Dining out with kids: Our favourite addresses

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Montreal is full of delicious and beautiful restaurants. But for a thousand and one reasons (lack of space, open kitchen, overly festive atmosphere, etc.), it can be difficult to eat out with the family. In fact, not all establishments are kids-friendly and some are technically classified as bars and therefore not allowed to serve people under 18.

Going out to a restaurant with toddlers can either be a great experience or an ordeal! We all agree, it depends on their age, their hunger (!) and the place you choose. But after a tiring week at work and at home, we all dream of a nice outing (with our families!), a place to sip good wine and enjoy good food. And, it’s sometimes difficult to satisfy all the members of the family.

And so, we’ve put together some favourite addresses, perfect for families. Whether you want to get together for a good brunch or lunch that is a change from the usual routine at home. For a pleasant and gourmet moment on Saturday or for a quick dinner on Sunday. The list below includes our favourite places for dinner.

Note that this list is not exhaustive. It simply highlights a few good addresses if you’re looking for a place to go out and have a bite to eat with your kids.

Looking for more gourmet recommendations in a specific neighbourhood in Montreal? Or for a special craving? Check out our list of favourite addresses where to go for lunch with your kids. Or our list of places to go to brunch with your kids.

Bon appétit!

Magpie

Pizzeria Magpie in the Mile End serves great pizza (some of the best in town) in a friendly atmosphere. The 46-seat space has a casual and inviting decor and offers a festive and easy-to-share menu. The menu changes about every five months, but some dishes stick around: the MagPie Margherita, the Prosciutto, the goat cheese and the Bianca, as well as the meatballs and the kale salad. On the alcohol side, there’s a menu with several private imports and cocktails that change with the seasons and the inspiration of the moment. Photos Alison Slattery

16 Rue Maguire
Montréal

Le Petit Alep

Le Petit Alep is one of our favourite places in town for its lively atmosphere, delicious food and remarkable wine list!  With a seating capacity of about 60, the restaurant’s decor is colorful and very much in line with the times. The atmosphere is lively and the mix of Middle Eastern cultures with the Quebecois joie de vivre gives the restaurant a real charm. Le Petit Alep’s menu presents typical Middle Eastern cuisine – Syrian and Armenian – with bright flavours and designed for sharing: soups, salads, mezzes, appetizers, cheese plates, sandwiches, falafels, and much more. As for wine, the restaurant offers a list of more than 250 bottles (!) This address is unique in its kind: you feel good, and you eat and drink well – and all this with a reasonable bill at the end. Photos Alison Slattery

191 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal

Moleskine

Moleskine Restaurant on Parc Avenue is one of the latest offerings from Pullman owners Catherine Bélanger and Bruno Braën. The decor is beautifully creative: open kitchen, pencils hanging from the ceiling, and menus that are there to be scribbled on. As for the menu, the proposed cuisine is simple, but very well done, focused on take out and midday and evening services. You can enjoy pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, as well as more substantial offerings including pasta, fish and meat dishes. The desserts are also memorable, especially the chocolate one and the tiramisu. And finally, in terms of wine, they have a short but sophisticated list, consisting of a mainly private imports. photos Dominique Lafond

3412 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Roch le Coq

Roch le Coq is a small cantine on Van Horne Avenue in Outremont. Inside, a fantastic team prepares one of the best fried chicken in town, and it also happens to be one of our favourites. Behind the small counter, the staff are busy frying the chicken, which they deliver directly to the tables when ready. The house offers fried chicken by the piece, in a bucket, in a burger, in popcorn and on a homemade waffle made to order. There also offer a delicious pogo, also made to order, poutine, chicken salad and a vegetarian burger. A place where speed rhymes with quality! Photos Roch le Coq

1541 Avenue Van Horne
Montréal

Byblos le Petit Café

Byblos le Petit Café is a charming Persian restaurant in the Plateau. Here, you can enjoy specialties of Middle Eastern cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The menu consists of traditional Iranian dishes: fine herb feta cheese, lamb and chicken brochettes, stews, pirojki (meat or vegetable turnovers), vegetable soups, and more. Delicious and flavourful dishes that are sure to please the whole family.

1499 Avenue Laurier Est
Montréal

Le Butterblume

The food at Butterblume is refined without being too sophisticated. The café-restaurant-boutique on St. Laurent Boulevard is open for dinner from Thursday to Saturday. The grocery section also offers many of the delicacies made on site to enjoy at home.

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Greenspot

A true Montreal institution—that opened its doors in 1947!—Greenspot is the place to go for some of the best poutines, burgers and hot dogs in the city. The address also makes great milkshakes that are sure to be a hit with the kids! With its very family-friendly atmosphere, this retro deli in Saint-Henri is ready to welcome you and your family!

3041 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Pizzeria Gema

Who doesn’t love pizza?! Especially when it’s among the best in Montreal! Established on a charming corner in Little Italy, Pizzeria Gema has something for everyone in the family; a nice wine list for the parents, and frozen custard (ice cream, but richer!) for the little ones—and the adults, let’s be honest. In fact, in the summer, you can take your pizza to go through the small patio window, and end the meal on a sweet note with their delicious homemade soft serve frozen custard.

6827 Rue Saint-Dominique
Montréal

Capital Tacos 

Capital Tacos is a small Mexican restaurant in Chinatown, and a convivial place to eat some of the best tacos in Montreal! They offer five choices of tacos: Carnitas (confit pork), Pastor (marinated pork), Rib-eye (AAA Rib-eye beef), Cochinita Pibill (pulled pork) and Rosarito (breaded shrimp). For veggie lovers, Capital Tacos also prepares two vegetarian tacos: Hongos Al Ajillo (garlic mushrooms) and Tinga Vegan (tofu and black beans). There are also quesadillas (a favourite among kids) and a few entrées including chicharrón de queso (cheese roll). Here, the whole family will eat very well at an affordable price!

1096 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

McKiernan

McKiernan offers unpretentious and revisited diner cuisine near the Lachine Canal, in Côte-Saint-Paul. The address is established in a beautiful 7000 square foot industrial space with large windows that let in natural light; a perfect space for groups and families. The menu features comfort food and a beautiful wine list made up mostly of natural wines that are sure to please adults!

5524 Rue Saint-Patrick
Montréal

Photography by  Alison Slattery



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