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L'Express Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantlexpress.com
  • Phone: (514) 845-5333
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 11:30 am, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - noon;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am, Saturday: noon - 2:00am, Sunday: noon - 1:00 am;

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am, Saturday: noon - 2:00 am, Sunday: noon - 1:00 am.
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Ghislain Roy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roy & Duluth
  • Public Transit: Metro Sherbrooke, 3 streets north or metro Mont-Royal, 3 streets south; a five minutes walk in both directions.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 6:00 PM Montreal"s Health Agency's parking lot is open to the public; located on Roy street between St-Denis and Berri.
A word from L'Express
The "elegant" brasserie, "a Montreal landmark", this "très français", "très chic". Plateau "gold standard" is valued for "textbook perfect versions of traditional bistro fare" and "interesting" wines and «easy-on-the-budget" prices. Zagat 2012

Dreamed nice, delicious and affordable restaurant open to everyone, (see the menu www.restaurantlexpress.com)all the time, from 8:00 AM until 3:00 AM.

Designed by Luc Laporte architect. Simple, brilliant, unique, accessible. L'Express opened in 1980. American for the French, a Parisian bistro for New Yorkers or Bostonians. Montrealer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food here was great. Menu for some reason is very hard to read. Despite having reservations for 845PM through OpenTable, we were seated at about 915."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "A good definition of the perfect French bistro would be: L'Express, Montreal. Food fabulous, including such rarities as marrow without the bone. Waiters friendlier than in France, speak excellent English. Down to the checked floor, it's all genuine bistro. Worth our yearly trip from New York (for the record, the other two grand culinary destinations there: Queue de Cheval (steak) and Milos (seafood)."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Eat here -- eat an app, eat a main course, eat a dessert. i promise you it will all be incredible."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Outstanding meal with authentic brasserie atmosphere. Great service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Food was very good and well prepared.nice bistro atmosphere. Noise levell was a bit high when the restaurant was full. Service was very good."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had dined at L'Express many years ago and on our 58th wedding anniversary we decided to drive to Montreal from Ottawa just to dine there again.It was not a disappointment. The food, the service, the wine and the ambience were outstanding. We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience. We shall certainly come again. Professional in every way, the L'Express can rival any similar establishment in Paris. The restaurant has captured the true spirit of fine dining...professional without pretension...basic good food served competently without artificial familiarity and an exceptionally fine wine list. Bravo! May you be around when we celebrate our 60th!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was exactly what I wanted- Classic ! Pot au Feu and Steak Frites were perfect Gracious service I'll go back next time I'm in town"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "4 of us had a late dinner. Everything was great but my friend's pot au feu; it was plated in a small bowl that was difficult to eat. My meal was fabulous."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! We had classic French dishes like steak tartar and octopus terrine and they were fabulous. The service was very nice too"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Three of us, all foodies, had lunch on 8/9/14. Wonderful, attentive service, excellent food and nice wines by the glass. The next time we are in Montreal, we will seek to dine there again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Highly recommended, the food and service lived up to the recommendation and were wonderful. Unfortunately, we didn't really get to experience the authentic French bistro ambience we were looking forward to as we were seated way in the back by the restrooms with very little decor."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Welcoming, attentive staff. Kept bread baskets filled. Homemade ravioli was excellent. Others in party had the salmon which they liked. Nice ambiance. Side note - from U.S. and unfamiliar with parking meters. Thought they were for bikes. Received $55 parking ticket. Ouch!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Menu was simple and food was seasoned perfectly. Foie gras and chicken liver was smooth and perfect with the toasted bread. Roasted squab was tender and moist and paired perfectly with te wild rice. The service was calm and did not feel rushed at all. They were patient and answered any questions we had about the menu."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Truly a haven for real foodies! Delightful blend of flavours in every dish we had. Being given pickles to balance/help digest the meal spoke volumes about the chef's knoweldge and care for the clients. Serving staff were very knowledgeable, polite and attentive, and all this on a Friday night at 6:45 pm! If I had only one night in Montreal, this is the restaurant I would choose to dine in."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've been eating at L'Express for almost 30 years and it always delivers. It's a bustling hot spot that is always full. You need to book ahead. It offers classic french bistro fare, perfectly prepared, outstanding service and reasonable prices. Their Fish Soup is about the best I have ever had anywhere. The Mousse de Volaille is fantastic. Their Steak Tartare is to die for. Accompanied by perfectly cooked Frites, as it should be. Their Roast Chicken is always cooked to perfection. A terrific wine list with reasonably priced modest wines and expensive bottles for those looking to splurge. For me, a trip to Montreal isn't complete without a lunch or dinner at L'Express."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I love l'Express, has for 30 years. This time, I made my reservation on line with Open Table, and got assigned a very poor choice of table- at the end of the restaurant, our table for 2 behind the column and next to the wall, and a table for 4 right next to us was added 2 extra chairs to accomodate a loud group of diners...I was not happy. And I had to think , would I have been assigned a better table if I had called the restaurant directly? Next time, I wont take any chance, and I'll do that, even if Open Table is more convenient."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Was at the restaurant w family. Everything we ordered was nice. Everyone loved what they had. My sis and I shared the stew, which looks simple, yet the taste and tenderness of the meat and vegetables was just perfect. My husband had the tartare, which was very nice, but the fries that came with it could perhaps have been replaced with something else that would have lifted the dish further? Desserts were good too. Sister and dad commented that all the waiters had the looks of hollywoord stars All in all a very good dining experience for my family. They even had the booster ready for our child - much appreciated. Would be back to try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Look no further than L'Express !!! Great good, perfect atmosphere !!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We went because of a recommendation and we're not disappointed. From the welcome at the door onwards it was a very enjoyable evening. The food, wine and service were excellent. When next in Montreal we will visit L'Express again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was one of several recommended by friends during our visit to Montreal, and it didn't disappoint. Authentic French cuisine at its best in a great traditional atmosphere - fantastic food, great atmosphere and a very attentive staff all added up to a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Après une douzaine d'années loin de Montréal, j'ai voulu présenter à mes enfants ce restaurant intemporel que j'aimais tellement. J'ai été impressionnée de voir à quel point le charme de l'endroit s'est conservé, ainsi que la qualité de sa cuisine et le service. Le personnel a été charmant. Une très belle expérience, à renouveler aussi souvent que possible."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had the tomato salad, ravioli, and the maple tart. Very fresh, very flavourable. Pricing $8 for salad and $20 for the main. Totally reasonable. Professionally serving staff, too."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We walked 30 min each way, my wife got blisters, but the experience was wonderful. She had liver, just perfect; my kidneys not quite as good. Wonderful true bistro atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A wonderful spot where you can feel classy while drinking too much and laughing loudly . The food was outstanding. The bread, the mason jar of homemade pickles, and the hot mustard that they put on the table for you to share and nibble was darling. The chicken liver with pistachios stole the show. The spicy steak tar tar was the best I have ever had. My girlfriends tried the roasted bone marrow, the shrimp risotto and the salmon, everyone moaned in between our sips of perfectly made dirty gin martinis. A must try. I can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "C'est un classique pour mon anniversaire. De la bonne cuisine française exécutée à la perfection. L'île flottante est un incontournable (à partager à 2 cependant). On se revoit l'an prochain, comme le veut la tradition."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "L'Express seems to be an institution in the Plateau and like many institutions, it seems to have earned its reputation for serving consistently good food, with attentive service and pleasant atmosphere. It did not disappoint on any of those counts, but compared with similarly-priced restaurants in the neighborhood, it was good, not great. The exception was the frites: my spouse declared them the best he's ever had (and the man has had a lot of fries!)"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "L'Express est un classique dont on ne se lasse pas. Un des rares endroits sur lesquels on peut toujours se fier pour un repas de qualité."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had not been to Expess for 3 years. Have been there a total of 10 times over the years What a disapointment, food( tartare in my case) used to be amazing was merely ordinary, service that used to be legendary is nothing but ordinary Will not go back"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A fantastic local French bistro, just like you'd see in Paris. Comfortable atmosphere and terrific service. Fresh and delicious ingredients put together like only the French can!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "we went there two consecutive days. Remarkable and reasonable priced wine list. We had a Cahors (solis) and a wine from toro (flor de vetus).Excellent and speedy service. Excellent lamb and veal kidneys. Also the starters marrow bone, salmon tartar and foie gras were remarkable. The dessert ile flotante rounded it up. Next time in Montreal , we are back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Interesting experience. Food was good and served nicely, the entrée menu we felt was a little short. Details of service at times were slow. I am glad we tried it, do not know if I would go out of my way to eat there again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Recommended by everyone including the maitre d at another prominent restaurant and deserves every word. Having been to Paris it is a quintessential French bistro but with extraordinary food. One of the best meals my wife and I have ever had. Anyone with an appreciation for fine food and visiting Montreal should make this restaurant a guaranteed stop."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One of the best dinners I've had all year. The service was excellent from the second we entered the restaurant and the food was perfect. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Lots of Italian dishes on the menu, but French touches like a jar of cornichons on the table."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Service was great, very attentive and polite. We had a great night and will go back again we are in Montreal!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I had heard so much about L'Express but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. The food was not great but was overpriced. I got lobster risotto and the lobster pieces were over cooked, rubbery and chewy. I had to spit it out because I couldn't chew it any longer. The waiter asked if I didn't like the risotto because I had hardly eaten any. I told him how it was but he did not really seem to care. My friend from out of town got the quails and he was it was 'ok'. Overall it was an expensive place with bad food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have been going here for almost 20 years when we go up to Montreal. Never disappointing, feels like we're back in France."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Delicious meal. Outstanding service. Impeccable attention to detail."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything you'd expect of a classic bistro - black and white tiled floors, the regimented service, the jars of dijon mustard and cornichons on the table, and the extensive wine list. We had the octopus and lentil salad, the lobster risotto, and a roasted guinea fowl. Not somewhere to go if you're looking for innovative or exciting food, but the dishes were are all fantastically prepared classics."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "With all the great restaurants in Montreal, this one is in the middle of the pack. The Hugh Grant look alike waiter was decent and the food was all very good along the service. It is a typical bistro and if you only have three or four meals in Montreal, I would go with another choice."
    Dined on 6/30/2014