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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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Today
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Perfect experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Katherine K
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Quebec, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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226 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Quebec, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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Quebec City, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I shared a St Valentines dinner at L'Initiale in Quebec : probably the finest gourmet cuisine we had in many years, and certainly the best in Quebec city. It is, without hesitation, to be compared to a 1 or 2 Michelin stars tables in France. We had a 6 course meal, full of savours and imagination. Service... More 

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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you are in search of a restaurant with excellent food and service, this restaurant would be perfect. If you are looking for a bright environment where you don't need to turn on the flashlight function of your phone to read the menu, this would also be a great choice. Like everyone has mentioned so far, the ambiance is a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Good services , good food , I had a very good evening , well done, good wine list pricing are good , can be 50$ up to very expensive bottle of wine

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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
Senior Contributor
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
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Senior Contributor
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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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 39 - 112

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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
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

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