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Restaurant Initiale

54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A1, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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Ranked #3 of 1,207 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $112
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
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The service we received at Restaurant Initiale was very professional, prompt, and polite (alliteration not intended...). From the moment we stepped in the door and they took our coats, the service was impeccable, save for a few waits here and there. We were very pleased and full by the end of the eclectic tasting menu we had selected, and enjoyed... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

L'Initiale was our choice for a Boxing Day couples dinner during a getaway to Quebec City. The experience was "class" all around starting with the reservation right through to dessert. We arrived and were greeted personally by one of the Owners. The décor is simple giving a nice atmosphere to concentrate on the culinary experience ahead of us. The menu... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

On a short visit to Quebec City, we had multiple options for fine dining. The reviews and instinct pointed me to this establishment, co-owned by a husband and wife team for nearly 25 years. The service was impeccable from start to finish. The proprietress herself explained the menu to us and checked in throughout the evening. We were not pushed... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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 reviews 5 reviews
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
1 review
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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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 40 - 112

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