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L'Orignal

#222 of 4,678 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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479, Saint-Alexis, Montreal, Quebec H2Y2N7, Canada (Notre Dame)
Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes
514 303 0479
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Today
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Tue - Wed 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Game

A very Quebecois menu, with plenty of game of one variety or another (it’s called “the Moose” after all). Sampled were venison tartare (excellent), quail (terrific) and rabbit (also excellent). The place was recommended to us, and it didn’t fail to please. The service was attentive and friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Vermont
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner here on a Monday night, it was busy despite the rest of the city being fairly quiet - always a good sign! The food was exceptional! We had the deer chop to share alongside some great cocktails and decent wine. Both the service and the atmosphere were great. We were only in Montreal for one night and... More 

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Calgary
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206 reviews 206 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

L'Orignal is a trendy restaurant in Old Montreal, on a tiny cobble-stoned street. You walk down a few steps to a place with lots of exposed rough-hewn stone, dark wood, and a canoe transformed to a storage shelf above the counter. The decor really works. The place is loud, both with conversation and rock music. The menu is especially oriented... More 

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Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This place was great, intimate dinning experience and great food. We rang in the new year here and the food was impressive, something like 13 separate courses were part of the menu they were serving that night and they were all delicious. I loved how they took traditional Canadian cuisine and twisted it into something new. The house cocktails for... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The food, the music, the drinks, the ambiance. Fantastique. The oysters. Please get them. We had venison tartare and the pork chop. Sublime. The profiteroles were outstanding. This restaurant is an experience. We hope you have the pleasure of meeting Caroline. She made our evening. She was very knowledgable about the food and wine. And so charming that by the... More 

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Vermont
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A very Quebecois menu, with plenty of game of one variety or another (it’s called “the Moose” after all). Sampled were venison tartare (excellent), quail (terrific) and rabbit (also excellent). The place was recommended to us, and it didn’t fail to please. The service was attentive and friendly. The cozy atmosphere was somewhat pub-like, the food was well above what... More 

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New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This food is good for winter in Montreal. The menu changes daily and is based on what arrives in the kitchen only moments before (although there are some staples). I can't give is 5 stars because my order was typed in incorrectly, so the braised duck my fellow diner and I were to share was mistakenly entered into the system... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We were recommended to visit this restaurant by business colleagues who live in Montreal. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and laughed when they asked if we had a booking. 30 min later it was packed and realized how silly we were for laughing. The service was nothing short of 5 stars. If I could give it more... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Located on a quiet street in the Old City you realize as soon as you settle in that this place is fun!!! Server Mylene made our night. She brought the menu alive for us. The decor is rustic Canadian - think moose heads!! The menu is truly fine!! Be brave and try the venison tartar!!! The onion and chicken liver... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The people at my hotel recommended this restaurant. They've mentioned that it was close and that it was very good. I have to say that the food was just great. We ordered a malbec to go with the Duck along with a salad. The service is super friendly and a very cool atmosphere.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I had dinner with friends while in Montreal at L'Orignal. The restaurant is located in the basement of one of the old limestone buildings and is themed around the hunting and outdoors heritage of Quebec and Canada. The decor is nicely done - there is a large wooden canoe on the wall behind the bar which right away evokes the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 479, Saint-Alexis, Montreal, Quebec H2Y2N7, Canada
    (Notre Dame)
  • Public Transportation: Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
  • Neighborhood: Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
  • Phone Number: 514 303 0479

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19 - 78

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

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Staying in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)

Neighborhood Profile
Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic center of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its center, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theater.