Restaurants in Quebec City
When it comes to Quebec City restaurants, the French sensibilities that have influenced the city’s history and its architecture also stretch to its cuisine.
Chef Simon Cote-Tremblay’s Restaurant Pain Beni brings the Old World aesthetic of its Old Town location into its interior décor, serving a menu of locavore-friendly comfort food amid exposed brick and stone. Italian classics get a French twist at Bello Ristorante, where house favorites include pasta made from scratch and seasonal risotto creations. Diners can also enjoy a glass of house-made sangria al fresco on its spacious all-weather terrace, a feature of many of the best restaurants in Quebec City.
Additionally, outstanding restaurants in Quebec City can be found in its luxury hotels. Panache, the resident eatery in the upscale Auberge Saint Antoine Hotel, offers a menu of expertly prepared Canadian specialties prepared with locally sourced ingredients like Atlantic halibut and Quebec turnips. Its dining room features a rustic, barn-like décor. The revolving L’Astral, located on the 29th floor of the Loews Hotel Le Concorde, makes a 360-degree turn every hour, serving up fine dining with sweeping views on the side.
At this classic crêperie, locals line up for piping-hot cider.
Le Café St.-Malo, a French bistro with a simple blue-and-white painted exterior, inhabits the ground floor of a gray brick building built in 1850.
Since its 2004 debut, Panache has distinguished itself as one Québec’s top restaurants. With its exposed wood beams, weathered stone walls and restored pine floors, this converted 19th century warehouse is a preservationist’s dream.
Les Bossus is a family-friendly French bistro in the trendy Saint-Roch district, and located on the ground-floor of an old world brick building.
The foie gras is seared, whipped into a pâté, and stuffed into supple dumplings
Dine on pouding chômeur (caramel pudding) and enjoy views of the St.
Boudoir Lounge is the St.-Roch district’s see-and-be-seen joint for New French cuisine, cocktails, and a late-night music scene. Marked by a black awning and terrace, the lounge is located on a pedestrian-only cobbled street.
Don’t be put off by the waitstaff outfitted in period style—even local taxi drivers swear by this restaurant for home-style Québécois dishes such as duck braised in maple syrup sauce and pheasant served with pork and beans.
Yuzu is the sushi bar for well-dressed Saint-Roch district locals. Situated on a pedestrian-only cobbled street filled with restos, bars, and clubs, Yuzu's simple brick exterior opens up to a dining room with metallic walls, red lighting, and black seating.
Located beside the Old Port cruise terminal, this waterfront eatery serves Parisian-style bistro fare amid panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River.
Situated on an ancient cobblestoned street in the Old Port district, this casual French bistro is often packed with locals throughout the day. Inside, the restaurant is decorated with parquet floors, built-in wooden cabinets, large mirrors, and tentacle-like chandeliers with exposed bulbs.
In a town brimming with boulangeries, Paillard stands head and shoulders above the rest: manned by a Parisian master baker, it turns out whisper-light patisserie, sandwiches on crusty baguettes, and irresistible vanilla-pear jam.
Set along a quiet side street between the bustling Old Port and Rue St.-Jean districts, Chez Temporel has been a haven for affordable breakfasts, lunches, and café au lait bowls since the mid-70's.
Eric Borderon is a French-born and trained artisan baker (boulanger) and pastry chef (pâtissier).