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Au Petit Extra has been enlivening and nourishing its neighbourhood since 1985. This bistro with European accents barely seated 40 when it opened, but over the years it has turned into a spacious restaurant adjacent to the Lion d'Or theatre.

Since its inception, Au Petit Extra has been a unifying place where all sorts of energizing initiatives are born — it soon became the rallying point for artists, journalists and the business community of Ville-Marie. "Our niche is really that of a bistro with a good value. We find that the customers are very happy with this. We don't wish to pay for gourmet," says co-owner André Baillargeon.

In the '80s, the first owners, Jean Filippi and Pierre Charron, wanted to instill beauty in their surroundings and make passersby smile as much as the customers. "I think they wanted to make this area, once very hard and poor, a little better, a little more habitable for everyone," says André.

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  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 4/5
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Un excellent rest...

Un excellent resto français à prix raisonnable! Ambiance parisienne chaleureuse et service cordial.

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Belle découverte

C'était ma première expérience au Petit Extra et j'ai été agréablement surprise. La table d'hôte était super intéressante et variée. J'y retournerais pour essayer autre chose sur le menu et prenez note que la crème brûlée vaut le déplacement!!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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December 4, 2016

Very nice and friendly service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2016

Very pretty restaurant, nicely situated. Service was very friendly and fast, despite being busy and part of a Montreal special menu event. the choice of food was good. the bread basket with gingerbread was small and the spices were very strong. So predominant it almost make the bite too overwhelming. We were 4 and there were only 3 slices so not enough for everyone to taste. I chose the warm salmon, it was smoked in-house for sure. it was a well presented plate and the portion was not big, but french bistro appropriate! Unfortunately, the salmon was very salty. i understand that smoking the fish makes it so, but this was a touch too salty. Everything was decent. and made for a pleasurable experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2016

We were 15, birthday celebration, Montreal à table week, excellent menu, excellent value, but mainly excellent service. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 24, 2016

Superb rack of lamb and great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2016

My husband and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary visiting Montreal, and celebrated this special milestone with a lovely meal at Au Petit Extra. The staff at the restaurant were very welcoming, in particular the charming woman who served us - unfortunately I don't remember her name, but she was a delight! We both had the Cornish Hen which was delicious, and ended the meal with scrumptious desserts and cappuccinos.. Merci Au Petit Extra for a very special evening! We will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2016

Our waiter was wonderful!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 3, 2016

Our first but not the last time here. The service was superb, which went with the meals. We all had different meals and found them ALL prepared and tasted superb. We had a wonderful few hours here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 13, 2016

If you don't go there you missed the best meal and service in Montreal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 14, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Au Petit Extra. Service and food were both amazing! We will be back during our next trip to Montreal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2016

We came with a large group of friends and were welcomed with attentive and accommodating service from charming staff. Our anglophone group got friendly help figuring out the menu and we were all very happy with our orders. A beautiful but unpretentious environment, excellent food, and reasonably priced. Merci!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2016

Great service. Our waiter brought us several wines to taste for our dinner. Several appetizers sounded delicious so I had both. Cheve and pear and the foie gras terrine. Husband had the beef onglet which was delicious and snail appetizer. The chocolate dessert with blueberry ice cream finished an elegant meal. Will try again if ever back in Montreal

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 27, 2016

Our waitress went out of her way to make us comfortable. It was one of those dining experiences I won't forget. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2016

Our server (female) was fantastic. Fun night, great food. The whole team there made us feel welcome and relaxed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2016

Fabulous as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 13, 2016

The food was perfect and our waiter was nice and attentive.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2016

Really good food and service - I highly recommend this restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2016

absolutely delicious and the waitress was a gem :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2015

Our waiter - whose name we did not catch - is already a celebrity in our family. Such a kind, funny, and COOL dude. We'll be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2015

Chris, our waiter, was simply marvelous; one of the best waiters we've ever had. He was courteous, knowledgeable, helpful, discreet all with a wonderful personality. it felt as if we had known him for years and he'd been working there for years, not a few weeks. We'd go back for the food, there is no doubt, but we'd want Chris to be our waiter evderytime!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2015

What are great place for a French brasserie dinner with Montreal great hospitality. As a Montrealer in exile, this is my 5th or 6th visit over 30 years and always a pleasure to be there. Our hostess/server was so genuinely nice and a 25 year alumni of Aux petit Extra, that says a lot about the place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2015

Superb service, excellent wine list (somm on staff is very helpful), great recommendations by the staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2015

I went to this restaurant for dinner and everything was just PERFECT! If you want great customer service and best french food, this is the place to go. I definitly recommend it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2015

Creative dishes that punch far above their price tag, stellar service from Riccardo, and an atmosphere as romantic as at any Parisian bistro make this a restaurant worth going out of your way to visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2015

Delightful meal in a charming setting. We. had expert and friendly service from the lovely France. And we were impressed by the quality and creativity of every dish we ordered. Nice wine list too

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2015

Great Food and very friendly waitress!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2015

The service and food was amazing. I would strongly recommend Au Petit Extra to anyone. I have been coming to this restaurant every time I visit Montreal. It made for a memorable evening with family and friends for my birthday.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2015

You can't miss with APE. Solid French Bistro fare in comfortable surroundings, served by wonderful people.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 27, 2015

Great ambiance, great service, great food. We had a wonderful evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Real French decor! No fuss, just perfect! Even the front, with its champagne and wine inscription on the window is a reminder of the genuine Paris. Add to that the foie gras, duck breast and apple pie... enough said!

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In this establishment on Ontario Street East, the first course is a choice of fish soup, foie gras and dates, or salmon gravlax served with Labrador tea sour cream. For the main course, the choice is yours between cod fillet, the saddle of rabbit stuffed with Saint-Benoît-du-Lac blue cheese, or fettuccine in squid ink with tomatoes and lemon confit. A brownie with Grand Marnier orange salad for dessert will be sure to round your evening off with a smile.

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A neighbourhood fixture for the past 30 years, Au Petit Extra is a bistro which serves refined, French-inspired cuisine composed of classics and bold innovations. Hanger steak, duck breast and confit, sarladaise potatoes, blood sausage and tartare all offer a taste of France, especially when enjoyed with one of the wines that have been carefully selected by the sommelier, and followed by a dessert like crème brûlée or Paris Brest.

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