Brunch is by far the best meal of the day. The perfect combination of breakfast and lunch, brunch means waffles, chicken, eggs, and of course, bottomless mimosas. Montreal does brunch better than any other meal, so if you haven’t been out to brunch recently, be sure to make a reservation ASAP.
Check out these 13 must-try brunch dishes in Montreal and start drooling…
There is always a large group of foodies outside of L’Avenue for a reason: it’s unbelievably delicious. In addition to the massive smoothies and milkshakes, L’Avenue has a wide range of pancakes, french toast, and eggs benedict options. Still not convinced? Just wait until you catch a whiff of their irresistible dark chocolate pancakes with whipped cream, walnuts, and poached pear. It is out of this world.
Address: 922 Mont Royal E
Considering that we literally love everything on the menu at this hip new St.Henri diner, the one brunch item we always go back for is their avo toast. Spicy, rich, and enough to fill you up without making you feel heavy, this might just be the most perfect avo toast in town. Beware, this place is jammed on weekend and they take no reservations!
Address: 4621 Rue Notre-Dame O
L’Gros Luxe is known for its wildly greasy inventions, and their brunch menu is no exception. Offering everything from an unbelievable breakfast poutine (with pulled pork to gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, brunch at L’Gros Luxe will be sure to make that headache disappear.
Address: Multiple Locations
Beauty’s has been a Montreal institution since 1942 and for good reason. Not only does it offers the classics (in addition to their famous “Mish Mash”) and executes them magnificently, but Hymie, the Founder, is there greeting customers daily making this spot feel like a slice of home. Don’t leave the diner without trying the Beauty’s Special, a mouthwatering tomato and onion bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Where: 93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O
Famous amongst McGill students, McGill Pizza serves up a hearty and greasy brunch options for people not looking to spend a fortune. Despite the name, McGill Pizza is a brunch mecca on weekend mornings. Don’t expect anything fancy, but in terms of the basics – eggs, bacon, toast, and hash browns – McGill Pizza gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Where: 625 Rue Milton
Decorated with purple velvet booths and some rather interesting wall decor, Faberge is a great spot for hangover brunch. A few especially monstrous brunch options include a mac and cheese fritter topped with pulled pork and the S’mores Waffle, but none are better than the classic chicken and waffles combo. Expect line-ups as this place is pretty damn popular but definitely worth the wait.
Where: 25 Avenue Fairmount O
What is key to Universel’s brunch menu is its diversity. The breakfast menu is absolutely massive, offering everything from an Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Crepe to a Mexican omelette stuffed with red peppers and onions and topped with guacamole and salsa. Plus, with all day breakfast available, Universal is definitely a great option if you’re feeling a tad lazy and plan on staying in bed for hours. Whatever you do, don’t miss the waffle smothered in bananas, strawberries, and chocolate (it can also be ordered as a crepe or french toast).
Address: Various Locations
SuWu is much more than just a hip bar on Saint Laurent Boulevard. In addition to their tasty drinks, SuWu serves up some incredible brunch options. While the menu items are limited and subject to change, they typically have their famous take on Shakshuka available (made with eggs, tomatoes, chili peppers, cumin, and bacon).
Address: 3581 Avenue Saint Laurent
If you’re in the mood for bottomless brunch, do it right at L’Atelier d’Argentine in Old Port. L’Atelier d’Argentine is one of the classiest bottomless brunch joints in Montreal. In addition to your hollandaise-covered eggs benedict and warm beignets, you can choose between two bottomless brunch options: the bottomless bloody Mary and the mimosa kit.
Address: 355 Rue Marguerite d’Youville, Montreal
Head to this upscale French restaurant in Outremont for one of the best brunches of your life. Known for their french toast (it’s also offered on their dessert menu), Lemeac’s brunch option is topped with chocolate sauce and caramelised bananas. A word of warning: you likely won’t be able to eat this giant piece of french toast by yourself.
Address: 1045 Avenue Laurier O
Sparrow executes breakfast classics to perfection, which is why we recommend the fried eggs with sage. Sweet and simple, but unbelievably good. Served with their freshly baked sourdough bread, roasted potatoes, and bacon, it is to die for.
Address: 5322 Boul St-Laurent
Warm, sugary, and soft as a pillow, the beignets from Lawrence are one of many dishes not to be missed at this hip eatery. Each beignet has a different filling, one lemon, one custard, and one chocolate, each more scrumptious than the last.
Address: 5201 Boul St-Laurent
This menu has it all and every dish tastes as good as it looks. But since our sweet-tooth always wins, we highly recommend the spiced bread with poached pear, and caramel sauce combo. Just look at the picture….
Address: 5589 Av du Parc