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“A true hidden gem - Bravo!”
Review of La Gueule de Bois

La Gueule de Bois
Ranked #16 of 1,528 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$19
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Local food, local crowd. Amazing food, nice wines, out of beaten track.
Reviewed 20 October 2013

How does one relatively new restaurant distinguish itself from a fierce competition in the well-established bastion of “French haute cuisine” which is Old Quebec City? Value, Value and in case I forgot to mention it: Value!
Inconspicuously located among late night Hairdresser AND Jazz Saloons (Yes, in this part of the world, it seems that you may enjoy both a haircut and your favorite live music with no need to switch locations or even chairs), La Gueule de Bois presents itself at first as a small unpretentious popular eatery with a modest rather sober interior décor behind a simple street front. The feeling that you are in for a “nothing really special” kind of meal continues as you are presented with a relatively small one page menu. One quickly realizes that the effective choices are actually much less than listed as several appetizers and main dishes share in fact the same main chief ingredients. We ordered our picks a bit skeptical about our decision to dine there in the first place. So far, we were only encouraged by the fact that the place had excellent web reviews and the hosts were friendly and attentive.
Everything changed the moment the appetizers arrived. There was no more question that we were in for a very special treat. I had the “bison gravlax” (no, it had no salmon =lax, but rather the bison meat was prepared “the gravlax way”; we were lucky to have among us two genuine experts from Sweden who set the score straight). Beside the lost translation, the dish was absolutely outstanding. And so were the Sweetbreads main dish as well as the Pudding desert. My companions were equally highly impressed by their respective choices. The “Ohhhhs! and the “Ahhhhs!” expressions of ecstasy kept coming out from around the table throughout the meal.
In the end there was no more question that we have just experienced “haute cuisine greatness”. By focusing on a few top quality key ingredients combined with the unique talents of an excellent chef (and her two partners that provide an outstanding and effective service), “La Gueule de Bois” offers you a unique high end dining experience without any glitter nevertheless, with plenty of value and lasting satisfaction. Highly recommended!

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1  Thank Tony N
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Fantastic dining experience. The food is incredible the service is very friendly and make you feel so welcome. This place is quaint and off the beaten path which we love but my husband and I would definitely recommend this place. We wish we had found it the night before so we could have eaten there twice.

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Thank kcronkite
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

No fancy attire needed here. Food and service were excellent. Prices were average to high: Appetizers- $6+, Entrees $16-$27.

Chowder w/ Mussels, Black Pudding w/ Scallops, Stuffed Calamari, Risotto, Swordfish were all great meals.

Only downside was we had to wait 40 minutes for a table for 4. This was at 2100 on a Friday night.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

A waiter at another very good restaurant named this one after we asked him for recommendations. It is located in a small storefront with little curb appeal but the offerings are incredibly delicious. We ordered an amuse bouche of rillettes and for appetizers gazpacho and mussel chowder. For our main courses we ordered the swordfish and the venison skirt steak. Every dish was absolutely delectable and the presentation impeccable. The interior of the restaurant is new and very minimal in décor. The only negative was that once the place filled up the noise level became quite loud. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food. If you are in Quebec City do not miss this restaurant. It is definitely a winner.

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1  Thank rosahong
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

I visited Quebec City with colleagues for a conference. Most of the paces we'd eaten before here were very bland. We found this restaurant through Trip Advisor and were thankful we did. The host (possibly the manager) was really friendly and helpful; the wine was tasty; the food was amazing and different (black pudding, swordfish and sweetbreads as mains). The atmosphere was quite lively but relaxed. And more importantly, the rices were reasonable; possibly better than reasonable considering the quality of the food and service.

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1  Thank Angelique B
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maude b, Owner at La Gueule de Bois, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Thanks for your review!
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