Restaurant 1640

4.1
194 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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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Cross street
Fort St
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Parking details
Street parking also available
Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Worst service I have received in a restaurant in a long time! I had to refill my own water 5 times (I was near the water pitchers) inattentive and never checked on status until course was finished - ordered vegetarian items, with 1 mistake made on my part - server did not inquire or ask on this even when with 1 dish I specifically said no protein, vegetarian. Would NEVER come back here!

Le pire service que j'ai reçu dans un restaurant depuis longtemps! Je devais remplir 5 fois ma propre eau (j'étais près des pichets) inattentive et je ne vérifiais jamais l'état jusqu'à ce que le cours soit terminé - des articles végétariens commandés avec 1 erreur de ma part - le serveur n'a pas demandé avec 1 plat j'ai spécifiquement dit pas de protéines, végétarien. Ne reviendrais jamais ici!

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S
Montreal
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’m always skeptical regarding restaurants in Quebec City as many cater to the tourist trade. This resto did not disappoint! We shared a Discovery Platter with great cheeses and cold cuts which you don’t usually find in our local restaurants. For sure they were imported. I had the beef cheek which was tender and tasty. The accompanying sauce was light and well seasoned. The meet was sitting on a cheesy bed of mashed potatoes and the side was a perfectly cooked medley of vegetables and home cut fries. My wife had a delicious balsamic dressed salad with a 1/2 lobster on top. The only complaint was a mediocre capuchino. The wine suggested was very good. Pretty good value for the money. And he staff were all smiles and very professional

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London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Lively atmosphere with great music and reasonable priced menu. Great location and friendly service

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C
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Would give it 4.5 stars if that were an option. Loved the deconstructed Cesar salad served on a slate tile. Beef cheeks in wine sauce were succulent. The service was personable and attentive but not intrusive. We dined inside, but they have a nice patio dining area. View from the patio is of Hotel Frontenac. We prefer quiet dining, so luckily for us we were there on a night when there was no live music. The cocktails were inventive takes on old standards, and delicious.

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AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited from fancy reviews but it was disappointing.

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LN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ate here while visiting Quebec City, it came recommended. The food tasted good, Lamb shank, but was served very quickly, within a few minutes of ordering, and was just lukewarm. Also, one person was served the wrong item, but it was a miscommunication English/French. Beautiful restaurant, great location and good service. Would go back again when visiting the city.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Service was nice and friendly. Great location. The food was just not good.

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RM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, fantastic food (and wine) and exceptional service (thanks Lucas!)

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of Quebec Cities finest dining spots with classic dining in a casual setting. The food, service, wine list are all among the best I have ever experienced. This is a “must” when dining in Quebec City!

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was very good. Tuna and salmon tartare and maple crepe brûlée was outstanding. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and it was such a pleasure to have her wait on us. She remembered us the next morning at breakfast and greeted us like old friends. Breakfast was very delicious too. Would recommend eating here and would definitely come back again.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible!!

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, on short notice, for our family of seven

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WT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant, live music, good location and environment.
But make sure reservation before you go, otherwise you may need to wait 1 hours during the business time 7 - 9pm

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KH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Located right across from the Chateau Frontenac so there is lots of tourist activity. Service was very attentive and friendly. We were four and had a walleye, a vegetarian cannelloni, a bistro salad, and a plank plus onion soup - all were just OK.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, my wife had walleye and I had French soup and salmon from the 3 course menu. We started with a cheese plank with our drinks. Service was unrushed and responsive. Highly recommend.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and delicious food . Service was great and was a wonderful dining experience

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was recommended by a friend who recently visited Quebec. Food was good, service marginal at best.

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EC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but a little overpriced and in smaller portions to so many other comparable restaurants in and around Old Quebec. Avoid ordering alcoholic beverages by the glass...they are tiny and most notably a rip off in comparison. This is after a 3 week trip and numerous restaurant meals across the east coast. It was noticeable that our waiter did not like one of 4 sharing a plate of food and behaved oddly after that.

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TE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buen restaurante, lugar encantador para cenar en la ciudad vieja de Quebec.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Not impressed by food and service was mediocre at best.

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food. We got the cheese plate and a giant bowl of curry mussels to share. The mussels aren’t on the menu so you have to ask!

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MJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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KS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BB
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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JL
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CJ
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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London
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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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k
Columbus
53 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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S
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Walleye superb.

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R
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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DF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, and French Cuisine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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