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Underrated and under the radar these restaurants need your attention 

Montreal’s restaurant industry is vast, so it is amazingly easy for many quality restaurants to be underrated, unheard of, and underappreciated. Montreal has one of the highest rates of restaurants per capita that rivals New York City! That is a lot of options, but we always tend to stick to the same restaurant because they have not failed us.  

We want to add some variety to your favorite dining experiences and give some of these lesser-known spots a chance to get into your repertoire of choices. At one point you cannot always bring your date to the same pizzeria over and over again. You need to razzle and dazzle and impress your friends or lovers and when you suggest one of the following restaurants their reaction might be a shocking “where.” All you need to say is, “don’t worry you are in for a delicious surprise.” 

We did the demanding work for you so you do not have to try all of the thousands of restaurants in Montreal and here is our list of 7 restaurants you never heard of and should try.

Rose Ross Cuisine de Marche

Market fresh ingredients take center stage at Rose Ross with a seasonal menu that is scrumptious to the very last bite. Rose Ross’s French cuisine-inspired simply takes great care to focus on the small number of dishes they serve. Take advantage of their fairly priced Table D’Hote menu to experience the best dishes from their menu that which include their Margherita Gnocchi or their delicious Braised Beef. 

Location: 3017 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1X7, Canada



For nearly fifty years Daou has been quietly satisfying their clientele with their mouth-watering cl sic Lebanese dishes. Daou is not your typical shish taok joint because they take great strides to offer more than pita sandwiches with their expansive menu. Their Lebanese heritage is a point of pride, and their tasty dishes reflect the effort they put into every dish. Daou can host large groups and can cater your food for any events you may be hosting. 

Location: 519 Rue Faillon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1L6, Canada


Restaurant Gus 

Chefs know they have to get creative if they wish to stand out and at Restaurant Gus that is exactly what you will get unique dishes. Chef David Ferguson combines French cuisine with American influences that include a Tex-Mex flavor to his menu. Their menu may seem typical with fired calamari, tartars, carpaccio’s, and other standard fare but Gus’s twists are what it is all about. They even offer masterclasses and teach you techniques that you can try at home. 

Location: 38 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P8, Canada


La Panzeria Café

LA Panzeria Café may not be any people’s lips when they think of having good Italian food but once they discover this small quaint restaurant, they will spread the word of great it is. La Panzeria will require you to head further north on Saint-Denis and is quite unassuming on the outside but once you step in, you will be transported to the old country. Their dishes are what steal the show respecting classic Italian food fare while adding modern twists to them. You need to try their focaccia Barese, panzerotti Pugliese and the outstanding Orecchiette with pesto and burrata. 

Location:  4084 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada


Le Nil Bleu 

For a hands-on experience heading to Le Nil Bleu is the right idea for a date night or supper with friends. North African cuisine is the driving force at le Nil Bleu and Ethiopian cuisine is far better than most would assume. Their menu is friendly to carnivores and herbivores and includes a multitude of delicious dipping sauces that you can only at this St. Denis eatery. The warm African-inspired décor is also pleasant for your senses making ta night out here well worth it. 

Location: 3706 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L7, Canada


Maria Bonita

Maria Chavez brings everything that is scrumptious from Mexico and serves it up with style at Maria Bonita. Far too often Mexican cuisine gets pigeonholed with the belief that their best plates are tacos, but Maria Bonita expands on that offering dishes you can use a knife and fork to eat. Maria Bonita cuisine is so authentic it was given the Intangible Cultural Heritage title by UNESCO. Try their cactus leave salad or any of her Cazuelitas-style dishes and give your mouth a taste of heaven. 

Location: 5163 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R9, Canada



Chinatown is jam-packed with restaurant options so it is easy to get lost in the selections, but you can skip the hassle and head straight to Kanbai. Kanbai serves up Sichuan, Hunan, and Cantonese-style dishes that will have your belly filled in no time. Their menu but be similar to other restaurants in the area but it is their approach and quality ingredients that help Kanbai stand out. It has a huge menu so make your life easier and pick one dish from each category if you are in a group and have an incredible meal!

Location: 1110 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2Z 1K3, Canada