15 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!

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  1. Phone: +1 (514) 398-0111

    Address: 328 Rue Beaubien Est, Montréal

    The French owner named his bar as a tribute to his late grandmother (some postcards he sent her as a kid are pinned in the bathroom). You - almost - feel like you’re in a North of France estaminet: vintage design, check patterned napkins in their wooden rings, generous charcuterie and cheese boards, flowered plates… But make no mistake: you are in a key place of hipster. People gather here to have a drink and a few snacks, or to take a full dish with one or two heavier bottles. Meat is well present on the menu (the owner also opened a butcher’s shop). Wine list on a chalkboard. You can choose...

  2. Phone: +1 (514) 903-1631

    Address: 1431 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal

    Cadet, in the Quartier des Spectacles, is not as fancy as his next-door big brother Bouillon Bilk, with a more casual and affordable offer, but is in the same vein. You order a series of small plates to share, that you enjoy in a minimalist and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant has 70 seats, plus 20 along the counter, but still has an intimate setting. The food is precise and refined, like Bouillon Bilk, but with some revisited dishes and culinary influences from all over the world. Numerous wine bottles line up behind the counter, attracting the eye as soon as you walk in. The wine list...

  3. Phone: +1 (514) 521-4051

    Address: 4051 Rue Molson local 120, Montréal

    Chef Marc-André Jetté opened this chic wine bar at the beginning of 2023 in the Shop Angus, a few meters away from his fine dining Hoogan et Beaufort. The chef is in the restaurant’s kitchen most of the time, so his partner and wife Mila Rishkova takes care of Annette. The menu bears Jetté’s signature - very local and seasonal -, but in a snacking style and with dishes to share. This place, one of the few in the neighborhood where you can have a drink, attracts young professionals coming from the surrounding offices and is quickly full when happy hour time comes. You can sit at the bar and wat...

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Address: 1290 Rue Beaubien Est, Montréal

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    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.