L'Express
L'Express

L'Express

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantlexpress.com/
  • Phone: 5148455333
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
L'Express reviews from OpenTable diners
215 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)neighborhood gem (93)notable wine list (92)romantic (74)special occasion (74)late-night find (45)great for lunch (34)hot spot (32)good for groups (29)kid-friendly (19)great for brunch (14)vibrant bar scene (14)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Not many places where you can get steak tartare and rognons de veau, and both were terrific. Nice European-style atmosphere. Would have been good to have been greeted when we arrived on time for our reservation, instead of having to wait to be acknowledged. However, we realize how busy restaurants are at 7 p.m.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blah
    cyclegrrl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for breakfast on a weekday. Though place was empty, service was indifferent, at best. My omelette was requested well done - it arrived runny and raw. Toast was a commercial baguette. Nice fruit salad. Passable coffee. After all the hype - just a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambiance, good food
    SusanBklyn
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall, the food was good. I had the salmon on a bed of spinach, which was prepared well. The gazpacho was very good. My husband ordered the duck confit salad which I thought was okay, though I'm not a big fan of duck to begin with. The interior of the restaurant is great looking - old world Paris, elegant and romantic. If I lived in the neighborhood, I'd probably be back at some point.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • L'Express, a classic french bistrot
    Gintonicmtl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    L'Express, professional French services, good foods, French ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor organization
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a trip to Paris
    LikeParis
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loved this restaurant - just like a trip to Paris without the cost or jet lag. Plat to go back on my next trip to Montreal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Perfect Bistro
    MSkol
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Eat here -- eat an app, eat a main course, eat a dessert. i promise you it will all be incredible.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bravo!
    LF23124
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Outstanding meal with authentic brasserie atmosphere. Great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    pensioners
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambassador
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • L'Express Delivers!
    DBNYC
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chef
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JEFK
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, great service
    Olds1959
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, Disappointing Seating
    Eldyelle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    jdl520
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Moogie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Montreal bistro
    Ericw
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bad table, why?
    Stifo911
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything we ordered
    Olive
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bistro
    cabernet99
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Look no further than L'Express !!! Great good, perfect atmosphere !!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Express
    MontrealLovers
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super recommendation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • De beaux souvenirs
    MadameF
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Slice of Paris
    bobsyouruncle
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the long walk
    DotDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    Eatina
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La grande classe
    Osamoe11e
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    PDXDiners2VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ndgmanVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3years later
    Mommtl
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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
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  • SMCMMomVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • traditional French no frills
    bavaro
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary!
    Thomas
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian with a French Flair
    noodle
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Lots of Italian dishes on the menu, but French touches like a jar of cornichons on the table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal!
    Mitchp
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was fantastic. Service was great, very attentive and polite. We had a great night and will go back again we are in Montreal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.