French tradition and eclectic international influence can be seen in many of the top restaurants in Montreal. Each combining this culinary style with local produce and exceptional creativity, these are the five best restaurants in Montreal.
Restaurant Les 400 Coups
Specializing in refined and eclectic Quebec cuisine, this sophisticated restaurant is distinguished by its chic modern interiors and for providing a dining experience that reflects the city it’s in. Since it opened in 2010, the restaurant has become known for championing local producers and ingredients from the surrounding land, with creativity in combining these flavors. The tasting menu comprises mouth-watering dishes such as lobster with mascarpone, tarragon and roe, and suckling pig with chanterelles, turnip and sweet potato. Opt for wine pairing or choose your own from the comprehensive wine menu.
Located within the Ritz-Carlton, Maison Boulud combines an elegant dining space and garden views with a menu of French fine dining plates. It’s here that chef Daniel Boulud showcases his French culinary roots along with the influence New York City has had on his cuisine. Staying in tune with the seasons, Boulud then makes the most of the region’s produce. Contemporary French dishes with international influence include sea bass with fennel coulis, figs, balsamic vinegar, grape sauce vierge, speck ham and squid, and roasted squab breast with crispy leg, corn flan, piperade pan seared foie gras and diable sauce. Two private dining rooms are available, seating six or 24 guests.
Serving cuisine described as eclectic modern French fare in a stylish minimalist space, Bouillon Bilk has established itself as one of the best French restaurants in Montreal. Here, chef and co-owner Francois Nadon and his team create a menu of exciting dishes such as veal with sea urchin, French beans, artichoke, cashews and chili, and guinea fowl with porcini, pecans, potato and foie gras, as well as sweet plates such as arlette with chocolate, caramel, sour cream and tonka bean.
At this internationally renowned restaurant, chef Normand Laprise creates a menu of farm-to-table Quebec cuisine, which is accompanied by a selection of fine wines: Toque!’s sommelier was named the Best Sommelier in Canada 2017. Tasting menus and a la carte are both on offer, incorporating dishes such as duck magret and sea urchin sabayon with stone crab. This can be followed by a dessert such as goat milk Genoise with pistachio cream. In 2017, the restaurant came in at number 66 in the Elite Collection Top 100 Restaurants.
XO Le Restaurant
The grand 1870 Banker’s Hall of Hotel Le St. James is the setting for lavish dinners, an art history themed tasting menu and fine wine. Chef Julien Robillard takes fresh seasonal ingredients to create dishes like duck tartare appetizer with shitake jam and cured foie gras or a rack of lamb with beet gnocchi and mascarpone pesto. The restaurant has a palatial dining area, lounge and two mezzanines with a number of alcoves providing diners with more privacy.