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Montreal Restaurants: Democratizing Upscale Cuisine With Late Night Menus
Think Montreal upscale restaurants are out of reach? Think again.
Foodies of all budgets can get their high-end grub—steaks, lobster pasta, salmon tartare—at a delightfully accessible price point courtesy of a brigade of the city's top restaurants offering special late night menus that go into effect by evening's end, usually after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Ask any foodie in town where's the best place to score Greek.
If they're not pushing the more budget-friendly Villeray neighborhood joints that are Marven's or Hermes*, then they're all over the upscale paradise that is Milos.
And patrons know very well what kind of pretty penny is required to sup at Montreal's premiere upscale Greek restaurant located in the Mile End. But get there at 10 p.m. and the rules change. After 10 p.m., you can score an entree of organic salmon sashimi followed by a tuna burger or dorade flown in from Kefalonia concluding with a baklava finale for, I kid you not, less than $26. Less than $26 to dine in one of Montreal's top restaurants.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Milos' late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
Note that late-night menu items,... prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.
*The first and last time I went to Hermes, it was authentic to the point where I needed my Greek friend as an on-site interpreter since the gentleman serving us only spoke Greek. And the food's garlic breath factor? Unparalleled.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Lauded as not only Montreal's best upscale Portuguese restaurant but one of Montreal's best restaurants overall, Ferreira Café is located in the heart of downtown and known primarily for its fish and seafood, main dishes averaging $30 to $55. In other words, dropping $300 for two with appetizers, dessert, tip and wine is an expected given at Ferreira except after 10 p.m. when the menu shifts to $24 for an entree and a main.
Think fried calamari—really good fried calamari—followed by the tartare of the day or roasted sardines followed by grilled salmon with fresh herbs on a bed of sweet potato puree and vegetables.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Ferreira Café's late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
1446 Peel, corner of de Maisonneuve
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1S8
Reservations: (514) 848-0988
Note that late-night menu items, prices and hours of... operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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I haven't had a chance to drop by Plateau neighborhood Chez Victoire, but I've sure been getting an eyeful from Facebook friends taking pictures of their soirées at the French-themed bistro, which according to some consumer reviews, is a little too pricey for what you get.
Well, they obviously haven't been taking advantage of Chez Victoire's late-night menu, which features, among other items, deer tartare and fried calamari. Follow those up with a main course of wild mushroom risotto or albacore tuna cooked with bacon. And finish the night on a sweet note with salted caramel affogato, an Italian coffee-based dessert. Grand total? $25. The fine print details that the promo applies to either an appetizer and main OR a main and dessert.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Chez Victoire's late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. View the full late-night menu (in French only).
1453 Mont-Royal East, corner of Garnier
Montreal, Quebec H2J... 1Z1
Reservations: (514) 521-6789
Note that late-night menu items, prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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The Main's legendary steakhouse is one of Montreal's latest institutions to join the late-night menu trend, with carnivores in shock that, among other insane specials involving lobster rolls, rack of lamb and maple-smoked beef ribs, the house's usual $39 rib steak is one of the main dishes proposed on Moishes' $25 post 9 p.m. deal, which also includes tea or coffee and an appetizer along the line of salmon tartare, chopped liver or salad. Incredible value.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Moishes' late-night menu runs from 9 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu (bottom right of page).
3961 St. Laurent, corner of Bagg
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4
Reservations: (514) 845-3509
Note that late-night menu items, prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Located on Laurier Avenue West, positive energy just seems to ooze out of the walls at family-run Chez Lévêque, one of the most down-to-earth bistros you'll find in Montreal. It's no wonder it's always packed with regulars.
Democratizing French cuisine via its generous three-course late-night menu, from my experience, their appetizers shine, particularly the snails served with mushrooms and creamy white wine sauce atop a bed of flaky phyllo dough.
And the apple-encrusted blood sausage? Sublime in all its clotted glory. Main courses won't be winning any awards, but this is still good stuff, from Chez Lévêque's duck confit, muscles and fries to the usual beef or salmon tartare and other classically French fare.
Finish off the night with a creme brulée or sugar pie and you're only set back a tiny $21. I also love the fact that the late-night menu runs a whopping three hours every day of the week so patrons can take their time and really enjoy the experience.
Wine,... taxes and tips are extra. Chez Lévêque's late-night menu runs from 9 p.m. to midnight seven nights a week. View the full late-night menu (in French only).
1030 Laurier West, corner of Hutchison
Montreal, Quebec H2V 2K8
Reservations: (514) 279-7355
Note that late-night menu items, prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Across the street from fun-loving Chez Lévêque is its sterile, colder, see-and-be-seen neighbor Leméac.
The food is arguably a step up, from the ingredients to the plating, yet the atmosphere is the polar opposite. The two-course late-night menu is more expensive and the offerings, more refined in turn.
Also take note: this is one of the only late-night menus I've spotted that offer somewhat suitable alternatives that cater to vegetarian needs.
Starters include pankoe crusted goat cheese, apple and walnut salad as well as raw milk cheddar gratin vegetable tian and crab cake served with gribiche sauce and cucumbers. And the mains are delectable: think cornish hen served with black olive polenta fries, or braised beef short rib with barley stew or even pot au feu salmon. Enjoy some coffee and tea and anticipate a bill of $27.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Leméac's late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to midnight seven nights a week. View the full late-night menu.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Founded by the owners of Moishes, downtown Montreal's high end build-your-own burger specialist, m:brgr, also believes in late-night deals, proposing two price points. For example, $15 will get you a half a rack of apple-wood smoked baby back ribs, coleslaw and a beer and for $19 upgrade to a Kobe beef burger topped with tomato and truffle aioli with a side of fries and a beer.
Taxes and tips are extra. m:brgr's reduced priced menu runs from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
2025 Drummond, corner of de Maisonneuve
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1W6
Reservations: (514) 906-0408
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Popular Montreal hot spot/fusion bistro L'Assommoir—to be completely accurate, there's two L'Assommoir hot spots, one in the Mile End and the other in Old Montreal—also jumped on the late-night menu bandwagon but don't expect to fill your belly on this one.
L'Assommoir's $22 menu after 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) is better served to patrons looking for a bustling, club-ish atmosphere that keeps going until 3 a.m. mixed with a little something to eat, like say spicy beef tartare, ceviche (their specialty), sesame salmon or a club sandwich paired with one of L'Assommoir's 300+ cocktails. In other words, the gist of the menu is simple. It covers one dish and one drink.
Taxes and tips are extra. L'Assommoir's reduced priced menu runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. View the full late-night menu (in French only).
L'Assommoir: Old Montreal
211 Notre-Dame West, corner of St.... François-Xavier
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T4
Reservations: (514) 272-0777
L'Assommoir: Mile End
112 Bernard West, corner of
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2K1
Reservations: (514) 272-0777
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French brasserie/bistro gem Le Valois, located in Montreal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood, proposes a fairly high value two-course late-night menu, depending on what you choose.
Order the goat cheese croquette with nuts and beet sauce entree followed by a main of organic salmon tartare on the regular menu for a collective $32. Or wait past 9:30 p.m. and get it for $20. Other item considerations include the scallop/blood sausage duo with truffled puree
Also, out of all the late-night menus I've perused, this one is the most vegetarian-friendly, with several meat-free, protein-laden options available.
The time frame the menu is in effect is also generous, running from 9:30 p.m. through midnight seven days a week.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Le Valois' reduced priced menu runs from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. View the full late-night menu.
25 Place Simon Valois, corner of 3809 Ontario
Montreal, Quebec H1W 0A6
Reservations: (514) 528-0202
Note that late-night menu... items, prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Bar & Boeuf
The Old Montreal market bistro otherwise known as Bar & Boeuf, proposes late-comers choose two tapas-sized dishes for $22, such as veal cheek served with daikon radish, macadamia nuts and parsnips or beef shortribs in a foie gras sauce and word on the street? Their sucking pig is about as good as it gets.
Wine, taxes and tips are extra. Bar & Boeuf's reduced priced menu runs from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday View the full late-night menu (changes with the seasons).
Bar & Boeuf
500 McGill, corner of Notre-Dame
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2H6
Reservations: (514) 866-3555