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Restaurant Initiale

54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A1, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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Ranked #4 of 1,202 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $42 - $120
Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

As other reviewers have stated, there are no adjectives to adequately describe Restaurant Initiale! I have never been made to feel more comfortable by a restaurant staff as I was at Initiale. You are greeted at the door as if by an old friend expecting your visit. Madame Rolande is the consummate hostess and orchestrates her staff as if one... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Once a year my colleagues and I are treated to a splendid meal at this wonderful venue and I am never disappointed. From the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave you feel like a pampered, very special guest. The professional and knowledgable staff are very friendly yet discreet and take visible pleasure in explaining the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Nothing about this meal could be faulted. The room has an understated decor, the staff was attentive and friendly (but not overly - and they also let me try to use my broken French, which was not the case in other restaurants as it was more efficient for them to speak in English) and the food was interesting, well-prepared with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The tasting menu was a sublime experience, one that ought not to be shared with just anyone, but with someone who wants the deep satisfaction of the senses awakened, teased, honoured. Besides the pleasure of the food and of the attentive, indulgent service and of learning new things that night, I was moved deeply by my dinner companion's new understanding,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Came for my wife's birthday. We did the tasting menu with wine pairing, and everything was superb from start to finish.

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San Francisco, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

After reading all of the wonderful reviews, I was so excited to eat at this restaurant. Unfortunately for me and my friends we got stuck on a night when there was a VERY large (& loud) group. While the meal was good, I'm sure it suffered due to the large tour group (~30) that arrived right before us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

This was the last restaurant we visited for our 4 days trip to Quebec City. It is by far the best restaurant! We Had high expectation as they are part of the relais & chateaux, but they have exceeded the standard for sure. We had the tasting menu, and it was out if this world! The wine pairing was really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

During our recent three year stay in the US we travelled a bit, including six visits to Canada. On our second trip we visited Quebec City and ate at Restaurant Initiale in Jul '12. It was the best meal we had ever eaten and whilst expensive still worth it. The restrained decor, attentive staff and superb food and wine were... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It is hard to reduce to words the experience we had at this restaurant on Oct 25th, 2014. Let me begin by saying it was not cheap. Expect to pay in the $250-$300 (or more) range. And the portions are on the small side. That said, the service was impeccable, the flavor combinations truly unique and the presentations first rate.... More 

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Bali
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Exquisite attention to detail. fine food, and great service. presented with some unique tastes by the attentive chef and team. cant praise high enough.

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Additional Information about Restaurant Initiale

Address: 54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-1818
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 42 - 120

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