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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 1,176 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $119
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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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Prince Albert, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We were greeted warmly and made to feel comfortable immediately. The dining room is modern with classic style. Outstanding food and presentation. Knowledgable and unpretentious sommelier. Impecable service. An enjoyable evening from start to finish. We've been fortunate to experience some very fine restaurants, and this one is memorable.

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Dallas, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had never been to Quebec City and did not know what to expect in the way of fine dining. We were not just pleasantly surprised, we were bowled over! Restaurant L'Initiale is a marvel. The dining room is tastefully understated. Lead by the extremely knowledgeable and personable co-owner Rolande Leclerc, the staff provided friendly, well-trained, and knowledgeable service. And... More

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Fairhope
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We loved the decor, the service, the somm assistance for delicious wine, and of course the food. All local food, exquisitely prepared in new and different ways. We each tried food we would not have eaten otherwise and loved it all.

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Douglassville, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband and I made our first visit to Quebec City and found this restaurant to be impeccable and superb! From the moment we entered into the building, we were treated as royalty. A lovely drink in the bar prior to dinner really set the mood and relaxed us for what would turn out to be the most incredible meal... More

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Trois-Rivieres, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My wife had made reservation for this restaurant as a surprise for me. We were greeted by the owner, Ms Leclerc, who welcomed us and showed us to a romantic window-side table. All the personnel was as friendly. Her visits to our table were always welcomed, as we felt privileged to being their guest. We enjoyed the dinner tasting menu,... More

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Pickering, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have had the good future to visit this restaurant each year since it opened and every year it has always been excellent. Roger & Bev Driessen

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Wantagh, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here on a recent Friday night. From the moment we arrived.....the door was opened by the hostess before we even had a chance to open it.....you knew this would be a special dinner. You walk through a small lounge area and then enter the dining area which is small but not at all cramped.... More

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Hanover, Virginia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were lucky to dine at L'Initiale on our wedding anniversary. We have never been treated so well by EVERYONE at the restaurant. The food was beyond excellent. The wine we chose ( with friendly help) was perfectly matched for our meal and was delicious. The atmosphere was extraordinary. The management and staff were professional yet warm and friendly. This... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We reserved this restaurant well in advance as we were excited to go to a 5 Diamond restaurant with a tasting menu. We like to treat ourselves to meals like this, every now and then. This was by far the worst restaurant at this level we have visited. For example, we wanted to have the tasting menu, but had a... More

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Restaurant_Initiale, Propriétaire at Restaurant Initiale, responded to this review

We are sorry that the experience you have disapointed. We would have appreciated that you were about your food allergies when booking us. At that time, we would have prepared a personalized tasting menu and respected your allergies, as Chef usually does. Rolande Leclerc Chef Yvan Lebrun More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was great quality!! I been to there 1st day of quebec stay. unfortunately I was sick then I could not done all dinner dishes.. they are really care about me and I was appreciated. few days later I feel better then I visit there again. Food quality is outstanding, wine was perfect! service person is always elegant , intelligent... More

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