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.

Bon appétit!


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!  

5524 Rue Saint-Patrick

Chez Tousignant

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.  

6956 Rue Drolet

Cantine Emilia

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!  

7901 Rue Saint-Dominique


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.  

3927 Rue Saint-Denis


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.

3041 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Le Butterblume

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!

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent


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!

4316 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est

NDG Luncheonette

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.

6800 Avenue Fielding

Satay Brothers

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!

3721 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

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.

969 Rachel Street East

Café Parvis

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).

433 Rue Mayor

Morso Pizzeria

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!

1028 Rue Saint-Zotique East

Tacos Victor

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.

4280 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Pizzeria Gema

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.

6827 Rue Saint-Dominique

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.

7700 Boulevard Décarie

Café Gentile

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!

4126 Rue Sainte-Catherine

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!

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine

Le Central

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!

30 Rue Sainte-Catherine


Loumi is the ideal place to enjoy gourmet halloumi dishes prepared skilfully and with care. The menu is simple and unpretentious, with ingredients from traditional Mediterranean cuisine brought up to date. We particularly like the decadent chicken burger with brioche bun, grilled chicken, coleslaw, spicy homemade mayo and, of course, halloumi. A superb snack-bar-style address filled with freshness!

5181 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Ketiw Comptoir Cambodgien

Ketiw is a Cambodian counter and small grocery store that offers delicious Asian dishes. Their signature dish? Khuy teaw Phnom Penh. Unlike phô and ramen, the broth is traditionally served separately from the dish, and the noodles are pre-seasoned. They also serve num pang, Cambodian sandwiches. Although they resemble the popular bánh mì, the difference is that the cucumbers are pickled and the daikon is replaced by green papaya.

3866 Rue Wellington


Petite adresse dans Verdun, le Millmans est un casse-croûte accueillant, sympathique et familial. Leur menu est composé de bons vieux classiques indétrônables du matin et du midi: assiette déjeuner, sandwich dej avec un oeuf coulant et une généreuse tranche de bacon fumé, bagel au gravlax, pancakes bien moelleuses. Les enfants peuvent s’amuser à colorier les napperons illustrés par le studio Fine & Dry en attendant leur repas. Gros coup de coeur pour cet établissement !

3779 Rue Wellington


Le Millmans est un casse-croûte accueillant, sympathique et familial qui fait partie de nos adresses préférées à Verdun. Leur menu est composé de bons vieux classiques indétrônables du matin et du midi: assiette déjeuner, sandwich dej avec un oeuf coulant et une généreuse tranche de bacon fumé, bagel au gravlax, pancakes bien moelleuses. Les enfants peuvent s’amuser à colorier les napperons illustrés par le studio Fine & Dry en attendant leur repas. Gros coup de coeur pour cet établissement !

3779 Rue Wellington
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Photography by  Alison Slattery

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