Snow Crab: Where to find it in Montreal

In Quebec, the rhythm of life is dictated by the seasons. The same is true in our kitchens, where seasonal products have a place of honour throughout the year. We think of maple syrup, asparagus, strawberries, corn and many other foods whose arrival in stores or markets makes everyone happy, year after year.

One of the most anticipated seasons in the province, especially for restaurateurs and fine food lovers, is the snow crab season. We are fortunate to have this highly sought-after crustacean close to home for its delicious meat. The snow crab has ten long legs that contain firm but tender meat. Its flavour is delicate and subtle.

The snow crab season begins with the arrival of spring and lasts until June. The best time to get fresh—and even live—crabs is in April, at the beginning of the season. This is the time when restaurateurs stock up to create delicious dishes to showcase their love of this crustacean.

Here is our list of places in Montreal where you can buy snow crab in the coming weeks! They sell out VERY fast, so we suggest you make reservations in advance.

Above all, for those who prefer to enjoy it in the comfort of their own home, we have also prepared a list of places where you can get it to go.

Where to buy crab to enjoy at home?

Oyster Blood & Épicerie Mange-Tout: Home delivery possible – reserve quickly!

Les Pêcheries Norref: There are only a few cases left, so act fast!

Poissonnerie La Mer: New arrival today, April 7th, take the opportunity to place your order.

Le Cinqàsept: New arrival of live crabs every week, reserve online.

Conserva: Crabs available at the grocery store, better hurry.

Odessa: New shipment today, April 7th, of live crabs. Cooked crabs have been available for a few days, act fast.

Menu Extra: Crab kit available in appetizer size for 2, already prepared.

Menu Extra

Where to find snow crab in a restaurant?

See the addresses below 🙂 Bon appétit!

Vin Papillon

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. The restaurant currently offers exceptional seafood platters, including the excellent crab, prepared with delicacy and originality. Please note that it is only available on a first come first served basis. We suggest that you contact them before your visit.  

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Le Majestique

In a slightly retro and kitsch decor, Le Majestique is an intimate and original place that we really like. As one of the best bars with great food in Montreal, the establishment is known for its good wines and its oysters served year round. Once again this year, Le Majestique is featuring crab in its beautiful seafood platters or directly on ice, shucked with lemon and a Smoke Show mayo.

4105 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Restaurant Toqué!

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. At the moment, you can find a snow crab starter, which is also available in all of their restaurants: Beau Mont, Brasserie T!, and Comptoir-Épicerie Signé Toqué.

900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Vin Mon Lapin

Vin Mon Lapin opened in Little Italy in early March 2018, and is the fourth project in the Joe Beef family. Masters of hospitality, the owners welcome us into a bright, warm space with a kitchen party vibe. Right now, we come to savour crab cooked with care and delicacy!

150 Rue Saint-Zotique East


Foxy is one of the best restaurants in Montreal: vibrant atmosphere, hushed decor… what can we say, it’s a sexy place. You can eat well here all year long. Once again this year, the restaurant offers snow crab on its menu. It is prepared differently than in previous years, but is as delicious as ever!

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Au Pied de Cochon

For its snow crab, Pied de Cochon keeps it simple. 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. In the middle of the season, the crab is offered in a club sandwich.  

536 Avenue Duluth Est

Restaurant Tuck Shop

The Tuck Shop is a must in town and one of our favorite restaurants in town since it opened in 2010. We love the balance between the various aspects of the restaurant: food, decor, service and atmosphere, all of which work perfectly together. The menu currently features snow crab served quite simply, but with lots of flavour, of course.  

4662 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest


Colourful and inviting, vinvinvin offers a varied and truly delicious selection of “living” northern climate wines. The address is part of our list of the best wine bars in Montreal. On the menu, there are tasty dishes to share and currently, there is also snow crab. Freshly arrived from the North Shore, it is served with a green sauce that — in the words of the establishment — is to die for.

1290 Rue Beaubien Est


Pavane is the project of François Côté and D’Elsie Gélinas. Its décor is reminiscent of Parisian bistros, with a nod to the English pub, with touches of solid wood and forest green. The menu is generous and delicious. On the menu, you will find bistro classics: steak frites, pork meats, seasonal salads, tartar and charcuterie. And currently, you can taste snow crab, served with a lemon mayo and croutons.

120 Rue Principale


larrys is a small café-resto-bar not to be missed in the city, located at the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Fairmont East. From the same owners of Lawrence restaurant – Sefi Amir and Marc Cohen – the establishment is absolutely charming, and we recommend it to everyone. The menu is designed by Marc, and is made up entirely of small plates. Their snow crab on toast with saffron aioli is simply delectable.

5201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
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