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37 best brunch spots in Montréal right now

The best brunches in Montreal range from breakfast sandwiches we're obsessed with to the fanciest mimosas in town.

Written by
JP Karwacki
Gregory Vodden
Isa Tousignant
Tommy Dion
Laura Osborne

From our famous bagels and poutine, to the best eggs benedict and sick stacks of pancakes, welcome to Montreal's must-eat guide to brunch. No matter what you're looking for, this round-up of neighbourhood favourites, Montreal classics and sophisticated spots has got you covered. If you (over)indulged in some Montreal nightlife, or you just want kick off the weekend with a decadent start (or the perfect coffee), this essential list of the best brunches in Montreal is for you. There’s a huge range of choices here, ranging from boozy brunches to classics and innovators. 

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An Old Montreal restaurant doing breakfast and lunch incalculable justice throughout the week, this one got popular like a bat out of hell. Be it the regular menu or its weekend brunch, Dyan Solomon’s offerings might seem run-of-the-mill at first glance, but everything here is immaculately tasty enough to draw long lines. Just be sure not to pass up the baked goods for a post-brunch snack.

Located in the heart of old Montreal, this bright, sophisticated space specialises in all-day breakfast and lunch. Dig into a stack of maple brown butter-soaked ricotta pancakes, the “endless summer breakfast” (a bowl of avocado, sourdough toast, fried egg, tzatziki, heirloom tomato, cucumber and charred pepper salad, currents and dukkah) or the insane buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (apple remoulade, chimichurri mayo and brioche bun for the win).


One of the hottest tickets in town, this restaurant in Saint-Henri from Raegan Steinberg and Alex Cohen has a small but serious brunch menu on weekends. Their menu’s a delicious salvo of Middle Eastern and Eastern European flavours. That, plus their regular menu with homeruns like the McArthurs (chicken schnitzel with iceberg slaw, mayo and pickles on challah), means this is the place to nosh on the regular.

Sure, there are breakfasts and lunches both healthful and luxuriant to be had at Nadine Boudreau, Julie Romano and chef Jens Ruoff’s establishment, but all of that coalesces and congeals nicely in their brunches running from Fridays to Sundays. A glance at their dishes, from mains to sides, draws exclamations of inspiration. We’d tell you about we love to eat here, but then it’d be just us reading off the whole damn menu.

Photograph: Kevin Mackinnon

5. Millmans

This "fancy" snack bar with old school diner vibes on Wellington Street in Verdun is serving up breakfast and lunch, and covering all the morning classics. Expect fluffy stacks of pancakes, perfectly roasted home fries, gravlax, homemade granola and more. There's also an early bird special for keeners.

Fois gras poached eggs? Prosciutto chips? Panko-breaded French toast so good it will make you cry? This Village classic with a cult following will have you on repeat, especially after you’ve tried their must-have ham croissant sandwich (a fresh croissant stuffed with creamed leeks, ham, baby spinach, radish, red onions, cheddar, aigrelette sauce, tatsoi sprouts, poppy seeds and topped with a sunny side-up goose egg).


Beautiful, bright, airy and known for its brunches. Mélisse has all the look and feel of a Californian café, but earns that glamorous veneer through service and style. Sure, you’ve got your artisanal drinks and kombucha for sale, but the choice cocktails, open sandwiches and breakfast casseroles will cement this place in your mind as a worthwhile endeavor. Just maybe don’t show up in your sweatpants and expecting to chug pitchers of mimosas here.

Every day of the week, Café Régine—and its Verdun counterpart Janine Café—continues to uphold its reputation as one of the finest brunch-focused restaurants in the city. It serves dishes from across the mealtime’s sweet-savory spectrum, along with the prerequisite Caesars, mimosas, liquid chocolate and coffee you’d care to guzzle. All of this is served in surroundings reminiscent of British high tea with impeccable service, so popular that the line-ups run long at this one.


Dishing out a journey to the Philippines in Saint-Henri since 2014, Junior Filipino serves typical dishes from the archipelago that include pork adobo, whole fish, lumpia, and vegetable stir-fry in a coconut milk sauce, but the brunch? It's on a whole other level here, from coconut waffles topped with lechon juicy-on-the-inside-crunchy-on-the-outside pork belly to a fried chicken recipe we can't get enough of, but the lunch menu's sisig with a sunny-side egg can satisfy brunch cravings too. If you want it boozy, they've keep the cocktails flowing as fast as you order them.

Hélicoptère is already well known as an approachable, small-plate format hotspot opened by former team members of the heavy-hitting, ultra-soigné French restaurant, Bouillon Bilk. And while some restaurants in the upper strata of Montreal’s food scene can tend towards respectable, but otherwise uninspired brunch services, Hélicoptère devotes the same love and attention to detail to its creative brunches as it does to its evening services at their attached café Hélico. The brunch dishes there can oscillate anywhere between humble and comforting bread puddings to duck hearts with sumac and raisins, all presented as parts of intriguing multi-course tastings with an emphasis on sharing and seasonal ingredients. ALSO: One of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city.


Tendresse may be entirely vegan, but it's got all the necessary dishes to satisfy brunch cravings. While everyone else is waiting in line for eggs, dig into breakfast tacos, pancakes with seasonal fruit, breakfast sandwich and the odd poutine. Throw in a  mimosa or cocktail or two (of each) on their picturesque terrasse, and this one one will likely steal your heart away.

Serving up quality breakfast for over 20 years, this warm, family-friendly spot a few blocks from the Atwater Market is the place to go for deep-dish brunch casseroles (picture a skillet filled with piping hot layers of sausage, bacon, mushrooms, peppers, green onions and two eggs slathered in hollandaise sauce and swiss cheese gratin), the crispiest breakfast potatoes and most addictive eggs benedicts. 


Jessica Bégault’s café ownership savvy, combined with the work with of chef Norah Paré, makes for a delicious combination indeed. Sure, there’s good grub to grab at breakfast and lunch during the week, but the brunch on weekends? Grand slams, a vegetarian croque monsieur and some of the best French toast in town for its use of milk-based bread in a heavy cream bath. It’s all excellent, just like momma used to make.

It’s not unheard of to plan your entire travel itinerary around Michelin star recipient Daniel Boulud’s masterful creations, and his brunch is no exception. Housed in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, Maison Boulud is a cultural touchstone wrapped into one perfect phyllo dough pastry. Dining al fresco in the renovated garden overlooking a pond provides even more of an incentive to pay the establishment a daytime visit (and half your salary for some well-worth-it snow crab on brioche and a juicy DB Burger topped with pork belly and Oka cheese).


With all the cases to be made for wild takes on classic brunch dishes or healthy living options, where are all our straightforward bistros offering calming services, low volumes, and delicious eats? Leméac fulfills that need, the kind of place you can drag your hungover shell of a former self to and gestate at the menu with a wilting finger without taking off your shades. Then, the food comes, whatever hearty or sweet or sable thing your heart desired, and it’s so good. Classy and classic, it’s both endearingly basic while setting a high baseline with its French jouissance.

Looking for a hole in the wall-style greasy spoon where you can weep regrets about last night into a cup of dishwater coffee? You’ve come to the wrong place. Perles et Paddock’s elegantly constructed space is brimming with natural light, and is serving a little bit of everything for the hungry masses with twists and turns: Breakfast sausage is now boudin, avo toast is an avo tartine, steak and eggs are now covered with chimichurri. Just familiar enough while still being dressed to the nines.


It's breakfast all day at this massively popular Mile End destination from Lawrence chef Marc Cohen. It fulfills spirits and stomachs on so many fronts, acting as much as a neighbourhood bistro as it is a swank hangout for kids who want to be seen. From its small but sturdy breakfast options to a wider range of savory dishes that easily figure in as a decent brunching dish, a taste of one dish yields a desire for another, and it’ll pain you once you realize that generally only a handful of them fits in your stomach.

There are a lot of great Chinese restaurants for dim sum in Montreal, but Kim Fung is the one doing it right. Centrally located, it serves a proper brunch service to a constant stream of hungry patrons by the cartload. As the tea flows, a choice of any of their fried or steamed goods is a sure bet, from dumplings to sticky rice, eggplant stuffed with shrimp to spring rolls. While not for everyone, we can attest to their chicken feet and beef stomach stew as well: It’s all awesome.


Bishop and Bagg is an English-style pub in the Mile End that’s knocking it out of the park with its weekend brunches. The menu is a mix of traditional and modern British fare, including classic ploughman’s lunches alongside fried chicken French toast Monte Cristo sandwiches and full English breakfasts alongside a curried lentil, poached egg, and cheese curd concoction cheekily named the Earl of dahl-housie. The fun, eclectic menu combines well with the pub’s cozy leather and hardwood decor to make it a great roost for a lazy weekend meal.

Since 1942, Beauty’s Luncheonette has been serving up generous portions of their lovingly cooked Jewish-inspired breakfast and lunch fare in their timelessly cool retro 50s diner on the corner of Saint-Urbain and Mont-Royal. In fact, Beauty’s is one of the oldest operating brunch joints in town, and depending on who you ask, it might just be Montreal's first. Beauty’s serves all the classic brunch stapes, including full breakfasts, fresh-pressed orange juice, salads, sandwiches, pancakes, and waffles, but also several unique specialties including their coveted bagel lox platter and downright legendary mishmash omelette, loaded with salami, hot dogs, green peppers, and fried onions.


Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s self-titled restaurant concept in the Four Seasons Hotel has the whole city aflutter for jump-starting the dated hotel bistro formula. In addition to bold breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even high-tea services, Marcus also serves a stellar Brunch. Dishes include everything from eggs Benedict and gravlax to fried chicken waffles and multi-tiered, build-your-own bagel and lox platters. It’s certainly not the cheapest brunch in town,  but it’s a great option when a special occasion rolls around.

A hip, lighthearted spot that hit the ground running when it first opened in 2010, Fabergé has since become a Mile End go-to for nourishing hangover cures. The interior is open and airy, which does well to accommodate the hordes of famished bunchers the restaurant receives on the regular, and the menu has a distinct ‘turned up to 11’ character about it. The menu is lengthy and features arrays of creative eggs Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, and more— as well as a bunch of wacky and decadent outliers. These outliers include a Japanese style pancake dish with bacon, cabbage, egg, mayo, and otafuku sauce as well as a mythic breakfast poutine made with home fries and topped with a poached egg smothered in hollandaise sauce, just to name a couple.


Part of a small but surprisingly robust cadre of Australian-inspired, Montreal restaurants, Café Melbourne has certainly cornered the market on brunch between them. Menu items include waffles, stacked salmon bagels, smashed avocado, halloumi, and soft-boiled egg platters, and a famous chipotle chicken sourdough toastie. As a bonus, all of Café Melbourne's sunny, down-under-style dishes pair perfectly with their in-house roasted coffee, just what you need to bring a little Australian outback to your weekend, even in the depths of a Montreal winter.

The heritage building of Le Mount Stephen hotel carries itself grandly with vaulted ceilings, dangling chandeliers and plush seating. That forms a beautiful setting for a proper British brekkie and brunch, dishing out as many full English plates as they do poached eggs atop avo toasts—scones and duct fat potatoes on the side, of course. Given your surroundings, it won’t be long before being tempted by luxury add-ons like a make-your-own mimosa or Aperol spritz packages either. (No wonder it features on our best boozy brunches list.)


The latest venture from the Burgundy Lion Group—the progenitors of spots like Bishop & Bagg, also on this list—has us hooked, and it's not just because they're doing bottomless mimosas: Their menu covers just about every base, including as many croque madames as there are shakshukas and full English breakfasts. Surprisingly, not every one of the BLG's pub ventures can boast that, making this our top spot among them all. Brunch is served on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sparrow is a well-established and much-loved gathering ground in Mile End and was an early pathfinder among the small but influential contingent of British-inspired restaurants and pubs that have sprung up in Montreal in recent memory. Sparrow’s interior is a lush mix of tasteful old-world design choices, including the requisite steamer trunks, old church pews, and antique light fixtures— all reminiscent of stately manor libraries lost  in the British Isles. Far from being only skin deep, the brunch menu is also a decidedly English affair. And while you’ll find tea and scones as well as  full English breakfasts, much inspiration has been drawn from the flavours of some of England’s former colonies, and you can expect shakshuka, breakfast banh-mi, and Turkish coffees as well.


This keep-it-simple neighbourhood restaurant puts Little Italy on the map with its two-page menu full of brunching goodness: Two-egg breakfast platters (vegan option available), French toast, burgers, cocktails and a sturdy selection of Eggs Benedict keep folks coming back throughout the week. Built to support the working class and starving artists, no one can argue with its great value for money.

When it comes to classic Quebecois-style brunch, there’s really only one contender for the title of city’s best: La Binerie. The original location of La Binerie on Mont-Royal Avenue began operating way back in 1938, and they’ve counted city mayors, famous artists, and professional hockey players among their regular clients. These illustrious patrons came back time and time again for La Binerie’s classic Quebecois comfort dishes like tourtière, slow-cooked ham, and their famous fèves au lard. When they relocated to a brand new location (only a few blocks away) and adopted a range of new menu items, they didn't lose the charm or flavour of the fantastic homespun dishes that first put them on the map.


Hats off to anyone who reappropriates an old, disused space like a cheap diner and revivifies it with an elegant touch. That’s Foiegwa—having taken an old casse-croûte and given it the old tablecloths-and-crystal touch—but the brunch is still a modestly-priced affair that hits all the right spots. Imagine your favourite breakfast items infused with truffles, plus fluffy ricotta pancakes, milkshakes, Bennies and chia bowls. Oh, and you can add foie gras to anything for the princely sum of $10.

Chef Kimberly Lallouz spent months experimenting with chicken-frying techniques before opening this temple to the fried bird, and the results don’t disappoint: Their technique’s akin to a country-fry via pressure cooking, which maintains juicy meat with a crispy skin. Even better, it forms one half of an awesome chicken and waffles dish for weekend brunch services. There’s also shakshuka, breakfast burritos, Eggs Benedict and frittatas, but come on. Chicken and waffles makes for finger-licking goodness.


It boasts rock & roll/hip hop concert vibes thanks to the graffitied walls, a motorcycle dangling from the ceiling and restrooms that are straight up glow-in-the-dark-trippy. If you can bare the hour-long wait outside at one of its three locations, you’ll fall in love with the invigorating atmosphere. The portions are also downright massive. Have your leftovers for both breakfast and lunch the next day, if only to savor the genius blend of pancakes and cheddar cheese all over again.

Lying low in an easy-to-miss sidestreet in the Quartier des Spectacles, Café Parvis has long been a popular standard for fashionable office workers, and its bright, verdant dining room is often packed to the gills during the week. Come on the weekend though, and you’ll be treated to the same playful Italian-ish cuisine with a focus on simple preparations and fresh ingredients that have made them so popular. Menu items include endive salads with mozzarella di bufala, pork rib and egg tacos, gravlax platters, and even a breakfast pizza with bacon bechamel and leeks.


While not a brunch spot in name or by definition, Bertrand Bazin’s café and bistro is delivering all the necessary elements and makings of an excellent brunch restaurant. The menu here ranges from the ease of snacking on pastries—and pastries are an absolute must here—alongside hot espresso to savoury French classics like quiche and Niçoise salad. That said, options here feel like they’re strictly intended for breakfast or lunch, but together? You do the math.

Pois Penché
Photograph: Le Pois Penche

34. Pois Penché

When brunch calls for red velvet chairs and a black-and-white check floor, this downtown brasserie will bring the touch of Paris you seek. Order from a brunch menu that runs the gamut from French classics like ham and Gruyère omelette à la française and smoked salmon atop brioche to Canadianized delights like French toast with mascarpone and lashings of maple syrup. Don’t miss the home baked pâtisseries, often still warm from the oven. 

Photograph: Barranco / @barrancomtl

35. Barranco

This Peruvian restaurant has none of the eggs-and-bacon brunch mainstays, but it’s got everything to please brunch-seeking palates. Go right in for proper food with an order of chicharrón or chicken taquitos, a heartwarming seafood rice dish that’s kind of like risotto, or the chickpea croquettes drizzled with creamy chimichurri. The one thing that’s more traditional is the salchipapa poderosa, a dish mixing huachana sausage, roasted potatoes and chicharrón with a sunny-side up egg on top.

Photograph: Shay / @shaygriffintown

36. Shay

Eggs Benedict and lamb shawarma is a heavenly fusion when you need hair on your chest for a winning day ahead. This Griffintown Lebanese resto turns blah brunch on its head with awesome spicing and inventive combinations—like the waffle taouk, for example, mixing all the puffy, crispy-edged deliciousness of a waffle with Lebanese-style fried chicken (taouk) drizzled with a pomegranate BBQ sauce. Try the addictive breakfast sandwich, too, featuring halloumi.


37. Le Toaster

The lineups for this classic all-day breakfast joint in Villeray are the only deterrent, but time it right (before 9 am) or go on a weekday and you’ll get to enjoy the peaceful good-morning vibes of the well decorated space. Their menu stays fresh with regular changes and new items (try the bahn mí breakfast sammy if you can!), but some recurring faves include the Rico sandwich (scrambled eggs with spinach, cheddar, bacon or tofu, tomatoes, arugula and their addictive lime-chipotle mayo on an Everything bagel) and their homemade banana bread, delectably smothered in creamy apple caramel. It’s okay to order dessert after brunch, right?

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