Try these top new restaurants in Montreal for 2016

There is no slowing down the juggernaut that is the Montreal restaurant scene. Year after year, we witness a fair share of closings, but those are offset by a tide of openings across all price ranges and neighborhoods. Here’s our curated list of eateries to watch out for in 2016.

Bar Henrietta

115 av Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N6

The Baldwin group went full circle after adding Dominion Square Tavern and Balsam Inn to their portfolio by replacing their initial Laurier avenue project with Henrietta, a Portuguese tavern. Feast your senses on braised octopus, clams and salt cod brandade along with a solid list of wines and cocktails.

Bacaro Pizzeria - Monkland

5950 Avenue de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1G8

After a successful initial foray into the Westmount market, this “urban” Neapolitan pizzeria set its sights on NDG’s Monkland Village for its second outpost. Without necessarily slinging out the most technically superior pies, residents of both neighborhoods will likely warm up to the simple proposition of snacks, pizzas, salads, pastas and desserts.

Restaurant Candide

551 rue Saint Martin, Montréal, QC H3J 2L6

Acclaimed chef John Winter Russell – previous of Van Horne – made his comeback with an ambitious concept revolving around local, in-season, plant-driven cuisine. With a menu featuring the likes of sunchokes, black radish, wild fennel and garlic flower (don’t ask us), diners can look forward to a lesson in Quebec botany in addition to dinner!

Chez Tousignant

6956, rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2S 2T3

With three seeming to be the magic number for Montreal chef empires, the duet of Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita added Chez Tousignant to Impasto and GEMA. Drop in for some elevated, 100% homemade casse-croûte classics such as burgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and – of course – poutines.

Être avec toi

901, rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H2Z 1R1

The W Montreal hotel replaced the defunct Otto with a statement restaurant in every sense of the word; from the art gallery concept and street art murals to the seafood-driven menu, ÊAT – short for Être Avec Toi – will surely make heads turn. Brunch is particularly impressive here, with the likes of lobster eggs Benedict and a salmon en quatre temps.

Fiorellino Snack Bar

470 De La Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1E3

The principals behind Italian supperclub powerhouse Buonanotte recently blessed the downtown area with this casual café-cum-snack bar. Think Italian breakfast, lunch and light dinner à la pizza, pasta and pastries.


240 Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N8

This visually stunning wine bar is the most recent addition to Laurier Avenue’s restaurant row. The modern design is accentuated by a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling custom wine cellar and a beautiful wine tasting room in the basement. Add to that seasoned chef Stelio Perombelon’s seasonal creations – think wild Pacific halibut, organic sturgeon, milk-fed piglet – and you’re covered for wine hour.

Piment 2

201 rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1M6

You won’t hear much buzz around this opening, but fans of the bygone Piment Rouge will be happy to know it has returned to the scene, in a new location and with a different proposition. Check out the high ceilings at this Old Montreal locale and indulge in classic American Chinese fare such as lemon chicken, crispy sesame beef and garlic shrimp.

La Tannerie

4255, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4

Food trucks turning brick-and-mortar being the trend, mobile grilled cheese slinger P.A. & Gargantua recently landed in HOMA with La Tannerie, a casual neighborhood BYOW dishing out a concise menu of inventive bistro fare.

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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