Francophone Quebec City predictably knows how to eat well so it’s a great destination for foodies. If it weren’t for relatively low prices and relaxed, friendly service and occasional elk on the menu, you would easily think yourself in Paris.
Find a good selection of restaurants on key streets: Petit Champlain in the Basse-Ville; Rue-Saint-Jean in both the old part of the Haute-Ville and outside the city walls; and the nearby Grande Allée.
Local Quebec City Favorites
Particularly recommended for local flavor are:
Le Buffet de L’Antiquarie. A humble diner-style restaurant amid antique shops of the lower town. You’ll find dependable versions of everyday Quebecois cookery such as poutiné or onion soup with melted cheese.
Les Fréres de la Côte. A friendly bistro with moderate prices at the east end of the old town’s main nightlife strip. It dishes out delicious pizzas, pastas and fish and meat platters from an open kitchen, all set to thumping music. It’s a good place to start the night.
Aux Anciens Canadiens. Though one of the city’s priciest restaurants, don’t miss for its contemporary renditions of meaty Quebec fare. The well-priced table d’hote, or lunch menu, offers a less expensive way to enjoy huge helpings of caribou, or duck and meat pie, or a superb maple syrup pie for dessert.
Au Petit Crepe Breton. Not gourmet by any means, but this creperie is the place to head for dessert thanks to its comprehensive selection of top-notch crepes and wonderful coffee.
Fine dining is big in Quebec City, and you’ll need about C$100 per person for a full dinner. A cheaper alternative? Look for a fine dining lunch to sample dishes at a fraction of the cost. In order, our recommended fine dining options are: