Explore the effervescent culinary landscape of Montreal with the recent new openings and reopening of restaurants, cafes, and bars, both in January and those anticipated in February 2024.
Montreal's restaurant industry is in constant motion, offering epicureans increasingly new, diverse and innovative experiences.
Whether you're in search of the very first establishment of a talented young chef, a new branch of an iconic address, or an innovative concept from seasoned owners, Montreal's culinary scene is bursting with novelties.
Every month, new gastronomic chapters are written, expanding the list of places to explore. Stay tuned for these culinary gems, as we are committed to keeping you informed about exceptional openings and noteworthy developments in Montreal's dining landscape.
Without further ado, here are the addresses to discover that opened their doors in January 2024. Let's together explore the must-visit places that have made their mark on Montreal's gourmet scene this month.
705 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3B 4G5
Quebec Brasserie Climats, helmed by chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère and responsible for La Cabane du Coureur, Le Coureur des Bois and Restaurant H3, opened its doors at Time Out Market Montreal on February 8th. Combining modernity with affordable conviviality, the menu features local dishes such as duck confit with sofrito and Brussels sprouts. With experience in renowned restaurants such as Au Pied de Cochon and le Toqué !, the chef favours fresh, local ingredients to create an authentic gastronomic experience.
299 Rue de l'Église, Montréal, H4G 2M3
Located at 299 Église in Verdun, L'In-Time opened its new location on January 23, 2024. Ideally situated in the heart of Verdun, the restaurant, as a "bring your own wine" establishment, stands out with delicious mussels and diverse cuisine, merging Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, and Quebec influences at affordable rates.
222 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, H2T 2N8
Oncle Lee, open since January 17 on Laurier Avenue West, offers a unique Chinese experience in Montreal. Led by young chef Andersen Lee, part of the Bouillon Bilk, Restaurant Cadet, and Place Carmin family, the restaurant has garnered attention as the only Montreal restaurant listed in The World's 50 Best for 2024. Expect a warm decor with nods to Chinese culture, reimagined classic Chinese dishes, and carefully selected cocktails and wines.
145 avenue Mont-Royal E, Montréal, H2T 1N9
Café Ohayo, recently opened on Mont-Royal Avenue, offers a modern Japanese experience. After starting in New York, chef Hiroshi Kitano settled in Montreal, where he opened several restaurants, including Kitano Shokudo. In partnership with Samath Mom, Café Ohayo is born, occupying the space next door to La Panthère Verte. The café offers Japanese, vegetarian and vegan dishes in a simple, bright decor. The menu features yoshoku dishes, blending the West and Japan, with options such as keema curry, spicy vegan tantan ramen, and the Ebi burger. In addition to coffee, teas, sodas, fresh juices, and soon a selection of sakes to take away, are available.
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19 Avenue Mont-Royal E, Montréal, H2T 1N4
Opened on January 27th, ZEEZ celebrated its inauguration by offering free burgers. The hour-long queue was well worth it to enjoy a delicious, juicy, well-cooked smash burger with tasty sauce and a variety of toppings. In addition to these delights, their smashed potatoes and crispy onion rings are a crunchy wonder, raising the standards of fast-food excellence. Mainly focused on takeaway, a few high tables add a touch of conviviality. Definitely an address worth visiting.
4639 boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R2
Gino's Negroni & Lasagna, a new address on the Plateau Mont-Royal since December 19, offers exceptional Italian cuisine. Offering delicious lasagne and Negronis for $13, the family-run Italian restaurant has created a buzz in less than a month. The limited menu offers delicious lasagne and affordable Negroni cocktails at just $13. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available. Check out their specialties, including focaccia, Alla Norma lasagna, Svegliato cocktail, and tiramisu.
1974 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H3H 2P3
Since January 18th, JUN JUN has opened in Griffintown, near its sister restaurant, Junior. Offering modernized Filipino cuisine, this charming establishment blends tradition and innovation. The menu, curated by chefs Lorenzo Aquino and Neil Gayo, includes dishes like Kinalaw (smoked mackerel) and beef Kaldareta (grilled hanger steak). Original cocktails, like the Kapeng Matamis, complement the experience.
1194 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3B 1K1
Fondue Haidilao, Montreal's new Chinese fondue den, opened its doors in mid-January to widespread acclaim, as they were long overdue. In their desire to offer the unrivalled service for which this global chain is renowned, every member of staff on duty is required to be fluent in English and French, which is rare for this type of restaurant. The restaurant offers a "hot pot" concept, with quality ingredients cooked in a broth at the table. Beyond the food, there's plenty of entertainment, with the famous noodle dance and captivating shows, including a traditional face change at 7pm. Reservations are strongly recommended, as the wait can be as long as 2h30 without a reservation.
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630 Rue de Courcelles, Montréal, H4C 3C5
Restaurant Estelle is dedicated to modern Italian cuisine, occupying the former Grumman "78" space in Saint-Henri since mid-December. Set in the heart of a parking lot, the renovated restaurant offers a mysterious ambience. Chef David Tarantini concocts an Italian menu with creative elements, featuring grilled meats, pastas and antipasti. The wine list selected by Emma Laflamme focuses on Italy, France and California, with classic and natural options. Mixologist Pierre-Olivier Masaad incorporates Italian touches into his cocktails. With capacity doubled in summer thanks to the gigantic terrace, Estelle becomes an ideal urban address for a variety of events, including brunch from February.
1748 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H3J 1M3
Kesté, the pizzeria renowned for its authentic Neapolitan cuisine, opened its second branch on January 19 in Griffintown. The new location offers an intimate, modern atmosphere, restricted to 18+ after 9pm, with a full bar and a careful selection of privately imported Italian wines. Staying open until 3am, it's the ideal place to enjoy delicious pizzas while sipping from a fine cocktail menu.
3891 boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1X9
Miracolo, open since January 24th on Saint-Laurent in Mile-End, takes its place alongside Majestique and Darling. With eclectic decor and a cozy Wes Anderson-inspired ambiance, the 110-seat restaurant features an open kitchen and a large banquette. Offering an affordable Italian menu with Quebecois ingredients, Miracolo plans to add lunch and brunch soon.
4045 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, H1W 1T3
The brand-new Octo restaurant, which opened in Hochelaga on January 9, offers an innovative Asian-inspired menu. Specializing in street food, the menu features unique creations such as a hot dog topped with bao pastry and poultry white pudding. No reservations, open Tuesday to Friday until 1 am, also offering a late-night menu from 10 pm to 1 am. Check out this creative address from the Flamant crew.
1241 Rue Bishop, Montréal, H3G 2E2
For Machi Machi fans in Montreal, patience is about to be rewarded. Machi Machi, the innovative Asian beverage brand, announces the upcoming opening of its first branch in Montreal from January 29th to February 1st. The boutique aesthetic aims to inspire creativity, offering a pleasurable experience of Asian tea culture. Machi Machi offers healthy and delicious artisanal beverages, presented in unique bottles.