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479, Saint-Alexis, Montreal, Quebec H2Y2N7, Canada (Ville-Marie)
514 303 0479
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Ranked #187 of 4,435 restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $78
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
Cross street: Notre Dame
Transit: Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes
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Linn Creek, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

First, the restaurant itself is very nice - great ambiance and lighting. Second, we were there with a very large group of people (about 25 of us) and the menu was family-style: they brought out large trays of food and everyone just helped themselves. The food is some of the most amazing food I've ever had! There was a salad... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

1st time to Montreal. We picked the restaurant based on friend's recommendation. We arrived in restaurant's Old Montreal location, immediately loved the exterior of the place. The interior felt cozy with warm decor. The food was excellent, from appetizers (Duck smoked meat, beef tartar), to main dishes (Organic rabbit cavatelli, with mushrooms and a poached egg, Panseared Halibut with herb... More

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Montreal, Canada
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181 reviews 181 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Well presented and interestingly cooked game meat and fish. You will always find a culinary surprise here from rabbit to moose. Appetizers are special. Tartar is the best. Oysters always fresh but overpriced. Desserts are a treat. Wine expensive but local Quebec wines worth trying. Out of the way basement venue,a secretive retreat. Try it.

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St Johns,
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We were in Montreal for the Grand Prix and did not think we would be able to get a table, as I only booked 1 hour before we arrived, however they were not busy at 6.30 when I booked. As the weather was good everyone wanted to eat outside, they have no outdoor seating. We arrived early, but the staff... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

We have been to l'Orignal many times. Our most recent visit was Friday, May 30. On this visit the food was great but the service was disorganized at best. One person received their appetizer and then others waited more than 20 minutes for theirs; server was unaware the first appetizer had been delivered to our table. Very long wait time... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

This was our first Montreal restaurant experience. It was booked by some friends who eat here every time they visit. I would rate the food as excellent, but I felt the service was a little slow. They did offer us drinks at the end of our meal so it leads me to believe that this isn't the norm. Stop on... More

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Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A lovely little spot on the lower level very close to Place d'Armes. The décor is unusual and sort of like you are in someone's family room. Rustic with wood paneled walls. A young crew of servers are fun and knowledgeable. Interesting specials nightly. A good selection of oysters. Desserts are limited to about 3 nightly... the apple cobbler with... More

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Merritt Island
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Before a long week-end in Montreal I check restaurants within walking distance of out hotel. I became intrigued with L'Orignal's menu. I ordered the green salad, an interesting combination of kale garnished with baby green beans, lintels and grapes. Although the dressing was too salty, the combination of ingredients was good. I had my heart set on rabbit but the... More

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Halifax, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

One of my favorite restos in Montreal. Quality of food is amazing. Limited menu but always great choices. Focus is more on meat choices. Service is top notch. The waiter JF was truly outstanding. More expensive than other choices in area but well worth the price

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Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Fantastic little restaurant tucked away on the edge of Old Montreal. L'Original specializes in wild game done in very unique styles. I started with the Bison Tartar and had Elk for a main course. All sorts of fish, fowl and game populate the menu and yes there are more conservative choices as well, but why come to Canada and not... More

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