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“The Best Possible 50th Anniversary Dinner”

Restaurant Initiale
Ranked #2 of 1,639 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$86 - US$124
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Just 3 minutes from the Château Frontenac, in the heart of the Old-Port of Québec, you'll discover gourment cuisine worthy of the greatest tables in the world. Member of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, 5 diamonds AAA/CAA, Gault & Millau.
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Celebrated our 50th anniversary here with the tasting menu. A 10 course delight of exquisitely prepared and presented variety of wonderful tastes. Additional "treats" were also presented throughout the meal. While on the pricy side (you are only married 50 years once) it was well worth the experience and truly is worthy of its 5 diamond rating.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Wanted to reserve for dinner but was full, so we opted for lunch and ended up being a good decision. This restaurant is fine dinning, it has everything you want, great food and service. The food is incredible for the eyes, a master piece in each plate. The wine selection is one of the best in town. I gave 4 stars to this restaurant because if the price. I think lunch could be a nice alternative as dinner is very expensive. I still think that this place needs to be discovered by tourist, it is special, one of the best restaurants in the province, but again, the bill can be scary as the taxes are 15%, then add another 15% for service, ouch.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

We had dinner at Initiale for our anniversary and it was a beautiful and special evening.

But it doesn't have to be a big occasion -- this first class staff and exquisite cuisine could turn a regular Tuesday night meal into a memorable evening. Service and food were equally distinctive -- special but not over the top. The food is beautiful, delicious, and the presentation has a touch of playfulness that we enjoyed.

A memorable evening in a very special setting.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

Proprietors Roland Leclerc, Yvan Lebrun and their dedicated staff provided my wife and I with an extremely memorable evening last week while we were visiting Quebec City. This is a very evolved restaurant. Everything is well planned and executed from the comfortable, pleasing decor, the warm greeting and attentive service, to the thoughtful menus, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. There is high integrity and even a slight sense of humility or modesty in all of their preparations and offerings. Nothing seems "over the top" or overreaching and the food is almost always stunningly beautiful, a little whimsical and, most importantly, delicious. This was not an inexpensive dinner, but since we found it comparable to some of our best dining experiences in Paris, when you subtract the airfare, one could argue how reasonable it actually is.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

From the moment we walked in we knew this would be the dinner of a lifetime. For a moment we felt slightly over our heads (this place is beyond nice) but Rolande quickly took us under her wing and put us right at ease. The dinner to follow is one that we will be talking about for years to come. Every course was spectacular and the wine pairings perfect. We had award winning cheese (served at Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding!) and even our dessert was customized to wish us a happy honeymoon. We left feeling satisfied, full, and like we’d just experienced something very special. I can’t say enough about the staff, the food and the service we received. We will definitely be back to celebrate our anniversary one day.

Nathan and Vanessa Robinson

Date of visit: October 2018
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