French Restaurant and Café$$$$
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
  • Marla M.
    "Best steak frites.... Sit by the bar for great service"(14 Tips)
    Chloe N.
    "Highly recommend the bone marrow and the profiteroles"(9 Tips)
    Kevin S.
    "Fantastic beef tartare"(7 Tips)
    Vincent M.
    "Raviolis are a favorite, with a nice glass of Bourgogne."(13 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
  • French food
  • ravioli
  • bone marrow
  • french fries
  • good for dates
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 7, 2013
    There is no getting to the marrow of Montreal's restaurant scene without a thorough introduction to its bellwether bistro. L'Express is all atmosphere and a perfect menu of classics. [Eater 38 Member]
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  • J L.
    J LJune 3, 2016
    What I think of when someone tells me that we are going to a bistro. The service is quick and efficient. The food is on point. The jar of cornichons, mustard, and bread is irresistible.
  • C E U🕷
    C E U🕷December 29, 2017
    Don't leave with out trying their desserts! Super delicious
  • Like A Local Guide
    Like A Local GuideFebruary 14, 2014
    Endlessly open and always lively in atmosphere, it’s as if time has frozen and left you in a classic 1920s French bistro. Open until 2am so you can head over for oysters and tartare after partying. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 27, 2014
    From Bill Addison: swat off the small petals of cabbage atop the hunks of bone marrow and spread the unctuous goodness inside over slices of toasted baguette. Read more
  • Chloe N.
    Chloe N.July 21, 2017
    Great atmosphere and great food. Highly recommend the bone marrow and the profiteroles à l'erable– so delicious. They also have their own cornichons you can snack on, which I loved.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 26, 2013
    This traditional-style French bistro epitomizes Parisian cool w/ its black & white checkered tiles, white linen tables, and devilishly good-looking and well-dressed wait staff. Read more
  • Green H.
    Green HippieNovember 29, 2016
    Was in Montreal during the holiday season and L'Express was the only place open when we were looking for brunch. Outstanding food! Their mustard in BOMB!!!
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.August 21, 2014
    By far my favorite meal/dining experience in Montreal. Huge mason jar of cornichons on the table with dinner - amazing! Service was on point. Get the steak frites - a classic choice!
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierMarch 3, 2016
    Super traditional French cuisine. Would recommend for someone in the mood for bone marrow or paté etc. The bar looks like a good place to drink some nice wine and order an appetizer.
  • Stephanie V.
    Stephanie VandoninckSeptember 18, 2015
    I really recommand this place! A place where the locals eat. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the food is delicious. Try the ravioli and the profiteroles as dessert.
  • Rental Homes C.
    Rental Homes CanadaDecember 17, 2013
    There are Montreal restos, and there's L'Express. Busier, noisier, and miles more chic than most. This traditional-style French bistro epitomizes Parisian cool w/ its black & white checkered tiles.
  • Pam G.
    Pam GilfordMay 12, 2012
    Nothing but great things to say about this Montreal staple: order the bone marrow, chicken liver pate, steak frites and the ravioli. Wash it down with good French wine. Servers are awesome!
  • Zeeshan H.
    Zeeshan HJune 29, 2013
    Steak tartare (spicy option) is I believe the best I've ever had. The dipping sauce for fries (some creamy mayo/mustard) is great. Nice service, lovely for a late weekend lunch.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohJuly 10, 2013
    Steak tartare and steak frites were the winning dishes. Skip the shrimp risotto. And check out the photos to spot which staff members have been working there since 1986!
  • Christopher O.
    Christopher OngJune 9, 2013
    Make a reservation if eating after 6:30 PM. Definitely try that how your steak with fries. If on a budget, eat your way through the free bread and pickles with mustard.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxSeptember 9, 2016
    Sit at the bar and feel authentic Montreal. Stare at the floor for a bit. Gorgeous.
  • Nick K.
    Nick KAugust 21, 2016
    The ravioli (with veal and pork in a savory broth) was divine. The poached salmon with parsley mashed potatoes was also lovely. Finish with profiteroles!
  • Betty M.
    Betty MakSeptember 12, 2014
    I think it's the best French in Montreal. The service was excellent without being overbearing and they aren't pretentious like many.
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerJanuary 8, 2016
    Very Parisian! Difficult to dine unless you have a reservation, so make sure to book yourself a seat!!
  • Jowi T.
    Jowi TaylorMay 11, 2013
    This is my dependable and perennial Montreal check in. I sit at the bar and order Os a Moelle with a glass of Cote du Rhone. Parfait!
  • John K.
    John KoenSeptember 26, 2016
    Rognons à la moutarde (Kidneys in mustard sauce), duck confit
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MAugust 27, 2016
    Raviolis are a favorite, with a nice glass of Bourgogne. A true classic in Montreal.
  • James
    JamesAugust 18, 2015
    Fantastic Traditional Quebec fare. The beef tartare is great, and the mousse de foie de volaille is out of this world.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SimmonsAugust 5, 2013
    The original and the best for nouveau French. Fish prepared magically and well-curated wine list, but steak and fries are the backbone.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TOctober 29, 2014
    Been here twice in the span of 3 yrs, left full and satisfied. Intimate Parisian decor. Attentive service. Steak and frites. Quail and wild rice.
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FigueiredoDecember 9, 2016
    Can't go wrong with the steak frites and the mushroom ravioli are really delicious as well. Ask for the little cornichons.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 30, 2011
    Order any of your favorites from croques and confit to tartares and tartines, they’re sure to deliver. The quiche Lorraine and steak frites are a great choice. Read more
  • Drew D.
    Drew DiverNovember 28, 2015
    Amazing staff, the homemade ravioli and steak with fries were other worldly. Make sure you reserve or get their early.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HullJuly 2
    Had the chicken breast,wife had steak. The chicken was tender not awesome. The steak,does not deserve recognition for quality, technique or flavor. Pass, much better options available in Montreal.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CherneyJune 19, 2012
    The "real" Balthazar. Don't miss the bone marrow, but if you must, the quiche Lorraine and steak frites won't let you down.
  • Sam R.
    Sam RaissaFebruary 26
    Authentic french cuisine and very nice staff. Make sure to ask for the floating island for desert!
  • Eddie C.
    Eddie CyrinoNovember 21, 2016
    Really good place, I totally recommend it!!!! 👍🏼👍🏼
  • Dean S.
    Dean SmithOctober 3, 2013
    The Pot au Fer was done absolutely right. The duck confit salad was delicious. Very much recommended.
  • Philip M.
    Philip MorsonDecember 24, 2014
    Classic. Food is good. Wine list is extensive (ask for the alternate !!) try the fish soup
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 19, 2015
    My mouth waters thinking about that chicken liver mousse with pistachios atop of that amazing bread with a bottle of beau jolais.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BroffmanAugust 6, 2014
    Had a delicious steak and frites and the pickles with mustard are great and free.
  • Luciana C.
    Main dish: risotto aux crevettes / Desert: homemade tarte aux pommes - both amazingly delicious!!!
  • Roy C.
    Roy CAugust 12, 2012
    Real french bistrot, consistent food, great service, reasonable prices. For that formal relaxed dinner or lunch.
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MaguireJanuary 30
    Steak frites is a must. Perfectly cooked, and melts in your mouth
  • Joce Y.
    Joce YuJuly 25, 2015
    Veal ravioli was to die for. The mushrooms and veal stock complimented perfectly. Lovely French meal.
  • Navneet A.
    Navneet AlangJuly 28, 2017
    Croque Monsieur is the most affordable thing on the menu but is delicious and indulgent.
  • Oliver B.
    Delicious French bistro food and very reasonable prices.
  • Hedonist T.
    Open late night with top quality food! Great service is always a good addition :)
  • Caroline
    CarolineOctober 16, 2016
    Great service and delicious food! The steak frites and profiteroles are a must !!!
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerSeptember 25, 2013
    Brunch here is a must. Try the French toast and the fruit salad!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    A simple & classic bistro with good steak & frites and trout salad. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.February 14, 2016
    Steak tartare and bone marrow- your arteries will forgive you later.
  • Ariel F.
    Ariel FJune 16, 2012
    Get the salmon and spinach. Perfect. Snack on cornichons.
  • Chema S.
    Chema SanromanJune 10, 2017
    Great great ingredients and therefore the food was delicious
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