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22. Pastel

22. Pastel

Pastel was undeniably conceived as a restaurant made for the Instagram age, offering intricate and beautiful dishes that are always photo-ready. Fortunately, this Old Montreal spot from the ever-hospitable Kabir…

21. Mon Lapin

21. Mon Lapin

Mon Lapin (“my rabbit”) is a cheeky French term of affection, and the rabbit theme shows up in quirky ways in this restaurant’s artwork, figurines and always-hopping ambiance. There are…

16. Le Mousso

16. Le Mousso

The decor is spare, verging on austere. The floor is cold stone, and the walls are white. The tables—some high-tops among them—are handsome dark wood, but bare, set with grey…

15. Dreyfus

15. Dreyfus

Barely a year old, this charming 30-seater in a converted townhouse on Harbord Street has established itself as one of the city’s most coveted reservations. Zach Kolomeir’s reputation preceded him—he…

6. Toqué!

6. Toqué!

If you want to know the names of Quebec’s best suppliers of the moment, simply open the menu here and turn to the page labelled “nos producteurs.” From asparagus (La…

3. Joe Beef

3. Joe Beef

Joe Beef is on the wagon, but its personality remains oversized and intoxicating. The humble, 30-seat, back-to-basics culinary outpost that Allison Cunningham, Fred Morin and David McMillan opened on a…

2. St. Lawrence

2. St. Lawrence

Cailles en sarcophage isn’t always on the menu at Jean-Christophe Poirier’s cozy, open-kitchen tribute to classical French and traditional Québécois cuisines. And yet this voluptuously stuffed quail dish, famously featured…

47. VinVinVin

47. VinVinVin

This chic-retro natural wine bar organizes its menu by style. Order soif (thirst quenchers), joufflu (chubby) or punk. Natural-wine punk, that is, with vintages from vinous contrarian Andrea Calek, among…

31. Nacarat

31. Nacarat

This modern gem in Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel eliminates class divisions among cocktails with ABV counts for all. Zero- and lowproof drinks are not ghettoized at the bottom.…

25. Le Majestique

25. Le Majestique

Eclectic and casual, with mounted deer heads hung on wood-panelled walls and vintage swivel stools at the diner-style counter, this late-night industry hangout feels like a classic Montreal tavern, or…

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