Québec City at its Best

7 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Old Québec

Credit: François Gamache

One of the best reasons to visit Québec City is its incredible restaurants! Here is a selection of unique, and mostly chef-owned establishments, which I believe give Québec City its distinctive gourmet character. 

Chez Muffy of l’Auberge Saint-Antoine

A narration of the past through a contemporary masterpiece

Chez Muffy Credit: Chez Muffy Zoom

Chez Muffy is the home of a creative cuisine. The chef composes flavourful melodies with Old World European techniques, using local flavours handpicked from the restaurant’s garden on Île d’Orléans. The modern décor contrasts in beauty and in style with the 19th century maritime warehouse it sits in.

Chez Muffy
Auberge Saint-Antoine
8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec City, G1K 4C9

Restaurant Laurie Raphaël

Where theatre meets fine dining

Restaurant Laurie Raphaël Zoom

Chef Raphaël Vézina orchestrates a deeply structured experience in the form of acts where theatre-like symphonies of flavours of Québec’s terroir succeed one another. The Laurie Raphaël offers a truly unique, subversive encounter with food, which has taken me on a highway of pleasures for the eyes and palate. Every service reveals familiar flavours in a deconstructed presentation that sometimes leave only taste as a reference. A cuisine inspired by family travels, trends and techniques where almost every ingredient is used from the root to the leaf.

Laurie Raphaël
117 rue Dalhousie, Quebec City, G1K 9C8

Restaurant Initiale, Relais & Châteaux

Québec’s most distinguished culinary experience

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Located in the Old Port, chef Yvan Lebrun’s cuisine is beyond exquisite. Restaurant Initiale is a small 40-seat sombre-chic venue that reflects the cradle of French America it sits on: gastronomic and contemporary. The Initiale’s cuisine is composed in finesse and harmonized through nature’s divine perfumes. The fir hollandaise, scallops and sweetbreads are the perfect example. If you open your heart to chef Lebrun’s creativity, you could be moved to tears. I have. 

Restaurant Initiale
54, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec City, G1K 4A1

Restaurant Champlain of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

The playground of one of Canada’s most brilliant chefs

Restaurant Champlain Zoom

Chef Stéphane Modat’s cuisine is contemporary art synthesized amid some worldly inspirations: Asian, Indo-European, and South American. The result: expressive food art assembled as highly seductive dishes. His architectural passion for flavours is featured in a carefully selected blend of local flavours and ingredients that harmonize with daring presentations. I recommend you to enjoy an adventurous feast under the grand crystal chandelier featuring a unique menu inspired by the chef’s stream of consciousness. 

Restaurant Champlain
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1, rue des Carrières, Quebec City, G1R 4P5

Restaurant Légende par la Tanière

The great mastery of Québec’s distinctive perfumes

Restaurant Legende Zoom

Légende’s bistronomie is orchestrated by chef Fredéric Laplante and fuelled by molecular curiosity. All condiments are transformed in house where every root, leaf and grain is from Québec’s land, forest or sea. Here, no food comes from abroad, not even a lemon. The results are unconventional yet accessible dishes. Recognized by Air Canada’s EnRoute magazine as one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2014, Légende is the most genuine boreal experience you’ll come across in Québec City.

Légende par la Tanière
255, rue Saint-Paul, Quebec City, G1K 3W5

Restaurant Le Saint-Amour

Mastery of traditional French gastronomy and love

Restaurant Saint-Amour Zoom

Chef Jean-Luc Boulay’s restaurant is where you’ll indulge in a unique Canadian, yet very European-inspired culinary journey. Every perfume, colour, flavour and texture is offered as an experience through love. Simplicity and authenticity is definitely Saint-Amour’s key to success. Among my favourite dishes, the most sumptuous, melt-in-your-mouth duck leg I have eaten. I recommend a seat in the charming vintage dining room where a skylight offers a natural flow of light.

Le Saint-Amour
48, rue Sainte-Ursule, Quebec City, G1R 4E2

Restaurant Toast!

A romantic encounter with skill and finesse

Restaurant Toast! Zoom

Chef Christian Lemelin’s colourful cuisine of the Toast! is one of Québec City's most sensual culinary experiences. Every mouthful defines the chef’s desire to create aromatic harmonies and surprising textures supported by trendy details. The lobster risotto is a perfect example of Lemelin’s seductive cuisine. Toast! also offers exquisite service supervised by one of Québec City’s most dedicated maître d’hôtel and wine connoisseur, Stéphane D’Anjou.

Restaurant Toast!
17, Sault-au-Matelot, Quebec City, G1K 3Y7

Bon appétit!

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