Old Montreal Restaurants
408 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Old Montreal
Chef Chuck Hughes' first restaurant has a supper club vibe: A dimly lit sign leads you into the dark exposed brick interiors where the scene is always packed and a bit loud (a mix of local foodies, devote Hughes fans, and tourists). The food is rich (the lobster poutine is a mainstay) with a heavy French influence. What tops off this popular restaurant is its impressive wine list.
Edit 361 Rue Saint-Paul Est, Old Montreal
The hype behind this place is legit (it's owner Chuck Hughes has gained recognition as a TV food personality, as well as chef/owner of Montreal hotspot Garde Manger), as is the seasonal menu of fresh oysters, vegetable sides, and a limited-but-stellar mix of seafood and local meats. The food is hearty and has a French influence (note: the scallops, asparagus, and bérnaise), which goes with the decor—dimly lit and cozy with exposed brick. A great spot for a date night.
Le Club Chasse et Pêche
423 Rue Saint-Claude, Old Montreal
Le Club, as its known among regulars, is one of those places that consistently churns out high marks—making it just as popular with visitors who come to Montreal for the outstanding food scene, as it is with locals who are looking for a special night out. Start with seared scallops with a lemon confit; then try catch of the day, served with smoked yukon potatoes; and finish off with a maple syrup parfait—obviously—which includes a decadent red berry sauce and dark chocolate. The sommelier will gladly help you sift through the considerable wine list. (There's also a gluten-free menu upon request.)
257 Rue Prince, Old Montreal
Housed in a former foundry, and arguably one of the chicest reservations in the city, Le Serpent’s industrial-looking dining room is outfitted with modern art installations, making for a particularly unexpected experience (exactly what you’d expect from the team behind Le Club Chasse et Pêche). In keeping with the minimalist aesthetic, the Italian-inflected menu of pasta, fresh catch, and meat-centric dishes is streamlined and unfussy—a testament to Chef Michele Mercuri’s knack for restraint.
Olive & Gourmando
351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Old Montreal
Many would argue that Olive & Gourmando offers some of the best sandwiches in Old Montreal—and we agree. The O&G grilled cheese alone has us swooning with its thick caramelized onions and gouda with house-made ketchup. The team at this charming neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot is devoted to rich dishes (think: shirred eggs and ricotta tartine), panini sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and baked treats. There are no reservations here, so come early before the rush (or if you're in it, order a coffee and scone while you wait).
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