Best Food and Restaurants in Quebec City

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Tasting the traditional foods of a region is often the best and most memorable way to learn about the place you are visiting. Quebec City is no exception. The city draws heavily on its French culinary traditions and no visit would be complete without tasting some of the traditional flavors that now define Quebec City such as poutine and maple taffy on snow.
Poutine is often referred to as the national dish of Canada
Although you will find Poutine on the menu at just about every café and bistro, the following are rumored to be two of the best places in the city to eat Poutine:
You should try and treat yourself to a Sugar Shack experience at least once during your visit. Here you will get to savor an eat-as-much-as-you-can feast of all the traditional Quebec: meat pie, baked beans, pea soup and much more. Although this is usually a seasonal treat at the start of spring, Le Relais des Pins Restaurant offers a sugar shack feast all year round.
Maple Taffy on snow
A typical meal served in a Sugar Shack in Quebec City
Quebec City boasts a very large number of great restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Even if you are travelling on a small budget you will still find delicious food at some of the lesser-known neighborhood eateries. Without further ado we will introduce you to the 10 Best Restaurants in Quebec City, as voted by large numbers of Tripadvisor contributors.
  1. Restaurant Taniere: Guests cannot say enough good things about this traditional Canadian/International Fine Dining Restaurant. Not only is the innovative food amazing but the service, wine and the ambiance are all worthy of praise.
Diners should prepare their taste-buds for an immersive dining experience which could include 10 – 15 courses prepared using seasonal ingredients. Enjoy with or without the optional wine pairing.

Rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec City, G1K 3Z6, Ph. +1 418 872 4386

  1.  Arvi: Arvi restaurant offers guests a fresh new take on dining. Here you will feel as though you are visiting the kitchen of a friend.
Delectable dishes are prepared before your eyes and the chefs take time to explain every dish. Only the best locally sourced produce is used to craft delicious French-inspired plates to excite the taste-buds. The ambiance is fresh and welcoming.
519 3éme Avenue, Quebec City, Quebec G1L 2W4, Ph. +1 581-742-4202
  1. Chez Rioux and Pettigrew: This is a delightful bistro-style restaurant established in what was once one of Quebec City’s oldest grocery stores. Vintage décor contributes to a wonderful ambiance, a fitting setting for a great French/Canadian dining experience.

You may choose from the fresh and seasonal a la carte menu or surrender yourself to the surprises of the Pettigrew’s Host Table, where delicious successions of dishes are presented, with or without wine or beer pairing.

160 rue St-Paul, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3W1 Ph. +1 418-694-4448

  1. Bachir: Bachir Restaurant is highly rated for serving fresh and delicious Lebanese food at very reasonable prices.
Both their Shish Taouk (slow-cooked chicken) and their Shawarma, made from lamb and beef, are extremely popular and draw regular fans. There are also good options for vegetarians.

54 Boulevard Rene Levesque West, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 2A4, Ph. +1 418 528 8383

  1. L’Atelier Tartares and Cocktails: This is a popular restaurant and bar set across 5 levels in an industrial/chic building which provides a great atmosphere. Here the emphasis is on beautifully-crafted cocktails, served alongside your choice of tapas-style small plates or satisfying main courses.
They also specialize in delicious Tartars – made in the French tradition from beef, Wagu beef, bison, or salmon.

64 Grand Alley East, Quebec City, G1R 2KS, Ph. +1 418 522 2225

  1.  Laurie Raphael: Laurie Raphael is known for their wonderful degustation menu which is designed to take your taste-buds on a journey of delight. You can choose from a 6-course or 9-course tasting menu which will introduce you to the finest local seasonal produce.

Everything is prepared with innovation and the utmost respect, and is presented with an eye for detail. Many regular diners maintain that this is the best restaurant in Quebec City.

117 Dalhousie Street, Quebec City, G1K 9C8, Ph. +1 418 692 4555

  1. Bistro La Cohue: Bistro La Cohue serves up traditional French-inspired bistro fare with a modern and innovative twist. The restaurant receives rave reviews for it service and the delicious French food which comes in large, satisfying portions.
Recently it has become possible to buy their ready-prepared meals to take home with you to enjoy. Food and wine pairings are available.

3440 Chemin des Quartre-Bourgeois, Quebec City, G1W 4T3, Ph. +1 418 659 132

  1. Beclub Bistro Bar: Set in an historic stone building which dates back to 1827, this friendly and popular bar/restaurant is proud to offer dishes made from an excellent variety of carefully sourced local products.
The menu changes regularly to showcase the freshest seasonal ingredients and will often include local deer and wild boar. Everything is home-made on the premises and there is a well-stocked wine cellar.

17 Rue Saint Stanislas, Quebec City, G1R 4G7, Ph. +1 428 692 5488

  1. La Pizzaio: When only a delicious thin-crust pizza will do, visitors to Quebec City should make their way to La Pizzaio! This unpretentious neighborhood pizzeria has been satisfying palates since 2014 and has built up a long list of devotees.
Although their long list of mouth-watering pizzas are the most popular items on the menu, the restaurant also serves starters, salads and a few pasta dishes, as well as desserts.

319 St. Paul St, Quebec City, G1K 3W8, Ph. +1 418 692 5329

If you are in search of a good patisserie where you can enjoy great coffee and French pastries you can try Cafe Boulangerie Paillard – 1097 Rue Saint-Jean – one of the oldest and most popular bakeries in the city.

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