Food & Drink

The Best Healthy Lunch Spots in Downtown Montreal

Published On 03/10/2016 Published On 03/10/2016
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Mandy's Salad Bar


2067 Rue Crescent

Mandy’s Salad Bar on Crescent is undoubtedly one of the best places Downtown to get a healthy, filling, non-vegetarian meal. Not as busy (or as cramped) as its Westmount counterpart, the Crescent location boasts the same cheerful design and extensive menu of salads and soups. Go for the sublime Man’s Salad, or try the ultimate test of willpower by making your own.

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Resto VĂ©go

1204 Avenue, McGill College

Though not everything at this vegetarian by-the-weight bar is healthy (there's usually a good amount of pizza), you can fill your plate with as many sprouts, vegan curries, and light quiches as your heart desires. Even if you overdo it, lunch caps at $16.50.

Deville Dinerbar

1425 Stanley Street

This 1950s-style restaurant is a bit swankier than the title of 'diner' would imply. Come here when you want to impress your lunch pal, or sneak in a bit of midday boozing. Definitely try one of the incredible salads on the menu. 

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2157 Rue Mackay

It doesn’t get much healthier than this vegan, raw, mostly gluten-free restaurant -- and that may be enough to scare off some fair-weather dabblers in healthy eating. Yet the food here is delicious, inventive, satisfying, and absolutely stunning in its presentation, and will convince even the most die-hard carnivore to stave off bacon for one lunch. 

La Panthère Verte

2153 Rue Mackay

Next door to Crudessence is another healthy eatery and Montreal institution, La Panthère Verte (The Green Panther). An ode to simple Middle Eastern food, it serves falafel, salad combos, and a rotating variety of daily specials, from curry to chili. Though no one is reinventing the wheel here, the food is affordable, comforting, and consistently good. 

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Café Parvis

433 Rue Mayor

With a beautiful patio, distressed walls, and the chic atmosphere of a hip Brooklyn hangout, Café Parvis is a piece of hipster paradise in the midst of suit-clad Montreal. With unique pizza combinations and a wide selection of salads in three sizes, it’s a great place to forget the world for an hour, or spend time with someone you truly fancy.

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Anton & James

1414 Rue Stanley

A long, sleek counter dominates this little room, with some of the city’s hippest businessmen leaning over it to eat during every lunch hour. The fast-food atmosphere and cafeteria-style ordering belies the quality of the food, though it likely helps keep Anton & James one of Downtown Montreal’s best-kept secrets. The less health-conscious can try one of the many excellent pizzas, but we would urge you to order the cedar plank salmon salad.

Copper Branch

1245 Bishop Street

This vegan chain is the perfect place to grab a healthy lunch that's a bit different than the rest. There are great vegetarian burgers here, but we're partial to the bowls. With your choice of grain or salad base and a slew of flavour combinations, your lunch will go a long way without putting a massive dent in your wallet, or taking up too much time.  

Miss PrĂŞt Ă  Manger

Miss PrĂŞt Ă  Manger

1104 Rue de Bleury

Though Miss Prêt à Manger is predominantly a catering business, it’s impossible to walk past this little restaurant’s colourful lunchtime selection. Everything here is fresh and organic.

Lola Rosa

545 Rue Milton

In case it isn’t clear yet, Montreal has a serious love affair with vegan food, and Lola Rosa is the temple at which we worship. The eclectic menu, excellent desserts, and warm, rustic dĂ©cor at the Milton Street location have many fans storming its doors at all hours. Lunchtime is especially busy here.

Co-op de Solidarité Burritoville


2055 Rue Bishop

For a side of politics with your vegan lunch, look no further than Burritoville. This little Concordia University hangout and eatery is a co-op that doubles as a nighttime performance venue. You can count on the food to always be fresh, ethically-sourced, cruelty-free, and anti-capitalist.

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1. Mandy's 5033 Sherbrooke West, Quebec, H4A 1S9

There is a reason that the lines are always out the door at this place. Their salads are just that good. There are plenty of places to get some delicious healthy food in Montreal, but we think that Mandy's is one of the best. We highly recommend the salads at Mandy's to locals, tourists, meat eaters, and vegans.

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2. Resto VĂ©go 1204 avenue McGill College, Montreal, H3B 4J8

There are plenty of great places to grab a bite in Montreal, but if you are looking for something on the healthier side, make sure to stop by Resto VĂ©go. This vegetarian hot spot serves up pizza, curry, and quiche at their by-the-weight bar. Be careful, because piling up too much on your plate could cost you.

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3. Deville Dinerbar 1425 rue Stanley, Montreal, H3B 5K2

Deville is a unique diner and bar located in Downtown Montreal that serves up a variety of pastas, sammies, burgers, and salads. Or if you're in more of a drinking mood, there's a full bar of unique cocktails.

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4. Crudessence 66 St-Viateur O., Montreal, H2T 2K8

This restaurant is as healthy as it gets, boasting vegan, raw, and gluten-free fare. Don't be scared if you are a meat eater, though, because their dishes are delicious and beautifully prepared which will make any meat lover consider switching to a vegan diet.

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5. La Panthère Verte 2153 MacKay St, Montreal, H3G 2J2

If you are in the mood for some delicious and nutritious Mediterranean food, look no further than La Panthère Verte. Here you can eat some falafel, curry, and chili as well as some salads and daily specials. We love that their food is always delicious and reasonably priced.

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6. Café Parvis 433 Rue Mayor, Montréal, H3A 2K7

This trendy, hipster hang serves up unique pizzas and a variety of salads. We are obsessed with the Brooklyn-vibe and beautiful dining patio at Cafe Parvis, and we highly recommend this local hot spot to anyone in the area looking for delicious food and a chic atmosphere.

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7. Anton & James 1414 rue Stanley, Montreal, H3A 1P7

Anton & James is a favorite lunch spot for locals looking to eat healthy in Montreal. There is a fast-food and cafeteria-style atmosphere that attracts business men on their lunch break, and plenty of options for those who aren't as focused on their health, like some delicious pizzas.

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8. Copper Branch 1500 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, H3Z 1X5

Sure, Cooper Branch may be a chain restaurant, but we still think that they serve up some of the best vegan fare in Montreal. Their burgers are what make them a local favorite, but they also make great salads. The prices here are reasonable, so you won't have to empty your wallet to eat healthy.

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9. Miss PrĂŞt Ă  Manger 1104 rue de Bleury, Montreal, H2Z 1N4

Located in the heart of the Financial District, this gastropub serves up an array of delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time you're in the mood for a quick snack. We think that they serve up the best healthy food in Montreal, but we highly encourage that you stop by and see for yourself.

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10. Lola Rosa 4581 Av Du Parc, Montreal, H2X 1W5

With a pair of convenient locations, Lola Rosa is easily one of the most unique and tasty vegetarian/vegan joints around Montreal, offering an extended menu full of soups, specialty items, wines, and beer. If you can manage it, try to save room for one of their delicious desserts. It will be so worth it.

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11. Burritoville 2055B Rue Bishop, Montreal, H4A 2J2

Burritoville is a favorite vegan hangout spot for Concordia University students, but that shouldn't dissuade other locals or tourists from stopping by. The food is guaranteed to be fresh, and at night the venue turns into a performance space. We highly recommend Burritoville to both vegans and meat eaters that are in the area.