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L'Orignal

4.8
4.8
1169 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
French / Canadian
Restaurant L’Orignal is tucked a few steps below street level in a historic building on a sleepy side street in Old Montreal. We’ve been serving elegant comfort food and inventive dishes inspired by Quebec’s vast terroir since 2008. Our menu changes often in order to elevate seasonal ingredients. We choose our suppliers in consideration of the quality of their products as well as the sustainability of their practices.

But a restaurant is more than outstanding food, wine and cocktails. When you visit us, you can also expect…

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / Canadian, Seafood, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (514) 303-0479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Monika & Michael

  • Private party facilities

    Private events available upon request please email restolorignal@gmail.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Old Montreal

  • Cross street

    Notre Dame 1 Block East of St.Pierre

  • 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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 1,169 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Montreal / Quebec

    Neighborhood gem

  • Montreal

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. AB

    AnnieB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh, and lovely staff. I even had dessert, and I never do that!
  2. AS

    AustinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must drop for anyone looking for an unpretentious but classic Canadian feel. It’s like a candlelit lodge basement with local meat and a French accent. Would come back 100%
  3. SW

    SusanW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Charming place. Server was excellent, very personable. Like most places in the past year there seems to be some staffing problems. Carrot salad was delicious. I expected the menu to have more offerings. Good place for drinks and nosh, maybe not "dinner out" venue I was hoping for.
  4. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is really special - we ordered almost every item on the menu over the course of three hours. We were no longer hungry at one point but we had to try everything and I am so glad that we did. Our waitress was extremely funny and also knew exactly what we were looking for in all regards - her name is Katie. Would love to be her friend. The owner is also incredibly warm and made sure we were taken care of. The chef came out at the end of our meal so that we could thank him - that’s the kind of place this is. Nothing is a disruption - I felt like I was invited into someone’s childhood home of sorts - the most chic of all however. Would highly recommend to anyone. This would be a staple if we lived in Montreal and we currently live in NYC so we are super food snobs -
  5. AB

    AnitaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great causal dining option and super cozy! Highly recommend!
  6. KP

    KathleenP

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling to Montreal!
  7. J

    Jackobe1

    Exclusive

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect restaurant and great food and atmosphere. The service was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Food was outstanding. Great wine selection and craft draft beer. What more could you want.
  8. RS

    RickS

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, feels a bit like apres-ski. We sat at the bar and enjoyed fresh PEI oysters with a crisp chablis, followed by the "catch of the day." We'll be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Quite good
  10. MM

    MargotM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere. Very cozy. Friendly staff that doesn’t hover. Excellent food!!
  11. BV

    BartV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice staff, good poutine, cozy atmosphere. Portion of pasta a bit small but tasty.
  12. CR

    CynthiaR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dining experience! Unique items on the menu, great local food prepared well. Our server was attentive and fun. The other servers and bartender were helpful with recommendations. We are glad we had the opportunity to spend the evening in this charming restaurant. It was like having dinner with friends at a chalet!
  13. P

    Pizzaman

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Amazing oysters and good wine selection.
  14. JJ

    JonathanJ

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cosy, comfortable, relaxed and great food and service. A restaurant i have often seen but never tried. Glad I did
  15. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Booked here for a business meeting with visitors from out of town. Excellent location for business travelers trying to break the steak-fries routine, although this place still offers that if you want it. Very friendly service too!
  16. D

    David

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere with delicious food & drinks.
  17. M

    Munaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Casual, relaxed, friendly, wide selection of alcohol for any taste and budget. Staff isn't in your face, but helpful with suggestions for pairing and food choices when needed. Professional, high quality of service in a place where hoodies are welcome! Love it.
  18. S

    Scott

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a great gem. Really great food with unique dishes and flavors. The setting was the best for this couple looking for a casual dinner.
  19. TA

    TanyaA

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was delicious and service was great! Thank you.
  20. DB

    DavidB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find for us! We wanted a good place to take our student son to while visiting this weekend. The restaurant is tucked away on a cozy side street at basement level. Once we found the location then we were instantly impressed. Great service, great food, and a great time. We started with mushroom toasted bread then had pork schnitzel, beef tagliatelle, and halibut. There was barely a crumb when we were done. This is a great find for us and I'm sure it will be for you too!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite place to dine in the city! The specials are always amazing!
  22. AR

    AlanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Receptionist denied entrance because I didn’t have reservation , but she never told me I could do it right away on line it did still a lot of space available
  23. SC

    StephaneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, menu offering original plates and great variety, excellent service
  24. HC

    HollyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at L’Orignal and definitely not our last! Conveniently close to the Westin and so cozy with its soft lighting and cabin feel! Had the poutine to start and the duck special to follow and could not have been happier with my selections or our service!
  25. ED

    EllisD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    More rustic, ski chalet feeling to the decor than anticipated. The bench seat was uncomfortable as the seat bit was very narrow; suitable to a young skinny butt but not for the padded bottom. Low lighting made it hard to read menu. Music from the ‘80’s was Okay but 30+ years ago? The food was EXCELLENT! Great intro to Quebec cuisine and products. They make a lovely Vesper Martini! We will be back and recommend this place highly.
  26. ED

    EmilieD

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delightful experience at L’Orignal. You feel like you’ve stepped into a friends chalet where you’re greeted with warm attentive not overbearing service. The dishes are unique twists on comfort food, perfect for sharing.
  27. AA

    AAlK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome. You can go from moderate up in prices. If you want to treat yourself, I highly recommend. We started with the oysters and they were well prepped and were a great starter. We both then ordered the octopus special and it was perfect. In some places octopus can be chewy and rubbery if not cooked right. This melted in our mouths truly exceptional. The desserts to were on point and finished off with a good coffee. Excellent
  28. AV

    AmandaV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was great but the food was somewhat disappointing. Food was good but not great and price is high. Definitely more comfort food that gourmet. Highlight was the chicken liver pate and lowlight was the bone Marrow (overcooked, almost nothing left on the bone) winde selection was mediocre. Ambiance is cute and cozy and the service was sincere and attentive. Would recommend.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was incredible!!! The sparkling wine and the pork was just a perfect combination!!! Loved every second of it
  30. EO

    ErinO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance. Cozy and great good. Enjoyed thoroughly.
  31. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend who has visited Montreal on many occasions…it did not disappoint. Wonderful dinner and service…the relaxed comfortable cabin like feel was also very much appreciated.
  32. CC

    CiCi

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance! Can’t wait to go back again.
  33. SH

    SandraH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and cute decor. Get the bone marrow!!
  34. KC

    KiraC

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant! Exceptional food, service and a relaxed yet funky vibe.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough.
  36. GO

    GerryO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, from the appetizer to the entree to dessert, one of the best meals we’ve enjoyed in a while. Service was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
  37. LV

    LauraV

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner, great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  38. OG

    OscarG

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are great- welcoming and very kind. The food is outstanding and I have no problem with highly recommending this gem of a restaurant.
  39. k

    katel

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant! We go regularly. Micheal at the bar is super friendly, funny and makes awesome drinks, especially the spicy margarita but hey, I’m a sucker for margaritas! They have a great chef! Food is delish!! Love the ambiance, very cozy. A must if you are in old Montreal!!
  40. s

    steez

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing restaurant!!

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L'Orignal is rated 4.8 stars by 1169 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for L'Orignal

479 St. Alexis, Montréal, QC H2Y2N7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Notre Dame 1 Block East of St.Pierre

  • Neighborhood

    Old Montreal

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French / Canadian, Seafood, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Monika & Michael

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (514) 303-0479

  • Private party facilities

    Private events available upon request please email restolorignal@gmail.com for more information.

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