By Marie Asselin
Updated: January 20, 2017
Courtesy of Panache

Restaurants in Quebec City have hit upon a romantic recipe: dimmed lights, discreet but attentive service, and a hushed atmosphere, all served with a carefully crafted menu. Quebec City is often considered a romantic destination, and its dining scene has a profile to suit. Whether you are looking for an outstanding multi-course dinner experience, a carefully crafted brunch, or a luxurious lunch, the following restaurants offer an outstanding choice when it’s time to impress. Simply choose what suits the mood of the night—be it a kitchen at the Saint-Amour led by one of Quebec City’s first celebrity chefs, a breathtaking view of the city at Ciel!, luscious foie gras dishes at Toast!, a plush atmosphere at Panache, or a privileged position inside the city’s iconic castle at Champlain. Wherever you end up, you’re in for a treat that will only be enhanced by the presence of the person you love.

Saint-Amour

A darling of critics and a favorite of visiting celebrities, Saint-Amour has been on the radar of food lovers for over 35 years. Chef Jean-Luc Boulay, a leading figure in the province’s fine dining scene, oversees the production of modern French dishes created with the freshest local products. A beautiful indoor garden and a 12,000-bottle wine cellar are just two more reasons explaining the restaurant’s stellar reputation.

Ciel!

This newly opened gem boasts the best view in all of Quebec City. Revolving atop a 28-floor building on bustling Grande-Allée, Ciel! treats visitors to an impressive 360-degree view over the city’s beautiful landscape. More impressive still, the restaurant’s kitchen, led by talented and successful chef David Forbes, serves a surprisingly affordable menu that is as pleasing to the taste buds as the surroundings are to the eye.

Toast!

Tucked inside one of the city’s finest boutique hotels, Toast! might have been created specifically as a couples retreat. A romantic red-hued décor and an intimate-sized dining room blend to create a cozy cocoon, where modern terroir dishes are served with an elegant efficiency. The chef is an ambassador for local products and his loyalty is highlighted in a menu that skillfully mixes our terroir’s best with aromatics and techniques from around the world. The restaurant’s inner courtyard reveals a gorgeous quiet terrace, a gem that deserves discovery.

Panache

Located in a former nineteenth-century warehouse inside the luxurious Auberge Saint-Antoine, Panache is one of the city’s most beautiful restaurants. Massive wood beams, stone walls, and a central fireplace all contribute to its elegant and oh-so-romantic atmosphere. The dinner menu reinvents classic Québécois dishes that are delightfully highlighted by luxurious ingredients such as foie gras. Lunch and weekend brunch are just as memorable.

Champlain

The main restaurant of iconic Château Frontenac has recently undergone a complete transformation, both in the dining room and in the kitchen. The wood, glass, and gold décor provides a fittingly chic setting for the brand new menu created by cutting-edge chef Stéphane Modat, who works hand in hand with a star sommelier to create menus that flawlessly pair with carefully selected wines. One of the city’s most generous and elegant brunches is also served here on weekends.