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Restaurant Initiale

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Menu

Menu with choices, between 20.00 and 28.00
Choice of Starter
Choice of Main Course
Choice of Dessert
TASTING‎
Starting of 39.00
39.00
Two Starters
39.00
One Main Course
39.00
One Dessert
About
Just 3 minutes from the Château Frontenac, in the heart of the Old-Port of Québec, you'll discover gourment cuisine worthy of the greatest tables in the world. Member of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, 5 diamonds AAA/CAA, Gault & Millau.
PRICE RANGE
US$87 - US$124
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
European, French
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Reviews (722)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a Christmas Day dinner and was blown away with a 3 hour 8 course stunning meal. Every plate was a work of art and pleasurable taste. Servicers were always present and helpful. Yes, it cost a good bit of money, but was also the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant Initiale at 54 rue St. Pierre in ‘old Quebec City’ was recommended by a friend who raved about this jewel of culinary surprises. We were met at the door by owner Rolande who has owned the restaurant for close to 20 years. There are...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Peterbregg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service 5/5 is impeccable Food 4/5 is excellent with very good local products - it’s a great tribute to Quebec’s terroir - a special mention for the lobster and guinea fowl mousse which was amazing. We also liked to try the cheeses from the region...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Erik_from_France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If perfection was of this world, this experience would be IT! We had the Degustation menu: every single dish was exquisite: a delicate balance of flavours, colours, and textures. Our 12-year-old tasted almost everything and loved it. Service is impeccable. The ambiance is calm and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank carolineandmichelj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing! There are many restaurants where I feel like I overpay for the quality and service, and some where they act like you eating there is a privilege for you. This is NOT one of those, the service was incredible, they made you feel...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank dpark17
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

We have been to some of the finest restaurants in the world, and Initiale in Quebec is truly among the top three... the superb dining was only exceeded by the graciousness of the hostess Rolande and the extraordinary Culinary Artistry of her husband Yvan... it...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Timkglenn
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Don’t be afraid. It is upscale but not arrogant - instead the food is a true journey of art meets senses and the service is so friendly. what a treat!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank whateverthereis
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Had a fabulous meal and a delightful evening. Service was impeccable and every course was beautiful and delicious.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank royalcity
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Celebrated our 50th anniversary here with the tasting menu. A 10 course delight of exquisitely prepared and presented variety of wonderful tastes. Additional "treats" were also presented throughout the meal. While on the pricy side (you are only married 50 years once) it was well...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank rcharchitect
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Wanted to reserve for dinner but was full, so we opted for lunch and ended up being a good decision. This restaurant is fine dinning, it has everything you want, great food and service. The food is incredible for the eyes, a master piece in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank dtrottier2
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pdar2018
20 May 2018|
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Response from CharlesS442 | Reviewed this property |
No jacket was required during my visit this fall. The restaurant is elegant, customers clothes ranged from dressy casual to more formal with coat and tie. Not the kind of place where you should wear a pair of ratty jeans or... More
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cranesareflying
6 April 2017|
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Response from Dex888 | Reviewed this property |
Vegetarian probably, vegan I doubt it (might be hard to find in Québec City), but I would certainly email them. Good luck. Enjoy your stay ! Cheers
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Larry M
15 September 2016|
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Response from Fred B | Reviewed this property |
You will want to send an email to the restaurant. They're pretty responsive, Lawrence. Fred
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