The reputation of Quebec City as a world-class culinary destination is well established. With several chefs receiving international awards, it can be difficult to choose the one that suits you the most. We therefore offers you a list of the 10 best gastronomic restaurants in Old Quebec.
An inescapable for 35 years now in Quebec City, Quartier Petit Champlain’s scalded restaurant offers unique French Bistro cuisine that combines both classics that have made their reputation and seasonal dishes. Whether it’s simply to have a drink on their huge terrace in the summer or to warm up with a good meal in the winter, L’Échaudé will welcome you with professional service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Crystallized, in pies or confit with a delicious sauce, there are no better places in Quebec to enjoy a rabbit dish than than at Le Lapin Sauté. Either on the terrace in the summer or near the fireplace during winter, for brunch or dinner, you will discover authentic cuisine made with many local products from Quebec.
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River in this Parisian brasserie to taste a varied menu focused on seafood. Its position in the heart of the Old Port of Quebec is also a perfect place to attend events such as like the Loto-Québec Fireworks Competition or the arrival of the world’s largest cruise.
The only restaurant bearing the prestigious “Relais Château” certification in Quebec City, L’Initiale offers a culinary experience of the highest standards in a classic setting worthy of world’s greatest eateries. The establishment has several rooms and lounge that can serve both for groups or to have an aperitif with friends.
Another well-known gourmet destination in Quebec City, due in part to its chef, Daniel Vézina being a judge on popular TV culinary contest “Les Chefs”, Laurie Raphaël will make you live a unique culinary adventure. An evolving menu that is mainly made up of local Quebec products that perfectly combines the French heritage of their culinary education with the traditional dishes of their homeland.
Let’s continue with another very high-end table with the oldest of the great restaurants of Quebec still in operation. A favorite gourmet stop for famous stars such as Sir Paul McCartney and Elton John, the restaurant of world-renowned chef Jean-Luc Boulay houses one of the best wine cellars in the country and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 gourmet restaurants in Canada according to best review website, Tripadvisor.
Quebec’s new born in terms of gourmet cuisine, Ophelia offers a Land and Sea menu of high quality, both for lunch and dinner. A festive atmosphere in a modern decor awaits you in this brand new creation of the Monti family, who also owns Bistro L’Atelier: Tartar and Cocktails.
This list would not be complete without the best Italian restaurant in Quebec, Portofino. Come and enjoy a typical Italian pizza cooked on a wood fire or their authentic prosciutto imported directly from Italy, in a typical Italian bistro setting.
The best typical French cuisine in Quebec, created by the chef Hervé Toussaint and his brigade, the Louis Hébert awaits you with its winter canopy and summer terrace. You will also find a high quality wine cellar that has won several awards, allowing a perfect food and wine pairing!
I am ending this list with a personal crush. Without having the notoriety of the other establishments mentioned above, Bistro sous le fort has nothing to envy to the most-renowned tables of Quebec. A simple menu filled with gourmet and original dishes are offered in an intimate and romantic atmosphere, perfect for a romantic outing.
With this list of the 10 best gastronomic restaurants in Old Quebec, you can boast of having taken full advantage of what Quebec City has to offer in terms of cuisine of all kinds.