Great places to eat crab in Montreal
The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the snow crab season! A local product found in abundance at this time of year, crab is a crustacean with a unique and delicate flavour. Freshly caught, it can be savoured simply with lemon or prepared to the chef’s liking. Either way, it is a pure delight.
Many fine restaurants include snow crab on their menus during the spring season. In an effort to cook with the richness of Quebec’s terroir, this local food – when fished responsibly and in season – is ideal for paying tribute to local ingredients.
For all seafood lovers, Tastet has prepared a multitude of lists to satisfy your gourmet desires! On our site, you will find suggestions of places to savour delicious fish, the list of the best lobster rolls in town, as well as the list of the best fish n’ chips in Montreal. Many of the establishments on these lists can be found in other directories that feature the best of what Montreal has to offer. For those who love local cuisine, Tastet also has a list of Montreal’s best eco-responsible restaurants where local and seasonal products are constantly honoured on the menu. We love it!
To celebrate the arrival of the beautiful season, here is our list of suggested places to enjoy crab in Montreal. Happy discoveries and bon appétit!
Part of the Joe Beef family, Vin Papillon is a Montreal staple. A small paradise for lovers of vegetables, comfort food and natural wines, the restaurant’s space is comfortable and comforting. At the moment, you can savour exceptional seafood platters, including the excellent crab, prepared with delicacy and originality. Photo Alison Slattery
With its retro and kitschy decor, Le Majestique is an intimate and original place that we really like. As one of the best bars where you can eat well in Montreal, the establishment is known for its good wines and oysters served year round. In season, Le Majestique features crab in its delicious seafood platters. Photo Alison Slattery
Restaurant Toqué! is a Montreal institution that has been around for over 20 years! Season after season, the menus are based on market cuisine and local products are always highlighted. The quality of the products used by Le Toqué is incomparable. We love their à la carte menu at the bar. They’re currently offering a snow crab appetizer, served with curly lettuce, black radish, fried wakame, miso and camelina vinaigrette and bonito mayonnaise. Photo Hans Laurendeau
Opened in March 2011, Bouillon Bilk is one of Montreal’s best fine dining restaurants. With its minimalist decor, the restaurant offers haute cuisine from Quebec that is off the beaten path. Right now, the restaurant is offering fresh crab, making it a great time to discover Bouillon Bilk. Photo Alison Slattery
Mon Lapin wine bar opened in Little Italy in early March 2018, and is the fourth project of the Joe Beef family. Masters of hospitality, the owners welcome us to a bright, warm space with a lively atmosphere. Right now, we come here to savour crab prepared with care and delicacy. Photo Alison Slattery
Foxy is one of the sexiest restaurants in Montreal: vibrant atmosphere, cozy decor; it’s a great address. The food here is great all year round. At this time of year, the popular restaurant offers snow crab on the menu – try it! Photo Restaurant Foxy
For its snow crab, the Pied de Cochon relies on simplicity. Every year, the restaurant’s chef leaves for Les Escoumins to select the live crabs himself. They are then brought back to the fish tank installed at the entrance of the restaurant on Duluth Avenue. When ordered, the crab is served warm with a lemon mayonnaise and herb butter. Mid-season, the crab is served in their club sandwich. Photo Mathamore Dan
Cabane d’à Côté
La Cabane d’à Côté is a delicious rural space where you can savour classic Quebec dishes, simple and very well done. Located in the Mirabel region, the restaurant is the brainchild of Martin Picard’s student-turned-master, Vincent Dion-Lavallée. Always with the goal of putting “Quebec in your mouth,” Vincent notes that they avoid all lemon and other imported products. Snow crab is served with fermented cauliflower and buttermilk dressing. Photo Alison Slattery – Two Food Photographers
Ferreira is a Montreal institution. The renowned establishment has earned its reputation through years of hard work and renewal. The place offers a chic and refined Portuguese cuisine in the heart of downtown Montreal. You can enjoy succulent fish and, during the season, a delicious Portuguese style snow crab! Photo Ferreira Café