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Restaurant Initiale

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European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Woodlands, United States
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hostess and co-owner Rolande Leclerc invested years to bring elegance and grace to Quebec dining again. If you are looking for a quiet dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere (come casual or dressed-up --- Rolande makes everyone feel comfortable and right at home) with husband Yvan's amazing and creative cuisine, this is THE PLACE in Quebec City. Initiale's wine list... More 

Thank H K
Plymouth, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A visit to Quebec City is incomplete without dining at Initiale. My husband and I adored the nine-course tasting menu. Each course stood alone as well as complemented the next. We relished perfectly prepared seafood, including Charlevoix char, Atlantic halibut fillet and roasted scallops. The well-presented veal loin medallion rested on a bed of mini leeks and shitake mushrooms with... More 

Thank JJW1169
Almeria, Spain
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fabulous lunch we had with our friends. We took the lunch menu and it was very creative and tasteful meals. Service really deserve a 5 stars, it is a Relais and Chateaux and it deserve it. The only little hic is the parking, which in Quebec city those days is very difficult but hopefully it will soon be... More 

Thank Caroline P
San Francisco, California
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137 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came here with my husband's parents during a three night stay in Quebec City to celebrate my mother-in-law's 70th birthday. The meal from start to finish was impeccable. Each course was of course beautiful and delicious, but we were particularly struck by the service, which was friendly, warm and professional. At the end, the proprietress brought out a special... More 

Thank ykwriter
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Saturday night and were warmly greeted by Rolande and the outstanding staff. We did the 9 course tasting and every course was perfect. The menu really reflected the season and location. Each plate is so intricately prepared and balanced. Also enjoyed the house cocktail and the preparation of the cheese plate.

Thank David N
Quebec City, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is always an amazing experience to share a gastronomic meal at l'Initiale. The menu is impressive and the quality of the food is exceptional.The staff is professionnal and attentive to our needs.

Thank Francois R
New York City
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114 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb food and atmosphere. Elegant and quiet surroundings, with only a few tables so hard to get reservation. (But try...Luckily we benefited from a cancellation). We did not have tasting menu, which looked amazing, but a la carte choices were all beautifully prepared and presented. Expensive but really worth it; as good as any number of Michelin 3-star restaurants I... More 

Thank TobyNewYorkCity
Miami Beach, Florida
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We, me and my wife, on the 20th of Aug, decided to go for the tasting menu and we didn't regret. The food was just delicious. Every time, we thought we were finishing, more food was coming, then dessert, then another dessert. Every thing was unique in flavor. We also had a great wine, No. 2 Petrus of Gaia, a... More 

Thank Luiz P
New Jersey
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As far as my family and I are concerned, this restaurant should be # 1 period. In the words of my daughter, "The food is AMAZING!!!". We made our reservations a month in advance and Rolande (the owner) was always very prompt and courteous in responding to my emails. Because my daughter is vegetarian, she went out of her way... More 

Thank Drey98
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant Initiale is utterly amazing. The interior of the restaurant is quite elegant and the staff were so friendly and welcoming throughout our time there. At first glance, the menu may not seem very accommodating to vegetarians, but the chefs are clearly more than happy to oblige different dietary needs. When we booked the reservation on their website, I let... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$38 - $107
European, Canadian, French
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City
  • Phone Number: +1 418-694-1818
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?