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, you'll probably want to start the year off with some of Canada's finest cuisine. While it isn't too hard to find restaurants open on New Year's Eve in this bustling city located in the province of Quebec, the first of the year is slightly more difficult, as it's a national holiday and many businesses are closed. But Montreal has plenty of dining options, whether you're nursing your New Year's Eve celebration or starting the year on a whole new plan.
Note some establishments have altered plans or closed temporarily for New Year's Day 2021, so see below and restaurant websites before making plans.
Méchant Boeuf is a good place for visitors who want to continue the party from the night before, typically offering an animated vibe often accompanied by live music. The restaurant is 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. A New Year's brunch and the standard dinner menu are available. Méchant Boeuf is open for takeout and delivery in 2021.
To celebrate the new year with fine dining, delve into some French food made with artisanal and local ingredients at Maison Boulud in downtown Montreal's Ritz-Carlton. Run by legendary 3-Michelin star chef Daniel Boulud, the restaurant has a terrace overlooking Sherbrooke Street and features a greenhouse all year that looks onto the open kitchen. There is also a bar. Main courses include everything from braised beef short ribs to spaghetti squash with wild mushrooms, and desserts make your mouth water, whether a lime and lemon meringue tartlet or cashew raspberry shortbread with chocolate. In January 2021, Maison Boulud is available for takeout in the evening and afternoon.
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. In its most basic form, poutine 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, 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. La Banquise is open for takeout or delivery in January 2021.
Lawrence temporarily closed in 2020.
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. They serve dishes like hot beignets, Indian-flavored kedgeree, and smoked salmon with eggs. Enjoy the full dinner menu with standout plates like parsnip ravioli, aged strip steak, and lamb risotto, all made with ingredients from sustainable sources.
Hambar temporarily closed in 2020.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Hambar is a chic restaurant and wine bar 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, a great setting whether celebrating with friends or dining with your New Year's date.
La Fabrique closed for New Year's Day 2021.
Nestled between Le Plateau neighborhood and the Latin Quarter, La 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. La Fabrique's brunch was called one of the best in all of Canada by The Huffington Post, 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 ideal for an intimate meal to start the new year with your loved one. The restaurant usually serves a New Year's brunch and dinner.