WITH THE RETURN OF WARMER WEATHER AND THE FIRST SPRING BUDS, QUEBECERS FLOCK TO RESTAURANT PATIOS AROUND TOWN TO ABSORB THAT LONG-AWAITED VITAMIN D. TO MAKE THE MOST OF OUR SHORT SUMMER, HERE ARE 10 MEMORABLE MONTREAL PATIOS WHERE YOU CAN EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY.
1504 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
The 180-seat dining room in this Italian restaurant has been renovated to resemble an inner courtyard, with solid wood framing and green walls. It is also equipped with a retractable roof that can transform the restaurant into an open-air patio, weather permitting. This means patrons who visit during the summer can enjoy their favourite gourmet dishes without missing a single ray of sunshine!
465 rue McGill
This chic laid back bistro serves up eclectic French cuisine with a South American twist. Tucked behind an impressive stone façade, its popular patio can accommodate up to 140 patrons in a lush oasis of privacy. Enjoy a salmon tartare and a glass of wine as you take a break from the day-to-day.
153 rue Saint-Amable (4e étage)
A true urban oasis, this 136-seat rooftop patio offers a panoramic view of Jacques Cartier Square. Its lush decor offers a warm and friendly ambience. Largely inspired by Californian cuisine, the menu features a selection of fresh, colourful dishes, including a poke bowl, tacos, summer salad and refreshing cocktails.
171 rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Located in the heart of Hotel Épik, this charming intimate patio seats 35. From the outside, there is no clue to hint at the hidden gem that lies behind this Italian restaurant. However, upon entering, you are transported to another world. After a busy day, the patio at Restaurant Épik is the ideal place to unwind with an antipasto platter and an Aperol Spritz.
426 Place Jacques-Cartier
Overlooking Place Jacques-Cartier, this 80-seat patio is very popular with aficionados of charcuterie, and dryaged meat. In fact, this Montreal brasserie has its very own dry-aging cooler with a selection of dry-aged AAA Canadian beef cuts. A favourite with carnivores, the restaurant also features market vegetables, fresh herbs, an oyster bar and signature cocktails.
106 rue Saint-Paul Ouest (5e étage)
While most clients meet at the Nelligan to have a few cocktails, there is also a light summer menu of fresh dishes for lunch and dinner, along with a weekend brunch. This summer, get comfortable in one of the patio’s 200 seats and admire the unique view of Notre-Dame Basilica, the rooftops of Old Montreal, the Old Port and the Saint Lawrence.
TERRASSE SUR L’AUBERGE
97 rue de la Commune Est (5e étage)
From one side of this 110-seat patio, you can admire the rooftops of historic Old Montreal while sipping sangria, and enjoying the lounge ambience. From the other side, pull up a table for a delicious gourmet sandwich or a shared platter while you take in the view of the Saint Lawrence River and La Grande Roue de Montréal. In fact, this is the ideal place to view the Montreal International Fireworks Competition, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge light show.
TERRASSE PLACE D’ARMES
55 rue Saint-Jacques Ouest (8e étage)
This rooftop patio offers a breathtaking view of one of Montreal’s most renowned public squares: Place d’Armes. Very popular with those who work in the neighbourhood, the Terrasse can accommodate up to 200 people standing. The menu offers a tempting variety of fresh bar eats, but the real draw is the selection of cocktails, which includes the establishment’s signature mojito.
212 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
This Old Montreal restaurant specializes in organic wines and offers Quebec cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal produce. In the evenings, diners on the patio—really an inner courtyard with seating for 80—can enjoy a 3-course menu for $45. In short, it strikes the right chord while introducing patrons to new wines.
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES – AU SOMMET PLACE VILLE MARIE
1 Place Ville Marie
The most impressive patio in the entire city is on the 44th floor of Place Ville Marie. The space can accommodate up to 100 people and offers panoramic views. In addition to having a heated floor, the terrace is sheltered by bay windows that protect patrons from the wind, without ruining the spectacle. With a cocktail menu of classics and fresh takes that are just as impressive, the patio is the ideal place to take in the sunset. For a bite to eat, head over to the charming 50-seat patio adjacent to Les Enfants Terribles, where you can enjoy the reinvented traditional cuisine of this French-style brasserie, the highest restaurant in Montreal!