10 of the best rooftop restaurants and bars in Montreal to visit this summer

Settle under the sun and greenery and enjoy a good meal or a nice cocktail at Belvu. Credit: Belvu
A bright terrace with hanging plants at one of the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal.

While Montreal is a stunning and vibrant city in winter, it’s also a dynamic and delightful place to enjoy in summer. From the bustling downtown area to the European charm of Old Montreal, there are stunning views to sink into from the best rooftop restaurants and bars in Montreal. And you can experience it all while tucking into stellar plates and creative cocktails at these exceptional dining destinations across the city. 

Dig into comforting cuisine and Californian recipes, or scope out your next great cocktail hour at sunset. Gather your friends around for top-notch food and wine pairings, and try flavours from around the world while dining with breathtaking views of the city at the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal. Sun, food and wine lovers, get ready to dine near the clouds.

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For one of the best restaurants with a view in Montreal – reserve at Perché in Old Montreal

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Experience the charm of Old Montreal from above at Perché. Credit: Perché
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Enjoy plantain banana chips and refreshing Aperlo spritz at Perché. Credit: Perché
Two hands holding different-colored cocktail glasses under a sunny sky at Perché, one of the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal.
Celebrate summer with delicious cocktails at Perché – Montreal. Credit: Perché

Grab a seat with a view of the beautiful place Jacques-Cartier at this urban oasis in the heart of Old Montreal. Strategically located on the 4th floor Hotel William Grayton, this restaurant with chic and verdant decor lives up to its name: Perché. With its healthy Californian-style cuisine, the menu offers a wide variety of dishes ranging from the refreshing beetroot tartare with roasted garlic cream to the exotic pulled beef bao buns with seasoned kalbi sauce. Take the time to savour Le Perché’s signature Perch burger with juicy beef, smoked onion jam, bacon, and melted brie, and finish your meal with the tarte mojito made with white chocolate, mint jelly, and embellished with a rum biscuit. If you’re a fan of late morning sunshine, settle under the palm leaves for a delicious cinnamon French toast with orange-infused mascarpone under a wild berry coulis. Perché is only open in the summer, so book your spot right now to secure your visit.

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For a vibrant terrace with music and great vibes – take a seat at Terrasse Nelligan in Downtown

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Enjoy a sunny terrace in the heart of Montreal at Terrasse Nelligan – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Nelligan
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Tuck into charcuterie and cheese with homemade marmalade at Terrasse Nelligan – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Nelligan
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Settle in the sun for brunch or dinner at Terrasse Nelligan – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Nelligan

Old Montreal is undeniably a splendid place to enjoy a beautiful terrace lunch in the summer, which is part of why Terrasse Nelligan has been going strong for over twenty years. With an elegantly simple decor, enhanced by renovation, this hotspot’s menu, open only during the summer period, is perfect for an evening with friends after a warm afternoon. Inspired by contemporary cuisine, the menu offers diverse starters, such as the seafood tower with oysters, lobster, shrimp, and ceviche accompanied by kalamansi mignonette, or the beef tartare with chives and spicy kimchi furikake. Alternatively, try colourful salads with crispy kale and bacon, or seasonal grills like the signature Nelligan burger Wagyu beef patty and brie topped with sour cherry marmalade. If you’re a brunch enthusiast, you’re in the right place: from late morning, you can enjoy the Quebec salmon tower, served with bagels, of smoked salmon, salmon caviar, eggs, and whipped feta cheese with jalapeños. Add on a refreshing mango flavoured cocktail and your weekend plans are sorted.

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For one of Montreal’s best rooftop restaurants for groups – head to Terrasse Place d’Armes in Old Montreal

Hands holding a bacon burger from Terrasse Place d’Armes, one of the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal.
Indulge in a flavourful burger under the sun at Terrasse Place d’Armes – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Place d’Armes
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A small feast of cheeses and fruits to savour against a sunset backdrop at Terrasse Place d’Armes – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Place d’Armes
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Enjoy the warmth of summer at Terrasse Place d’Armes – Montreal. Credit: Terrasse Place d’Armes

If you’re looking for a touch of Europe in the heart of Montreal, then Terrasse Place d’Armes will be the perfect place to welcome you this summer. Nestled on the eighth floor of the Hotel Place d’Armes, this terrace, open for the summer season, offers refreshing cocktails like the L’Horizon Doré, inspired by the summer lights, with shades of Aperol mixed with Smirnoff and lemon-infused orgeat syrup. Pair it with summer plates like a tasty citrus-marinated salmon with creamy crab potato salad and sweet and savoury salads. To enjoy the summer sun in large committee, Terrasse Place d’Armes offers a specially designed menu for groups of ten to sixteen people. Start with a salmon tartare appetizer and continue with juicy beef hanger steak and butternut squash puree, or the scrumptious scallop risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach. Finally, finish things off with a round of the chef’s choice dessert. Open every day of the summer, this terrace is undoubtedly one of the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal.

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For one of the best rooftop bars in Montreal for imaginative cocktails – try Nacarat in Downtown

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After a beautiful summer day, relax on Nacarat’s spacious terrace. Credit: Nacarat
A plate with a piece of seasoned cauliflower resting on a green sauce at Nacarat, one of Montreal's best rooftop restaurants.
Savour subtly seasoned and decorated cauliflower at Nacarat. Credit: Nacarat
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Observe the beauty of Montreal in the evening over a good cocktail at Nacarat. Credit: Nacarat

Spontaneity and improvisation are the name of the game at Nacarat. A sophisticated bar in downtown Montreal, this place unleashes the imagination of its mixologists to create cocktails that are both traditional and innovative. Come and end a beautiful summer day on its superb rooftop terrace with a glass of Tadoussac, a cocktail of vodka, whisky, and fernet-branca with apple, lemon, and brown sugar. Enjoy a view overlooking Place Ville-Marie while indulging in gourmet BBQ cuisine accompanied by upbeat music. On the menu: grilled lamb chops with spiced rum decorated with honey-glazed, prickly-ash pepper and accompanied by hummus. Alternatively, try absinthe-grilled octopus flavoured by camelina oil and saffron, or tasty arancini forestier with squash. Add on simple classics like fresh grilled focaccia with the butter of the day and you’ll find that everything is designed to enhance your evening under the sunset.

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For an off-piste culinary experience – head to Terrasse Belvu in Montreal

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Savour a cocktail while enjoying a delightful city view at Terrasse Belvu. Credit: Terrasse Belvu
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Relax over a seasonal meal and a good glass of wine at Terrasse Belvu. Credit: Terrasse Belvu
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Soak up the sunlight with a breathtaking view of Montreal at Terrasse Belvu. Credit: Terrasse Belvu

From Thursday to Sunday, at the heart of the Marriott Château Champlain in Montreal, Terrasse Belvu opens its doors in the late afternoon for tasty meals on a superb high terrace. Combining the city’s liveliness with the warmth of alpine chalets, Belvu is the perfect place to discover a delicious grilled cheese du Mont-Tremblant with its brioche bread and its Contomme cheese topped with ham under the last rays of sunlight. Whether you try the tartiflette du Mont Blanc with Kénogami cheese, the seasoned kebab du Mont Uludag with flavoured chicken, or a sweet touch with the maple and chocolate churros, this gem with cozy fireplaces and terrace heaters offers a lovely experience worthy of après-ski in the Alps. Relax, as if you are on a holiday in the mountains, with chef Kevin Mougin’s menu inspired by culinary classics from ski resorts, and let yourself slide cozily off-piste.

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For one of the best rooftops in Montreal for a brunch with a view – reserve your spot at Marcus in Downtown

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Enjoy the invigorating summer air with a good glass of wine at Marcus. Credit: Marcus
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A multitude of sweet and savoury flavours to enjoy for breakfast or brunch at Marcus. Credit: Marcus
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Tuck into signature French toasts for a memorable brunch at Marcus. Credit: Marcus

With a menu that reinvents the traditional cooking usually found at brasseries, chef Marcus Samuelsson welcomes outdoor dining enthusiasts from breakfast to dinner throughout the week as well as for a delightful weekend brunch. Located on the third floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, Marcus’s spacious terrace is a prime spot to start the day with dishes like eggs benedict served with red wine-glazed ham and homemade hollandaise sauce or dainty pancakes with lemon mascarpone with blueberry confit. Treat yourself to a midday break in the sun, whether with friends or colleagues, and explore the menu offering a variety of dishes from Morue Charbonnière du Canada with sesame and edamame to filet mignon with Maître d’Hôtel butter, and also the comforting fried chicken burger with sweet potatoes. It is a good opportunity to sip on a cocktail between savoury bites, like the Ocarina, a blend of patron silver, agave syrup, and citrus with volcanic salt.

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For one of the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal for special occasions – head to Terrasse William Gray in Old Montreal

An elevated view of a terrace with tables in heated bubbles at Terrasse William Gray, one of Montreal's best rooftop restaurants.
Share a beautiful moment while enjoying the beauty of the St. Lawrence River in the heated bubble at Terrasse William Gray. Credit: Terrasse William Gray
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Delight in a delicious burger, both in summer and winter, at Terrasse William Gray. Credit: Terrasse William Gray
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Refreshing cocktails for all tastes at Terrasse William Gray. Credit: Terrasse William Gray

Terraces in Montreal aren’t just for summer; they’re also an opportunity to gaze at the winter starry sky. Terrasse William Gray offers this experience with real finesse. Located in the heated dome on the roof of the William Gray Hotel, this chic terrace offers menus for three-course brunches and five-course dinners. With a breathtaking view of Place Jacques-Cartier, the Saint Lawrence River, and Montreal’s sparkling Grande Roue, indulge in a pan-fried Brome Lake duck breast with smoked salt and roasted shallots accompanied by a balsamic cherry sauce. Save room for a sweet touch with the chocolate raspberry brownie, mousse, sugary coulis, and three types of chocolate shards. In the early afternoon, after a beautiful winter walk or a summer stroll, enjoy buttermilk chicken waffles with maple bourbon sauce. Pair it with a fun cocktail like the Manhattan praliné, a delightful blend of whiskey and sweet vermouth enhanced with bitters and sweet praline cream.

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For one of the most Instagrammable rooftops in Montreal – make a detour to Muze Lounge & Terrasse in Downtown

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Exotic decor and summer colors at Muze Lounge & Terrace. Credit: Muze Lounge & Terrasse
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Enjoy an exotic meal close to the clouds at Muze Lounge & Terrace. Credit: Muze Lounge & Terrasse
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Fall under the colorful charm of one of Montreal’s best rooftop restaurants: Muze Lounge & Terrasse. Credit: Muze Lounge & Terrasse

Nestled on the 5th floor of the Honeyrose Hotel in the heart of downtown Montreal, Muze Lounge and Terrasse is a covered terrace offering a view of the ever-vibrant Quartier des Spectacles. With a decor reminiscent of exotic places, Muze offers a menu of dinners from Wednesday to Sunday inspired by recipes of the land and sea. Embark on a journey with the Angus beef tataki made with candied orange and wakame seaweed. Gather with friends around a Quebec cheese platter featuring brie, Louis D’or, Le Douanier, and 14 Arpents, or dive into a seafood adventure with an oyster platter. The colourful journey continues through Muze’s drink menu, offering a diverse selection of wines, aperitifs, cocktails, and beer. Special mention to the tipsy flamingo, blending the flavours of gin and Campari with pink lemonade, to be savoured with its Angus beef short ribs.

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In both summer and winter, Montreal is a generous city for food lovers and flavor adventurers who enjoy outdoor dining and breathtaking landscapes and scenery. Whether it’s for imaginative cocktails, grilled dishes from land and sea, exotic touches, refreshing meals or spicy flavours, midday lunch, brunches or dinner, or simply for the magnificent views, this Quebec metropolis is teeming with terraces in stunning rooftop restaurants. There’s no need to stay indoors on a warm sunny day when so many delights and freshness await discovery in vast spaces above the city. So, go dine near the clouds at the best rooftop restaurants in Montreal.

 

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