13 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Montreal.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Ma Poule Mouillée in Le Plateau is one of the best spots in the city for Portuguese rotisserie chicken.
Blackstrap is the best option for classic barbecue in Montreal, and it’s worth the trip to Verdun with a few friends for the generous portions.
Foodchain is located between two huge malls in Downtown and it’s a great choice when you need something healthy to refuel.
You’re going to find a line at Kazu in Downtown, but you should stay and wait because their Japanese comfort food is well worth it.
Pumpui is a Thai spot in Little Italy and is one of the best places for a casual dinner in the area.
Dinette Triple Crown in Mile Ex has the best picnic set up in the city - grab a basket of Southern dishes and head to the park across the street.
Pizzeria Gema’s Neopolitan-style pizza and house-made charcuterie and custard make this Little Italy spot great for sharing with a few friends.
Larry’s is a Mile End spot that’s good for any time of day, with unique dishes and a small space, though it’s worth a wait.
Grumman 78 is a bit hidden in Saint Henri, but it’s a great and affordable spot for tacos and other unique dishes.
Head to Le Petit Alep in Villeray for Syrian food in a lively space that won’t empty your wallet.
If you can’t get a table at Joe Beef, head to Liverpool House in Little Burgundy - it’s from the same team and has a more neighborhood feel.
Otto Bistro in Le Plateau serves simple yet elevated Japanese food in a space that feels like a French bistro.