Written by Lexa Naguib on 07.03.14

With Canada’s largest Middle-Eastern community residing in Montreal, certainly there is no shortage of Lebanese restaurants in our city. Your favourite classics, from kebabs to tabouleh and falafel are all easy to find nearly anywhere in the city. Among these restaurants, some stand out in both quality and authenticity. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in true Lebanese culture, make sure to check our top picks for best Lebanese restaurants in Montreal.

La Sirène de La Mer 

Literally translating to “The Mermaid of the Sea”, la Sirène de La Mer is a high-end Lebanese restaurant that has specialized in serving gourmet fish and seafood for well over a decade. Appetizers on the menu include mussels, grilled octopus and sauteed shrimp, all of which are outstanding. The main course section features Atlantic Salmon, Red Snapper, Sole, and much more. All are fresh as can be, shipped by plane weekly, and cooked to perfection by highly experienced chefs who have mastered the art of seasoning. Surely though, this wouldn’t be a Lebanese restaurant if it didn’t offer classic dishes as well; La Sirène excels in all of the above. Make sure to dress up; La Sirène is a classy destination worth pampering up for.

114 Avenue Dresden (Jean-Talon), Montréal, QC H3P 2B6
(514) 345-0345

Restaurant-Lounge Zyara

Zyara is a relatively new Lebanese restaurant in the recently booming area of Quartier Dix30. They are redefining the image of Lebanese dining with a novel approach, focusing on design and the human senses. Zyara features a lounge area, a private room and a terrace, all decorated in a posh contemporary fashion. Zyara, which roughly translates to “visit” in Arabic, offers both gourmet Lebanese food and an impressive selection of wines along with some of the best-looking hookahs in the city. Both unconventional and quality dishes, like a Halloum Flambé (flambéed gourmet cheese) and Risotto Zyara (lobster, kashkaval cheese, soujouk chips, fennel and cauliflower) put forward a modern un-adventured side of Lebanese culture. With all this to offer, Zyara is a destination worth exploring. In good Lebanese, it’s a zyara to look forward to.

9140 Boulevard Leduc #205, Brossard, QC J4Y 0L2
(450) 812-0235

Restaurant Daou

When Celine Dion and Rene Angelil want Lebanese for dinner, Daou is their restaurant of choice and rightfully so. This family-style restaurant has been around for almost 40 years and never fails to impress. Enjoy the Mezze, but be sure to save some room for their famous Machawi (grilled meats). Their Shish kebab (filet mignon) is perhaps the most exquisite in the city. Having been around longer than most, the owners of Daou may be considered the founders of fine Lebanese cuisine in Montreal. Even among the Middle-Eastern community, few can point to a restaurant that serves Lebanese food more authentic than that of Restaurant Daou.

2373 Boulevard Marcel-Laurin, Montréal, QC H4R 1KR
(514) 334-1199

Restaurant Saraya 

Permanently Closed
Beautifully decorated with marble floors, high ceilings, and decorative stone, the newly opened Restaurant Saraya proposes a serene yet very chic dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner every day, they have certainly raised the bar with the quality of their food. With over 20 years of experience, the chef there knows how to please the palate. Start off your meal with an order of their tasty Kibbe Naye (beef tartare). If you have a big appetite, share the Saraya Platter with your friends or family. Don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with unconventional hospitality. Saraya owner, Maggie, will probably be the first to check on your table. Amazing food, impeccable service, what more can you ask for?

1695 Boulevard de l’Avenir, Laval, QC H7S 1N2
(450) 629-3033

Restaurant Ezo 

Restaurant Ezo is a small, cozy and intimate restaurant. The setting is both simple and elegant. Ezo offers somewhat of a twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine, with dishes that you wouldn’t typically find in a Lebanese restaurant. Examples include an avocado salad, a flavourful plate of éperlants frits and a crisp spinach and cheese feuilleté. That being said, they also have all the traditional dishes you’d look for in a Lebanese restaurant. Ezo does a wonderful job in combining conventional Lebanese dishes and European inspired cuisine. Head their way and experience Lebanese fine dining in a modern and diverse way.

9440 L’Acadie Blvd, Montreal, QC H4N 1L8
(514) 385-6777

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