Where to enjoy great original gastronomy

Where to enjoy great original gastronomy?

Gastronomy is a true culinary art that is explored in all its forms in Montreal. Down with stereotypes! Montreal’s gastronomy is not just about Poutine and bagels. The city is full of delicious restaurants with menus that reflect Quebec’s history, origins and local products. With its culinary diversity reflected in the plates of the city’s finest restaurants, Montreal has built its reputation in the gastronomic scene around the world. This city with culinary influences from the four corners of the globe offers food lovers a unique experience with flavours from here and elsewhere. Today we share with you several of the best restaurants in the city where you can enjoy original gastronomy with the promise of a unique and unforgettable experience. The restaurants on this list guarantee delicious moments shared with whomever you like – or love! One thing is certain: your taste buds will be awakened by the discovery of new flavours thanks to surprising and delicious combinations.

These establishments have charmed us by the delicacy of their plates, their originality, as well as their creativity. In a superb setting with expert teams who will take good care of you, you’ll be sure to have a memorable evening. These are ideal places if you’re seeking a truly unique and original address for a special occasion. They are, in our opinion, among the best restaurants in Montreal.

For more suggestions on restaurants that offer an incomparable dining experience, you can check out our list of great tasting menus to try in Montreal and our list of the best chic restaurants in Montreal. For those of you who love Quebecois cuisine, we have also compiled a list of the best Quebecois restaurants in Montreal.

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Le Mousso

In our opinion, chef Antonin Rousseau-Rivard’s restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Montreal for several reasons. Le Mousso allows you to live an unforgettable haute gastronomy experience in an original atmosphere (rap music in the background included). The decor is just like the chef’s cooking, minimalist but colourful. Many industrial materials are used and the walls are ‘simply’ decorated with magnificent works of Jean-Paul Mousseau, the chef’s grandfather. Le Mousso offers a fixed tasting menu that plays on flavours as well as textures. The plates presented are splendid and extremely well done. One comes here to be surprised and impressed by the quality and beauty of the dishes. The menu changes often, so you can rediscover the creations of the chef and his team again and again. Photos Alison Slattery

1025 Rue Ontario Est


Lovers of fine dining experiences, this is the place for you! With exceptional arrivals of carefully selected market products, Candide offers a unique menu that is renewed each season and varies according to the desire and inspiration of Chef John Winter Russell. The experience is perfected by the warm service and accessible prices of the menu, making for a unique and memorable dining experience every time. Photos Alison Slattery

551 Rue Saint-Martin
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Montréal Plaza

Montreal Plaza is a real institution in town and for good reason! It’s a place where you’ll never be disappointed by the quality of the food or the atmosphere, which is always fun. They offer a choice between a tasting menu at $80 per person or small plates to share with a drink, and in good company. On the menu: oysters, chicken liver mousse, tartares, salads, cavatelli, Brussels sprouts, whelks, yakitori, fish of the day and other delights for which one returns with pleasure. photos Dominique Lafond

6230 Rue Saint-Hubert


Located in the Old Port, Pastel is the natural evolution of the duo behind le Fantôme. We savour at this address a refined and subtle cuisine. The recipes are conceived by the entire kitchen team and vary according to the inspiration of the moment. Pastel’s cuisine offers creative and well-worked plates that put forward Quebecois and Canadian products whenever possible. Everything here is very refined and of high quality. We find Japanese influences in the dishes, but also in the vision of the respect of the products used. We love the place for its excellent, sophisticated and creative cuisine as well as for its absolutely superb space! Alison Slattery

124 Rue McGill

Photography by Alison Slattery — 


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