Off-Campus Dining

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since it is a city there are so many options, but depending where you go it can either be expensive or inexpensive, but everything tastes amazing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Sometimes expensive, but great variety.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As McGill is in the middle of Montreal, off-campus dining oppotunities are endless.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Montreal. There are all sorts of different foods, restaurants - many within walking distance or easy to get to by public transport. A decent amount of 24 hour places. And, off-campus>on-campus dining, every time.


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  • 42nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 50th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly Baker
Weston, CT
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There are a ton of restaurants around McGill and throughout Montréal that are both cheap and good. Dining out in Montréal can basically be broken into two categories: fast food and not fast food. Fast food here is taken seriously, with eateries offering falafel, poutine, pizza, burgers and fries, barbeque chicken, or all of the above. Shish Taouk sells falafels for cheap, and there are 99 cent pizza parlors every block or so. After dancing all night, poutine is better than any drug. These places are great for a student who is watching their budget, but not their weight. For anyone who likes all things artery-clogging, the fast food joints of Montréal are greasy, cheap, and guiltily good.

On the other hand, if what you're looking for is a nice but affordable dinner out, there are still plenty of options. All along Prince Arthur there are BYOB restaurants that serve every kind of cuisine, from continental to Cambodian. BYOB refers to bringing either your own wine or beer (no hard liquor) bottle to have with the dinner that you purchase there. This cuts down on the overall cost of your meal. Really, one of the nicest things about not having a legal limit is being able to have a social drink with your meal. The main thing about cuisine in Montréal is the variety of cultures that it represents. Montréal is an immigrant's city, and the food consumed here reflects that. Shwarma is as popular as a hamburger, and a bowl of Tonkinese soup is preferred to plain chicken noodle to warm up in the cold winter.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Carlos and Pepe's
  • La Belle Province
  • Place Milton
24-Hour Dining
  • Alto Restaurant
  • Werby's
Best Asian
Niu Kee
Best Breakfast
  • Chez Cora
  • Eggspectations
  • Patati Patata
  • Place Milton
Best Healthy
  • Lola Rosa
  • Santropol
Best Pizza
Restaurant Salonica, or any of the 99 cent pizza places surrounding campus
Best Wings
Buffalo Bill's Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Cafeteria
  • Chez Cora
  • L'Academie
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bar-B-Barn
  • Chu Chai
  • Double Pizza
  • Dunn's Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen
  • Khyber Pass
  • La Banquise
  • Le Cagibi
  • Le Cavalier Afghan
  • Maison Thai
  • Mikasa
  • O Noir
  • Pho Bac
  • Santropol
  • Shish Taouck
Did You Know?
  • Montréal has its own kind of fast food-poutine. Poutine is french fries covered with gravy and cheese curds. Sounds gross, but it's actually amazing, especially late at night after partying.
  • There is a falafel/souvlaki place about every two blocks here; they far outnumber traditional fast food joints.
  • In March and April, just outside of Montréal, there is maple-sugaring season, where they pour maple syrup out on the snow and roll it on a stick to make maple taffy.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Metro du Parc
3575 Ave. du Parc
(514) 843-3530
3421 Ave. du Parc
(514) 281-0488

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alto Restaurant
Food: Various
3462 Ave. du Parc
(514) 844-9898
Cool Features: Open 24 hours, wide selection of cheap, quick and decent food.
Arahova Souvlaki
Food: Greek
1425 Crescent St.
(514) 499-0262
Price: $5-$10
Boulangerie Au Pain Doré
Food: Sandwiches, salads, quiches, cheeses, pastries, and pies
3611 St-Laurent
(514) 982-2520
Price: $5-$10
Food: Lebanese
2020 rue Crescent
(514) 843-3576
Cool Features: Open Late, delicious garlic potatoes.
Buffet Maharaja
Food: Indian buffet
1481 blvd. René-Levesque Ouest
(514) 934-0655
Price: $5-$10
Carlos & Pepe's
Food: Mexican
1420 rue Peel
(514) 288-3090
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Mondays are $1.00 taco and beer nights
Chez Cora
Food: Breakfast
1240 rue Drummond
(514) 286-6171
Price: $5-$10
Coasters Seafood Grill
Food: Burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and pasta
3575 Ave. du Parc
(514) 843-3825
Price: $8-$15
Just Noodles (Juste Nouilles)
Food: Asian
3711 St-Laurent
(514) 288-9593
Price: $5-$10
La Belle Province
Food: Quebecois fast food (think poutine)
1216 rue Peel
(514) 878-8020
Price: $2-$5
La Belle Thailandaise
Food: Thai
4514 rue St-Denis
(514) 843-6269
Price: $5-$15
Le Commensal
Food: Vegetarian buffet
1204 McGill College Ave.
(514) 871-1480
Price: $8-$15
M: Burger
Food: Burgers
2025 rue Drummond
(514) 906-2747
Cool Features: Create your own burger with choices of traditional and extravagant toppings
The Nil Bleu
Food: Ethiopian
3706 rue St-Denis
(514) 285-4628
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Eating at an Ethiopian restaurant means you get to eat with your hands!
Restaurant Salonica
Food: Italian, Greek
5261 rue St-Denis
(514) 274-9319
Price: $5-$10
Schwartz's World Famous Smoked Meat
Food: Montréal's famous smoked meat
3895 St-Laurent
(514) 842-4813
Price: $8-$15
Shed Café
Food: Burgers
3515 St-Laurent
(514) 842-0220
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 12% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 88% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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