The best pancakes in Montreal: where to enjoy them

Published on September 08, 2021
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The best pancakes in Montreal: in the morning, for dessert… or both!

Ohh pancakes! These delicious thick crepes stacked by the half-dozen often soaking up a layer of maple syrup and crowned with a square of melting butter. They have captured the imagination of young and old alike since they first appeared on our plates – special mention to the famous “Lingonberry Pancakes” from The Big Lebowski – either as a dessert or for breakfast. Their invention is attributed to Dutch and German immigrants who settled in North America in the 17th century. One simple word: thank you!

A good pancake is thought of with one word in mind: excess. Excess of pancakes (the famous pancake stack), excess of syrup, excess of butter, excess of fluffiness, and especially excess of happiness.

Of course, many Montreal restaurants offer their version of this famous dish. And so, we’ve put together our list of the best pancakes in the city. Whether sweet or savoury, served as brunch or dessert, Montreal is full of small addresses that showcase their chef’s creativity through these yummy delicacies. Some build their reputation on them while others offer them from time to time. In either case, these pancakes are perfect for the morning after a night out, or for a Sunday morning brunch!

Bon Appétit!

Note that this is not a list of all the pancakes in Montreal, but our list of the restaurants in the city that serve our favourite pancakes.

If you’d like, you can also check out our list of Montreal brunches that impress visitors!

Beautys Luncheonette

Open since 1942, this famous breakfast restaurant is a Montreal institution. Beauty’s reputation goes beyond Montreal, however, the little corner restaurant is talked about all over the world. The charming place offers some of the best pancakes in town. Here, they are served in the classic way: on their own with syrup dripping to perfection or as an accompaniment to a plate of two eggs and bacon. They also offer different options like banana, blueberry, chocolate and apple cinnamon. A classic that never gets old! Photo Foodistphotos
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Le Sparrow

The Sparrow is a friendly bar in the Mile-End neighbourhood that offers affordable cocktails in a warm atmosphere. For the weekend, you must try the house brunch which is Middle Eastern influenced and absolutely delicious! The Sparrow version of pancakes are made with buckwheat and topped with apple butter, caramelized walnuts, a variety of fruits and of course maple syrup. A real delight! Photo The Sparrow Bar
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Maison Publique

Maison Publique serves one of our favourite brunches in town. Focused on local flavour with an English accent, the products used are seasonal, so the menu changes often. Maison Publique offers a few classics such as the egg and black pudding, as well as the pancakes that are usually a fixture on the menu. Here, the pancakes are adorned with a thick slice of bacon, delicately prepared fruits, and a melting square of butter. Photo by Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Larry’s is a cozy and unique little address in Montreal. Located in the Mile End, you can go there at any time of the day for breakfast – any day of the week. This is one of our favourite places to savour Montreal brunch. The pancakes are classic and masterful. They do not disappoint! They also serve one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Montreal in our opinion. Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Dandy is a beautiful restaurant in Old Montreal that opened in February 2019. It offers lunch and brunch in a chic decor, but has a casual atmosphere. On the menu you’ll find several delicious dishes, including ricotta pancakes with maple nut butter and Meyer lemon cream. For a sweet morning treat, this dish really hits the spot! Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Well is an establishment on Wellington Street that opened in July 2017. The restaurant offers generous yet comforting cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. You can meet there for brunch any day of the week to enjoy their pancakes served with berries, as well as many other tasty dishes. Photo Restaurant Well
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Le Elsdale

Open since September 2017, Café Elsdale is a neighbourhood cafe, refreshment stand and store where you can eat and drink very well! This time it’s their breakfast – specifically their pancakes – that are worth spilling our ink on. Our stomachs have been conquered! A little friendly address in Rosemont to spend a lovely weekend morning. Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Comptoir Sainte-Cécile

Comptoir Sainte-Cecile is a small fine food store that opened in December 2016 and offers delicious sandwiches, brunches, take-out, and homemade prepared meals near the Jean-Talon Market. Their brunches are simply wonderful, and a big part of that compliment is due to the pancakes. Their thick pancakes with smoked salmon charm Montrealers from Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to Hochelaga. A home run! Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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There are only two words to describe the pancakes of this Americanized French diner in Saint-Henri: blueberry and cottage! We can do nothing more than describe this creation whose ingredients speak for themselves. To praise it with adjectives, even the most flattering ones, would not do it justice. You must try this unique mixture as soon as possible! Photo Foiegwa
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Fiorellino – Laurier

Fiorellino is one of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal. Having first opened on de la Gauchetière, the restaurant is now equipped with a second address, located in the former space of Laurier BBQ on Laurier West. Since recently, the house offers Italian inspired brunches on weekends. Our favourite is the pancakes al amaro averno: thick and fluffy buttermilk and ricotta pancakes topped with maple syrup and amaro butter! The whole thing is topped with a few berries. Photos Patricia Brochu and Liam Watson.
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La Bête à Pain – Fleury

Located on Fleury Street West, La Bête à Pain Ahuntsic is the first address of the delicious bakeries of the same name (Bête à Pain Griffintown and soon Bête à Pain Laval) and one of the best bakeries in Montreal. Also a cafe and restaurant, the establishment offers absolutely delicious delicacies, including chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup. A favourite for this unique address in the north of the city. Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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September Surf Café

September Surf Café est un endroit où les surfeurs et amoureux du bon café se rencontrent pour discuter et se détendre. L’endroit possède une lumière naturelle remarquable et l’atmosphère y est très dynamique. La maison dispose de quelques places individuelles et une grande table commune. Au niveau de la nourriture, on trouve un menu assez restreint, mais des petits plats très bien faits, avec des aliments sains et locaux, leurs pancakes figurent parmi les meilleurs de la ville !  Alison Slattery
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