The Best Ribs in Montreal: Our suggestions

The best ribs

In Quebec, ribs are extremely popular. In most cases, they are usually pork or beef. These ribs come from the side or back of the animal. Ribs can be roasted, grilled, fried, baked, braised or smoked, but in most cases are boiled, marinated, and then barbecued or baked. The meat and fat surrounding it can then be carefully removed before eating. It is a simple, accessible and delicious dish. It is also a dish that we in Quebec enjoy with great enthusiasm!

Here is a list of our favourite places where you can enjoy the best ribs in Montreal. To go with it, we invite you to also check out our list of the best fries in Montreal.

Special mentions:

Boucan: A Southern U.S.-style smokehouse serving excellent ribs and local specialties.

Diablos BBQ: Casual smokehouse specializing in Southern cuisine and smoked meats.

Aylwin BBQ: Barbecue located in the Atwater Market offering a range of American-style smoked meats.


IceHouse is neither fine dining nor fast food. It’s an in-between; an unpretentious place where you can eat very well without worrying about fat content. IceHouse serves up a delectable menu featuring a host of Tex-Mex inspired items. One of our favourites is the smoked and braised ribs in an amazing house BBQ sauce! They get your fingers dirty and are tasty. They’re great to eat on the restaurant’s terrace, accompanied by a pitcher of Bourbon lemonade.  

51 Rue Roy Est

Mui Mui

Mui Mui is an excellent restaurant with Asian flavours located at the edge of Villeray and Parc-Extension. While the menu developed by the chef-owner does not reflect a traditional Asian cuisine in particular, it is a fusion of many Asian cuisines for a delicious and surprising explosion of flavours. Their ribs are glazed with soy, sugar and Gochujang, in a small dish format to share. A must-try!  

149 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest

Satay Brothers

This restaurant on Notre-Dame Street West is one of the most popular in town. Montrealers flock here to eat classic Asian street food in a beautiful, lively setting. Satay Brothers’ reputation is built on the quality and authenticity of their menu and experience. And their wok ribs with carrot and pickled Chinese cabbage are no exception!

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest


Biiru means beer in Japanese. This Biirū, however, is an izakaya in the heart of downtown Montreal, serving good Japanese-inspired food in a lively atmosphere. On their menu, you can find Pōkuribu 2.0 (lacquered pork ribs) as well as Shötoribu (beef short ribs). Note also that Biirū is on our list of Montreal’s best cheap eats.

1433 Rue City Councillors


McKiernan Luncheonette is the latest project from the folks at Liverpool House, Joe Beef and Maison Publique. Located on St. Patrick’s Street near Monk Boulevard, they serve delectable comfort food. There’s a decadent rib sandwich, the McKRib, made with smoked cheddar, pickles, iceberg lettuce and sandwiched in two sesame seed brioche buns. You can also order a more classic plate of ribs, which are just as delicious!

5524 Rue Saint-Patrick
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