The Best Restaurants in the Laurentians
Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an impromptu day trip in good company, a small break in our daily lives is always welcome. As the focus these days is on everything local, we had the chance this year to rediscover the exceptional landscapes and hidden gems in Quebec.
In fact, there is no need to go abroad to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Less than an hour’s drive from Montreal and three hours from Quebec City, the Laurentian region offers an extraordinary panorama: rounded mountains, vast forests, and large lakes that extend over more than 22,000 square kilometers. Whether you’re with a partner, with friends, alone, or in other good company, the Laurentians is the perfect place to get away for a few days. On the program, multiple outdoor activities, hikes with breathtaking views, or meetings around the region’s delicious tables.
Your next visit will be all the sweeter with our selection of delicious addresses in the region. From the small, cozy café, to the gourmet restaurant, to the lively neighbourhood microbrewery, there’s something for everyone.
Without further ado, we present our “best of” addresses that will make you want to (re)discover the Laurentians!
Note that you can also meet local artisans by visiting the local vineyards, cideries, distilleries, and microbreweries in the region; true celebrations of Quebec’s terroir in each glass!
If you are visiting the region, plan your itinerary in advance with the guide Le Petit Tastet – Laurentides; produced in collaboration with Bonjour Québec. To check it out now in French, it’s right over here.
This charming address in Sainte-Marguerite offers delicious market cuisine that changes with the seasons. When the owners—Sophie and Étienne—settle into this space, they wanted to tell a “beautiful story”, hence the name of the establishment. In fact, it is a beautiful childhood memory that has been extended and realized in this project to open a restaurant outside Montreal. Dictated by the seasons and the availability of the best products, the menu is in constant evolution. However, the team always makes sure to offer a meat dish, a fish dish and fresh pasta to satisfy all palates. Here, we savour very good local cuisine with dishes that reflect the utmost respect of the ingredients.
Open since 1945, Au Petit Poucet is a true institution in the Laurentians that serves delicious breakfasts based on traditional Quebecois cuisine! Among the restaurant’s specialties, we savour the maple wood smoked ham glazed with maple syrup—cooked and smoked artisanally on site—a delicious tourtière, and a pouding chômeur that brings us back to childhood. The place is also known for its classic and hearty homemade breakfasts, its famous sugar shack meal, and for its year-round taffy on snow!
“La table des gourmets is our home, our family history. We are a family restaurant, it is in our image,” explains Thierry, the chef-owner of the restaurant located in Val-David. The unpretentious address is both a convivial space where one feels at home and a gastronomic restaurant thanks to the succulent menu and impeccable service.
L’Épicurieux is a charming address in Val-David that offers creative cuisine highlighting the freshness of Quebec products. On the menu, we enjoy fresh dishes that are meant to be shared. Inspired by comfort food cuisine, the chef brilliantly succeeds in serving dishes that are both daring and comforting. The menu features more than a dozen delicate and extremely delicious dishes. To complete the gastronomic experience, l’Épicurieux offers an elaborate wine list with many beautiful organic and natural finds.
Attention wine lovers! Both a wine bar and restaurant, DEUX is the place to go in Sainte-Thérèse to savour delicious wines accompanied by gourmet small plates. The internationally inspired menu offers a wide range of gustatory journeys, with a special emphasis on vegetables and other vegan options. On the drink side, the house features small producers who make organic, biodynamic and natural wines.
Dieu du Ciel !
The famous Dieu du Ciel! microbrewery as you once knew it is no more. Today, it has been transformed into a superb biergarten-inspired space with a capacity of 155 people inside. A beautiful garden-like terrace that can accommodate up to 200 people completes the beautiful new space. Another small surprise: the boutique which has 12 lines of barrels and offers an exclusive selection of Dieu du Ciel beers! So that the alcohol doesn’t go to your head, the establishment also offers to accompany its beer with comforting plates like burgers, nachos, and poutines. The menu also features small, more elaborate dishes, a nice addition to the microbrewery’s new menu. Think panzanella with feta, avocado, and trout from Ferme des Bobines.
In Prevost since 2015, Merci la Vie bakery is undeniably one of the best bakeries in the province. In early 2020, they moved to a bigger space in Piedmont to grow and be able to spoil their customers even more. The house not only serves excellent bread, but also small seasonal dishes that are to die for. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, every bite is absolutely delicious. Recently, the address has launched “Merci La Vie, La Nuit”. This concept offers a rural-style dining experience featuring local products prepared in a wood-fired oven.
At the foot of the mountain, in the pedestrian village of the Mont Tremblant Resort, the Fairmont Hotel is home to one of the best restaurants in the area: the culinary brewery Choux Gras. Here you can savour delicious and comforting cuisine, full of flavour and perfect for a special evening. Here, we eat with our eyes as much as with our mouths. The address seduces with its breathtaking view of the mountain as well as its delicious menu of revisited local cuisine. If you are passing through the region, a visit is a must!
Seasonal address – The Cantine Pollens & Nectars is CLOSED for the 2023 season. They will be back at the end of June 2022 (reservations open at the end of May 2022). If you are planning to spend some time in the northern Laurentians, a stop at Miellerie d’Anicet located at Ferme-Neuve is a must. Anne-Virginie Schmidt and Anicet Desrochers are the charming couple behind this unique project, which consists of an exceptional honey house and a seasonal canteen. Anicet’s honey is some of the best and most unique in Quebec due to their expertise and the diversity of wild flowers in the region. As for the Cantine Pollens & Nectars, they offer a local cuisine with honey, on the plate and in the glass, and the result is simply extraordinary! The simple dishes made with fresh, high-quality ingredients show the potential of honey in cooking and introduce us to honey wine. “We really wanted to share our love of honey!” A successful endeavour beyond all expectations!
Seasonal address – For fall, the entire orchard of the Cabane d’à Côté is at your disposal for a delicious country picnic! The shack located in Mirabel offers picnic baskets featuring the products grown on site, as well as other beautiful local products. More than ever, local consumption takes on its full meaning here, and the selection of baskets pays tribute to the Laurentian terroir. In season, the orchard’s enchanting decor offers a unique gourmet experience.
Baumier offers refined boreal cuisine and a dynamic wine list. The menu, in tune with the seasons, changes frequently as local products are promoted. The wine list, managed by Nicolas Quinto, is sure to charm you, and will accompany Arianne Faucher’s cuisine beautifully. A superb address in the Laurentians!