The 16 Best New Restaurants of 2023 in Montreal

Each year, the gastronomic landscape undergoes a transformation, marked by the emergence of new culinary talents, innovative spaces, and bold flavors that push the boundaries of creativity. 2023 was no exception, offering food enthusiasts a veritable festival of discoveries.

Each establishment mentioned here has been carefully selected for its uniqueness, audacity, and commitment to excellence. Whether it’s for an immersive dining experience, an exceptional ambiance, or dishes that tantalize the taste buds like never before, these restaurants have stood out, capturing our attention and that of Montrealers.

To the restaurateurs who opened a venue this year, we extend our heartfelt congratulations. Opening an establishment in the dynamic culinary landscape of our beautiful city is a bold and inspiring endeavor, and we are thrilled to see new addresses enriching our gastronomic scene.

Before the countdown begins, we wanted to wish you, our supporters, a year filled with culinary delights and pleasures. We hope that 2024 will bring you its share of pleasant surprises and flavorful moments.

Casavant

Located just a few steps from the Jean-Talon Market, Casavant offers a French brasserie experience that captivates with its splendid decor, friendly ambiance, and delicious menu with excellent value for money. Casavant proudly embodies the essence of the industry we adore: disarming conviviality paired with exemplary execution.

350 Rue de Castelnau East
Montréal

Bonheur d'occasion

Bonheur d’Occasion is undoubtedly a classic of Quebec literature, but today, it’s also an excellent 45-seat restaurant located at the corner of Notre-Dame Ouest and du Couvent streets in Saint-Henri. The project, carried on the shoulders of a more than promising team, charmed us from our very first visit. A warm welcome, attentive service, and meticulously crafted dishes await you there. A must-try, morning, noon, and night!

4001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Annette

Annette bar à vin is the latest project from Marc-André Jetté and Mila Rishkova. It’s clear that the team at Annette bar à vin has gone above and beyond to craft a top-notch experience. Based on what we’ve had the opportunity to see and taste, you won’t be disappointed!

4051 Rue Molson
Montréal

June Buvette

June Buvette, opened in Pointe-Saint-Charles in September 2023, instantly captivates us with its friendly and festive atmosphere, complemented by playful cuisine executed with finesse. Excellent wines, a cozy and intimate decor, and utterly delicious and comforting dishes await you at June Buvette.

1900 Rue Centre
Montréal

Casse-Croûte MangeDansMonHood

Ça faisait longtemps qu’on attendait l’arrivée de MangeDansMonHood. Après nous avoir mis l’eau à la bouche avec plusieurs événements popups, le casse-croûte des deux Michel de La Belle Tonki s’installe dans l’ancien local de la Belle Tonkinoise pour nous servir ses décadents smash burgers. On va chez MangeDansMonHood pour les excellents smash burgers, mais on revient pour l’ambiance festive, les moves de danse de Boombeast et l’accueil toujours souriant de l’équipe.

1380 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal

Hiatus

Perched atop the Ville-Marie tower, right in the heart of downtown Montreal, the restaurant Hiatus opened its doors in August 2023. Located next to Enfants Terribles, this establishment offers a breathtaking culinary experience, all while providing an unparalleled view of the metropolis. Whether you’re there for business lunches, a study session, or a meal with colleagues and friends, Hiatus guarantees a flawless experience, complemented by the best city view in town.

1 Place Ville-Marie
Montréal

Welldun Pizza

A new pizzeria is setting up shop on Wellington Street in Verdun: Welldun Pizza. The name speaks volumes about the owners’ philosophy, reflecting their commitment to doing things right! Behind this new establishment are two pizza enthusiasts, but more importantly, two people deeply in love with each other: Danny Perez and Anaïs Braye.

4434 Rue Wellington
Montréal

An Choi Plaza

An Choi Plaza is a Vietnamese tavern located on Plaza Saint-Hubert, established in June 2023, where one can eat and drink exceptionally well. Behind this venture are owners Michelle Vo (Pasthyme), Vien Man Cao-Tran (Bar Otto and Otto Ramen), and Douglas Tan (La Bêtise). Together, this trio conceived the concept of An Choi Plaza, aiming to blend two worlds – that of a traditional Vietnamese restaurant and that of a wine bar.

6553 Rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal

Loumi

Loumi is the perfect spot to savor gourmet dishes made with carefully prepared halloumi. Flavors, taste, and heart are at the forefront of this delightful new fast-food-style destination in Mile-End. The atmosphere is friendly and warm, and the owners genuinely care about their customers’ satisfaction. We were absolutely captivated by the energy, generosity, and dedication of the Loumi team.

5181 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Azalea

Azalea is undoubtedly your next delightful find in Montreal, located on Saint-Denis Street between Rachel and Marie-Anne, blending the categories of a tavern, restaurant, and terrace. Especially if you enjoy sipping drinks while nibbling on tasty bites. At this charming spot, you can indulge in exquisite Iranian delicacies paired with carefully selected wines by talented sommeliers.

4306 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal

Yama

Located on de la Montagne Street, Yama opened its doors last May 4th in the Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown. Owner Antonio Park and his partners have made it their mission to revitalize the hotel by offering a very chic gastronomic experience! Yama is a wonderful addition to downtown Montreal, offering a slightly more upscale, but truly remarkable dining experience!

1425 Rue de la Montagne
Montréal

Golden Lotus

Infused with a modern touch, the delightful dishes served at Golden Lotus honor the flavors and traditions of the traditional Vietnamese establishments found throughout the city – the best of both worlds. With its tasty and affordable menu, Golden Lotus fills a much-needed gap in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood: a fantastic Vietnamese spot!

3637 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

Satu Lagi

A brand-new Asian and gluten-free restaurant set up shop on February 15th in the heart of Plateau-Mont-Royal, quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite. Satu Lagi is a brainchild of Kevin Larken, also the force behind the restaurant Krapow, transporting diners straight to the streets of Bali.

1361 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal

Le Molière par Mousso

Without trickery, Restaurant Le Molière by Mousso offers classic French brasserie dishes. Don’t be stingy, whether you’re a Don Juan, a bourgeois gentilhomme, or a misanthrope, the Molière restaurant welcomes you with open arms!

1560 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal

Moqueur

Moqueur takes us on a journey with its flavorful cuisine inspired by Louisiana. All of this is presented in a stunning decor and on an immense, breathtaking terrace where one can comfortably sit and savor the house’s beautiful creations. Moqueur has found its place in the metropolis, perfectly embodying the multiculturalism and eclecticism that make Montreal shine.

1844 Rue Atateken
Montréal

Sabrosa

Finally, a gem on Place Jacques-Cartier! A delightful fusion of rich, flavorful dishes, paired with attentive service and a cozy, muy caliente ambiance, awaits you at Sabrosa. It’s not the cliché atmosphere often found in some Latin American restaurants; instead, it offers a pleasant vibe that invites you to linger and take your time.

404 Place Jacques-Cartier
Montréal

Sabrosa

Enfin un coup de cœur sur la Place Jacques-Cartier! Un heureux mariage de plats riches et savoureux, accompagnés d’un service bienveillant et d’un décor feutré muy caliente, vous attend chez Sabrosa. On n’est pas dans le cliché qu’on a l’habitude de voir dans certains restaurants latino-américains, on reste plutôt dans une ambiance plaisante qui donne envie de rester et de prendre son temps.

404 Place Jacques-Cartier
Montréal

Sabrosa

Enfin un coup de cœur sur la Place Jacques-Cartier! Un heureux mariage de plats riches et savoureux, accompagnés d’un service bienveillant et d’un décor feutré muy caliente, vous attend chez Sabrosa. On n’est pas dans le cliché qu’on a l’habitude de voir dans certains restaurants latino-américains, on reste plutôt dans une ambiance plaisante qui donne envie de rester et de prendre son temps.

404 Place Jacques-Cartier
Montréal
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Photography by Alison Slattery



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