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Restaurant Initiale

€€€€European, , French
54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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Overview
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good7%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (66 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (14 reviews)
“foie gras” (28 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
European, Canadian, French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
€€€€
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Service
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LOCATION
54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We went on a Saturday night and were warmly greeted by Rolande and the outstanding staff. We did the 9 course tasting and every course was perfect. The menu really reflected the season and location. Each plate is so intricately prepared and balanced. Also enjoyed...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 24 August 2016

It is always an amazing experience to share a gastronomic meal at l'Initiale. The menu is impressive and the quality of the food is exceptional.The staff is professionnal and attentive to our needs.

Thank Francois R
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Superb food and atmosphere. Elegant and quiet surroundings, with only a few tables so hard to get reservation. (But try...Luckily we benefited from a cancellation). We did not have tasting menu, which looked amazing, but a la carte choices were all beautifully prepared and presented....More

Thank TobyNewYorkCity
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We, me and my wife, on the 20th of Aug, decided to go for the tasting menu and we didn't regret. The food was just delicious. Every time, we thought we were finishing, more food was coming, then dessert, then another dessert. Every thing was...More

Thank Luiz P
Reviewed 19 August 2016

As far as my family and I are concerned, this restaurant should be # 1 period. In the words of my daughter, "The food is AMAZING!!!". We made our reservations a month in advance and Rolande (the owner) was always very prompt and courteous in...More

Thank Drey98
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Restaurant Initiale is utterly amazing. The interior of the restaurant is quite elegant and the staff were so friendly and welcoming throughout our time there. At first glance, the menu may not seem very accommodating to vegetarians, but the chefs are clearly more than happy...More

Thank DrHollyP
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This was recommended to us and when we arrived, were a little disappointed since the interior is very bland, no charm at all. The menu and prices were a bit overwhelming, but once the food started coming, it was well worth it. We personally like...More

Thank sstj
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Where do you begin. Everything from the food to the service was impeccable. We decided on the 9 course digestive tasting menu and wine pairing. Each course a flavor adventure, a beautiful work of art. A highlight course was the char, cauliflower and herbs. Another...More

Thank ChrisMontelong
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We reserved a table for 2 for my wife and I. Had a wonderful, incredibly quiet (the area we were seated in had only 3 tables!), and surprisingly delicious evening. The menu is not extensive, but definitely sufficient. The service was engaging and attentive without...More

Thank dtjl
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This restaurant is rated #2 by Trip Advisor, I would NOT agree with that rating, my fiancee fish was under cooked, portions were extremely small, the only decent thing was the wine

Thank Pq248
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cranesareflying
6 April 2017|
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Response from Dex888 | Reviewed this property |
Vegetarian probably, vegan I doubt it (might be hard to find in Québec City), but I would certainly email them. Good luck. Enjoy your stay ! Cheers
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Lawrence M
15 September 2016|
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Response from Fred B | Reviewed this property |
You will want to send an email to the restaurant. They're pretty responsive, Lawrence. Fred
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shamrock65
21 August 2016|
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Response from RetiredAnalyst | Reviewed this property |
Through Trip Advisor, I looked at the website for Initiale and learned that they are not open for lunch on Saturdays; just Tuesday through Friday. You may wish to use their online contact form to ask them directly whether... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$88 - US$128
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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.
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