17 Best Restaurants in Quebec City | Top Local Food and Nightlife Guide

17 Best Restaurants in Quebec City | Top Local Food and Nightlife Guide

Eating in Quebec is my favorite thing That’s right eating in Quebec is pretty epic. Quebec City has to be one of the best foodie designations in North America combing French gastronomical traditions with the uniquely Canadian twist. We’ve been to Quebec City twice now, once in the winter and once in the summer, and we’ve eaten at some incredible restaurants. So without further ado, these are our 17 favorite restaurants and the best foodie experiences in Quebec City. First up: L’affaire Ketchup. Basically in French it’s a saying that means everything’s cool, everything’s gravy, and it’s an unpretentious bistro that cooks everything over two four- burner stoves. It’s situated in a former house. The menu is written by hand on a chalkboard every day. So the menu is always changing. It’s not a big place, so it can be difficult to get in, but if you do get in, expect inventive cuisine, plenty of booze, and a soundtrack of heavy metal. Another favorite of ours is Biceps Barbecue, which is a collaboration between a notorious bartender who serves shots of bourbon with bacon and a chef who spent seven years traveling the United States in a van, perfecting his barbecue skills. The result is a beautiful baby of southern and Quebecois cuisine. Brisket with a slab of foie gras on top. Instead of chicken wings, frog legs and obviously meat, meat, and more meat. Come hungry, leave stuffed, and come back for more. It’s located a little bit outside of town, and the building is kind of a dive. But when you walk in, you will be blown away, welcomed and so well fed that you won’t have to eat for another week. The next morning you’ll probably be looking for some brunch. You should go to Clocher Penche. And by the way, if we’re mispronouncing any of these names, “Nous sommes desoles.” Sorry. We’re trying our best. Clocher Penche is one of the best brunch spots in Quebec. It’s named after this crooked tower that’s right across the street. It’s like a church, and all the dishes have this religious theme, but they’re completely unorthodox. There’re waffles with a mushroom bechamel sauce, fried eggs over zucchini, salad with a hoisin sauce. Everything is amazing. Everything’s decadent, decadent, decadent. Did we mention that you’re probably not going to be losing weight on the trip? Yeah? That’s guaranteed Yeah Definitely good though. It’s a good sort of…. unless you walk everywhere because Quebec City is built on a hill, and there’s plenty of staircases to burn these meals off. Yeah, just plan breakfast lunch and dinner in three different parts the city and walk between them, and you have an exercise plan done, built in. For coffee head over to Maelstrom in the neighborhood of Saint Roch. During the day it’s an incredible place to grab a coffee. Obviously, their baristas are on point, and all of their coffee is really, really good, especially their cold brew. But the best part about it is that when the sun goes down, it turns into a cocktail bar, and they have some incredibly inventive cocktails using coffee. Back in the Old Town check out Chez Boulay, which was probably one of my favorite spots we went to. It specializes in what they call boreal cuisine, which essentially is like a québécois interpretation of new nordic cuisine. If that sounds complicated, basically nordic cuisine is focused on local sustainable organic food with ingredients you can only find in the area It’s the same thing but in a québécois interpretation. They reject a lot of traditional spices and other flavorings in favor of local products that they can find in the forest or on local farms. Better.. the lunchtime menu is extremely accessible. It’s like under 20 bucks for a big, big portion plus a starter. It’s hard to beat that in terms of value. Speaking of produce.. most of the produce that’s used in these restaurants in Quebec City is grown on the nearby Ile d’Orleans, which is just a short drive outside of the city, just past Montmorency Falls, but it’s full of farms; It’s full of vineyards, and it’s got some incredible restaurants. We really recommend checking out Cassis Monna et Filles. This family owned and operated business is run by two lovely sisters who have very inventive ways of using blackcurrant. Blackcurrant is a berry from France that grows great on the Ile d’Orleans. And their blackcurrant is used in all of the restaurants across the city. Not to mention the fact that they have a beautiful property, great terrace overlooking the St.. Lawrence River, and a creamery where they have Incredible gelato, which honestly you’d never think you’d be eating gelato in Quebec, but… so good. Alright, so while you’re on the island, if you’re there during the summertime, you should definitely check out some of the wineries. Huge island the size of Manhattan, but it only has six thousand residents. It’s basically farm yard vineyards, farm yard vineyards. We went to a vineyard called Vignoble, which means vineyard and then Saint- Petronille. This is really pushing the limits of our French. It’s a hard word to pronounce, but it is a great place to visit and get a sampling of the local wines. Try to sample their riesling if you can. It’s in high demand at the moment and was really good. Now if you’re visiting the island in the wintertime, make sure you check out some of the sugar shacks. Sugar shacks are where people harvest maple syrup from the maple tree and fun fact: Quebec actually produces 80% of the world’s maple syrup. Sugar shacks are great little traditional restaurants where they serve traditional food, most of which infused with maple syrup. Now if you guys don’t fancy the drive out to the island or you want a more modern version of a sugar shack, go to Le Bush in the center of the Old Town. It has to be one of our favorite dining experiences we’ve ever had, and it’s basically a crash course in everything Québécois: An over the top amount of red meat drowned in maple syrup and bacon. Very nice smothered in maple syrup. You get shots of sortilege, a local liquor, also made from maple syrup, also made from maple syrup and a dessert of maple syrup on ice. Sounds great. If you don’t feel like binging on maple syrup, head over to Battuto, an intimate Italian restaurant that serves up some of the best pastas in the city. It’s got a clean minimalist aesthetic with a long bar right up against the open kitchen. So you can watch the chefs cooking your meal, and you will be blown away when those pastas hit your taste buds. If you’re planning on visiting Battuto, do know that there aren’t a lot of tables, and it’s booked weeks in advance. So one of the first things you do after you get those plane tickets is make a reservation. For something more indigenous to Quebec, try La Traite at the Hotel Musee Premieres Nations. The First Nations Hotel Museum owned and operated by the Wendake-Huron Tribe, the restaurant uses the boreal cuisine we talked about earlier with traditional ingredients only accessible to First Nations People. While you’re there make sure you check out the museum and the longhouse where you can even stay overnight. When it comes to craft beer, you are in luck. Quebec has always been Canada’s best beer province and that can be traced back to colonial times when French colonists couldn’t import or grow wine themselves. So they decided to start making beer at home There’s a few dozen micro breweries in Quebec City, and it’s easy to do a self-guided pub crawl using the ” Je Bois Local,” which is basically like a little passport, and you get a stamp at each brewery. if you make it to all ten, they give you this cool shirt. Je bois local. Each August they have a beer festival called Festibiere, and if you’re not in town for that there is a pop-up bar on the waterfront every summer that serves 60 beers from 21 micro breweries. It’s also called Festibiere, and it’s a great way to sample the best Quebec beers if you’re not there during the festival. It’s a great place to cool off. You can literally take a chair, put it in the fountain, drink a couple of beers, hear good tunes, plenty of craft beers to choose from, and you’re right on the water front. If you’re more into cocktails, make sure you head over to L’ Atelier, which is cool a cocktail bar on the Grand Allee, which is a pedestrian kind of walkway area full of great restaurants with terazzas. Definitely a good spot to pick up on the vibe of Quebec City. The specialties of the house are tartars. They’ve got quite a few different kinds. Grab it. Sit down on the terazza, have meal, and after dark, the restaurant turns into a nightclub. It’s really a cool spot. No list about Québécois food could be complete without a fundamental Canadian dish: La Poutine. La Poutine is the classic Québécois food. It is French fries with gravy, with curd, and a bunch of different other ingredients that make each one individual. It’s typically serves between 1:00 and 4:00 in the morning. But you can get it any time of day in practically any place. There’s a ton of places that serve Poutine, but Snack Bar is pretty reliable. It’s open all the time and was highly recommend to us as a spot to serve your late-night drunken munchies. “Drunchies.” Sooner or later you’re going to make your way to the Lower Town, which is really beautiful.. great spots to get photos, but the food there can be kind of hit or miss. Something that is guaranteed to always be good is Chez Muffy. Formerly known as Panache, this upscale restaurant has become a little bit more down to earth, but the food has remained impeccable. It’s located in the Auberge Saint Anton in the neighborhood of the Petite Champ. We should also mentioned that the two times we’ve been in Quebec City, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, was also there, and he was spotted in this restaurant when we were there our first time. So you know it’s fit for the Prime Minister, it should be good enough for you too. Last but far from least is probably the best fine-dining restaurant in Quebec City: Legende Parla Taniere. I’m not sure exactly what it means in French, but it sounds legendary because it is definitely legendary. It’s a four diamond restaurant, which is Canada’s equivalent of basically a one Michelin star restaurant there abouts. Sounds confusing, but what isn’t confusing is that the menu and the food is incredible. So the menu is strictly local.. no chocolate, no sugar. Everything is from Quebec. Courses are served either a la carte or as part eight course tasting menu, which comes out to 75 Canadian dollars. You can also do a wine pairing for about the same amount. 150 for just the best slap-up meal you can imagine. It was our final meal in Quebec City and was the best way to end an incredible week of fine dining. Ladies and gentlemen, those are our recommendations for the best restaurants in Quebec City. We know we couldn’t cover all of them. So if you’re from Quebec City, if you’ve been there before, please share your recommendations down there in the comments section. If you liked this video, make sure you check out the full vlog series We just did a three part series on Quebec City in the summertime. We’ve also done a six-part series in the whole region of Quebec, including Montreal and Charlevoix from last winter. So click on the card to watch that. If you guys enjoyed this video, you know what to do: please give a big thumbs- up, share it with your friends, and subscribe and enable notifications if you have not already. In the meantime stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Bon voyage. Peace


  1. Could you maybe do a list of best cheap/budget travel destinations in December/January? I wan't to book a small trip for a friends birthday, so we could go in December/January, but I don't have a lot of money so I wanted to ask if you could make a video with that kind of destinations.

  2. Thanks for showcasing the food in my hometown so well guys! Great vid! If you go back, you should check out the Cochon Dingue (they have a few spots). It's one of those "no specialty, we just cook good food restaurant." It's a sure bet if you're going with a few friends and no one's feeling like eating the same thing.

  3. Wow! Mom (73) & I (45) our newly discovered 2 favourite boys! Excellent shows guys! ESP love NI Ireland, Republic Eire & Northern England! I can relate, dad is Irish – Mom English & live in Northern England! &.. we've also checked out Carrie's channel, all good stuff & subbed to both! Regards Si (UK)

  4. Suchh a dope video and never have I been so hungry… food and place looks so bomb. Definitely added to my list now. You guys are literally living the dream and impacting many. Keep it up vaga bros, mucho amor y paz!

  5. I know it's not French Canadian cuisine, but you really must try Gandhi the next time you are there! Amazing East Indian dishes!

  6. I've lived in Quebec city and my favorite restaurant would be Sushibox. Sushi, tartare and rice/noodles bowls. I really recommend it!

  7. WOW ! you nailed it. As a Quebec city foodie for 35 years, you are the first review/video I see about the city that really go to the trendy and best places. Félicitations !

  8. I am living in Quebec city and you showed some of the best restaurants/cafes in the city. I would totally suggest those places to tourists since a lot of locals are going to those places. Good job ! 🙂

  9. You guys did a great job! I've been living in Quebec City for 15 years now and I am impressed how you covered so much of what we have to offer. Lots of relatively new places (Battuto, Maelstrom, bicep BBQ) and locations outside of the old city where "tourist traps" are teeming. Of course you could do another 20 restaurants all of them of the highest quality such as the Laurie Raphael, Ix for Bistro, Le Saint -Amour and Le Continental or cool hip place like Le Pied Bleu and Kraken Kru. I didn't care much for the Poutine recommendation, the Snack Bar is alright but I would've recommended a more typical place like Chez Gaston. Come back again next year 😉

  10. Hi, I'm from Quebec City and those are my personal recommandations : Initiale, Bistro 1640, Bistro La Cohue, Rioux & Pettigrew, Saint-Amour…. Nice video ! 🤗

  11. Really good suggestions from 2 guys not from Québec! (I am!) You honestly didn't forget much! You could've add Le Cendrillon, La Planque, La Buvette Scott and my favourite poutine place : Chez Gaston, but it's not super well known. Totally legit that you put the Snack Bar instead. But if you ever go back, try those 4! Great video guys!

  12. Le Cochon Dingue (translates as "Crazy Pig"), with several locations in Quebec City, serves up hearty comfort food at pretty decent prices. Portions are filling without being huge-as-in-U.S.-portions (which sometimes can be enough for three people). For le dejeuner – lunch — I've been to Le Cochon Dingue on the oldest street in North America: rue Petit-Champlain. Yes, it's on that touristy but quite picturesque row of boutiques, artisan shops (including the only shop — les Qiseaux [quelques chose] — in North America where I buy my sterling silver jewelry) and plenty of restos. However, that doesn't mean you can't have a true and truly delicieux Quebecois meal. I enjoyed, without being rushed out, two hours at le Cochon for a Quebecois staple such as pea soup; a French classic, steak au poivre (avec frites); and les mignardises (what les Quebecois call tiny sample portions of les desserts — so I had a sampling of three including my fave: chocolate mousse). Filled to my belly like a "crazy pig," I skipped my content self out the door and onto le boulevard Champlain, where I walked over to le Vieux-Port (the Old Port) and watched ice floes drift up the St. Lawrence River. That trip was in March 2015, the same week that I had dined late-night at Le Snack Bar St-Jean outside the walls in le Haute-Ville (the Upper Town).

  13. I have been here not long time ago and I'm foodie looking for food 🥘 lol many thanks for this video LOVE ❤️ plz go on to discover and come back here again 😊

  14. Hi guys, very nice video and great choice of restaurant. I live in Quebec City and love it. Next time you come try the restaurant La Planque, iX Pour Bistro and finish with the Laurie Raphael. Hope you continue to do great videos like this one!!

  15. Le continental is a nice restaurent which makes flambés at your table a must in quebec! located just next to the chateau frontenac!

  16. What camera are you shooting on these days? Looks so damn sharp! Tempted to guess it's a Panasonic GH4 or similar. Beautiful.

  17. Love the video ! So weird to see you guys in my hometown haha, me and my friends (of which we actually see one at 1:18) use to get fucked up in in this little hidden parc they show at 0:40. And btw I probably served you that poutine at Snack Bar St-Jean.

  18. Wow, you guys just blew my mind. I lived there for 25 years up to 2005 and I had never heard of any of those places before!

  19. Great video tour but… wow, Aux Anciens Canadiens didn't even make your top 17. Possibly the best meal I ever had. Anywhere. And the charm of dining in the city's oldest extant building to boot.

  20. No the best are cochon dingue and mateau and for thé best Poutine in the city haston I know because i live there.

  21. We always love your stuff — quite look up to you. This is one vid on Hill Stations in India to visit in 2018 and thought you and your audience might love to watch — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIKPp828Bh4

  22. To anyone looking for an amazing poutine, the Brynd has a smoked meat poutine which is to die for. There's also Frite Alors (which comes from Europe).

  23. Pretty good guys! We get there every summer for a little fun and food… and that French Canadian thing that you can't really explain.

  24. My top 5 restaurant are 1.Initiale 2.Laurie Raphael 3.Chez muffy 4.Le Saint-Amour 5.Le Champlain.BTW I am from Quebec and if you try these restaurant go for the tasting menu.

  25. Hi guys, great video. I'm from Quebec City and I totally agree with you on your choices. If you ever go back here, I recommand you try: "Le Continental" (on St-Louis Street, nearby le Château Frontenac), Le St-Amour (48 rue Ste-Ursule, Québec) and "Le Champlain" (inside le Château Frontenac). For typical French cuisine. Enjoy!

  26. As an avid traveler, I tend to hate travel "vlogs" out there because they're essentially a bunch of transition shots with instagram cliché framing + no real tips/content. But I must tip my hat to you guys — a great blend of photography and information. Subscribing…

  27. I'm surprised you didn't tried Le Ciel Bistro-bar at the top of the Concorde Hotel . You have a great view high above the city, and the restaurant slowly spins, so the view changes as you eat and drink . And next time you come to Wendake, (btw I was part of the team that built the long house and I was really proud and happy when I saw your reaction on the other video . Thank you guys 🙂 ) you should try the restaurant La Sagamite . You will be amazed by the potence meal, sagamite soup and banique bread 🙂

  28. Mens, you did a really good jobs about ours restaurants ! Im a little shock about your knowledge in Québec city ! Bons restaurents, bonne bouffe ! Parfait !

  29. Heading there this October and will definitely check these places out. Thanks guys for making my trip more adventurous.

  30. This video ruled our first visit to Quebec City. Can't thank you enough for sharing all these amazing spots and allowing us to have one of the best dining/food experience vacations ever. There are so many options in and around the city but you're reviews talked us into finding the best. So excited to come back and continue to follow your advice. So good! Thanks again!!

  31. I come from quebec and if I had to recommend you an icecream place it would have to be chocolat favoris and I would recommend you to try the chocolate churros poutine. Ashton is also an other amazing place for poutine. St hubert and lim media are great too and one of the good ones in town are cochon dingue!

  32. I am a resident and a restaurant owner near Quebec City and for my money , the St-Amour is probably the best restaurant in the province let alone Quebec city.

  33. Qu'est-ce que ça donne faim tout ça!! Surtout le Clocher Penché 🤤Jamais allée au Québec mais il faut vraiment régler ça au plus vite

  34. I have tried most of the restaurants you have mentioned last week on my extended weekend trip to Quebec City, I have to say that it's been absolutely delicious, however I have discovered a brand new place called "Bistro L'Orygine", and I have to say that hands down this was the best food I have eaten in all over the city, and it probably made the top 3 for this year's food places I have been to all over the world. It apparently opened this summer and was suggested by Marriott Hotel where I stayed. https://lorygine.com/menu/

  35. if you guys ever come back here, make sure to visit " le bureau de poste", " chocolat favoris", "le shaker". 3 different places, different food, drinks, and some of the locals favorites.

  36. In montreal they have institutional restaurants like swartz, moises, banquise, napolitana,orange julep ect but where are those same institutional restaurant in quebec city?

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  38. As a Canadian I have been to Quebec city 3 or 4 times but you introduced me to so many new restos to try in your series. I love that you dedicated a whole series to this unique and beautiful region of Canada. I will definitely use this series as a guide for my next visit there.

  39. Honestly guys your accent is ok. I have work with english canadian that had a worst accent than you do.

  40. Love the food. Hey what is the Italian song in the video, when your at the Italian restaurant in the video?

  41. Thank you guys for these respectful and very nice videos. So nice to see these open minded american, opening to different culture and embarrass differences! Good job!

  42. can you guys recommend great not too expensive breakfast place that is located between great attraction? thanks

  43. It's good to see people come here and enjoy our city, food, lifestyle, history, nature and culture! Even living here, we can't know about everything that exists, so even myself I learned some things during the series

  44. Very nice video, there is a lot more restaurants for you to discover in Quebec City. Whishing you many returns 🙂

  45. Watching this over just for that fun tune at the start 😀

    This was great fun, guys.☆ #KeepGoing & #BlessingsMuch. Xx

  46. Comes the time when it’s later and onto your table the headwaiter puts the bill and very soon after rings out the sound of lively laughter-OK

  47. Really great video! Pinned almost all of these restaurants on my Google Maps Trip Planner! Really excited to get my grub on in this historically rich city! Been reading a lot about these restaurants but it’s way better to ACTUALLY see all food and the hype they’ve garnered for themselves… I also hear Chez Tao is interesting and will be hitting up Royaume de la Tarte (Kingdom of the Pie) because I’m on a mission to find the best pecan pie (and meat pies) in all the land ~

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