14 great wine bars and restaurants in Montreal 2024
Star Wine List's Montreal ambassador Marie Pâris has put together the insider's wine guide to Montreal/Quebec. These are the wine spots not to be missed!
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. Be sure to reserve a table in advance.
Phone: (514) 750-6577
Address: 4869 Avenue du Parc, Montréal
This is the typical nice and unpretentious bar where you go with your friends. Buvette chez Simone is very young and hipster, as is the Mile-End, the neighbourhood where it is set. Design is vintage, with high diner chairs and small wooden bistro tables. Hungry? If so, you can order homemade charcuteries or cheese plates, as well as small dishes with fish or meat. Simple as can be. It is the perfect place to end a night out, with the long central bar and common tables that add a festive touch. Friendly service.
Phone: (514) 845-1595
Address: 1595 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal
Located a stones throw from the Quartier des Spectacles, this elegant restaurant has a well made degustation menu, high-end service, a modern and refined design - it is a sure bet. Good beverage pairings are proposed with the multiple course menus.
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.
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.
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) 379-4550
Address: 150 Rue Saint-Zotique Est, Montréal
Mon Lapin was opened by former Joe Beef (an unmissable Montreal place) staffers Vanya Filipovic and Marc-Olivier Frappier, sommelier and chef respectively. Mon Lapin is based in the hip Petite-Italie neighbourhood and serves a small menu with locally sourced produce. The wine list is both natural and mature - the bottles are not there to follow any fashion but for their quality. The list has a quick turn around and features many references from Dame Jeanne, the import firm owned by Mon Lapin's sommelier.
Phone: (514) 288-7779
Address: 3424 Avenue du Parc, Montréal
This chic and elegant wine bar is owned by Catherine Bélanger, also co-owner of Estrie vineyard Pinard & Filles. Pullman is built on three stories, each one with its own atmosphere. The menu offers tapas-style dishes to share and match with a bottle or two. Pullman’s geographic situation, on the way to the downtown area, makes it the perfect bar for an after-work drink or before a show. By the way, don’t forget to take a look at the huge glass chandelier made of wine glasses that hangs at the entrance!
Phone: (514) 303-3822
Address: 1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal
Rouge-Gorge is usually crowded and a bit noisy, but always joyful. In the summertime, the large windows are often open, which makes you feel as if you were seated outside. The food menu is short but tasty, with mostly tapas-style plates and cheese or charcuterie assortments to go with the wines. The best place to be seated is by the bar where you can chat with the sommeliers.
Phone: (514) 312-7085
Address: 340 Rue De La Gauchetière Ouest 2e étage, Montréal
The h3 and it's hotel home, Humaniti, is part of the same group as Le Coureur des Bois, the owner of an awarded wine list. Hugo Duchesne oversees both establishments. The h3, opened in 2021, confirms the ambition to have the best wine list in Montreal. In the kitchen, it's the partner and executive chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère who wants to focus on local terroir. Even though the restaurant has recently opened, many bottles have been supplied by Le Coureur des Bois which gives the young list its depth. Grand classics can be found next to more niche wines. We love the editorial focus on certain...
Phone: (514) 499-2084
Address: 900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal
This is one of the best restaurants 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.
Phone: (514) 439-6494
Address: 2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
This friendly wine bar belongs to the same owners that also run the famous restaurant Joe Beef. The room only seats 45 clients, but the nice backyard terrasse can welcome some more in the summer. The interior design is simple, with old brick walls and bistro tables. The food menu is short and written on a chalkboard, and it offers small dishes of fresh market cuisine where vegetables are starring, cooked creatively. Kitchen is open late, and with its intimate atmosphere, Vin Papillon is the perfect place for a date.
Address: 1290 Rue Beaubien Est, Montréal
This trendy newcomer sells wine from vineyards that are usually harder to find in other places. The wine list is short but dynamic, and among the numerous Austrian and German bottles you'll find some great Quebec wines, all put forward and available by the glass.