International in Old Montréal

The buzz surrounding Garde-Manger has barely let up since its opening back in 2006. This small, candlelit restaurant attracts a mix of local scenesters and haute cuisine–loving out-of-towners who come for lobster risotto, short ribs, Cornish hen stuffed with foie gras and other changing chalkboard specials. The stage is set with stone walls, great cocktails and a decidedly not-stuffy vibe.

It's loud and festive, so not the place for an intimate dinner. Reservations essential.