Le Charles Baillairge
This restaurant in the Clarendon Hotel is billed as the oldest restaurant in Canada, and it is certainly one of the most expensive. What diners can expect for their dollars, however, is an exquisite experience where food has been turned into an art form. The refined menu features dishes of guinea fowl and game, enhanced with exotic sauces, delectable seafood like Atlantic salmon, daring salads made with ingredients from the hotel's own garden, and tasty terrines. As far as possible local produce is used, right down to the post-dinner chocolates, served with port. The setting is as refined and elegant as the food. Reservations recommended. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Address: 57 Rue Sainte-Anne, Hotel Clarendon
Telephone: (418) 692 2480
This family run restaurant offers the ultimate in gastronomic delight, blending Italian and French tradition into a tempting menu that translates into tantalising aromas as you enter. The restaurant, operating for more than 35 years, has just moved to a new location, still in the old city, but the atmosphere and quality has been maintained. Beppino Boezio, who came to Québec City in 1962 from Italy, has passed on his knowledge to his son Luidgi, who is taking over the reins. Specialities of the house are pasta, rack of lamb, milk-fed veal, beef and seafood. Open daily from 11am.
Address: 73 Sainte-Anne Street
Telephone: (418) 692 2216
Les Frères de la Côte
Offering al fresco dining in a bustling atmosphere in the upper town, this busy bistro is a hang-out for politicians and journalists. The food is as lively as the clientele, with a Mediterranean inspired menu that changes daily. Specialities are pizza, osso bucco, confit de canard (duck leg) and leg of lamb, but there are often surprises like tenderloin horse meat, sweetbreads and couscous plates on offer. It can be a bit crowded, especially on the terrace, so book ahead.
Address: 1190, rue Saint-Jean
Telephone: (418) 692 5445
The busy terrace of this popular restaurant bears testimony to its quality. Although located in the old train station, the Gare du Palais, near the old port, it is decorated with an aviation theme. The menu is tempting and varied, offering eastern dishes, sushi, Tex-Mex, seafood and grills.
Address: 450 de la Gare-du-Palais, Vieux Port
Telephone: (418) 522 3555
Aux Anciens Canadien
This establishment, set in a historic homestead, has gone out of its way to give visitors a true Canadian dining experience, with staff dressed in period costume and five dining rooms each outfitted in a different historic theme. The meals on offer are authentic Canadian, too, with plenty of rib-sticking offerings like maple-syrup pie, rich game dishes and hearty meat pies. The restaurant is renowned for its good value three-course set lunch menu.
Address: 34, rue Saint-Louis, Succursale Haute-Ville
Telephone: (418) 692 1627
Le Buffet de l'Antiquaire
The best value for money in the old town is probably to be had at this diner in the antiques district. The cuisine is home-style Quebecois, both filling, tasty and reasonably priced. Pea soup, pies and poutine are some of the offerings from the menu. This establishment is particularly favoured for its delicious desserts.
Address: 95 Rue St-Paul
Telephone: (418) 692 2661
Pointe des Ameriques
Pizza with pizzazz is the speciality of this lively, ultra-modern restaurant, which attracts mainly a young clientele, ensuring every night is party night. The establishment offers perfect pizzas with an almost endless choice of toppings, some of them extremely unusual like caribou. The menu also features other favourites like pasta, a variety of burgers, panini and fajitas.
Address: 964 Rue St Jean
Telephone: (418) 694 1199
Casse Crêpe Breton
For a quick filler any time of the day, head for this café. You will probably pick it out because there is usually a queue at the door. Casse Crêpe Breton has been a favourite café near the Côte du Palais in the upper town for many years, whipping up the most delectable crêpes. Diners can watch the crêpes being made and pick their choice from more than 20 different sweet and savoury fillings. Choose from main course crêpes, prepared with a choice of two to five ingredients such as meat, cheese and vegetables, or try a sweet crêpe with chocolate, cream and fruit. Reservations not accepted.
Address: 1136 Rue St Jean
Telephone: (418) 692 0438
Café du Monde
Delicious dining on traditional French fare along with a view is the offering of this popular bistro at the Old Port. The restaurant has a patio overlooking the river, and a glass enclosure. Reservations are essential here if you want to enjoy specialities like duck confit, salmon tartare, artichoke pudding, and oat tatin apple pie. Open Monday to Friday 11:30am-11pm, weekends and holidays 9:30am-11pm.
Address: 84 rue Dalhousie
Telephone: (418) 692 4455
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