French Restaurant and Café$$$$
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
  • The Daily Meal
    "The quiche Lorraine and steak frites are a great choice."(11 Tips)
    Pam G.
    "order the bone marrow"(9 Tips)
    Kevin S.
    "Fantastic beef tartare"(7 Tips)
    Vincent M.
    "Raviolis are a favorite, with a nice glass of Bourgogne."(10 Tips)
117 Tips and reviews
  • steak
  • French food
  • ravioli
  • bone marrow
  • french fries
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  • J L.
    J LJune 3
    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.
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Edwin W.
    Edwin WeeJuly 19, 2015
    There's a reason why this place is still so popular after nearly 40 years. Decadent yet refreshing, unctuous yet stimulative, L'Express' bone marrow is an app for the ages.
  • 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.
    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
    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!
  • John K.
    John KoenSeptember 26
    Rognons à la moutarde (Kidneys in mustard sauce), duck confit
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • 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!
  • Green H.
    Green Hippie4 days ago
    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!!!
  • 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
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JungJanuary 8
    Very Parisian! Difficult to dine unless you have a reservation, so make sure to book yourself a seat!!
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MAugust 27
    Raviolis are a favorite, with a nice glass of Bourgogne. A true classic in Montreal.
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Sit at the bar and feel authentic Montreal. Stare at the floor for a bit. Gorgeous.
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • Roy C.
    Roy CAugust 12, 2012
    Real french bistrot, consistent food, great service, reasonable prices. For that formal relaxed dinner or lunch.
  • Luciana C.
    Main dish: risotto aux crevettes / Desert: homemade tarte aux pommes - both amazingly delicious!!!
  • Philip M.
    Philip MorsonDecember 24, 2014
    Classic. Food is good. Wine list is extensive (ask for the alternate !!) try the fish soup
  • Joce Y.
    Joce YuJuly 25, 2015
    Veal ravioli was to die for. The mushrooms and veal stock complimented perfectly. Lovely French meal.
  • 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.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BroffmanAugust 6, 2014
    Had a delicious steak and frites and the pickles with mustard are great and free.
  • Caroline
    CarolineOctober 16
    Great service and delicious food! The steak frites and profiteroles are a must !!!
  • Ariel F.
    Ariel FJune 16, 2012
    Get the salmon and spinach. Perfect. Snack on cornichons.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteFebruary 14
    Steak tartare and bone marrow- your arteries will forgive you later.
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerSeptember 25, 2013
    Brunch here is a must. Try the French toast and the fruit salad!
  • Eddie C.
    Eddie Cyrino1 week ago
    Really good place, I totally recommend it!!!! 👍🏼👍🏼
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 10, 2015
    Must have the steak frites. Medium rare. Absolutely amazing.
  • E B.
    E BirdshawAugust 13, 2013
    Fantastic service! Make reservations.
  • Carl H.
    Carl HenryOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Duck Confit with Salad...pretty epic!
  • Alice M. H.
    Alice M. HuynhSeptember 13, 2014
    Definitely worth the money: the house made ravioli!
  • Marla M.
    Marla MullowneyJuly 29, 2015
    Best steak frites.... Sit by the bar for great service
  • James
    JamesMay 20
    The tartare is great. The service is impeccable!
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn MacDougallOctober 26, 2011
    French bistro with panache...great food, lots of ambiance.
  • Bugi L.
    Bugi LokarOctober 14
    Good food, beautiful interiors
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • Eli H.
    Eli HorneDecember 30, 2012
    Wifi network is the unlocked one (same name as the venue) and password is champagne56
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