A List of the Best Old Quebec City Restaurants
A long day of exploring all the Quebec City historical attractions, great shopping and fascinating museums is sure to work up an appetite for any traveler. We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants for a well deserved sit-down, refreshing drink and satisfying meal. Quebec City is a veritable hub for delicious food, so be sure to not choose just any place–refer to our list below!
Look at our other articles:
- Old Quebec City : 30+ awesome things to do
- 19+ Exciting things to do in Quebec City this Summer
- 12+ Quebec City Tours Companies [Full Guide]
1. Chez Boulay: Bistro Boréal
With emphasis on ingredients found in Canada’s vast boreal forest, Chez Boulay incorporates a myriad of flavours into its dishes that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. Think wild mushrooms and delicious flavours from fir tree essence and birch syrup. Enjoy their Nordic-inspired cuisine in their stylish, modern dining room made up of chocolate wood.
1110 Rue Saint-Jean
2. The Old Quebec City Food Tour
Explore the history of Old Quebec as well as its culinary heritage with the Old Quebec Food Tour! Instead of choosing just one restaurant, the tour invites you to savour 12 different samples and drinks. Get a feel for what it means to eat like a Quebecois through its traditional to modern dishes, all while your tour guide relays the fascinating history of the area. In fact, you’ll get to try two restaurants that are on this list, La Buche and Le Chic Shack! Experience Old Quebec through its food with the Old Quebec Food Tour. For more information, click here.
3. Chez Muffy
Chez Muffy is a restaurant with local nuances. Operated by the Auberge Saint-Antoine, it’s set in an old maritime warehouse that dates back to 1822. Exposed brick and wooden beams give the space an air of romance and history, while ingredients sourced from local producers are highlighted in the seasonally shifting menu. What’s more, the wine cellar boasts an impressive selection of 12,000 bottles featuring over 700 different labels from 14 countries. You’re sure to find a wine that pairs perfectly with your dish.
10 Rue Saint Antoine
4. La Buche
From brunch to dinner, La Buche delivers it all with traditional Quebecois style. The locale is made up of brick, wood and stone, giving it a warm, cabin feel. The food reflects the decor: try their deconstructed shepherd’s pie, tourtière, poutine with a daily topping, and much more. There’s even a small kids menu and live music some nights, making this a family-friendly excursion.
49 Rue Saint Louis
5. Laurie Raphaël
For refined and creative dishes and a wide range of wines, get dressed-up and head to Laurie Raphaël. Located at the Quebec City Saint-Germain hotel, this fine restaurant offers Creative French-Québécois dishes in a glamorous, sleek setting. This white tablecloth experience delivers dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning.
117 Rue Dalhousie
Also located in the Chateau Frontenac, kick-off your evening at the 1608 wine bar. With an extensive list of privately-imported wine and a large variety of top local Quebec cheeses, this is the perfect spot to warm-up your tastebuds before the main attraction. The stunning circular room surrounds patrons with warm, chocolate wood paneling, accented by pendant lights hanging at the round bar.
1 Rue des Carrières, Chateau Frontenac
7. Bistro L’Orygine
In the heart of Old Quebec this sleek yet cozy restaurant serves inventive and delicious plates crafted from fresh, local, organic ingredients. Celebrating the area’s lush and varied vegetables, the dishes also feature meat and fish options that are sustainably sourced. Come for lunch or dinner and get a taste of Quebec at its purest. Your tastebuds, body and friends will all thank you.
36 1/2 Rue Saint-Pierre
8. Le Saint-Amour
In a setting reminiscent of Paris’ Belle Epoque, Le Saint-Amour is one of the leading fine-dining restaurants in Canada. To begin, their dishes are beautifully assembled for a veritable visual feast. The gourmet French fares are the perfect combination of fresh local ingredients and extensive culinary experience from chef Jean-Luc Boulay. Top off your decadent meal with an item from their impressive dessert menu: chocolate mousse or cream puff, Grand Marnier and coconut ice Parfait, and many more treats.
48 Rue Sainte-Ursule
9. Le Champlain
In the same vein as the previous restaurant, Le Champlain, located in the Chateau Frontenac, is a fine dining experience that can delight even the most decipherable palates. This elegant landmark is an easy choice if you’re looking for a little luxury: head there for Sunday high tea in their dining room that overlooks the Saint Lawrence river. When sampling their French cuisine at dinner time, be sure to try their grilled octopus and finish off your meal with their ’all chocolate dessert’ plate!
Fairmont Store, 1 Rue des Carrières, Chateau Frontenac
10. Restaurant Légende
Drawing inspiration from Quebec’s native history, Restaurant Légende’s dishes are divided into Water, Earth and Land categories. Local fish, vegetables and gamey meats make up the upscale menu with an option for a tasting menu as well. The decor is cozy and elegant, with wood panels lining the walls. Taste a bit of history at Restaurant Légende.
255 Rue Saint-Paul
11. The Saint-Roch Quebec Evening Food & Drink Tour
A step outside Old Quebec, is a whole other culinary world waiting to be discovered. On the Saint-Roch Evening Tour you’ll get to try 5 food stops that are loved by locals, but might not be in the guidebooks, giving you a real, authentic off the beaten path experience of the up-and-coming district. You’ll also get drink pairings at several of the stops to accompany your food, elevating your dining experience. Meanwhile, your guide will tell captivating stories about Quebec City, Saint-Roch, and the restaurants you visit, infused with their insider knowledge of the place. To check it out, click here.
12. Restaurant Initiale
Restaurant Initiale serves timeless elegance, with award-winning sensibility and a commitment to flavour and quality. The authentic dishes highlight local delicacies prepared by chefs with the utmost respect for the ingredients, bringing out depths of flavour you never knew were possible. Meanwhile, the understated decor lets the food really shine. The outcome is a sublime dining experience carried out with an effortless simplicity that can only be the product of years of expertise.
54 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
13. Le Continental
Ever wondered what goes on in a restaurant’s kitchen? At Le Continental, the chefs cook your meal at your table, right before your eyes. The menu focuses on traditional French meats like tartar, flambés, and grilled beef, veal and lamb. The decor is reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, with white tablecloths and wine glasses adorning the tables. End your dining experience with their famous crepe suzette. All in all, Le Continental is the white tablecloth experience with a little culinary entertainment sprinkled in for good measure.
26 Rue Saint Louis
14. Louise Taverne
Louise Taverne & Bar à Vin unites two unique concepts into one warm, festive experience. Whether you choose to have an evening fuelled by the traditions of Europe’s gourmet taverns, or by raw bar delights, shareable plates and, of course, drinkable indulgences that define the wine bar scene, you’re in for a good evening. Stop by for a drink, amuse-bouche or a full, hearty meal in the heart of the Old Port.
48 Rue Saint-Paul
15. Le Chic Shack
Set in an historic house, Le Chic Shack serves-up delicious gourmet burgers with locally-sourced ingredients. With trees trunks at the bass of each table, the Chic Shack has a cozy cabin feel while also being quite chic (hence the name). Try their homemade sodas and whipped-cream-topped milkshakes, and indulge with one of their hearty poutines. With its chic lumberjack cabin atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to cozy up with a great meal on a cold day.
15 Fort St, Québec City
16. Chez Rioux & Pettigrew
Seasonal, local ingredients take on a world of flavours at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew. The colourful, creative dishes layer textures and tastes, much like the space layers modern luxuries with vintage artifacts that recall its roots as Rioux & Pettigrew General Store, founded all the way back on 1860. Order mouthwatering delights for brunch, lunch and dinner or sit at the table d’hôte and let the chef’s surprise creations awaken your sense of exploration.
160 Rue Saint-Paul
17. Le Sam Bistro Évolutif
With a beautiful view of the river, Le Sam is the French bistro on the main floor of the historic Chateau Frontenac. Their extensive list of cocktails has something for everyone. If none suit your fancy, they’ll make a cocktail based on your preferences. The dining room is chic and warm, following a dark blue, gold and brown colour palette. Enjoy their selection of tartar, meats and other dishes with a few options for kids’ meals on the menu as well.
1 Rue des Carrières, Chateau Frontenac
This French restaurant, specializing in roasted chicken, seafood, and other meats, is a warm and chic bistro in the heart of Old Quebec. Their chicken comes from the local Charlevoix farm and Tournebroche also has its own garden where they grow their produce. They also make their very own mayonnaise, ketchup, bread and ice cream. For a sweet outro, try their homemade creme brûlée that’s reinvented daily with a new flavour, so you’ll never have the same one twice!
1190 Rue Saint-Jean
If you’re craving a little taste of Italy, Il Matto can blow you away! Built to be comforting and straightforwardly delicious, these recipes recall your Italian grandmother’s cooking, or take the place of the one you never had. The pizza, spaghetti and amazing house risotto all live up to the promises of what a good Italian place should be, without overcomplicating it.
71 Rue Saint-Pierre
20. Be-Club Bistro
Come sample the savory dishes of this French bistro/pub fusion restaurant. They serve up a selection of seasonal meat and fish, adjusted based on the availability of the produce. They also have a list of club-sandwiches that are tastier than those at any pub you’ve visited before. The three chefs, Julie, Steph, and Phil (drink creations), pride themselves on delivering quality dishes based on simplicity and lots of flavour. The decor is also simple, with stone walls with orange accents on the door arches and windows. Be-Club is also a great lunch spot, with their lunch menu including an appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee for the reasonable price of 16.50$.
17 Rue Saint-Stanislas