From bao sandwiches, to Neapolitan pizza, to coffee that’s served like a beer (at last!), there was no shortage of excellent new places this summer in Montreal. Whether you’re looking for a simple lunch or an incredible night out on the town, here are the 15 hottest new restaurants to check out in Montreal.

Pizzeria Melrose

Pizzeria Melrose

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
A spacious bright room, Spartan furnishings, and thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizza are the makings of NDG’s newest hipster establishment, Pizzeria Melrose. The neighbourhood is abuzz with excitement at this opening, and we’re looking forward to grabbing a good slice with a glass of red from Melrose’s selected wine list.
 

Montreal Plaza

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Though it barely had a chance to take its first steps, Montreal Plaza is already the most hyped restaurant to open this summer. Labeled “the younger brother of Toqué!,” the newest restaurant from former Toqué chef de cuisine Charles-Antoine Crête is more accessible in cost without sacrificing any of the style and aplomb that have made its makers household names in new Quebec cuisine. Expect to hear a lot more of this newcomer.

Provisions 1268

Provisions

Outremont
This market-driven restaurant is powered by the seasons, the audacity of its chefs, and the best produce available at Jean-Talon Market each day -- and the results couldn’t be better. The plates here are as beautiful as paintings, and the daring atmosphere created by chefs Hakim Rahal and Pablo Rojas is as inspiring to the diners as it is to the staff. Come prepared to share, or go for a prix-fixe menu; just don’t expect to plan your meal ahead, because the menu changes constantly.

Braseria El Tumbao #1

Braseria El Tumbao

The Plateau
Despite the abundance of Portuguese grill houses in Montreal, other South American cuisine has remained strangely under-represented in our city -- that is, until Peruvian street-food eatery Braseria El Tumbao opened its doors. Come here for brochettes, cold beer, authentic Peruvian ceviche, and a casual vibe.

Das Bier

Das Bier

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Montreal finally gets its first gigantic beer hall with Das Bier. If you’ve always wondered where you could go to sit at long communal tables, munch on currywursts and pretzels, and pound back giant pints of lager, then look no further than this beer garden. We have a feeling things are going to get intense for Oktoberfest.

Courtesy of Cafe Hublot/ Vicki Bouchard

Café Hublot

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
From the nearby-roasted coffee to the blueberries in its pain aux bleuets, nearly everything available at Café Hublot is local, thoughtful, and delicious. This independent coffee shop has Wi-Fi, student discounts, and a mandate that will make you feel good about shelling out your money for java.
 

Café Frida

St. Henri
This family-owned grocery store and taqueria is as real as you can get: a mom and her two sons, slinging homemade horchata and traditional tacos for $2 from behind a lime-green counter. Despite the low price point, the food here is flavourful, simple, and -- buzzword alert -- soulful.

Tacos Victor

Tacos Victor

St. Henri
Just a couple of doors down from Café Frida lies its competition, Tacos Victor. The fare here is most inventive, the fries are crispy, and the soda is brand name... but at $5 a taco, you’re paying for it. Try the two new St. Henri taquerias and see for yourself.

Courtesy of Bao Boys

Bao Boys

The Plateau
Because bánh mì  sandwiches and tacos are not the only game in town, the Bao Boys are here to prove that the new thing in street food is their hybrid steamed bun sandwiches. Bringing together kimchi and poutine, this Vietnamese-fusion eatery is decadent and irreverent all at the same time.

Red Bird Cafe

Red Bird Café

The Main
Red Bird Café is a mom-and-son operation that’s been born out of a family’s passion for delicious healthy food. Cookbook author Marcy Goldman and her son Jonathan serve Mediterranean-inspired fare like chachouka (an egg frittata in a tomato and pepper sauce), salads, sandwiches, and a selection of desserts for breakfast and lunch daily.

Courtesy of Media MTL Cuisine

Tapas24 SnackBar

Old Montreal
Though this traditional tapas bar only opened in mid-August, it’s already garnered the attention of diners and critics alike. People are raving about Tapas24 SnackBar’s pig belly with red peppers, the Pintxo 5@7 on Thursdays, and even the unusual offering of tapas for brunch. Then again, it’s summer in Montreal, and there’s nothing we love more than sitting on a terrace and sharing some small plates -- and Tapas24 SnackBar has the perfect concept.

Courtesy of Loïc

Loïc

St. Henri
Loïc is an unusual beast in the landscape of Montreal pubs. Though it serves high-quality snacks, the selection is extremely limited to the hyper-local, hyper-fresh proffers of small producers. Though Loïc boasts a generous bar, it has no cocktails on offer, focusing instead on carefully curated wines that it truly loves. And though there is a bumping musical venue upstairs, the bar is a quiet and simple place for an intimate date night. In short, Loïc is a story of contradictions -- and yet, the result is perfect just the way it is.
 

Perfecto

The Plateau
A new bar and restaurant from the industry juggernauts behind Lorbeer, Taverne Saint-Sacrement, and Rufus Rockhead, Perfecto is the cool-kids and chefs hangout you’ve always wanted to be a part of. The menu is subject to change, but will focus on unusual drinks like bourbon milk punch and reinvented pub foods and late-night snacks that cater to cooks and chefs who've just done their shift. This is where you’ll go to feel in the know.

Pistolero

Pistolero

Downtown
In the age of wine and opulent Scotch bars, the sweeter, lower-class bourbon has got itself a bad rep in North America’s largest cities. So when you find a classy bourbon bar that also plays great old-school country music, you park yourself down and swear to never leave -- and that’s exactly how we feel about Pistolero. Whether you’re there for the crooning bluegrass, the Sazerac rye, or the Southern fare from former Moonshine BBQ chef Fred Bouchard, Pistolero is going to become your favourite Downtown bar.

Paquebot

Paquebot

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie
Do you know what nitro coffee is? I didn’t either, until I discovered Paquebot. Served much like your favourite beer, nitro coffee is cold, bubbly, chilled in a keg, and available on tap only in this newcomer coffee bar in La Petite Patrie. So whether you’ve always wanted to drink your coffee like your Guinness, or you’re just looking to find out what all the hype in the States is about, try the nitro brew at Paquebot. You heard it here first, folks.

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1. Pizzeria Melrose 5779 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, H4A 1X2

Bright, white walls, dark chairs, and a faux cowhide trim create a trendy atmosphere that sharply contrast with this Old-World-Style Neapolitan pizzeria. Nevertheless, Melrose's thin-crust pies rival that of any in Naples.

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2. Montreal Plaza 6230 St-Hubert, Quebec, G1P

Charles-Antoine Crête of Toqué opened Montreal Plaza in the hopes of creating a more accessible venue for quality French cuisine. With dishes made by a veteran staff and priced between $12 and $30, this restaurant allows customers to experience high-end dining at a reasonable cost.

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3. Provisions 1268 Ave Van Horne, Outremont, H2V 1K5 (Outremont)

This eatery focuses locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients to create a rotating menu, with selections such as: grapefruit and coriander seed yogurt, beef tartare with roasted eggplant, and foie gras and pig's head terrine with cherries.

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4. Braseria El Tumbao 4275 st denis, Montreal, H2J 2K9

Short of actually going to Peru, this is the best place to chow down on authentic Peruvian cuisine.

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5. Das Bier 5889 Avenue Papineau, Montreal, H2G 2W5

Finally, Montreal has a giant beer hall to call their own!

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6. Café Hublot 4457 Beaubien Eset, Montreal, H1T 1T3

Once you grab a cup of their nearby-roasted coffee, you'll want to rearrange your whole morning in order to make Cafe Hublot your daily coffee stop.

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7. Cafe Frida 4412 Notre Dame , Montreal, H1V 2B1

Not only is the food here flavorful and delicious, but the prices simply can't be beat.

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8. Paquebot 2110 Bélanger, Montreal, H2G 1C2

This coffee bar specializes in nitro coffee which is served bubbly and cold straight from a keg. It's treated with nitrogen and/or carbon dioxide under high pressure and has a foamy head, just like a Guinness. This is the first coffee shop to bring this special brew to the area.

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9. Pistolero 1238 Bishop, Montreal, H3G 2E3

This classy bourbon bar serves up delicious drinks alongside healthy doses of bluegrass and country music. The Southern food, made by former Moonshine BBQ chef Fred Bouchard, pairs perfectly with the down-home spirits.

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10. Perfecto 20 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, Montreal, H2W 1G6

Get a taste of the insiders club at the newest chef and bartender hangout. Rest assured with a crowd like that, you won't be disappointed.

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11. Tapas 24 SnackBar 420, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Local 5, Montreal, H2Y 1V3

This tapas bar is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and specializes in small Spanish plates like pig belly with red peppers. It's a great place to pop in and out of for a quick bite, drink or cup of coffee.

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12. Red Bird Cafe 4276 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, H2W 1Z3

Health food like only family knows how. This mom-and-son cafe makes a mean breakfast with kind hearts.

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13. Bao Boys 4135 Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M7

The new thing in street food is the steamed bun sandwiches made by Bao Boys. This Vietnamese-fusion spot pushes tacos and bánh mì sandwiches to the side with heavy hitters like kimchi poutine.

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14. Tacos Victor 4376 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H4C 1R8

This new taco place has everyone talking. Order the St. Henri taquerias and you'll see why.

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