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Trip List by northerndecorator

My favorite restaurants in Quebec City.

Aug 28, 2006  We have had the pleasure of dining in many restaurants in Quebec City, over the past several years. I have narrowed down my favorites from our most recent trips to Quebec City. The restaurants are not listed in order of preference. And the restaurants are not necessarily the best restaurants by everyone's standards, this is a list of the restaurants I happen to prefer.
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A list of restaurants from the ultra chic to a casual pizza place. Note -Although this list was initially submitted in 2006 it has been updated in 2010.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Quebec City
  • Category: Best of
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Panache

    If you would like a place to dine for a special evening out where you are treated like royalty, where the ambience is perfect, where the chairs are comfortable, where the view is lovely and most importantly where the food is more than above average, then Panache is the place for you. I would give my highest recommendations to this very romantic, chic and charming restaurant. This was our first time at Panache, and it certainly will be on our agenda for our next trip to Quebec City.

  • 2. Toast!

    Toast! is a small, quaint restaurant with exceptional service and food. The decor is mostly all in red, which may sound a bit much, but it isn't and somehow you forget you are surrounded by almost everything in red and actually feel like you are in a subdued environment. We make a point of reserving a table at Toast! every time we visit Quebec City as every single dish we have tried there is delicious!

  • 3. Le Patriarche

    Another one of our favorite restaurants, is Le Patriarche. The ambience in this restaurant makes you feel like it is 100 years ago. It is difficult to describe, however if you dine here you will know what I mean. It is very quiet and romantic with great food, exceptional presentation and first class service.

  • 4. L'echaude

    L'echaude is one of the very first restaurants we went to in Quebec City, when we originally started to vacation here... so we feel a little attachment to it.. . The restaurant is in a very lovely area, surrounded by many boutiques, art shops and antique stores. The restaurant itself is small, relaxing and romantic. The decor is quite simple, yet it comes across as elegant. Normally the food is quite good,, but I have to say the last time we had dinner there it was a little disappointing. I will give it another chance and hopefully it will be as great as we thought it was, otherwise I may have to remove it from this list.

  • 5. Le Cochon Dingue

    Le Cochon Dingue is a fairly casual restaurant. The food and service we experienced were both good. I am not a big meat eater, but I do have to say their ribs were very tasty. It is not a quiet restaurant by any means, and not a place I would recommend for a special occasion or romantic date. However, after saying that I will also say it was perfect for us the night we were out shopping around and we were a bit pressed for time, and did not want to have a leisurely dinner. The prices were very reasonable, and we will be going back to this restaurant also. There is also this same restaurant at other locations in and around the city. The one we ate at a few weeks ago was on Maguire Ave. in Sillery.

  • 6. La Piazzetta

    We ate at La Piazzetta a few times when we just wanted to have a quick bite. I was very impressed with the quality of the pizzas and vegetable rolls. They also made a great salad with maple syrup dressing, which was amazing!! I had never tried maple syrup dressing before, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. We even purchased some at the restaurant to bring home with us, and we are still presently enjoying it. One night when we didn't feel like going out we brought in the pizzas to our room, and really enjoyed their take-out as well. The restaurant itself has a casual setting, but it is definitely a step up from most of the pizza places I have been to. The service was excellent, and prices very reasonable. The link shows their locations throughout the city. We will be returning here without a shred of doubt.

  • 7. Charbon

    This steakhouse at the Quebec City Train Station is amazing. The food here is excellent, the ambience was perfect and the service outstanding. The steaks are in a display case and you can pick your own if you wish. There is an open style grill and you can even watch the chefs cooking. I am not a big meat eater, but I have to admit the ribs here are the best ribs I have ever had in my entire life. It seems many locals dine here, in fact we found out about Charbon originally due to a few people who live in Quebec City suggesting we try it. I also want to mention that they have a great glutin free dessert here. I would highly recommend this restaurant for couples...it is quite romantic but it works well for families also.

  • 8. Le 48 Cuisine Monde

    This is a lovely little restaurant directly across the street from the Hotel Dominion 1912. In the winter it has a cozy and romantic atmosphere. I really enjoy the comfortable leather chairs. In the summer as well as dining inside they have a great little patio. Service is friendly and and everyone we came in contact with was very nice. We really enjoyed our dinners, everything was fresh and tasty. I am looking forward to going back at some point. The address is 48 Rue Saint-Paul and telephone is 418-694-4448

  • 9. Aux Anciens Canadiens

    Located at 34 Rue Saint-Louis, Aux Ancienes Canadiens is in a great spot, very easy to get to. This restaurant has it all. The location as I mentioned, the structure itself is super interesting, said to be the oldest building in Canada, the food is true French Canadien cuisine, the service is excellent and the ambience perfect for the type of restaurant it is. This restaurant does stand apart from others because of all those factors. There are several different choices and combinations you can try depending on how many courses you wish your dinner to be. The staff is very helpful explaining everything to you and making suggestions on what they think you would like. Everything we ate here was absolutely delicious. They start off dinner by bringing several types of homemade hot breads to your table from there it just keeps getting better. There are nice little touches like leaving the soup terrine at your table, allowing you to serve your own soup and have a second bowl if you wish. I wouldn't recommend that though as there is so much more food to come and you want to be able to walk out of the restaurant as compared to be wheeled out from being so stuffed! The salad dressing is so tasty, we had our choice between fresh cream and chives dressing or maple syrup dressing...so I ordered the cream and my husband ordered the maple syrup, that way we were able to sample each other's dressing and they were both amazing. The baked beans comes in a crispy little tart, the meat pie is perfect just the right amount of spices and the list just goes on and on. Dessert was a huge piece of maple syrup pie, too big to even finish. One word of caution if you are going to dine at Aux Ancienes Canadien, have a very light breakfast and lunch. Oh yes if you are watching your weight stay as far away from this place as you can!

  • 10. Bistro Les Bossus

    A little off the beaten path, is a little restaurant we just happened by called Bistro Les Bossus. It is a lovely restaurant with great food and ambience. The staff were friendly to us and we had no complaints about the service. I would especially recommend the frittes, they were very tasty. We found the prices in this restaurant to be reasonable. Also, the area is quite nice, there are lots of interesting little shops on the street. It doesn't appear they have a website, but you can find a little information and a few pictures on this website.

  • 11. Restaurant du Musée

    The Restaurant du Musée, is located inside the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. When we were in Quebec City for Christmas, we had the most wonderful lunch at the Restaurant du Musée. We happened to be at the museum to see a Paris exhibit, and we just couldn't resist the restaurant when we walked by and noticed how beautiful it was. I think this is probably one of the most underrated restaurants in Quebec City. We had never heard anything about this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised at the entire experience. First of all the setting itself is gorgeous, very chic and sophisticated. yet warm and inviting at the same time. The table was perfect with lovely china and cutlery and the view of Battlefields Park was a bonus. There were great pieces of art on the walls and the overall ambience was just lovely. The service was excellent and the food was exceptionally good. I had a fava bean salad and it was absolutely delicious as was everything else we ordered. We will most definitely be going back to this restaurant our next visit to Quebec City. The website has directions on how to get there, and if you don't have a car you can take a city bus. It is about 15 minutes from Old Quebec. Even if you are not planning on going to the museum, it is very worth it just for the restaurant! Although, I would highly recommend the museum also, it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

  • 12. Le Champlain Restaurant
    Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec

    We had the pleasure of dining at the Champlain for the first time in August of 2009. The restaurant was amazing. The atmosphere was lovely, very relaxing. The service was excellent, first class all the way. We were there for at least two hours so we had several courses, and every single thing we ate was delicious. I can't believe we have been going to Quebec City for so many years, and it was the first time we ate here. We are really looking forward to going back on our next trip!

  • 13. Le Parlementaire Restaurant
    Le Parlementaire, Quebec City, Quebec

    I have heard about this restaurant for years, and we finally made it there when we were in Quebec City, August 2009. Our friend from Quebec City, actually suggested we meet there for lunch and it was one of the best lunches I have had anywhere. The restaurant itself is very relaxing, and charming and has a very historical feel to it, which only makes sense considering how long it has been there. The service was perfection and I can still taste the food. Many of the dishes had maple syrup in it, even the meat dish I ordered and it was so tasty. You can tell so much thought and effort had gone into the food preparation. It is one restaurant I can't wait to go back to. If you do plan to have breakfast or lunch here (dinner is not served here) I would highly recommend you make reservations and you will also need a photo i.d. to get through security. I think this is my favourite new restaurant in Quebec City!