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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
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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Quebec City, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

The food is very good but went during Quebec Exquis and the ambiance ws a little to formal for our taste

Thank NadiaQuebecCity
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Just came back from Quebec and our first night we dined at L-Initiale. What a wonderful experience. I made the reservation through emailing the restaurant and they were so responsive and accommodating. They only have one seating so you are not rushed one bit. They have the most knowledgeable staff and absolutely impeccable service. Now lets talk food. We chose... More 

Thank thewootz
washington dc
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We visited for our anniversary in late August. Initially hesitant due to our somewhat casual vacation dress, we were warmly received as if eating at a very fashionable friend's house. Every detail was perfect; the food was fantastic. Although the restaurant is small and rather quiet with relatively few diners, they create a warm, inviting atmosphere where you feel like... More 

Thank takojin
Quebec City, Quebec
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

By far the best restaurant in Canada. Would deserve probably 2 or 3 Michelin stars. I always look for an excuse to go back.

Thank francois_lauzier
Long Island, New York
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

This is an elegant restaurant steps away from our hotel Auberge Saint-Antoine. The service and food is top notch and on par with the great French restaurants in Manhattan. We had four courses and enjoyed each and every one. Would highly recommend going there for a very fine dining experience.

2 Thank anneH3544PU
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

We had the degustation menu and it was to die for, chef made modifications for the table to accommodate allergies. Service was impeccable. The ambiance, especially the lighting is not to par with the food, too bright and not inviting. Beautiful artwork with no light. Really should invest in updating decor/lighting.

Thank Sérgio R
Jersey Shore
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

This was the perfect way to end our special anniversary getaway in Quebec City. We had the nine course tasting menu and wine pairing. Delicious! The foie gras course was insane ( in a good way). And darn it! I forgot to get the name of that Chablis we were served for the first course. The owner and staff are... More 

1 Thank exit98
Quebec City, Canada
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Yes, you will have to empty your wallet BUT food is perfect. I did read the bad comments and I don't understant the low reviews. Waiters, sommeliers and all the others were around our table every minute. Never miss water, bread or drink. Everybody is smiling. Thay ask for allergies or tastes and respect it. I just suggest you don't... More 

Thank Michelle P
Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

We chose this restaurant for a special wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. It was an extravagant and delightful experience. We were offered a special starter of caviar with the glass of champagne we ordered. It was a tasty (well yes, pricey) introduction to the meal that would follow. We had five courses, each small but satisfying as a whole... More 

Thank TravelGolfer
Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

We are more used to the Asian-influenced high end food in Australia, and have previously found many Canadian restaurant food too rich. This place serves modern French Canadian cuisine that is bursting with flavour and effortless on the palate, not weighed down in any way. Superb staff, very attentive without being intrusive. The signature cocktail (sparkling white wine with elderflower... 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
US$37 - US$106
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, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?