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  • Atmosphere: 4.2/5
  • Food: 4.5/5
  • Service: 4.2/5
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skinegg636361577890730000
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A lovely french bistro. Great food and atmosphere.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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robertg
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Fresh ingredients...

Fresh ingredients, classic French dishes well prepared, good service for a French bistro and a nice selection of wines.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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MartineLL
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Great place in Montréal,

food is very good. love the beef tartar, probably one of the best.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Soup so good I wanted to weep

This is a tiny perfect bistro in the best French Canadian tradition. It is a small place with tables tightly packed, but oh... the food! The soupe aux poissons (fish soup) was so good I wanted to weep. It was truly among the best soups I've ever had. Delicious black cod with roasted potatoes as well. It's a crowded little spot with excellent service but you definitely need a reservation. I'll be back!

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lucieduprat
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vraiment un bon spot

J'adore m'asseoir au bar et commander le tartare /frites avec un verre de vin... juste comme ça, simplement, un soir de semaine ; c'est ça l'Express!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Jonathan77
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Animé et agréable

Un bel endroit pour souper entre amis. Bien situé. Un incourtournable pour les fanatiques du Plateau! On aime bien le plancher en damier. Typique.

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October 16, 2017

Great food and classic service. This felt like an authentic Montreal dining experience. The dining room was full of locals of all ages. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was unpretentious. I would definitely return and recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 14, 2017

I love l’express and always eat there when I visit Montreal. It understands what it is and it is a perfect version of that thing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 14, 2017

Our dinner was superb. This does not surprise me as your establishment sets high standards and meets or exceeds them consistently.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 14, 2017

Outstanding:) We felt like we were back in France. It's no surprise, we'll be going back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

It was a great meal with great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 14, 2017

Without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable meals my wife and I have ever had! The quality of the service, attention to patrons and food preparation/presentation was the best of the Montreal restaurants we have experienced in our many trips! We were not very hungry after an arranged food tour earlier in the day, so we composed a meal based around a special bottle of wine, and the host was gracious enough to seat us prior to our reservation. A very special evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2017

We had been recommend to go to this restaurant by friends in Australia. It was a lovely experience. Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Very much enjoyed it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2017

Great food- perfect atmosphere. Thank you for a lovely evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2017

L'express offers a unique dining experience for a wide audience. There were couples of all ages, as well as families with small children smiling as they were all easily accommodated. Quite a popular place, would recommend a reservation for ease, especially during peak dining hours. The food was superb and the wait staff was very attentive and helpful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2017

We were visiting Montreal and your restaurant was highly recommended. We decided to try it. During this meal, service was great. The bread was very good. Our wine was delicious. My husband chose a meal that he thoroughly enjoyed, quail. It was beautifully presented and he ate every bite. I chose the beef and chicken stew and was quite disappointed. For me, it included a huge portion of vegetables that I personally dislike (cabbage). There was little flavor, no spices that contributed to a better tasting dish. I did not care for it at all. I also did not tell anyone at the restaurant that I disliked my choice. Were we to have the opportunity to try your restaurant again, we would, but I would choose differently.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 9, 2017

Delightful. The chaotic ballet of a restaurant at its best. Will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2017

Waited nearly an hour for our entrees.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

October 8, 2017

very good classic meal in classic French setting. L”express lives up to its name — service was too fast, but maybe the objective is French food fast. We had barely finished appetizer before entree served and the whole meal was rushed. Otherwise, L’express is a lively spot in a lively nieghnorhoid.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

October 6, 2017

A little noisy, but the excellent food made up for it.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

Food was great and the service was courteous, helpful and efficient. Whenever we go here, we feel transported to another place and time. It's great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

Excelkent as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2017

Loved the meal. We ate at Joe Beef the night before, not impressed! Had a much less pretentious atmosphere at L'express. The wait staff was attentive but not rushing. Food was very good. Would definitely recommend and return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2017

Exceeded our expectations!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 3, 2017

Exactly what we were looking for as a Ftench bistro experience. Wonderful food with my favorite dish being the sorrel soup. Simple yet so flavorful. Great friendly service too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 3, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 3, 2017

A Montreal icon. L’Express never disappoints. I love the vibe and the food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2017

It felt like we had been transported to France. The staff was outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

I have been the restaurant several times over the past twenty years and the food and services remains excellent. I look forward to my next meal at l'express the next time I visit Montreal

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 3, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at L’Express. We had the octopus and lentils appetizer and soup paysenne to start...both were delicious. Being a non-seafood eater, my main plate choices were a bit limited. I opted for the raviolis Madison, and they were very good. The seafood eater at the table ordered the loup de mer (sea bass) and it was also good. Our service was attentive. C’est si bon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

Waitress didn't want to accommodate a request from one of my guest. Offered another option that was really not related to her request. Service was very slow. Food was very very average.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

October 1, 2017

L’express by far is the best restaurant I have visited in Montreal. Services were great, food magnificent, and definitely will go back again next visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2017

The staff was very helpful to us who speak no French. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2017

Service was almost non-existent. Food mediocre at best. I cannot figure out why it is popular, except it's inexpensive. We waited twenty five minutes after being seated for a waiter to even take our drink order. Water glasses never refilled without my having to flag down staff. Poached egg in gisier salad hard as a rock. Steak tartare amateurish, overwhelmed by Tabasco. So disappointing.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

September 26, 2017

The food and service were excellent, but the noise level was much to high for us. We had to shout at one another. Also, as my husband said, it was the best fast food we ever had. The service was too fast because there were many people waiting to be seated at even later times.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2017

My friend and I had a dinner over there on the last night of our Montreal trip. We shared the rilettes l'express (chicken pate) and beets salad for starters, ravioli and quail for main. All meals were fantastic and the wine they selected was the perfect match to the meal. I was very full but desert (profiteroles with maple syrup) was too tasty to leave. The tables were full on Monday night. Noise level was a bit high but it didn't disturb the conversation with my friend. We enjoyed the lively atmosphere. Service was very pleasant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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