Montreal boasts some fine oyster bars, so we’ve put together a short list of the best in town. Delicious, mysterious and exotic, oysters have been around for 265 million years, and there are few culinary pleasures quite like them. The city has some outstanding seafood purveyors, and beautiful ambiances, that are sure to offer up an oyster experience you’ll love.
1. Maestro SVP
Maestro SVP is one of the best oyster places in town. Established in 1982 as a specialty oyster house, you will find an impressive variety served both hot and cold. This is a great place to visit for newbies and connoisseurs alike. The friendly staff will guide you through the menu, so you’ll learn all about oysters as well as enjoy a delicious selection. A blackboard with the day’s offering, exposed brick walls, and tasteful, yet quirky, wallpaper give the place a charming and relaxed environment. Don’t miss out on the dessert oysters for a perfect ending to the experience.
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Address: 3615 Boul. Saint-Laurent
2. Le Majestique
Le Majestique is a small, beautifully designed oyster bar on St. Laurent Boulevard. It has the perfect combination of classiness, friendliness, neighbourhood coziness, and excellent food and drink. From the ornate, hand-painted window decals, to the old-fashioned chandelier-style light fixtures there is a unique richness and detail that is very pleasing. The oysters are wonderful, they have a nice selection of cocktails, a well-stocked bar, and very good service.
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Address: 4105 Boul. Saint-Laurent
Founded by Daniel Notkins, a champion oyster shucker who has competed in events around the world, Notkins offers some of the freshest, most exotic oysters in town. High quality food and a knowledgeable team who are passionate about seafood and especially about oysters. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting with a touch of class. For oyster and seafood lovers, a visit here is a must.
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Address: 1101 Rue de Bleury
4. Le Pier 66
This European bistro-style restaurant is located in the lovely Mile End/Outremont area, not far from the Plateau. As specialists in fish and seafood, they have a counter of amazing products to take away with you, both from Quebec and imported. Drop by for the 1$/oyster specials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or head over for the full table d’hôte. It’s a small intimate restaurant with a pleasant and unpretentious ambiance, and you’re certain to enjoy the simple, authentic menu and excellent quality and freshness.
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Address: 361 Rue Bernard
5. Liverpool House
This sister restaurant to Montreal’s famous Joe Beef, offers cozy charm and a bustling oyster counter. A little on the expensive side, but well worth it for the amazing quality. The bright and cheery two-room resto has great atmosphere, and an excellent wine list. It’s a low key environment where you’ll find true oyster lovers happily indulging. They also have a great terrasse in the summer.
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Address: 2501 Notre-Dame St. W.