Lunching with Kids: Our favourite spots
Going out for lunch with your parents is special! It makes you feel big! Whether it’s March break, when you’re working from home, or you have a day off, the family will rarely say no to going out for lunch. Despite the daunting task of making and owning your choice, it’s so exciting to be faced with a menu and to be allowed to choose, for yourself, what you really want to eat for lunch. That’s true happiness!
So we’ve prepared a few lists of our favourite places to eat, perfect for family lunches. Whether you want to get together for a good meal or just want a change from the classic recipes at home, the list below includes our favourite spots where families and children are well received. You’ll find counters for quick service and dining rooms that make you want to order a glass of wine to accompany the moment!
Note that this list is not exhaustive, but simply includes some of our current favourites.
You can also check out our list of favourite addresses to go brunching with your kids, and our list of places to go to dinner with your kids.
McKiernan Luncheonette, located on St. Patrick Street near Monk Boulevard, offers upscale comfort food. The lunch menu includes salads, soups (some of the best in town, in our opinion), a ham and butter sandwich, vegetable pie, pasta, roast chicken, and more. In addition, the huge dining room with its large tables is ideal for families; there is also plenty of room for toddlers to stretch their legs. McKiernan Luncheonette is truly a superb establishment in Montreal for a good lunch!
Chez Tousignant is a snack bar located on Drolet street that offers an impeccable Quebecois canteen menu! The decor inspired by the diners of the 50’s and 60’s transports you back in time as soon as you arrive. Chez Tousignant’s menu is delicious and everything is homemade: burgers, poutines, hot dogs, fries, soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, roasted chicken, and more. The address is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and we love coming to eat there.
Dinette Triple Crown
Dinette Triple Crown showcases Southern U.S. cuisine and is one of our favourite spots in town. Here, you can enjoy your meal at the counter (our favourite) or in the dining room at one of the large tables so you can share plates with various tasting menu options. Even better, during the summer, you can order your meal and take it to the park across the street for a picnic! On the menu, there are several thoughtful offerings that kids will love: fried chicken, pulled pork, hash browns, macaroni and cheese, and more.
Cantine Emilia is a small gourmet address nestled in Villeray that serves delicious Portuguese specialties. It’s a nice, warm and family-friendly place. On the menu, the restaurant definitely does not skip the famous Portuguese chicken. This one is offered with nods to Quebec specialties. For dessert, those with a sweet tooth will be delighted with the natas. For refreshments, the restaurant offers a wide range of Portuguese juices and sodas. To be enjoyed on site or at home!
L’Express is a Montreal institution, and one of the best French restaurants in town! The restaurant is a classic with remarkably consistent culinary offering. The decor and timeless feel of L’Express has also contributed to its success over the years. The fully open room offers a unique atmosphere and the service is very warm.
Greenspot is the place to go to enjoy some of the best poutines, burgers and hot dogs in the city. The address also makes very good milkshakes that will surely please the kids! This retro deli in Saint-Henri welcomes you in a very family-friendly atmosphere for all hungers, big and small.
Butterblume’s cuisine is refined without being precious. Their fresh and seasonal cuisine offers dishes that are delicate and surprisingly subtle. There is also the boutique section where you can pick up a coffee and a pastry to go. Hot tip: Butterblume is stroller-friendly!
Supernat’s culinary offerings include a half-dozen sandos — those famous Japanese sandwiches on Hokkaidō bread. They also serve excellent coffee. A good little address in Hochelaga for a lunch with Asian flavours!
Helico is another charming address in Hochelaga, and one that’s on our list of the best cafés in Montreal with good food! The place offers a short menu of local, seasonal, simple, tasty and fresh lunch dishes: you’ll find one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town, some refreshing salads, cold soups, and other delicious dishes!
NDG Luncheonette is a cozy American-style diner in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The restaurant serves up classics using local and quality foods. There’s a delicious smash burger, a gourmet hot dog, pancakes, a classic breakfast plate, and more.
Satay Brothers is a fun and lively place where you can enjoy dishes that will make you forget all about winter. The establishment is also on our list of the best cheap eats in the city. Everything is convivial here: the service, the dishes and the tables. We love it!
Ma Poule Mouillée
Ma Poule Mouillée is one of the Plateau Mont-Royal’s busiest Portuguese chicken destinations. At the corner of Rachel and Boyer, it also has some of the best poutine in town. Although it’s often very busy, the wait is well worth it.
La maison de Mademoiselle Dumpling is a tiny little restaurant on Plaza St-Hubert that offers some of the best dumplings in Montreal! All the recipes come from chef and owner Dan Yu’s mother. One of our favourites is the Szechuan style dumplings with crushed cucumber salad. A delight!
Café Parvis is one of our favourite addresses downtown. While many come for a casual business lunch or to work in the afternoon, the place is just as welcoming for small families. The menu here is fresh and the house offering is mainly centered around light pizzas (some of the best in town).
Le Roi du Smoked Meat
Le Roi du Smoked Meat is a Montreal institution. Although the place is well known for its delicious smoked meat, it offers a wide range of more succulent and decadent dishes – poutines, sandwiches, grilled meat, pita, salads, seafood, submarines and much more! A nice family-friendly place to go during the day!
While Morso is a small counter, you can also sit down and have a bite to eat in-house. There are about ten tasty pizzas that change according to seasonal products. We like this pizzeria for its relaxed and family atmosphere, as well as for its very affordable quality/price ratio!
Tacos Victor is a small restaurant that offers some of the best tacos in Montreal! The space is simple and fulfills its function as a small neighbourhood restaurant. The portions are generous, the tacos are tasty and the atmosphere is warm. A nice Mexican-flavoured escapade in St-Henri that your little ones will definitely enjoy.
Pizzéria GEMA is a charming pizzeria in Little Italy that serves some of the best pizzas in Montreal (in our opinion). Our favourites include the 1889, the Emilia and the Hawaiian pizza (!!) – yes, the only Hawaiian pizza we like! A superb family-friendly address that’s perfect for lunch.
Gibeau Orange Julep
If you haven’t brought your kids here yet, now is the time to go! Orange Julep is known for its famous juice and gatherings of vintage car collectors. It’s also one of the best casse-croûtes in the province. All the dishes are worth trying. However, we must emphasize the quality of the hot dogs and hamburgers, which are a big hit with young and old alike.
The very first Café Gentile opened in 1959, in the heart of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. In November 2016, Café Gentile Westmount continues the long history of the café on Sainte-Catherine Street. Here you can enjoy delicious Italian coffee and memorable Italian sandwiches. Right next door, Gentile Pizza Parlour will delight young and old alike!
Time Out Market Montréal
Located in the heart of the liveliest section of St. Catherine Street, Time Out Market offers several different kiosks and a great alternative for groups (or families) looking to satisfy everyone’s varied tastes. Perfect for taking a break in the middle of a day downtown!
Le Central is the first food hall in the city. Located in the heart of the city, at the intersection of Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Le Central honours the culinary offerings found on the Main. You can enjoy Portuguese chicken, Neapolitan and Roman pizzas, burgers, healthy bowls, tacos, vegetarian and vegan dishes, fried chicken, comforting ramen, ice cream, and more. Each kiosk has a story to tell (and to taste). Happy discoveries!