Written by Lexa Naguib on 28.01.14

The Greek community were among the first wave of immigrants to establish themselves in Montreal. Over the years, they have excelled in replicating the distinctive dishes of their country, much to the delight of Montrealers. To the Greeks, authenticity is everything. These are our top picks for the best refined Greek food in Montreal.

Restaurant Elounda

Elounda is an award-winning Greek restaurant that specializes in serving gourmet Mediterranean-style seafood. The atmosphere at Elounda is quiet, chic, and reminiscent of the motherland. This is accentuated with Greek inspired paintings and statues. All their seafood dishes are excellent; the grilled octopus is particularly outstanding and is possibly the best in the city. Elounda’s expertise extends beyond seafood; they also do a wonderful job with classic Greek dishes. Above all, generosity is second nature for the staff at Elounda. Don’t be surprised if part-owner Bobby serves you drinks on the house or if the chefs add some extras to your order.

1818 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 2A6
(514) 331-4040

Restaurant Zante 

Zante is an intimate and simply decorated restaurant that also specializes in serving seafood. They excel in quality and freshness. Start off your meal with The Special, a plate of thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini, fried and served with their homemade tzatziki and delicious saganaki flambéed in ouzo. Try the lamb chops & swordfish specialty dish for your main course. With wide selection of wines at your disposal, ask your waiter to suggest one for you to enjoy with your meal. The staff at Zante is friendly and truly dedicated to making your visit enjoyable.

3449 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2T6
(514) 288-4777

Mythos Ouzeri 

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy terrific Greek food and also dance the night away with your friends or family, Mythos is the go-to location. The decor at Mythos is traditional, rustic, and very chic and the atmosphere is vibrant. Their menu includes a variety of traditional choices like Moussaka (layered casserole of eggplant and minced meat, topped with béchamel sauce) and Pastitsio (baked dish of pasta and meat sauce covered with béchamel). If you’re looking for a party, go between Thursday and Saturday and head upstairs after dinner; a live band is there to entertain and the Greek dancing goes on all night!

5318 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G7
(514) 270-0235

Ammos Restaurant 

Although it hasn’t been around as long as most, Ammos is quickly making a reputation for itself in serving refined Greek and European inspired dishes. The two-story restaurant is both romantic and trendy, characterized by an elegant black and white theme. The menu at Ammos puts forward a wide variety of choices including seafood, meats and pasta dishes. The fried calamari is cooked just right and is a great way to start your meal. Be sure to save some room for dessert; their famous chocolate soufflé is a must-try.

190 Promemade Du Centropolis, Laval, QC H7T 2Z6
(450) 688-8008

Restaurant Ellada 

Restaurant Ellada puts forward a rather traditional decor in an atmosphere that changes depending on the night. During the week, the ambiance is calm and peaceful. On Saturdays however, Ellada books a Greek DJ which creates a vibrant environment, perfect for a night of eating and dancing with friends. Ellada serves all your favorite Greek dishes, from Spanakopita (spinach and cheese feuilleté) to lamb chops, which are particularly tasty and make a great choice for your main course. For a light and delicious dessert, order the Greek yogurt, served with walnuts and Hellenic honey.

9030, boul de l’Acadie, Montréal, QC H4N 2Y8
(514) 850-0000

La Porte Grecque

La Porte Grecque is a cozy two-story restaurant that has an intimate chalet-inspired decor. The ambiance is relaxed and romantic. The menu includes various meat and seafood selections as well as a few healthier choices. Start your meal off with the crispy Hot Pikilia (zucchini, eggplant and artichoke, deep fried and served with lemon). For your main course, try the grilled scallops wrapped in bacon; they are tender and cooked to perfection. The staff at La Porte Grecque are attentive and friendly. Don’t forget to bring your own wine!

4600 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9A 1X7
(514) 683-4482

La Maison Grecque

La Maison Grecque has been serving delicious and authentic Greek food for what has now been over 30 years. In a comfortable setting and intimate atmosphere, Peter, owner of the restaurant, will make you feel right at home. Try the crispy calamari as an hors-d’oeuvre. For your meal, order the grilled chicken, deliciously seasoned and served with rice and salad. Go in the summertime and enjoy dining on the lovely terrace. Bring your own wine, La Maison Grecque won’t charge you a corkage fee.

450 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal, QC H2L 1A5
(514) 842-0969

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