It’s well past midnight, you’re coming back from the bar, an evening with friends, or you’ve been working late ... and you are hungry. No way you’re going to take the time to cook something, and you’ve seen enough frozen meals to last a lifetime. Clearly, you’re headed for a restaurant. But where do you go late at night? Here are some good suggestions to fill your belly when the hour is late.
People will usually drink at la Quincaillerie on Rachel and then finish the evening next door, at La Banquise ... or do it the other way around. In any event, the night belongs to poutine, and for poutine, it's La Banquise. Yes, they serve a few other items here, but it's a bit like going to Décarie Hot Dog and not getting a hot dog ... make sense? Good luck making your choice, however: Classic? Bacon? Elvis (ground beef)? Mexicaine? Reggae? Trois viandes? As we said, good luck!
Desiring a little Asian food before bedtime? Luckily Mon Nan, located on De La Gauchetière West, will serve you its superb food until 4 am (3 am on Mondays). Enjoy its beef, seafood or chicken bird nests (a noodle dish). Or go with Thai dishes such as scallops with satay sauce or seafood dumplings. The chicken is king here and is served with sesame seeds, and is steamed with mushrooms, cashews or black beans.
This late-night eating institution, nestled on the corner of Rosemont and DeLorimier, has been around practically as long as the city itself. Open 24 hours a day (or basically, from 11:00 am to 9:30 am), every day of the week, the menu is as diverse as any diner-loving heart could desire, complete with a section devoted to perfectly greasy Chinese fare. And just like the menu, the décor is everything you’d expect of a smoked meat-slinging Montreal deli.
Open until 5 am every night, this Saint Laurent Boulevard institution will serve you not only their delicious smoked meat sandwich, but also a boneless rib steak, spare ribs, burgers and even apple pancakes. "But what’s this?" It’s a Greek dish called latkas – a fried potato pancake served with sour cream – and you’ll want to try one.
The famous Dunn's – now a small chain of franchises – may have lost some of its lustre in recent years and, yes, its menu now includes many different deli-style items, but you can still always go there for a good, big sandwich with greasy smoked meat, and a huge piece of cheesecake.
If you are hanging around a bit further east in the city in the middle of the night, a stop at Chez la mère (Masson Street, near Pie IX) will give you the energy to continue your journey or simply go home. They serve comfort food at any time of the day or night. Pizza, burgers, poutines, salads, souvlakis, smoked meat sandwiches ... it’s up to you to choose.
Well established on du Parc Avenue, a stone's throw north of Sherbrooke, Alto serves up salads, hamburgers, chicken, fish, meat cooked on the grill, and Italian and Greek specialties until 4 am every day of the week, and until 5 am on Friday and Saturday.
Not far from the Olympic Stadium, the Miami Deli wants to be your ray of sunshine no matter what time it is. This 24-hour restaurant is genuinely open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The menu offers an altogether interesting variety that will appease your midnight appetite, with subs, fish, souvlaki, kebabs, grilled meats and a variety of poutines and Italian-style poutines.
Here’s a pizzeria that’s sure to please those who go to bed late... if at all! The proof? You can eat here until 5:30am every day, and push it ‘til 6am on Fridays and Saturdays. And at 10:30am, Angela reopens. No sleep needed for these owners! On the menu: nearly 20 pizzas, including the Mediterranean with grilled chicken, served with feta cheese and Kalamata olives.
This little restaurant on the Plateau is open all day and all night from Thursday to Sunday. And the great thing about Claudette is that they serve breakfast ALL day. And poutine. Many, many poutines: a pork stew poutine, a pogo poutine, beef bourguignon, chicken and bacon poutines, and not forgetting the famous Galvaude, obviously.
The King was probably well-established when Montreal was founded. Well, perhaps not, but let’s just say a quick visit to this institution on the Plaza St. Hubert effortlessly whisks us back 60 years ago with its period decor. Open until 5:30am Thursday to Sunday – and 2:30am the rest of the week – the King will feed you an excellent smoked meat dish or one of the best pork souvlakis in town.
Here, night owls are served until 3am, and all night long on Fridays and Saturdays. Slide into a seat here and enjoy their poutine (there are more than 20), their Greek, Chinese and seafood dishes while everyone else is asleep. In the morning, you’ll struggle to find a cheaper lunch in town – their $1.99 breakfast comes with two eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee.
If you’re in the north of the city, you really need to stop in at the highly inviting Paulo and Suzanne. Founded in 1980, this restaurant located opposite the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur will welcome you at any time of day or night. The menu offers combos (pitas, burgers, subs, etc.), poutines, full meals – but above all, the “Extreme Cures,” for those suffering from “hangovers, heartbreak and/or minor injuries”. These cures come in the form of a triple hamburger, an extreme grilled cheese and chicken sandwich with guacamole, or an extreme steak wrap with cajun spices and Monterey Jack cheese.
It was in 1958 that Le Fameux was born and to this day remains the favoured venue for those who go out late and need to put something a bit more substantial in their system after a night spent roaming the bars of Saint-Denis and surrounds. Open until 3:30am on weekdays and all night from Friday to Sunday, it’ll cheer you up with the kind of menu you’d expect from a decent deli restaurant.
Here, everything on the menu is $4.95, at any time from 11 am to 3am, all week: starters, salads, tortillas, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and desserts. There’s always a way to add, for a variable extra charge, a few different flavours to your dishes, such as hot sauce, bacon, guacamole, braised beef, grated cheese, alouette!
Night-time is often synonymous with greasy food and cured meat, but those who prefer something more veggie can rely on l’Escalier, which offers a menu full of flavour until 3am, every day of the week. There’s grilled cheese sandwiches on sesame bread, nachos, salad dressings, tapas on organic bread, pasta (goat, vegetables or tofu) and sandwiches on whole grain sunflower seed bread.
Open 7 days a week until 3am, this oyster bar restaurant on Main pulls no punches in order to satisfy its all-night clientele. But there’s more to be had than just oysters and the menu changes seasonally. There’s also the year-round house classics such as the 12-inch piglet hot dog and the pickled snails.
Located in Chinatown, La Maison VIP is the ideal place for those who find themselves in the city centre in the early hours of the morning. General Tao chicken, lemon chicken, beef and broccoli combo, fried noodles with beef, sweet and sour pork... pig out until 4am, every day.
St. Viateur Bagel may not be a restaurant, but there’s nothing stopping you from picking up a bag of freshly baked bagels with something to spread on them (if necessary), whatever the time of day or night. The place never closes, and probably never will either, we hope!