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Québec City Restaurants

Laurie Raphaël
117 Rue Dalhousie
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 9C8
Tel: 418 692 4555
www.laurieraphael.com

Dinner at this fabulous restaurant is très expensive, but Chef Daniel Vézina is a local star, and the inventive menu emphasizes fresh ingredients: Roasted leg of venison with juniper berry and cranberry sauce is a typical entrée. The spare, elegant restaurant features pieces by local woodworkers, ceramists, and glassmakers. An adjoining workshop hosts cooking classes; the boutique sells Québec-made tableware. Word to the wise: Skip the outdoor terrace, which is marred by heavy street traffic.

Lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 am to 2 pm; dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 10 pm.

Le Café du Monde
84 Rue Dalhousie
Québec City , Québec
G1K 4B2
Tel: 418 692 4455
www.lecafedumonde.com

A happy-go-lucky spot in the Old Port, just off the banks of the St. Lawrence, Café du Monde has tinkling glasses hanging from the circular bar and white-aproned servers merrily whirling about, lending it the feel of a carnival space. It's sizable, with stairs leading up to a big dining room with old-fashioned tile floors and tables draped in white. It attracts a mostly local crowd of regulars but newcomers are welcomed (no Parisian-style attitude here), and the menu is as fun and easygoing as the rest of the place. The food is superb and focused squarely on bistro fare: duck confit, beef tartare, sweetbreads, roasted lamb knuckles, and cassoulet.

Open Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am to 11 pm.

Le Champlain
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1 Rue de Carrières
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1R 4P5
Tel: 418 266 3905
www.fairmont.com/frontenac/GuestServices/Restaurants/LeChamplain.htm

Chef Jean Soulard was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious Maître Cuisinier de France award. Soulard has long been a proponent of regional foods, and he sources herbs from his own garden on the sixth-floor terrace of the famous Fairmont castle, which has some of the best views in Québec City. Standout dishes include fresh scallops with honey, and a pheasant dish with truffle oil and pomegranate sauce. Incongruously (some would say annoyingly) for such an upscale restaurant, the servers wear 16th-century period dress. Luckily, guests will enjoy the view from the tall windows overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Book ahead for the popular Sunday brunch, or pop in for the traditional afternoon tea (served Thursday to Saturday, 1:30–3:30).

Brunch Sundays 10 am to 2 pm, dinner daily 6 to 10 pm.

Le Charbon Steakhouse
450 Gare du Palais
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 3X2
Tel: 418 522 0133
www.charbonsteakhouse.com

If you crave a big hunk of grilled protein, this is your restaurant, where seafood and steaks are cooked over maple charcoal. The excellent meat (the restaurant has its own butcher) is simply prepared, while fish dishes are a little more elaborate: salmon fillet on a corn cake with wilted spinach, poached tomatoes, and cilantro oil. Unlike many steakhouses, Le Charbon does not let you down at dessert. The options include a Mascarpone cheesecake or a delicious molten chocolate cake with orange confit. The restaurant is housed in the old Gare du Palais—the train station—and is a favorite with local businessmen and politicos.

Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Dinner Sunday through Wednesday 5 to 10:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday 5 to 11 pm.

Panache
8 Rue Saint-Antoine
Québec City , Québec
G1K 4C9
Tel: 888 692 2211 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 692 2211
www.saint-antoine.com

This is the Auberge Saint-Antoine's Relais & Châteaux restaurant, and it lives up to great expectations. The menu is a carefully curated list of French and Québecois dishes with a good sampling of traditional stalwarts, like a foie gras appetizer and an entrée of pan-roasted venison soaked in truffle sauce. Chef François Blais also has a way with lighter dishes: Look for marinated sea scallops on the half shell, a lobster and lentil terrine, and wild sea bass with pine nuts and olive oil. Though it's located in a former warehouse, the space feels intimate, with naturally burnished wood beams and columns glowing under the flicker of the glass-encased fireplace. Dinner runs around $100 per person; for a less expensive option, sit at the small bar and order the diverse local cheese plate.

Breakfast Monday through Friday 6:30 to 10:30 am, Saturday and Sunday 7 to 11 am. Lunch Monday to Friday only, 11:30 am to 2 pm. Dinner daily 6 to 10 pm.

Toast
17 Rue Sault-au-Matelot
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 3Y7
Tel: 418 692 1334
www.restauranttoast.com

If the weather isn't cooperating, duck inside this slightly scrunched space within Old Port's Le Priori hotel; in summer, ask instead for a seat in the courtyard. Out of an oh-so-tiny kitchen in the back, co-owner and chef Christian Lemelin turns out expert renditions of grilled rib eye, red tuna, and lamb shank. Co-owner and chef Christian Lemelin's dishes are modern but not overstylized takes on continental classics. Leave room for one of pastry chef Nancy Boivin's playful creations: Her apple spiced cake is served with a delectable sour vanilla ice cream.

Lunch Sunday to Friday 11 am to 2:30 pm; dinner daily 6 pm to 11 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.