L'Orignal

4.6
822 reviews
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French / Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
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.
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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Every dish was greatly enjoyed from an imaginative, whilst unfussy menu. Better cooking than many of the big-name restaurants in Montreal.

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FQ
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food was good, well prepared but nothing original. Mistakes on the final bill where prices were inaccurate and one item was added by mistake. Music was from the '80s and more annoying than anything. Seats are not comfortable. Decor is really really nice though, with nice old stone walls. More importantly, i just found this place really really overpriced.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get the rabbit! Fabulous food, service, wine list and ambiance. One of my favourite restaurants—anywhere and tops in Montreal!

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem! The food is gourmet and the service is excellent. I had the salmon on a parsnip purée with asparagus. It was incredible! Afterwards we actually stayed and sat at the bar and got to know the owner, Kyle, who also makes an amazing spiked latte!

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Sticky toffee pudding is a must try 🙂great ambiance great food friendly staff!

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AC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

2nd time there. Went for a dish a friend of mine had about 20 months ago. They changed the dish a bit so what I ordered and thought was going to be schnitzel was in fact a pork chop (bone in...schnitzel is never bone in). Nonetheless it was delcious. However disappointed that the spaetzel wasn’t more abundant. There was maybe a tablespoon if I was lucky and a small amount of rapini. The dish should have a proper side for the price.

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FC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Timing of appetizer to entree well timed. Staff cared that we had a valuable experience

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service. Debbie is a gem and the music was also great. Definitely returning soon!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Order the duck. Amazing

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S
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food came out quickly and was brought by friendly and helpful staff. The food was delicious and quintessentially Canadian. It is definitely worth stopping by and make sure to get the poutine.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I cannot day enough about the fun, vibrant, dynamic and attentive service we received !
Amazing staff ! Great restaurant culture.!
Our waitress Elise (?) was amazing.
Great food, great vibe.
Definitely going back.

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MB
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant. One of Old Mtl best kept secret. Nestled on the ground floor of an Ôd Mtl historical street St-Alexis the ambiance of this restaurant prepares you for your culinary delight. Michael the owner and his staff are welcoming and make you feel like family as soon as you arrive. The « chalet » type atmosphere is warm and cozy and you won’t feel crowded as well.

The appetizers were unique and I must recommend the Mushroom toast. Lots of flavours and presentation is also part of the experience. We were a party of four and each of our dishes were delicious.

For the main, you may notice some meals that you are not familiar with but I strongly recommend to venture in some of them as it will fancy your pallet. There wine list was also interesting as it featured imported wines as well as some Cdn wines from some of our best regions.

We most definitely will return and my compliments to the entire team at l’Orignal for they success.

Mario&Gina
Jan 19. 2019

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

L'Orignal is one of my favorite restaurants in Montreal. The food is outstanding and the service is superb!

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RY
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A must when in Montreal if you love good food and even better service. Amazing oysters and cocktails!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thr most underrated restaurant in the Old Port

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the welcoming aroma of the forest as we walked in to the “thank you so much, come again” as we left, it was a delightful dining experience. The food—elk meatball, poutine, short ribs, rabbit pot pie, creme brulee, chocolate mousse—was spectacular. The service unhurried, friendly and efficient. The ambience right on. We recommend it whole heartedly.

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CF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had wanted to go for quite some time. Finally I did and was not disappointed! Amazing food and great staff including the owner!

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e
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

awesome ambiance; awesome food .. just a great place to enjoy good food.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated New Year's Eve and this was fabulous experience all around. The bread was especially delicious! Looking forward to a return visit soon!

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MS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

really enjoyable evening New Years Eve. The food was very good - some choices better than others. The chicken liver pate was excellent. I would also rec. the Sticky Toffee Pudding. The venison stew was a bit "run of the mill." The ambiance is great - perfect.

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A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

There for NYE dinner. The food was good. Service was good but clumsy.

We both got cutlery from diff ppl (I.e. 2 spoons @dessert. A dessert fork for my appetizer...)
Our ppetizers went to the wrong table.
Questioned who had what for the main...
Didnt offer bread , had to ask.
Didnt offer coffee with dessert, had to ask.
It was a set menu - wasn't worth the 100$, 15$ for a 6oz glass of wine.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Awesome night out.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nous avons passé un bon moment! Tout était très bien, du service, à la nourriture! Nous recommandons, et reviendrons avec de la famille et/ou amis.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Uninspired menu, but well prepared. With game meats as a specialty, would have been nice to have more of a showing of those on the menu. Friendly service, but when the later seating arrived early (1 hr after our arrival), the restaurant asked us to pick up our meals and change tables to accommodate rearranging the layout.

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal and friendly service. Great spot for game meat!

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visit l’originale every time we visit Montreal, and every time I am blown away by the food and the service. We are always remembered and treated like family. The food is delicious. As a Montrealer living away I cannot stress enough how much I love this restaurant, and look forward to visiting it every time I come home

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Warm atmosphere, quality dining experience with enthusiastic service. Very enjoyable

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W
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

DO NOT order the duck breast. I received a 2oz portion (literally!) hidden beneath a generous serving of vegetables and had to point out the ridicule to the server, who instantly acknowledged the insanity and brought me another 6 oz of duck, however there was NO ACCOMMODATION made. Unconscionable.

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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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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From entry to exit Superb❤️

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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
4 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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