Chez L'Épicier
Chez L'Épicier

Chez L'Épicier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezlepicier.com/
  • Phone: (514) 878-2232
  • 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
103 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (61)romantic (46)notable wine list (31)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (12)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Très déçue pour un restaurant 5 étoiles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    C'est la 1ere fois que je suis déçue de ce restaurant. Notre table était très mal située malgré le fait que j'avais fait une réservation en demandant spécifiquement une belle table pour notre anniversaire de mariage; elle était située à moitié dans le corridor entre les 2 salles. Nous avions pris le menu dégustation 7 services et encore une déception. Le seul plat qui était savoureux fut le potage de courges. Les 2 mini bâtonnets de gnocchis goutaient le tofu, la morue fumée goûtait le brûlée et ainsi que les 2-3 pois mange-tout qui l'accompagnait, le steak était difficile à couper au couteau et la présentation des plats laissait à désirer. Quelle déception quand on nous a servi le dessert qui était une tranche de courge avec de la crème glacée...ce n'est pas un dessert !!! Vraiment, ce n'est pas un restaurant où nous allons retourner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • MTL a TABLE in Old Montreal
    MontrealerMVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were 2 & ordered both dishes @ each course. Wine pairing with main course. 'Amuse bouche’ macaroon, goat cheese,olive tepanade & Kir with Quebec apple cider,maple & white cranberry. NICE! Local & homemade products. Warm rolls-regular & maple butter. Squash velouté was delicious as was the smoked trout filet . We shared (additional) fois gras with pear; nice & creamy. Sea Bass fillet with herb polenta, over lobster bisque(?). Beef shoulder in Cointreau marinade. REALLY good. Dessert ‘Carpaccio of apple’, good & refreshing. ‘Chocolate brownie tempura’ was interesting. Presentation was lovely. Professional & friendly service. We left with a bag of homemade marsh mellow. We were very happy with our visit. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Génial
    marielou124
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    L'Épicier est l'un de nos restaurants préférés, pour la qualité des plats qu'on y offre et pour le renouvellement continu. On s'y sent accueilli et à notre place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    excellent restrauant-- we were seated at the best table in the house w ithout begging. it appeared that they reserved this table for us---perhaps because of open table? great service and wonderful food, but on the pricey side as we found all the good restrauants in montreal. highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Un repas digne de mention
    Stephane1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nous avons pris le repas dégustation, celui-ci était intéressant, bien construit... et plein de surprises. Combinaison intéressante et dynamique de flaveurs et de texture. Bien stable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Probably the best food and service we have ever had! We had the 7 course tasting menu paired with wine. It was superb. The pairings were fantastic and the service was over the top without being too in your face. We have travelled all over the world and ate in many restaurants but this was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was great. Service was perfect. My husband and I had a great time. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mi-figue, mi-raisin
    TitiGourmand
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Notre visite à L'Épicier se voulait une belle soirée pour souligner notre anniversaire de mariage. En plus, le menu dégustation nous avait été offert en cadeau. Le service à l'accueil fut tiède et un peu calculé. Le premier service, un potage automnal aux courges était fort bien présenté, coulant d'un pichet sur un bol garni avec entre autre de l'encre de seiche. Outre la couleur peu ragoûtante, le tout était trop salé. Le macaron aux échalotes qui le précédait goûtait le Philadelphia. La pétoncle qui suivi était correcte, avec du flanc de porc qui lui donnait de l'énergie. Le saumon fut excellent, mais ruiné par un risotto au parmesan baignant dans du dashi. Le foie gras poêlé fut réussi, mais perdait son croustillant dans du fond de veau.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tatie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great find at a reasonable price. Nice ambiance something between a bistro and a formal restaurant. Foie gras was divine and other dishes tasty and portions were generous and well balanced. Desert menue was innovative and waht we had was delicious. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good?
    Trav2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to showcase what we thought would be one of Montreal's better restaurants to some out of town guests. We had been there 3 times before this year. Not so good this time. Service and ambience was there but the wine list had a lot of reasonably priced wines out of stock. We had the tasting menu and our overall impression of it was 'bland'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    Midimac
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place is charming with the very large windows on St-Paul Street. The food is original and imaginative, and tasty from beginning to end. The service helps you with all kinds of demans, and doex not frown if you have special needs. It was the same as the first time we experienced it years ago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is an outstanding restaurant. The 7 course tasting menu at $80 is a steal. The meal we had was worth the trip from New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Place...service not so
    DDAtala
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The ambience is perfect, gorgeous! The food seems to be better than it really is and the eaiter gets mad if tou don't tip him right. Practically was chance in the street to give him more tip. But if you look for a upper coming class restaurant I would recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KenFox22
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    located in a historic building in Old Montreal. Excellent service and good food. as with other fine dining restaurants of this style food servings are modest, attractively plated and very tasteful . Would return next time I visit Monteral.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new waiter
    lesbelges
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    maybe if we had had an experience waiter..... but for the price of the food, there are much better restaurants in Montréal such as Europea where for a few dollars more it would have been a great experience for the Belgium people we took to L'Épicier. we were disappointed and the European found there was not enough to eat and it took forever when we asked for something to be brought to our table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it once was
    Awilde
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Has really gone downhill - food was hit or miss, service was UNBELIEVABLY slo, though good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    apmt
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time visit. Great experience. Service was outstanding. I did not like the appetizer but they handled it so professionally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    J9fromTOVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Our favorite in Old Montreal!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    For some reason, this exquisite restaurant does not appear on everyone's list of Old Town's amazing restaurants. We dined in some of the best during our week in Montreal, and this was our favorite. A small menu of mostly locally-sourced food, all perfectly prepared, beautiful and delicious. The restaurant is not ostentatious, so if that's what you're looking for, you won't find it here. But if it's the dining you want, don't miss L'Épicier. Our server was knowledgable about food and wine, so you might take their suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Chez L'Épicier reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic