Montreal may be known for its smoked meat, Foie Gras, and gravy-smothered poutine, but that doesn’t mean that vegans and vegetarians are without great food in this world-class culinary city. With more restaurants per capita (6000) than any other North American city after NYC, and new vegetarian and vegan restaurants sprouting all over the city, there is a wide variety of restaurants to cater to non-meat eaters and those just seeking to eat healthier. From the casual to upscale, here are some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Montreal to chow down.
Address: 4631 St Laurent Blvd. Montreal, QC Canada H2T 1R2
Phone: (514) 842-3479
Hours: 11am-11pm Daily
Aux Vivres is a favorite among Montreal’s Vegans and Vegetarians. It prides itself on being the city’s first vegan restaurant. Established in 1997, it serves up a wide array of freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies, ethnically inspired bowls, delicious sandwiches, and comfort foods. Their Dragon Bowl is a must try and be sure to finish off your meal with one of their desserts. Take your pick between cheesecake, various pies, and energy balls.
Address: 4581 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E4
Phone: (514) 843-5652
Hours: Mon-Tue 5pm-9:30pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun 11am-9:30pm
With three locations in Montreal and an extensive menu, Lola Rosa is a solid choice for any vegetable lover visiting or living in the city. Though the diverse menu primarily caters towards vegetarians, there are a few options for strict vegans. Be sure to try their top-rated nachos and check out the handwritten notes left by previous diners in the drawers at the tables. There are also two other locations: Lola Rosa Milton and Lola Rosa William
Address: 254 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal, QC, H2V 1T5
Phone: (514) 271-8111
Hours: Tue-Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 11:30am-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm
A bit on the fancier side with a diverse menu featuring mostly organic ingredients, Invitation V strives to use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible and serves up vegetarian and vegan specialties such as vegan filet and curry soup. The restaurant seeks to provide an experience like no other. Nothing is left to chance: lighting, sound, and decor are carefully selected to provide ambiance and enhance the dining experience. Make sure to check out their incredible brunch.
Address: 4088 rue St Denis, Montreal, Quebec H2W 2M5, Canada
Phone: (514) 843-4194
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm
Chuchai serves up Thai favorites with meatless “meat” which is surprisingly similar to the real deal. Flavorful aromas and spices plus interesting and delicious cocktails make this a must-try for vegans, carnivores, and everyone in between.
La Panthere Verte
Address: 145 Avenue Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1N9, Canada
Phone: (514) 503-4800
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm
La Panthere Verte or Green Panther consistently ranks as a favorite among Veggie-lovers in the city. This quaint little spot decorated with plants serves up burgers, salads, and soups, but is known especially for its falafel sandwiches. Check out their menu of refreshing smoothies for a nice addition to your meal and top it off with a vegan “Viramisu.” At Green Panther, it’s all about Green, so bring your own container and receive a discount. There are 6 locations all over the city.
Address: 105 Rue Rachel O, Montreal, QC H2W 1G4
Phone: (514) 510-9299
Hours: 11:30am-9pm Daily
Crudessence is more than a restaurant, it is a thriving health food brand offering cookbooks, coaching classes, retreats that help Canadians eat healthier and live cleaner lives. The zeal of this restaurant has generated a loyal following. It has recently expanded to Quebec. The restaurant offers raw entrees, salads, soups, and desserts with a focus on clean and whole ingredients, all masterfully put together to comprise colorful and filling dishes. Crudessence products are also available at Avril supermarkets across the Montreal area.
Address: 167 Ave des Pins E Montreal QC H2W 1N9
Phone: (514) 823 5865
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Su 11am-6pm
One of Montreal’s most beloved vegan bakeries, Sophie Sucree, is a cute little shop baking up freshly-baked pies, cupcakes, and breads. Most of their materials are biodegradable and there are many gluten-free options. Although there is one main bakery, Sophie Sucree products can be found all across the city.
Address: 2115 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada
Phone: (514) 848-0513
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun Noon to 10pm
For Vegans and Vegetarians, Yuan just might sound too good to be true: a vegan buffet featuring vegan sushi and a multitude of vegetarian and vegan dishes such as stir-fried veggie beef with broccoli, house veggie duck, and many more soups, salads, and entrees. The variety and quality make this restaurant a must if you’re in Montreal. There’s also a little store where you can buy authentic ingredients to make your own food at home.
Address: 5490 St. Laurent Montreal, H2T 1S1, Canada
Phone: (514) 509-1199
Hours: Mon 6pm to Midnight, Tue-Fri 9am to Midnight, Sat-Sun 10:30am to Midnight
Le Cagibi is a cute cozy cafe in the Mile End neighborhood serving up a small but hearty menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups. While mainly vegetarian, there are also many vegan options. Come here for a snack or a full meal. You can also grab a coffee and a biscuit or slice of cake. In the evening, enjoy some live music as you sip on some cocktails.
Resto Vego St Denis
Address: 1720 Saint-Denis Street Montreal, QC H2X 3K6
Phone: (514) 845-2627
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm
Resto Vego St Denis is another place where you can enjoy a vegetarian/vegan buffet-style meal with a wide selection of salads, hot dishes, and desserts. The buffet allows you to choose items and then pay for them by weight, so while it’s not an endless supply of food, you can get a taste of many delicious hot and cold dishes and desserts at a reasonable cost. There is also an extensive gluten-free menu.