The Tastet Guide to the Most Beautiful Terraces in Montreal
Montrealers have a very special relationship with terraces. As soon as the first warm days of spring arrive, we rush to the first outdoor table we can find, and soak up the sunshine. It’s a matter of life or death.
Since the terrace season is (too) short in our northern climate, we want to make the most of it. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to our favourite terraces in the city.
This guide is by no means an exhaustive directory of all the terraces in Montreal. Rather, it’s a list of our favourites: the most spectacular ones, the ones where we eat the best, the hidden gems, and the ones where we simply feel at home.
Do you have other exceptional terraces to suggest? Don’t hesitate to make a suggestion by following the link at the bottom of the page!
Happy discoveries! But above all, have a great summer!
- Messorem Bracitorium (with the delicious sandwiches of Mitch Deli)
- Café Santropol
- Jardin de Panos
- Poincaré Chinatown (beautiful rooftop terrace!)
- Club Espagnol de Québec (it’s in Montreal, despite the name!)
- Perché, Terrasse William Gray, Terrasse sur l’Auberge, Terrasse Nelligan and Terrasse Place D’Armes (for the view on Old Montreal and the Old Port)
- Terrasse H3
- Marché des Éclusiers
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In the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, Bivouac offers modern boreal cuisine that showcases Quebec's terroir. On the terrace, you will have a front row seat to enjoy the shows on the Place des Festivals, without having to face the crowds.
Brasserie Le Réservoir
Overlooking Duluth Street, this charming terrace furnished with yellow picnic tables may not offer the most breathtaking view in town, but we love to go to discover the latest hopped creations of this excellent craft brewery. The food is also well worth the trip!
Les Enfants Terribles
Perched atop Place Ville-Marie, at 188m above sea level, the terrace of Les Enfants Terribles offers a spectacular 360° view of the city of Montreal. The view alone is worth the visit.
Labo Culinaire – Foodlab
Just steps away from Place des Arts and the hustle and bustle of downtown, the terrace of the Society for Arts and Technology's restaurant is a great option for happy hour with colleagues or for a drink and a bite to eat before a show.
The sumptuous cocktail bar of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth also has a beautiful terrace; here you can enjoy the creations of the team of experienced mixologists while soaking up the sun or the late evening breeze. Win-win.
One of our favourite Mile-Ex addresses and without a doubt one of the coolest terraces in Montreal. Pizza, beers, cocktails and natural wines. No fuss, just fun in good company.
Freshly opened to the public, Carla's terrace on the roof of the Hampton Inn, a few floors above Tiramisu, is already shaping up to be one of the coolest terraces of the summer. On Thursdays, the terrace is packed with hip young people for their popular happy hour. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, come during the day or in the evening earlier in the week. Open daily from 11am to 11pm, weather permitting.
Indoor and Covered Terraces
The 35-seat terrace at Candide fills up quickly on nice days. Chef-owner John Winter Russell offers a 100% local menu that is beautifully prepared and surprising. The magnificent wine list also contains a superb selection of Quebec beers, ciders and wines, as well as many delightful private import discoveries.
Every summer, the chic Portuguese restaurant on downtown's Peel Street sets up its large tented terrace. It's the perfect place for a casual business lunch or to celebrate a special occasion.
Located in the former Philips Lounge, this superb Japanese restaurant also boasts a magnificent veranda. Here you can enjoy the delectable creations of renowned chef Olivier Vigneault.
The classic French brasserie on Rue Laurier—which is one of our favourite French addresses—is bordered by a lovely covered terrace that allows us to enjoy the establishment's delicious cuisine outside, rain or shine.
The elegant veranda of the Ritz-Carlton restaurant is worth a visit almost as much as its exquisite cuisine. Whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, it is one of the finest addresses in town.
When summer arrives, chef Marcus Samuelsson's magnificent restaurant opens its large windows. As if by magic, the dining room is transformed into a huge covered terrace with a breathtaking view of the magnificent Leonard Cohen mural by artists Gene Pendon and El Mac.
At the back of this charming Wellington Street wine bar is an equally charming covered and heated terrace—ideal for cooler evenings or for seeking shade when the sun gets a little too strong.
We love this little izakaya for its festive atmosphere, its décor full of nods to Japanese pop culture, and its tasty and affordable menu. We also love the lovely terrace illuminated by Japanese lanterns.
Located in the parking lot behind the restaurant, the Boxermans terrace is a bit of an insider's secret. In the summer, since the atmosphere is so festive and friendly, chef Grégoire Routy and his team move the kitchen outside. The menu changes according to the season and the chef's desires, and is absolutely exquisite. Check it out!
The brasserie on the street of the same name has become one of Outremont's favourite addresses over the years. We love to sit on the terrace and watch the passers-by while enjoying the French-inspired cuisine.
Open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, Butterblume is a charming café-restaurant where we eat very well. We've been told that this summer, their terrace on St-Laurent Boulevard—facing the Van-Horne viaduct—will be even more beautiful and comfortable than in previous years. (The terrace will open at the beginning of June)
Damas’ sumptuous Middle Eastern decor—both inside and outside on their terrace—is breathtaking. Not to mention the sublime Syrian cuisine of co-owner chef Fuad Nirabie!
What better way to enjoy the summer than with a margarita and delicious authentic tacos? With its lovely back terrace, Escondite Drummond is the perfect place to escape to Mexico for an evening. A little further east, the Escondite Union also has a very nice terrace.
While La Fabrique is particularly appreciated for its comfort food during the cooler seasons, its sunny terrace on St-Denis Street is just as inviting when the weather warms up.
We love to sit at the charming little terrace of the restaurant Hà, just in front of the Jeanne-Mance park, to enjoy their delicious dishes with Southeast Asian flavours.
Hoogan et Beaufort
To say that the terrace at Hoogan and Beaufort is magnificent is an understatement. Located in the remains of the Angus Shops, the large terrace welcomes you for lunch and dinner to discover the dishes of chef-owner Marc-André Jetté.
This Tex-Mex restaurant on the plateau has been one of our favourites since it opened, and its small terrace has a lot to do with it. Chef Nick Hodge's cuisine - fried chicken, tacos, brisket, popcorn shrimp and his signature lobster roll - is even better in the last rays of sunshine, especially when washed down with a good bourbon lemonade.
Joe Beef and Liverpool House are true institutions in Little Burgundy, and both have lovely terraces behind their addresses. Vinette, the little seafood bar hidden in the alley behind the restaurants, also has its own terrace. Since 2020, you can even enjoy the cuisine of these restaurants in a nice biergarten set up by the Joe Beef group in collaboration with the Sud-Ouest borough.
Luciano is one of our top Italian restaurants in Montreal - and for good reason. Located in a former garage in the Petite-Patrie, the trattoria offers delicious food by Luciano D'Orazi, which can be enjoyed by the large garage doors opening onto St-Zotique Street or on the small terrace next to the restaurant.
After a few years of setbacks with the city, chef-owner Derek Dammann finally has his own terrace - and it's beautiful! At last, you can enjoy his hearty English gastro-pub cuisine under the stars.
Le Petit Alep
Petit Alep is the friendly little brother address of Alep restaurant, just a few steps from the Jean-Talon market. Here, they offer Syrian and Armenian cuisine with rich spicy flavours and a magnificent wine list that invites you to share. The street-side terrace is also very nice!
An excellent address for weekend brunches as well as for lunch or dinner, Mélisse offers fresh and delicate cuisine in a luminous setting where white and green reign. The charming terrace, lined with plants, wooden furniture, pastel touches, and white parasols, is comfortable and inviting.
Vin Mon Lapin
One of our favourite restaurants in Montreal, Mon Lapin has recently doubled the size of its dining room to better meet the incessant demand. It also has a nice terrace on St-Zotique street, which means we'll have even more chances to get a table!
The luxurious French restaurant of the Sofitel, in the city centre, offers high quality French gourmet cuisine. The terrace with its large yellow umbrellas welcomes guests from morning to evening every day.
Just around the corner from Hutchison and Fairmount, with a terrace that stretches around the restaurant, Rumi invites you to discover the flavours of the Silk Road, which once crossed Central Asia and the Middle East. A beautiful journey full of flavours and spices!
Restaurant Tuck Shop
This excellent Saint-Henri restaurant - which is also one of our must-visit addresses in Montreal - also has a beautiful wooden terrace. Like the restaurant, the terrace is small, but lovely!
Apportez votre vin
Situé dans le quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Les Canailles est une adresse des plus sympathique et qui propose deux terrasses plutôt qu’une quand vient la belle saison: huit places à l’avant et une quinzaine de places à l’arrière. Il règne une atmosphère où l’on se sent bien, idéale pour une célébration. La maison propose un menu de bistro sur lequel prédomine des plats aux influences méditerranéennes.
Khyber Pass est un sympathique restaurant apportez votre vin de l’avenue Duluth où l’on mange fort probablement la meilleure cuisine afghane de Montréal. La terrasse du restaurant est d’une cinquantaine de places assises et offre une oasis unique quand vient les beaux jours. On y mange une cuisine afghane réconfortante, aux couleurs et épices des plus savoureuses. Les portions sont généreuses et les prix y sont abordables.
Située dans la Petite-Italie, la Pizza Napoletana prépare des pizzas napolitaines depuis maintenant trois générations. L’institution de la rue Dante se veut également apportez votre vin, de quoi révéler vos talents de sommelier pour accompagner votre pizza napolitaine préférée. En été, la terrasse fait partie intégrante de la vie de quartier de la Petite-Italie et aide bien sûr à réduire la file d’attente qui peine à réduire année après année.
Peu fréquentée par les automobilistes, la rue Duluth regorge de bonnes adresses et l’ambiance qui y règne est toujours propice à une belle sortie au restaurant. La Prunelle, célèbre apportez votre vin qui sert une cuisine d’inspiration française, est toujours une option de choix.
Les Rites Berbères
En plein cœur du Plateau, le propriétaire Mohand vous accueille ici comme chez lui. Le restaurant propose une fine cuisine d’Afrique du Nord: pensez couscous, chorba ou encore tchekchouka. L’adresse cache à l’arrière un joli havre de paix qui nous fait oublier, le temps d’une soirée, le brouhaha de la ville. La terrasse de 50 places est à moitié recouverte (idéale pour les jours de pluie) et l’autre moitié est couverte par des vignes (idéales pour les jours chauds).
Bring Your Own Wine
Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Les Canailles is a very nice address that offers two terraces in the summer: eight places in the front and about fifteen in the back. The atmosphere is very cosy, ideal for a celebration. The house offers a bistro menu with a predominantly Mediterranean influence.
Khyber Pass is a charming bring-your-own-wine restaurant on Duluth Avenue that serves what is arguably the best Afghan cuisine in Montreal. The restaurant's terrace seats about 50 people and offers a unique oasis on sunny days. The food is comforting, colourful, and deliciously spiced. The portions are generous and the prices are affordable.
Located in Little Italy, Pizza Napoletana has been making Neapolitan pizzas for three generations. The Dante Street institution is also a bring-your-own-wine address, so you can enjoy your favourite wine with your Neapolitan pizza. In the summer, the terrace is an integral part of neighbourhood life in this pocket of Little Italy; it also helps to ease the line-up that seems to be a fixture here—but it's worth waiting for!
Bar à Flot
Duluth is a charming street full of good addresses, with an atmosphere that is always conducive to a nice outing. La Prunelle, a famous bring-your-own-wine restaurant serving French-inspired cuisine, is always a great option.
Buvette Chez Simone
In the heart of the Plateau, owner Mohand welcomes you here as if it were his home. The restaurant offers fine North African cuisine: think couscous, chorba or tchekchouka. The address also reveals a lovely haven of peace at the back, which makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city for an evening. The 50-seat terrace is half covered (ideal for rainy days) and the other half is covered by vines (ideal for hot days).
D'entrée de jeu, le nom de l’adresse évoque un fruit exotique qui dénote une jolie fraîcheur et annonce de belles soirées arrosées, des moments passés en toute légèreté; en ce moment, des souvenirs d’un été qui ne finirait jamais.
L’adresse s’impose comme une belle valeur ajoutée dans Parc-Extension en proposant un endroit décontracté où se retrouver autour d’un verre. En accord avec la carte des boissons, on retrouve dans nos assiettes un fil conducteur aux influences asiatiques à base de produits locaux. La belle équipe a aménagé une jolie petite terrasse colorée et chauffée où vous pourrez profiter pleinement de l’été.
Le petit frère du September Surf Café propose à sa fidèle clientèle un espace où se retrouver en fin de journée autour de belles bouteilles de petits vignerons ou bien pour siroter une bière locale alléchante. Le menu gravite autour d’un concept de menu à partager, composé de petites assiettes fraîches et très bien exécutées. Pendant l’été, les clients peuvent profiter des belles soirées d’été en extérieur sur la jolie terrasse décontractée où se succèdent des cageots en bois et des caisses de lait en guise de tables.
vinvinvin est une très belle buvette colorée qui égaye la Petite-Patrie et arrose le quartier juste comme il faut. L’adresse propose une offre variée et vraiment délicieuse de vins de climat nordique dit « vivants » accompagnée de petits plats gourmands à partager. Lorsque le temps le permet, le bar à vin accueille une jolie terrasse tout en simplicité sur la rue. Comme le dit si bien l’équipe: « Plus de place, moins d’attente, plus de grosses bouteilles qui coulent à flot!»
Bar à vin incontournable de la Petite-Bourgogne, le Vin Papillon nous accueille été après été sur sa charmante terrasse arrière bordée d’un potager joliment illuminé. Depuis 2020, la ruelle Vinet, à l’arrière des trois restaurants des mêmes propriétaires, accueille un sympathique biergarten affectueusement surnommé «Joe Beach», où l’on peut déguster la cuisine des restaurants en sirotant un verre de vin (ou deux).
La petite terrasse du Bar Mamie, sur le trottoir de la rue Drolet à l’angle de Beaubien, est toujours pleine à craquer… Et pour cause! Entre la grande carte abordable de vins nature et les plateaux de charcuteries à se jeter par terre, on ne manque pas de bonnes raisons d’y aller. Et tant qu’à être là, on passe à côté à la Cave de Mamie pour faire le plein de belles bouteilles à emporter.
Aux Quartiers Belle Gueule
When the warm weather comes around, Bar Henrietta welcomes you to its beautiful terrace with a European flair. On the menu: delicious and refreshing cocktails, beautiful bottles from small producers and delicious Portuguese-inspired bites.
Alma welcomes you to its beautiful terrace to sample Catalan wines and a delicious five-course menu. If it's full, head next door to Tinc Set, a rotisserie and tapas bar run by the same owners, Juan Lopez Luna and Lindsay Brennan.
BarBara is one of those places that has been busy since it opened; a victim of its own success! Everything here is done just right, from the Italian-inspired menu, to the décor, to the wine list, not to mention the atmosphere and service. In the summer, the festivities spill outside onto their long terrace.
Brought to you by the Buvette chez Simone team, and located right next door to the beloved wine bar on Avenue du Parc, Bar à Flot completes the Buvette's offer with an inspired and reflected offering. Plus, we’re in love with their white terrace.
The terrace of Buvette chez Simone is a classic of our summers on Avenue du Parc. The terrace of the Buvette proudly displays the green and yellow colours of the house, giving the space a warm summer atmosphere. We hope to spend at least as many beautiful evenings on the terrace of its little sister address, Bar À Flot.
The name of the address (“pastèque” is French for “watermelon”) evokes freshness, and sends us dreaming of beautiful summer evenings enjoying drinks in good company; dream no longer, and take advantage of these beautiful, fleeting days!
Bishop & Bagg
This lovely address in Parc Extension is a casual place to meet around Asian-inspired food and drinks, made with local products. Make the most of the summer on their charming and colourful terrace, which also happens to be heated when need-be.
The little brother of the September Surf Café offers its loyal clientele a place to meet at the end of the day over fine bottles from small winemakers or to sip mouth-watering local beers. The menu revolves around a sharing menu concept, consisting of fresh and well-executed small plates. During the summer, guests can enjoy the beautiful summer evenings outside on their relaxed terrace where wooden crates and milk crates are used as tables.
vinvinvin is a beautiful and colourful bar that brings new life to Petite-Patrie. The address offers a varied and truly delicious selection of "living" northern climate wines accompanied by small gourmet dishes to share. When the weather permits, the wine bar has a nice and simple terrace on the street. As the team said themselves: "More space, less waiting, more big bottles that flow freely!"
Isle de Garde
A staple wine bar in Little Burgundy, Vin Papillon welcomes us summer after summer on its charming back terrace, bordered by a beautifully illuminated vegetable garden. Since 2020, the Vinet alley—behind the three restaurants of the same owners—has been home to a friendly biergarten affectionately nicknamed "Joe Beach", where you can enjoy the restaurants' cuisine while sipping a glass of wine (or two).
Bar Mamie's terrace—on the sidewalk of Drolet Street at the corner of Beaubien—is always packed... and for good reason! Between the large and affordable list of natural wines and the charcuterie platters, there is no lack of good reasons to go. And when we're there, we head next door to La Cave de Mamie to stock up on great bottles to take home.
Bars and Breweries
Arthurs Nosh Bar
This summer, Aux Quartiers Belle Gueule called on chef Paul Toussaint to satisfy drinkers on their terrace. On the menu: pizzas, grilled meats, seafood and above all a lot of fun!
With its superb decor by Zébulon Perron, tempting wine list, platters of charcuterie and other irresistible small plates, Furco has everything to please! To the delight of downtown food lovers, Furco offers a superb terrace on rue Mayor, a little away from the cacophony of the city centre, just behind St. James United Church.
Looking for a royal outing to impress your significant other this summer? Bar George's terrace is just like the address’ magnificent decor steeped in history. At Bar George, you can enjoy Irish and English inspired cuisine that showcases local produce.
With its cozy decor, large open room, and warm service, Palco is an ideal place to spend a relaxed evening in Verdun. The charming team has also installed a superb terrace at the back where you can enjoy a beer, a glass of cider or wine with a small bite to eat.
Bar Renard is a neighbourhood address in the Village where you come for a good glass of wine or a delicious house cocktail. The wooden terrace adorned with charming lights is ideal for enjoying the sunny days near the Beaudry metro station, in the action of Sainte-Catherine Street East.
Café San Gennaro
Bishop and Bagg has all the makings of an English pub: a relaxed and warm atmosphere, a well executed classic pub menu, and an impressive bar that could quench any thirst. The house has a small, simple terrace, but it's always packed in the summer. Plus, their garage door windows open in the summer.
Club Social PS
Good beer, good food, friendly service: Brasserie Harricana on Jean-Talon has it all. They even have charming pink bleachers on their terrace where you can people-watch with a beer in hand.
Dépanneur le Pick-Up
Darling is one of our favourite addresses. The decor is magnificent, and the menu— recently revamped by chef Alejandro Vega—is absolutely delectable. We love their lively terrace on St-Laurent.
This excellent brewery has a small indoor terrace at the back and a larger one on Beaubien Street. While we go primarily to grab a pint (or three) of their excellent beer brewed in-house, their delicious menu is a serious perk when hunger strikes.
A staple address on Saint-Laurent, Majestique is the ideal place to satisfy your craving for oysters and to quench your thirst thanks to their fine drink list. The address is a sort of Ali Baba's cave, with a host of surprising objects that together form a very entertaining whole. On sunny days, the terrace is located on the Main, making it a lively spot to have a drink in the middle of the action.
Osmo X Marusan
Riverside St-Henri is a very summery address, and for good reason... it is only open during the summer. Located in an industrial area, the bar is particularly suited to festive evenings where people dance the night away. They also have a terrace with colourful benches and a living wall, which is a great place to have a drink on a summer evening.
September Surf Café
Located in the former Alexandraplatz bar, Wills Brewery brings a bit of sophistication and maturity to the location. With its large garage door, the beautiful space opens up to the outside, giving the impression of being outside. Of course, there are also a few tables in the parking lot next to the building and a Winneburger truck for salty cravings.