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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (9)
Authentic (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great Beer (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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 (Ottawa)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Edinburgh)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Quaint atmosphere and decor.
Very good food.
Service was very friendly and on point.
H.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 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.

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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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