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“A wonderful Night”

Restaurant Initiale
Ranked #2 of 1,582 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 88 - USD 126
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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 6 August 2018 via mobile

Reserved about 1 month in advance. Happened to be during a fireworks celebration which was the icing on the cake.

So Rolande Yvan and the whole team were wonderful from the personalized greeting to the wine recommendations to the special dessert for our anniversary. Just a wonderful night.

We had the complete meal plan “on the left side” of the menu. Yes it is a special occasion restaurant and yes it is more than we normally spend on a meal but total worth it. Each of the the somewhere between 8 and 12 courses were explained and all were flavourful and beautifully prepared. The meal took about 3 hours but who cares take time enjoy chat and savour.

Thank you Rolande and Yvan.

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Reviewed 5 August 2018

We dined there as a family back on July 21 and had the seven course dinner with one wine pairing. Not knowing what we embarked on, we relished every course with pure joy. The overall presentation, amazing quality of dishes were clearly the best dining experience in Old Quebec. The last time we were dazzled by a culinary experience like this was at the famed two Michelin star restaurant on Melrose in California - The Providence. Both of us agreed that although Providence perhaps had better presentations, Restaurant Initiale had tastier dishes, and ultimately that’s where it counts. The service levels were absolutely superb with unmatched attention to detail. The co-owner, Rolande Leclerc, was such a wonderful hostess checking on her guests constantly, and her husband, executive chef, Yvan Lebrun, is unquestionably the best chef in the region. So impressive. Merci beaucoup!!!

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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

This is our wonderful time for having the fantastic French food like this. The whole dinner took us about 3 hrs but we do enjoy it so much. It’s incredibly delicious and we can feel the hearted cook for every dish. Environment n service are also great!

Thank Shirley Y
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Reviewed 4 August 2018

I did a lot of research on restaurants before we went to Quebec City. I wanted a special meal for a special birthday but did not want a fuss made. We were a party of five with two of the five being vegetarians. I called ahead and made reservations a month in advance and this wonderful restaurant did not disappoint me in any way. Expensive - yes. Worth it ? Absolutely, every penny! From the moment we walked in the door to the moment we walked out we were treated to the highest level of personalized service. Before we arrived, I was treated to personalized emails correspondence with he owner about the meal and providing for the vegetarians. After being seated, we were treated to an amazing array of amuse bouches before even starting the five course wine paired meal. Everything was fresh, delicious, and of the highest quality. The atmosphere was wonderful - tasteful decor, quiet, and partitions creating a very personal and individual space with only 2-3 tables per partition. Every one of us has this meal down as one of our all time favorites. Thank you, Roland!

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Reviewed 2 August 2018

This restaurant is now on my list of top 5 meals! The food was unimpeachable, the service was flawless and smooth. What made it even better for us was Mlle. Roland, who chatted with us like friends and swapped impressions of food and wine. Can't recommend enough!

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