About L'Orignal

Restaurant L'Orignal is a little country getaway in the middle of old montreal. Friendly staff welcome you try a specialty cocktail or two, maybe some oysters and some great terroir dishes. For an intimate night or a group get together, we'll provide a great evening!
*Please note we reserve double seatings on weekends and you may be seated after or before another guest.
We hope to see you soon.

479 St. Alexis
Montréal, QC H2Y2N7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French / Canadian, Seafood, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday to Sunday: Kitchen opens 6:00pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
Notre Dame

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(514) 303-0479

Website:
http://www.restaurantlorignal.com/

Parking Details:
Parking free on the south side Notre Dame after 9pm weekdays, after 6pm weekends.
Parking lot on the corner of Notre Dame and St. Pierre.

Public Transit:
Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes

Executive Chef:
Ryan Dixon

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

L'Orignal Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Romantic (16)
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Local Ingredients (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Casual (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Seasonal (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great spot for a solo diner. I had a terrific, fun meal at the bar. Some of the best oysters I've ever had followed by an innovative venison stew.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Casual, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wasn't impressed with menu or preparation. Really wanted to like it - the waiter wa excellent, but left with a feeling that I would not return. Maybe they were having a bad night.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Highly recommend. Cozy atmosphere, excellent food, friendly service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was disappointed. The price paid vs the expected quality wasn't on par. The menu was poorly explained by the staff. And why on earth a beef bavette need 30min extra.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The waiters are considerate. Very good atmosphere with Mediterranean retro decoration, dim lights, and some candles.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food at L'Orignal is excellent. I had a cod dish. I think it was cooked within a second of perfection. My wife had the farmer's bowl. The mix of vegetables and the seasoning made for a unique set of tastes and a meal that staunched the appetite without being overly filling. Neither dish relied too much on salt - an annoying habit of many restaurateurs. The atmosphere is sort of a "rustic informal". The music level was a bit much for eating. We were told the sound system was in need of repair. Service sometimes seemed a bit harried, but accommodating and friendly.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful Montreal restaurant with overly friendly staff who made the evening marvelous. Highly recommend in all facets. A true gem !

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It's challenging to characterize this restaurant because it's so remarkable. The farm-to-table fare was of course outstanding; we enjoyed two different kinds of fresh seasonal salads, followed by perfectly prepared lobster fettuccine for one of us and a tender pork chop with sausage and smokey choucroute for the other. It was difficult to find room for dessert, but we couldn't resist sharing an excellent pumpkin tart on a cold, wet fall evening. Beyond solid food, wine, and cocktails, what struck us as unusual was the feeling communicated by the staff in this special place -- of homey hospitality supported by skilled and accommodating service in an environment that is both casual and somehow elegant at the same time. We were touched and delighted by the kind attention of Monika, the restaurant's talented young owner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Terrific setting in old Montreal. Very good food and excellent service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Rabbit was not good and lobster dish sauce was bad.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Comfortable and cozy place tucked away on a side street but near Notre Dame. Super friendly and attentive staff. The food was excellent. French and Quebec inspired. Not loud. Good mix of locals and tourists. A very genuine experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food, great ambiance and exceptional service.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great menu, nice array of wines and wonderful service. A gem worth discovering and sharing with friends! Bon appetit !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We went there for a second time, waiter noticed us, every dishes were good enough.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Very very good!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Everything was delicious. We started with the gravlax appetizer which was a cut above the traditional smoked salmon. Our entrees included trout which my husband happily devoured; I had the quail special which was delightful. The recommended wine paring worked well for both entrees. We did not have time for dessert and coffee but think it would have not disappointed. Will return when back in Montreal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food here is to die for. The restaurant setting is wonderful. Very cozy and nice. I felt like I was in Europe. The wild mushroom risotto was out of this world. There was a party in my mouth.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The rabbit was great and the sole was the best. Our waitress was a ball of fire.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Belle soirée , bon souper . Le rissotto est un must . Ambiance parfaite .

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food & atmosphere! One thing my husband & I really enjoyed is that when we were given our meals the food was piping hot! I really appreciated that! Also, the sticky toffee dessert is to die!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food! Steak - cooked to medium rare perfection! Fantastic ambiance/atmosphere.
A little to aggressive with the speed of service. Given the $$$ - allow diners to linger.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Lived in Montreal for over 10 years and this is one of my favourite restaurants. Consistently great service and excellent food; the latter is based on an ever changing menu that reflects the season. Desserts are always, always to die for. Cute decor and ambiance. It was my husband's birthday and they gave us a free maple whiskey shots!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Plates original but expensive...
Nice environment and ambiance. To be recommanded for special occasions

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Superbe restaurant. Le propriétaire est un passionné de restauration. Superbe première expérience !!!
Service impeccable

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Very nice wines. Had the rabbit... it was spectacular.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service was very poor. We got there 30 minutes early but they were not ready so we went for a drink and then came back. We still had to wait 25 minutes to be seated. We chose a wine 10 minutes later we were told they did not have it. We picked an alternate and ordered the beef carpaccio appetizer and the hunters rabbit and risotto. The appetizer took a while to come out but when it did it was very good. After we finished the carpaccio 45 minutes later our entrees had not come out nearly 2 hours after our reservation. The table next to us was seated after us received there wine right away, their entrees and were finishing their desserts. The table next to them which was larger and seated after us received their appetizers and entrees. The waitress seemed to avoid us so we could not catch her eye. Finally we got up and the host came over and the entrees miraculously appeared. We were convinced to stay. The rabbit was delicious though not hot and the wild mushroom risotto was hot and tasty. The host did adjust our bill because of the poor service but unfortunately although the food was excellent, service is an important part of dining out. We were in Montreal for 3 nights had the service been better it would have been our best meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was pretty good. The staff was friendly and cool.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

This is a great low key restaurant cranking out some top notch food. Service is really good. This is not a restaurant where you feel rushed to eat, sit and enjoy your time. One of our go to spots in Montreal!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Good quality and good prices. would go back for sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The reviews on Yelp don't lie, food takes forever to come out! And when it finally did, it was almost cold. So by the time I finished my $105 TBone steak, it was cold and gross. I only mention the price because it blew us away, considering it was well over double any other meals on the menu (not much of a special...). We went here on a whim, ignoring the Yelp reviews... Yelp does NOT lie! I do not recommend.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Decided to try this gem after seeing so many positive reviews online. The cocktails were carefully crafted, service was impeccable, food was absolutely delicious and the portions were quite sizeable. My girlfriend and I really appreciated this resto and the people who work in it. We will most definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Honestly, I was quite disappointed with the food experience at L'Orignal. The reviews on Yelp looked great, but I am not sure I share the same sentiments.

We were a party of five, including three friends who went to college together some 30 years ago plus two teenagers. For appetizers, we ordered the bone marrow and a dozen oysters. Nothing special there. Three of us had the bison burger for our main course. I have to say that I expected more of the burger? It tasted just like any other burger. My daughter had the lobster fettucine and said that she enjoyed it. My son had the risotto.

What was really annoying was when the hostess came over to our table after we had paid the bill. She said that there's a party of six who just came in without reservations. Could we give them the table but no hurries. What?!? I felt that was bad customer service.

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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Pricey for what you get. Limited and highly marked-up wine selection. Evening was fine, but For that kind of money, there are better options in old montreal.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food was very good, and the waitress was very friendly and attentive. We went on a Wednesday so it was quiet, but I believe the atmosphere would lively and fun on the weekend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Duck fantastic! Scallops beautifully seared served with a wonderful fresh melange of vegetables & calamari, tasty sauce on the Bavette. Only criticism is the fries - burnt and not seasoned. Chocolate mouse was excellent!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food is amazing. Once I tried it I had to go back. Service was a bit slow but food is made after you order it so that may be the reason.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 31, 2017

First time eating rabbit and it was delicious. Incredible cocktails!

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Discovered the restaurant from an episode of Day of Gluttony. The show featured 24 Montreal restaurants, and this one seemed the most to our liking based on the menu and look of the place. It did not disappoint. We tried a few different dishes, as well as cocktails, all amazing. I make an effort to always try new restaurants when visiting Montreal, but I expect I'll be coming back to this one often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

LOVE LOVE LOVE L'Orignal! The food was phenomenal. The staff and owners were all so friendly. Can't wait to go back next time we are in Montreal!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 16, 2017

bel endroit bien décoré. Petit, sombre et dans un sous-sol..Ça surprend un peu au début, mais on s'y fait!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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