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About Restaurant Le Continental

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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.

26, rue St-Louis
Québec, QC G1R3Y9
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Cross Street:
Des Jardins

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(418) 694-9995

Website:
http://www.restaurantlecontinental.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at all times at no extra cost.

Executive Chef:
Marc-André Bernier

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

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Restaurant Le Continental Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

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4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2016

We dined here last Saturday night, and the experience was a good one overall, with a few caveats. You should expect a very traditional old school French bistro experience, and all flambees and preparation tableside means the atmosphere is pretty load and a bit chaotic. Personally, I don't need to see my food being prepared, so this entertainment aspect was lost on me. We ordered the lobster bisque (rich and flavorful, not the best I've ever had but enjoyable), my husband had the sirloin streak (very good, but not aged beef as you'd get in the States), and I had the lamb chops (good, prepared simply). For the value, I think there are other place in QC that can deliver more creative food at better prices, but this place certainly fills a special niche in that it delivers that old school bistro experience with a show. It's enjoyable, as long as you know what to expect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Our waiter was wonderful and attentive also shared a list of fabulous restaurants to go to
But the duck la orange for 2 was way too. Sweet and the breast was tough .
Creme brûlée was not so creamy
The carpaccio was fabulous and the foie Grau was to die for but very disappointing when your appetizer is delicious and then you loose it with the main dish
We would not go back

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Total class act. Excellent and knowledgeable staff. I could not imagine wanting to go to any other restaurant when in Quebec City.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Overall a disappointment. Came in expectations too high. Food was OK--like you'd find at a good men's club back in the 1970s and 80s. Meat plus potato, a baby zucchini, and a baby carrot. Told French onion soup was a must-have classic. It was fine, but tasted quite institutional. Nothing special there. Escargot were better. Table side steak always fun, but quality of meat was only fair. Kitchen did not cook elk--"rack of elk" special that night but just one run chop--to requested temperature-- all agreed it was "blue" when order medium. Reheated but left spouse eating alone for several minutes. Waiter was mildly apologetic. Nothing more from anyone else. For such a high end establishment should have been cooked right to order and shown better response. Decided not to tempt dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Night fste

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Attentive service, generous serving sizes. Everything we tried was delicious!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Despite being very traditional cuisine, the food in this restaurant is outstanding. The waiters in white jackets cook the flambes for you at your table with care, and the entire experience is excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Outstanding Value, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2016

The service was excellent. The food was just okay. If you're looking for flambé, a historic house, and attentive waiters, this is your place. But if you're looking for top notch food, it falls short - not much creativity or flavor. Seems to be a safe and elegant tourist destination.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Food was great and staff was friendly. Great place for an anniversary or other celebratory dinner. Large wine list. Order a Flambé dish. It's their specialty.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2016

•If you love the rustic simplicity of farm to table dining, on a barn board table with no table cloth, surrounded by tasteful modern art, while sipping obscure North American wine or craft beer and listening to the latest independent alternative folk music available from an obscure acoustic guitar ensemble, then this is NOT your restaurant. If you value contemporary hipster decor and the brand of the waiter's designer jeans, then please avoid this place. You will end up being one of the few to write an unfair negative review about this institution.

Le Continental is unrepentant about its old school and untrendy fine dining, and they pull it off exquisitely. I imagine the decor was already untrendy when they opened in 1956, but they have maintained it beautifully. In a good way, walking into Le Continental restaurant feels a bit like stepping back in time. I almost wish they made guests turn in their cell phones at the coat check.

A devoted professional in a white coat and black tie prepares much of your food table-side. The busers dressed in red coats are quick and attentive to bring items which must be prepared in the kitchen. Expect the patron in black tie to visit your table at least once to supervise and ask about your experience. The food is superb in preparation, taste, and temperature.

If I were not expecting this experience, I could see how the restaurant's atmosphere and the amount of butter used in preparing the food might throw me a bit off. The current culinary trend is to serve charred, relatively raw vegetables, so to some, steamed vegetables prepared the traditional way might seem over cooked. However, if you know what you're buying when you walk in, this restaurant can be an enjoyable once in a lifetime dining experience, so don't expect it to be a bargain.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Very elegant restaurant in the heart of beautiful Quebec City. Le Continental could best be describes as a classic restaurant. A lovely dining room with white tablecloths and napkins as well as elegant place settings and crystal stemware. What really recalls dining in the past was virtually all service was conducted table side, from the wonderful salads to the flaming desserts. A memorable evening on our visit to Quebec.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Fabulous meal. Outstanding service. Beautiful ambience. It was all we expected and more.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Not just a meal. It is a dining experience. Also not inexpensive but worth it for sure. Try and order a meal prepared at your table... It is lots of fun. We had Caesar for two. Highly recommended. My wife had filet Mignon. Also recommended. End dinner with dessert and an Irish coffee. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2016

The service was perfect from the very moment we arrived. The ambiance was formal but not stuffy. We had the 4- course dinner. The soup was fabulous. My husband liked his veal; my crab legs were average. The vegetables were creative and tasty. I was too full for dessert but my husband had a yummy sorbet. I wished I had chosen a different entree as the table-side preparations near us looked really good!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2016

We had not eaten at LE Continental in a long time, and we were not disappointed. We started with the Caesar salad for two made table side. That was great. My wife had delicious salmon. I chose to have a filet mignon cooked table side. It was scrumptious and could be cut with a fork. Our desserts we great too.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 13, 2016

It is our go to restaurant when visiting Old Quebec City

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Restaurant Le Continental has all the bases covered if you are looking for a romantic atmosphere for a special occasion. Their variety of dishes prepared table-side is as impressive as the presentation of the entrées and deserts. Our waiter was very skilled and polished, and sensitive to our special occasion - our 50th wedding anniversary celebration. I don't think I've enjoyed a dining experience more that this one. It even tops what we experienced at the Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower last year. I highly recommend this restaurant, but it is pricey.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Old school French-flavored steak house with table side preparation. I haven't seen an at the table caesar salad prepared correctly in decades. The flambe steaks were prepared and cooked perfectly, with the appropriate amount of flame at the appropriate time. As far as value, obviously this is not a regular dining venue for the non-one percent, but for a special occasion it was worth every penny. Our waiter talked me out of spending $10 more and, instead recommended a superior bottle at the lower price. I appreciate counsel like that.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Food is tasteless, a real rip-off, Dover Sole for $62 and Crepes Suzetted for $35 ?!?!?!

Great alternatives with innovative food are available. The fact they flambé tasteless food does not warrant the prices.

NEVER AGAIN!!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Took my wife and daughters for my wife's 50th birthday. The staff were very attentive, friendly, and expert. The dinner was absolutely perfect. Atmosphere was everything you expect from an upscale restaurant.
Highly recommended!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Love this place. Food and service is great. Highly recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2016

absolutely wonderful dining experience! food, service, atmosphere fabulous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Unfortunately I don't remember our server's name, but, he was impeccable! The service was great without being intrusive, and, his preparation of the meal was perfect, and, at the same time entertaining!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner and our waiter was most attentive. Loved seeing the flambeing of other tables meat dishes...restaurant's specialty. We had salmon which was delicious.
Beautiful garden though no seating there..just a lovely view to look out on.
We would go again when in Quebec City.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 1, 2016

Everything was excellent, the service, the food, the ambiance !!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 31, 2016

We were in Québec City for the weekend. Decided to try Le Continental. Found out after arriving that they have their own parking, which would have been helpful to know beforehand (I had looked at their website, did not see anything about parking), ended up paying $24 for parking. Service started well, but one of our appetizer never arrived. We ordered the flambé steak, which was done at the table. This was quite the experience, and the steak was fantastic. Although the food was enjoyable, it was priced quite high, and didn't feel like good value for the cost. Though it was a relatively good evening out, we would not recommend it to others.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 30, 2016

For sure the most memorable dining experience i've had in a very long time.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 29, 2016

We have appreciated very much our dinner with food prepared at the gueridon. A wonderful night and excellent personal service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Great night, service and food excellent. Always go there when we are in Quebec City

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Great old-school dining - as it was 50 years ago. (That's a good thing.)

Attentive staff, great preparation.

Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Great dinning experience and good service with friendly and attentive waitstaffs.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Superb in every way. Flambé a must! And plenty of tableside options. Try the Newburg.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Don't have bread "sans gluten"

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 21, 2016

A five Star experience in all ways.A beautiful restaurant ,elegant in style and service.The food is classic local fresh and beautifully prepared and presented.All salads are prepared at the table ,some main courses are also prepared at the table.We ordered a daily special fish offering of cod provincial.It was outstanding.Paired with a wonderful wine choices, it was perfect.The dessert cart had a wide range of options, our choice was amazing.Each course was delivered with attentive professional service.A legend in Quebec that should not be missed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Wonderful food and outstanding service. A memorable dining experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Delicious food on the pricey side, but well worth it for my giant grilled scallops. The vegetables were delicious and the presentation of both meals was lovely. The staff was friendly and helpful. Nice ambiance.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 17, 2016

Exceeded our expectations Service was excellent as well as the food we ordered.

Although on the expensive side we still considered great value for the dining experience.

Looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2016

The decor was very dated.. Carpet old wall decor old. Bread brought to table was stale, not fresh. Steak was good, salmon good, scalloped potatoes poor and no flavor. Vegetables overlooked. Waiter not attentive. I would not return as felt my business was not appreciated

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2016

A wonderful classic restaurant that never fails to live up to its reputation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Le Continental is a very special dining experience. The service is impeccable and the food is a culinary delight. My first experience at Le Continental left me eager to visit again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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