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5 Must-Book Restaurants in Montreal This Spring

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by Tim Forster
Updated March 22, 2022

After a third lockdown this winter, Montreal’s restaurant scene is back with a vengeance. As you emerge from hibernation, be sure to book a table at one of these hot new spots, including a casual Portuguese grill, a smooth speakeasy, and one newcomer with an all-lobster menu.

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4.7
4.7 (423)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Westmount

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About the restaurant

This neighborly newcomer in Westmount, which opened in December, bills itself as an Italian chophouse, meaning its trio of hearty red meat dishes—filet mignon with red wine sauce, a rib-eye, and milk-fed veal with aged balsamic—are go-to menu items. But there’s a little something for everyone, with a short-but-sweet selection of simple, creative pasta and pizza options, and grilled seafood too. Expect a focus on primo ingredients in an understated yet swanky atmosphere, making this a formidable date night contender.


Top review
Parisa
Dined 2 days ago
Great place! The food and vibe was outstanding and amazing service! Highly recommend
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4.5
4.5 (621)
CAN$30 and under
Seafood
Old Montreal

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About the restaurant

Those in need of a meal loaded with lobster should look no further than this seafood bar, which opened in August. It’s styled as a modern take on the classic lobster shack from the Canadian Maritimes, and the décor, with a subtle nautical theme and plenty of wood accents, strikes this chord perfectly. On the menu, there are all things crustacean, including a lobster guédille (an East Coast lobster roll), a snow crab club sandwich, and a lobster tail risotto. Those who prefer their seafood sans shell can opt for fish and chips or tuna tartare, among other options.


Top review
IvaR
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic food and atmosphere. Perfect celebration or date place.
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4.7
4.7 (347)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Old Montreal

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About the restaurant

This sleek new arrival, which opened in November, comes from some of the key players behind former Montreal supper club Buonanotte, and naturally, it’s a very Italian affair. Chef Jonathan Agnello, known for delectable pork sandwiches at the casual Porchetta, has crafted a menu full of hand-made pasta dishes with a focus on varieties such as corzetti—small doughy circles, stamped with floral patterns—and capunti, noodles resembling empty pea pods. The setting—a tony heritage building—and a list of exclusive imported wines seal the deal. Note: Stellina shouldn’t be confused with La Stellina, a café on Beaubien Street.


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Enricovip
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic service fron the time you walk in. Extensive wine list. Food is fabulous and mouth watering. Great ingredients. A modern and sophisticated take on italian cuisine. A must try.
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4.2
4.2 (54)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Caribbean
Griffintown/St-Henri

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About the restaurant

After appearing on Top Chef Canada in 2021, creative Montreal chef Jae-Anthony Dougan is back in business with this upbeat spot in the city’s southwest, which opened last spring. He’s mixing Caribbean and Afro-Latin cuisines, so expect newfangled versions of classics such as Jamaican-style oxtail and Haitian griot, plus some of Dougan’s famous culinary innovations, like jerk poutine. With a bouncy soundtrack, it’s the kind of place you’ll want to arrive early and stay late—and creative cocktails (such as a spicy rum-apple concoction) will fuel you to do just that.


Top review
Kiran05
Dined on Mar 19, 2022
It’s Saturday night; two of my friends are in town from Toronto. I wanted a fun and vibrant place, and Tropikal popped in my head. I love this place. Thankfully, we made reservations in advance, because this place was hopping. The service was excellent, our waitress was very attentive. We started with our cocktails, and I asked for a Remy cocktail which has coffee as a part of the ingredients. It was a long day, and that shot of caffeine was really appreciated and the drink was an absolute marvel. Then my boyfriend and I shared the appetizer of plantains with aioli sauce. It was really “wow “, then for our main dish we had the goat curry with beans and rice and a piece of roti. It was delicious; I wish the spice level was slightly elevated. The experience of this place is always a joy, and I am really glad my friends had a great time.
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