Dining in Québec City
La Traite – Located in Wendake (Huron) Village, 20 minutes from Old Quebec, make plans to include a trip to this restaurant while in Quebec. Dishes inspired by First Nations cuisine are featured and prepared with ingredients that have been “hunted, fished, and gathered.” Excellent fish dishes, venison, elk, and caribou, set the tone for this native menu. This is truly a unique Quebec experience in a beautiful setting.
Aux Anciens Canadiens –A long-time favorite for traditional Quebecois cuisine. The historic building dating back to 1675 is located in the middle of the Old City and has a cozy and inviting ambiance that’s perfect for chilly winter evenings. Enjoy their specialties such as several versions of meat pie, local duck, Bison Bourguignon, Quebec lamb, and Maple Syrup Pie for dessert.
Le Continental –French cuisine, tableside preparation and old school service will remind you of a New York steakhouse meets New York Italian maître d with white tuxedoed servers in this well-established restaurant (since 1956) in the Old City. Dine here for classic French dishes such as escargot, lobster bisque, Caesar Salad, and Dover Sole Meunière.
L’Échaudé – A lovely French bistro in Old Town that is warm and inviting with excellent service. The Walleye Pike, in particular, was outstanding. Walleye is usually only available in the Northern parts of the United States and Canada, so order it if it’s on the menu. Enjoy a wonderful meal of classic French cuisine with Canadian inspiration either al fresco on their patio or indoors where you will feel like you are in France.
Chez Boulay Bistro – This lively bistro collaboration between two renowned chefs features innovative boreal inspired Nordic cuisine using local seafood, meats and game, wild-grown vegetables, and seasonings with roots and less-known aromatics such as balsam and Labrador tea. With a focus not just on the preparation, but also the health benefits of the ingredients, order several small plates and entrees to share and experience the unique flavors and interpretations of these dishes.
Bistro Le Sam in The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Located in the hotel overlooking the “Kebec,” which is the Native American word for “the narrowing” of the St. Lawrence River, this casual modern bistro offers white table cloth service with a private club atmosphere and a menu that is driven by local meats, seafood, and vegetables interpreted with the chef’s signature twists. Each dish is beautifully plated. Come early and enjoy one of their handcrafted signature cocktails before dinner at their bar, Bistro Évolutif.
iX pour Bistro – For a less traditional and intimate venue, this very small restaurant is all about the food and the service. Much like attending a friend’s dinner party, these hosts are culinary experts and call their concept a New American Restaurant. Make reservations well in advance and take the ten-minute cab ride from the Old City. This is memorable evening at a reasonable price.
Restaurant Légende – A unique dining experience, this restaurant features a tribute to Québec’s culinary heritage from the First Nations to present day. The tapas style menu uses very fresh and seasonal ingredients. Order a number of small plates to taste the inspiration taken from regionally sourced seafood and meats, fois gras, vegetables, and cheeses from Québec’s cheese makers.
Panache – This beautiful restaurant in historic Auberge St. Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux property located in the Old City, serves delicious and artfully plated cuisine focused on updated versions of classic dishes. It straddles the culinary boundaries of updated fare and fine romantic dining making it an excellent choice for a romantic dinner or business luncheon. Much of the produce used in the restaurant is sourced from their own garden on Ile d’Orleans. Executive Chef Louis Pacquelin has shared a recipe for one of their specialties, Artic Char in Crust of Salt, Swiss Chard Gratin, and Marjoram (recipe below).