Weekend brunch has become a staple meal throughout the city – a very Montreal tradition, in fact. Folks gather for eggs, bacon, pancakes and crêpes, and many more brunch delicacies at many restaurants around the city. If you’re ready to hop on the brunch bandwagon, here are 20 of places we’d bet the house on.
Open since 1942, Beauty’s Luncheonette is one of Montreal’s foodie landmarks. They still serve the same fresh homemade food as they did more than 70 years go. They’re well known for their Beauty’s Special, a bagel with cream cheese, smoked-salmon, tomato and onion.
Lawrence serves refined cuisine in a casual yet sophisticated environment. On weekends, they serve an exquisite brunch complete with various egg dishes, scones, waffles and even mouthwatering homemade chocolate, lemon and custard doughnuts.
Maison Publique is Jamie Oliver’s Montreal venture alongside popular Montreal chef Derek Damman. For brunch, the British gastropub serves a variety of English breakfast dishes like lamb curry, an English muffin sandwich, or the English breakfast for two, which consists of a heaping pile of different meats.
A little more sophisticated, but every bit as delicious, le H4C is an excellent choice for a special occasion brunch – think Mother’s Day. Brunch items such as salmon gravlax, gourmet eggs Benedict, brioche, doughnuts and strawberry pancakes are on offer and are best enjoyed on the beautiful outdoor terrace.
This Old Montreal café is well known for their boxed lunches, popular with the professional crowd. They offer breakfast on weekdays (working breakfast, anyone?), but stop by on weekends, when they pull out all the stops. Crêpes, eggs, smoked salmon, croissants – they’ve got it all.
This modern, lounge-like brunch restaurant serves fun and unique dishes. Try their breakfast poutine, made with caramelized peppers and onions, hollandaise sauce and topped with an egg. The eggs-in-a-nest and the huevos rancheros are also note-worthy options.
Café Névé is one of Montreal’s many fantastic cafés. The laid-back, hipster atmosphere make this and easy spot to read a book on a lazy Sunday morning. They serve a light breakfast and some pretty stellar triple chocolate chip cookies.
This casual and inviting French bistro offers, fresh, unique fare with a touch of Montreal flair. Indulge with crêpes, and eggs many ways, knowing that all ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. Enjoy Sunday brunch at Le Passé Composé, followed by a lovely walk in Parc Lafontaine, just a block away.
Known for their cool cocktails and gourmet chalkboard menu, Ludger, in Saint-Henri, also serves a delicious weekend brunch to that’s sure to impress. Treat a special someone (or yourself – hey, you deserve it!) to market fresh cuisine, and dishes such as the fresh asparagus omelet, pancakes, or eggs Benedict with lobster.
Located in the Mile End, the gastropub Sel Gras serves market-fresh cuisine in a rustic-chic atmosphere. Refined and comforting, their brunch menu includes many favourites such as croque-monsieurs, gravlax, pain perdu and a delicious frittata.
Sparrow, also known as Le Moineau, is a popular place for night owls with a menu of creative cocktails and gastropub items. They also offer an exquisite brunch menu on weekends – the PB & J doughnuts will rock your world.
Wilfrid sur Laurier is Michel Ross and Zach Shul’s latest endeavour. Enjoy refined market-fresh fare by night and delicious homey brunches on weekends. The menu offers brunch classics, such as the herb omelet, and their unique take on French toast.
Another Montreal staple, this N.D.G. snack bar is known for their greasy-spoon breakfasts. Come hungry, as portions tend to be large – take their six-egg omelet, or the creation sandwich, for example.
Bagel ETC offers a comfy and casual yet eclectic vibe in a classic-diner setting. The restaurant serves all of the breakfast classics: eggs, pancakes, waffles, bagels, etc. (no pun intended). The huevos rancheros are well worth the Sunday brunch line-up.
Celebrate a special occasion at Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar located inside the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Classy and elegant, Le Montréalais offers a Mediterranean-style brunch every Sunday, complete with an omelet bar, pastries and even live music. A smart-casual dress code is in effect.
Prohibition, in Monkland Village offers brunch with a twist – and it’s never tasted so good. Menu highlights include the scrumptious lemon ricotta pancakes, served with blueberry compote and sugar bacon, or the maple-fried challah French toast with fried chicken (their take on fried chicken and waffles). Are you drooling yet?
Lemeac is one of Montreal top restaurants for fine French dining, and they also serve brunch on weekends. Enjoy fresh omelets with goat cheese or a Norwegian plate of gravlax and shrimp in a trendy French bistro atmosphere.
This rustic-chic eatery in the Plateau offers refined Turkish cuisine made with local, fresh ingredients. Enjoy a Turkish brunch of shakshuka, zucchini pancakes, lamb meatballs, fresh oysters, or even brioche pancakes served with tahini and chocolate.
If you’re a fan of the classic English breakfast then look no further than the Burgundy Lion Pub. Located on Notre-Dame, this classic British pub serves up the classic bubble ‘n’ squeak, kippers n’ eggs, porridge, and of course, the “Full English Breakfast,” a hearty dish that will keep you satisfied until dinner.