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Restaurant Initiale

Certificate of Excellence
European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saved Initiale for our last dinner after 10 days in Montreal and Quebec - because we heard it was the best. They did not let us down! The 9 course dinner was amazing! The foie gras was our absolute favorite from all the other many times we enjoyed it during our visit. The halibut and the lamb were stellar... More 

Thank Jman K
Quebec, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we have been at L'initiale everything is perfect. From the service to the finest dishes prepared by Chef Yvan Lebrun, they wow us! I have organized an event, I have brought food critics, I have been there with friends, and I have been there with my wife . Whatever the event it will be a fantastic evening .

Thank fm0rin
Quebec City, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm from Quebec city and have been in many restaurants here. I can tell that the Initial is at the top. Meal for sure and recommandation for the wine was absolutly perfect. The service, impeccable. If you come in Quebec city and want to live a gastronomic experience, that's the place. A great birthday for me, a huge thanks to... More 

Thank gilbertsimard
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you have any training with table etiquette or peeves in that category you can expect the best service of your life. Truly flawless. The food was amazing (by any standard) and locally sourced for the most part. Also they were so accommodating to my gluten allergy.

Thank Bea K
Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Disinctinction and state of the art culinary prowesses are to expect at Restaurant Initiale. The service is cordial and personalized, with many little attentions that make you feel like a special guest, like a copy of the menu with a hand written note from the chef. It was my first time eating calf sweetbread and I wasn't disappointed. The cheese... More 

1 Thank Andree-Anne L
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Do NOT miss this restaurant. The meal, the service, the entire night attained perfection and was one that we will remember fondly forever! I can not express how perfect every detail was. The food, the service, the atmosphere. We hope to return in the future.

Thank efeldmar
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

From word of mouth we had heard this other Relais & Chateaux restaurant to be one of, if not the best in Quebec City. For a two day trip in Quebec City, we had decided to book both Panache and l'Initiale. Unfortunately, we did not feel the experience nor the cuisine that specific night was on par with the high... More 

2 Thank colinmerlin
New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Ms. Rolande runs a great establishment and I couldn't be happier with our dinner. I proposed to my now fiancée and we went as a celebration. Ms. Rolande picked a great champagne for us and we got the 9 course dinner. Amazing mixtures of flavor, presentation, and detail. Very filling meal and great sample of many flavors and delicious plates.... More 

Thank blantz01
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We went there to try their tasting menu because we had heard about it from some friends. The service was good, the setting is nice, the food was good but not overly impressive, especially for the kind of price they command. Our bill for 2 tasting menus and wine pairing was 700$. I am certain that one can eat probably... More 

2 Thank Dex888
Bangor, Maine
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This was our first experience in a restaurant of such high caliber, so I do not have anything to compare it to. Every plate was worth of a picture; every bite was a combination of tastes and textures that were unusual, subtle and astounding. The wait staff was extremely attentive and we were personally greeted by the owner as well.... More 

3 Thank Laura W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$36 - US$103
European, Canadian, French
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?