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L'Orignal

4.5
663 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French / Canadian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French / Canadian, Seafood, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday to Sunday: Kitchen opens 6:00pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(514) 303-0479
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Dixon
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Notre Dame
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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.
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Public transit
Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 663 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DannyG (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great, hearty, old-fashioned food. Awesome bloody mary. Fun ambiance, especially for a half-basement location. Attentive service.

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MBMontreal (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentines Day. Our first time trying L'Orignal. 8:00pm reservation made on opentable was not honored. We were seated at 8:25. We were offered drinks or water while we waited but these were not complimentary. We were seated in a table all the way in the back right next to a heater blowing constant hot air the entire night. We sat for another 20 minutes without being noticed by anyone. Finally a waiter comes and asks if we're ready to order. He did not go over the menu, he did not go over specials or anything, we had to ask him to do it. We waited another 25 minutes for our appetizers (a soup and a salmon tartar) at which point the waiter apologized for the delay and brought us a free round of drinks. The waiter apologized by saying "we aren't used to this many 2 person tables". It was Valentines day, what did they expect? 5 minutes after we finished appetizers, the main course came out. Immediately as we were done a busboy began clearing the table, the waiter came back again while the busboy was cleaning to ask us if we wanted dessert. No space or break in between, the busboy was still cleaning as the waiter was going over dessert. We said no to dessert and he brought the bill right away. No time in between to digest, converse with each other or anything. We wanted a nice romantic evening and it ended up being frustrating and far from enjoyable. The service was unacceptable, especially on Valentines Day. Sure it is a busy night but a restaurant should be prepared for that. We had a horrible experience. It was not just the waiter's fault, I'm not blaming anyone specifically, from the moment we walked in it was just not right. The decor and ambiance was nice but that was about all that was positive. My wife's fish was bland and mediocre. I had the $28 bison burger and fries which was just average.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

L'atmosphere était tr;s agréable. Nous sommes allés avant les réservations régulières puisqu'on allait au théatre - et ils nous ont accommodé très aisément.

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vipIsabelle (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Toujours bien reçue. Chaleureux. Un de mes restos préférés

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

La tartine de champignons est à couper le souffle, 0 parfum de truffe dans la poutine. Les autres plats sont bons mais à Montréal le choix d'expériences culinaires plus inoubliables ne manque pas. Personnel et lieu sympathique.

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Alexis (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Adresse toujours interessante pour faire connaitre la scène gastronomique montrealaise.
Bonne ambiance, cadre chaleureux, service sympathique et dynamique.
Mais un petit changement lors du dernier diner, les plats sont moins gourmands qu'avant même si la qualité des produits est toujours au rendez-vous.

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MCarabali (Montreal)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was great but service was kind of slow, not as attentive as I would expect for the type of place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was out of this world. The service was horrendous.

The mushroom toast appetizer was eclectic and wonderful. The sauce soaks into the bread perfectly.

The king salmon entree was great as well.

The deer shank and gnocchi was one of the best entrees I have had in Montréal. The meat was cooked perfectly. It was tender and flavorful. The gnocchi was light and the accompanying vegetables went well with the dish.

The chocolate mousse was very good. Light and fluffy.

The toffee and caramel cake was the best dessert I have had in quite some time.

The service left everything to be desired. When we arrived for our reservation on time, we were seated right away. The owner commented that others had shown up an hour early or a half hour late.

Our server quickly took our drink orders and gave us a rundown of the menu. He brought our cocktails very promptly. He took our food order at that time as well. Our server then did not return for over an hour.

He had one other table of 16, which arrived well after we arrived. And that became his singular focus. Waiting on them hand and foot. Refilling water and wine from end to end and starting over again. His beverage station was literally connected to our table. But he never once spoke to us until after the table of 16 received their appetizers and entrees, which arrived before ours.

When our sever finally returned after 75 minutes, he simply picked up the empty cocktails and walked away. I tried to catch his attention to order additional drinks for the table, which annoyed him.

With only the table of 16 still in the restaurant, our entrees arrived 90 minutes into dinner. We asked for a dessert menu soon after. No one came back to take the dessert order.

When we caught the server’s attention, he scolded us for not knowing we were in another server’s section, a server we never saw all night. He tried to get us to take the bill. When we asked to order dessert, he sent the other server, who just laughed it off.

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Timmy (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was very good. Service could have been better. My wife finished her first glass of wine and would have liked another but the waitress stopped coming by until it was time to order dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic food, wonderful wine selected for us and just an all around delight.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Visiting from the states and had a wonderful experience! Our waiter was fantastic and had excellent suggestions!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing place and phenomenal service. Our waiter was from Indiana but has lived in Montreal for 10 years. Extremely knowledgable and just all around great experience

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vipUrbanOutdoorsman (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Québécois food in a simple, warm setting. We had a relaxed and casual meal, ate yummy and unique food, and got a real feel for Montreal.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

It feels like a best kept secret when you arrive at your best friend-'s

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northstar (Montreal)
1.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Used to be really good. Very disappointed with the food and wine especially for the price. A shame.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Cozy ambiance, tasty food and a superb martini. Michael, who made the martini was very friendly, professional and nice. Great service. I especially enjoyed the mushroom toasts and deer stew...yummy! I would not hesitate in recommending this place. I had a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Edinburgh)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Great, cozy hunting lodge decor!
The bidon burger was very good. Sat at the bar and chatted with Michael, a co-owner. Nice guy!
Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Quaint atmosphere and decor.
Very good food.
Service was very friendly and on point.
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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Great meal - quality ingredients well prepared. Great ambiance and service.

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vipAlexW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on November 10, 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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vipEricG (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  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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TiaS (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Found my way back to this neighborhood gem over and over. Great food. Fun accomodating staff. Food and drinks were great.

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LeoV (Central Coast)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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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vipLocavoracious (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 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.

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vipLoha (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

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

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vipJwilliams (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Rabbit was not good and lobster dish sauce was bad.

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