7 favourite wine restaurants in Montreal
Want to know where you can drink local wine in Montreal? Or where to find the Old World classics? Check out this guide to the best wine restaurants in Montreal!
Phone: +1 514 270-6396
Address: 199 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
Alep is a renowned place in Montreal and has been for about 30 years, and over the years, it has become an institution. The next-door bistro Le Petit Alep shares the same kitchen and wine list – the only difference is the atmosphere, where the latter is more relaxed and without the white tablecloths. Alep offers traditional Armenian cuisine, and the dishes are made from family recipes. Food is excellent and tasty, and not expensive at all - which is a good excuse to take one more bottle!
Phone: +1 514 543-1363
Address: 1231 Avenue Lajoie, Outremont
This little restaurant in Outremont, far from the touristic areas, is a hidden gem. The ambiance is festive and the two owners, chef and sommelier, work hand in hand to create food and wine pairings. The result is delicious, and a special mention has to go to the house-made pasta and seafood. The chef may be Mexican but the influence is Mediterranean. Restaurant opens at noon on the weekends. Be sure to reserve a table in advance.
Phone: (514) 447-2717
Address: 551 Rue Saint-Martin, Montréal
Being a locavore restaurant, Candide makes it a priority to only use Quebec products. The place was also one of the first in town to offer local wines. The wine list is natural and made by sommelier Emily Campeau: there is a part on it dedicated to the province, with six of the best Quebec vineyards.
Phone: (514) 521-6789
Address: 1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal
In a city where venues open and close at an alarming rate, it's a feat to stay open 10 years, like Chez Victoire at Avenue du Mont-Royal. The restaurant has a large central table for groups and smaller tables to the side. The chef serves an elegant and creative cuisine, following the seasons. A Sunday night special is particularly good value.
Phone: (514) 845-5333
Address: 3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
This is a timeless classic. L’Express is forty-ish-year-old – an achievement for a Montreal restaurant – and a local institution. Almost nothing has changed inside over the years. The same thing for the people; clients here are mainly regular patrons. The atmosphere and design remind you of typical French bistros (grumpy service included). The menu offers classic brasserie dishes and the kitchen stays open late, which attracts a lot of artists and other night owls. A place where you can share both bottles and stories.
Phone: (514) 271-7502
Address: 1226 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
The name of is Outremont restaurant comes from the 250 ml bottle, a sign that wine is really important here. The wine list is made by Erika Hounzell, and Quebec is well represented. You will find a nice selection of bubbly and pet nat, plus some (good) orange, red and white local wines. What I like: several tasting formats are available, so you can try a small glass… or drink a whole bottle.
Phone: (514) 499-2084
Address: 900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal
This is one of the best – well, let’s say THE best – restaurant in Montreal, and a reference for Quebec gastronomy. Its chef was among the first to use mainly local products, and the cuisine is a mix of excellence and creativity. Waiters are courteous and mindful, as expected in such an elegant place. You will find quality at all levels, and of course, that comes with a price. Toqué! is a high-class gastronomic restaurant to visit on special occasions.