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In Quebec City for our anniversary, looking for some resturant recommendations!

kbonds Jul 1, 2012 03:57 PM

We are looking for a resturant to celebrate our anniversary. Looking for good food, romantic-ish atmosphere and in old Quebec as we want to be walking distance to our hotel. Any suggestions would be much appreciated !! Thanks!

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  1. cherylmtl RE: kbonds Jul 1, 2012 04:51 PM

    Plenty of suggestions here, if you search this board. An idea of your budget might help for recommendations.

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    1. re: cherylmtl
      kbonds RE: cherylmtl Jul 2, 2012 08:14 PM

      We aren't too concerned with budget. It's not often we travel so we alway try to eat the best we can when we do!

    2. David11238 RE: kbonds Jul 2, 2012 06:40 PM

      Cafe Le St. Malo. Outstanding, IMO. You may have to make a reservation as it does get crowded.
      5 Rue St. Paul
      Québec, QC G1K 3V9
      (418) 692-2004

      There's also Mistral Gagnant Rest. Also outstanding.
      160 Rue Saint-Paul
      Quebec, QC G1K 3W1
      (418) 692-4260

      They're both outside of the Wall. Well, they hug the Wall, I should say. It shouldn't be more than a ten minute walk from any point in Old Quebec. Going back is another story, considering you have to climb the very angular hill/s. You can always take the track car up, however. Stay away from the restaurants inside the walls. Tourist traps. Very expensive, lousy food kind of tourist traps. Even Le Saint-Amour, which IMO, the food was either caustic with salt, or blandish. Unless, it's changed since last August of '11.

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        madamebatignolles RE: David11238 Jul 2, 2012 07:18 PM

        Walking distance of our hotel.... where will you be staying?

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          kbonds RE: madamebatignolles Jul 2, 2012 08:20 PM

          We are at the hotel clarendon on st Anne. So we are looking for something that we be a 10-15 minute walk max. Although after some more searching and suggestions I'm getting a feeling the best restaurants are outside the wall. We were hoping to eat in old Quebec for the atmosphere but if the food really is sub-par then we might be willing to venture a bit further out.

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            madamebatignolles RE: kbonds Jul 3, 2012 04:56 PM

            Ask David the concierge, he recommend me 2 restaurants at my last stay:
            Le Pain Béni very romantic we enjoyed it so much and the terrace is one of the nicest with a fantastic view and so good food!
            The other recommendation was le Feu Sacré not as romantic but the steaks where yummy!

        2. re: David11238
          susany RE: David11238 Jul 10, 2012 12:27 PM

          My husband and I are also heading to Quebec City to celebrate our anniversary, and I have made a reservation at Le. Saint-Amour! Do others share David's opinion?

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            dominiquep RE: susany Jul 11, 2012 02:03 PM

            Well, my visit at Saint Amour was before David's (2009) but I enjoyed my experience back then.
            I do agree that restaurants inside the walls are usually too expensive for what they're worth, though.

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              susany RE: dominiquep Jul 12, 2012 08:19 AM

              Thanks, Dominique. I decided to change reservation to Le Clocher Pencher.
              Then , based on many recommendations, L'Echaude and Toast for the next two nights of our stay. I'll let you know!

        3. cherylmtl RE: kbonds Jul 3, 2012 06:33 PM

          Some of the best places are indeed within the walls - Toast and L'Echaude for starters. I'm also a fan of Cafe du Clocher Penche, which is a short-ish walk, in St. Roch.

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            weinerdog RE: kbonds Jul 4, 2012 06:03 AM

            So many choices in Quebec...I also am a fan of L'Echaude although note that it is more of a Parisian Bistro setting- can be loud, classic dishes rather than inventive- but solid. I find it is one of the few places in that area that actually seem to have locals eating there and not just tourists. Not so sure it is "romantic". Pain Beni is much smaller and more intimate, but 100% tourists and we found the service lacking (but may have been a bad night). Toast and Cafe du Clocher Penche are at a higher level in terms of creativity and local ingredients and would definitely be "special occasion" dinners. I would go as far as putting Clocher Penche up against any restaurant, anywhere. More casual- Le Hobbitt is also very good (and outside the walls but a nice walk). Enjoy!

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              chorkiemom RE: kbonds Jul 4, 2012 07:17 AM

              I second Clocher Penche in the St. Roch area, not too far from walls. We dined there last summer, great vibe in the room and wonderful, creative menu. St. Roch area is very interesting. Happy Anniversary.

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                madamebatignolles RE: chorkiemom Jul 5, 2012 12:37 PM

                Echaudé, Weinerdog is right not very romantic but really good food but I disagree Pain Beni in not 100% tourists I ate there many times and at noon civil servants from City Hall are in majority. At night around us many Quebecers and for us we had a great service....
                Another suggestion would be the Panache the most beautiful restaurant in town but so $$$$, would also consider the Lapin Sauté their terrace is so romantic.
                Ask David the concierge he was so much of great help for us

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