L'Orignal

4.6
904 reviews
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French / Canadian
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  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Restaurant L'Orignal is a family owned and operated, 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 that tables will turn on busy evenings...
We hope to see you soon.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

$100 seafood platter is not worth it in my opinion. Also after placing a call ahead of time to confirm, the menu and environment is not kid friendly. No booster chairs, and only thing on menu for a 2yr old to eat would be fries.

P
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Too expensive.

j
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service was very good. Poached halibut with vegetables was delicious. Quite dark in the restaurant. We sat by the bar. Overall good dinner.

WC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! We were adventurous and ordered the 6 course chef’s tasting menu. We were not told what the chef would prepare in advance. Each dish was a surprise and cooked to perfection! We had a wonderful time and diners nearby watched in amazement as each of our beautiful courses arrived. Very memorable and fun evening. Highly recommend!

LL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was lovely. The roasted quail, lamb loin special and duck breast were exquisite. Will definitely come back!

JG
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very FRESH and unique. delicious baked oysters, and creative scallop - corn puree soup. summer root vegetables wonderful. perfectly poached halibut. wonderful food - truly captures 'farm to table' french&canadian cuisine mix.

CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were intrigued by the Quebecois farm to table style, and a picture of a wall decorated with slices of wood.

The halibut, served with almonds, mushrooms radishes and sprouts, was a revelation. The sauce of mustard maple and lemon simply blew my mind. A real feast for the senses.

Like many old buildings in Montreal, it is tricky to access, through a low door and down a steep stair. But the restaurant more than rewards the effort.

W
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Too overpriced and the food wasn’t even good, or warm...

PG
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All was good - the food, people working and the ambiance was excellent. We were the last to leave and it was 30 minutes past their normal closing hours, and we never felt they were concerned with getting rid of us. They are a very nice team who own/run L'original. It's a great place to go.

PD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All aspects for the entire evening were superior

Cant wait to return

R
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went to L'Orignal for our 35th wedding anniversary supper and we were not disappointed.
the meal and service was beyond terrific. an extremely talented chef with a clear vision of his food. great plate presentation and out of this world flavours.
do not miss a chance to experience this restaurant !!!!

DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was OK, but not exceptional. The place is dark and underground which is unfortunate on a sunny summer day.

L
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Ordered bone marrow and was a joke. 2 bites, average flavor. Steak tenderloin was extremely average. Flavors are not matching price point. A very good meal, but nothing about this place has me anticipating a return.

n
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our fourth time at L'Orignal. Every time is better than the one before it. The food is wonderful and the service is absolutely unmatched!

IN
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant: excellent food and service. Not too loud. Perfect meal with colleagues.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful place! The atmosphere was so perfect. The food was delicious and staff was friendless.

Definitely a place I want to eat again when I visit Montreal!

Thank you for the nice evening!

JR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with fantastic food and a gracious staff! Able to easily handle gluten intolerance! Wonderful bar and wine list! Not to be missed!

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fun place with lots of interesting décor. I had the walleye which was absolutely fabulous - my favorite fish! My husband had a delicious bison burger with their truffle poutine - wow! The restaurant was relatively quiet and on a Tuesday night, not crowded. But we were seated next to a large, somewhat noisy group - would have been better to sit elsewhere, though we did not complain or ask. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant.

SG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined with friends during a Montreal vacation. The food was excellent and the experience was unique. Loved the decor-sort of “North woods meets fine dining “ we had many wonderful meals in Montreal’s excellent restaurants, but this was a special experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing, we are a gay couple and the host offered us to move to a more intimate setting when the table opened just after we sat, it’s refreshing when people don’t assume everyone is straight..Food was delicious, ambience top notch..highly recommend!

MG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly knowledgeable and attentive staff serving a healthy farm to table cuisine.

E
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was great; interesting choices, well-prepared which given how slow service had been she decided to eat it anyway rather than wait for it to be switched to what she actually had ordered. So, if you have the time, you can get a very good meal here at a reasonable price, but plan on some bumps in the road with respect to the service.

SC
Saskatoon
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our family of four had an excellent experience. The service was attentive and very friendly and the recommendations did not disappoint. Portion size was just right with everything being very fresh and each item in the dish was very complimentary to the overall taste of each bite. I love the vibe of this restaurant, and each time we make a visit to Montreal we make every effort to dine in this very charming establishment. Thank you for such a lovely and enjoyable meal and atmosphere!

BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I was disappointed that the menu was changed. There is no tartar dishes anymore. less vegetarian options.

JM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The menu in the restaurant did not include some of the meals listed on the website, particularly some of the game dishes which is the attraction of the restaurant. The desserts were outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Run to this restaurant on a Saturday around 8 it was full but they found us a table. Not inexpensive but flavors jump out. Worth every penny. Service is top notch our waitresses were very attentive and friendly. Tasting menu amazing!!Wine pairing is excellent. Presentations are at the next level . Can't wait to return. There are nice to have and must haves in the restaurant world, this is in the must category. Don't be in a hurry. Enjoy the experience. We were there late and it was awesome !!

KP
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Just okay.
$30 for a hamburger and fries

DC
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Charming restaurant tucked away in Old Montreal. Rustic, cozy and romantic atmosphere. Service was great and the menu options were reviewed in detail. The oysters we had for an appetizer were stellar as were the two main courses - short ribs and the freshest salmon ever. We will surely be back on our next visit to Montreal.

CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Do not recommend the pre fix. Presentation was horrible especially the dessert which was slop on a plate.

TM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service and dynamite music..Wonderful small and intimate restaurant on a side street in Old Montreal. It will be a regular stop whenever we are in the area.

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Romantic, intimate, interesting menu, great meringue & raspberry dessert!

EB
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There isn't anything we wouldn't order again! In fact, we tried to go back on Sunday but they were closed. This intimate setting made for a comfortable experience with exceptional food and welcoming, warm service. They smoke their salmon in-house, which pretty much melted in the mouth. The dinners were great, with equal attention paid to the meats as well as the accompanying vegetables. And dessert was a great finish. I wouldn't hesitate this to anyone who wants an enjoyable night out of memorable food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and ambience. Sticky toffee pudding dessert was delicious

DD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place to share a great lunch or diner. There are only a few tables, preserving the calmness of the room. Great !

r
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful meal. Food and service both.

IY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, wonderful food. We had the schnitzel and the bison burger, two of their classic dishes. The rhubarb compote with choux, creme anglais, and pistachios was delicious.

EB
Salt Lake City
57 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Seafood flatter was very good. Lobster crab and oysters.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The appetizers and main dishes are very good, maybe the dessert is possible to skip but everything else is great. Nice local ambience with a good house beer.

WT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely bunch of guys working there, they made the night for us. Food was excellent too. Highly recommended.

BG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Upon arriving at L'Orignal, it has a quaint, cozy and welcoming atmosphere. I thought, this is going to be a great restaurant. Our server was pleasant and friendly. We were in a group of 5 people. The prices are rated as $$$ so you expect the food to be good. My husband got the bison burger and they had suggested to him and he agreed it should be med/rare. It came well done. Our oysters were good, but pricey. I had the scallop and shrimp special and it wsa great, but a very small portion for the price. A man would have wanted at least double the size to be satisfied with the price. The other couple we were with had no luck. They ordered the bone marrow appetizer and there was nothing to scrape out. They had to complain and then we all had to sit and wait at the end of our meal while the kitchen made him a better one. We all would have preferred they just take it off the bill, and we could have been on our way. If they are going to charge these prices they need to step up the quality of the food. In Old Montreal they are surrounded by so many better restaurants.

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