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#185 of 4,632 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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479, Saint-Alexis, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2N7, Canada (Notre Dame)
+1 514-303-0479
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed now
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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
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Asheville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first meal enjoyed during a first-time visit to Montreal on the recommendation of a local friend. The ambiance is great--kind of a rustic, sexy-chic lodge. Very warm and cozy. We made a reservation and were seated immediately. They took our coats, so we were not crowded at the table. We shared multiple dishes, loved everything, and enjoyed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked dinner for a winter Saturday evening here. We were seated promptly, and found the drink menu to be reasonably diverse. Wines by the glass are limited but there is a broader selection by the bottle. The menu was somewhat limited, but this is to be expected at a farm to table venue. We found the best salad excellent,... More 

Thank mom2tristanella
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to the l'Orignal with another couple for a meal before going to a play at the Centaur Theatre. My wife checked the menu on the restaurant's website beforehand & wasn't particularly thrilled with the "gaminess" offered on the menu but relented since the restaurant was close to the Centaur & our friends had already made... More 

Thank Marc R
Simcoe, Canada
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Unexpectedly delightful! Fantastic service, delicious food...the venison Shanks were fantastic! Ambiance and warmth of this treasure worth seeking out! Romantic spontaneous dance post dinner won over our service team, two of whom joined us for celebratory shots for my husband's 65th birthday.

Thank Carolyn W
Thamesford, Canada
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

My parents and I went for dinner at L'Orignal while in Montreal. The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious! The highlight was probably the dessert of sticky toffee pudding but everything we ate was wonderful. I liked the eclectic mix of dishes - everyone's dinner "plate" was unique and fit with what we ordered. Travis is so... More 

Thank Kate L
Killington, Vermont
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

L'Orignal is a delightful dining experience. Cozy / warm / romantic atmosphere, complimented by wonderful food and exceptional service. Electric offerings included stuffed rabbit that was simply exquisite. One of the best restaurants in Old Montreal!

Thank biobern
Miami, Florida
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

had to be really diligent to find this restaurant , but it was well worth it . food was exceptional from a to b . wine list lacks a little but did find a few good wines (dont think its an priority) great atmosphere and great service well worth eating here over all the star studded restaurants

Thank cgomez1313
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276 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

While I've been to Montreal several times, this was the first time I had the pleasure of eating at L'Orignal and it was phenomenal. The hosts were great and very accommodating, and the food was superb. There's a really interesting selection of various game meats but enough variety that should please most of a group. The ambiance of the restaurant... More 

Thank Valkyrie_Kate
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a great dinner here. We especially loved the ambiance - I would describe it as mountain lodge chic :). It has a really warm, intimate feel. The staff was especially friendly and nice. To start we shared oysters which were great. My main course was 5 star (I had pumpkin risotto), and my boyfriend says... More 

Thank Jessica C
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

First decor is very nice and cozy, waitresses very helpful and very good knowledge in wine to , the dishes are so special ( mijotés) in french , the tartare de bison is fabulous , la pintade also , all poultry is great , worth trying

Thank Rita S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$19 - $78
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 479, Saint-Alexis, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2N7, 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: +1 514-303-0479

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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.
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