Easter Brunch

April 12th, 2019

Easter Brunch is a delightful way to gather with friends or family to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring. Many Montreal restaurants offer a wide range of options, from elegant to bistro-style. This short list will help you plan ahead; reservations are recommended because most good restaurants will be booked solid.

Maison Boulud
The Ritz-Carlton hotel is home to the high-end Maison Boulud restaurant. Executive Chef Riccardo Bertolino is preparing for Easter Sunday a special three-course fixed-menu feast at $100 per person, served from noon till 2:30 p.m. Snow Crab Eggs Benedict with Lemon Hollandaise Sauce; Smoked Ricotta and Herbs Ravioli; and Roasted Kamouraska Lamb Leg with Spring Vegetables are three of the menu options for main dishes.
Info: 1228 Sherbrooke Street West | 514 842-4224 | maisonboulud.com/montreal
Old Montreal’s elegant Nelligan Hotel houses Verses, a contemporary-style bistro. For Easter Brunch, for $32 per person, Verses proposes a 3-course meal featuring fresh market ingredients, with a dessert table, served from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Info: 100 Saint-Paul Street West | 514 788-4000 | www.versesmtl.com
Maggie Oakes
Maggie Oakes offers simple and artfully prepared dishes that showcase fine Quebec products with a focus on meat and fish. From Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Maggie Oakes proposes a brunch made with fresh products, prepared simply, with a 3-course brunch table d’hôte, including a dessert table, for $32 per person.
Info: 426 Place Jacques-Cartier | 514 656-6000 | www.maggieoakes.com
Le Richmond
At Little-Burgundy’s Le Richmond, Northern Italy—Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna—is featured in regional dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients and private imports from small Italian producers. This year, they are once again offering a maple season brunch with an à la carte menu, or a platter to share for $45 per person, served between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Info: 377 Richmond Street | 514 508-8749 | lerichmond.com
Mile End’s Lawrence restaurant, a neighbourhood favourite, is famous for its brunches. Their clientele is typical for this neighbourhood: young and hip. A short à la carte brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 3 p.m.
Info: 5201 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 503-1070 | lawrencerestaurant.com
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel’s Rosélys is an elegant contemporary restaurant. The hotel’s lavish brunch tradition continues with Rosélys’s special Easter Brunch, complete with unique dishes, activities for children, and chocolate treats. Food stations feature seafood, classic breakfast dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables, a selection of house-made desserts, and more. The first seating is at 11:00 a.m.; the second at 1:30 p.m. The fixed price is $52 per person.
Info: 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West | 514 954-2261 | restaurantroselys.com
Vieux-Port Steakhouse
Brunch at Vieux-Port Steakhouse, an Old Montreal institution, is a tradition for many Montrealers. Their generous brunch buffet includes several stations serving roast beef, seafood, eggs, sausages, pancakes, desserts and much more, at a cost of $35 per person. The all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: 39 Saint-Paul Street East | 514 866-3175 | vpsteak.com
Bistro Leméac proposes classics prepared with creativity, served in a beautiful setting - a modern decor with wood paneling creates a warm atmosphere. On Easter Sunday, brunch will be served à la carte from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; brunch is also served regularly on Saturdays.
Info: 1045 Laurier Avenue West | 514 270-0999 | restaurantlemeac.com
Renoir is a refined restaurant located in one of Montreal’s best hotels, the Sofitel on Sherbrooke Street West. Contemporary cuisine is prepared with fresh local products and served in a luminous environment. For Sunday brunch, two services are available, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., for $85 per person. It consists of the Chef’s buffet, with a few extras. A wide range of bubblies is available (not included in the price).
Info: 1155 Sherbrooke Street West | 514 788-3038 | restaurant-renoir.com
Holder restaurant is a classic bistro in Old Montreal, styled after European brasseries. It’s notable for its large, open space with high ceilings, a welcoming, animated atmosphere, and its amazing selection of wines, many by the glass. Their menu offers a selection of bistro-style dishes, from classics to contemporary and locally inspired recipes. An à la carte brunch will be served on Easter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: 407 McGill Street | 514 849-0333 | restaurantholder.com
Chez Lévêque
This typical Parisian-style brasserie upholds a strong reputation after more than 45 years. House-made French classics include sausage and blood pudding, terrine, salmon and smoked trout, offal, seafood, and oysters. They’re well-known for their table d’hôte brunch, and this year they are preparing a special 3-service Easter brunch menu for $50 per person, served at 2 sittings, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Info: 1030 Laurier Avenue West | 514-279-7355 | www.chezleveque.ca
Le Pois Penché
Downtown’s Le Pois Penché is a Parisian-style brasserie that aims for simplicity and comfort. Their brunch options include freshly baked baguettes with artisanal marmalades, croissants, pasta, smoked salmon, European sausages, and their famous demi-gaufre LPP. A special Easter table d’hôte will be offered at $29 per person. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: 1230 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West | 514 667-5050 | lepoispenche.com
Brasserie T!
Place des Festivals’ Brasserie T! is the little brother of chef Normand Laprise’s famous Toqué! It proposes a reasonably priced menu, friendly service, and a stylish atmosphere illuminated by floor-to-ceiling, west-facing windows. À la carte brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: 1425 Jeanne-Mance Street | 514 282-0808 | brasserie-t.com
La Société
Located in the Loews Hotel Vogue, La Société Montréal is a typical Parisian brasserie and lounge that specializes in seafood and fish, including a raw bar. An extensive à la carte brunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: 1415 De la Montagne Street | 514 507-9223 | lasociete.ca
Burgundy Lion Pub
Burgundy Lion Pub proposes comfort food dishes served with creative touches. Weekend brunch is served à la carte: the breakfast menu is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and their regular menu becomes available starting at noon till the late evening.
Info: 2496 Notre-Dame Street West | 514 934-0888 | burgundylion.com
Joséphine is the new go to Plateau restaurant when you’re in the mood for fresh fish and seafood prepared with flair. They propose an Easter brunch served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a short à la carte menu of seafood delicacies at affordable prices.
Info: 4007 Saint-Denis Street | 514 840-5015 | josephine-restaurant.ca
Modavie, the unique upbeat French-cuisine restaurant that features live jazz while you dine, is offering an Easter lunch from noon to 3 p.m. with a wide-ranging French bistro menu that includes both lighter fare like salads and sandwiches, and heartier dishes of grilled meats, tartares, and pasta.
Info: 1 Saint-Paul Street West | 514 287-9582 | www.modavie.com
This well-known Parisian-style brasserie, one of Montreal’s very first French bistros, proposes an à la carte family Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with classics like chèvre chaud, mussels, tartares and steak frites served with hand-cut fries. A special Easter brunch menu, which is in preparation, will be proposed as well as their regular daytime and brunch menus.
Info: 1454 Peel Street | 514 288-5105 | chezalexandre.com
Brasserie 701
Old Montreal’s classically decorated Brasserie 701 proposes a special 3-course Easter table d’hôte for $35 per person, served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., that includes a choice of a main dish, selections from a pastry table, and the chef’s dessert table, which features a chocolate fountain.
Info: 701 Côte de la Place d’Armes | 514 904-1201 | www.brasserie701.com
Le Blumenthal
French-cuisine restaurant Le Blumenthal is located inside the Maison du Festival de Jazz, adjacent to Place des Festivals. This restaurant is a non-profit business that helps to finance free Jazz Festival activities. For Easter, they offer a special 3-service menu that includes a shared platter and a choice of other items. The cost is $29 per person, and brunch service starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Info: 305 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 514 288-5992 | leblumenthal.com