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Restaurant Initiale

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European, Canadian, French
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was so tasty with the prompt one provided, and it's very cleaned with good environment, we had so wonderful mealtime with Family here. Moreover all waiter and waitress were very helpful they can anticipate what we want. Thank you for your served! Definitely be back at once to experience once again.!

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Indiana, PA
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled in to this restaurant on a rainy afternoon in QC!!! We were in shorts and were a bit concerned this was to pricey and as we walked in a customer told us how wonderful this restaurant was! My husband was in as he was starved. From the second we walked in with our soaked umbrellas they couldn't have been... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This could not have been any better. Rolande and Yvan combined to give us and Exceptional culinary experience. We did the chefs tasting and every course was excellent. The foie gras was to die for and I believe that every meal from now on should have an after desert course. I don't know how this restaurant is #2 in Quebec,... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well prepared classic cuisine, attractively presented but dear. This is a place for a special evening. Service is cordial but not prompt.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 diamond awarded dining lived up to the reputation, although unfortunately we found the service and atmosphere too pretentious for our liking but know that this is what some diners are after. The service, whilst friendly, was just a bit awkward and we felt overwhelmed with a different server for table seating, water pouring, menu explanation, wine, ordering, food delivery,... More 

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Schroon Lake, New York, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a refined presentation with a modern setting and menu, Restaurant Initiale will not disappoint. Located just a block away from Auberge St Antoine, this very popular destination spins classic French ingredients with updated modernist techniques to produce an evening’s worth of surprises. Tasting menus are offered in five or seven course presentations, in addition to an a la carte... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not quite sure how this restaurant is not number one yet here on TA. It deserves to be. And I predict that it will be soon enough. Everything about my experience at Restaurant Initiale screams decadence. The food is exceptional. The location and ambiance are quiet. And the service, well, the service rivals any top michelin star rated restaurant... More 

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us dined at this wonderful restaurant to celebrate my birthday. It was an amazing experience I would recommend to anyone who appreciates quality, ambience and satisfaction. You will be pampered from start to finish and feel nothing but ease of being a friend to an owner. I will not describe the dishes, as I want every person to... More 

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Waterford, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us had a wonderful dining experience here during our visit to Quebec City. With a little notice, the chef was able (and happy) to accommodate my husband’s and my vegan diet. Every course was fresh and bursting with flavor. Our friends, who eat meat and seafood, thoroughly enjoyed their meals as well. The taste and quality of the... More 

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Mountain View, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was executed impeccably, from seating us to serving each course, refilling water and bread, refolding our napkins if we left the table, and the little present they gave us on our departure. As for the food, it was very meticulously and artistically presented on beautiful plates. The dishes that stood out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$37 - $106
Cuisine
European, Canadian, French
Meals
Dinner
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
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
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?