Affordable Lunches in Montreal

Autumn is just around the corner, and with it the apple season, the blaze of colour and the start of the new school year. It’s a time that often brings with it a lot of expenses for many people, and with inflation affecting restaurants among other things, we know that it’s sometimes difficult to treat yourself in restaurants, but the city is full of fabulous places where you can eat very well without breaking the bank.

In this list you’ll find a range of addresses — near student neighbourhoods and elsewhere — that will satisfy all your cravings without hurting your wallet. They all have one thing in common: tasty food, friendly, fast service and affordable prices. So, for students, workers, or anyone else who wants to treat themselves to a meal out, here’s our list of cheap lunches in Montreal.

We also recommend our list of nice, delicious, and affordable restaurants in Montreal and our list of affordable restaurants in Montreal.

Bon appétit!

Capitaine Sandwich

Capitaine Sandwich is a great sandwich counter on Duluth Avenue, offering — you guessed it — sandwiches to take out or eat in. While they only have a few seats, it’s a great place to grab a sandwich at lunchtime and take it away.  

Rue De Bullion

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

Just a stone’s throw from Concordia University, Sammi & Soup Dumpling is a destination of choice for students looking for a tasty and affordable meal, namely, soup dumplings. Sammi & Soup Dumpling’s offer is even more appealing when you consider that the bill rarely comes to more than around fifteen dollars.  

1909 Rue Sainte-Catherine

Patati Patata

Patati Patata is an unpretentious casse-croûte shop that has been serving up delicious snack bar classics for over 20 years! Patati Patata is one of those places you love to return to for breakfast or lunch without breaking the bank, and to satisfy your appetite or craving for a delicious poutine, among many things!  

170 Rue Jean-Talon Est

Café chez Téta

Café Chez Teta welcomes you in their warm, inviting, modern space, where you can sample traditional Lebanese cuisine with a touch of local flavours. The charming owners in love and in business, Antoun and Mélodie, have created a charming establishment where they could combine two things they love – good third-wave coffee and traditional Lebanese dishes.  

227 Rue Rachel Est

Pho Tay Ho

Pho Tay Ho represents everything we love about Vietnamese food: flavour, comfort, consistency and, of course, phô soups. The restaurant stands out for its North Vietnamese cuisine, which is warm, full of flavour and affordable.  

6414 Rue Saint-Denis

Bombay Mahal

Bombay Mahal is a very popular restaurant in Parc Extension, and for good reason: they offer delicious, affordable Indian cuisine with a bring-your-own-wine option! People come to Bombay Mahal to enjoy a good meal for very little money. It’s unpretentious and almost always packed!  

1001 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest


For almost 50 years, Café Santropol has been serving up delicious food on the corner of Duluth and Saint-Urbain. Delightful in many ways, because whether you’re a hard-core vegan or a reasonable omnivore, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Nothing too complicated, just lovingly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches and other treats for big appetites.  

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain

Au 14

This Vietnamese restaurant charms us with its consistency. And leaving a restaurant after paying a very small bill and eating a very large meal is always a source of delight. For these two reasons, Au 14 is on our list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Montreal.  

14 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest

Rôtisserie Serrano Bar-B-Q

The sandwiches at Rôtisserie Serrano have been a favourite of Mile End residents for decades. As if the establishment were frozen in time, the recipes and staff have remained the same for years, which is exactly what gives this place its charm, and why it deserves to be discovered by everyone.  

161 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest

La Dispensa

Tucked away on William Street in Old Montreal, Dispensa is a well-kept secret among local lovers of good food and Italian culture. Dispensa is really known for its tasty sandwiches – breaded chicken, porchetta, burrata – to which you can add a whole range of condiments, including succulent marinated aubergines and several choices of tasty sauces, such as the famous basil mayonnaise.  

696 William Street


Campo opened in September 2016 and offers excellent healthy Portuguese chicken and a well-made fast food menu! The Ferreira Group’s fourth establishment is a great success. Le Campo’s menu features Portuguese-influenced fast food recipes thought up by the Ferreira Group’s executive chef, João Dias. It’s all tasty, and above all affordable, especially for downtown dining.  

1108 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest

Farhat Boucherie

Opened in 1989, Farhat has quickly established itself as an excellent sandwich-butchery-grocery store in Côte-des-Neiges. The reason is simple: you can enjoy delicious sandwiches for very little money! While the address may not look like much, you come here especially to enjoy the house’s famous grilled meats to-go.  

5785 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges

Pho Lien

Pho Lien is a famous restaurant in Côte des Neiges: packed from opening to closing, it offers some of the best pho soup in Montreal! Plus, the restaurant offers a number of specials throughout the day. Their prices have earned them a place on our list of affordable restaurants in Montreal.  

5703B Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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