L'Express

French Restaurant and Café$$$$
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
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  • Marla M.
    "Best steak frites.... Sit by the bar for great service"(12 Tips)
    Pam G.
    "order the bone marrow"(8 Tips)
    Kevin S.
    "Fantastic beef tartare"(7 Tips)
    Alice M. H.
    "Definitely worth the money: the house made ravioli!"(11 Tips)
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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.
  • 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
    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]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerJanuary 8, 2016
    Very Parisian! Difficult to dine unless you have a reservation, so make sure to book yourself a seat!!
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MAugust 27, 2016
    Raviolis are a favorite, with a nice glass of Bourgogne. A true classic in Montreal.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dean S.
    Dean SmithOctober 3, 2013
    The Pot au Fer was done absolutely right. The duck confit salad was delicious. Very much recommended.
  • Eddie C.
    Eddie CyrinoNovember 21, 2016
    Really good place, I totally recommend it!!!! 👍🏼👍🏼
  • 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.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxSeptember 9, 2016
    Sit at the bar and feel authentic Montreal. Stare at the floor for a bit. Gorgeous.
  • Roy C.
    Roy CAugust 12, 2012
    Real french bistrot, consistent food, great service, reasonable prices. For that formal relaxed dinner or lunch.
  • Philip M.
    Philip MorsonDecember 24, 2014
    Classic. Food is good. Wine list is extensive (ask for the alternate !!) try the fish soup
  • Luciana C.
    Main dish: risotto aux crevettes / Desert: homemade tarte aux pommes - both amazingly delicious!!!
  • Joce Y.
    Joce YuJuly 25, 2015
    Veal ravioli was to die for. The mushrooms and veal stock complimented perfectly. Lovely French meal.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BroffmanAugust 6, 2014
    Had a delicious steak and frites and the pickles with mustard are great and free.
  • Caroline
    CarolineOctober 16, 2016
    Great service and delicious food! The steak frites and profiteroles are a must !!!
  • 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.
  • Ariel F.
    Ariel FJune 16, 2012
    Get the salmon and spinach. Perfect. Snack on cornichons.
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerSeptember 25, 2013
    Brunch here is a must. Try the French toast and the fruit salad!
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteFebruary 14, 2016
    Steak tartare and bone marrow- your arteries will forgive you later.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 10, 2015
    Must have the steak frites. Medium rare. Absolutely amazing.
  • E B.
    E BirdshawAugust 13, 2013
    Fantastic service! Make reservations.
  • Alice M. H.
    Alice M. HuynhSeptember 13, 2014
    Definitely worth the money: the house made ravioli!
  • Carl H.
    Carl HenryOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Duck Confit with Salad...pretty epic!
  • Marla M.
    Marla MullowneyJuly 29, 2015
    Best steak frites.... Sit by the bar for great service
  • James
    JamesMay 20, 2016
    The tartare is great. The service is impeccable!
  • Bugi L.
    Bugi LokarOctober 14, 2016
    Good food, beautiful interiors
  • Helen Aries M.
    It was great!! Felt like Paris. The bone marrow is massively recommended!
  • Eli H.
    Eli HorneDecember 30, 2012
    Wifi network is the unlocked one (same name as the venue) and password is champagne56
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn MacDougallOctober 26, 2011
    French bistro with panache...great food, lots of ambiance.
  • Montreal X.
    Montreal XNovember 4, 2011
    one of the best restaurants in the city, i highly recommend it :)
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanAugust 30, 2015
    Get the steak frites medium rare, so choice
  • Chantelle M.
    Chantelle MarieJuly 17, 2015
    The hangar steak and fries is delicious!
  • Areti D.
    Areti DamianouNovember 16, 2015
    The shrimp risotto was on point
  • S P.
    S PMay 23, 2015
    Typical Parisian "bistrot". Cannot go wrong at L'Express!
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.December 28, 2016
    The Tartare is the best I have ever had. Ask for it spicy.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 30, 2015
    Order the steak tartare, spicy
  • Gerry K.
    Gerry KJanuary 31, 2012
    I loved the steak frites! Perfect ambiance.
  • Lively C.
    Lively CuriousJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great casual french bistro.. Kitchen open verrry late :)
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan P.July 10, 2014
    Classic old-school Quebec dinner in the plateau.
  • Dirka D.
    Dirka DirkJune 16, 2016
    Shrimp Risotto is bomb!! SOOOO GOOOD!
  • Jowi T.
    Jowi TaylorMay 11, 2013
    Breakfast of Champions in Montreal.
  • Jean-Marc S.
    Jean-Marc St. PierreAugust 26, 2011
    Always fresh and different! Delicious!
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJuly 22, 2014
    Try to recognize faces in the employee photos that date back to the early 80's.
  • Lynn
    LynnJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the duck ravioli or steak frites
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SetoApril 19, 2015
    Fantastic beef tartare
  • nicolas r.
    nicolas rebouxApril 12, 2010
    Nice French European dishes. Best place to eat at the bar !
  • Philippe H.
    Philippe HuardMarch 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The only place where to get a real coffee Made from a real machine at 600 DLG
  • Hervé E.
    Hervé EulaciaMarch 12, 2010
    Tyical Parisian brasserie service, great energy in this place. Food is only average, though. But then again, you go there for the crowd and the waiters zipping all around...
  • Carles R.
    Carles RiveraJanuary 7, 2011
    Very good food. Reservations are needed.
  • Jeffery C.
    Jeffery ClarkOctober 16, 2014
    Pickles and mustard. So good.
  • flavvio13 .
    Try ravioli Maison
  • Mathieu D.
    Mathieu DuffarDecember 9, 2009
    You must reserve before going. Very good French food.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierDecember 31, 2015
    Bone marrow. Nuff said.
  • Jimmy B.
    Jimmy BAugust 14, 2010
    The shrimp risotto is *phenomenal*!!
  • Mo K.
    Mo KMay 23, 2010
    One of Montreal's oldest restaurants.... A true classic !
  • Julie M.
    Julie MackayDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Raviolis divins!
  • Rachelle Y.
    Rachelle YoungMay 30, 2010
    Best steak tartar I've ever had!
  • Bob R.
    Bob RutledgeMay 18, 2010
    Word is they open at 8am for Breakfast. However, this past Saturday, word was wrong. We got there at 8, they said "we open at 10". Disappointment ensued.
  • Olicorno
    OlicornoFebruary 11, 2012
    Kitchen is open lately
  • Sacha D.
    Sacha DeclomesnilJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ideal for business breakfasts...
  • A G.
    A GNovember 26, 2016
    Not for breakfast
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungOctober 19, 2015
    It's good. Not great.
  • Philippe H.
    Philippe HuardMarch 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    On Vigel Level. South entry
  • Best of Montreal
    Best of MontrealMay 4, 2010
    BEST FRENCH
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CamachoAugust 17, 2011
    Bland, bland, bland, bland food!! Don't wast your money or calories!!!! Really, DON'T!
  • Philippe K.
    Philippe KJanuary 18, 2014
    Beau resto, cuisine française, cadre agréable, mets délicieux à coût abordable. Allez-y faire un tour. Accompagné, c'est agréable, seul vous vous installez au bistro. Ça vaut la peine
  • Olivier S.
    Olivier SimardJuly 29, 2015
    Si tu aimes les classiques français tu vas aimer ce resto. Un des plus vieux resto à Montréal. Tu n'es jamais déçu. La mousse de foie de volaille à la pistache c'est à essayer.
  • Ambre Gaelle A.
    Ambre Gaelle AbudarhamSeptember 8, 2010
    Cornichon a volonté, service impeccable, inventaire vins exquis... Soupe de poisson excellente, raviolis maison trop salés. Très bons dessert.. Os a moelle, miam Cuisine ouverte tard
  • Millie
    MillieMay 10, 2013
    Waouh la France a Montréal ! Avec un service jusqu'à 2h du mat ! Service et plats au top ! Un incontournable ?
  • Mila R.
    Mila RaykovaSeptember 18, 2013
    Une brasserie typique française. Bonne carte, bon service. Ambiance très agréable.
  • Martin G.
    Martin GauthierJuly 27, 2010
    Jarret d'agneau un peu salé, raviolis exquis et risotto au homard bravo, loup de mer selon nos voisins exquis également!
  • Julie M.
    Julie MackayAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Avis aux amateurs de bacon pour le brunch, il est exceptionnel!
  • Andree H.
    Andree HarveyMay 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Idéal pour les petits déjeuners sur semaine. Ouvert dès 8h. Atmosphère calme. Pain doré exquis!
  • Catherine D.
    Catherine DescarieAugust 11, 2012
    Les croques-monsieur sont excellents! Et M. Masson est incroyable!
  • Christina C.
    Christina CarvalhoNovember 15, 2011
    Belle ambiance bistrot et toujours un délice le classique rôti de bœuf frites!!!
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MaisonneuveSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Un classique à Montréal. Onglet. Raviolis. Wine. Tout est bon. RSVP
  • Annie L.
    Annie LaporteApril 19, 2014
    Ambiance superbe. Salade de betterave excellente
  • Philippe B.
    Philippe BatardièreSeptember 16, 2015
    L'île flottante est succulente!
  • Francisco L.
    Francisco LimaAugust 31, 2015
    Excelente!! Comida dos Deuses
  • Didier M.
    Didier MorissonneauAugust 15, 2015
    Je mange là depuis 1987. Meilleur service à Montréal!
  • Didier M.
    Toujours imbattable comme service.. Après 25 ans!
  • Anne-Marie B.
    Anne-Marie BouchardMarch 21, 2010
    THE brasserie parisienne à Montréal. Les os à moëlle en entrée sont incontournables
  • FAVI | Fonds d'Aide aux V.
    bistro de Paris ou de Montréal, en tout cas y peu y rencontrer des gens célèbres autant d'ici que d'ailleurs. Le cuisine y est très express. Read more
  • Erick C.
    Erick ChamberlandDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic! Rognons moutarde, délicieux
  • Olivier G.
    Olivier GougeonMay 1, 2014
    Tartare tartare tartare!!!
  • Michel M.
    Michel MiglierinaMarch 13, 2014
    Toujours a la hauteur des attentes !
  • Emmanuelle L.
    Emmanuelle LegaultFebruary 12, 2010
    Installez-vous au comptoir et demandez à M. Masson de vous conseiller un petit verre de rouge.
  • Pétale
    PétaleDecember 14, 2014
    Tartare, foie de veau
  • Fauve D.
    Fauve DoucetOctober 2, 2011
    Le risotto est incroyable.
  • Mélanie M.
    Mélanie MironAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Au bar, très bon service de M. Masson!
  • Alexandrine P.
    Alexandrine PerrasDecember 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    LE resto de Montréal. Un classique.
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