La Cremaillère
La Cremaillère

La Cremaillère

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cremaillere.qc.ca/
  • Phone: 4186922216
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 Pm - 11:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Jacques Le Pluart
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rue Desjardins
  • Public Transit: No Charge
  • Parking: Valet
A word from La Cremaillère
La Crémaillère fête ses 40 ans. Depuis 1971 le restaurant la Crémaillère a toujours été au centre de la gastronomie de Québec et un repas à La Crémaillère demeure un classique incontournable lors d’un passage dans la Vieille Capitale. Aujourd’hui la cuisine est confiée à Jacques Le Pluart. Figure importante de l’histoire gastronomique de Québec son style raffiné et authentique saura vous combler. Beppino Boezio le propriétaire n’as rien perdu de sa passion. Personnage haut en couleur et très connu a Québec, il vous accueillera avec classe et simplicité. Beppino a vu passer bien des personnalités. Il importe ses vins directement des producteurs et avec son associé Michel Antoine ils ont concocté une offre de vin unique et remarquable. Les expositions de peintres et les choix musicaux font qu’un moment à la Crémaillère sera une expérience culinaire et artistique qui enchantera vos cinq sens.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
La Cremaillère reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (20)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (10)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Impeccable
    TempestWolf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and service were impeccable. The waiters were attentive and amusing, the food was simply delicious, and the ambiance was intimate and romantic. Even though I wasn't feeling well that evening, I couldn't put down my fork!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good meal
    CharlotteDave
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Other than the chateaubriand which was just OK, everything about the restaurant was top notch. Service and presentation was excellent. All other food was outstanding. They even waited with us when our taxi was late. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner experience
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Situated in old Quebec the Restaurant offers fine french cuisine. The atmosphere is Very elegant, a Bit old style. The food was excellent but the amounts too big for a three course meal. IT was a special evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip
    Bill
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Me and my wife came here for a honeymoon dinner while we were visiting QC. I thought a reservation was needed; it wasn't for a Monday night in September - most of the tables were empty. Prix fixe menu was good bang for the buck, although the portions are small. Expect to pay $150-$250 for two people if you go for a bottle of wine too. All in all, a great visit, and one of QC's iconic restaurants that we can say we visited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Quebec City
    KenLVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In a city with the character of QC, there isn't a better restaurant to celebrate a special night out. From Maitre d' to the servers, all were professional and responsive. The food was what you would expect in a fine French restaurant, and the wine list, with its focus on French and Italian wines, had something for everyone. Probably a reflection of it's reputation, we noticed a number of single diners enjoying the food and hospitality of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service good food
    Alimentari
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was good but dessert disappointed. Service was outstanding-our waiter Solomon went the extra mile. Very quiet and intimate. Unfortunately, there was a party of four in the corner who spoke very loudly and overpowered the room making it hard to enjoy conversation at our table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice rediscovery
    ReneG
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Selected this restaurant with Open table and surprise I had been there before and did not remember until I entered the lobby. Located in an old house, this restaurant has a lot of character and nice ambiance. We were three people and we all were very happy with the choice. The food was French and the service was excellent. The server even took pictures for us. All in all very nice evening with good wine. The price was reasonable for the table d'hôte that we all choose. Quite a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    RMA111
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    PErfect surroundings in an old building. Magnificent service. Overall delightful experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    showargVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Mediocre food. Service was abysmal, and when pointed out to the manager that meals were mixed up and not delivered in anything like a timely manner, nothing but a half hearted apology was offered. We were seated in "Siberia," an area that was clearly understaffed (which the manager later admitted). Side dishes delivered were not those described on the menu. In short, DON'T GO!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice time great service
    Steaklover
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous meal and attentive service. Large restaurant and delicious food, crepes suzettte prepared table side. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnmartha
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were somewhat disappointed in the overall experience for two reasons. One they had no rose wines on the wine list. What French restaurant ignores a wine that is a main wine in Provence? Second our wait staff did not seem pleased that we did not speak fluent French. Overall it has a nice atmosphere. The chateaubriand was pretty good but if you don't speak fluent French there are many other restaurants that will welcome your business.0
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  • Classic in Old Quebec City
    KevinS
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I used TA to look for some of the top restaurants in the old city and La Cremaillere was one that was highly rated (and expensive). We got there early but were seated immediately. My wife was set on having Chateaubriand for two and it was really excellent and done perfectly. The staff was very attentive although we did have a change in waiters. But there must have been 4-5 people that provided service throughout the meal including the maître d. As was the case in Le Continental wine glasses were replenished frequently and breads filled as we finished off a particular type. Dessert was Crepes Suzette done tableside and was excellent as were the salads. It was a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inevitable
    Robert
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Je suis montréalais; mais J'y retourne régulièrement depuis près de 20 ans pour souligner des événements particuliers. Un grand classique. Beaucoup de classe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice!
    Debzdream
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our 30th wedding anniversary while we were vacationing in Quebec City; we both selected the prix fixe menu. I had the snails prepared in saffron cream which was tasty, although a little bland. The cream of carrot soup had been prepared with too much salt. The rack of lamb was very good and the accompanying side dishes were excellent--a wonderful augratin potato and root vegetables-- both of which were seasoned perfectly. My husband enjoyed his selections which were the smoked salmon, fish stew (which was more of a stock--it was void of fish or vegetables), a steak which he said rivaled any of our Chicago steak houses. The creme brulee was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    mcmsfVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great food, outstanding service, very professional, beautiful dining room, all w excellent value. I had to wild mushroom pasta, my friend had the rack of lamp. We enjoyed a lovely wine. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My dinner was delivered and as she set it down, she said it wasn't my dinner and took it away, and then rebrought it. Thoght that was in poor taste and woudln't reccommend restaurant.
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  • Quebec City Gem
    Agodava
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We got way from the kids for a romantic dinner while on vacation. The staff was expert, helpful and friendly. The wine suggestions were spot on. The table side preparation of the steak tartar was masterful. Best foie gras my wife has had in years. The seafood was fresh and perfectly prepared. Yes, it's pricey, but the quality is evident. A lovely meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great first night in quebec
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    our waiter was very good (40 years at le cremaillere) the meal was delicious and we very much enjoyed the restaurant. it was one of many good stops in old quebec
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 79 reviews are from the La Cremaillère reviews archive.
  • Magical
    PurpleHeart
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My wife and I (from Texas) celebrated our anniversary in this restaurant. The service was superb. The server was friendly and funny. Was very balanced on all service. Nothing was overdone. The food was incredible. Very tasty! All the courses were cooked to perfection. The ambiance was romantic and quiet. We were able to talk, listening to each other was effortless due to the quietness. The restaurant displays art from different Quebec artists. Very tasteful and the art enhances the experience. I recommend this restaurant to all those looking to share a special dinner with their significant other. You will be happy you went.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, unhurried dining
    windsend
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent food, attentive but unobtrusive service, quiet, music-free atmosphere. My meal started with the salmon tartar appetizer which was perfectly spiced and wrapped in gravlax, and the filet main course with wine reduction sauce was tender and flavorful and cooked just to my liking. My companion started with mussels in a mild cream sauce and went on the rack of lamb, also perfectly cooked, which was separated into chops by our waiter at table-side. We paired the meal with a sangiovese. Our waiter decanted the bottle into a carafe and recommended we let it air for a few minutes - an excellent plan as the wine improved with each glass. We agreed it was a wonderful dining experience in great part because it was so unrushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an evening event
    AnnandDavid
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, however, it was a full evening. Something definitely happened with our dessert order; it was 30 minutes between our entries and dessert. We suspected a problem when our waiter came back after 15 minutes and asked if we wanted coffee; he had already asked that. Despite this delay I would go again; just have lots of time and money
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Unhappy
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We have frequented this restaurant and possibly it was an off night. We were the only table there that evening and perhaps my selection was not the best. However, our waiter could have warned us. I do not think we would go there again. Some elements of our meal were good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    Lillybear
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    My husband and I dined here last weekend. We experienced traditional Quebec dishes in a welcoming, attractive environment. Décor is white table cloths, and creamy walls off set beautifully with a selection of large, colourful, contemporary paintings. It was a very cold night and we were lovely and warm in this restaurant. Service was courteous and friendly - even a little humourous :) . Perfect place to meet with friends or for a romantic dinner with someone special. Would highly recommend. We had a very enjoyable evening overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    Winterwhite
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My family and I had a lovely dinner at la Cremaillere on new Hears Eve. The atmosphere was festive and our waiter was excellent: friendly, but not too friendly. Just right. Dinner was very tasty and nicely served.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An exceptional experience.
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    An exceptional experience. Impeccable food and service. Made for a very enjoyable, festive & extraordinary evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Experience, but never again
    Tellitlikeitis
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My expectations were high given the price. Service was slow--there was over an hour between entre and main course, so I wasn't hungry anymore. They ran out of the appetizer we ordered and switched our appetizer order without asking what we would prefer instead (we arrived at 7pm). The white wine options are minimal and VERY disappointing for the price--that includes the French white selection. The lamb was outstanding. The pork medallions uneventful. Poor choices for kids--the $20 'cheap' spaghetti option is better at East Side Marios. Amazing red wine selection.
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  • Christmas dinner treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    For two years in a row we have enjoyed the 4 course Christmas dinner at La Cremaillere. Veal medallions and the rack of lamb were particularly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Dinner
    Donald
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I was alone and still got a good table, and the waiter flamed crepe Suzette at my table. The steak was perfectly done. and the wine was excellent. all in all the meal was well worth the $100,00
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The whole experience from start to finish was amazing! The waiter was was wonderful, so helpful and funny! The food was so delicious. The steak tartar was well prepared at our table and quite tasty. It made our dinner out a very special occasion and will return if ever in Quebec City again. The only complaint was the Caesar which was far too strong to drink and I was never asked why and charged for it all the same. Otherwise it was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional French restaurant
    FuzzyBeaverVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The staff are extremely friendly and add enjoyment to the meal. The service is extremely good and they made perfect recommendations for the wines to go with the meals. All the appetizers, main courses and deserts were very good. The daily soup and duck were outstanding. They have a fixed price menu that includes three courses. These are the same ones available a la carte. Very traditional French cooking. The pricing is very low for what you get. Wines are also modestly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and good service
    JMAC
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We visited in late October so most places we ate at were 1/2 empty. This was also true of Le Cremalierre. The service was very attentive as you might expect and the food was excellent. I had the smoked salmon app and the veal striploin, daughter had crabcake and fish stew and my wife had a salad and the duck. The salmon, veal and duck were some of the best i've ever tasted and even the crabcake was way above average. The veal is brought to the table in the roasting pot and served table-side btw. The restaurant was out of the wine i choose so they suggetsed another, which was less expensive, and quite good. Definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    nordine
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Absolutely perfect dinner - celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary - outstanding service, food and ambience - they surprised us with sparklers in our dessert in recognition of our anniversary - everyone was lovely - it was by far one of the best dinners ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    BostonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We were looking for the nicest restaurant we could get a last-minute reservation at. This place was just not good. The server was attentive when there was no one there but then very distracted. The food was old-school, like 1950s fancy. My duck was tough. My companion's lamb was undercooked. Food was kind of fancy basic, if that makes sense, and not well executed. Space is like an old house, dining room open to the entry, which does not work. I would not go back. Very very expensive too, I should note!
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  • Overall good, not perfect
    tatecg
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We arrived on time and were seated promptly and courteously. We elected the price-fixe menu-- appetizers, soups, and entrees were tasty, well prepared, served at a comfortable pace. After dinner, it felt like we were ignored for the next thirty minutes or so. This was fine, as we had wine and lots to talk about, but it did seem out of place with the rest of our visit. We were never asked what we wanted for dessert, when a delicious lemon creme brûlée was unceremoniously tossed in front of us, without a word. We ate it, because we were ready for dessert and it was good, but it did seem very odd that we were never asked what we wanted. It was a strange and mildly unpleasant end to an otherwise enjoyable meal.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    chriscalabogie
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Fantastic food, service and ambience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Jared
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I had dined at this restaurant back in April of this year and it was amazing. It's on the pricey side. 4 people with one bottle of wine $450 but you don't mind the price if everything is great. This time the experience was quite the opposite. We continually had to ask for the waiter. Sat down and waited 30mins for the waiter to show just to get water. It didn't improve from there. We definitely got the impression it was short staffed. When the food finally arrived the plates had been under the heat lamp for some time as they burned to the touch. We only had one bottle of wine but would have had more if only we had a waiter to serve us. Incredibly disappointing. Won't be going back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Tale of Two Meals
    DossVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    It was the best of meals it was the worst of meals. My wife had a good meal . Her Foie Gras was a good starter. Her Filet of Beef was good, flavorful and cooked to order. Her Crème Brulée was good. My Crab Cake was more of a Croquette than a Crab Cake. The duck was tough The brought it out with a serrated knife and trust me even with the serrated knife it was hard to cut the thinly sliced breast. Except for the sauce it was tasteless. I got much better duck on a cruise ship 3 days later. The Iced Nougat was good. I would never return. I should have sent the duck back but I listened to my wife who said “Just never return”. For the price I expected excellent food, I good bad duck and a mediocre crab cake. The service was excellent.
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  • They have the "joie de vivre"
    JBoudrot
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Food was amazing and dining experience with staff was so personal and warm we felt like friend by the end of the night. We had 4 adults and a 4yr old and a 3yr old and I was worried about how the kids would behave. The staff was so friendly and engaging with the girls I was happy I had decided to take them. The atmosphere was upscale, fine dining with a very relaxed "joie de vivre" personality. The crepes Suzette made table side is mouth watering. A must try.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in upper
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Great restaurant in upper Quebec City, simple, quaint, fine dining. Great food, nice wine list to complement menu, good service. All the ingredients for a nice enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French!
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    This is why I came to Quebec. Yes, the view from the Hilton is amazing. Yes the old city is charming. But the food! The moment you walk in you know you are in a special place with cozy quarters, formal service, real art work, and aromas which prepare you for the treat I'm store for you. I will let my pictures speak for themselves. The food and experience are as good as my iPhone could capture. The favors and the saucing are as only French cuisine provides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.