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Restaurant Initiale

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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A1, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Years of tireless work by chef Yvan Lebrun and his partner Rolande Leclerc...
Years of tireless work by chef Yvan Lebrun and his partner Rolande Leclerc have earned L'Initiale Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux certification and an AAA/CAA Five Diamond rating. The pair's passion for flavor and authenticity is reflected in everything they do, and the restaurant boasts a decidedly local sensibility, featuring some of the region's top products and artisans.
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  • 197
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
If you're going to eat in one place in Quebec City, this is it.

This is a world class restaurant. In a town of wonderful restaurants, this is our favorite. The decor is subtle, the service fantastic (especially the sommelier). But the star of the show is the chef and his food. He uses local ingredients in new and surprising ways to give you a tasting experience... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Susan S
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Redondo Beach, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Redondo Beach, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a world class restaurant. In a town of wonderful restaurants, this is our favorite. The decor is subtle, the service fantastic (especially the sommelier). But the star of the show is the chef and his food. He uses local ingredients in new and surprising ways to give you a tasting experience you won't forget. The tasting menu with... More 

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Québec
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

L'Initiale is my restaurant of choice when I want to celebrate a special event. It offers more than juste fabulous food, it's an experience in itself without being pretentious. The wine list is always creative and intriguing, the cocktails are always well balanced and original. L'Initial is among the most decorated restaurants in Quebec City, and with every reason. The... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

From the booking online to the arrival the presentation the service and the many dishes from the tasting menu that simply exploited the taste buds Initiale was exquisite. I would strongly encourage experiencing this restaurant however if you're sensitive to price this probably isn't the place. I'm not sure the value matched the price tag however it was an outstanding... More 

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Markham, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were a group of three staying at Hotel St Antoine. We were driving around to see the old Quebec, and decided to go for dinner close-by where we stayed. We browsed thru the TripAdvisor and saw the Restaurant Initale being rated number one, and was close-by and so decided to go there. Seeing that the business hours are from... More 

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Plymouth, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I recently dined at L’Initiale for the first time, and it is now on our list of all-time favorite restaurants in the world. The service was impeccable from the moment we walked through the door. The staff was courteous, gracious and attentive. Our taste buds were doing a nonstop happy dance in our mouths. Indescribably delicious is... More 

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Toronto
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Initiale is designed for a dining experience. We had the tasting menu, 10 courses and nearly 5 hours. Presentation, flavours and service were all very thoughtfully choregraphed. Wine pairings were very generous. Would suggest sharing as more than adequate for two.

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Everything was perfect! Service, food originality and taste as well as presentation. A perfect evening with my wife!

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Quebec
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

L'Initiale is a top gastronomy restaurant, with unparalleled service. It is more expansive than where I ever ate before, but it is worth the premium. You should try the combination of meal and wine, and let yourself be entertained by the experience! Presentation and taste will delight you! I am a fan of this place. Reserve early!

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Quebec City, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Worst the visit.... Everything are out of this world.. Great chef, fresh, beaufiful and tasty. Service5 stars

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Quebec, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I don't usually write reviews but this restaurant left me In awe. It's been a few weeks since I've been here and I'm still raving about it. This restaurant is easily in my top 3 restaurants along with Toque. We ordered the tasting menu and we were surprised and amazed with every dish that was served. The only problem was..... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City
  • Phone Number: +1 418-694-1818

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 113

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic

Description

Years of tireless work by chef Yvan Lebrun and his partner Rolande Leclerc have earned L'Initiale Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux certification and an AAA/CAA Five Diamond rating. The pair's passion for flavor and authenticity is reflected in everything they do, and the restaurant boasts a decidedly local sensibility, featuring some of the region's top products and artisans.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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