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Le Clocher Penche Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 1,434 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, European, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
Cross street: Caron
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stopped by this restaurant on a Thursday evening withouth a reservation but they were able to fit us in. The staff was friendly, spoke English well and offered us English menus. I ordered the mini salad and pasta and my wife had the duck gizzard confit and blood sausage. We split half a liter of Bordeaux to accompany the meal. All the food was excellent. The presentation and offerings were unique, which we appreciated. The ambience was very nice. The restaurant is located in an old bank- you can see the old vault behind the kitchen. Overall, this was one of the most unique and enjoyable dining experiences we've ever had. We would highly recommend it.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Rabe
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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“excellent food”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We eat out frequently and the food at this restaurant was among the best we have eaten - including at some high priced Toronto and Montreal restaurants. /very busy but great service and everything we ordered was superb

Visited October 2012
Thank aryono
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A nice surprise!”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Behind the old French cafe look, you'll find a little gem!
No luxury or fuss here. Just perfect and amazing cuisine.
Parking is a problem but definitively worth the visit.
Will please even the most difficult of you.
A must.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank QuebecDeltaLima
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Quaint cafe with a French feel”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch at this cafe. The food was beautifully displayed such that I had to take pictures of the dishes. The quality and food tastes matched the beauty. Although the restaurant was crowded and noisy, this did not distract from the excellent food and service. The risotto dish and the lamb dish were excellent. Great attention to detail.

Thank Wiliam B
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Almost Perfect”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We chose this restaurant for my wife's 50th birthday dinner based on all the great reviews and were very pleased with the experience. It is in the very cool up and coming St. Joseph street area (be sure to give yourself time to explore the street including Nektar coffee shop and the fantastic bakery nearby).

I had made a reservation for 7:15 on a Thursday night and told them it was her birthday - when we arrived it was filled with people and the welcoming buzz of animated conversation. We were shown to a very special table in the corner near the window - a thoughtful birthday touch! The waitress was extremely nice and attentive and greeted us with a "Happy Birthday" - onto the food - overall very inventive, fresh, local, seasonal, beautiful and delicious. Appetizers: I had the white beet soup garnished with chanterelle lobster and lime - a simple an lovely presentation with creamy yet light and clean flavor. She enjoyed a crisp salad of mixed greens, red and green apples, grapes, and macadamia nuts. Main Course: We enjoyed "La Cocotte Pour Deux Personnes" - a "rabble bistro dish served in a terracotta pot on the table. The dish included rabbit, smoked sausage slices, and thick cuts of side bacon, baked with carrots, small potatoes and sauerkraut. Perfect old country bistro fare - the aroma filled the air as we lifted the heavy lid on the pot and filled our plates with traditional hearty french comfort food. Needless to say the combination was satisfying and tasty. However this is where the "almost" meets up with the perfect... although the dish was fantastic, the mix was a bit off - there was a reasonable amount of meat, but way too much sauerkraut and not enough vegetables - and the dish cost $50.00, so for that investment I expected perfection. That aside, it was fun to share and the waitress enthusiastically noted that the dish changes with the seasons. Deserts: now, we are back to perfect - I had the fresh homemade soft cheese with maple syrup and strawberries - the cheese is made in-house and reminded me of a combination of yogurt and ricotta or marscapone - the maple syrup is served in a tall cordial/shot glass - the dish was inventive and perfect for the fall season. She enjoyed the Sugar Pie - apparently a local favorite - bit Clocher Penche's version is off the charts amazing - it is a simple recipe of sugar and cream baked into a tart, beautifully served with vanilla semifreddo and those cool little orange berries that have a paper-like outer shell - the chef flared up the paper-like exterior so it looked like a flower, the color perfectly matching that of the tart - the mild tartness of the berries complimented the sweet crunchy creamy tart - and it was served with a sparkler - another fun and thoughtful nod for her birthday!
This place is very popular and successful and didn't have to do all the extras they did for her birthday so it made it very special and memorable. Go - and bon appetit!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank BradWisconsin
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