Best vegetarian restaurants in Montreal

Posted on September 29th, 2009 by .

The Dalai-Lama will be in Montreal on October 3, and according to his official website, his Holiness’s kitchen in Dharamsala is vegetarian. So in the spirit of extending a warm welcome to all visitors to our city, I thought I’d offer up my top picks for the best vegetarian restaurants in Montreal.

Since I’ve already raved about Aux Vivres and Crudessence, I thought I’d tell you about five more…

The Green Panther
(Organic + vegan)

This is Montreal’s newest vegetarian restaurant, just down the block from a great deal on amazing bagels. And even though they just opened their doors last July, they’ve already got a loyal clientele (I went on a Monday at noon and found it packed)! The food is super-fresh. The menu consists of salads, soup and sandwiches (Tofu, tempeh and veggie burgers). They also serve homemade fruit and vegetable juices.

Insider tip: The falafel sandwich is to die for. The last time I ate anything that compared was back in 2004 – in Jerusalem!

The Green Panther
66 St-Viateur Street West, Montreal, QC, H2T 2K8 (514) 903-7770
Weekdays 11 am to 9 pm
Saturdays 11am to 5 pm
(Closed Sundays)
Average bill per person (before tax, alcohol and tip): $15

Fuchsia-épicerie fleur
Vegetarian+ Often gluten free + all meals have a vegan option

Right in heart of the Plateau neighbourhood, this vintage grocery-café-boutique offers everything from beauty products to pastries – plus there’s a restaurant. What’s the link between the three? Everything is made from edible flowers. You can lunch on chickpea couscous salad with orange blossoms, pear and violet sparklers and lavender pecan bars. Very cute, with seating for 12 customers only.

Insider tip: Even if you’re not hungry enough for a full meal, it’s worth stopping in for some of their lovely infusions, such as the fragrant tisane or the rosebud tea, to be enjoyed with their scented desserts.

Fuchsia-épicerie fleur
4050 avenue Coloniale, Montreal, QC, H2W 2C1, (514) 842-1232
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 3 pm
$10 (tx included) for a main dish, a drink and a dessert.


This chain of self-serve vegetarian buffets offers a casual atmosphere and unique pay-by-weight (of your plate) system. Great for people who prefer to sample lots of different things instead of one big serving. This is also a great option if you’re in a hurry.

Insider tip: Save room for dessert. The hazelnut cake and apple crisp are superb.

1720 St-Denis Street, Montreal, Qc, (514) 845-2627
(open every day from 11:30 am to 10 pm)
1204 McGill Collège Avenue, Montréal, QC H3B 4J8, (514) 871-1480
(open every day from 11 am to 10:30 pm)
Average bill per person (before tax, alcohol and tip): $13

Faim du monde

This restaurant features vegetarian cuisine with international flavours. In addtion to salads, soups and burgers, they serve Indian, Asian and Mexican dishes. Located right in the thich of St-Denis Street, they have a nice patio and a special menu for kids. The coleslaw alone is worth stopping in for.

Insider tip: Try the Inca burger. Made with organic quinoa, cashews, beets, sunflower seeds and organic tahini and served on organic sourdough bread. It’s huge – I bet you can’t finish it. Plus it comes with their amazing coleslaw.

Faim du monde
4110 Saint-Denis St., Montreal, QC H2W 2M5, (514) 510-4244
Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30am to 2 pm and 5pm to 9pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm
Sunday 11h30 am to 9 pm.
Average bill per person (before tax, alcohol and tip): $15

(Bonny’s Boca-burger)

Organic + primarily vegan

Just a 15-minute jaunt from downtown Montreal is the quaint and cozy Bonny’s. This natural Canadiana-style restaurant offers a wide variety of salads, burgers and world cuisine. Their best seller is the Boca-burger, which is a black-bean patty on a kamut bun topped with a nicely spiced warm tomato salsa. They also offer ready-made take-out meals.

Insider tip: Anyone with special dietary needs or concerns will be happy to know that Bonny’s menu is complete with handy symbols indicating which means are vegan, vegan-optional or gluten-free.

1748 Notre-Dame St West, Montreal, QC H3J 1M3, (514) 931-4136
Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 9pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 9 pm
Sunday: Closed
Average bill (before tax, alcohol and tip) 15$

Vegemontreal, a French website, offers a complete list of Montreal’s vegetarian restaurants.

It seems that His Holiness the Dalai-Lama said in Vancouver that technology might be getting in the way of peace. Well, in this case, I hope the opposite is true and he and his fans find this information useful for their stay in Montreal.

What’s your favourite place to grab a vegetarian meal?


  1. hourriez

    / Jan 6th

    you forgot Lola Rosa, 545 Milton. Cheap and grand ma recipes.

  2. Andreanne

    / Jun 2nd

    Hello! “Aux Vivres” is a must, incredibly delicious vegan food.

  3. Mary Sel

    / Oct 9th

    Hello! vegan rapide should be on the list. They just opened and they make delicious food. You should try it. Here’s their website :

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