Chez L'Epicier is a French restaurant in Montreal, Quebec that serves Chef Laurent Godbout's eclectic French cuisine. The restaurant serves the food with elegant, whimsical presentations and features tasting menus.
Chez L'Epicier serves dinner nightly and features a variety of soups, appetizers, main dishes and desserts on the menu for diners to choose from. Soup and appetizer options at the restaurant include butternut squash cream soup, kale and buckwheat chips, Quebec squash salad and beef tartar. Main dishes served at Chez L'Epicier include roasted and grilled cauliflower, hazelnut crusted pan seared cod, pan seared scallops and beef filet.
As a Chef I always look for the restaurant that other Chefs recommend as opposed to the most popular. This restaurant was reviewed and recommended by both, upon further review I found out the Chef was competing in the Bocuse D' Or for Canada. Atmosphere was good, food great but a little heavy for the 7 course tasting menu in my opinion.
Service was great until they got busy and the level went down, would of elevated it to the next level if service held steady. As far as the food some absolute winners were the Black Olive and Goat Cheese macaroons for Amuse. Foie Gras mousse with apple jelly and smoked powder, would go back just for that!
Overall I would recommend highly...
It was our second visit at "Chez L'Epicier". I would recommend it to anybody. We had the "Menu degustation" with the wine pairing. In Montreal, we had diner in most of the five star restaurants and this one is on top of our list. The wine pairing is really the best, especially for the price. Great time, great service, GREAT food!
If there is one thing to consider is the fact that the noise level can be high. Either arrive early or late to avoid the crowd and the noise level.
Fantastic as always! Impeccable service, beautiful presentation , and delectable food!
This is one of the greatest restaurants of all time.
Parsnip milk soup. That is all.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Food was great. Service was perfect. My husband and I had a great time. I would definitely return.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Has really gone downhill - food was hit or miss, service was UNBELIEVABLY slo, though good.
First time visit. Great experience. Service was outstanding. I did not like the appetizer but they handled it so professionally.
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.
We met a local gentleman during our walks who made the recommendation.
What a treat! Great service and excellent food
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.
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."
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
The restaurant itself is very nice. The food was great...very creative! The service was amazing. Will definitely be back.
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.
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 -
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.
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.
We definitely plan on coming back when in town.
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!
We experienced the 5 course with wine matching. It was superb. Service from Julien and the team was excellent.
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.
Charming restaurant in lovely setting in old Montreal ,.. Attention to subtleties of food. Lovely presentations. Wonderful dining.
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'
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.
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")
Arrived at the restaurant with high expectations and departed happily because the experience more than met our expectations.