Montreal restaurants for upscale dining

Sometimes excellence on the plate is not enough. Maybe you’re trying to seal a business deal, impress out-of-towners or treat your parents on their wedding anniversary. Here’s a list of prestigious addresses that are bound to deliver a lavish experience in a posh setting. Just be ready to dish out some serious dough!

Renoir

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1155, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 2N3

When it comes to hotel restaurants, the good ones are few and far between. Renoir, however, is one that stands out. Clear French influence with a focus on fresh, local ingredients results in a marriage that beckons to locals and tourists alike. A lighter, more casual bar menu and a magnificent Sunday brunch make it a destination any day of the week.

Restaurant Moishe's Steak House

2
3961, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4

Montreal’s quintessential steakhouse and a nod to the city’s Jewish heritage, Moishes has survived through thick and thin with its tried, tested and true formula of sticking to tradition and watching for quality. Whether you opt for a rib-eye with gorgeous marbling or a perfectly pink filet mignon, the food here will wow you.

La Queue de Cheval

3
1181, rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z2

Montreal’s most opulent and lavish steakhouse has recently moved around the corner from its original location facing the Bell Centre. With the Angry Lobster Bar occupying the basement and the QDC Burger window in the back alley, the Queue’s repertoire has significantly expanded; be it for a power lunch, upscale dinner or quick bite, they’ve got you covered.

Maison Boulud

4
1228 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6

The Ritz Carlton could not have snatched a more prominent name than master chef Daniel Boulud to take over its upscale restaurant space in 2012. The versatile spot is a dependable option for anything from breakfast and brunch to lunch or dinner, not to mention holidays.

Ristorante Il Cortile

5
1442 rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1K4

Simplicity on the plate in a beautiful outdoors setting is what’s up at this old-school Italian restaurant, nestled comfortably in an atrium behind Sherbrooke Street West. Italian classics are what they do best, so start yourself off with some soft prosciutto, enjoy the linguine and finish with a creamy tiramisu.

Milos Restaurant

6
5353 av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9

Named after the Aegean island that is home to the statue of Poseidon (God of the sea), Milos has served as the city’s premier Greek restaurant for over three decades now. This seafood haven exudes an air of classiness with a Mediterranean flair. Indulge in carefully sourced, privately imported fish and seafood of all kinds.

Ferreira Café

7
1446, rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8

Montreal’s bastion of Portuguese gastronomy, Ferreira boasts an intimate and upscale interior with a long bar and signature wall of broken, colorful dishes. Feast on the likes of sardines, cod, tuna, calamari, octopus, bouillabaisse or the daily catch; if you haven’t guessed yet, this is a seafood haven.

Restaurant La Chronique

8
104, av Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7

A Laurier Avenue mainstay that just celebrated its 20th birthday, La Chronique has stood the test of time with its classy, upscale image and intricate, technically superior French food.

Da Vinci Restaurant

9
1180, rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E3

Classy, ritzy and intimate is how we would describe the setting at Da Vinci. The food can feel somewhat outdated with the plate presentations, but the overall experience is still quite charming. You will certainly score points bringing that special someone here.

Ristorante Beatrice

10
1504, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1L3

Nestled comfortably along the Golden Square Mile’s posh section of Sherbrooke Street West, this upscale Italian restaurant – formerly Bice – boasts one of the most prestigious patios in town. Indulge in some spiffy pastas and secondis while doing some serious people watching.

Every passing year confirms the death of fine dining as we once knew it.  Small, affordable, made-to-share plates have cut across all cuisines and eased their way into the upper echelon of Montreal’s newcomers for 2017.  Fall may be creeping in on us soon, but there’s still plenty of time to try one of our suggestions below – the places that caught our attention, for better or for worse. (Added suggestions by Kelsey Rolfe)
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