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Restaurant Initiale

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European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
Today
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Disinctinction and state of the art culinary prowesses are to expect at Restaurant Initiale. The service is cordial and personalized, with many little attentions that make you feel like a special guest, like a copy of the menu with a hand written note from the chef. It was my first time eating calf sweetbread and I wasn't disappointed. The cheese... More 

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Thank Andree-Anne L
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do NOT miss this restaurant. The meal, the service, the entire night attained perfection and was one that we will remember fondly forever! I can not express how perfect every detail was. The food, the service, the atmosphere. We hope to return in the future.

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Thank efeldmar
Montreal
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From word of mouth we had heard this other Relais & Chateaux restaurant to be one of, if not the best in Quebec City. For a two day trip in Quebec City, we had decided to book both Panache and l'Initiale. Unfortunately, we did not feel the experience nor the cuisine that specific night was on par with the high... More 

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2 Thank colinmerlin
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ms. Rolande runs a great establishment and I couldn't be happier with our dinner. I proposed to my now fiancée and we went as a celebration. Ms. Rolande picked a great champagne for us and we got the 9 course dinner. Amazing mixtures of flavor, presentation, and detail. Very filling meal and great sample of many flavors and delicious plates.... More 

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Thank blantz01
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went there to try their tasting menu because we had heard about it from some friends. The service was good, the setting is nice, the food was good but not overly impressive, especially for the kind of price they command. Our bill for 2 tasting menus and wine pairing was 700$. I am certain that one can eat probably... More 

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2 Thank Dex888
Bangor, Maine
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This was our first experience in a restaurant of such high caliber, so I do not have anything to compare it to. Every plate was worth of a picture; every bite was a combination of tastes and textures that were unusual, subtle and astounding. The wait staff was extremely attentive and we were personally greeted by the owner as well.... More 

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1 Thank Laura W
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Every aspect of our dinner at Initiale was perfect. From making the reservations; to the meal; to the return trip to our hotel after dinner, everything was beyond our expectations... and our expectations were high. My wife and I planned a trip to Quebec which was mainly focused around fine dinning. Initiale was always supposed to be the main event,... More 

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2 Thank George R
Quebec City, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I have tried a broad selection of the top restaurants in Quebec City since moving here in 2011. I can say unreservedly that Intiale has offered the most inspired, attentive, and caring meals I have had in the haute cuisine category. I think it is as good as many of the best French restaurants in New York. The setting is... More 

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1 Thank Robert C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

My boyfriend and I were visiting around the holidays and happened to get a reservation here on New Year's Eve. I was communicating with Rolande beforehand and she was informative and accommodating. There was a set menu of 10 courses for the evening and each plate was stunning as well as delicious. It was expensive, but certainly worth it for... More 

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2 Thank Clara H
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you are looking to have your face stuffed full of non-descript carbs and garbage, there are many restaurants that I could recommend. L'Initial is an eating experience that goes beyond typical quisine. Every dish is a treat to the eye as much as the pallat. Its pricy, but well worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$106
Cuisine
European, Canadian, French
Meals
Dinner
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?