Dinner with Kids: Our favourite addresses
Taking the family out is not cheap! We’ve put together a list of our favourite addresses for a successful dinner with your little gang, hoping to help make your family outings a success. We’ve tried to vary the styles and origins of the proposed menus, as well as the neighbourhoods on the island of Montreal. Even if all kids (or almost!) love pizza, it is nice to take advantage of the cultural diversity of Montreal to introduce them to the various cuisines of the world.
The list below includes some of our favourite places for dinner. Please note that it is not exhaustive. It simply highlights a few good places to go if you’re looking for a place to go out and grab a bite to eat with your kids.
Looking for more recommendations? Check out our list of favourite places to go for lunch with your kids, or our list of places to have brunch with your kids. Except for a few places, we’ve made an effort not to put the same places on multiple lists, even though some establishments offer good options for different times of the day!
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 menu items are fixtures; a few of these include the MagPie Margherita, Prosciutto, goat cheese and the Bianca pizzas, as well as the meatballs and the kale salad.
Alep Restaurant, located just a few steps from the Jean-Talon Market, is a true Montreal institution, and a timeless place that makes you travel. It is also a family business, and their menu is based on the great classics of traditional Syrian and Armenian cuisine.
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. They also offer a delicious pogo (also made to order), poutine, chicken salad and a vegetarian burger.
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.
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 whole family. In the summer, you can order your pizza to-go through the small street-side window, and end the meal on a sweet note with their delicious homemade soft serve frozen custard.
This small Mexican restaurant in Chinatown is a friendly place to eat some of the best tacos in Montreal! Capital Tacos offers five choices of tacos, plus two vegetarian options. There are also quesadillas (kids love them) and a few appetizers, including chicharrón de queso (cheese roll). Here, the whole family will eat very well at an affordable price!
McKiernan offers unpretentious and revisited diner cuisine. 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 the parents!
This charming juice bar for grown-ups also welcomes children! Open from morning to night, the café-buvette on Notre-Dame Street West has thought of the whole family with a pasta dish for the kids on the menu. For gourmets, BarBara offers a wide selection of delicious antipasti — polpette, octopus, burrata, arancini and more — to accompany your glass of wine.
Located at the corner of Marie-Anne and Berri streets, Au Tarot is a little hidden gem where couscous and tajines take the spotlight. Here, we enjoy good comfort food in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. It is also on our list of the best BYOW addresses in Montreal.
Vin Papillon is a Montreal staple. Here, they offer a tempting menu that features seasonal and market vegetables. The atmosphere is also very comforting; one enters here and feels good, at ease. The wine list is also very interesting for parents who want to have a drink as an apéritif. Moreover, kids are very much welcome!
Bombay Mahal on Mont-Royal Avenue offers delicious authentic Indian food in a simple, no-frills setting. The food is affordable and the service is always courteous. It’s a perfect place for a weeknight dinner to switch things up!
Bottega offers one of the best pizzas in Montreal, and in our opinion, the best Neapolitan pizza. Everything here is homemade; from the pizza dough, to the tomato sauce, to the restaurant’s gelatos. Note that a second location has opened in Laval.
Paulo et Suzanne
Paulo et Suzanne is a traditional casse-croûte that has been serving classic Québécois dishes since 1980! The place has the typical decor of an American diner from the 50’s with a retro/vintage feel. Open 24 hours a day, they offer delicious poutines (among the best in Montreal), excellent burgers, and a scrumptious grilled cheese.
Maui Poké is a nice little address to discover in the South West. They serve delicious quality pokés as well as some daily specials that change with the seasons: soups, katsu poutine, fried chicken burger, and more.
This restaurant is a Montreal institution! Its internationally acclaimed roast chicken has become an emblem of comfort far beyond Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Chalet Bar-B-Q is a classic that can always be counted on for friendly service, generous plates and affordable prices. It’s THE place to go for roast chicken in Montreal.
Petros Restaurant in Griffintown is a great place to enjoy Greek specialties. Here you can find exceptionally fresh fish and affordable dishes. Accompany it all with a glass of wine for a simple and enjoyable moment with family or friends! The atmosphere is friendly and the service is always impeccable.
Sao Sao is the best Vietnamese address on the South Shore of Montreal. Located on Taschereau Boulevard, this bring your own wine restaurant offers an authentic and tasty menu. The atmosphere is warm and familial. This small address is certainly worth the detour.