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10 of the best Montreal restaurants for design lovers

Where to satisfy your tastebuds

For those who adore great food and design, there’s nowhere more exciting to dine out in North America than Montreal. The city has a unique art and architecture scene and highly innovative cuisine. Experiencing the two together in this metropolis provides an exhilarating window into its cultural soul.

We’ve selected 10 of Montreal’s most beautifully designed restaurants. Expect a headstrong fusion of old-school sophistication and new wave chutzpah, with a twist.

Le Serpent

Le Serpent -- Montreal restaurant
Photography: James Brittain

Considered one of the coolest spots to eat in Montreal, Le Serpent is located at The Darling Foundry – an old metal workshop in Griffintown, the former industrial fringe of the city’s downtown core. Adorned with lovingly curated contemporary art by friends of the owner Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier, Le Serpent’s interior is designed by architect Annie Lebel of Montreal’s award-winning Atelier in Situ. The menu is predominantly contemporary Italian, the atmosphere friendly and the service impeccable.

257 Rue Prince, Montréal, QC H3C 2N4

Le Filet

Let Fillet restaurant in Montreal
Photography: James Brittain

Le Filet is another foodie gem designed by architect Annie Lebel in collaboration with restaurateurs Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier. The Montreal restaurant’s dining room is dark and moody with bronze and aluminium striped walls and artwork curated around the theme of the sea. Considered by many to be the place to eat in Montreal, it has an exquisite menu mainly comprising seafood. If oysters are your thing, don’t miss them served with jalapeño and maple crisp.

219, ave. Mont-Royal Ouest, Montréal, QC H2T 2T2

Milos

Milos restaurant in Montreal
Photography: Adrien Williams

It’s hard to write about great design and food in Montreal without including Milos, a Greek restaurant beloved since it first opened back in 1979. Its current serene interior – with linen drapery and a long white bar – is designed by architect Alain Carle. The restaurant group prides itself on serving only the very freshest ingredients, with fabulous fish caught locally and imported directly from Greece. Carle has also lent his touch to Milos branches in London and New York.

5357 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9

Monarque

Le Monarque restaurant in Montreal. Photography: James Brittain
Photography: James Brittain

This highly anticipated new French restaurant from Richard Bastien – owner of the adored Montreal classic Leméac – has already established itself as a Montreal dining landmark. Located in a former hotel in the old port, Monarque is also designed by architect Alain Carle. It has two main sections – a relaxed brasserie at the front and a more formal 80-seat dining room at the back. The brasserie serves food all day, while the upscale restaurant offers weekday lunches and dinners from Tuesday to Saturday. Gourmand et inspiré was promised – it certainly lives up to the billing.

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal QC H2Y 1S1

The SSENSE café

Ssense Cafe in Montreal
Courtesy of Ssense

Ssense café opened in early May in the heart of the grey-stoned streets of Old Montreal, around the city’s port. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the café is on the fifth floor of the fashion retailer’s new flagship store. The interior is an essay in restrained contemporary concrete and bathed in natural light. Food is an eclectic mix by the celebrated Montreal restaurateurs Kabir Kapoor and Jason Morris. The space is vintage Chipperfield and already a place of design pilgrimage.

418 Rue Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V5

Liverpool House

Liverpool Houser restaurant Montreal
Courtesy of Joe Beef / Liverpool House

Being the go-to choice for senior world leaders isn’t necessarily the best advert for a restaurant, but when it’s President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau things are a little different. Liverpool House – the sister restaurant to the perhaps better known Joe Beef – has lately been voted in the top 10 best places to eat worldwide. The eatery’s exceptional menu is curated by chef Ariel Schor with a changing list of tasty dishes with a middle-eastern hue. The cosy interior of the Montreal restaurant, located in trendy Griffintown, is designed by Canadian artist Peter Hoffer and bedecked with unusual pieces.

2501 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6

Elena

 

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The chic sophisticated interior at Elena – a new Italian brasserie in the St Henri district – is designed by Kyle Adam Goforth of Montreal’s Sid Lee Architecture. Much thought has gone into the details, from the flooring laid in different directions to the petrol blue colour carried from the velvet dining chairs to the tops of the eclectic bar stools. The menu is simple but delicious, offering home-made pizzas and pasta.

5090 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H4C 1T1

Perles et Paddock

Perles et Paddock
Photography: Atelier Welldone

Perles et Paddock is a former car garage that’s been transformed into a graceful eatery in the Griffintown district by architect Maurice Martel and Studio FX Design. Frequented by young families and hipsters alike, the Montreal restaurant does a wonderful Sunday brunch with sumptuous traditional dishes given unexpected twists. The interior has a large central marble bar, white stools, a tall tree and wooden tables all top-lit by a spectacular apex roof-light. See more on its adaptive reuse.

403 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal, QC H3J 1X7

Crew Collective Café

Crew Collective Café - Montreal restaurants for design lovers
Photography: Adrien Williams

Architect Henri Cleinge’s thoughtful reworking of the sumptuous 1920s banking hall at the former Royal Bank of Canada headquarters is considered one of Montreal’s most beautiful interiors. It includes the Crew Collective & Café – a truly great place to sit and take in this magnificent building. The idea behind the café is to present visitors to Montreal with a taste of the best of the city, and it serves dishes from a variety of other gourmet suppliers as well as its own prix-fix menu.

360 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1P5

Île Flottante

 Île Flottante Montreal restaurant
Photography: Aleksandra Bjelica. Courtesy Île Flottante

The cool interior in deep blue by Alain Carle at Île Flottante befits its spot in Mile End, one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. There is nothing extravagant in the design here, but the overall impact of the blue walls, dark tables and black metallic windows makes for a refined understated beauty. Food choices at the Montreal restaurant are based on tasting menus with an emphasis on vegetarian. The name pays homage to the World Exposition that took place in Montreal in 1967 and its ‘floating island’ location.

176 Saint Viateur West Street, QC 2L3

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