Joe Beef is THE most popular restaurant in Montreal and was even listed amongst the World’s Top 100.
Opened in 2005 by David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, Joe Beef has, ever since, become a classic Quebec establishment and a Montreal staple in the heart of Little Burgundy. Its massive popularity comes from its traditional comfort food in a unique, familiar, vintage-themed setting.
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
The ever-changing menu highlights a traditional Québécois bistro fare and French Sud-Ouest hearty recipes (i.e. expect a lot of foie gras !) The daily menu is written on huge chalkboards and, although highly carnivorous, has an extensive raw bar, fish and seafood offering. Joe Beef‘s signature dish is the highly praised Lobster Spaghetti with chopped bacon and tarragon. The Steak Ambassador is one of the many classic gargantuan meat dishes. Although expensive, the menu is unpretentious and for casual dining (kind of like New York’s Peter Luger).
Joe Beef has four different rooms, including an outdoor back patio for nice summer evenings. Best seats are by the oyster bar or by the street-facing windows. Although Joe Beef can be considered as a higher-end restaurant, the overall vibe is relaxed and casual.
Sit at the bar!
Joe Beef is one of the most saught-after tables in Montreal so make sure you make a reservation well in advance (tables of 6 max). Walk-ins at Joe Beef are pretty much impossible, so if you couldn’t snag a table it’s worth calling them directly, or use the DINR app for same-day cancellations. If you can’t get a seat at Joe Beef,, their sister restaurant Liverpool House is an easier table to snatch, or their neighboring Le Vin Papillon is a walk-in only wine bar.
Although Joe Beef is a casual dining experience, its popularity and pricing make it a good spot for a special occasion or visitors in town.
Open for dinner Tues-Sat 6pm-12am