Montreal Cafes & Bistros
Light lunches or trendy foodie fare is often on the menu at Montreal, Quebec area cafes and bistros. Enjoy a snack or a main meal in a restaurant replete with charm and charisma. The Montreal cafes and bistros listed below feature descriptions and maps to help you decide where to go. Have you tried a restaurant here? Then have your say and write a review.
A premiere, intimate venue for music and art, this licensed Plateau district establishment also serves as a cozy bistro and cafe, serving coffee, sweet treats, breakfast, light lunch and late-night snacks. Local, regional and national music acts are showcased.
With a day, night and cocktail menu available, Kafein Cafe Bar has lots to choose from. Fresh produce, organic meats and quality drink ingredients are used to make all menu items. Wi-fi is available, as well as access to the Concordia University network is available.
Located in the main lobby of the Montreal Science Center in the East Pavilion, this casual bistro and eatery features a menu of light offerings, including salads, sandwiches, desserts, ice cream treats and beverages. The seasonal bistro also features an expansive terrace, offering views of Old Montreal and the port.
This small bistro offers a quaint dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cosy in and enjoy crepes, eggs Benedict, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and more. Their patio is open during the summer and is a popular place for people watching.
Located in Westmount, delicious gourmet sandwiches are the specialty on this menu. Pizzas, sandwiches and yummy desserts can also be found.
Nestled in the heart of Outremont, this Parisian-inspired cafe and bistro features a menu of innovative dishes for coffee breaks, brunch, lunch and dinner. Fair-trade coffees, espresso and an open-air seasonal terrace are added highlights.
The W Cafe is the perfect place to pick up a coffee and light breakfast every Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 11am and Saturday and Sunday from 7am to noon. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail at W Bartini, an intimate lounge.
Home and office catering is the specialty of this company, which features an extensive menu of gourmet sandwiches, salads, cheese platters and coffee break snacks to please any appetite. Complete cafe and lunch services are available at their Avenue du Parc location, which also features vegan-friendly choices and a seasonal terrace.
Casual lunch and fine dining offerings are available from this establishment, which also features event hosting services to accommodate parties of 125. Complete bar service and an impressive selection of imported wines are also offered.
Cafe Falco is a relaxed Japanese style cafe. The chalkboard menu features both Japanese and French options. Everything from rice bowls to pastries are featured on this menu.
Daily lunch and dinner table d'hote menus, a-la-carte offerings and weekend brunches are offered at this casual bistro, which also features complete cafe services, breakfast selections, desserts and extensive wine and cocktail choices.
La Casa del Popolo is not only a fair trade cafe offering light snacks. It is also a bar, a live music venue and a gallery. Each month, the cafe hosts a cabaret drag show called Meow Mix, which features a variety of music (except house), for the cafe's lesbian patrons.
As the name suggests, Roaster's features a variety of roast and barbequed meats. Fresh salads, sandwiches and barbequed chicken are a few of the favourites here. Huge screens make it a good place to catch the game too.
Café Cherrier offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that presents an array of classic Quebecois dishes. Enjoy espresso-based drinks on the terrace and people watch or duck inside on cooler days for croques-monsieur, smoked-salmon crepe or eggs Benedict.
This unique cafe and boutique features sales of hand-crafted, upscale chocolates, gelato, waffles, specialty coffees and over 80 flavors of chocolate bars. After-hour event hosting services and corporate gift solutions are also available.
This traditional bring-your-own-wine bistro is situated in the Pointe St-Charles area of Montreal and offers diners a combination of French and Italian cuisine in a casual environment. Customers can choose from escargots, a boccocini salads, pastas, spicy Italian sausage dishes and more, and can dine inside surrounded by works of art or outside on the bistro's terrace.
Situated in Montreal's Latin Quarter, Cafe Nouveau Monde is located within the Theatre du Nouveau Monde -- perfect for those wanting to go out for dinner and a show. The upscale menu features entrees such as fried citrus salmon concasse and duck ravioli.
Best known for its on-site coffee roasting, this quaint neighborhood cafe also features a menu of home-made soups, light lunch fare and innovative dinner selections. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday.
Casual, bistro-style French cuisine, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is the hallmark of this Plateau cafe and eatery. Fixed-rate table d'hote selections, a-la-carte offerings and specialty beverages are available.
This little cafe has a couple of locations in Montreal on Rue Laurier and Rue St-Denis. It has free wireless internet available and provides sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and coffees.
Classic french cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner is served up at this Ahunstic bistro, which offers traditional decor, complete cafe services and fine-dining experiences.
Premiere Moisson offers traditional baked and delicatessen goods as well as meats, pates, chocolates and desserts. It has several locations across the Montreal with an area for eating-in in a cafe-bistro style.
La Prep is the place to go if you are looking for a quick healthy lunch. The menu features made to order fresh sandwiches, numerous different types of salads as well as daily soup specials.
This little bistro serves a menu of delectable French cuisine with menu items such as homemade raviolis with wild mushroom fricassee and grilled shrimp with oriental emulsion on avocado salsa. The bistro, which is popular with both an after-work as well as a pre-clubbing crowd, also boasts and extensive wine list.
In addition to offering comprehensive cafe services, this casual eatery also features a menu of eclectic breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. Table d'hote choices are offered daily and on weekends, brunch is available. Live music acts take the stage Wednesday through Saturday evening.
Bright and contemporary, Otago offers an inviting environment for enjoying gourmet, made-to-order dishes. From simple mixed greens to green bean and basil red curry, healthy and internationally inspired dishes are the order of the day here.
Located in the Mile End district, this quaint coffee house offers an array of fresh-brewed beverages, including espresso and lattes. Fresh-baked goods and light-fare lunch selections such as sandwiches and wraps, are available.
Rockaberry on St-Denis in Montreal offers customers a wide array of home-made pies made with only the finest ingredients.
Located in the Outremont area, this casual eatery features a full-service cafe and offers innovative eats for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. An expansive open-air patio and private event hosting solutions are also provided.
Located in the community of Outremont, this specialty shop features sales of Quebec-made cheeses and features a menu of light-fare grilled sandwiches and specialty coffees. Regional favorites, including special blend cheese curds, are also served.
SoupeSoup uses choice, fresh ingredients to create a selection of gourmet soups and sandwiches. The menu changes everyday to reflect what's in season. Try such flavours as gazpacho, carrot pear, potato cauliflower, and many more.
Cafe Depot offers a wide range of hot and cold beverages, as well as baked goods, sandwiches, salads, soups and gelato.
Coffee, lattes, tea, fresh fruit smoothies and light-lunch selections, including paninis and salads, are available at this cafe and bistro. The establishment also plays host to ongoing chess tournaments and rotating art exhibitions.
Chop crazy offers fresh food fast specializing in salads, wraps and soups. Choose the chef's creations or create-your-own by choosing lettuce or protein, vegetables and various condiments. Catering is also available.
Offering panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port piers, this bistro, located in the Bonsecours pavilion, offers casual dining opportunities and features a menu of lighter fare, including sandwiches, salads, soups and an array of beverage selections.
This cafe offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, wraps and salads as well as eggs and bagels. It also has a daily lunch special including soup and a main course.
Vienna Cafe is located in Windsor Station. The Menu offers light and tasty meals made on site daily.
Enjoy a piping hot espresso in this quaint little cafe on Mont-Royal. Along with a full service coffee bar, Cafe Plume also offers a small menu with pastries and made on site sandwiches.
A Bernard avenue standard since the mid-1990s, this neighborhood cafe is known for their bistro-style atmosphere, innovative breakfast choices, lunch fare and specialty coffee options.
Taverne Square Dominion is a quaint little bistro on the Golden Square Mile. Delicious french choices fill the menu.
Delectable cheesecakes, all made on-site, are available at this eatery, which also features a full menu of lunch and dinner offerings, including gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps and pizzas. Custom cake orders are also welcomed.
Couche-Tard is located above Metro Berri Uqam. Convenience items, sandwiches and breakfast items are available.
With a French-inspired menu and a 1970s Parisian-inspired decor, Rosalie is housed in a building originally built in the mid-19th century. Visitors enjoy their meals on the terrace in the summer and pack the dance floor on weekends. Music is a mix of classic rock, Top 40 and R&B.
A vibrant decor creates a contemporary and fresh atmosphere at Le Valois. The menu is French with offerings that include filet mignon, French onion soup, escargot and mushroom fricassee, as well as sandwiches, tartines and quiches. Their patio is popular in the summer.
Le Steak Frites St Paul operates several locations around Greater Montreal, all of which offer rustic bistro atmospheres, bring-your-own-wine policies and menus of classic French bistro menus of steak frites, filet mignon, duck confit, lamb chops and seafood. Other French favourites include onion soup, escargot and profiteroles for dessert.
Gourmet sandwiches are the specialty of this casual lunch eatery, which offers an extensive menu of signature choices as well as salads and individual-sized pizzas.
Open daily for dinner, Gibby's offers old world elegance within a 200-year-old building in Old Montreal. Exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings add to the charm and set the scene for a sumptuous menu of seafood, broiled steaks and an extensive wine list.
Salle a Manger presents an exciting and edgy menu to those in Mont-Royal East's neighbourhood. A microbrasserie style restaurant, the menu changes regularly to include charcuterie such as venison carpaccio and foie gras torchon.
Live music, art exhibitions, weekend brunches and comprehensive cafe and bar services are hallmarks of this downtown bistro, which features menus of comfort foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This low-key eatery by day is a lounge and dance club by night that features live DJs and a see-and-be-seen bar. The lunch menu offers a rotating selection of soups and other light fare. When the sun goes down fancy beers and late-night snack are served.
Les Enfants Terribles features a French menu with seasonal specials. Highlights include salmon tartar and mac and cheese. The ambiance is upscale and trendy.
Located in the Old Montreal and Old Port district, this European-inspired patisserie and bistro specializes in customized take-away lunch boxes. Gourmet sandwiches and wraps, salads, soups and assorted pastries are available. An array of gourmet cooking spices, sauces and unique gifts are also featured.
A Westmount standard since 1920, this neighborhood favorite is popular for its casual diner atmosphere, hearty brunches, stacked deli sandwiches and full-service cafe. Homemade soups and desserts are added highlights.
Located in Old Montreal, this inspired and quirky eatery serves light fare like sandwiches, fresh baked bread, pastries and coffee. They also produce their own line of homemade jams, granola, flavoured nuts and sourdough bread.
Griffentown Cafe is located in the historic neighborhood of Griffintown in Montreal. A unique ambiance with fresh home-made type meals are offered.
Montreal diners in the mood for a steak can book a table at Le Boeuf Gourmand. The traditional French bistro opened in 2005 and has made a name for itself based on its simple steak and fries, which comes with a signature house sauce. Customers can also choose from a variety of other meat and seafood dishes, accompanied by an extensive wine list. Reservations requested, closed Mondays.
Duck into Tuck Shop and tuck in. Eat what is seasonal and packed with freshness on a menu that changes regularly. Expect contemporary and sumptuous eats that are devoid of pretension or too much fanciness.
This restaurant is a modern bistro with crisp white decor accents. The menu is fresh, with ingredients that are regional and seasonal. The twist is that patrons can pick and choose from a selection of meats, sauces and vegetables to create dishes that are uniquely theirs.
Located in China town, Patisserie Harmonie is a Chinese bakery offering a selection of freshly baked buns, goodies, cakes and snacks.
Specializing in breakfast and brunch, this little restaurant is popular enough to warrant a line-up on weekends. French toast, eggs Benedict, waffles, omelettes and other breakfast classics are served on the menu along with vegetarian options. Their skillet dish is a highlight.
Bistro Le Boulevard is located in the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel and offers a European ambiance and a menu filled with typical bistro cuisine for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 2pm and weekends from 7am to 2pm.
Located in Holt Renfrew in Montreal, Cafe Holt specializes in creative cuisine options, which includes items from the Quebec terroir. Emphasis is placed on simple flavours, the menu includes fresh meals with impactful seasonal ingredients.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks and full coffee services are available at this chain cafe, which offers complimentary Wi-fi and is open 24-7.
As only Montreal restaurants can do, Tiffanys is a casually cool bistro with red vinyl banquettes and atmsopheric lighting. The American menu here features salads, sandwiches, burgers, steak and pasta dishes. They are also open for breakfast.
Small coffee shop in a historic neighbourhood of Montreal with a European ambiance.
Reminiscent of a traditional French bistro and a vibrant New York eatery, this Westmount restaurant features eclectic international cuisine for lunch, brunch and dinner. An open-air terrace and full bar are highlights.
Cafe de L'Opera
Cafe de L'Oprea is a small bakery on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal. Along with baked goods and bagels, coffee is also offered.
HMS Host Boulevard Cafe
A cafeteria type setting makes this restaurant a good place to grab a quick bite at the Montreal Airport. Sandwiches, hot foods and beverages are all available.
Universel Dejeuner et Grillades
Universel Dej et Grillades is located on Rue St-Denis in Montreal. The menu consists of breakfast, sandwiches, fries and burgers. Breakfast is served all day.
La Creme de la Creme Cafe
La Creme de la Creme Cafe offers a quaint little bistro style cafe menu complete with budget friendly choices. Soups and sandwiches and even a nice cold beer to wash it all down can be found on the menu.
Located in Old Montreal, this establishments fits into place as a typical Parisian cafe. In Quebecois fashion, the menu features poutine in addition to dishes such as eggs Benedict and French toast with maple syrup.
Paris Cafe takes pride in serving good coffee. The process starts with buying top quality coffee from around the world and then ensuring the coffee is brewed to perfection and served fresh. Business days: 7 days a week Mon-Wed&Sun from 7:00AM to 12:00Midnight Thur-Sat from 7:00AM to 4:00AM
Le Petit Etranger is situated in the Latin Quarter of Montreal and offers customers a relaxing atmosphere combined with a diverse menu of freshly prepared dishes. The bistro's specialty is its roast beef with au jux. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Restaurant Le Maistre
Le Maistre offers Montreal diners a menu of French nouvelle cuisine in a warm, friendly environment. Customers can choose from such choices as duck confit, veal, cold zucchini soup with goat's cheese and more. In summer months, the restaurant offers a terrace for al fresco dining.
Da Fino's is located on St-Catherine Street in Montreal. The menu includes breakfast specialities such as, crepes, eggs, breakfast sandwiches and fruit.
La Boite Gourmande
La Boite Gourmande offers a selection of sandwiches, soups, salads and other quick bites. A variety of espresso beverages are available.
Located in the heart of the Plateau district, this coffee shop specializes in fair-trade, organic coffee and tea and features a menu of breakfast offerings, light lunch fare and fresh-baked goods. Free wireless Internet and a children's play area are offered to patrons.
Located in The Village, Cafe European is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cafe serves traditional favourites such as sandwiches, pizza and burgers and offers a popular lunchtime salad buffet.
Cafe Romy is located in the basement of Oglivy's department store inside the Golden Square Mile. The cafe offers a menu full of lunch and treats for patrons to enjoy.
This casual Plateau-district bistro and cafe features a menu of breakfast classics, light lunch fare, dinner selections and tapas options. Extensive cocktail offerings, including wines, spirits and on-tap brews, are available.
Pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, hamburger platters, grilled meats are some of the casual dishes served at this popular cafe. They are also open for breakfast.
Open daily, this counter-style bistro, located in the Montreal Science Center, features ready-to-go light lunch selections, including sandwiches, pastries, snacks and extensive beverage options. A seasonal terrace is also available to visitors.
Pop into Dame Nature for prepared picnic foods or just for a quick bite and choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. For those looking for healthy options for feeding the whole family, they have casseroles, stews and quiches all ready to just heat and eat. There is also in-house seating for those want to eat-in.
Ace Deli & Bar
This restaurant is located downtown and is found within the Holiday Inn. Dark-wood finishings, leather seating and dim lighting brings a mature ambiance that complements a grown-up menu of veal scaloppini and salmon burgers. A variety of grilled sandwiches and burgers are also served. Not forgetting the kids, a children's menu is available. As well, they are open for breakfast serving all the classics.
Also known as Bistro Kilo, this cafe in the Gay Village is renowned for having some of the best cake in all of Montreal. Wash it down with a variety of espresso-based hot drinks or enjoy more savoury treats from soups to sandwiches.
Enjoy a varied menu at this bistro that is open for breakfasts and has a variety of espresso-based drinks. They are known for serving fresh, hot omelettes in the morning with a reasonabley priced coffee. Also notable are their pain au chocolat. All of which makes it popular with students.
Cafe Perroquet Violet
Located on Saint Jacques Street in Montreal, Cafe Perroquet Violet is a small family run cafe. Breakfasts and lunches are prepared with a distinctive flair with many options on the menu. This cafe is closed on Sundays.
Snowdon Deli is located on Decarie Boulevard. Subs and sandwiches are featured on the menu.
Cafe Ellefsen is on the corner of Beaubien and St-Denis. The menu features Scandinavian-style food and coffee.
La Maison de la Torrefaction
La Masison de la Torrefaction is located on Gilford Street in Montreal. This little cafe offers a wide variety of menu choices from sandwiches and coffee to a small menu of Chinese food.
Croissant Plus is located in the Place Alexis mall. Fresh sandwiches, soup and salads are offered on the menu.
Anton & James
Specializing in lunch fare, this two-story eatery features an extensive selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, thin-crust pizzas, house-made desserts and baked goods. Dine-in and take-out options are available.
Cafe des Eclusiers
Putting the hot in hot-spot, Cafe des Eclusiers is located along the canal in Old Montreal and packs in the after work crowd for 5 a 7 (Happy Hour) most week nights. In the summer, the fun and good-looking crowd sips drinks from plastic cups and jostles for the best position on the terrace, which offers views of the water, Old Montreal and downtown. Anyone wanting to share the patio space better get here early, especially on Thursday's when the party is known to rage on well into the evening.
Baron de Faillon
An intimate bistro with seating for only 30 people, guests can expect personalized service and a casual atmosphere. The menu is varied with tapas offerings, interesting desserts and snacks. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hospitality Corner is located on the sixth floor in the Montreal General Hospital. Typical cafeteria fare is offered.