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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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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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  • 13
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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
Exquisite food and service

Initial belongs to the Relais et Chateau group and typifies their high class of food, ambience, and service. It is a quiet, nicely appointed restaurant with superb food, and exquisite service and attention. Hostess is wonderfully pleasant and well informed about the food preparation. It's very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
richard_baringer
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Initial belongs to the Relais et Chateau group and typifies their high class of food, ambience, and service. It is a quiet, nicely appointed restaurant with superb food, and exquisite service and attention. Hostess is wonderfully pleasant and well informed about the food preparation. It's very expensive, but for a celebration, well worth the price. One of the nicest restaurants... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Just a note to champion all the rave reviews that have been written about L'initiate. I can't express it any better than what's already been said, but can't resist adding my own thoughts. L'initiate is situated in one of the most charming sections of the city, quiet and secluded, away from the hustle and bustle of tourist. The slow stroll... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent creative meals prepared by a truly dedicated chef/owner coupled to an elegant and quiet atmosphere. First class service. This restaurant fully deserves its 5 crown rating with AAA and the Relais et Chateaux. A must for discriminating connoisseurs.

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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We had an incredible meal here. Every detail was perfect from the entrance to the desert. Roland took such good care of us! The service is excellent. We loved the space. It is modern and beautiful. The food is of the highest quality from start to finish. Do not miss an opportunity to dine here!

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United States
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate at Initiale the other day and were very excited to actually try it after reading many reviews about it. As with any very fine dining restaurant the decor and staff were beyond impeccable. Our wait staff took great to care to make sure the menu was in line with any dietary restrictions. We ended up... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was our second visit to Initiale after a 4 year abscence from Quebec City. The food is among the best we have ever eaten, certainly comparable to what you will find at a top quality resto in France. The staff are very attentive without being annoying - watching the choreography of waiters, sommelier, manager, etc. is quite wonderful. Expensive... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

So, this was not cheap. Dinner was extraordinary - five courses of spectacular, local food. Red Tuna, beef, lobster, and deserts to die for. Top notch gourmet, in an elegant (but surprisingly modern) space with only about 10 tables. Personal service from the owner, a sommelier, and detailed explanations from very smooth wait staff. Cost was $350 (CAD), including tip... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We dined at Restaurant Initiale on our anniversary and had a truly enjoyable time. A quaint little restaurant in lower Quebec, the modern décor and elegant finishes complimented the savory dining experience. We had the 5-course menu and must give our compliments to Chef Lebrun as each course was delectable (we particularly enoyed the foie de gras and the cheese... More 

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London, On
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My wife had the Lobster tail cooked in infusion and the a second starter as her main - the seared foie gras. She found both excellent. I started with the foie gras and had the lamb as my main. As there were three of us at the meal we split the Quebec Cheeses for desert choosing 4 to sample. The... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My husband and I booked a reservation here on June 5th to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We have never been here, and we really wanted some place special to celebrate. My husbands work requires him to be away a lot, so quite often we miss spending important life events together. After getting a few recommendations and checking out 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 39 - 111
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 39 - 111
  • Cuisine: European, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, 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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