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Restaurant Initiale

Certificate of Excellence
European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

Go in with your eyes open. Read a sampling of reviews in all five rating categories, read their menu online, and then decide. In my case, the restaurant was chosen for me, dinner was a gift, and the giver had pre-selected the tasting menu (versus regular menu) and already paid for it. Tasting menus are an excellent way to sample... More 

2 Thank John O
Joinville, SC
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Really, the best tasting menu I have ever had!! Everything was perfect, each plate was fantastic and wine pairing was perfect. Impecable service! It's worth every and each cent you spend there! Congratulations to Roland Leclerc & Ivan Lebrun

1 Thank MarioDelMonte
New York City
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Dinning in Restaurant Initiale was my the most memorable experience in the three days in Quebec City. Our first dinner in Quebec City was at La Saint Amour, it was good. But the restaurant was too busy and we were not getting the attention as expected. We were a little disappointed. I hoped the dinner at Restaurant Initiale could make... More 

4 Thank kslnycNewYorkCity
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

During our stay in Quebec City we stopped into Initiale for lunch. We were greeted by the owner who prepared us for the gastronomic delights that awaited us. As a lover of cheese, I enquired if their "cheese plate" was truly that and not merely a piecemeal offering of local fare. It was presented near the end so the cheese... More 

3 Thank Gerry_from_Toronto
New York
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

First, thank you to all who recommended this amazing place. We loved every morsel of food and every moment of our meal. The room is quiet yet friendly (maybe it was unusual, but several tables chatted back and forth when we were there and one was a native quebecois couple talking to four visitors from California)--we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere... More 

1 Thank Betera
Oshawa, Canada
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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

L'initiale was the first restaurant we tried on our trip to Quebec City. In retrospect, it would have been better if it were the last because this establishment spoiled us. We gauged the rest of our restaurant outings using L'Initiale as the benchmark and consequently were disappointed in others' offerings. From start to finish, the service was impeccable. The hostess... More 

3 Thank Peter S
Quebec City, Canada
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Intelligent menu; excellent team in kitchen and professionnal staff for service: a localisation out of tourist trap

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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Not many restaurants are better than this. Similar style to Per Se in New York but less costly. Do the tasting menu with wine pairings. It's expensive but worth every morsel. Service and attention to detail is outstanding. One sitting so you are never rushed and care is given throughout! Well worth it for a special evening! Thank you Rolande!

3 Thank Barbara M
Lima, Peru
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Delicious food. French style, everything is perfect. You should try the scallops. I don't like much seafood but these scallops were amazing!!! I really recommend this place. The deer is spectacular!!! Don't miss the desserts.

1 Thank Aukito
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

We ate at Restaurant Initiale the last nite of our stay in Quebec. A hop and skip away from our hotel, Auberge St. Antoine, we had read all the reviews and were looking forward to something fabulous. Being the "foodies" that we consider ourselves to be, having eaten in many of the 4 and 5 star restaurants in NYC, including... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 37 - USD 104
European, Canadian, French
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City
  • Phone Number: +1 418-694-1818
Years of tireless work by chef Yvan Lebrun and his partner Rolande Leclerc have earned L'Initiale Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux certification and an AAA/CAA Five Diamond rating. The pair's passion for flavor and authenticity is reflected in everything they do, and the restaurant boasts a decidedly local sensibility, featuring some of the region's top products and artisans.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?