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AprilTwoCats Sep 12, 2010 08:33 AM

I apologize for my cultural ignorance and I know I'm w-a-a-a-y ahead of time on this question. We're going up to Quebec City for the last weekend of the Carnaval de Quebec 2010 in February and will stay through Valentine's Day. In our part of NJ, you have to reserve weeks in advance if you have a special restaurant you want to go to for dinner. Is this pseudo-"holiday" similarly "observed" with massive amounts of meals in restaurants, requiring reservations?

  1. superbossmom Sep 12, 2010 11:47 AM

    I would say yes, there's a frenzy for "cozy romantic by the fire tables" in lovely restaurants in Quebec City. I guess you mean 2011 Carnaval de Québec, not 2010.

    I'd say keep checking out the threads about the best restos in Quebec City, pick one and call them to ask when they start taking reservations for February 14.

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      AprilTwoCats Sep 12, 2010 05:32 PM

      Yes, superbossmom, I meant 2011 {smacking forehead} Thanks for the referral, eoj. I'm just starting to research restaurants. I successfully used Chowhound to find out about restaurant in Montreal last year after not visiting for many years and I hope to do so for QC, which we also haven't been to for a few years.

    2. eoj Sep 12, 2010 12:42 PM

      I'd recommend Le Saint Amour for a special, romantic meal, and I'd definitely find out how far ahead they'll let you reserve for Valentine's Day, as I'm sure they'll book up fast.

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      Le Saint Amour
      48 Rue Sainte Ursule Vieux, Quebec, QC G1R, CA

      1. Voidsinger Sep 13, 2010 01:00 PM

        You're in luck, Quebec is full of excellent tables that offer a great "romantic" setting. Just off the top of my head:

        1) Le St-Amour
        2) Le Panache
        3) Le Toast!

        I've been to all 3 multiple times, so I've put them in order of preference. I'd put the Toast up top in the summer (their outdoors patio is amazing) but in the winter time the St-Amour's glass ceiling and expansive/cozy dining room is superb. The Panache is also very earthy, but I feel the stone walls and immense ceiling are a bit "cold". However, the seating can be very plush (especially the banquette seating). You really can't go wrong with those 3. I've never been to l'Initiale and Laurie-Raphael has the maddening ability to be excellent one night and not that good the other (and yet I keep going back, so I guess I'm the sucker). The board will also highly recommend Le Pain Beni, but I've yet to be there. I wouldn't hesitate though, the word has been very good about it.

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          AprilTwoCats Sep 15, 2010 04:37 PM

          I'm more interested in the quality of the food than the ambience. And, of course, price has a big influence. Le Saint-Amour might be out of our budget. But I truly thank every one for their suggestions. Montreal restaurants seem to get more attention than Quebec restaurants here.

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            AprilTwoCats Sep 27, 2010 05:10 PM

            Just a follow-up: I contacted Le Saint-Amour about Valentine's Day menu. They are presenting a special fixed menu for $150 per person, + taxes + tip.

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