10 Iconic Montreal Restaurants

Check out ten iconic Montreal restaurants that are too good to miss during your next visit to Canada’s most epicurean city.

We share our picks for the best places to eat in Montreal for first-time visitors and advise what to order at each restaurant.

Chef Martin Picard’s Au Pied de Cochon is a Québécois classic and arguably the best restaurant in Montreal. Everything on the menu is worth ordering and sharing with friends.

1. Au Pied de Cochon

Schwartz’s specializes in one food and one food only – smoked meat sandwiches. When you go to Schwartz’s in the Plateau neighborhood, it’s all about smoked meat on rye bread.

2. Schwartz’s

Many Montreal restaurants serve the popular dish, but La Banquise sets the standard with its vast selection and 24/7 schedule.

3. La Banquise

Crowds flock here every day from early morning when the first diners arrive for a traditional French-style breakfast until the last dinner parties call it a night at 2:00 am.

4. L’Express

If you want to eat at one that oozes with local history and also serves great food, we recommend Beauty’s Luncheonette.

5. Beauty’s Luncheonette

Reservations are tough to get at Joe Beef, a testament to the popularity of Frédéric Morin and David McMillan’s Little Burgundy restaurant.

6. Joe Beef

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