Montreal’s tastiest tartare restaurants

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that tartare has become a French food staple in many restaurants here. Whether you prefer beef, tuna, salmon or even bison, check out this list and try one (or more!) of our favourite tartare restaurants in Montreal.

Lucille's Oyster Dive

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5669 av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E5

Located in Monkland Village, Lucille’s has quickly become one of the city’s most popular spots for oysters and seafood. They serve two renditions of tartare, one of which is prepared with Black Angus beef, the other, an Asian-style salmon tartare served with a lettuce wrap and crispy noodles.

Brasserie Le Pois Penché

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1230, boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M2

This swank French brasserie in the heart of the city hand chops their tartare dishes. There are three tartare specials, all available in main course portions – classic steak, Italian-style beef and fresh Atlantic salmon. You can’t go wrong with any of these options, but if you’re looking to spoil yourself, order the beef “à l’italienne,” prepared with Parmesan and black truffle. If you’ve got the gourmet midnight munchies, the salmon tartare is available on the late-night menu.

Boris Bistro

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465, rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H1

Boris Bistro is known for their eclectic French fare and beautiful, romantic summer terrace surrounded by old stone walls, vines and flowers – a true urban oasis located on McGill. Here you can order salmon tartare “guédille,” a traditional sandwich from the Gaspé and Lac Saint-Jean areas, which consists of a hot-dog bun filled with delicious salmon tartare. You can also order salmon tartare with Peruvian seafood.

Leméac

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1045, av Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 2L1

Another highly regarded French bistro in Montreal is Lemeac. You can order all of the French classics such as steak frites, duck confit and of course, tartare. Their classic beef tartare, available as a starter or a main is a go-to menu item, and comes with the requisite fries. Also noteworthy is their truffle oil salmon tartare offered as an appetizer.

Restaurant L'Express Inc

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

When you’re in the mood for some classic French fine dining, look no further than L’Express, located on Saint-Denis. With their well-deserved reputation, it’s no surprise that the classic steak tartare served with fries is a true winner, best enjoyed, of course, with a bottle of your favourite French wine.

Bistro Lustucru

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5159, ave du parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G3

Bistro Lustucru, on Avenue du Parc, boasts one of the most eclectic tartare menus in the city. They serve up classics such as salmon and beef, but also have less traditional lamb, caviar and duck tartares made with roasted nuts and a raisin and apple remoulade mustard.

Hachoir

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4177, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M7

Le Hachoir, which literally means meat grinder, is known for their burgers, tartares and fine wines. Chose from the Kensington beef, yellow fin tuna or salmon, all prepared with Hachoir flair, or try the tartare trio, which lets you sample all three with fries and a salad.

L'Orignal

479, rue Saint-Alexis, Montréal, QC H2Y 2N7

Nothing will make you feel cozier than an evening inside the rustic cabin-like atmosphere at L’Orignal. The kitchen here turns out a consistently delicious menu that includes a mix of game animals and comfort food. A menu classic is the deer heart tartare appetizer, served with beets and horseradish.

Grinder

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1708 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M3

Grinder, a popular Griffintown hotspot, is well known for their large plates of quality meats and fine privately imported wines. They have many raw meat dishes on offer, including classic beef tartare, served with onions and capers, or a tuna tartare made with sesame vinegar, wasabi and avocado.

Grumman '78 (Food Truck)

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630 rue de Courcelle, Montréal, QC H4C 3C5

You wouldn’t expect a casual Mexican fusion restaurant to serve tartare, but it’s these little surprises (and the great food) that make Grumman 78 such a popular place. The horse tartare is a must-try. Served with a remoulade and cherry jam, it offers a tasty mix of sweet and tangy flavours you won’t soon forget.

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