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“Elegant dining”

Restaurant Initiale
Ranked #2 of 1,483 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$87 - US$127
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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 19 August 2014

We had never been to Quebec City and did not know what to expect in the way of fine dining. We were not just pleasantly surprised, we were bowled over! Restaurant L'Initiale is a marvel. The dining room is tastefully understated. Lead by the extremely knowledgeable and personable co-owner Rolande Leclerc, the staff provided friendly, well-trained, and knowledgeable service. And the food - c'est magnifique! Chef Yvan Lebrun's tasting menu, created from local products and artisans, was a parade of delights. And thanks to Isabelle, the sommelier, for her well-thought out pairings and her explanations of each wine. This was a night to remember in a vacation to remember. Should we be fortunate enough to return to Quebec, Restaurant L'Initiale will be our first stop.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We loved the decor, the service, the somm assistance for delicious wine, and of course the food. All local food, exquisitely prepared in new and different ways. We each tried food we would not have eaten otherwise and loved it all.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

My husband and I made our first visit to Quebec City and found this restaurant to be impeccable and superb! From the moment we entered into the building, we were treated as royalty. A lovely drink in the bar prior to dinner really set the mood and relaxed us for what would turn out to be the most incredible meal either of us has ever experienced. The staff was attentive and the owner and chef made sure every nuance of our experience was perfect! Suffering from a food allergy is always difficult, but no worries here. The chef prepared each course of the Grand Menu with the Wine Tasting with special care and detail, it made it a much more enjoyable experience. The Sommelier did a wonderful job...I wish I could take her with me everywhere so that I got the best selections available. I would suggest eating here at any chance you get and will make sure the next visit we have to the area, includes another stop this gem, quietly tucked away on the beautiful streets of Quebec City.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

My wife had made reservation for this restaurant as a surprise for me. We were greeted by the owner, Ms Leclerc, who welcomed us and showed us to a romantic window-side table. All the personnel was as friendly. Her visits to our table were always welcomed, as we felt privileged to being their guest. We enjoyed the dinner tasting menu, each dish a wonderful surprise. The originality, the flavours and attention to details was remarkable. Some items we had never seen before, but can't wait to try again. Kudos to chef Lebrun and his team. The wine pairing was great, Isabelle, the sommelier, cheerfully chose greats wines in consideration with our preferences. Overall, a great experience. We will definitely make reservations on our next trip to Quebec City!
C.& J. Ross

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We have had the good future to visit this restaurant each year since it opened and every year it has always been excellent. Roger & Bev Driessen

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