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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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4.2  based 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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mrbean1967 (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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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vipwriter100 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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KenFox22 (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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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MaryB (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 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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vipcyclegrrl (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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SusanBklyn (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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Gintonicmtl (Montreal)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

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

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined 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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LikeParis (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipMSkol (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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MollyM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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LF23124 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2014

Outstanding meal with authentic brasserie atmosphere. Great service.

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vippensioners (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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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ambassador (Montreal)
5.0  Dined 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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DBNYC (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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chef (Montreal)
4.0  Dined 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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JEFK (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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JoyceC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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Olds1959 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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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