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“excellent food and a ride home by the chef”
Review of Le Patriarche - CLOSED

Le Patriarche
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
Cross street: Saint Jean
Description: Nestled in the heart of Old Quebec near the Saint-Jean Gate, with its 4 diamonds,the Patriarche beckons with its intimate setting and the refined decor of a beautiful, circa 1827 stone house. Inside, you'll discover that good things come in threes, as executive chef Stephane Roth shares his creativity with his celebrated "trilogies from the terroir"
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We saw their little sign on the main street and were intrigued by their concept. We got a nice table upstairs by the window, in a very cozy and romantic setting. The service was perfect, attentive but not intrusive. We took their five course meals and were very happy with that choice. They food was very creative, prepared with a lot of attention to detail. We also went for matching wines for $45, also a good choice apart from my strawberry wine that came with the "to die from chocolate" dessert. Overall, a wonderful but expensive evening out, yet with such food and a team of 16 people behind it the bill was reasonable. It was raining cats and dogs at the end of our meal and there was no taxi available, so the owner himself drove us back to our hotel. A wonderful end to a great evening. If we make it back to Quebec, then for sure again to this place.

Thank SteveZug
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We were prepared to spend $250+ on dinner until we asked to change the soup selection on the prix fixe menu (for a cheaper soup) The server's response: We cannot do that!

This arrogant, inflexible attitude sent us off to another high-end restaurant in Quebec City, Initiale, which turned out to be a fantastic meal with superb, accommodating service. And, whereas Le Patriarche had only one server, there were 6 servers at Initiale, another small place.

A great restaurant has to have more than great food. It must offer great service and an appreciation of its customers. If changing consomme to pea soup is "impossible," they really need to adjust their self-important attitude.

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Thank travelmavensny
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

The chef has decided to do everything in threes. So, for example, if you get the lamb plate as your main course (as I did), you get lamb prepared three ways on your plate. While it might seem as though he has over-intellectualized his approach, it really works very well.

The food itself was excellent. I wish I knew how he made those little bubbles of tomato that came on my tomato salad appetizer. They seemed to be held together by nothing more than surface tension. My wife and I both ordered from the choice of three complete dinners, though a la carte dining was also available. Every component of both of our dinners was very good.

The service was also extraordinary. Our server's fluency in both English and French was very impressive, and her poise and refined manner were in contrast to the standard that, unfortunately, is now common even in many highly-rated restaurants.

One caveat: the portions are of a size that is often lampooned by those who prefer big portions of stolid food to smaller portions of refined food. But when you're eating five courses, how big do you really want your portions to be?

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Thank WandererOnTheRoad
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We love wonderful food and it is hard to make us stop and say WOW, but this restaurant exceeded all of our expectations on every level. The food, presentation, creativity, and ambience were exceptional. The service was impeccable and the restaurant itself was beautiful. Yes, it was pricey, but for a 3+ hr dinner of this caliber, it was well worth it. Very highly recommended.

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1  Thank klsrd
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Absolutely worth it place. Expensive but amazing. The food was wallah! And the service was extraordinary. You cannot miss this restaurant if you ever visit Quebec City!!

Thank SharmaAparna
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