When you wake up on January 1 in Montreal after a long night watching fireworks at the Old Port or dancing in one of the city's Bohemian clubs, one of the first things on your mind will surely be food. While it isn't too hard finding restaurants that are open on New Year's Eve to accommodate all of the end-of-year parties, the first of the year is slightly more difficult as it's a national holiday and many businesses are closed. If you don't have a way to call restaurants to confirm they are open, the following list includes some of Montreal's best eateries that are serving food on January 1, 2020.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Hambar is a chic restaurant known for expertly prepared charcuterie plates, an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and mouth-watering entrees. Choose between dishes like mushroom risotto, grilled octopus, and fresh pasta with lobster. Better yet, go with a group and order a variety of meals; at Hambar, they are meant to be shared. The interior is sophisticated but still cozy, the perfect setting whether celebrating with friends or dining with your New Year date. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m. on January 1, 2020, and accepting reservations.
Founded in 2010 by a group of four friends, this trendy spot in the Mile End neighborhood focuses on serving great food using local vegetables and meats. On New Year's Day, dine at Lawrence for brunch, dinner, or both! From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., they'll be serving dishes like hot beignets, Indian-flavored kedgeree, and smoked salmon with eggs. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy the full dinner menu with standout plates like parsnip ravioli, aged strip steak, and lamb risotto, all made with ingredients from sustainable sources. Diners who plan to eat brunch must arrive and ask for a table, while reservations are currently being accepted for dinner.
Méchant Boeuf is the perfect place for visitors who want to continue the party from the night before. The vibe is animated and often accompanied by live music, and the restaurant is conveniently located right in Old Montreal. Wake up and start the year off right with Méchant Boeuf's specially prepared holiday brunch, with breakfast poutine, steak and eggs, or a selection of fresh-baked pastries. Brunch is never complete without a mimosa, and you have the option to make them bottomless. The New Year's brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the standard dinner menu is available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are currently being accepted.
Nestled between Le Plateau neighborhood and the Latin Quarter, Le Fabrique is truly a culinary experience. The dishes are cutting-edge creations without being pretentious, and the menu is constantly changing based on seasonal ingredients and the chef's imagination. The Huffington Post called La Fabrique's brunch one of the best in all of Canada, and the evening dinner menu is just as laudable. With an impressive wine selection to round out the meal, the ambiance at La Fabrique is perfect for an intimate meal to start the new year with your loved one. Reservations are currently being accepted for New Year's brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m.to 10:15 p.m.
La Fonderie's specialty is the Swiss tradition of fondue, dipping garlic bread, boiled potatoes, steamed vegetables, and even lobster tail into hot and gooey premium cheeses. The restaurant is a little outside of Montreal in the suburb Laval, but still accessible from the city center via the metro off the Montmorency stop. Even though the sensuality of fondue makes it a great spot for a date, it's also a fun meal to eat with a group and even children will delight in dipping their meal in the bowl of hot cheese. Save room for dessert fondue to wash down all that melted Swiss cheese with some melted Swiss chocolate. You can make dinner reservations now for January 1, 2020, beginning at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
For those looking for a more casual meal on New Year's Day—or perhaps a pick-me-up snack on your way back from the bars—La Banquise is open 24 hours a day and is a Montreal hotspot for the famous Quebecois meal, poutine. Poutine, in its most basic form, is a plate of french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds, but La Banquise has upped the game with their 31 varieties. Order poutine with bacon and guacamole, poutine with chicken and peas, poutine with pulled pork and apples, and even vegan poutine. This is an essential dish to try when visiting Montreal, and New Year's Day at La Banquise is the perfect time and place to do it. Visit La Banquise in the Le Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood at the corner of La Fontaine Park.