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Restaurant Initiale

) #2 of 1,219 Restaurants in Quebec City ₹₹₹₹ European, , French
54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good7%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (60 reviews)
“meringues” (5 reviews)
“foie gras” (23 reviews)
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European, Canadian, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
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Reviews (565)
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I, together with our daughter, shared a memorable meal at L'Initiale last weekend. We made our restaurant choice based on the many positive reviews posted on TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. The reservation process was seamless...the confirmation email was prompt and...More

Thank 255100Margaret
Reviewed 3 days ago

As other reviewers have said: Quality and Expense are both very high. We thoroughly enjoyed a 9 course tasting dinner, and left fully satisfied after 3 hours and 40 minutes. Each course place setting/plate is a work of art. Rolande is a wonderful hostess, and...More

Thank brwerner
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are looking for the most up scale restaurant in Quebec City then this is it. The meal is preset and VERY EXPENSIVE. The wine, hard drinks and water all comes with a cost. The service is TOP NOTCH. The owner is the hostess...More

Thank docbob0707
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I dined at Initiale last week. Rolande is graciousness personified. From start to finish we had one of the best meals that I have ever eaten. The service is exceptional and the food is innovative and sophisticated. We chose the tasting menu...More

Thank LaurieTravels62
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very good experience at this restaurant. We had the tasting menu for $159 each . The food offered was very good and creative. The wine pairing was almost the same amount and I think this was over priced. This is an old...More

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our entire experience at Restaurant Initiale was beyond compare. The restaurant, itself, is simple, yet elegant and very calming and hospitable--just like Rolande, who was a perfect host. It is the perfect backdrop for one of the most amazing meals I have had in my...More

Thank Pam J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great cuisine at affordable price during lunch. Their lunch included appetizer, entree and dessert for about $30 per person. Service was excellent and quality superb. Right next to the basse Ville tourist attractions.

Thank Tutis_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our last evening in Quebec was reserved for Initiale. There is no surprise why this lovely husband / wife owned oasis has been in business 27 years. Every aspect of our evening was near perfection. Staff is well trained and attentive / knowledagble. Food was...More

Thank dhetexas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very fine restaurant with two tasting menu options, and an excellent wine list. Among one of the best meals we've ever had. A great serving team and the kitchen is very talented. Deserving of a Michelin star.

Thank djvh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came in with very high expectations and we were not disappointed. One of the best testing menus I have ever experienced. The service was incredibly. Our friendly cheese server helped us select a wonderful selection of local cheeses. We anointed him "CGI" Cheese Guy...More

Thank TriathleteNewYork
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
With advance notice, can you provide vegetarian vegan options for diners, as one in our party is vegan?
6 April 2017|
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Response from Dex888 | Reviewed this property |
Vegetarian probably, vegan I doubt it (might be hard to find in Québec City), but I would certainly email them. Good luck. Enjoy your stay ! Cheers
Lawrence M
Are you open for dinner on 24 DEC 16? Do you have a special menu?
15 September 2016|
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Response from Fred B | Reviewed this property |
You will want to send an email to the restaurant. They're pretty responsive, Lawrence. Fred
What time are you open for lunch on a Saturday? Do you need reservations then?
21 August 2016|
Response from RetiredAnalyst | Reviewed this property |
Through Trip Advisor, I looked at the website for Initiale and learned that they are not open for lunch on Saturdays; just Tuesday through Friday. You may wish to use their online contact form to ask them directly whether... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 37 - US$ 105
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City
  • Phone Number: +1 418-694-1818
  • E-mail
Years of tireless work by chef Yvan Lebrun and his partner Rolande Leclerc have earned L'Initiale Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux certification and an AAA/CAA Five Diamond rating. The pair's passion for flavor and authenticity is reflected in everything they do, and the restaurant boasts a decidedly local sensibility, featuring some of the region's top products and artisans.
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