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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
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Bangor, Maine
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank Laura W
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every aspect of our dinner at Initiale was perfect. From making the reservations; to the meal; to the return trip to our hotel after dinner, everything was beyond our expectations... and our expectations were high. My wife and I planned a trip to Quebec which was mainly focused around fine dinning. Initiale was always supposed to be the main event,... More 

1 Thank George R
Quebec City, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have tried a broad selection of the top restaurants in Quebec City since moving here in 2011. I can say unreservedly that Intiale has offered the most inspired, attentive, and caring meals I have had in the haute cuisine category. I think it is as good as many of the best French restaurants in New York. The setting is... More 

1 Thank Robert C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I were visiting around the holidays and happened to get a reservation here on New Year's Eve. I was communicating with Rolande beforehand and she was informative and accommodating. There was a set menu of 10 courses for the evening and each plate was stunning as well as delicious. It was expensive, but certainly worth it for... More 

1 Thank Clara H
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking to have your face stuffed full of non-descript carbs and garbage, there are many restaurants that I could recommend. L'Initial is an eating experience that goes beyond typical quisine. Every dish is a treat to the eye as much as the pallat. Its pricy, but well worth it.

1 Thank steplab1963
prince edward island
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the 4th year in a row my husband and I have enjoyed dinner on Christmas Day at Initiale (we would go more often but we live in another province!). The restaurant is owned by Rolande and her partner Yvan who is the Chef. While Yvan works his magic in the kitchen coming up with beautifully presented plates holding such... More 

1 Thank kdpei
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding 9 course tasting menu with wine accompaniments. Traditional local cuisine including fois gras, beef and seafood. The sea bass was exceptional. Pricey but well worth the cost. Service is unparalleled.

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Plymouth, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dining at Initiale is a treat for all five senses. Seeing the elegant building, walking in and being greeted by the staff is the first welcome to a spectacular evening. Touching the expertly pressed tablecloth and handling the unique silverware reinforces the fine dining atmosphere. Hearing the details of each course as it is being served enhances the anticipation of... More 

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Quebec, Canada
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chief just win a prize for the best CHEFI think! The food ia excellent anf the service too. The restaurant is at the Petit Champlain, a wonderful place to walk before or after the dinner!

Thank Edithe P
Sarasota, Florida
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204 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Initiale is not for everyone both in price and menu selection, and in the type of food; but, if you are looking for high-end (i.e., expensive with corresponding quality), elegant, and superb culinary dishes, then Initiale should be experienced. Make sure you allot the better part of the evening as dining here is a extended process--not a "quick serve, out... More 

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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$37 - US$106
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?