About Restaurant Le Continental
In the gourmet world of Le Continental, traditional cuisine is classical. Enjoy the perfect service, the great flambéed dishes that pay tribute to the delicious French cuisine. The Continental's wine cellar is most impressive with its board of famous selection of French, Italian and American wines. It offers a choice of more than five thousand bottles, four hundred different varieties from Grands Crus classés to affordable prices.
Québec, QC G1R3Y9
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available at all times at no extra cost.
Private Party Facilities:
We have two private dining rooms:
Le Grand Salon: Private dining room for a maximum of 36 people.
Le Petit Salon: Private dining room for a maximum of 8 people.
Private Party Contact:
Mathieu Pettigrew: (418) 694-9995
Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
Restaurant Le Continental Ratings and Reviews
Such a wonderful table side experience. Matthew is a pro and made our evening and first visit extra special. We will be back and I fully recommend that everyone go at least once for this dining experience that you can't find anywhere else. Everything is of the highest quality
Just not what it used to be. Came here 7 years ago and loved the old school French service with table side preparation . Certainly has become super touristy and feels like they are just going through the motions. Le Canard à l’orange was still quite tasty but the Cesar salad was so super saturated with dressing that it was inedible. We like to dine later and had an 845pm res. They were really not interested in making us dessert or an after dinner drink and felt like they were forced when we ordered. If u want the old school preparation then still go but if you want truly good food then head to L’Initiale
Table side preparation and outstanding service made this a lovely and relaxing evening. The menu is diverse with a great many choices for every palate and steaks prepared table-side make the experience a little different from the norm. This is a definite recommend.
Excellent dinner! Family coming from NY and CA for our first visit to Quebec City and Birthday and special Anniversary occasions. Everything about the restaurant was wonderful. Our waiter Matthieu was attentive and knowledgeable about menu and suggestions. Would certainly go back for a special evening.
Few restaurants live up to their reputation, but this one does. They know what they’re doing; your job is only to sit back and enjoy it. Everything we had was among the best I’ve ever eaten: best snails, best shrimp cocktail, best duck a l’orange for two, and the best creme brûlée you can get in Quebec City. For a truly French experience, dine here.
This would be a great place to go on an expense account, but my wife and I were disappointed in the wine list and service. Le Continental seemed to simultaneously take advantage of tourists with high wine prices and be tired of them with pretentious service.
While great servers make you feel that your time is the most important thing in the world, ours tried to make us feel that it was *his* time that was most dear. I know wine pairing, but don't know French wines, and when the typical wine in their cellar is $150 and up, I don't want to learn the expensive way. Our server was absolutely no help – even laughable. Thankfully, with help from Wikipedia, I could look up predominant varietals by region and make a good choice to pair with our venison.
The specialty at Le Continental is flambé. We opted instead for duck foie gras and shared a venison entree, which were both superb. Our Saint-Émilion wine was very good, but at $135 CAD was marked up about 400% above retail, where most higher end restaurants in Montreal and Quebec are more likely to only double the retail price. There were only a token number of wines less than $100 CAD available, typically one from each wine region.
Rather than have dessert or a cocktail at Le Continental, we instead had an excellent cocktail (and bartender) at Conti, which shares a corridor with Le Continental and may be part of the same establishment. They may possibly use the same kitchen. The atmosphere at Conti was much more comfortable and relaxed.
For little more than half the cost of our $250 USD dinner (with gratuity) at Le Continental we had similarly great food and far better service only a block away. And, for that lower cost, we each ordered an entree (and saved some of the food for a picnic overlooking the river the following day).
My wife and I came to this restaurant to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. I definitely made the right choice! The food was sumptuous, perfectly prepared, served with style, and the best meal we have had in a long time. The wine list is quite extensive and we chose an Italian wine that was simply perfect and the price was more than reasonable! Next, the food. The Escargot in the appetizer were huge and after eating them I devoured the rest of the sauce with the bread as it was better than delicious - the word spectacular comes to mind. Next we ordered Chateaubriand for two. Delivered to the table on a huge tray with potatoes and vegetables. The server placed the tray on a small copper stove to stay hot. He placed the steak on a cutting board and sliced it - of course it was prepared exactly as requested - medium-rare. The meat was shared between our two plates. Next, the vegetables (still on the tray staying hot) were shared between our plates and we were served. Wow! The presentation was only surpassed by the taste of this absolutely delicious meal. Now the dessert. We ordered the Pernod Pears. Our server used the copper stove and a copper pan to prepare the pears right in front of us. Again, the presentation was superb only to be eclipsed by the taste of this wonderful dessert. This restaurant is the best place to eat in Quebec City. We ate here twice and both times were magnificent! Everyone including the Maitre d' Matthew and our servers Hugo and Umberto were friendly, accommodating, and professional. It is rare to find such a wonderful French Style restaurant that adheres to the finest french style cooking and serving. Whatever you choose to eat, you will not be disappointed here!!!
We were seated at a very small table requiring the server to reach across my face with each interaction. He made no effort to place our cutlery properly, basically throwing it in the right direction. My fish was over cooked, presentation was dull, uninspired, white and washed out orange with two green beans. Tasteless. Expensive.
My wife and I enjoyed each portion of our meal with the service and tastes that we would have expected in Paris at a elegant fine restaurant! We were so impressed by our meals Saturday night, we cancelled our reservations the next night at another restaurant and returned to the Le Continental for our last meal before leaving Quebec City
Fantastic! A must for anyone wanting to eat excellent French cuisine in Quebec City. Tableside preparation a must (main course or dessert) to get the full ambience of the restaurant! Ang, our waiter, was perfect, always prompt with the next service but never pushy. Extensive menu, $$$ but fair pricing. Excellent wine list ranging from $ to $$$. My wife and I will plan another trip to QC just to eat at Le Continental again!
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