19+ Most Delicious Old Quebec City Restaurants for 2018
By Mia Pearson on April 2nd, 2018
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 […]
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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!
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.
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.
At the Auberge Saint-Antoine, set in an old maritime warehouse dating back to 1822, Panache is a traditional French restaurant with modern nuances. The exposed brick and wooden beams give the restaurant an air of romance. Their produce come from their organic garden on Ile d’Orleans, which guarantees that only the freshest of ingredients are served. What’s more is their wine cellar that boasts an impressive selection of over 700 labels from 14 different countries. The staff can help suggest a wine that’ll pair perfectly with your French dish.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve had one too many poutines while visiting Quebec City, La Serre LR can balance your diet with their selection of healthy dishes. Their bowls are made up of ingredients like tempeh, quinoa, soba noodles and more. Perfect for takeout or a casual lunch, finish off your meal with their selection of raw cakes or chia seed and yogurt puddings.
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.
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!
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.
In a list of dinner-focused restaurants, here’s a delicious brunch interlude. With locally-sourced ingredients, Les Méchants Moineaux offers creative brunch plates like crispy, savoury waffles topped with salmon, steak and egg tacos, a poutine with a poached egg, and much more. In their quaint, urban locale, start your day off with a hearty, unique meal.
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.
Step into Les Trois Garçons’ industrial-chic decor and ready yourself for the best gourmet burgers in town. Their fresh buns come from the famous Paillard bakery, their crispy fries are made with potatoes from the neighbouring Ile d’Orleans, and they’ve got a selection of local Quebec beer. The venue resembles a mixture of Parisian bistro with New York City hip resto. They also have a kid’s menu too, so bring the whole family!
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.
Spice up your Quebec City trip with a dinner at the authentic Cambodian restaurant, Apsara. This family-run restaurant serves up authentic dishes from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Statues adorn the restaurant in the style of those in the Angkor Wat temple, and the orange accents give the restaurant a bright feel. Try the sharing plates that invite you to taste dishes from a myriad of South Asian countries.
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.
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!
If you’re craving a little taste of Italy, Bello can blow you away! In a polished setting with exposed stone walls, enjoy their handmade pasta and pizza and quality locally-sourced meats. Their risotto is divine, and they have a list of a dozen different kinds from blue cheese to seafood to savoury meats. Finish of your meal with a dessert or coffee that’s flambeed right before your eyes!
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 one 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$.
3h walking tour. Sample varied dishes ranging from traditional to modern foods and get a feel for what it is to be Québécois! Enjoy 6 unique & acclaimed tasting locations. $59 CAD +Taxes & Fees (Includes all tastings)