Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Greenfield Park, Laval, and Pierrefonds.)
4631 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC H2T 1R2
Vegan/organic. Aux Vivres features local and organic ingredients on their all-vegan menu. Their eclectic range of dishes includes everything from authentic ethnic cuisine to soul food. Enjoy the BLT (made with coconut bacon), Tempeh Burger, or Chili. Art fills the walls of this restaurant while remaining informal enough for children and great for large groups of people. There is also a little shop area near the entrance where you can buy products, order beverages, and pick up food for take-out. Aux Vivres is located in the Plateau area.
1748 Notre-Dame St., West, Montreal, QC H3J 1M3
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. This small eatery offers a rustic and cozy atmosphere in which to enjoy their vegetarian food. All meals are handmade daily in their kitchen and are mostly organic. Tasty menu items include the Reuben Tempeh Wrap, Vege-pate Sandwich, and Boca Burger. Bonnys also features a take-out freezer with fresh frozen dishes. The eatery is located in St-Henri right in front of the Corona Theater.
2157 Mackay St., Montreal, QC H3G 2J2
105 Rachel St. W., Montreal, QC H2W 1G4
Vegan/raw foods/organic. The Crudessence team holds the belief that eating living foods is an environmental and economic commitment that leads to good health. Along with offering cooking and nutrition classes, Crudessence has a small restaurant that offers a large selection of entrées to allow anyone who enters to take part in a delicious raw, vegan, and organic diet. Try the Squash Cannelloni stuffed with macadamia ricotta and fresh basil, or a sandwich on sprouted buckwheat and sun-dried tomato bread. Choose from an assortment of desserts like the lime pie, which is made of lime and lemon-based avocado mousse in a macadamia nut crust. Mmmm!
254 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2V 1T5
Vegan/bistro. Invitation V is a vegan bistro located in the eclectic Mile End neighborhood. Choose from their wide selection of New American style dishes such as Buckwheat Soba noodles or New-Orleans crab less cake. Tea and coffee selections are organic and fair-trade certified. Invitation V is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
214 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2V 4K8
Vegetarian/eclectic. La Lumiere du Mile End offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, burritos, and burgers. Try the Wrapsody or the Vege-Pate for a quick and hearty vegan sandwich. Free Wi-Fi is available.
145 Mont-Royal Ave., E., Montreal, QC H2T 1N9
2153 Mackay St., Montreal, QC H3G 2J2
66 St-Viateur St., Montreal, QC H2T 2K8
Vegan/organic/juice bar. La Panthere Verte, or The Green Panther, is a vegan and organic café with a focus on sustainability. All-star food items are the Falafel sandwich and Choco Maca smoothie. This restaurant charges a small fee for food containers so please make sure to bring your own or account for the extra cost. The Mont-Royal location is in the Plateau area. The St-Viateur location is in the Mile End. The Mackay location is downtown in Centre-Ville.
5490 St. Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1S1
Vegetarian/café/bakery. Le Cagibi is an eclectic café and bakery offering hearty vegetarian and vegan soups, sandwiches, and burgers. They also have daily shows and art exhibitions so be sure to check their event schedule online. Le Cagibi is located in the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal. Cash only.
545 Milton St., Montreal, QC H2X 1W5
4581 Park Ave., Montreal, QC H2X 1W5
Vegetarian/international. Lola Rosa serves an all-vegetarian menu of international delights. Enjoy the eclectic décor as you dine on veggie burgers, burritos, curry, polenta, and more!
5195 Pare St., Montreal, QC H4P 1P4
Vegetarian/Indian. Pushap is a family-run restaurant offering Indian vegetarian food, including a thali meal with rice, dahl, two side dishes, and your choice of bread. Cash only.
4088 St. Denis St., Montreal, QC H2W 2M5
Vegetarian/Thai. The décor, music, and cuisine all contribute to Restaurant ChuChai's authentic Thai feel. A mostly vegan establishment, offerings include spicy curries with coconut milk and basil, cool vegetarian fish, and vegetarian beef, chicken, and shrimp dishes. Reservations are required,
1720 St. Denis St., Montreal, QC H2X 3K8
1204 McGill College Ave., Montreal, QC H3B 4J8
Vegetarian/natural foods. Resto Végo is a vegetarian restaurant offering a self-serve buffet featuring over 200 choices on rotation -- usually 50 options are available at any given time. Comprised of three sections, a hot buffet, a salad buffet and a dessert buffet, the buffet is set up as a pay-by-weight system, so you can tailor the portions. Selections include tofu dishes, Asian-style seitan dishes, pasta, and vegan desserts. The location at St. Denis is on the corner of Ontario in the Latin Quarter. The location on McGill is on the corner of Ste. Catherine West in downtown Montreal.
167 Ave des Pins E, Montreal, QC H2W 1N9
Vegan/bakery. Sophie Sucree is a vegan bakery that features everything from large custom-made cakes to small pastries. Stop in to try any of their seasonal items along with favorites like Chocolate Brownies or the "Not Red Velvet" Cupcakes. Sophie Sucree also features other treats and snacks from local shops. Please note there is limited seating available in the store.
4777 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 3C6
Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Montreal, QC.
690 Rue St. Jean, Quebec, QC G1R 1P8
Natural foods store/deli. Le Crac Aliments Sains & La Carotte Joyeuse means Crac Healthy Foods & The Happy Carrot. You can get your bulk food items, organic produce, and much more in the natural foods store. Their deli counter offers many vegan selections like veggie burgers which you can enjoy in their indoor seating area or for carry-out.
966 Boulevard Rene-Levesque Ouest, Quebec, QC G1S 1T9
Vegetarian/Chinese. Located near the Capital Galleries, Restaurant Zen offers vegetarian and vegan Chinese dishes, including their famed hot pot and vegetarian sushi. Also available are fresh fruits and vegetables. Restaurant Zen is part of the Zen Gardens line of vegetarian restaurants in Canada.