The Best Prime Ribs in Montreal: Our favourite spots

the best prime ribs

Prime rib is a very popular and delicious cut of beef. Whole, it can weigh between 750 and 1200 grams; a person with a voracious appetite can manage the 1200 grams, but usually this piece of meat is shared by two, three or even four people. If you like red meat, chances are that you love it!

Whether grilled, roasted or braised, prime rib is a prime choice of the restaurants featured in this list. Although it is not always on the menu (they often evolve and change with the seasons), the addresses on this list are specialists in preparing this flavourful and juicy cut of meat. Generously smothered in butter sauce, and accompanied by root vegetables or mashed potatoes, the aged and char-grilled rib is simply mouthwatering. Properly prepared, it’s certainly worth its weight in gold and shares well.

Meat lovers, check out our list of the best butcher shops in Montreal to prepare prime rib at home.

Without further ado, here is our list of restaurants where you can enjoy great prime rib in Montreal:


On Saint-Paul Street, in Montreal’s Old Port, this small restaurant attracts everyone who walks by, and particularly those who know it well. The exposed brick walls and original ceiling beams set the background for the very warm and cozy atmosphere, where you’re sure to feel pampered. The dishes are excellent and generous. As for those prime ribs, they serve only AAA Angus, 1855 Beef; they are roasted with garlic and rosemary, and served with nutty Ratte potatoes. But for even more extravagant prime ribs, choose between truffle butter, pepper sauce or chimichurri sauce. Barroco’s menu also includes excellent lower beef ribs, braised for 12 hours in an aged maple and balsamic marinade, and served with celeriac and truffle purée. Later in the evening, expect a lively atmosphere, but still with attentive service. Dining here is always enjoyable.

312 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest

Hoogan et Beaufort

Hoogan et Beaufort is an excellent restaurant that opened its doors on the edge of the Rosemont, in the Angus Shops. Located in the former CPR train factory, the space offers a unique atmosphere and charm. Under the direction of one of the best chefs in Montreal, Marc-André Jetté, the restaurant promises delectable evenings in pleasant company. You can enjoy delicious small plates, a dozen or so starters, good pasta, and a few main courses, always with an emphasis on vegetables. The house regularly prepares a tasty grilled beef prime rib, with accompaniments that change with the seasons. Be sure to save room for dessert; you’ll be happy you did.

4095 Rue Molson

Joe Beef

Joe Beef is firmly established as one of Montreal’s finest restaurants and serves up some of the best prime rib in town. Chef Jean-Philippe Miron and his team prepare a piece of meat that varies according to the seasons, arrivals and inspirations of the moment, but you can be sure that it’s always delicious. Depending on the garnish of the moment, the prime rib is always 36 oz, cooked in a cast iron skillet, with lots of butter, basted, rested and sliced. Right now, it’s accompanied by a fiddlehead bordelaise; decadent. Enjoy it on their patio this summer!

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Le Chien Fumant

Here, you will find incredible prime ribs AND veal chops. As mentioned many times on this site, you enter Le Chien Fumant as you would enter the home of friends who know how to entertain. Chef Maksim Morin prepares a veal chop “à la Milanese”, with guanciale and black pepper, and served with carbonara on top; it is truly decadent. Or, for two, you can have the prime rib with sauce and side dishes that vary according to the chef’s mood; these days it’s served all-dressed. Expect to be surprised and amazed.

4710 Rue de Lanaudière

Kitchen Galerie

Kitchen Galerie offers you a “new and improved” version of Kitchen Galerie. The restaurant’s fixed menu features the favourite dishes of the two chefs—Mathieu Cloutier and Mathieu Bourdages. The menu includes the famous Kitchen Galerie prime rib of beef with tarragon sauce, root vegetables and mashed potatoes.

60 Rue Jean-Talon Est
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