French Restaurant and Café · Plateau-Mont-Royal
3927, rue Saint-Denis (entre Duluth & Roy), Montreal QC H2W 2M4, Canada
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 272 votes

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    The Daily Meal
    "The quiche Lorraine and steak frites are a great choice."(10 Tips)
    Kevin S.
    "Fantastic beef tartare"(6 Tips)
    Pam G.
    "order the bone marrow"(6 Tips)
    Matthew B.
    "delicious steak and frites and the pickles with mustard"(2 Tips)
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  • steak
  • French food
  • bone marrow
  • ravioli
  • french fries
  • pickles with mustard
  • wine
  • lively
  • risotto
  • great value
  • trendy
  • breakfast food
  • good for a late night
  • spicy food
  • foie gras
  • tartines
  • croques
  • good for dates
  • tarts
  • salads
  • Areti D.

    The shrimp risotto was on point

    Areti Damianou · 1 week ago
  • Curtis S.

    It's good. Not great.

    Curtis Shoung · October 19
  • Ting T.

    My mouth waters thinking about that chicken liver mousse with pistachios atop of that amazing bread with a bottle of beau jolais.

    Ting Tsai · October 19
  • Stephanie V.

    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.

    Stephanie Vandoninck · September 18
  • Saarim Z.

    Get the steak frites medium rare, so choice

    Saarim Zaman · August 30
  • Emily W.

    Order the steak tartare, spicy

    Emily Wilson · August 30
  • James

    Fantastic Traditional Quebec fare. The beef tartare is great, and the mousse de foie de volaille is out of this world.

    James · August 18
  • Alyssa S.

    Must have the steak frites. Medium rare. Absolutely amazing.

    Alyssa S. · August 10
  • Marla M.

    Best steak frites.... Sit by the bar for great service

    Marla Mullowney · July 29
  • Joce Y.

    Veal ravioli was to die for. The mushrooms and veal stock complimented perfectly. Lovely French meal.

    Joce Yu · July 25
  • Edwin W.

    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.

    Edwin Wee · July 19
  • Chantelle M.

    The hangar steak and fries is delicious!

    Chantelle Marie · July 17
  • S P.

    Typical Parisian "bistrot". Cannot go wrong at L'Express!

    S P · May 23
  • Kevin S.

    Fantastic beef tartare

    Kevin Seto · April 19
  • Philip M.

    Classic. Food is good. Wine list is extensive (ask for the alternate !!) try the fish soup

    Philip Morson · December 24, 2014
  • Annie T.

    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.

    Annie T · October 29, 2014
  • Jeffery C.

    Pickles and mustard. So good.

    Jeffery Clark · October 16, 2014
  • Alice M. H.

    Definitely worth the money: the house made ravioli!

    Alice M. Huynh · September 13, 2014
  • Betty M.

    I think it's the best French in Montreal. The service was excellent without being overbearing and they aren't pretentious like many.

    Betty Mak · September 12, 2014
  • Eater

    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

    Eater · August 27, 2014
  • Emily M.

    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!

    Emily M. · August 21, 2014
  • Matthew B.

    Had a delicious steak and frites and the pickles with mustard are great and free.

    Matthew Broffman · August 6, 2014
  • Zack D.

    Try to recognize faces in the employee photos that date back to the early 80's.

    Zack Davenport · July 22, 2014
  • Nathan P.

    Classic old-school Quebec dinner in the plateau.

    Nathan P. · July 10, 2014
  • flavvio13 f.

    Try ravioli Maison

    flavvio13 flavvio13 · May 20, 2014
  • Helen Aries M.

    It was great!! Felt like Paris. The bone marrow is massively recommended!

    Helen Aries Mardas · May 8, 2014
  • Like A Local Guide

    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

    Like A Local Guide · February 14, 2014
  • Rental Homes C.

    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.

    Rental Homes Canada · December 17, 2013
  • Carl H.

    Try the Duck Confit with Salad...pretty epic!

    Carl Henry · October 28, 2013
  • Eater

    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]

    Eater · October 7, 2013
  • Dean S.

    The Pot au Fer was done absolutely right. The duck confit salad was delicious. Very much recommended.

    Dean Smith · October 3, 2013
  • Walt W.

    Brunch here is a must. Try the French toast and the fruit salad!

    Walt Walker · September 25, 2013
  • E B.

    Fantastic service! Make reservations.

    E Birdshaw · August 13, 2013
  • Lauren S.

    The original and the best for nouveau French. Fish prepared magically and well-curated wine list, but steak and fries are the backbone.

    Lauren Simmons · August 5, 2013
  • Susan L.

    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!

    Susan Loh · July 10, 2013
  • Zeeshan H.

    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.

    Zeeshan H · June 29, 2013
  • Thrillist

    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

    Thrillist · June 26, 2013
  • Christopher O.

    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.

    Christopher Ong · June 9, 2013
  • Jowi T.

    Breakfast of Champions in Montreal.

    Jowi Taylor · May 11, 2013
  • Jowi T.

    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!

    Jowi Taylor · May 11, 2013
  • Luciana C.

    Main dish: risotto aux crevettes / Desert: homemade tarte aux pommes - both amazingly delicious!!!

  • Eli H.

    Wifi network is the unlocked one (same name as the venue) and password is champagne56

    Eli Horne · December 30, 2012
  • Roy C.

    Real french bistrot, consistent food, great service, reasonable prices. For that formal relaxed dinner or lunch.

    Roy C · August 12, 2012
  • Lauren C.

    The "real" Balthazar. Don't miss the bone marrow, but if you must, the quiche Lorraine and steak frites won't let you down.

    Lauren Cherney · June 19, 2012
  • Ariel F.

    Get the salmon and spinach. Perfect. Snack on cornichons.

    Ariel F · June 16, 2012
  • Pam G.

    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!

    Pam Gilford · May 12, 2012
  • Olicorno

    Kitchen is open lately

    Olicorno · February 11, 2012
  • Gerry K.

    I loved the steak frites! Perfect ambiance.

    Gerry K · January 31, 2012
  • Lively C.

    Great casual french bistro.. Kitchen open verrry late :)

    Lively Curious · January 16, 2012
  • Julie M.

    Raviolis divins!

    Julie Mackay · December 17, 2011

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