The retro diners and delis that have rocked Montreal neighborhoods for decades are much more than just restaurants. They embody an era when simplicity rhymes with excellence, and every bite tells a story.
These places welcome you with retro decor, where banquettes and period details often evoke the 60s and 70s.
Expect generous plates filled with gourmet delights. From juicy burgers to hearty poutines and hot dogs, every dish is a reminder of the classic flavors that marked those decades.
Whether you're visiting or living in Montreal, these places are a must-visit and an experience in themselves.
3041 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H4C 1N9
Established in 1974, Greenspot is an essential reference, showcasing classic Quebecois dishes for a comforting experience with a touch of elegance. Enjoy its extended hours to savor exquisite breakfasts, enticing lunches, memorable dinners, or a delightful break during these cherished moments of the day.
93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, H2T 2S5
Beauty's, is a Montreal institution embodying the city's authentic spirit. This iconic restaurant offers a local and comforting culinary experience through reimagined classic dishes, served in a warm atmosphere with a decor steeped in history. Delight in a delicious breakfast, brunch, or a moment of relaxation, enveloped in the timeless charm of this essential player in Montreal's culinary scene.
Immerse yourself in a retro ambiance with Jukebox Burgers and its locations in Laval and DDO. They meld traditional American fare like burgers with a touch of uniqueness. Milkshakes perfectly round off your visit, providing a sweet interlude from the 1960s.
7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, H4P 2H4
Since its opening in 1947, the iconic Julep restaurant in Montreal, with its drive-in service, has been ingrained in local history. Montrealers quickly embraced Julep as their favored drink, establishing a cherished tradition for generations. Accompany your delicious burgers, hot dogs, and fries with a touch of nostalgia by savoring the iconic Orange Julep juice.
3090 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, H1W 1B5
Miami Deli, a Montreal icon, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or to satisfy your late-night cravings. The vibrant decor, adorned with murals and suspended fish, creates a unique ambiance. The diverse menu offers a wide array of dishes, ranging from poutines to pizzas, along with breakfasts, Greek specialties, Italian pasta, grilled items, and much more.
3535 Route Laval O., Laval, H7P 5G9
Since the 1990s, Le Deli 440 in Laval has been a smoked meat reference. Located in the heart of Marché Public 440, this establishment offers a variety of juicy, perfectly smoked meats, whether for breakfast or to enjoy fresh salads, delicious hamburgers, submarines, and sandwiches.
6150 Boulevard Monk, Montréal, H4E 3H6
In Ville-Émard, Green Stop is a hidden treasure perfectly embodying deli tradition. The retro red booths add a vintage touch to the friendly ambiance, where generous plates transition from lunch to dinner.
5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, H3W 3C2
Founded in 1946, Snowdon Deli is a must-visit for lovers of deli charcuterie and authentic Jewish flavors. Its 1970s-inspired decor evokes a nostalgic atmosphere. It's also where miniature sandwich platters were first introduced, crowned with sweet gerkins.
953 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, H4L 3M3
Established in 1969, Decarie Hot Dogs is a well-established counter in Montreal's Saint-Laurent neighborhood. Specializing in hot dogs and fries, this restaurant is locally renowned for its Montreal-style poutine and steamies. Its century-old building houses a mural painted by Dodo Ose, titled "L'Envol," celebrating the owners' Greek heritage.
323 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, H2S 1R9
Since 1962, Nouveau Système Beaubien has remained an iconic snack bar in Rosemont, offering delectable poutines and beloved burgers. Its retro decor, complete with a jukebox, metal stools, and vividly colored walls, transports you to another era. The menu options are diverse, including poutines, classic sandwiches (burgers, club sandwiches, hot chicken), authentic breakfasts, and steamed or toasted hot dogs.
5149 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, H2V 4G3
Located in Mile-End, Mimi & Jones offers a non-retro yet equally captivating approach with their original selection of classic vegan dishes. Its modern design creates an elegant environment, showcasing options such as the "Mimi Burger" accompanied by a homemade patty, as well as the irresistible "Croquettes Jones" tofu croquettes. Conclude your meal with one of their three milkshakes."