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28 Essential Quebec City Restaurants

Capital plates in the province’s capital city

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Montreal might have a stronger reputation as Quebec’s culinary hub (that’s helped along by its much larger population), but the province’s capital is not to be overlooked. The chefs, brewers, and pastry chefs behind the places that appear on this map have helped build a vibrant dining scene, serving up plates spotlighting local produce and roots in traditional Québécois cuisine that go well beyond the old staples of tourtière or pouding chômeur. Others go beyond Quebec’s borders entirely, bringing great ramen, pizza, and Portuguese chicken, to name a few.

In this latest map update, we bid farewell to L’Initiale, L’Affaire est Ketchup, Le Champlain, Sinsemilla, and Les Botanistes. In their place, welcome sustainability-minded Bistro Hortus, natural wine haven Bleu Marine, Limoilou darling AARVI, mother-daughter run Le Fin Gourmet, the charcoal-grilled bird of Poulet Portugais, and still others.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. ARVI

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519 3e Ave, Quebec City
QC G1L 2W4, Canada
(581) 742-4202
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This Limoilou favourite puts aside any and all conventions in order to fulfil its desire to highlight the human experience in food. Arvi — which means “goodbye” in Savoyard — has its kitchen front and centre in the dining room, with guests surrounding the staff at every step of the meal. While completing reservations online, you must choose (and pay for) your regular or vegetarian menu ahead of time.

2. Légende par la Tanière

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255 Rue St-Paul
Québec, QC
(418) 614-2555
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Young and incredibly talented chef Elliot Beaudoin offers a very personal interpretation of Quebec cuisine, and thrives with ingredients that are fresh and local. Greatly inspired by the foods of Japan and elsewhere in the world, chef Beaudoin dishes unique flavour combinations for a modern take on Quebec’s roots.

3. Chez Rioux & Pettigrew

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160 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec
QC G1K 3W1, Canada
(418) 694-4448
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Set in a former general store founded in 1860 of the same name, Rioux & Pettigrew is rooted in the history of Quebec City’s antique district of rue Saint-Paul. Once inside, the brick walls, crackling wood floors, and vintage gramophone make diners feel like they’re travelling in time, but chef Dominique Jacques brings a conversely modern take to the food. Brunch is a must, especially with a side of homemade boudin.

4. Le Don

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97 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec
QC G1K 3X7, Canada
(418) 800-9663

Quebec City’s only vegan restaurant. Le Don is stylish, decorated with local artist Berko’s street-style graphics and chic, velvety banquettes. With chef Anne-Marie Grenier’s seasonally inspired dishes, heartwarming soups, and finger-licking deserts, you won’t miss the meat.

Panko-fried cauliflower with Chinese five spice
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5. Buvette Écho

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67 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec
QC G1K 3X7, Canada
(418) 914-4393
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The owners of Old Port favourite L’Échaudé also operate Écho, a wine bar serving small plates carefully curated for happy hour nibbling. With its eclectic furniture and elegant yet unpretentious art-deco touches (note the velvet drapes that cover up the restroom doors), Buvette Écho is the essence of what a friendly neighbourhood bistro is all about. Expect an open kitchen, local products, friendly service, and a trendy street-side terrasse on Quebec City’s most romantic pedestrian-only street: rue du Sault-au-Matelot.

6. Honō Izakaya

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670 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec
QC G1K 3B9, Canada

Located in trendy Saint-Roch, this tavern-inspired, modern yet rough-around-the-edges restaurant pays homage to the land of the rising sun in flavour, colour, and texture. Every char-grilled yakitori is an ode to Japan, best shared with friends. Expect imported sakes, original cocktails, and lots of umami. No reservations.

7. La Baraque à Frites

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620 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec
QC G1K 3B8, Canada
(581) 985-6687

Owned and operated by the same team as Saint-Roch bistro Les Sales Gosses, La Baraque serves a very popular bucket of fried chicken.

8. Bistro hortus

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1190 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1S6, Canada
(418) 692-5524
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Nestled in a very touristic area of Old Quebec, Hortus takes a sustainable approach to food where every ingredient is traceable and 90 percent of it is certified organic. The rooftop garden and beehives add romance to the setting and beauty to each dish crafted by French chef Stephane Roth.

9. La Korrigane

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380 Dorchester
Québec, QC
(418) 614-0932
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La Korrigane brews some of Canada’s best artisanal beers, focusing on a single source: handpicked ingredients from Quebec’s boreal forests. Owner Catherine Dionne-Foster and head brewer Jean-Sebastien Côté create accessible beer styles that are unfiltered, unpasteurized and contain no chemicals, preservatives, or artificial flavours. The same can be said about their pub grub. A lovely, semi-enclaved summer garden terrace stands out amidst greyish Saint-Roch.

10. JJacques

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341 Rue Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Québec
QC G1K 3E9, Canada
(581) 491-3286
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Speakeasy oyster and cocktail bar meets small, but smart tapas menu. Velvet banquettes and privacy curtains make for a cozy atmosphere where to consume refined cocktails and thirst-quenching natural biodynamic wines. The raw scallop dish is highly recommended.

11. Restaurant Tanière³

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36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z6, Canada
(418) 872-4386
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Taking up residence in underground vaults dating back to 1686, Tanière³ offers an immersive experience that puts forward a finessed take on Quebec’s culinary landscape. Choose a seat at the counter in order to take part in an intimate experience where young and talented chef François-Emmanuel Nicol and his team present and explain the creative process, inspirations, and techniques used in every dish. It’s a menu that reflects the seasons, while also highlighting Quebec’s history.

12. L'Orygine

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36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z6, Canada
(418) 872-4386
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All restaurants under the Groupe La Tanière banner (Légende par La Tanière, L’Orygine, Tanière³) pride themselves on cooking exclusively with local products, from root to fruit. At this Old Quebec arm of the Tanière empire, chef Sabrina Lemay highlights the brightness and colourful biodiversity of Québec’s land and sea with an approach that caters to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets. Expect sustainably sourced ingredients from the boreal forest and the gulf of the St. Lawrence River. It all happens inside a stunning historic building with one of the most beautiful, intimate terraces in Quebec City.  

13. Le Clocher Penché

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203, Saint-Joseph Est
Québec, QC
(418) 640-0597
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This Parisian-inspired bistro is a favourite among locals, which has greatly contributed to making its neighbourhood, Saint-Roch, a key gourmet destination. Celebrated for its simple yet refined cuisine du marché, the restaurant has recently undergone a complete transformation, with modern décor inspired by the natural colours found both in the forest and in chef Mathieu Brisson’s cuisine. A carefully selected wine list by Marc Lamarre reflects the eclecticism of its neighbourhood, taking celebrated grape varieties, or bold indigenous yeasts, and skillfully pairing them with the chef’s creations. 

14. Albacore

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819 Côte d'Abraham, Québec
QC G1R 1A4, Canada
(418) 914-6441
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Albacore is like being in New York’s CBGB while witnessing the sun set along the Appalachian Mountains. The space is decorated with skateboards painted Pollock style, reminiscent of chef Benoit Poliquin’s experimental and self-assured cuisine, which brings colour and life to sometimes grim area of the Saint-Jean Baptiste neighbourhood. Expect a poisson du jour, oysters, local wines craft brews.

Confit fish dumplings
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15. Tora-Ya Ramen

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75 St-Joseph est
Québec, QC
(418) 780-1903
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Walk into Tora-ya Ramen, and you’ll be greeted with a loud and smiling ‘’irasshaimase,“ along with the tantalizing smell of slow-simmering broths cooked from chef and owner Miyano Sakai’s family recipes. To drink, there’s an impressive list of privately imported sakes, including organic options. This ramen is popular and waiting times can be long, especially in Quebec City’s colder months. No reservations, but every menu option is available for takeout.

16. Nina Pizza Napolitaine (multiple locations)

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410 St-Anselme
Québec, QC
(581) 742-2012
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Ninety seconds is all it takes to cook a pie in Nina’s 900-degree Fahrenheit wood-fired ovens tamed by owners Penelope Lachapelle and Lucie Nadeau, the undisputed queens of wood-fired Neapolitan pies in Quebec City. Crafted from fine ingredients selected by chef Veronique Schinck in Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Alex Gallant in Saint-Roch, their pizzas are simple and really satisfying. But to truly understand the gift that is Nina, go beyond pizza and indulge in burrata and any of their cocktails. Their two locations are very kid-friendly.

17. Kraken Cru

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190 rue St-Vallier O
Québec, QC
(581) 741-9099
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The Saint-Sauveur sector of Quebec’s lower city is host to some of the most vibrant food experiences in town, and Kraken Cru tops the list. Inspired by North America’s east coast raw bars, the kitchen serves local oysters (from the Magdalene Islands, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick) and delicate dishes that reveal the wild and untouched flavours of the sea. Expect an energetic vibe where shots are … well, mandatory. You have been warned.

18. Le Pied Bleu

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179, rue St-Vallier O.
Québec, QC
(418) 914-3554
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Le Pied Bleu celebrates the pig, with a nose-to-tail menu that features charcuterie, world-renowned blood sausages (according to the Chevaliers du Goûte-Boudin brotherhood in Mortagne-au-Perche, Normandy), and Québécois adaptations of classic Lyonnais dishes. Owners Thania Goyette and Louis Bouchard-Trudeau have created a two-in-one destination: There’s a charcuterie bar featuring a wide array of classic terrines, pâtés, and sous-vide dishes, and the bouchon side of the restaurant, mixing inspirations from Quebec’s terroir as well as chef Fabrice Quenehen’s background in France’s Savoie region. Calvados, Beaujolais, and Côtes-du-Rhône vintages flow in abundance on any given day. Brunch at Pied Bleu is an absolute must, especially with a large group of friends — when COVID permits, obviously.

19. Le Renard et la Chouette

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125 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1J9, Canada
(418) 914-5845
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Fine like a fox, agile like an owl. Owned and operated by the team behind Le Pied Bleu, “le Renard,” as locals refer to it, is a charming buvette with a side of thoughtful cuisine du marché. Order drinks at the counter — that you can taste before buying! — as well as food inspired by the chef’s daily moods. The restaurant also offers a VIP picnic service, where they’ll set up a dining table for two in any park or backyard in Quebec City — a truly memorable experience. 

20. Diner Saint-Sauveur

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450 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1K8, Canada
(581) 741-4090
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This retro-styled, kitschy eclectic diner with faux-leather banquettes and bright neon colours brings a vibrant Québécois spin to Southern soul food. The menu is somewhere between that of a neighbourhood café and a greasy spoon: expect sweet and spicy chicken with waffles, foie gras shepherd’s pie, and incredibly fresh and crispy fish and chips. All mains are offered with a choice of funky side dishes like fried pickles, mac and cheese, and poutine with a thick and herby sauce. It’s super friendly and much more festive after midnight.

21. Battuto

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527 rue Langelier
Québec, QC
(418) 614-4414
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Battuto stands out in Quebec City’s landscape for its minimalist, refined approach to Italian cuisine. Owners Guillaume Saint-Pierre, Paul Croteau, and Pascal Bussières are a young, dynamic and modest group of friends taking a neo-bistro approach to classic, French-inspired Italian dishes. Like any good nonna, the Battuto team makes their bread, pasta, and sauces from scratch every day. Reservations are mandatory and hard to get, but drop-ins are welcome for their summer patio.

Butternut squash ravioli
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22. Bleu Marine

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585 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1P5, Canada
(418) 524-7832
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Opened in 2019 in the former Le Moine Échanson, a precursor to the natural wine movement in la Belle Province, Bleu Marine excels in wine pairings. But here, you first choose what you want to drink and then the kitchen will create a meal to enhance every sip — an audacious concept from owners Yann Barrette-Bouchard and Claudine Déry who are trained sommeliers.

23. Buvette Scott

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821 Rue Scott
Québec, QC
(581) 741-4464
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Simple and affordable, Buvette Scott is an underground wine bar with a neo-bistro soul serving wine by the glass and spinning vinyl all night. Located at the bottom of the somewhat abrupt rue Scott, the fare is inspired by local ingredients and led by seasonal produce, so no dish stays on chef-owner Jean-Philippe Lessard’s menu for more than a week. There is somewhat of a “hipster” feel to the hype around the Buvette, but it’s rightfully shut out by the delicious and affordable food.

Snow crab at Buvette Scott
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24. Poulet Portugais

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203 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada
(418) 204-3300
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Portuguese chicken cooked on the charcoal grill by chef and owner Stoyan Napoleonov. This Saint-Jean-Baptiste favourite offers one of the best time-quality-price ratios you’ll find in Québec City. A few tips: order your chicken with the homemade piri piri sauce on the side, that way the skin gets extra crispy, and do both the Bulgarian-inspired coleslaw and the fries.

25. Restaurant Le Fin Gourmet

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774 Rue Raoul-Jobin, Québec
QC G1N 1R9, Canada
(418) 682-5849
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Run by mother-daughter duo Marina and Elsa Bhérer, this Saint-Sauveur institution celebrating 20 years is Quebec City’s best kept secret: a small locavore menu and a fearless list of natural wines and cocktails. Burgers are house favourites, fish is (almost!) fresh off the boat, and the homemade desserts are generous and decadent. Have your meal in the dining room, on the terrasse, or cooked from sous-vide at home.

26. Sardines

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1 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 2V1, Canada
(581) 300-9449
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Welcome to Buvette Scott’s minuscule little brother where carefully selected Belgian Gueuze beer and imported delicatessen specialties are served next to house-made sourdough, canned sardines, and farmhouse cheese. Chef Étienne McKinnon also offers simple, flavour-filled main-size dishes served in an atmosphere that embodies the easy-going, Portuguese way of life. The decor is elegant with art-deco furniture: the stunning work of artisan furniture restorer Michel Rousseau.

27. Pâtisserie Gaël Vidricaire

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200 Rue Crémazie O, Ville de Québec
QC G1R 1X9, Canada
(581) 741-3050
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Patissier Gaël Vidricaire is charming many more people than just the residents of the posh Montcalm neighbourhood. Vidricaire is a trained doctor of biology and immunology, and correspondingly, she examines flavours of the world’s fauna, relying on her own instincts to fluff, nap, and scald with precision. Different desserts appear every week, inspired by seasonal ingredients and aromas, with her luscious ice creams being a particular highlight.

28. Verre Pickl’

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1314 Avenue Maguire, Québec
QC G1T 1Z3, Canada
(581) 748-8750
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Small spaces often make for memorable experiences. Verre Pickl’ is a case in point. What started as a popular sandwich bar by day is now solely dedicated to long-table meals by night, where chef Alexandra Romero’s food highlights her Mexican heritage. The wine menu changes constantly and reservations are mandatory.

1. ARVI

519 3e Ave, Quebec City, QC G1L 2W4, Canada

This Limoilou favourite puts aside any and all conventions in order to fulfil its desire to highlight the human experience in food. Arvi — which means “goodbye” in Savoyard — has its kitchen front and centre in the dining room, with guests surrounding the staff at every step of the meal. While completing reservations online, you must choose (and pay for) your regular or vegetarian menu ahead of time.

519 3e Ave, Quebec City
QC G1L 2W4, Canada

2. Légende par la Tanière

255 Rue St-Paul, Québec, QC

Young and incredibly talented chef Elliot Beaudoin offers a very personal interpretation of Quebec cuisine, and thrives with ingredients that are fresh and local. Greatly inspired by the foods of Japan and elsewhere in the world, chef Beaudoin dishes unique flavour combinations for a modern take on Quebec’s roots.

255 Rue St-Paul
Québec, QC

3. Chez Rioux & Pettigrew

160 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3W1, Canada

Set in a former general store founded in 1860 of the same name, Rioux & Pettigrew is rooted in the history of Quebec City’s antique district of rue Saint-Paul. Once inside, the brick walls, crackling wood floors, and vintage gramophone make diners feel like they’re travelling in time, but chef Dominique Jacques brings a conversely modern take to the food. Brunch is a must, especially with a side of homemade boudin.

160 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec
QC G1K 3W1, Canada

4. Le Don

97 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec, QC G1K 3X7, Canada
Panko-fried cauliflower with Chinese five spice
Allison Van Rassel/Eater Montreal

Quebec City’s only vegan restaurant. Le Don is stylish, decorated with local artist Berko’s street-style graphics and chic, velvety banquettes. With chef Anne-Marie Grenier’s seasonally inspired dishes, heartwarming soups, and finger-licking deserts, you won’t miss the meat.

97 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec
QC G1K 3X7, Canada

5. Buvette Écho

67 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec, QC G1K 3X7, Canada

The owners of Old Port favourite L’Échaudé also operate Écho, a wine bar serving small plates carefully curated for happy hour nibbling. With its eclectic furniture and elegant yet unpretentious art-deco touches (note the velvet drapes that cover up the restroom doors), Buvette Écho is the essence of what a friendly neighbourhood bistro is all about. Expect an open kitchen, local products, friendly service, and a trendy street-side terrasse on Quebec City’s most romantic pedestrian-only street: rue du Sault-au-Matelot.

67 Rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Québec
QC G1K 3X7, Canada

6. Honō Izakaya

670 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3B9, Canada

Located in trendy Saint-Roch, this tavern-inspired, modern yet rough-around-the-edges restaurant pays homage to the land of the rising sun in flavour, colour, and texture. Every char-grilled yakitori is an ode to Japan, best shared with friends. Expect imported sakes, original cocktails, and lots of umami. No reservations.

670 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec
QC G1K 3B9, Canada

7. La Baraque à Frites

620 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3B8, Canada

Owned and operated by the same team as Saint-Roch bistro Les Sales Gosses, La Baraque serves a very popular bucket of fried chicken.

620 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec
QC G1K 3B8, Canada

8. Bistro hortus

1190 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S6, Canada

Nestled in a very touristic area of Old Quebec, Hortus takes a sustainable approach to food where every ingredient is traceable and 90 percent of it is certified organic. The rooftop garden and beehives add romance to the setting and beauty to each dish crafted by French chef Stephane Roth.

1190 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1S6, Canada

9. La Korrigane

380 Dorchester, Québec, QC

La Korrigane brews some of Canada’s best artisanal beers, focusing on a single source: handpicked ingredients from Quebec’s boreal forests. Owner Catherine Dionne-Foster and head brewer Jean-Sebastien Côté create accessible beer styles that are unfiltered, unpasteurized and contain no chemicals, preservatives, or artificial flavours. The same can be said about their pub grub. A lovely, semi-enclaved summer garden terrace stands out amidst greyish Saint-Roch.

380 Dorchester
Québec, QC

10. JJacques

341 Rue Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Québec, QC G1K 3E9, Canada

Speakeasy oyster and cocktail bar meets small, but smart tapas menu. Velvet banquettes and privacy curtains make for a cozy atmosphere where to consume refined cocktails and thirst-quenching natural biodynamic wines. The raw scallop dish is highly recommended.

341 Rue Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Québec
QC G1K 3E9, Canada

11. Restaurant Tanière³

36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, QC G1K 3Z6, Canada

Taking up residence in underground vaults dating back to 1686, Tanière³ offers an immersive experience that puts forward a finessed take on Quebec’s culinary landscape. Choose a seat at the counter in order to take part in an intimate experience where young and talented chef François-Emmanuel Nicol and his team present and explain the creative process, inspirations, and techniques used in every dish. It’s a menu that reflects the seasons, while also highlighting Quebec’s history.

36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z6, Canada

12. L'Orygine

36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, QC G1K 3Z6, Canada

All restaurants under the Groupe La Tanière banner (Légende par La Tanière, L’Orygine, Tanière³) pride themselves on cooking exclusively with local products, from root to fruit. At this Old Quebec arm of the Tanière empire, chef Sabrina Lemay highlights the brightness and colourful biodiversity of Québec’s land and sea with an approach that caters to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets. Expect sustainably sourced ingredients from the boreal forest and the gulf of the St. Lawrence River. It all happens inside a stunning historic building with one of the most beautiful, intimate terraces in Quebec City.  

36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z6, Canada

13. Le Clocher Penché

203, Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC