Chez L'Épicier
Chez L'Épicier

Chez L'Épicier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezlepicier.com/
  • Phone: 5148782232x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Laurent Godbout et Philippe Hétu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Chez l’Épicier restaurant is the perfect catering service to organize your corporate or private events, any occasion that require the excellence of one of the most renowned restaurant in Montreal.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez L"Épicier is the perfect place for quiet and private group up to 40 people.

    We also offer to reserve the whole restaurant for large group. Please don't hesitate to communicate with Stephanie, she will be happy to help you to organize your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie 5148782232x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St-Claude
  • Public Transit: Nearest Metro: Champ de Mars
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several parking lots available within proximity of the restaurant.
A word from Chez L'Épicier
Friendly refinement at Chez l’Épicier! For almost 13 years, the restaurant Chez L’Épicier has been shaking up culinary traditions while maintaining its position as a restaurant of the highest gastronomic order, offering a relaxed refinement and an energizing experience. Whether you come on business or for a meal with friends, the food, ambiance, and wines combine to make this one of the best restaurants in Montreal.
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Chez L'Épicier reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)fit for foodies (75)romantic (61)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (10)hot spot (7)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • It was ok
    J9fromTO
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Honestly, the food was pretty terrible. The service was fine. But the food. The soup was good...... that's all I've got. I'm trying to be nice because the service was excellent, but it was just you're typical snobby French food.
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  • A real find
    Loveatfirsttaste
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We met a local gentleman during our walks who made the recommendation. What a treat! Great service and excellent food California tourists
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous serious chef - a gem
    swansgirl
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This restaurant is a gem and I'm glad I live 300+ miles away because I'd go broke eating here a few times a month. Worth the time and money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    PollyGlot
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Just tried the place with a friend during a long weekend in Montreal. I did the degustation Sunday evening 09/07. Chef accommodated my request for a pescatarian degustation. I was floored by the food, wine pairings and service. Mlle. Mathilde etait "parfaite."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef was missing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    soup and entree were good but main course were problem. My wife had a almost cold plate where pintade was good but nothing special. My main plate was not hot enough and the sauce was burned and taste like has a sort of defective liquid. Fish was ok but one of the 4 scallop was not tasting fresh and the only scrimp was overcooked. total cost with 18$ tip and one glass of wine 175$ go figure. It was sunday night so maybe the staff was irregular .... Let's hope this is exceptional but I will not return. would have prefer to write this en Francais, but no such option here
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  • Wonderful Restaurant!!!
    TeatimedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant itself is very nice. The food was great...very creative! The service was amazing. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, not outstanding though
    Cicciosa
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It is a great value for money. We chose the tasting menu plus two additional courses. Out of these 9 dishes we found only two outstanding. The remaining were interesting and good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fit for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    for foodies - this place maybe great as they experience the 7 course meal through the 3 hours - unfortunately for me and my wife we found this to be ok - not that the food is bad - the food is actually very good with a few exceptions - the soup was a bit on the salty side...although very flavorful,...the halibut was cooked perfectly but the lobster bisque sauce was a bit on the bland side - the wagyu beef - it was bit on the chewier side - foie gras...excellent ....and the wine pairing was great -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lotsadeacs
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Even though our cabbie couldn't find it (not that hard) he dropped us within a block. Glad we found our party as ambiance, food and service were absolutely first rate. Excellent meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    46x2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I experienced our 46th wedding anniversary this past week in Montreal and enjoyed many dining experiences. This was one of them. Be sure to ask for the marshmallow pot, which we did not see on the dessert menu, but saw it at another table. What fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding french food
    fishmongerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second time dining at Chez L'Épicier. Coming from New York City, we've seen our fair share of high end restaurants. This fine establishment, however, can easily compare with the best of them. Cream of corn soup was sublime. So good that I would have licked the plate, if it was socially acceptable. Next came the gnocchi, which was also delicious. Nice surprise on the crispy outer layer of the gnocchi, while the inside was soft and juicy. Desert was a Creme Brulee sampler of 4 little cups of sweet and creamy goodness. Highly recommended! We definitely plan on coming back when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tête à tête
    Stbabin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We experienced the 5 course with wine matching. It was superb. Service from Julien and the team was excellent. Great evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    linkru
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Charming restaurant in lovely setting in old Montreal ,.. Attention to subtleties of food. Lovely presentations. Wonderful dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overall-great atmosphere with great food and wine. And the bloody bacon Caesar if you are a Caesar lover Amuse bouche was excellent-macaroons with an olive goat cheese center - perfect combination of salt and sweet Appetizers-lobster bisque was amazing. If you like seafood you will enjoy it. My wife had the fish and chips-raw Japanese white fish thinly cut with greens and potato chips that was a refreshing taste. Main courses-seafood dish with scallops and cod with veggies and a little coating of the lobster bisque. The other one was a gnudi ricotta meal with small diced tomatoes. Both were excellent and filling Dessert-2 macaroons (couldn't eat anymore). Other one was brownie with a seasoned pear sorbet and pear that felt like 'pop rocks'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed and overrated!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our first dinner in Montreal and so dissapointed we wasted a meal here. There are so many better places to choose. The staff is friendly but the food sounds creative but has no flavor. Shrimp salad appatizer has less flavor than our grocery store. Lobster bisque was cold and bland. Fish and chips were rare fish with boring tartar sauce and pieces of fried crisps. Entries were no better. Our entire group left dissapointed.
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  • hermesVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great service and atmosphere, but menu and preparation was slightly off, and perhaps overpriced for the final quality of what was served. (e.g., $16 lobster bisque was "meh")
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Viva L'Epicier
    bobbarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Arrived at the restaurant with high expectations and departed happily because the experience more than met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant
    MarcelleetRobert
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nous avons choisi le menu dégustation sept services et nous n'avons pas été déçus. Tous les plats étaient délicieux et bien présentés. Les portions étaient correctes pour un sept services. Enfin le service était courtois et sympathique.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The waiter was great, the food came rather quickly and everything was good. However, I feel the price is a bit exaggerated for the portion and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an experience!
    Cashew25
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We reallly enjoyed or experience: great food with an amazing presentation, interesting flavors, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Tony
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This wonderful spot in Old Montreal is a special find. With a relaxed atmosphere it still manages to provide an outstanding dining experience with local ingredients prepared in exciting ways. You cannot go wrong here but reservations are a necessity to avoid being disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Montreal Treat
    Vtrovers
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you want a special high quality chic restaurant to celebrate a special event, consider this one. Be sure to make reservations for each table is filled before the evening ends. Your table is yours for the evening and you are treated like royalty. The menu is very special and the plates are very chic. The dining experience is very noteworthy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All Around Wonderful
    KTResponds
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was a wonderful experience in every way. Food and wines were all superb. Service was knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. It can be difficult to eat dairy-free in a French restaurant, but L'Epicier made it very easy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best dinners ever
    John
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    When we were in Montreal 5 years ago we had a great experience in this restaurant and this time it was even better! With fresh buns produced in house and a great and interesting menu. The entire wait staff were very attentive but our waiter was magic with matching our wine to our meal. If you want a perfect meal served the way it should be this a do not miss location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful
    Bobdavid
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    In a city that's full of fine restaurants, this is truly a special place. Fabulous, creative food. Beautifully presented. In a setting that's not at all pretentious. A real dining experience, well worth the price.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find!
    Traveller
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Fantastic restaurant! Excellent food, good service, great ambiance. Wine list a bit top heavy on price ($3700 really?!) but overall a good selection. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Daliad411
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with unexpected warmth and charm, but the food is disappointing to say the least. The tastiest part of the meal was the complimentary goat cheese macaroon which was brought in lieu of bread. Very tasty and original. After that it was a series of tasteless disappointments. Gnudi tasted and had the consistency of unflavored fried tofu, in a boring tomato sauce. Lobster was served with a tasteless polenta. All in all, a beautiful restaurant good for ambiance, but disappointing food.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Form
    mcmsfVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food, service, ambiance (relaxed but classy)--all great. Still tasting the wonderful tenderloin and the wine--a rhone (which I normally avoid in favor of cabernet) which our waiter recommended was spot on. Returning for a second dinner in a few days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    ShismoVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This restaurant showed great promise but, failed in the execution. The lobster bisque had to be sent back as it was served cold. It tasted quite bland. The wild Quebec mushrooms, a delightful idea, however, all three servings were full of sand and were sent back. The beef tartar looked as if it was spattered on the plate. It was made with crunchy bits that turned out to be beef jerky. Terrible mouth feel. On the positive side, the olive macaron amuse guelles and lobster poached in butter served with a polenta purée were exquisite and the sommelier recommended a great wine.
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  • Stellar dining
    kudzu
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My dining companion and I decided to opt for the tasting menu, and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    deliteful
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had a lovely meal here. Food was truly delicious...and also very light. Portions were perfect...not too big, not too small. And the staff was lovely!! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an experience!
    Barry
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Went to celebrate our anniversary. Selected the sampler with wine pairing. What a wonderful experience. Food was excellent. Delicious. Nicely presented. The wine pairing was superb. Wines we had not experienced before - all excellent and well matched with the course being served. Will return for a "regular" dinner next visit to Montréal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost there
    Markusha
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was excellent but they had asparagus listed in the menu with none available early in the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but a disappointment.
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to Chez L'Epicier several times before and have always loved it. This last time was a bit of a disappointment. The "gnudi" were very dried and tasted like dry, fried potatoes. The order was taken incorrectly so someone's duck came long after the other dishes, even though we were given an extra gnudi to eat while we waited for it. My husband had a shrimp salad appetizer and then the lobster. He felt it was not as described on the menu and then got stomach cramps an hour or so later from one of the dishes. Although we had an extraordinary wine and wonderful service otherwise, it left us feeling we would not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C L'E
    TimP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    If in Montreal you should dine at this restaurant. Our waiter simply said that everything is good. And he was correct. Wait staff were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding experience
    SaxmanVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were visitors during the Jazz Festival. This is our favorite restaurant in Montreal. We had the 7 course tasting menu (without the wine pairings). The meal was superb and also entertaining. Lots of local ingredients which is cool. Service was first class and the dining room is simple and elegant. Good cocktails and wine by the glass are available.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rare treat
    Edmontonian1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It was a great pick for me visiting Montreal. I had come before with my family, and it did not disappoint. It is an expensive dining experience, but for a special occasion it was worth it.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I celebrated by anniversary with an early dinner here before the cirque de soleil show that evening and it exceeded expectation. From the olive and goat cheese macaroon (I have never liked a macaroon ever, until that macaroon) to the perfect lobster dish- we were completely taken care of. An unpretentious gem that every tourist and local should experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Exquisite
    RobbyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    If you enjoy beautiful presentation, excellent service and food that tastes exquisite, then this is your restaurant. This is French food at its finest. Do not expect mounds of food; rather each plate is a work of art, and with an appetizer and entree you will have room for dessert. We had the beets in apple milk and asparagus, the guinea fowl (crisp and moist) and duck breast, creme brûlée (5 tasting cups) and strawberries with doughnuts and custard. The waiters and owner are proud of their menu and service, and they should be as it was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and beautiful food!
    Ilovechocaolate
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The restaurant has great service with a bilingual staff. The view of Marche Bonsecouer was nice and the restaurant itself feels like a contemporary upscale bistro. The food was delicious, creative, and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.