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Restaurant Initiale

Certificate of Excellence
European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ingatestone, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What can I say about a non-pretentious Resturant owned by a husband and wife of such an incredibly professional and magnificent establishment . The fois gras was beyond doubt best of its kind anywhere in the world - seared to perfection with crystal salts - amazing . The dishes including many un-expecting and incredibly delicious surprises make this place an... More 

Thank Tony_O612466
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved this restaurant. Every part of the service and the meal was unique and so well executed. This restaurant has been in business for several decades and it shows in every nuance. The meal was a journey of wonderful tastes of fresh and wonderful produce. The service and food are well worth a visit to this wonderful restaurant.

Thank SnowWhite5
Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

From the greeting to the goodbye it was heaven. We chose the first seating so we would have the best experience. We went with the chef tasting menu and sommelier (chef and sommelier are the owners) and we were wowed with the creative pairings and stunning presentation of dishes. Expensive, but worth it. A real treat. Loved the little gift... More 

Thank Michele D
Port Hope, Canada
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are times when one may have heard great things about a restaurant, and that after awhile one builds such an image of what it will be like, that when one goes there, no restaurant could live up to what one created with one’s imagination. That is not the case with the Restaurant Initiale. Upon approaching the double doors at... More 

Thank Robert P
Fort Collins, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On September 1, 2016 my wife and I, along with our two best friends had the extreme pleasure of dining at Restaurant Initiale, to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I wanted it to be a special evening that we would never forget, and it was! The entire evening was absolutely PERFECT !!! From the moment we were greeted at the... More 

Thank Chef-Thom
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
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26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant for the first time for our 1st anniversary. The food was of course delicious, every bite makes you want to say Yumm. But what made it even more enjoyable was the perfect timing of every single thing : from the moment you open the front door, passing by every plates you get,... More 

Thank Caroline F
Rocky River, Ohio
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163 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this restaurant during a recent trip to Quebec. We expected a top level dining experience based on the reviews in TA and that is what we got. We opted for the nine course tasting menu which took more than three hours but was a worthwhile investment in time. Each dish was a taste sensation but the foie gras... More 

Thank rivertrader46
Tel Aviv, Israel
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is nice, service is trying too hard, and when you finally manage to find some food on your plate it is even tasty. We don't expect overflowing plates, but here you have to look for the dishes with a magnifying glass. Pity.

Thank Lolik62
Quebec City, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is art in your plate at every service and a symphony of flavours in your mouth at every bite. It's expensive and totally worth it.

Thank Jean-Christophe C
Western MA
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147 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very upscale restaurant and everything is done to perfection without being overly stuffy. Jackets are not required, but I'd suggest a collared shirt and khaki slacks as minimum dress. The restaurant is located in a quiet area in the old port area with plenty of on street parking (metered) available. The interior is contemporary with clean lines... 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 - $106
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?