There's nothing Montrealers love more than eating at a great restaurant... except eating at a great NEW restaurant. And thankfully, they open up at a staggering rate in this city, so we tracked down the dozen best new spots to cut the ribbon over the past couple of months.

Grillado's Grilled Chicken

Downtown
Portuguese chicken is a way of life in Montreal, and while Romados may be the unofficial king of chicken in the city, that doesn't mean there isn't room for new contenders. Grillado's marinates all of its chicken for a whole 24 hours, then flame grills the bird with your choice of five different Peri-Peri sauces. Offering sandwiches to single platters to whole chickens, and even grilled espetada.

Brasserie Lucille's

Brasserie Lucille's

Westmount
Already with a permanent location in Monkland and a food truck, Lucille's Oyster Dive has expanded once more, this time bringing the restaurant's signature take on surf 'n' turf eats to Westmount. Under the name Brasserie Lucille's, the brand-new restaurant features a chic, open-kitchen concept and identifies as more of a steakhouse and specializes in prime rib, though you can still get the lobster rolls you know and love. 
 

San Gennaro

Little Italy
San Gennaro is an all-in-one Italian eatery, and each and every day, scores of handcrafted pizzas are made, including some very creative numbers, like the egg & sausage breakfast ‘za. Throw in homemade gelato, high-quality espresso, and a variety of freshly baked pastries (some of which are filled with Nutella, natch) and you have the newest hotspot in Little Italy.

Escondite/Chantal Gallant

Escondite

Downtown
Even though “Escondite” translates as “hideout,” the new Downtown Mexican restaurant is making itself pretty well-known for serving creative dishes and solid signature drinks. Opened by the team behind Biiru izakaya, Escondite is a Mexican tapas restaurant where you’ll find fish, meat, and veggie tacos on the menu, along with tantalizing fusion dishes like smoked meat tacos, tamarin shrimp, and the switched-up peaches 'n' cream corn dubbed the “Corn Esquite.”

La Cuisine d'Izza

La Cuisine d'Izza

Mile End
An ode to traditional Morrocan cuisine, La Cuisine d'Izza is the newest eatery on Bernard street, one that offers flavours unseen elsewhere on the street.  Named after the owner's grandmother Izza, La Cuisine is slinging traditional Morrocan dishes like keftas, merguez plates, and a selection of tagines, with a special brunch selection served pretty much all day, everyday. Being able to enjoy shakshuka at 9pm is a concept you'll only be able to fully appreciate once you've had the chance to do it.


HarBin Dumpling Mile End
Named after the capital of the Heilongjiang Province in northeast China, which is famed for its amazing dumplings, HarBin continues its namesake's tradition of delicious dumplings while being pretty darn affordable too. You can get simple chicken, beef, shrimp, or veggie dumplings by the platter for around $10, with your choice of having them boiled, fried, or steamed, which is a great deal in comparison to the pricier restaurants to be found in the Mile End area. More creative dumpling creations are also available for you to enjoy, like spicy chicken red curry, light egg and chive, and beef and fresh coriander, with fried noodle dishes also available for those who don't only want dumplings as a meal.

La Bodeguita de Montreal

La Bodeguita de Montreal

Parc-Ex
Small and quaint with a very family-friendly atmosphere, La Bodeguita specializes in Cuban BBQ meat dishes, with some seafood and taco plates in the mix. Equipped with a fully stocked bar (you know it makes a great mojito) and Sunday happy hour specials that feature live Cuban tunes, La Bodeguita is the tucked-away Cuban restaurant you didn't even know you were missing.

Les Fillettes

Les Fillettes

Outremont
For those unfamiliar with deep-cut wine terminology, a “fillette” is a half standard (375mL) bottle of red or white. With that factoid in mind, you can probably guess what Les Fillettes is all about. Artisanal vinos are a strong focus, but the food backing it up is pretty great too. Operating out of what was once Le Paris Beurre (an Outremont gustatory institution for three decades), Les Fillettes will still maintain the culinary tradition of its forefather, just with a more modern flair. 
 

Amelia's Pizza

McGill Ghetto
For a month, the city lost one of its greatest pizzerias when the infamous Amelio's closed in late January. Renowned for its five-cheese white pizza, and the fact that you could bring as many bottles of wine as you liked, Amelio's left a hole in our collective pizza-loving hearts. Thank the gods on high that Amelia's, operated by the family who ran Amelio's, re-opened in the same space. Keeping the same beloved menu, with some new additions like “The Florentine,” an artichoke-and-spinach dip-inspired pizza, and the “Reuben,” which is topped with meat and sauerkraut, the pizzas at Amelia's are just as delicious as you remember.

Le Red Tiger

Le Red Tiger

The Village
A new player has entered the rapidly changing resto-bar scene found in The Village: Le Red Tiger. Specializing in “Vietnamese soul food,” LRT serves up dishes like beef jerky-papaya salad, coconut chicken satay skewers, snails sautéed in lemongrass, five-spice braised pork belly, and many more. Just as much of a bar as it is an eatery, the drink menu is similarly impressive, with cocktails like the "Me Love You Long Time" (mezcal, watermelon, Thai basil, ginger-vanilla syrup, lime, and soda).

Lili.Co

Lili.Co

Mile End
Once a tiny restaurant in the Plateau, Lili.Co has moved farther north into the heart of Mile End and into a much larger space to accommodate the scores of Montrealers who already love the resto's cuisine. Although Lili.Co technically isn't a new restaurant (as Catherine Draws and Chef David Pellizzari's old spot already generated tons of positive buzz on the city's food scene), the new-and-improved space deservedly gets a spot on this list for the many additions to be made to the restaurant's service. More cocktails will be served, a later dinner service will be installed, and brunch will be doled out to all those craving a salmon bánh xèo, one of the many European- and Asian-inspired dishes to grace the new menu. 
 

Don Taco

Downtown
Operating out of what used to be Buns, Don Taco isn't a large establishment, but its tacos are big on flavour. Classics like tinga (shredded chipotle chicken) and asada (grilled beef with onions and coriander) tacos grace Don Taco's menu, with some more interesting taco fillings rounding out the restaurant's Mexican offerings, such as the lengua (beef tongue), pastor (marinated pork with grilled pineapple) and the pescado fish tacos. Yes, that's right, real fish tacos right here in Montreal, and you don't need to be at a sit-down restaurant to get them. Be excited.

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1. Grillado's Grilled Chicken 2079 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3H 1M6

Grillado's marinates all of its chicken for a whole 24 hours, then flame grills the bird with your choice of five different Peri Peri sauces. They offer everything from sandwiches to single platters to whole chickens, and even grilled espetada.

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2. Brasserie Lucille's 4124 Rue Ste-Catherine, Montreal, H3Z 1P4

Already with a permanent location in Monkland and a food truck, Lucille's Oyster Dive has expanded once more, this time bringing the restaurant's signature take on surf 'n turf eats to Westmount. This restaurant features a chic open-kitchen concept, and identifies as more of a steak house, specializing in prime rib, though you can still get the lobster rolls you know and love.

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3. San Gennaro 69 Saint Zotique, Montreal, H2S 1K7

Each and every day at San Gennaro scores of handcrafted pizzas are made, including some very creative numbers, like the egg & sausage breakfast ‘za. Throw in homemade gelato, high quality espresso, and a variety of freshly baked pastries (some of which are filled with Nutella, natch) and you have a must-try hot spot in Little Italy.

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4. Escondite 1206 Union, Montreal, H3B 3A7

Escondite is a Mexican tapas restaurant, where you’ll find fish, meat, and veggie tacos on the menu, along with tantalizing fusion dishes like a smoked meat tacos, tamarin shrimp, and the switched-up peaches 'n cream corn dubbed the “Corn Esquite.”

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5. La Cuisine d'Izza 228 Rue Bernard Ouest , Montreal, H2T 2K4 (Mile End)

La Cuisine d'Izza offers flavours unseen elsewhere on Bernard street, slinging traditional Morrocan dishes like keftas, merguez plates, and a selection of tagines, with a special brunch selection served pretty much all day, everyday. Being able to enjoy shakshuka at 9pm is a concept you'll only be able to fully appreciate once you've had the chance to do it.

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6. HarBin Dumpling 4801 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R6 (Mile End)

Named after the capital in northeast China, HarBin continues its namesake's tradition of delicious dumplings. You can get simple chicken, beef, shrimp or veggie dumplings by the platter for around $10, a great deal in comparison to the pricier restaurants to be found in the Mile End area. More creative dumpling creations are also available for you to enjoy, like spicy chicken red curry, light egg and chive, and beef and fresh coriander, with fried noodle dishes also available for those who don't only want dumplings as a meal.

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7. La Bodeguita De Montreal 7805 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, H2R 1X1 (Parc Ex)

Small and quaint with a very family-friendly atmosphere, La Bodeguita specializes in Cuban BBQ meat dishes, with some seafood and taco plates in the mix. Equipped with a fully stocked bar (you know they make a great Mojito) and Sunday Happy Hour specials that feature live Cuban tunes, La Bodeguita is the tucked away Cuban restaurant you didn't even know you were missing.

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8. Les Fillettes 1226 Van Horne, Montreal, H2V 1K3 (Outremont)

Artisanal vinos are a strong focus at Les Fillettes, but the food backing it up is pretty great too. Operating out of what was once Le Paris Beurre, an Outremont gustatory institution for three decades, Les Fillettes maintains the culinary tradition of its forefather, just with a more modern flair.

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9. Amelia's Pizza 201 Milton, Montreal, H2X 2L1

Amelia's is known for its classic cheese pizza but also throws some wonderful surprises into the menu. If you are dying for something different, try the “The Florentine,” an artichoke and spinach dip-inspired pizza, and the “Rueben,” which is topped with meat and sauerkraut.

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10. Le Red Tiger 1201 de Maisonneuve East, Montreal, H2L 2A1

Specializing in “Vietnamese soul food,” LRT serves up dishes like beef jerky-papaya salad, coconut chicken satay skewers, snails sauteed in lemongrass, 5-spice braised pork belly, and many more. Just as much of a bar as it is an eatery, the drink menu is similarly impressive, with cocktails like the "Me Love You Long Time" (Mezcal, watermelon, Thai basil, ginger-vanilla syrup, lime, and soda).

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11. Lili.Co 4675 St Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1K8 (Mile End)

Once a tiny restaurant in the Plateau, Lili.Co has moved farther north into the heart of Mile End and into a much larger space to accommodate the scores of Montrealers who already love the resto's cuisine. The improved space offers more cocktails, a later dinner service, and brunch to all those craving a salmon Banh xèo, one of the many European and Asian-inspired dishes to grace the menu.

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12. Don Taco 1855 Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal, H3H 1M2

Don Taco isn't a large establishment, but their tacos are big on flavor. Classics like Tinga (shredded chipotle chicken) and Asada (grilled beef with onions and coriandor) tacos grace Don Tacos' menu, with some more interesting taco-fillings rounding out the restaurant's Mexican offerings, such as the Lingua (beef tongue), Pastor (marinated pork with grilled pineapple) and the Pescado fish tacos. Yes, that's right, real fish tacos right here in Montreal.

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