The best Montreal restaurants for dining after a swim

With summer upon us, there’s nothing like a good swim – whether it’s a fun frolic or some serious laps – to cool you off. Of course, the result of any good pool session is a healthy appetite, which is where this list comes in. We’ve done some sleuthing and come up with several outstanding Montreal restaurants situated close enough to a pool to offer immediate post-swim fuel.

Bistro Laurentien La Coupole

1
1325 boul René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H3G 0A4

Located in the heart of downtown, the bistro at the prestigious Hotel Le Crystal offers a unique menu, inspired by the traditional Quebec kitchen and aboriginal ancestral cuisine. Their delicious dishes feature the products of local artisans. After a relaxing visit to the outdoor hot tub on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, La Coupole is waiting on its lovely second floor terrace.

Sushi Tri Express

2
1650 av Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1J2

Are you a sushi fan? Then you’ll love Tri Express, and its owner, chef Tri Du. They offer some of the best sushi in town. Whether for take-out or eating in, Mr. Du’s unique combinations are a pure delight. On the menu you'll find maki that pay tribute to neighbourhoods like St. Joseph, Laurier, the Plateau and Marquette. His surprising decor will have you dreaming as much as the cuisine! Tri Express is a must stop after a trip to the Laurier pool in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal.

Mesón

3
345 rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G8

Take a dip in the outdoor pool at Jarry Park with friends while enjoying the free Wi-Fi. The pool is also one of the few that’s free on weeknights and on weekends. Located a few blocks from the park, in the heart of the Villeray district, is Meson, offering original Spanish-inspired cuisine. This unique bistro will surprise you with its unpublished specials, inspiring scenery and relaxed atmosphere. Discover flavours from the Iberian Peninsula in good company!

Restaurant Les Belles-Soeurs

4
2251 rue Marie-Anne E, Montréal, QC H2H 1N4

After refreshing yourself at the Baldwin pool, enjoy a comforting meal at Les Belles Soeurs, two steps from the park. In its family atmosphere (hence the name), this small neighbourhood restaurant offers simple dishes like burgers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Besides, most of the dishes on the menu are made with family recipes. A meal here feels like you’ve found a second home!

Quai No4

5
2800 rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1W7

After a dip in the Pelican pool, located in Rosemont, the loading dock of the tavern Quai No. 4 awaits. You’re sure to enjoy a memorable evening as you choose from a varied menu showcasing local products that encourage local consumption. Wash down your tapas or meal with local craft beer or a good wine!

Universel Déjeuner & Grillade

6
2055 rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1V4

Behind the Royal Victoria Hospital at the corner of Pine Avenue and Peel Street is a “secret” pool: the McGill pool. After a bit of sun, visit Universel on Peel. In the heart of downtown, you’ll find a varied menu with something for every taste, from breakfast to dinner.

Bagatelle Bistro

7
4323 rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K5

Neighbourhood restaurant Bagatelle Bistro is BYOB and offers French bistro-style cuisine with Mediterranean accents. Located next to the Maisonneuve Market, the menu varies with the season and the arrival of fresh products. After a swim in the Maisonneuve pool, the bistro awaits you on a pretty terrace to continue enjoying the sun.

Le Castillon

8
10750-900 rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4

Meet at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal to enjoy the rooftop pool, surrounded by palm trees. After a swim, you’ll be charmed by the Le Castillon, a refined restaurant in the true French spirit. Known for its beautiful gardens with a flowing stream, this magical place is ideal for a light meal in a relaxing atmosphere. From the terrace, you might be lucky to see some ducks swimming.

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