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Restaurant Initiale

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European, Canadian, French
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54 St-Pierre Street, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 3Z9, Canada
+1 418-694-1818
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17:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Portland, Maine
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This Relais and Chateau restaurant is just what we were looking for to celebrate our Thanksgiving without the rest of the family. Greeted by name, we were well taken care of from arrival to departure. The food is the star and the dining room reflects that with its monochrome, minimalist decor. I had the best martini I've ever had to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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65 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience at Initiale. We took the degustation menu and absolutely loved it. It includes 9 services: 6 dishes, 1 cheese plate, 1 dessert and 1 small after-dessert. There's also an amuse-bouche from the chef at the beginning. So don't eat a heavy lunch (or just brunch perhaps) if you plan on the 9 course-dinner (which is... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't really know the details of earning a Michelin star is but I felt that it had all the trappings that make for an excellent restaurant experience worth a star. Cocktails were excellent, as was the wine list. Service was impeccable and very attentive and informative. The choices on the menu were essentially prix fixe and gave you choices such... More 

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138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful locale and interior - plenty of space between tables. Choose From the Sea and From the Land. Both were excellent - thinking that Sea was best. The photos show the meticulous preparation. The cheese presentation was impressive. Very Highly Recommended!!!

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Thank MrESP2013
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Restaurant Initiale on my birthday for lunch and had an excellent experience. I was served the best food that I have ever had; it was not only delicious but artfully beautiful.The service was memorable and the staff performed tasks that are thoughtful and uncommon in most restaurants today. For example: they make you feel welcome with their... More 

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San Rafael, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have had the privilege of dining at French Laundry and Gary Danko in the Bay Area and I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the quality and creativity of the food and wine. The tasting menu was fantastic from the first to the last. Highlights for us were the Deer Tenderloin, Foie Gras, and... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and spent one evening in "le restaurant Initiale" and really enjoyed it. It was probably one of the best meals that we had. The food and wine were both excellent and the service was fantastic. Well worth the splurge. But beware it is expensive..but once in a while ...Why not

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San Juan
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a special occasion lunch with friends. Excellent reception, beautiful ambiance and perfect from A to Z. Nothing less than what we expected being a restaurant with such a prestigious name. Service and attention were extraordinary. Wines however were very expensive but generally to be expected from such a prestigious restaurant. A lunch to remember and our best dining... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our 9 course tasting dinner was one of the most enjoyable meals of my life. The experience was on par with my experience at the French Laundry. And make no mistake, you are paying for an experience, not just a meal. Since we were a party of 7, we actually had our own room, which did make the experience even... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Each course presented was first class, service spectacular. It is expensive but so worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$104
Cuisine
European, Canadian, French
Meals
Dinner
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
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?