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Jun 23, 2011 07:02 PM

Finalizing dining plans for a trip to Quebec City in July

Thanks to help from many informative posts, I have been formulating our dining itinerary for a trip to QC in July.
Dinner reservations we have made so far:
Le Saint Amour
Le Patriarche

We also have made reservations for breakfast at Lapin Saute.

Here are my questions:

We have one more dinner reservation to make. Trying to decide between Cafe du Clocher Penche, Cafe Bistro du cap, Cafe le hobbit. Is one of these far better than the others for dinner?

Also we are not making reservations for the night that we arrive, in case our plane is delayed. Are any of these places easier to get in without a reservation?

I realize these restaurants also serve lunch. The summer music festival is going on then, so I would imagine that the city will be fairly crowded. Will we have problems getting into restaurants for lunch without reservations? If so, how far ahead do I need to make them?

It's a good thing we'll be doing a lot of walking on this vacation, because the restaurants look fantastic.

Thanks for any suggestions!

L'echaude Restaurant
73 Rue Du Sault-Au-Matelot, Quebec, QC G1K3Y9, CA

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

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  1. P.S. Lapin Saute also looks like it would be delicious for lunch or dinner. I'm tempted to go there for another meal, even though we have reservations there for breakfast (as soon as my husband read about the eggs fried in the maple syrup, that plan was made).

    1. For your dinner reservation, I personally recommend the Café du Clocher Penché, a bit more upscale with a menu far more original than the other two.

      For the night of your arrival, I think your best bet is the Panache. The Patriache tends to be more crowded, so is the Saint-Amour (and this one is a bit on the small side). I don't know about the Bistro du Cap, though.

      Lunch is not a very big thing in Québec, even during the Summer Festival (but don't expect empty dining rooms, this won't happen; it's just not as big as dinner). We usually go out for dinner. You don't have to be lucky to get a table. My advice: just avoid streets like Cartier and Boulevard Laurier; the business lunch is very popular there and Thursdays and Fridays tend to be full at noon (but OK if you want to eat at 1pm).

      Have a nice trip!