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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Dinner at L'Express surpassed our expectations. We were greeted promptly and seated at the exact time of our reservation. Our waiter was friendly but professional. And the best part, of course, was the dinner, not just interesting choices but also amazing preparation. I had a beet salad unlike any I had ever had before and a breast of chicken in a mustard sauce that was cooked so well, that I am still wondering how they did it. Also, the Burgundy wine was superior. I am missing that too!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It has authentic Parisian bistro menu and quality of food is amazing. The fish soup was full of flavor, the duck confit salad was perfect. I've eaten duck confit all over Paris and this is right up there."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "un site aussi bien que celui-ci peut encore s'améliorer en donnant le choix de la langue...le français devrait y figurer Je connais ce resto depuis les années 80 et il est encore un `très bon choix. Par contre, je trouve le coût de ses entrées bien trop élevé pour ce quelles sont: payer $8.00 pour cinq asperges..."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful service, cool decore, lots of fun ..."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The restaurant has a nice ambience with authentic decor and decoration. The service was very cold and unfriendly with very little care to welcome and assist with ordering. Food was nice however not a great deal of pride taken in presentation and delivery to our table."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My bf and I decided on a late dinner here after reading excellent reviews online, and L'Express did not disappoint. The restaurant is open late, and many people came in after we were sat at 9:30. Our waiter was very friendly and translated the specials menu and explained the items in detail. adding personal touches (like how his mother used to make a particular meal so that was his favorite) and making many menu and wine suggestions. We had the asparagus salad, ragout and bone marrow for appetizers (definitely get the marrow, amazing!) and shared the poached salmon with buerre blanc sauce for an entree. Everything was absolutely divine, and we will be sure to return on our next trip to Montreal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "An unpretentious French bistro-type restaurant, with excellent service and good food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We took our sons for an early dinner before a football game. We had a wonderful meal and had a very good service for that early meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "L'express is definitely a restaurant I would recommend. It is a very romantic place where you can enjoy a really great meal with an excellent service. The team over there is simply incredible. Try the brunches first and you'll see how amazing that place is!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Consistently very good food and excellent, friendly service with the ambience and decor of a classic French bistro. Have dined at L'Express for over 30 years and have never been disappointed with our dining experience there. Also, their hours of operation permit a very good meal at an early hour if you are going to a concert, opera, etc."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My family came to visit and we went to L'Express for dinner. I had heard wonderful things about the service and ambience. When reserving, I specified that we'd like a more private area of the restaurant, instead we were placed in the middle of the floor. It was so loud that I couldn't hear the person across from me. Our server was EXTREMELY rude. She was curt and impatient when we had questions. She may as well have rolled her eyes. My aunt asked for a "sweet Merlot-like" wine rec. and the waitress treated her like an idiot and called her out for not using the term "fruity". I have NEVER experienced such a rude server in my life. I plan on contacting the restaurant to formally complain. The food didn't make up for this terrible experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over the years and the food and service have always been excellent. The food is always fesh and well prepared. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience at L'Express. The food was excellent and the service friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "a wonderful French Bristro !!!!!!! excellent food and service!!!!!!!!! extensive wine list..... a cant miss in Montreal!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Awesome. Loved it. Best steak ever. mind = blown. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Have eaten here twice and both times the food was amazing. The service is great. The wine recommendations were great too. And it's all reasonably priced for the excellent quality. One of the best of montreal ... easily."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food and service was very good, is definitely a good french restaurant option, the only thing is that like is a small restaurant is a kind of noisy, so you have to speak loud. So it is not a good option for a romantic dinner or something quiet. The ambiance is not that wow. But in general is a good option. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Simple French bistro fare done superbly. Just a great place."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "A very typical French Bistro, nothing fancy but fun and had a lot of energy. Waiters were very efficient and helpful. Huge wine list! We loved our starters, hardboiled eggs with mayo and the Pâté', they were both amazing. However main meals were just okay. The risotto was salty and watery and the Lamb shank was bland. I think if we went back we would pick more starters and wine and maybe share a main dish. Overall we liked the restaurant and all of it's energy!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014