The 13 Hottest New Restaurants in Montreal - Updated July 2022

The 13 Hottest New Restaurants in Montreal – Updated July 2022

The Montreal dining scene is taking off big time. These are the restaurants that will be making waves this year.

What’s happening in Montreal? This summer, Montreal restaurants are heating up with an array of new eateries, serving everything from tacos and burgers to ramen and sushi.

Here’s our list of the 13 hottest new places to eat in Montreal for summer. You’ll also find recommendations for the best dishes to order at each spot.

The 13 Hottest New Restaurants in Montreal Updated July 2022

1. Nikkei

Address: 1577 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1J1, Canada

Phone: (514) 492-1577

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When it comes to ceviche, ponzu is the go-to dressing while aj amarillo leche de tigre gives chirashi bowls their citrusy-spicy kick at the appropriately called Nikkei. Similarly, the drinks at Nikkei are a combination of the Peruvian classic Chilcano (a mixture of ginger ale, pisco, and lime juice), but with a yuzu, ginger, and coriander syrup. The Laurier East location is the second for the group that launched Barranco, also in the Plateau, in April of 2021.


2. Kabinet

Address: 98 B Av. Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N4, Canada

Phone: (514) 279-3555

In the last few months, this eight-year-old Mile End hangout has undergone a significant facelift: After being a Russian cocktail bar, Kabinet has converted into an elegant Parisian restaurant with velvet upholstery and chandeliers, caviar bumps, garlicky escargot, and poireaux vinaigrette (marinated leeks). One of Chefs des Bois’ Season 1 winners, Jean-Michel Leblond, is spearheading a refurbishment that involves a move to an adjacent location and the addition of an experimental Verdun restaurant, Tripes & Caviar.

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3. Cabaret L’enfer

Address: 4094 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada

Phone: (514) 659-6182

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Massimo Piedimonte grew raised in an Italian household, studied French cookery, and became fascinated with fermentation and the “slow food” movement while working at Copenhagen’s Noma. Newly opened St-Denis Street eatery weaves these strands together with a cuisine that honors the local terroir. Samples of Cabaret L’enfer’s daily tasting menu are available online, including handmade burrata and rabbit en croute.

4. Paradiso

Address: 344 Av. Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2M8, Canada

Phone: (514) 805-6198

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This new Victoria Avenue pasta business may be more of a grocer than a restaurant, but it has a long history in the food industry. Chefs Kira German and Will Weston have opened Paradiso, a fine-dining restaurant in Griffintown that serves hand-rolled and extruded pasta as well as the requisite sauce accompaniments to go along with it. You may order a daily pasta meal to be delivered for lunch, such as bucatini with tuna and potatoes, or rigatoni with rapini and spicy sausages, or a substantial mafalde with meatballs, from the restaurant’s kitchen.

5. Restaurant Tadhana

Address: 4 Av. Somerville, Westmount, QC H3Z 1J2, Canada

Phone: (438) 380-5887

Ryan Oabel and Eric Lazaro Magno, who formerly worked at Le Petit Vibe before it relocated to Côte-des-Neiges, have now unveiled their much-anticipated Westmount project. On the second floor of the restaurant, Tadhana features a contemporary tapas-style spin on traditional Filipino cuisine like sisig, kilawin, and crispy pancit. A 25-seat speakeasy is located on the ground level, serving tropical cocktails made with rum bases, mango and lychee juices, and coconut milk.


6. Terrasse Carla

Address: 985 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

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A new restaurant from Lucky Belly’s hospitality business, Terrasse Carla, has Vietnamese and French inspirations, as well as chef Chanthy Yen. Salmon tartare with ginger and taro and shrimp chips, mussels in white wine and coconut cream sauce, and “pho-tine,” a Québécois favorite drenched in pho broth gravy, are just a few of the delectable options on the menu. You may enjoy Old Montreal views while sipping cocktails on the sixth story of the new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Chinatown.

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7. Bon Service

Address: 22 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6, Canada

Phone: (438) 375-9220

With the recent acquisition of the former home of Tiers Paysage by Bon Service, a new Americana-themed restaurant, Old Montreal now has an intriguing new eating option. Grits with caviar and Rockefeller oysters topped with mashed potatoes are just a few of the local takes on Southern classics. Roulette is a fun way to choose your beverage of choice if you’re having trouble deciding.


8. Bella

Address: 351 Pl. d’Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7, Canada

Phone: (438) 855-5994

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Bella serves typical Italian fare such fried calamari, burrata, meatballs, and other antipasti, as well as a large selection of fresh pastas, as well as a few protein and pizza options. With spritzes, Negronis, and espresso martinis all available on tap, this new business is the brainchild of the people behind the nearby Bello Deli and cocktail specialist Kevin Demers (also the proprietor of Coldroom and El Pequeo).


9. Nolan

Address: 1752 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M3, Canada

Phone: (438) 380-8038

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In October 2020, Matthew Shefler and chef Vincent Lévesque-Lepage opened Knuckles, an Italian eatery in Villeray, Quebec, and now they’ve opened a second eatery in Griffintown named Nolan. The concept, a low-key day-to-night café-wine bar-restaurant that promotes seasonal food and local suppliers, also includes other industry veterans. Deep-fried Emmental cheese sticks with smoked pork and sauerkraut served with a bell pepper dipping sauce are one of the restaurant’s hallmark dishes.


10. Lulu Épicerie

Address: 2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

Phone: (514) 507-5858

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New Lebanese restaurant is opening in the Little Burgundy section of Notre-Dame West, which is already home to three Joe Beef Group restaurants (the most recent of which opened in September). An épicerie and food counter, Lulu is the place to go to get your hands on chicken, beef or garlicky home-made fries in a shawarma, shish-taouk or flatbread sandwich with za’atar, or both. Hummus and Bonjus pyramid-shaped juice cartons are great picnic snacks if you’re in the market for a new supply.

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11. Conceria

Address: 3580 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P4, Canada

Phone: (514) 938-5959

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Hello 123 closed its doors in St-Henri last winter, but Conceria has moved in to fill the void and become the go-to spot for vegan fare in the neighborhood. Tofu “ricotta” ravioli and Aperol-glazed carrots are just a few of the Italian specialties on the menu. Despite its claim to be a wine bar, its selection focuses heavily on tiny Italian wineries.


12. Millmans

Address: 3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V1, Canada

Phone: (514) 765-3030

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In Verdun, the Wellington Promenade has a new, no-frills diner, and it’s drawing quite the crowd. Stacks of fluffy pancakes and house-made lox are served in mismatched dishware on formica tabletops for breakfast. Nick Gaudette, the restaurant’s chef-owner, serves burgers, smoked beef, and fried chicken for lunch.


13. Bistrot Paname

Address: 4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1X5, Canada

Phone: (514) 657-6263

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This tiny Verdun newcomer, which debuted in March, reinterprets classic French bistro fare with fresh ingredients from the area. An ex-Bouillon Bilk chef has taken over the kitchen, which is producing delicacies like poireaux vinaigrette prepared with cranberry-emulsion vinaigrette, lavash crackers, and a beef tartare with coffee-flavoured mayonnaise and watermelon radishes served on crisp lavash crackers.



You don’t have to leave Montreal to find great food. Whether you’re looking for an amazing burger at a local bistro, or want to try something a bit different, we’ve rounded up all the best places to eat in Montreal to satisfy your taste buds. From gourmet burgers to pizza, and everything in between, we’ve got the lowdown on Montreal’s best restaurants, bars, and cafés, so you can find something to suit your taste.

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