Where to brunch in Montreal during the Christmas Holidays

Some people love brunch. And we won’t argue, we do as well, but don’t expect us to show up before noon on a weekend - it’s just not happening. That is, unless you book a table at one of the restaurants below - then we’ll make the effort to show up a little earlier because they’re just THAT good, and why not treat oneself to a fabulous Diva-approved brunch during the holidays!

Leméac

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

A staple of the Plateau on Laurier Ouest, Leméac is an elegant restaurant that offers classic French cuisine such as steak frites, blood pudding, tartare and more. Their French brunch - served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm - is equally delicious. Their best dishes are their house-made rillettes, poached eggs with smoked salmon and Spanish caviar on blinis, a potato and leek tartelette, and their French toast with caramelized bananas. Leméac is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day but will be open Christmas Eve until 3 pm.

Régine Café

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1840, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1L6

Located on Beaubien East, it might seem out of the way but the line-up to get inside will argue otherwise. Arrive early as they do not take reservations. Brunch is served on the weekends between 9 am and 3 pm, but you can even go during the week, as early as 8 am, until 3 pm. They want you to feel like you’re eating at your favourite aunt’s house, and you’ll never leave hungry. They offer great pastries and some of their brunch specialties include brioche bread, scotch eggs and a mouth-watering grilled cheese on walnut and pistachio bread.

Brasserie Le Pois Penché

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

If you’re looking for that Parisian bistro feel in the heart of downtown Montreal, have brunch at Le Pois Penché on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Take advantage of their seafood bar, freshly squeezed juices and homemade pastries, and why not treat yourself during the holidays to their lobster Benedict with chunks of sweet lobster, or their oeuf cocotte with fresh black truffle - very decadent! Their Parisian omelette is delicious, and you can also enjoy a classic Montreal St. Viateur bagel with lox.

La Récolte Espace Local

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764, rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2S 1G6

When a restaurant advertises itself as “bio-local-responsible,” you know you can expect freshness and quality in every dish. That is exactly what Récolte Espace Local delivers with their changing chalkboard menu. Their dishes are unique - think porchetta ravioli in a butter sage sauce with fried Brussel sprouts, or a cheddar and oyster mushroom omelette with a bok choy salad. Local ingredients like Matane shrimp are brought to life for a truly satisfying weekend brunch that is served from 10 am to 3 pm.

Le Chien Fumant

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4710, rue de Lanaudière, Montréal, QC H2J 3P7

Le Chien Fumant is open late and is known for being a go-to spot for those who work in the restaurant industry. And if they love it, you’re sure to love it as well. The Chien Fumant serves brunch on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm and uses local ingredients whenever possible. Their brunch is definitely filling and comforting and if you’re looking for something outside the usual bacon and eggs with toast on the side, this is the place. Dig in to fried chicken drumsticks, a breakfast cheeseburger with Italian sausage, in-house wild trout gravlax or hearty pancakes.

Lawrence

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5201, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4

Located on Saint-Laurent Blvd, Lawrence serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Sometimes you’ll find a line-up but it is worth the wait to enjoy a unique English breakfast in Montreal. Never mind what your parents said about eating dessert for breakfast - at Lawrence, it’s encouraged, with their chocolate, lemon and custard donuts, and their scones with clotted cream. They own Boucherie Lawrence, so you know that their meat is always fresh. For those who are adventurous, they’ve been known to serve such delicacies as kidneys, ox liver and pig’s head!

Le Valois

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25 Place Simon Valois, Montréal, QC H1W 0A6

Le Valois is a French bistro in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve that is worth the visit. With a tendency to prepare French classics with a modern flair, their chef will astound you. From eggs Benedict to stuffed pancakes, Le Valois has something sweet or savoury for everyone. They offer traditional French breakfast dishes like eggs baked in cream with spinach and caramelized onions or mushrooms, and always with a touch of fleur de sel for that Parisian feel, of course. We promise you that once you see their menu, you won’t be able to decide which dish to order.

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