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“Beautifully prepared and delicious dishes.”

Restaurant Initiale
Ranked #2 of 1,511 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$88 - US$128
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Went with a large group and sat in the private room. The setup of the restaurant is strange, it is confusing navigating between rooms and to the bathrooms. We had the $89 set menu, I ordered the sirloin beef with oysters and celery, the breast of duckling with cauliflower with thyme and the pear dessert with chocolate and flan. All were delicious and beautifully displayed. Service was excellent as was the food. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Impeccable service, private rooms, sommelier advice, tasty food, beautiful presentation... at a fair price for lunch!

I was very impressed. I will go back for sure.

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is a gourmet fine dining restaurant with small portions but some very tasty servings. The freshly prepared vegetable and fruit plates were excellent. The main courses were primarily centered around pork and duck which were quite good. A tasting menu is also available, along with a la carte or two prix fixe menus. The local cocktail and wine offerings are also wonderful.

The service here was very good. Formal yet friendly. The servers had great food knowledge and were just quite nice. The meal seemed to move along quickly for a gourmet restaurant. The ambience was quite nice, sort of a comfy yet formal dining room bathed in golden light from the candles.

We dressed up a bit but others were in quite casual wear so don't expect to have to dress up. This appeared to be a local favorite spot for some.

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

My wife and I had a great dinner at Restaurant Initiale while spending a quick visit to Quebec. The restaurant was really really good although expensive. It was not hard to spend $150 per person at this restaurant when you include a bottle of wine and a drink. The food is served in small portions and we were questioning what was going on but by the time we were finished, we were quite sated. The small portions of extremely fresh food made you taste each morsel and savor each item that you were tasting which was a lot of fun. I had the flounder which was by far, the best tasting flounder that I have ever had. The wait staff was superb and extremely attentive and we had a wonderful conversation with the Chef's wife who also served as the hostess. We mentioned that we were on a trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary and they really helped us make it special. My only complaint was the decor in the dinning room which was very plain and seems like it could use a bit more atmosphere.

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

I can count on one hand the best meals I've ever had and we have eaten in some exceptional restaurants all over the world. This was a real surprise. From the outside it certainly doesn't look anything special and even the interior was nothing to shout about but the food was incredibly good. The service was exceptional. Attentive without being over fussy, helpful but not pushy discreet and above all they clearly knew what they were doing!
A real gem in a city full of eating places.

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Thank Erylis
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