Montreal Restaurants Open New Year's Day
Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's eve? Not a problem. Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's day? That's another story. Count on hotels staying open past the eve and through the day --downtown's Sofitel's Le Renoir and Old Montreal's St. James' XO are both solid, high-end bets-- and below features a list of Montreal restaurants and pubs you're going to love lingering in on a quiet, post-hangover New Year's day.
The following restaurants are open January 1, 2018.
In town for the weekend and want to taste what Montreal is all about? Head to L'Express, my friends. Montreal's top, and I mean TOP Parisian bistro landmark is open all New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. In the Plateau neighborhood.
- La Banquise
The poutine house to beat all poutine houses if only by notoriety, La Banquise offers no less than 31 variations on Quebec's culinary claim to fame, 24 hours a day. In the Plateau neighborhood, footsteps away from my favorite outdoor skating rink. See Also: Montreal's Best Poutine
Charcuterie is the standout at this Old Montreal haunt. Open New Year's day evening
Mile End hot spot Lawrence is open for dinner 5:30 p.m. through 11 p.m. See Also: Montreal's Best Brunch
One of Montreal's top steakhouses gets mixed reviews. Despite its shortcomings -yes, it's touristy and yes, the service is sometimes lackluster, it's professional at all times mind you, just low on pep- but I personally like it at Gibbys. That could have something to do with the fact that I order the right dishes. According to an ex-employee who asked to remain anonymous, the filet mignon is passable but otherwise, he advises to avoid the steaks, with a special mention to avoid the New York cut if you're a discerning meat eater. He claims it doesn't make the cut, no pun. And my source goes as far as to claim that Gibby's fish is the best in the city. Open in the evening on New Year's Day, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Méchant Boeuf
Looking for more of a nightlife feel the day after New Year's Eve? Try Old Montreal's Méchant Boeuf. Service can be slow but the food, haute comfort like burgers, tartares, wings and seafood platters, is generally on point. Score a spot by the bar or sit at a table.
Irish beer? Check. Wood paneling and vintage Guinness posters? Check. Warm-charming-staff-let's-make-friends-with-everyone-at-the-bar-after-all-it's-an-Irish-pub pub? My experience has been sometimes yes, sometimes no. But it's still a solid pub bet on New Year's Day. Or any day. Downtown and Plateau locations open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
- Auberge St. Gabriel
One of my favorite Old Montreal haunts. And if you believe the rumors, it is haunted. High-end and down-to-earth at the same time.
Can't go wrong with some live jazz during New Year's day dinner. Try the lamb.
- Khyber Pass
Afghan cuisine -think a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern- is in short supply in Montreal, with Khyber Pass at the helm. A solid, charming, affordable bet on any given day. It's a BYOW establishment so remember to pick up a bottle at the SAQ the day before since liquors stores are closed New Year's Day. Open the evening on New Year's Day, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- La Fabrique
Nice local haunt serving a combination of French bistro and haute comfort food on the southern edge of the Plateau. Open in the evening on New Year's Day, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Les 3 Brasseurs
Pub food with a sports bar atmosphere (i.e., flat screens everywhere), I can't say Les 3 Brasseurs is the most incredible pub dining experience ever, but it's okay. All Montreal locations, including downtown, are open New Year's Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- La Fonderie
The first day of the new year. Greeted with fondue. How perfect is that?! Open New Year's day evening from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Located in the Plateau near Parc La Fontaine.
- Chez Lévêque
Classic fine French cuisine on the of Montreal's Mile End on Laurier West with charming twists, from applesauce-topped blood sausage to tender veal cheeks to escargots served in puff pastries. Lovely, down-to-earth service. Open New Year's Day for brunch and dinner.
The king of Montreal smoked meat is open for business all New Year's Day with hot smoked meat available until 5 p.m. Hours subject to change. In the Plateau neighborhood, on the Main.
- Maison Boulud
One of Montreal's top dining experiences is a possibility come New Year's Day with downtown Montreal's Maison Boulud open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Near the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In addition to the above Montreal restaurants and pubs, the following Montreal restaurants are, last time I checked their online reservations schedule, open New Year's Day:
Just to be safe, call before heading out to your restaurant of choice and double check. Schedules have been known to change.