L'Orignal

4.5
793 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French / Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French / Canadian, Seafood, Wild Game
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Monday to Sunday: Kitchen opens 6:00pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(514) 303-0479
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ryan Dixon
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Cross Street
Notre Dame
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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.
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Public Transit
Were between stations McGill and Place D'Armes
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 793 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SP
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was fine. But only fine. The food was prepared well enough but plating was bland. The service was noteworthy for how poor it was. They sort of stuck us in a corner and forgot about us. (A vase of long-dead flowers next to us as company? Meh.) If you're looking for a memorable dining experience, head to Barocco instead.

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JJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and bar area is perfect for solo diners.

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow! What a great find!! Had the Salmon Tatar and rabbit pot pie with a fabulous private reserve Bordeaux topped off with an espresso. We will be back.

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PF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were really pleased with everything this restaurant as to offer. Surf and turf right now is a must have. Perfectly cooked sirloin and sauted mushrooms/onions to accompany it, and well seasoned shrimps are a safe bet for your tasting buds. Thanks again !

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YV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Best oysters I have had in a long time. The cod was excellent and so was the service. Great ambiance and friendly and accommodating staff.

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. For some it's a little chilly wear a sweater if you get cold

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EM
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Bel endroit pour un souper d’affaires. Belle ambiance. Service professionnel et courtois.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre soirée au restaurant l'Orignal.
Le décor, l'atmosphère et la musique rendent l'endroit très accueillant, le service était excellent et tout le personnel très sympathique et professionnel.
Pour la nourriture, quelques petits bémols.
La sauce pour la boulette de Wapiti était bonne mais plutot forte (BBQ Fumé) et ne mettait pas en valeur la saveur de la viande.
Les gnocchi et les légumes qui venaient en accompagnement du Sanglier n'ajoutaient rien au plat principal, ce qui est domage car avec une si grosse pièce de viande, des bons accompagnements auraient rendu le repas absolument parfait.

Une belle soirée vous attends si vous décidez de l'essayer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect atmosphere! Delicious food. Excellent service. Exactly that we are looking for to celebrate our 1st anniversary.

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LN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The oysters were amazing with freshly grated horseradish. We watched the bar tender shuck the oysters at at jaw dropping speed!

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PP
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Debbie the waitress was very good but the other two guys were way too laid back. Needs better structure for the type of menu it should be more on point

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, friendly service. Really enjoyable food and good recommendations on dessert.

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful setting. We had the special and it was delicious! An amazingly savory steak with a tasty side of fresh breaded calamary!! For deset had crème brûlée that reminded me of Paul Bocuse’s exquisite recipe. The service was delightful. Thank you for making our evening in Montreal one to remember!

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d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dinner location in Montreal. Found L'Original on Google maps because it was close to our hotel. When I looked at the menu and saw the "Cauliflower Steak" I knew my vegetarian wife would like the place. Only a couple blocks away we walked over and were among the first to be seated as they opened. Warm inviting atmosphere inside and very friendly staff. (That is not always the way it is to English speakers in Montreal)
Were seated and brought a menu that contained about a page of items and yet a wide variety of tastes. Good meat, fish and vegetarian options. Attentive friendly service for ordering.
My wife ordered the Autumn Salad which was a mix of greens with yellow beets. I had the Elk meatballs served in a Bourbon sauce that had just the slightest hint of sirracha that gave it a slight tingle as a bottom note of the flavors.
My wife did order the Cauliflower steak which came with veggies and roasted potatoes along with a chick pea puree. She loved it to the last drop.
I had the Pork schnitzel and it too was fabulous. Serviced mashed potatoes and "crispy kale".
For desert we had a wonderful bread pudding with pumpkin and fresh whipped cream on top. Not too sweet.
All in all a serious "keeper". May even go back again before we leave Montreal.

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and Cocktails! Very fresh seafood selections and meats. Would go back again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I liked this place a lot, very nice staff and Micheal was super friendly at the bar. Recommended 100%

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WM
Montreal
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Returned to this restaurant after having had an excellent experience last year. This time the food, while very enjoyable, was not quite at the same level. Thus, the mushroom toast - which was exceptional last year - was suffered from being the toast being slightly soggy. Similarly, while the mains were very good they did not arrive as they should have been. Perhaps it was an off night in the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was unbelievable. Very welcoming. Debbie and Diane were fantastic. We will be back.

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RR
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Interesting menu, lovely setting, delicious food. Good music selection (soft rock), but too loud.

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N
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Food terrible. Even the deserts. Every dish terrible.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le décor est original. Les lumières tamisées. Les plats absolument délicieux. Service et vins excellents!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience

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S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of food has gone down significantly since last year. It used to be amazing. Now its just ok. I think they have a new chec

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TA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Montreal! It's a gem!

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CJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 2nd time at the restaurant and the food and atmosphere was as amazing as the first. The oysters are amazing. I’ll be in Montreal for another week and will surely go again.

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

L'Orignal was friendly and service was pleasant and helpful. (We were placed at a table in a busy location, but when others left a quieter location the waitress suggested we move - nice of her!) The food is good, and the ambience fun with moose heads on display around the room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Great atmosphere and great food.

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T
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance and service, but the food was disappointing at that price-point.

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LG
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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E
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is set below grade in an older building, and the stone walls are enhanced by crosscut wood slices surrounded by moss. The seating is cozy but not too tight, just one row of tables in our section. I enjoyed Icelandic cod in a vegetable infused broth, my wife had lobster risotto. We started with bone marrow appetizer. The wine list was reasonably priced. The servers were friendly and attentive. I would recommend for casual and creative fare.

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AL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I have mixed feelings. Atmosphere, location and service were very good. My wife and I enjoyed our salads and appetizers ("entrées") (we both ordered salmon tartare). However my main course ("plat") of "lobster broth risotto" was disappointing and quite overpriced. It included a small part of a lobster claw, but contained no other aspect of a lobster ("homard") and had no lobster flavor whatsoever in the risotto.

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KK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Canadian spin on everyday North American and European standards that either can be great or not executed well. Definitely a good spot for after work meetups and drinks for sure.

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YW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything is good, except the servants took away our plats and ustensiles too fast, even before we finish eating. It was just because want us to leave before 8:30 (the table reserved for next guests)

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BJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food with a changing menu that has many locally grown choices. I had the rabbit with bacon and it was outstanding. Would definitely go there again. Had a great bottle of wine as well which the staff was really great about keeping our glasses filled, and this was difficult to see as we were tucked away around the corner. They came over expressly to check! I appreciate that type of service! Well done!

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a cozy dinner with friends. wide variety on menu. good service.

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L
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved L'Original! It had that up-north Canadian vibe that we were hoping to find in Montreal. Very friendly server, excellent menu and wine list. We had a reservation, but found we were seated early, since we wanted to relax and just have a cocktail before ordering. No one rushed us and the specialty cocktails are great. Food was wonderful, especially the Lobster Risotto and oysters.

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OT
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I had bone marrow, and the Special which was a duck breast. I’m still thinking about it, it was so good!! Server was great although somehow we got our mains before our starters, but was an honest mistake that she easily remedied. Very happy with the experience there!

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DM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charming place, friendly and efficient wait staff, such a creative menu! The house beer is wonderful. If I lived here I’d be a regular.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The service was extremely slow, I feel as if they did not have enough servers. However, servers were great and apologetic. Food was good we did enjoy ourselves.

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NB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food a bit dark for our taste, their suggestion of 30% tip was not something we chose. Great overall!

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