Discover 10 restaurants you need to try in Quebec City

(according to your tour guide)

I came up with the idea of creating a list that would show my favorites places to have a drink and good food in Quebec City. The list you are about to see is not about the ”best” places in town. These are all places I personally enjoy and that I believe you should try for a authentic, local experience. Ready to discover 10 restaurants and local pubs you need to try in Quebec City? . Santé!-Cheers!

Disclaimer: I’m a native French speaker.  English is not my first language. I learned English at school, but I mostly learned it by watching to The Simpsons and listening to rock/metal music. So, I might have made a few mistakes in this blog post.  If I did, please tell me, its the best way I can improve!

1-1608 Wine & Cheese bar (inside the Fairmont Château Frontenac)

The 1608 offers one of the largest varieties of top Quebec cheeses, sourced from its unique Cheese Room, and coupled with the top wine offerings the world has to offer. They also have great local beers. Go for the studding view over the St. Lawrence River, the top-notch service and the ”château” atmosphere. Dress code: casual, as we like it!

chateau frontenac at sunset

Go to the 1608 for the studding view over the St. Lawrence River, the top-notch service and the ”château” atmosphere. Photo by David L. Labrie

2-Le Côtes à Côtes

The best ribs in Québec City! Others specialties: grilled dishes, burgers, smoked meat and certified AAA beef. Go for their cocktails (including the famous Caribou), local beers and friendly atmosphere. This restaurant has one of the nicest (and biggest) terrace in town, from which you have a gorgeous view of the St. Lawrence River and Château Frontenac.

cotes a cotes restaurant in old quebec

This restaurant has one of the nicest (and biggest) terrace in town.

3-Pub St-Patrick

Cozy Irish pub with a warm atmosphere, a fire place, some good folk/Irish music and is located in a historical building in Old Québec, directly across from city hall. Full menu, happy hour and an excellent selection of scotch and Québec beer.

Irish pub

Discover the Irish side of the quebecois at one of the many Irish Pubs in Quebec City, such as Pub St-Patrick

4-Le Tournebroche

Le Tournebroche, located next to l’Hôtel du Vieux-Québec, makes roasted chicken its specialty. Go for their convivial happy hour, the organic and local products, their wide selection of wines and local beers from Ile d’Orléans and Montreal. They even have a garden and hives on their own roof. That’s a real farm to table experience!

5-La Ninkasi

Wanna go off the beaten path? It’s one of the very first bar have been to (was I even 18 years old?). The Ninkasi has 2 floors with many tables so it’s easy to chat ( and the music is not too loud). They only serve local craft beers and spirits as well as coffees and espressos. Go for their live music shows and their karaoke nights. This fun and original place can also be included on my Walk-hop tour.

karaoke ninkasi

Experience a karaoke night with your friends at La Ninkasi! photo by La Ninkasi

6-La Barberie Microbrewery

Wanna go even more off the beaten path? La Barberie are passionate about beer and social commitment, La Barberie’s mission is to produce and offer original and distinctive recipes to democratize beer by developing a sense of community. In addition to its products almost everywhere in Quebec , La Barberie invites you to discover their creations in their unpretentious tasting room. You can even bring your own food! Go for the local craft beers, the festive atmosphere, and to support local entrepreneurship.

7- Le Pape Georges

Fine Quebec’s cheeses, pub-style snacks and a wide selection of wines and beers made Bistrot Le Pape Georges’ reputation. It’s the kind of place cozy enough that if your winter boots are wet because of a busy day exploring Old Quebec (or after one of my guided tours!), you are free to take them off and walk around with your socks. This comfortable place presents blues and folk music shows with local bands from Thursday to Saturday. Locals also enjoy their sunny terrace. It’s truly a unique place to discover!

 

8- Pub de l’oncle Antoine

Located in the marvelous vaults of the Barbel house, in Place Royale, Pub de l’Oncle Antoine is the place to go for homemade comfort food such as a good hot French onion soup.  They are famous for their wide variety of micro-breweries products, their whiskeys and wine. One of the things I like the most about this place is its relaxed atmosphere. There are even board games you can play with! It’s hard to believe that just behind this pub stands one of the busiest places in the lower town, Place Royale. A visit of this lovely place can also be included on my Walk-Hop tour. 

 

9- Chez Jules

Looking for an affordable place near the Chateau Frontenac and Place d’Armes? At Chez Jules, you will experience a true French brasserie where the decor and  the recipes, respect French tradition. I especially like the professional, friendly service of this restaurant and relaxed, pretention-free atmosphere. It is also a great place for all the family and their kid menu is just ‘’wow’’!

french croissant

Chez Jules’s breakfast and among the best in town!

10- Nina Pizza

This is truly a gem of St-Roch district! The two friends behind this little pizzeria make the best Neapolitan pizza I’ve tasted in Quebec City. I’m really a fan of this place! There is a good chance you will only see locals there because it’s a bit of a walk from Old Quebec, but personally I think it’s worth the taxi ride.

Tour guide with scarf and orange coat in Quebec City

That’s me! Your tour guide ”posing” on a beautiful day of fall

Will I be showing you the these 10 restaurants (and more) during your next stay here in Quebec City? I hope so! You can contact me using the contact form below.

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