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The most beautiful terraces in Montreal

Published on September 08, 2021
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The most beautiful terraces in Montreal

Summer is here and we’re not complaining! We know that in Quebec, our winters are long and cold, so when the warm weather sets in, few people complain. Instead, we rush to the terraces to sip a good signature cocktail or a gourmet meal. Fortunately for us, the city is dotted with lovely terraces where we can take full advantage of the season! Beautifully set up on the street, hidden in backyards or perched on rooftops, they offer us plenty of places to stroll with a drink in hand or a tempting plate in front of us.

There are all kinds of terraces across the city: hidden terraces, covered terraces, rooftop terraces, street terraces… the list is long! Although the food and drink are of course a big part of it, we all agree that a beautiful installation with string lights or a breathtaking view of the city makes the moment even more enjoyable.

Here is a list of beautiful terraces in Montreal where we are sure you will have a great time this summer!

If you like this article, we invite you to read our list of the best cocktails in Montreal and our list of terraces in Montreal.

Boris Bistro

Boris Bistro certainly offers one of the most beautiful terraces in Montreal. Located in the Old Port, the place has remained both discreet and distinguished. The restaurant has been around for almost 20 years now, but the beauty of the terrace has not changed. Its trees and light make it an oasis of tranquility. A staple during the summer months in Montreal, this neighbourhood bistro offers simple, unpretentious and consistently good food.
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Luciano Trattoria

Luciano Trattoria is one of the most famous Italian restaurants in town. Located on Saint-Zotique street, the restaurant is easily recognizable thanks to its black façade. What is less easy to notice is the very nice terrace located on the right of the restaurant. Set back from the street, it provides a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and lets in just the right amount of sun. A perfect place to enjoy Luciano’s excellent cuisine!
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Candide

We applauded the arrival of this restaurant in a converted presbytery. Chef John Winter Russell welcomes you to this address, away from the hustle and bustle of Notre-Dame Street West, and what a reward once you sit down to eat! His cuisine is extravagant just enough to be intriguing and delicious enough to make you want to try it again and again. We’re talking about great market cuisine gastronomy. Whenever the weather permits, the small 35-seat terrace in front of the restaurant is a popular spot.
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Labo Culinaire – Foodlab

On the second floor of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) is the Culinary Lab. The terrace of this restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the city: definitely one of the most beautiful restaurant terraces in Montreal. Jean-Philippe Tastet said: “the terrace is magnificent, overlooking the chaos and, in terms of immersive experiences, the chefs of the house offer exceptional performances every day. They have a theme every month and the menus change every two weeks. Balance and creativity at all times.” © Photo Labo Culinaire
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Maison Boulud

The arrival in Montreal several years ago of the world famous Daniel Boulud had delighted gourmets. The house offers outstanding dishes with a strong French touch and a focus on local products. The veranda adjacent to the dining room of Maison Boulud is exceptional! (See cover photo). In addition to the cuisine and service, we love the elegance of the space and the incredible light that prevails. © Ritz Carlton MTL | Maison Boulud | Alexandre Parent
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Les Enfants Terribles – PVM

At the top of Place Ville-Marie, Les Enfants Terribles restaurant welcomes you on one of the most beautiful restaurant terraces in Montreal! Located in the emblematic downtown building, at 188 meters high, Les Enfants Terribles offers one of the most beautiful 360° views of Montreal, highlighting the beauties of the metropolis. You can admire the landscape from the St. Lawrence River to Mount Royal, the Quartier des spectacles, the Olympic Park and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. At this height, we can say that Les Enfants Terribles has become great. Their menu offers Montreal brewery-pub fare. Photo Les Enfants Terribles
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Vin Papillon

Le Vin papillon is one of our favourite wine bars. Since doubling the space, its terrace is even more beautiful. We also love its neighbouring restaurants, Joe Beef and Liverpool House. These establishments are three of the best restaurants in Montreal and they also have three of the most beautiful hidden terraces on the island! As for Vin Papillon, it is a real paradise for vegetable-forward dishes and excellent wines. Here you can savour the finest cuisine. The three terraces, intimate, pleasant and comfortable, are hidden behind the restaurants on Notre-Dame Street West. photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Jatoba

In a magnificent space, Jatoba is located in the former Philips Lounge. Chef Olivier Vigneault prepares irresistible seafood platters. Small dumplings, salads, meats, fish and seafood are on the menu as well, at lunch and dinner. Jabota also hides one of the most beautiful veranda terraces in Montreal. Inside the building, a superb bright room welcomes you to savour the chef’s creations in a neat setting. In the heart of downtown, this terrace offers an exceptional experience. photo Jatoba
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Les Rites Berbères

In the heart of the Plateau, it is the owner Mohand who welcomes you to his place. The restaurant offers a fine North African cuisine, all in simplicity, like the owner. You will savor traditional Berber dishes; probably the best couscous in town (!) – with lamb, chicken, merguez – salads, briks and other delights. Here, the smell of the kitchen makes you hungry as soon as you arrive and the address has one of the most beautiful terraces in summer! Even in very hot weather, the vegetation cools the air. A magical space. photo by Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Renoir

One doesn’t always think of Sherbrooke Street for a gastronomic stop, yet French cuisine is at its best here. Olivier Perret, the elegant chef of the house, and supported by a team of experts, treats his customers with local products prepared with refinement. This elegance is reflected in his menu and particularly in the De-Light formula, a meal that combines gastronomy and dietetics. Recently renovated, the terrace, located in the inner courtyard, is absolutely lovely. photo Renoir
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Pizzéria NO.900

This little restaurant on Bernard Avenue is absolutely delightful and offers the same charm on its patio. They also make some of the best pizzas in Montreal. We really like the one with sweet Italian sausage, as well as the porcini with white truffle oil. They also offer a breakfast pizza, and if you didn’t already know, the team runs an amazing food truck. With quality ingredients, well prepared and served by a charming staff, Pizza 900 has a winning recipe. The patio is simple and elegant and offers a wonderful view of Bernard Avenue. photo Pizzéria n°900
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Hà – Mont-Royal

Hà is located in front of Jeanne-Mance Park and has a charming patio. It may be small, but many satisfied customers love to sit there and enjoy the Southeast Asian influenced cuisine. Here, one can enjoyed some of the best imperial pork rolls in town, certainly one of the best laksas, as well as exceptional rolls. The staff at Hà are warm, kind and generous. The terrace as well. The young and dynamic clientele come here to savour these delicious dishes at lunchtime as well as in the evening. Restaurant Hà
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Khyber Pass

Khyber Pass is a nice restaurant on Duluth Avenue that is also on our list of the best Bring Your Own Wine restaurants in Montreal. They offer comforting Afghan cuisine, with delicious colours and spices. The portions are generous and the prices very affordable. The restaurant’s very large terrace is simply magnificent with its lovely plants and colourful murals. Ideal for the summer season! Without any pretension, this address is always very busy. Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Escondite – Drummond

Escondite’s second location at Drummond and Rene Levesque is as festive as the original on Union Street. This Mexican restaurant is the perfect place to spend a lively evening with friends while savouring tacos and a refreshing margarita. The menu features an assortment of typical Mexican dishes, as well as small plates, served in a decor that makes you travel to South America year round.  At the back of the restaurant on Drummond, there is a lovely little terrace where you can eat in the sun on beautiful summer days or by the light of small lanterns in the evening. Summer looks very promising on this small patio that transports us to the South as soon as we step inside.  
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Alma

Open since May 2018, Alma is a favourite address in Outremont! In a small, charming and friendly space, the owner duo welcomes you to savour delicious Mediterranean dishes. The house offers excellent wines, with priority given to Catalan wines by Lindsay, the owner. All bottles are carefully selected by Lindsay and come from small private producers. The house has a beautiful little terrace, ideal for enjoying the warm summer evenings and the tranquility of the neighbourhood. Photo Alison Slattery – Instagram
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Le Darling

Located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Le Darling charms with its enchanting decor and its cafe, bar and restaurant offer. Since recently, the address proposes (for lunch and dinner) a delicious menu composed of superb and delicious dishes that evolve with the seasons. They also have a very nice terrace that will give you the desire to stay all day, and helps you forget for a moment the hustle and bustle of the boulevard. Whether early in the morning with the first rays of the sun, and a coffee in hand, or in good company while enjoying an aperitif, the terrace here is always very busy. Photo Darling
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Rumi

Located at the doorstep of Outremont, Rumi offers the most delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. The space is colourful and warm and welcomes a varied clientele. The establishment offers a traditional menu that allows for beautiful discoveries and journeys; one can savour very good simmered dishes, grilled meats, hearty salads and delicious hot or cold mezzes. In the summer, the terrace, with its 60 seats, is as warm as the interior and is bordered by an enveloping greenery that creates a sort of oasis. Photo Rumi
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Caffe un po di piu

Caffe Un Po di Piu is the newest restaurant from owners Eric Girard and Dyan Solomon (Olive et Gourmando and Foxy). The beautiful space with seating for about 60 people was designed by the famous designer Zébulon Perron. In the summer, we go there mainly for the food, but we appreciate the moment even more when we can spend it on their terrace on the Rue de la Commune. Photo Caffe un po di piu
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Espace pour la Vie (Jardin botanique)

The Botanical Garden alone could be considered the most beautiful patio in Montreal. A not insignificant addition, its restaurant Espace pour la Vie, completely renovated in 2013, offers a simple and healthy menu (many vegetarian options) to savour on site. But you can also bring your own breakfast and enjoy the terrace. The surroundings are welcoming and relaxed, and the view is beautiful. The menu changes often, inspired by seasonal, local and often organic products. Wines, beers and sangria are also available. The restaurant is closed during the winter season. photo Jardin Botanique (Michel Tremblay)
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