Located in the heart of French Canada’s towering Laurentian Mountains, Mont Tremblant is best known as a hub for athletes and thrill seekers. This famous Quebecois ski village is a popular destination throughout the year, offering ski bums perfect powder in winter, and summers showcasing a famous Jazz Festival and ample opportunities to relax by the lake.
This past July I took my mother on a culinary tour of the region in hopes of uncovering the destination’s top culinary tourism experiences. I was thrilled to discover a uniquely Quebecois scene in the heart of the Laurentians.
5 Best Places to Dine in Mont Tremblant
Resto sEb offers an unpretentious atmosphere supported by a talented kitchen that showcases the bounty of the region. Winner of the prestigious Quebec Tourism Grand Prize in both 2011 and 2012.
The menu at sEb showcases the bounty of the season with special attention to local producers. Highlights include Red Grouper Filet (puree of cipollini onions, wild mushrooms, salad of watercress, cherry tomato and écume of leek and ponzu) and Organic Duck Breast from Morgon Farms (purée of roasted carrot, roasted seasonal vegetables, wild mushrooms, foie gras reduction and fresh black truffle).
Resto Quintessence is located in Mont Tremblant’s premiere luxury hotel. During my visit, the parking lot was filled with Mazeratti, Lamborghini and Ferrari. In the summer months, the well-to-do can be spotted sipping bubbly on the restaurant's sun-drenched patio overlooking Lac Tremblant.
Resto Quintessence offers culinary tourists the crème de la crème in both service and culinary inspirations. Highlights include Q Poutine (duck confit, Douanier cheese and creamy pepper sauce) as well as Seared Foie Gras (rhubarb, buckwheat honey and port).
Brunch at the Windigo features a massive buffet with a little bit of something for everyone. Highlights include baked beans, crispy bacon, butter and maple-syrup-soaked crêpes, chocolate croissants, local brie and cretons.
Crêperie Catherine is located in a cute little cottage in the heart of The Village, and is one of the culinary darlings of Mont Tremblant, with a dedicated fan base supported by both locals and tourists. Prepare to wait in line—but I can assure you it is worth the wait.
Folks come here for the extensive savoury and sweet crêpe offerings, but be sure to dabble with their soups and salads too! The Sausage and Apple Crêpe (cheddar, sausage, granny smith apple, béchamel) and Catherine Crunch (banana, ice cream, sucre a la crème, whipped cream and chopped Crispy Crunch Bar) are to die for.
Microbrasserie La Diable is located in the heart of The Village, directly across from Crêperie Catherine. As the only microbrewery in town, it gets packed at the end of a long ski day in the winter, and its massive patio is a perfect spot to people-watch on warm summer afternoons.
Be sure to order yourself the La Diable Beer Tasting, a perfect opportunity to sample a flight of brews on tap. The brewery also specializes in Quebecois pub favourites such as poutine and smoked meat sandwiches.