Fathom Favorites : Montreal Restaurants

1. Fairmount Bagel Bakery

Fairmount Bagel Bakery

Twenty-four hour bakery selling one of the most delicious bagels you'll ever try. Fresh, crusty, compact, a bit sweet, and chewy. True aficionados may not like the sweetness but most don't mind. 

74 Ave. Fairmount West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M2

2. Beauty's


Family-run landmark serving brunch since 1942. Be prepared to wait at least a half hour on weekends.

93 Ave. du Mont-Royal West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S5

3. Olive et Gourmando

Olive et Gourmando

Local favorite run by Toqué's former chefs. Closed Sundays, so Saturdays are packed. Pastries, sandwiches, and salads are made fresh daily. Be sure to try the ruby-colored raspberry limonade, a perfect mix of tangy, tart, and sweet.

351 Rue Saint-Paul West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A7

4. Garde-Manger


Owned by famous Canadian chef Chuck Hughes and known for its classed-up version of the local specialty — poutine served in a cast iron pot with chunks of fresh lobster. Cozy interiors lined with chalkboard walls listing the ever-changing menu. It's on the noisy side, so this is not the place for an intimate tête-à-tête. 

408 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2S9

5. De Farine & d'Eau Fraiche

De Farine & d'Eau Fraiche

Small patisserie on a quiet residential street. Sit for a cup of tea and order delicately decorated cookies and cake that can easily pass for works of art. Attention to detail extends to the decor, from decorative molding to tables etched with pyrography.

1701 Rue Amherst
Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L4

6. Toqué


The most well-known restaurant in Montreal. Serving French haute-cuisine made from locally sourced and artisanal ingredients. Reservations and appropriately elegant attire are a must.

900 Pl. Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 2B2

7. Jardin Nelson

Jardin Nelson

Located on the main square in Vieux-Montreal, which can be very touristy, but nonetheless, a good spot for late brunch, live jazz, and great people watching.

407 Pl. Jacques-Cartier
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3B1

8. Joe Beef

Joe Beef

Classic bistro serving large portions of simple, exquisite Quebecois cuisine. The rustic decor includes a bear head over the bar and blue checkered napkins. A favorite of both locals and visitors, so reserve your table well in advance.

2491 Rue Notre Dame West
Montreal, Quebec H3J 1N6

9. Le Cartet

Le Cartet

Fine-food boutique, coffee bar, and restaurant. The menu has something for everyone, and $15 brunch selections are a deal considering the quality and quantity of food served. There may be a long wait for a table, but it's worth it.

106 Rue McGill 
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E5

10. Schwartz’s Deli

Schwartz’s Deli

Home to Montreal's famed smoked meat sandwich: rye bread with a smudge of mustard and a steaming heap of specialty brisket prepared on-site daily. One serving is half a sandwich, so order extra if you’re starving and make sure to get a can of black cherry soda to wash it all down.

3895 Blvd. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1X9