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Restaurant Initiale

54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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Overview
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good8%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (65 reviews)
“foie gras” (29 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (14 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Canadian, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££££
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LOCATION
54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

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...More

Thank Caroline F
Reviewed 14 September 2016

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...More

Thank rivertrader46
Reviewed 13 September 2016

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
Reviewed 12 September 2016 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
Reviewed 12 September 2016

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...More

3  Thank RSG-foodie
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Our experience began with a response confirming our reservation from Rolande, whom i didn't realize at the time, was one of the owners of the restaurant. At the time I was planning a great night out to celebrate our parents' 50th wedding anniversary and so...More

1  Thank Worldandback
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The restaurant is beautifully appointed. It has been in business for 26 years and it is understandable why. The chef is creative and nuanced and every meal was perfection. And for sure get the cheese presentation at the end of the meal. The chefs wife...More

1  Thank Liketotravel30
Reviewed 1 September 2016

First, a great location, on a corner in the old port, lower city area, on the way up the hill to the upper city. A dignified and stately entrance, and a quietly and beautifully decorated restaurant, along with well done table settings and very comfortable...More

3  Thank George A
Reviewed 31 August 2016

A disappointment by Relais et Château standards. Because my wife eats no red meat and I eat no seafood, we had absolutely no choice whatsoever of appetizer and entrée. The tasting menu, which would have had to have been shared by both of us, was...More

Thank ProfRT
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Hostess and co-owner Rolande Leclerc invested years to bring elegance and grace to Quebec dining again. If you are looking for a quiet dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere (come casual or dressed-up --- Rolande makes everyone feel comfortable and right at home) with husband...More

1  Thank H K
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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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Lawrence 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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shamrock65
21 August 2016|
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Response from RetiredAnalyst | Reviewed this property |
Through Trip Advisor, I looked at the website for Initiale and learned that they are not open for lunch on Saturdays; just Tuesday through Friday. You may wish to use their online contact form to ask them directly whether... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$87 - US$126
Meals
Dinner
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
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.
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