5 High-End Restaurants When You Have Something To Celebrate in Quebec City

Exploring Quebec City's Culinary Excellence: 5 High-End Restaurants When You Have Something To Celebrate

Quebec City is renowned for its cobblestone streets, historic charm, and vibrant culinary scene. Many of my guests on my Tours Guidés de Québec are also here because they have something to celebrate. An anniversary, wedding, birthday… there is always a good reason to celebrate in my hometown. Quebec City offers a wide variety of high-end dining options that promise to make your experience unforgettable. Here are five top-notch restaurants you should consider for your next celebration.

Just before we get started, let’s answer this question: Is Quebec Food the same as French Food?

Traditional food of Quebec is as rich, vibrant and diverse as the province itself. The strongest influences on traditional Quebec cuisine come from France, British and Ireland, as they are the three largest ethnic groups in the province.

Also, many aspects of Canadian First Nation cuisine have also had a significant impact on Quebec cuisine. Other European influences on Quebec food include German and Italian, especially around Montreal.

On my tours, it sometimes happen that my guests believe that French and traditional food of Quebec are the same. As you will learn on my walking tours, Quebec City was a French colony until 1763 when it became a British colony for over a hundred years. So yes, we do have some French influence. It is true that Quebecois enjoy eating crêpes, baguettes, good cheeses and croissants… just like everyone else! Quebec has its own cuisine, ingredients, expertise and brilliant chefs. Is British and American food the same? Of course not!

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Where to Dine in Quebec City? 5 Quebec City’s Best High-End Restaurants (according to your tour guide!)

1. Le Clan

Location: 44 Rue des Jardins, Québec

Why Visit: Le Clan, led by acclaimed chef Stéphane Modat (former chef at the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac), is a relatively new addition to Quebec City’s high-end dining scene but has quickly made a name for itself. The restaurant emphasizes a farm-to-table approach, with a menu that celebrates local and seasonal ingredients. They also pay tribute to the Indigenous food. I tried seal for the first time on my last visit there! The sophisticated yet cozy atmosphere, paired with the chef’s innovative culinary creations and the team amazing service, makes Le Clan an excellent choice for a memorable celebration.

Signature Dish: The tasting menu, with our without the wine pairing, showcases the finest local produce and game, is a must-try for an immersive culinary experience.

2. Le Saint-Amour

Location: 48 Rue Sainte-Ursule

Why Visit: Le Saint-Amour is an icon in Quebec City’s dining scene, known for its romantic ambiance and exquisite French cuisine. Chef Jean-Luc Boulay, a master of his craft, presents dishes that are both visually stunning and delicious. The restaurant’s beautiful garden room, complete with a glass ceiling and lush greenery, makes it an ideal setting for a romantic celebration.

Signature Dish: The foie gras, a house specialty, is a must-try, perfectly showcasing the chef’s skill and creativity.

3. Laurie Raphaël

Location: 117 Rue Dalhousie

Why Visit: Located in the Old Port, Laurie Raphaël offers a unique dining experience that combines modern culinary techniques with a deep respect for Quebec’s culinary traditions and Quebec producers. Celebrity Chef Daniel Vézina’s innovative approach results in dishes that are both creative and rooted in local flavors. The sleek, contemporary design of the restaurant and its open kitchen concept add to the dynamic dining experience, making it a great choice for a celebratory dinner.

Signature Dish: The tasting menu, featuring a series of imaginative and beautifully plated courses, is a journey through Quebec’s rich culinary landscape.

4. Restaurant Tanière³

Location: 36 1/2 Rue Saint-Pierre

Why Visit: For a unique dining experience, Tanière³ is a must-visit. Located in historic vaults, this restaurant offers a multi-sensory journey with creative cuisine in a memorable setting. Chef François-Emmanuel Nicol’s menu showcases the best local and foraged ingredients, celebrating the region’s natural bounty.

Signature Dish: The extensive tasting menu, which evolves with the seasons and showcases the best of Quebec’s terroir, is a must for any foodie.

5. Chez Muffy

Location: 8 Rue Saint-Antoine

Why Visit: Located within the charming Auberge Saint-Antoine, Chez Muffy offers a rustic yet refined dining experience. The restaurant is set in a historic maritime warehouse, giving it a unique character. Chef Julien Ouellet’s menu features farm-to-table cuisine, emphasizing fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The warm, inviting atmosphere and superb wine list make Chez Muffy a perfect choice when you have something to celebrate!

Signature Dish: The beef tartare, expertly prepared and bursting with flavor, is a standout dish that exemplifies the restaurant’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

Bonus: 6. La Légende

Location: 255 Rue Saint-Paul

Why Visit: Let’s add a last restaurant to my list of 5 High-End Restaurants When You Have Something To Celebrate. La Légende, an award-winning restaurant, offers a sophisticated and adventurous dining experience that draws heavily on the natural beauty and bounty of Quebec. Chef Elliot Beaudoin creates dishes that are both innovative and rooted in local traditions, using foraged ingredients and seasonal produce. The modern decor and intimate setting make it a perfect spot for a celebratory meal. My partner took me out for dinner over there on my birthday last year and eating there is not just having a meal, it is a total immersive experience! Wow!

Signature Dish: I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It combines flavors and textures to highlight the region’s unique culinary heritage. The choice of wines with each plate is also excellent.

Just being in Quebec City is a reason good enough to celebrate. I hope you enjoy my list of high-end restaurants in Quebec City. They all promise to deliver exceptional dining experiences.

Bon appétit!

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Marie-Pierre Lessard

Tour guide, blogger, entrepreneur

I love everything about Quebec City and its historic district. I’m passionate about its restaurants, activities, and people. With my guided tours, let me show you the best of Quebec!Contact me today.

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