Yes Le Continental specializes in the art of fine, traditional dining. The waiters are in white jackets, the décor in a grand 19th century home is warm and romantic, they prepare your Caesar's salad at the Table, and they serve an acceptable Chateaubriand for two, even though the side vegetables were nothing special. But as my wife commented when we were half way through the meal, she could prepare the same thing at home for a whole lot less many. The restaurant is basically OK but it certainly doesn’t deserve a ranking of # 2 on Trip Advisor in a place like Quebec City with so many other options where they serve wonderful gastronomy that you can’t easily cook at home no matter how good a chef you might be. We had eaten the previous evening at ‘Panache’; indulging in the ten course tasting menu. Now that’s gastronomy! The flavors you experience in every dish are amazing. Panache has hipper and trendier décor but also very romantic. And when we asked about a wine we could enjoy for less than a 100 dollars, their sommelier picked one fine wine for us! They don’t have a sommelier at Le Continental, only friendly waiters. So why is Panache ranked # 17 on Trip Advisor. Let’s be fair dear fellow reviewers. A restaurant has to serve more than just good traditional dining for lots of money to be ranked so high. It should give you an eating experience you can’t easily replicate at home!!
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