Restaurant 1640

4.1
173 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
  • Romantic
Nestled in the heart of Quebec's historic city, Restaurant 1640 will delight you with its bistro feel and array of French menu items. Be it for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner, you'll discover a simple yet flavourful cuisine. Pizza, pasta and bistro classics such as steak frites and lamb shanks await. Compliment your meal with a rich glass of wine.
In our lovely bar, watch the game or squander time away sipping a refreshing drink. Our venue can even host your family gatherings and we shall ensure you enjoy your time with us.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Bistro, French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 11:30am; Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(418) 694-9063
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fort St
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Parking details
Street parking also available
Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
173 reviews
4.1 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
44%
Very Good
39%
Good
10%
Fair
1%
Poor
6%
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating just across from a little park square and the iconic Chateau Frontenac Hotel. The plates were beautifully prepared and presented, and were actually much more interesting than the menu's description. They serve throughout the day and is justifiably a very popular place. Reservations for dinner highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Had reservation. Got there and maitre d said reservations only for interior dinning. He was snobbish about it, we were fine inside anyways although it was perfect to sit outside. He told me “ you’ll have to be placed on waiting list for outside” - it’s not like the opentable app gives the choice. His tone was just terrible and rude. They were busy and I can understand but you need to treat guests with respect. My waiter was terrific. Fast service with appetizers and dinner. The food was excellent but the $12 French onion soup was pretty bland. Overall good but not excellent and expensive because of the local. The best thing about the visit was the service from waiter and speed in which food was prepared. It was a bit loud inside, but expected from a busy restaurant. The attitude of the matre d was just awful. It was my second time going there because I stay at the Fairmont across the street. I will skip this next time I’m in town based on my experience.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Loved the location. Easy to find. Look for the red roof. Sat outside and enjoyed the cool breeze. Caesar salad as a starter was very good. Service was superb. Table is a little small so need to juggle dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food and service was great! I was recommended this restaurant by a friend and I would recommend this restaurant to friends in the future!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

My favorite meal on my visit to Quebec City. Not only is the food perfection, but the service is fabulous. My filet was "melt in your mouth" tender. My date inhaled his lamb shank in no time. When food is this flavorful, smooth and textured, it is a pleasure to dine... and when you are softly serenaded by piano and accordion - you have a great romantic setting. Lighting was soft. Music was sweet. Food was devine. Every recommendation was everything that they described was divine. The location could not be better across from a fountain and the Castle, by the fortifications that overlook the river.... street performers alive with energy when we left...it was a scene out of every romantic movie ever.

I can't recommend this place enough. We loved it! And to top it off, our server chatted us up about our trip and gave us recommendations of things to visit in the surrounding area that we should not miss. When we finally make it back to QC - we will be returning here!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great setting in Quebec City, great service and mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food and service. While there were large groups present, the service for my wife and I was exceptional. The food was particularly good.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing. Ambiance was spot on and a must experience while visiting Quebec City!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Visiting Quebec City with my daughter... had a great night at 1640! Fun, lively, happy vibe here... food was delish too!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

A great and plentiful breakfast complete with fruit and ..... A red velvet cupcake! How civilized! :)

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The live music was excellent. We did not mind if being on the loud side. Atmosphere can be considered intimate or romantic, but also great for dinner in a large group.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Just a dinner that makes you full. Not worth the money. Very bad food quality. This is not fine dining, so don’t be fooled.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

My husband and I went to Restaurant 1640 on our recent trip to Quebec City. We had a dinner reservation, and it was a wonderful experience. Our server was fantastic, and we had a great seat right by the window. I highly recommend the onion soup. There was an accordion/piano player who really added so much to our time there - he was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing! Walleye superb.

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1.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had a reservation for breakfast but the door was locked. They weren’t open. Went elsewhere. Very disappointed as we had only this opportunity to try them.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very good food , French onion soup was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a great family meal at 1640. The atmosphere was inviting, yet formal. We had our 3 children with us (ages 14,11, & 5). They all enjoyed their food and were treated very well. The food was very good and the service was as superb.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great atmosphere, and French Cuisine!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Took our 2 teenaged daughters. Their favorite meal on our trip. Live music was moderately loud and high quality. Almost everyone was having fun.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went twice: the lunch in the bar area was quick, fresh, and totally worth it. We went for a late dinner the next night, with a reservation, and the wait staff seemed to go off duty Galway through our meal. It took 40 minutes to recover the first course and 80 minutes to receive the second, after which we abandoned the desserts as half of those dining couldn’t stay awake - also, one ordered soup, and didn’t receive any food until the second corse despite reward requests. The cocktails were fragrant and tasty but almost devoid of a Alcohol. The pasta and onion soups were tasty. Our favorites the planche / plank of appetizers. Delicious! Both the recorded music in the dining area and the live music in the bar were good, but unfortunately equally loud and overlapping through the evening meal. Go at lunch - eat somewhere else for dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Attendant was very nice...food was great

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Très bon repas.Belles assiettes, bien remplis et bonne.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We booked late in the day on a Friday and were seated in the dining room area vs the bar area which is a bit noisy with the live music (though nice if you are there to listen vs trying to talk over it ). The dining room was very pleasant and we could hear the soft jazz in the next room. Great service and a surprisingly good fixed menu for a very reasonable $37. Wine menu was good and affordable as well. Overall a great value.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Everything

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went there for Valentine’s Day and it did not disappoint. In fact, we went back the next day for a late breakfast! Both meals were outstanding and the service was amazing. Our bartender Megan made us feel very at home. I would recommend to anyone.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great meal. Wonderful wait staff. Just too loud with music to carry on any conversation.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good food, excellent location in the Old City o Quebec.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

c’était super sauf un point. j’avais dit que c’était pour un anniversaire et là personne a l’entrée la dit à la personne que c’était justement son anniversaire et ensuite j’ai demandé si on donnait une attention pour la fête et on m’a répondu oui un gâteau et une chandelle. on m’a demandé de choisir entre deux choix de gâteau pour finalement qu’on me charge le gâteau à la toute fin! habituellement si vous m’offrez pas ce service il faut dire que le gâteau sera chargé ...

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Thomas took great care of us. Food and service were outstanding. Would definitively eat there again.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I made reservations for 12/31 for lunch. No one seemed to know about the reservation. After some discussion, the hostess, a snooty girl if I ever saw one, tried to seat my husband and me in the Bistro section, while we expected to be seated in the restaurant area. She would not let go and tried to convince us against all reason that the two areas are the same. Compare high school cafeteria area to white linen restaurant area and you get the picture that the two are not alike at all.

It took three attempts on her side and three refusals on ours to be finally seated in the restaurant area. Then the menu turned out to be a very limited bvasically quick menu items. When you see their web site, they serve beautiful dishes and it says nowhere that these are not available during lunch. Overall, a great disappointment with very mediocre food.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Atmosphere, food and service all very good. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We came here for Xmas eve meal and all chose from the prix fixe menu. The food was plentiful and fresh with creative presentations of Quebecois cuisine and the service was attentive. Drinks and wine were all very nice as well. They had live Xmas music as well which made the evening even more festive. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Seated quickly, attentive waiter, excellent food, nice atmosphere.
All around excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Quiet location, beautifully prepared and presented food. We had a reservation but they accommodated our request to dine earlier when we finished at the Christmas Market. Service was attentive, friendly but not intrusive. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Food and service were fantastic! One table near us was extremely loud, pounding the table and yelling the whole time we were there. Outstanding restaurant though. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Great Location. Good food. We were served by a very nice young man. Had the special. Onion soup was amazing actually. My bavette de beouf was not so nice. Still with more local fare.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Recommended by a friend.. In the heart of the old area.. Great food.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Will be going back for sure.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Great meal. Pork chop, filet, seafood pasta, meat and cheese board were all perfect. Would recommend this restaurant on trip to Quebec City.

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