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.
Note that late-night menu items, prices and hours of operation may change without notice. Always check details with the restaurant before heading out.
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 Estiatorio 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. Estiatorio Milos' late-night menu runs from 10 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
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 $30 for an appetizer 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 Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
1446 Peel, corner of de Maisonneuve
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1S8
Reservations: (514) 848-0988
According to some consumer reviews, Plateau neighborhood Chez Victoire 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
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 $53 rib steak is one of the main dishes proposed on Moishes' $29 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, Wednesday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu (called "after 9" menu).
3961 St. Laurent, corner of Bagg
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4
Reservations: (514) 845-3509
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, 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 classical French fares. And you're only set back a tiny $25.
Wine, taxes, and tips are extra. Chez Lévêque's late-night menu runs from 9 p.m. to close seven nights a week. View the full late-night menu.
1030 Laurier West, corner of Hutchison
Montreal, Quebec H2V 2K8
Reservations: (514) 279-7355
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.
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 a panko crusted goat cheese, apple, and walnut salad, a vegetable tian with a raw milk cheddar gratin, 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 $28.
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.
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.
Wait past 9:30 p.m. and get a starter and a main for $25. Item considerations include calamari followed by the blood sausage 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.
Wine, taxes, and tips are extra. Le Valois' reduced priced menu runs from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. View the full late-night menu.
25 Place Simon Valois, corner of 3809 Ontario
Montreal, Quebec H1W 0A6
Reservations: (514) 528-0202