An izakaya is a Japanese pub, a welcoming place to enjoy exquisite food and drinks. It allows you to unwind after a tiring day at work and celebrate life's milestones. Izakayas offer relaxation, lots of laughter, and good food.
In Montreal, it is possible to find the same atmosphere and food as in pubs in Japan. It's a friendly place to celebrate, drink and eat at the same time.
The 10 Montreal Izakayas below are popular with locals, so we strongly suggest you make reservations before you go. They are also excellent locations to plan your next special event.
1624, rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3H 1L9
Kinka Izakaya has branches in Toronto and even in Tokyo, Japan. It is in the Guy-Concordia area that we find the one in Montreal. The atmosphere is continuously festive with wonderful Japanese tapas to share. They offer daily and seasonal menus and an excellent cocktail menu.
4006, rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3Z 1P2
Serving excellent Japanese tapas and ramen, Imadake is known for offering a diverse and quality menu without any MSG. They offer one of the largest varieties of sake, beer, and Japanese cocktails in the city.
417, rue st-Nicolas, Montréal, H2Y 2P4
The decor and concept are inspired by the Crazy 88 scene in Kill Bill, while the menu reflects Japanese elegance. The subdued lighting allows for a mix of intimacy in a festive environment. The team's favorite is the fried eggplant!
360, rue Rachel E, Montréal, H2W 1E9
Ichigo Ichie means "This time only" and is a reminder to make the most of every moment. That's exactly the atmosphere you'll find here. The menu is diversified and without MSG, which allows everyone to find Japanese tapas to their taste. We particularly suggest the scallop carpaccio or the cold green tea soba for their perfect mastery and originality.
1441, rue St-Mathieu, Montréal, H3H 2M4
In addition to being the only place to serve yakitori (bite-sized pieces cooked on a grill), they have a Japanese-inspired charcoal oven that is unique in Montreal. With about 40 seats, they are all occupied almost constantly, which creates an electric atmosphere. They are particularly known for their uni chawanmushi (sea urchin), fried tofu (all homemade), and ramen.
711, Côte de la Place d'Armes, Montréal, H2Y 2X6
The Old Port of Montreal is home to one of the largest sake menus in the city. They will welcome you with a wonderful selection of sushi and izakaya. You take a break in time when you walk in the door with the refined and cozy atmosphere. Ideal for a romantic evening or with friends.
1433, rue City Councillors, Montréal, H3A 2E4
Near the entertainment district downtown, here is a Japanese pub that will transport you to another universe. The menu is varied with a cocktail menu that will please the amateurs. The sauces are entirely prepared on the spot and we eat dishes combining quality, flavors, and freshness.
6660, rue Clark, Montréal, H2S 3E7
Living the izakaya experience in a vegan way is quite possible thanks to Umami. Discover a new way to approach the classic izakayas without being too disoriented. The discovery menu will allow you to browse through their specialties while sipping sake or a cocktail. Thanks to the importation of a Japanese noodle machine, the establishment makes its own homemade noodles from organic wheat, in addition to making broth, tsukemono, kombucha, and sprouts.
4274, boul. St Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Z3
Originally known for their tasty ramen, they have carved out a niche for themselves in the Montreal izakaya scene. With over 1000 reviews on Google, it's easy to see why the place is so popular. Not only is the ramen delicious, but the Japanese tapas also are not to be missed either. A festive atmosphere, warm service, and a good meal are waiting for you.
5145, rue Wellington, Montréal, H4G 1Y2
Franco-Japanese brasserie in Verdun, here is another address not to be missed on Wellington Street. Offering both an Izakaya experience and a French-Asian fusion bistro experience, there is definitely something for everyone. This combination can only result in unique recipes that are highly appreciated. A must-visit if you want to experience a non-traditional way of eating izakayas.