Montreal restaurants with happy dessert endings

We’re not very big on desserts, but we’re aware that for some sweet tooth types, the finale can make or break an outing. Look no further than the following list the next time you want to finish a strong meal with an even stronger dessert.

Renoir

1
1155, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 2N3

The Sofitel Montreal recently added MOF – Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the country’s highest distinction – Roland Del Monte to its ranks. The new head pastry chef quickly left his mark on the menu by adding delicacies such as Limoncello and praline tarts, as well as fresh homemade ice creams and sorbets.

La Queue de Cheval

2
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. If you somehow manage to have room for dessert following your steak dinner, be sure to give their white chocolate cheesecake or Death by Chocolate cakes a try. You’ll probably want to share those though; they’re gargantuan!

L'Atelier d'Argentine (Vieux-Port)

3
355 rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2C4

This Argentinian restaurant is another example of a spot trying to fill the Montreal gap of trendy/modern “ethnic” joints. The menu features a prominent beef section of all cuts and sizes, as well as an interesting cocktail selection. Finally, the dulce de leche stuffed crepes are not to be missed.

Dominion Square Tavern

4
1243, rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3B 2V5

Originally a hotel restaurant in 1927, with a short stint as a gay bar in the 70s, the Tavern was reinvented in 2009 as an English gastropub. A notable dessert order here are the nutmeg doughnuts served with sour cream. Yum!

Restaurant L'Express Inc

5
3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4

The quintessential Montreal bistro. Check out this 35-year-strong Plateau fixture for tried-and-true French classics along with a stellar wine list. The menu reads like an exercise in bistro essentials, featuring the likes of pot-au-feu and boeuf tartare. End your meal with staples such as crème caramel, île flottante or baba au rhum.

Pastaga

6
6389, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C3

Chef Martin Juneau’s magnum opus made enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants list of 2012. Check out the made-to-share plates showcasing Quebec’s best produce and complement your dinner with a natural wine. Finish off with one of the very “local” desserts showcasing Quebec ingredients such as the deconstructed apple pie.

Maison Boulud

7
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. Fabulous desserts such as a chocolat coulant – liquid caramel, sea salt, caramelized ice cream – are served alongside intricate breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners.

H4C Place St-Henri

8
538, Place Saint-Henri, Montréal, QC H4C 2R9

A contemporary French bistro that quickly drew rave reviews from critics and bloggers alike, H4C excels at brunch. The greystone that used to house a bank was renovated into a beautiful space featuring exposed brick walls and an industrial-style ceiling. For a sweet touch, be sure to try the homemade doughnuts served with orange purée.

Le Smoking Vallée *FERMÉ DÉFINITIVEMENT*

9
4370 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1R8

A quaint BYOW bistro de quartier, Le Smoking features a concise, handwritten chalk menu listing classics such as smoked salmon and steak-frites. Desserts are particularly strong here, with the likes of a parfait glacé with caramel or a white chocolate cake showcasing Quebec strawberries.

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