The best souvlakis: Where to go in Montreal


Where to go to find the best souvlakis in Montreal? Montreal, being the multicultural city that it is, has welcomed – and continues to welcome – people from all over the world who bring with them a bit of their culture and transpose it to the Montreal landscape. This is especially true when it comes to gastronomy. The island is full of rich culinary traditions to be enjoyed.

The Greek influence in Montreal can still be felt generations later, especially in its cuisine, and even in its simplest dishes. Let’s face it, a good Greek meal is never a bad thing; and when you think about it, it is impossible to pass up their famous souvlaki!

Souvlaki, which means “skewer” in Greek, is essentially a meat skewer, typically made of pork and often accompanied by vegetables, served with a little tzatziki and onion sauce or other toppings. Cooked on charcoal, souvlaki is one of our favourite summer dishes. It transports us straight to the Mediterranean!

Luckily for you, you don’t have to travel all that way to eat good souvlakis. Here’s a list of places to savour some really good ones.

If you like this article, you will also like our list of the best Greek restaurants in Montreal.

Fameux Gyros Elatos

Fameux Gyros Eltos is an address that offers excellent value for money. Proof that you shouldn’t trust appearances, this place is one of the best in town when the craving for gyros or souvlaki takes over. All the ingredients are fresh and you can be sure to find the Greek authenticity that we love so much!

550 Rue Jarry Ouest

Rôtisserie Panama

Rotisserie Panama is a classic Greek restaurant in Montreal that takes you on a journey to the Mediterranean. The restaurant was founded in 1992, and was bought by the current owners in 1998. At Rotisserie Panama, they offer succulent dishes in generous portions: one comes here to savour irresistible grilled fish, octopus, grilled squid, fried eggplant and tzatziki, or grilled chicken. The Greek flavours of the house makes your mouth water and the decor transports you to Greece. The music and warmth of the staff also add to the charm of the place. We like the simplicity of the menu, the low prices and the family atmosphere of the restaurant. Of course, the house also prepares one of the best souvlaki we’ve had in Montreal!

789 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest

Marven’s Restaurant

Marven’s is a classic address in Parc-Extension where you can savour a good traditional Greek dish. Opened since 1976, the restaurant has changed little and the quality of its dishes remains the same. The portions are generous, the prices are affordable and the food is fresh. You can eat traditional Greek appetizers, souvlaki, salads and main courses as we like them in this Greek cuisine that reminds us of the sun and the sea. The decor without frills adds to the charm of the place. In short, we are here in the simplicity, but we know that the effort is in the plate. Note that the house only takes cash.

880 Avenue Ball


Nostos is a Greek address in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood. This restaurant serves an array of iconic Greek dishes at affordable prices. Nothing fussy, but Nostos is a favourite destination in Montreal for souvlaki lovers!

9530 Boulevard de l'Acadie
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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