Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in Canada
Portuguese Canadians make up almost 2% of Canada’s population. In a country where the notably multicultural society is made of people hailing from all corners of the world, it’s curious to notice how our small country of Portugal makes such a significant number of the total inhabitants.
Portuguese and Portuguese descent residents concentrate mostly around the cities of Montreal and Toronto. In fact, both these urban centers have neighborhoods known as “Little Portugal”. In Montreal, about 50,000 Luso-Canadians call British Columbia home. Since 1956, you can even visit Parc du Portugal, a green area built in honor of the Portuguese community. In Toronto’s Little Portugal, half of the population identify as ethnically Portugal, even though in more recent times the influx of Brazilians has started to dilute this clearly Portuguese background. Either way, all of this means that you are likely to come across Portuguese speaking people in Canada’s big cities and, of course, authentic Portuguese food is also easy to find in different parts of the country.
If you miss Portuguese flavors while in Canada, these are the very best restaurants, bakeries and specialty stores where you can find Portuguese food and wines:
Best Portuguese restaurants in Canada
Casa do Minho
Down-to-earth family restaurant specializing in traditional Portuguese food. Expect to come across simple home-style meals. Apart from being a restaurant, Casa do Minho also sells selected Portuguese groceries in case you’d rather enjoy the flavors of our country at home.
📍1832a 36 St SE Calgary, AB, T2B 0X6
Portuguese Social Club of Nova Scotia
While technically not a restaurant, this social club’s aim is to promote Portuguese culture in Nova Scotia and what better way of doing that than via food? They serve a variety of traditional Portuguese cuisine, including desserts, baked goods and coffee.
📍43 Boland Rd, Dartmouth, NS B3A 1M9
Adriano and Angela Reis are the team behind this little authentic Portuguese restaurant and pub in Edmonton. Their focus is fresh and authentic Portuguese cuisine, served both at their own location or via their catering services. Angela is responsible for the kitchen, ensuring every dish tastes just like home, on the other side of the Atlantic.
📍9574 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0P1
A delicious venture started by childhood friends Christian Mena and Adelino Oliveira, from Chile and Portugal. After having his own restaurant in Portugal for over a decade, Lino went back to Edmonton to start Sabor, focusing on Iberian flavors. Sabor particularly highlights coastal recipes thus making it a beautiful restaurant choice for diners craving fresh seafood in Edmonton.
📍10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4C9
Café Central Portugais
Typical Portuguese restaurant in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal. They serve a rotating menu of traditional dishes from Portugal for lunch, and special group menus which can be requested in advance. From common recipes such as pork and clams Alentejo style to regional specialities such as stuffed quail or tripe and bean stew, this little café promises to deliver an authentic Portuguese experience!
📍4051 St Dominique St, Montreal, Quebec H2W 2A8
This fast-food concept in downtown Montreal specializes in local, 100% grain-fed Portuguese chicken. Apart from traditional ways of enjoying grilled chicken, such as whole, by piece or in sandwiches, Campo also offers more contemporary and localized versions of this Portuguese classic, incorporating the poultry’s meat in salads and even poutine.
📍1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1M7
Authentic Portuguese cuisine and friendly staff come together to offer a “very Portuguese” cosy experience in Montreal. Casa Minhota is divided into three spaces, including a bar area, a small dining room and a large dining area perfect for parties. When you come to Casa Minhota try the codfish Minho style!
📍173 Duluth Ave E, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1H4
Chez José Café
Portuguese style brunch might not have been much of a thing before, but maybe Chez José Café can help change that! Gourmet sandwiches, Portuguese style coffee and pastries, plenty of vegetarian options and an attractive colorful facade make Chez José Café a very cool pick to start the day!
📍3959 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4
Classic Portuguese restaurant with an extensive menu that ranges from tapas and appetizers, to meat, fish and seafood mains and, in good Portuguese fashion, a comprehensive list of desserts and wines.
📍6518 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2S 3C6
Fancy Portuguese cuisine in the heart of Montreal. Ferreira Café’s menu focuses on fine seafood dishes and Portuguese wines. The recipe for success is, according to the restaurant’s management, “a visionary owner, an inspired chef, high quality products and a competent and dedicated team.” We would love to visit and taste what this is all about!
📍1446 Peel St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1S8
Serving typical Portuguese grills since 1974, Jano has carved a name for itself while flooding Saint-Laurent Boulevard with enticing grilled meat aromas. If you’d rather try seafood specialities, you can also enjoy their grilled calamari or prawns served with home-made Portuguese style potato chips.
📍3883 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1X9
Ma Poule Mouillée
Casual Portuguese grill famous for its grilled chicken and typical Portuguese sandwiches. This informal restaurant offers counter service and it’s a great option for good value for money seriously tasty food!
📍969 Rachel St E, Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J2
Chef and owner Helena Loureiro delights Montrealers with her personal take on Portuguese dishes. Modern, warm and inviting, this is a place not only to broaden your preconceived ideas about Portuguese cuisine, but also to sample great wines from the old continent.
📍438 McGill St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2G1
O Cantinho Grillades Portugaises
Unpretentious grill restaurant feeding Montreal’s hunger for Portuguese smoky flavors. Cantinho team’s promise is that, when you visit their restaurant “you will travel to the Algave’s hot beaches, Lisbon’s cafés, you will enjoy the nostalgic sound of Fado and smell the flavors of spices as you will enjoy tasting the best Portos.” We honestly like the sound of that. Don’t you?
📍3204 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H1Z 2E2
You can visit this restaurant if you like Portuguese food. But if you love Portuguese drinks, then you must definitely come here, as they have one of the most comprehensive Portuguese wine lists to be found in Quebec! Their lunch and dinner menus are different, so you’ll hardly run out of options to bite on while you explore the much coveted drinks menu.
📍201 Place d’Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B3
This restaurant was formerly known as Portuscalle but has changed its name to allude to the 360° view of Montreal you can enjoy while you dine here. With one foot stepped on tradition and the other one on innovation, Portus 360 delivers a creative Portuguese cuisine experience in a pleasant contemporary setting.
📍777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 3Z7
Typical Portuguese cuisine in an atmosphere that can almost bring you to Lisbon’s downtown eateries. Start your meal with a quintessential bowl of caldo verde, choose a main of meat and fish and, if you feel like spoiling yourself, choose a specialty like seafood cataplana. End your feast in Portuguese style indulging in dessert. Their pastel de nata flambée sounds irresistible!
📍53 Rue Bellehumeur, Gatineau, QC J8T 1P8
Chef Jose Lemos opened Caravela to serve his own interpretations of classic Portuguese dishes and, in his own words, “daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food”. Caravela’s interior, designed by the award-winning Richard Bergeron, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Portugal’s storied past. A modern space where you can enjoy delectable Portuguese cuisine. More than just the food, Caravela is about the overall dining experience!
📍3712 Innes Rd, Orléans, ON K1C 1T1
Wherever in the world there is a sizable Portuguese community, you are likely to find churrasqueiras, that is, Portuguese style BBQ houses. Bairrada has several locations across Toronto, making sure the city can always satisfy its cravings for piri-piri chicken and more!
📍3 locations in Toronto:
A home dedicated to authentic Portuguese cuisine. They offer a large variety of traditional dishes, including several daily specials that keep changing. Eat in, take out or order one of their festive party platters to cater your next event.
📍682 Caledonia Rd, York, ON M6E 4V9
Critically acclaimed Chiado Restaurant serves “progressive Portuguese cuisine” by the hands of Chef Albino Silva. Silva’s dishes have been praised for their bold flavours and creative presentation.
📍864 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3
Succulent meats on a plate or stuffed inside freshly baked buns – this is what you come to Churrasco Portugril for! Rotisserie chicken, marinated pork loin, slow roasted meats and typical Portuguese seasonings, make for a fiery and irresistible experience!
📍1733 Eglinton Ave E, North York, ON M4A 1J8
This family style restaurant serves one of Portugal’s favorite foods: BBQ chicken! Apart from delectable smoky chicken, they are also famous for spit-roasted suckling pig and grilled fish. Do not neglect their desserts’ menu as there’s also plenty of interesting options to choose from!
📍2700 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6N 1M2
Churrasqueira Vila Verde
Family run restaurant started by mother Lurdes Costa and her 3 daughters. They find joy in serving Portuguese comfort food for restaurant diners and private functions. Their menu includes everything from meat, seafood, appetizers and desserts. Expect to find specialties such as barbecue chicken, arroz de cabidela (Portuguese chicken rice with blood), grilled fish dishes, feijoada (bean stew), lamb shanks and much more!
📍206 Weston Rd, Toronto, ON M6N 3P3
Piri Piri Grill
This casual upscale restaurant has become an iconic place for Portuguese food lovers in Toronto. They are known for their spicy home-made piri-piri sauce, but their menu goes broader than that, paying tribute to Mediterranean cuisine as a whole. Besides being a restaurant, they also have a Portuguese wine shop, which you can browse when you dine at the restaurant or simply order from online.
📍1444 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 4H3
Stepping into this restaurant shall transport you to Portugal. It’s not just about the food, but also the ambiance and the decor that focus on little details to create the right mood. Traditional yet elegant food that embraces innovation while staying true to the essence of Portuguese culture.
📍1370 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1C4
Portuguese Club of Vancouver
If you’re to visit the most Portuguese institution of Vancouver any time, make sure you go on a Sunday. Why? Because this is the day when they serve their grilled chicken special, which is outstanding not only in terms of flavor, but also in terms of value for money. Apart from their popular chicken, here you can also enjoy other much beloved Portuguese specialities such as bitoque, our country’s take on steak with fries, traditional soups, codfish fritters and much more!
📍1144 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3X2
Viena do Castelo
Portuguese food store and restaurant specializing in groceries, desserts, quick lunches and even dinners when you order in advance. Apart from ingredients and ready-made dishes, they also offer cooking classes. All together, Viena do Castelo is all about keeping Portuguese food traditions alive and well!
📍857 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 2H9
Best Portuguese cafés and pastry shops in Canada
Noticing this business’ name it’s easy to identify their speciality: freshly baked pastel de nata, aka, Portuguese custard tarts. If there’s one sweet item from Portugal that is well beloved inside our borders and a little over the world these days, this is it. And Nata Boys have made it their mission to perfect the traditional recipe that our fellow country people are so critical about. This is the one and only item on their menu! When in Calgary, you can be rest assured that Nata Boys is a safe bet for high quality pastel de nata!
📍Calgary, AB, Canada T3K 2P6
Handy Bakery invites you to embrace the Portuguese morning ritual of coffee and fine pastries. Apart from the usual custard tarts and other popular baked goods, Handy Bakery also offers traditional cooked meals on an ever changing menu. Depending on when you visit, you may come across charcoal-grilled sardines, spit roasted pork or other petiscos that the local Portuguese community often order while socializing.
📍8660 118 ave Edmonton, AB, t5b0s8
Portuguese Canadian Bakery
Great bakery meets grocery store for all your baked goods and general Portuguese products needs. Established in 1996, the Portuguese Canadian Bakery has become a reference for Edmonton’s luso-canadian residents. A lovely place where to find freshly baked breads, pastries and regional products such as cheeses and charcuterie a little from all over Portugal!
📍5304 118 Ave NW Edmonton, AB, T5W1C4
Café Vasco Da Gama
Breakfast, light lunches focusing on salads and sandwiches and, of course, the sweet temptations one expects when visiting a Portuguese inspired café. Pastel de nata and many other Portuguese pastries are what you can enjoy when you visit Café Vasco Da Gama.
📍1472 Peel St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1S8
Les Anges Gourmets
Come here for excellent Portuguese pastries but also French bread. In this fusion business you’ll come across typical Portuguese sweets such as pastel de nata or tigelada, alongside French canelé. Apart from delicious sweets, you can also visit Les Anges Gourmets for light meals such as sandwiches, salads and, just like you’d generally come across in this type of business in Portugal, a daily choice of soup too.
📍4247 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2W 2R2
Pâtisserie do Rosário
The family behind Pâtisserie do Rosário has been serving Montreal with pride and dedication for over 30 years. Their mission is to introduce traditional Portuguese pastries and bakery products of superior quality at an affordable price in the greater Montreal area. To balance things out they also serve salads and other lighter options.
📍6805 St Hubert St, Montreal, Quebec H2S 2M7
With over 30 years of experience, Lusa is about preserving tradition while also embracing innovation. Lusa Bakery brings the sweetest taste of Portugal to Ottawa, yet their menu is not only about pastries and cakes. One of their best-sellers is actually Portuguese style grilled chicken, served on platters with side dishes or in sandwiches.
📍1111a Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y6
Home-made bread and pastries that taste just like those you’d normally find across Portugal. This family owned business was established in 1960 and it focuses not only on high quality food but also impeccable service. We recommend trying their hand-crafted corn bread and speciality rye bread.
📍48 Nelson St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7R2
Open seven days a week for over 7 years, this is one of the best places you can visit around Toronto for a bonafide Portuguese bakery and pastry shop experience. Their custard tarts are perfectly flaky and their breads are made the traditional way which guarantees a brilliant taste.
📍2189 Dufferin St, York, ON M6E 3R9
Golden Wheat Bakery
This bakery opened in 2012 by Patricia Brandao and Alcides Laundos, to bring a “taste of home” to the large Portuguese community in Toronto. Delicious custard tarts and other Portuguese pastries, traditional breads and other savory snacks such as shrimp croquettes and codfish fritters.
📍2 locations in Toronto:
Nova Era Bakery
This famous chain of Portuguese bakeries has highly contributed to the popularization of Portuguese baked goods around Toronto. Typical and high quality Portuguese breads and pastries are served alongside European style coffee, in a friendly and relaxed environment.
📍Many locations in Ontario. Check website for details:
Eat in or take out and choose from a lovely selection of fine Portuguese cakes and pastries, made with “only the finest, freshest ingredients available”. This is a great place to order a cake for special celebrations, such as anniversaries and weddings.
📍3 locations in Toronto:
Nevermind the reference to the Italian city in this business’ name, this is indeed a Portuguese bakery! Owners João and Maria Caetano opened Venezia Bakery in 1979 and specialize in pastries but also offer a deli service. They are open 7 days a week, so no matter what your schedule is like, you get a chance to visit.
📍114 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4
Portuguese and Italian bakery bringing the best freshly baked goods from southern Europe to Vancouver. This family run bakery has been going strong for over 40 years specializing in decadent cakes, flaky pastries, fresh breads and European groceries.
📍4240 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2J6
Open for business for over 40 years, this is currently the only Portuguese bakery in Winnipeg. Here you can find a variety of Portuguese breads and cakes. They are particularly famous for their water bread and buns.
📍717 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0B1
Where to buy Portuguese foods and wine in Canada
Boucherie Epicerie Soares et Fils
Artisanal butcher shop claiming to sell the best chorizo and artisanal Portuguese sausages. Even though Soares’ speciality is meat, they also sell fresh produce and other Portuguese products such as cheese, packaged goods, frozen ingredients and more!
📍4553 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1R2
📦 Buy in-person in Montreal or order online from www.lesfillessoares.com/en
Marché Sá et Fils
Open since 1975, Marché Sá caters to all your Portuguese and Brazilian product needs. This family owned business offers a wide selection of Portuguese/Brazilian cuts of meat, delicatessen, cheese, fresh fruits, vegetables, and various other imported products. They pride themselves not only for the quality of their products, but also for offering good value for money.
📍4701 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2T 2V9
📦 Visit their store in Montreal or buy online from www.saetfils.com/en
Mario’s Food Center
Established in 1964, this is the very first Portuguese speciality store to open in Ottawa. Nowadays they offer the largest selection of portuguese and brazilian groceries you can find in the region, including some hard to find products.
📍4553 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1R2
Premium quality meats at fair prices. Come to “our butcher shop” for a great selection of meats, fresh produce, cheese and imported goods from Portugal.
📍1042 Bloor St. W Toronto, Ontario M6H 1M3
📦 Visit on the address above or shop online at https://nossotalho.com
Family owned business that strives to serve customers with “the best quality at the greatest value”. This is a full fledged market with a wide selection of products and ingredients, as well as ready-made food for take-away.
📍1625 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6N 1H7
📍1030 Dundas St. East Mississauga ON L4Y 2B8
📦 Order online for home delivery: https://shop.tavora.ca
Small store in Toronto’s Little Portugal, where you can quench your thirst for Portugal. Focusing on both traditional and contemporary innovative Portuguese products, Saudade Toronto celebrates the Portuguese spirit and creativity. Their range of products includes tableware and home decor, fashion accessories, beauty products and selected preserved foods.
📍1191 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3
📦 Browse their lovely selection at https://saudadetoronto.com
This Portuguese grocery store run by the Bernardino family sells a wide range of specialty groceries, but takes particular pride in their home made chouriço and orange fritters “which disappear fast”. Visit Union Market in the heart of Strathcona to buy products to take home or to sit down for a snack.
📍810 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2C4
Cork & Olive
Small store with a good selection of Portuguese products, particularly frozen goods. Elisa and Joaquim proudly serve the Winnipeg community with food that hails from their mother country. Buy Portuguese food to take home or take a seat to have a bite on location.
📍939 Notre Dame Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Portugal Imports was founded as a wholesale business in 1972 by husband and wife team Manuel and Leonor Cardoso. Their assortment of products is incredibly vast, ranging from religious accessories and home fragrances, fashion, kitchenware and, of course, food products.
📦 Their warehouse in Ontario opens twice a year to the public. During the rest of the year, shop online at https://portugalimports.ca/shop-online
Online marketplace started by comedians Derrick & Brian from internet sensation The Portuguese Kids. Their focus is Portuguese inspired accessories and apparel, including t-shirts, homeware and media. But they have also curated a selection of Portuguese foods such as sweets, condiments, snacks, olive oil, canned fish, coffee and tea.
📦 Visit their e-shop at https://shopportugueseca.com
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