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L'Express

4.2
462 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

L'Express is located in Montreal, Quebec and offers a delicious and affordable mix of exotic yet comforting fare. Guests of L'Express enjoy menu items such as homemade ravioli, grain fed chicken, roasted quail, poached salmon, steak tartare, smoked Atlantic salmon, quiche and cheese, veal kedney and roasted bone marrow.

A host of elegant items at L'Express are cooked using locally sourced ingredients that are available seasonally. Try the shrimp risotto and grilled salmon spinach for year-round tastes that are sure to satisfy. For dessert, try the biscotti, house truffles, apple crumble, lemon tart, chocolate tart, vanilla ice cream or lemon sorbet.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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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.
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Phone number
(514) 845-5333
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Payment options
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ghislain Roy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Roy & Duluth
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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.
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Public transit
Metro Sherbrooke, 3 streets north or metro Mont-Royal, 3 streets south; a five minutes walk in both directions.
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 10, 2014

My first visit to L'Express was made thanks to viewing Anthony Bourdain's show. The restaurant is set in a vibrant part of Plateau Mont Royal. I love the decor - reminds me of an chic old diner with parquet flooring. The best part was the food! We started with bone marrow as an appetizer (my first time having this) and it was delicious and rich. I had the steak frites and my steak was cooked perfectly. The service seemed a little bit slow, but considering how busy it was on a weekend, it was understandable.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Well, one "nest egg" anyway. This famous--some would say iconic--bistro offers exactly the kind of feeling and food that Americans associate with Paris. Except that's a 55 minute flight from New York. And the service is kinder. Try it for lunch, when the crowd is less intense--at least if you head there past 1:00pm of so. A nice wine list, though with relatively few wines by the glass. Such quibbles aside, you won't be sorry you went for breakfast, lunch or dinner. One of the few places open on Sunday night. Very popular with locals of all classes, which is always reassuring to a tourist.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Well located on the Rue St Denis in the restaurant and night life district of Montreal. Reninsent of th old style Paris Bistros. Friendly and professional service, active bar scene at the side of the restaurant. seems to be a favourite with the local Montrealers; bistro style food i.e kidneys(which are not served everywhere) well cooked and presented. L'Express stays open late, good for after the theatre, opera or concert or a later nigh movie. Will return when next in Montreal

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

The food was absolutely amazing! We got the calf liver with tarragon and steak tartar. The servers were all very kind to us and accommodating to the fact that we do not speak french. Food arrived in a timely fashion and we were never wanting for anything. It was the perfect place to treat ourselves for our 1st anniversary-- all the glam without the exorbitant prices.

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5.0Dined on September 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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3.0Dined on August 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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3.0Dined on August 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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4.0Dined on August 22, 2014

L'Express, professional French services, good foods, French ambiance.

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3.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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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5.0Dined on August 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).

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5.0Dined on August 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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4.0Dined on August 13, 2014

Outstanding meal with authentic brasserie atmosphere. Great service.

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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!!

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5.0Dined on August 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

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2014

One of our all-time favorites in Montreal - we always go out of our way when we travel from Burlington Vermont, to have dinner at L'Express. Consistently excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 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.

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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4.0Dined on August 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!

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5.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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4.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Look no further than L'Express !!! Great good, perfect atmosphere !!

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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3.0Dined on July 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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5.0Dined on July 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.

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3.0Dined on July 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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5.0Dined on July 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!

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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