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Cafe Universel

€€ - €€€
Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Cafe, Canadian, American, European
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1030 Rue Cherrier, Montreal, Quebec H2L 1H9, Canada
+1 514-598-7136
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 07:00 - 22:00
Wed 07:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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London, Ontario
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the universal cafe today for breakfast. The service was very good despite the fact that they were packed. Breakfast was delicious and menu is extensive. Will go again on our next visit to Montreal. Thank you.

Thank WTA
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97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

While my wife and I were in Montreal and exploring the Downtown area, we stopped to eat at the Cafe Universel which had a European style outdoor sitting area where you can dine, drink and watch the world go by unrushed. There were a variety of selections from seafood to hamburgers to Italian dishes (pasta, pizza). I had a teriyaki... More 

Thank Kent S
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had a couple of breakfasts there during a rather long stay in Montreal and this place was always amazing... the service is very friendly and cordial. A couple of our group members also tried it for dinner and were very pleased with it (one had pasta, the other a pizza).

Thank Luna-14_T
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My family and I had breakfast at this place two times. The food is excellent, and the waiters/waitesses are tops. If you go to the other one (I don't know the address) they have a nice outside seating area with a roof that can be pulled out when it is too sunny or is raining. It might be nicer than... More 

Thank NOAH L
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Have you ever been served a cut and arranged rotten apple as part of your healthy fruit salad at breakfast? That was my breakfast treat today at Cafe Universel. Grudging apology from manager, 10% off bill - far less than cost of poached egg/fruit meal which I felt unable to continue eating. Waitress did her best in this awkward situation.

Thank Gill K
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was recommended by a hotel front desk staff and decided to go and try it. We went early and it was almost empty so we hesitate a little bit but decided to stay..Good decision!!! Friendly staff and very helpful..Food was amazing and very generous portions. Had the eggs Benedict and they were made to perfection.. Love them...Hot chocolate was... More 

Thank sunnyandcold
Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Being tourists, we walked in after morning rush and enjoyed a delicious, leisurely, and very reasonably priced breakfast. Pretty classic dinner fare, but everything was very fresh and delicious. Coffee was great and I would say for the price is a better deal than the more tourist-trappy classic dinner at the opposite end of the Plateau. Would definitely return.

Thank johncondor
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place makes some incredibly flavourful salads, salmon, pasta dishes, and breakfast. Friendly staff, I would recommend for a nice breakfast or lunch.

Thank Zotch
Saskatoon, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The best breakfast place in Montreal for sure. They have a very large menu and reasonable prices. We kept coming back to this place since we couldn't find another that compared. They do get very busy, so you may not make a connection with your server, but they do have lots of employees that constantly come and check things and... More 

Thank littmandy
Kampala, Uganda
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170 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

The breakfast is always pretty good at Universel. The croissants are nice and their eggs are pretty good too. It's not a bad spot if you're stuck downtown and are feeling for a filling brunch.

Thank Find Yourself F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian, American, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1030 Rue Cherrier, Montreal, Quebec H2L 1H9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 514-598-7136

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Le Plateau Mont-Royal

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Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colourful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
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