10 Best Winter Restaurants in Montreal
Here are some recommendations for the coziest, snuggly-est places to warm your belly this winter. We’re talking soups. We’re talking steamy-hot roasts. We’re talking rum that’ll make your forget you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you’re already in Griffintown, St Henri or Old Montreal all these gems are right in your neighborhood. If not, put on your thermal socks and make your way over to Montreal’s South West and the Old Port!
So here goes, our top 10 list in no particular order.
1. Stash Café.
This little Polish restaurant nestled in the Old Port will warm you up with Barszcz, sznycel wiedenski, and other things you may or may not be able to pronounce. It’s an intimate place with soft lighting and live piano music: great for romantic dates and pretty awkward if you’re there on your own. If you’re not sure what to order, try the pierogis and the polish sausage with the house red wine.
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2. Tuck Shop
The cuisine here is seasonal and market-fresh, so you can expect wholesome winter veggies on the menu at this time of year. Drop in to see what you get, or if you don’t like surprises you can check the daily menu on their twitter feed.
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3. Le Club Chasse et Peche
Apart from bagging the trophy for Cutest Website Ever, Le Club Chasse et Peche is renowned for its Surf n Turf cuisine. It made this list because of its intimate, cavern-meets-tavern ambiance. The stone walls, low ceiling and dim lighting make for dinginess, but in an old fashioned, nostalgic way. Definitely a good place to hole-up for a couple of hours during a snowstorm.
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4. Vin Papillon
If you’re lucky enough to get a seat, Vin Papillon is the coziest little nook in Little Burgundy. An offspring of Joe Beef, you can be sure the food is amazing, though it’s really known for its fine collection of wine.
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5. Restaurant L’Orignal
Another Old Montreal gem, L’Orignal embodies the Canadian Chalet aesthetic. To give you an idea: here’s even a canoe hanging above the bar! With menu items like Bison Tartar, Smoked Duck, and fresh Game Meat, you’re sure to find something delicious to warm your tummy and your heart.
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Get a taste of Manila at the new Filipino restaurant at 1964 Notre Dame. Their awesome collection of hot sauces and spicy dishes will make you break a sweat. Try the Filipino fish, the name evades us but it was delicious.
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7. Le Boucan
Because barbeque, bacon-brownie and bourbon.
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8. Buck 15 Espresso
Not technically a restaurant, but it made the cut because they do serve some pretty hearty sandwiches, toasts, and pastries alongside their coffee. Go with a friend or a book and try their winter specialty- cornbread with Appleton Jamaica Rum.
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9. Henri St Henri
Everything about this place is winter-perfect. Cozy booths, warm wooden décor, potage…they even have a seasonal desert- pumpkin and white chocolate pie! To drink, try their Bourbon tonic with peach purée, nutmeg and Indian long-pepper.
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10. Satay Brothers
This much-loved Singaporean kiosk moves indoors from the Atwater market during the winter months to woo you with their steamed pork buns all year round. Last year their vintage-style restaurant was adorable, and though they’re changing location this year we imagine it’ll only get better.
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