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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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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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  • 14
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A dining experience for foodies

Restaurant Initiale is a dining experience and was my favorite meal while in Quebec City. Expect to spend 2- 2 1/2 hours at the restaurant. Our Five Course meal was not cheap but each course was truly gourmet. The pairings of some of the ingredients were surprising, yet delicious. Each dish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Bob C
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Restaurant Initiale is a dining experience and was my favorite meal while in Quebec City. Expect to spend 2- 2 1/2 hours at the restaurant. Our Five Course meal was not cheap but each course was truly gourmet. The pairings of some of the ingredients were surprising, yet delicious. Each dish was artistically presented and the service was very professional.... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The food was remarkable. We had the 7+ course tasting menu, I say 7+ because there were so many "extras" through the meal. The variety of tastes and foods was exceptional as was the service. We've eaten at Per Se, 11 Madison, The French Laundry, Gary Danko and many fine restaurants in the US. This could compete and even beat... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

For our vacation we were looking for a fine dining restaurant is located in the heart of Quebec's historic area and Restaurant Initiale fit the bill perfectly! We had read previous reviews and we not disappointed. It was fabulous! We had one of our most wonderful meals ever. The décor is classic,the seating intimate and encompassing. The staff made use... More 

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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Initiale is definitely in a special league. Each course provides a lovely mixture of locally sourced traditional ingredients prepared with a contemporary eye. The staff was friendly and welcoming and I'd have a lot of trouble finding any fault with the service. I wouldn't think twice about recommending it to even the toughest to please. I will remind anyone making... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I was initially pondering whether to have dinner here as the prices were beyond my usual budget. Well, I’m glad my love for great food triumphed over reason; and I can always mend that big hole in my pocket, no? The meal itself was fantastic, and though I could not remember all the ingredients as it was in French, the... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

All the other restaurants in Quebec should be taking lessons from Initiale. We did the chef's tasting with wine pairings and it was a meal we will remember for the rest of our lives. Both the food/wine and the service were incomparable. The absolute best of the best.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The plaudits for Initial tell the story. A calm and elegant restaurant serves a cuisine well grounded in the traditional but comfortable with contemporary tastes. An outstanding staff functions as excellent waiters/sommeliers used to with a touch of amicability and a great sense of tactfulness. What's to be said? Go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My husband and I went for a special dinner and decided it was the best meal we've ever had. Absolutely incredible service, presentation, and food. I can't say enough about this restaurant and it's staff- all went out of their way to make us feel welcome and special. I highly suggest you go to experience it for yourself, and would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I had the opportunity to have a business lunch at Initiale recently. It was a first for me at lunch time. Beautiful place, quiet setting, amazing food and excellent service. At lunch time, a great value !

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Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My husband and I visited Restaurant Initiale for dinner and had a lovely time. We decided to order the 8-course chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings and were not disappointed. Let the service staff know of any food allergies or diet restrictions as you sit down. The chef will tailor his dishes to your preferences without any issues. The... More 

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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  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
Average Prices: USD 37 - 106
Cuisine: European, Canadian

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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 37 - 106
  • Cuisine: European, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions

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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