor, the space has been divided between more casual seating with larger tables, and more intimate seating by the edge of the balcony, which would serve perfectly for a romantic date. Ramacieri Soligo participated in this beautiful project.

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Jatoba

1184 Place Phillips

Restaurant Jatoba is best known for it’s delicious East-Asian cuisine, but we also love it for the dramatic transformation it undergoes each time day turns into night. The restaurant’s decor, which exudes warmth, friendliness and comfort, was designed by Amlyne Phillips, designer of the Design & Co Chamber. Wood, brick, stone, marble and greenery are combined with the impressive architecture of the building to create a space that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor. Finally, as if the interior decor was not already magnificent enough, Jatoba offers one of the most beautiful terraces in Montreal!

© photo Jatoba

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Le Filet

219 Avenue Mont-Royal Ouest

Le Filet is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Montreal, of course because of its remarkable interior, but also because it so perfectly intertwines the beauty of Mother Nature with one of our favourite things – fine dining. At the centre of the restaurant, dividing the bar area from the dining room, is a artificial cenote (a cenote is a naturally occurring collapse in the earth where water collects and marine life develops). Diners can admire the underwater world as they sip drinks at the bar or savour delicious cuisine in the dining room. The interior space was designed by owner Hubert Marsolais and architect Annie Lebel. The distinction between the lighting at the bar and in the dining room really reflects the atmosphere that the duo had envisioned.

© photo Adrien Williams et James Brittain

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Milos

5357 Av du Parc, Montréal

For Montrealers, restaurant Milos needs no introduction. In addition to being one of the best Greek restaurants in Montreal, the establishment has become synonymous with the highest quality service and cuisine in the city. The already impressive Milos building was given a makeover in 2015, and the updated version is somehow even more beautiful. The restaurant’s dining room is clearly greatly inspired by the quintessential Greek aesthetic. White is the dominant colour, and the entire space is incredibly bright and inviting. Some parts of the room are made warmer by very delicate lighting, which is better suited for the evening. The most impressive feature is the large fresh fish bar that greets you as you walk into the dining room, allowing you to admire the high quality products the kitchen uses to execute their amazing dishes. The restaurant is ideal for anyone looking for a particularly elegant evening. Ramacieri Soligo participated in this project.

© photo Le Milos

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Elena

5090 rue Notre-Dame Ouest

The atmosphere at restaurant Elena is welcoming, playful and fun, all while maintaining a distinctly elegant aura. Designed by the talented Kyle Goforth, designer of Boxermans and Bar Loïc, the space is reminiscent of the Italian retro aesthetic. Neutral coloured walls and flooring allow the colourful accents to pop even more. Blue, purple, orange and yellow seating are juxtaposed with white marble tables, perfectly reflecting the overall personality of Elena and its team – refined with a fun flare. Elena is a festive address with a decor that screams ‘summer’.

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626 Rue Marguerite d'Youville, Montréal, QC, Canada

This restaurant was designed by owners Francis Rodrigue and Roberto Pesut, and sports a refreshing and unique design. Beautiful chandaliers hang from the high ceilings, juxtaposed against the otherwise industrial-style room. Painted portraits decorate the walls, and classic wooden tables give diners a comfortable place to eat. The combination of contrasting aesthetics, detailed lighting, and comfortable furniture all come together to made this restaurant one of the city’s most beautiful. The decor of the Jellyfish Crudo+Charbon is dynamic, explosive and harmonious!

© photo Patricia Brochu

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Lawrence

5201 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Canada

Lawrence, a key player in the Montreal restaurant scene for a while now, has completely updated its decor! Taking advantage of the creative talent of co-owner Annika Krausz, the team has taken a more mature and chic approach to the design of Lawrence, but of course, the restaurant still remains friendly and welcoming. Orange and blue are the primary colours in the new design, which helps create a playful and vibrant atmosphere. Some of the walls are painted a deep royal blue while another is entirely covered with beautiful ceramic tiles (signed Ramacieri Soligo, no less). A semi-circular island serves as a counter in the centre of the restaurant, and it helps make the space feel like a true gathering point for the community. We love the update!

© photo bar Matthew Perrin

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Vin Mon Lapin

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC, Canada

Mon Lapin, one of if not the favourite wine bar of Montreal, is the latest addition to the Joe Beef family. After the success of Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Vin Papillon, the amazing team behind these establishments opened up  Mon Lapin. A highlight of this establishment located at the corner of Saint-Zotique and Casgrain, is the abundance of natural light that shines through at the end of the day. The 30 seat space is open concept and very welcoming – white walls, red wine coloured leather benches and wooden tables. Everywhere, there are charming flowers arrangements that give the room a special feeling of liveliness. On the walls, you will notice a few paintings inspired by rabbits, woodlands and hunting, which contribute to the culinary experience you will have here as a diner. This beautiful space was designed by the owners. Small and . intimate, a night at Mon Lapin Wine Bar feels like going over to a close friend’s house for a dinner party!

© photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

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Caffe un po di piu

3 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 0B1, Canada

Caffe Un Po di Piu is the newest restaurant of Éric Girard and Dyan Solomon, who are the proud owners of Olive and Gourmando and restaurant Foxy. The magnificent space of about sixty seats was designed by the famous designer Zébulon Perron. “It was a collaborative effort, but he did it. We loved working with him!” says Éric. The room is reminiscent of the beautiful cafés that are iconic of Italy. Rich materials, impressive light fixtures, a large bar that makes up the majority of the restaurant’s backdrop; it is really a remarkable space. During the summer season, the establishment also offers a terrace with 85 seats!

© photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

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Bird Bar

1800 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Delicious fried chicken and champagne in an absolutely stunning setting – what else could you ask for? Created in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and chef Kimberly Lallouz, the interior of the restaurant leaves an immediate impression. Bird Bar is really elegant, with a beautiful front door which makes for a dramatic entrance, wooden floors, a long marble bar, black velvet stools, and lights that are reminiscent of sunrise and sunset (and Kimberly’s great interest in Burning Man). This sixty seat space is original, chic and comfortable, all at the same time.

© photo Alison Slattery — Instagram

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Montréal Plaza

6230 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, QC, Canada

Montreal Plaza is the restaurant of Charles-Antoine Crête and Cheryl Johnson, and it is located in Plaza St-Hubert. Even from the outside, this restaurant will catch your eye thanks to a large glass door and comical neon chicken sign. And of course, the design only gets better once you head on inside. The decor is a mixture of “Zebulon and Charles-Antoine”, or maybe more “Charles-Antoine by Zebulon”, as we were told by Charles-Antoine himself. The place is chic and elegant, however the atmosphere remains relaxed. The decor is reminiscent of a classic brasserie, but it also reflects Charles-Antoine’s exciting personality!

© photo Mickaël Bandassak

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Monarque

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

There are so many small details that come together to make Monarque as special as it is, but what hits home the hardest has to be the scale and grandeur of the space. A mixture of raw and rich materials gives the room an elegant, chic and classic look, worthy of the finest restaurants in the world. Monarque is a restaurant that we recommend if you are in need of something truly show stopping, or if you have an appreciation for attention to detail, as we do at Tastet. Of course, we can’t forget about Monarque’s excellent gourmet cuisine and incredibly attentive service. One word: Wow!

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Ryú Westmount

4185 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Westmount, QC H3Z 3K2, Canada

Ryú Westmount opened its doors in August 2018, and offers excellent Japanese cuisine served in a bright setting that compliments the freshness of their food. Designed by Ménard Dworkind Architecture & Design (also responsible for Le Blossom, Red Tiger, and Kamehameha Snack-Bar), the space can be summed up with ‘elegance and modernity’. During the day, the Ryú Westmount dining room is very bright thanks to large windows, while in the evening, it gives way to a more chic atmosphere. Ryú is one of the best Japanese restaurants in town and serves some of the best sushi in Montreal!

© photo David Dworkind

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Henri Brasserie française

1240 Place Phillips, Montréal, QC H3B 3H4, Canada

Henri Brasserie Française is a new restaurant in the downtown area of Montreal, and it is incredibly stunning. The decor of the place, designed by Zébulon Perron, is superb – magnificent windows, rich materials and vertiginous ceilings characterize the space. We especially like the sophisticated and classic atmosphere of the restaurant, which is a reflection of the historic building in which it is located. As for the menu, Romain Abrivard is the one who creates the house’s excellent dishes, all inspired by French cuisine and ingredients from Quebec’s terroir. A superb address to discover in the city centre.

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Dandy

244 Saint Jacques Street, Montréal, QC H2Y 1L9, Canada

Restaurant Dandy is comfortably located in the heart of Old Montreal, and is open from morning until late afternoon – they specialize in brunch! The address is intended to be a refuge for the local passers-by for when they want to get away from the neighbourhood’s hustle and bustle. The interior of the Dandy focuses on cool geometric shapes and fun colours. The space breathes and circulates easily thanks to the open-concept floor plan and mirrors dotted throughout, and the restaurant stands out because of it’s retro-modern design. Dandy’s decor relaxes all of its visitors and makes them feel at home, which is precisely why we included it on this list!

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