Old Quebec has one of the best French restaurant scenes in the world, and it has options for vegetarians, families and romantics alike. The most popular places are located near Chateau Frontenac and Notre Dame Basillica in Upper Town, and in the Old Port neighborhood and Petit Champlain district of Lower Town. Fresh local ingredients served by friendly staff in intimate and bright settings are enjoyed by locals and visitors from around the world.
La Cremaillere Restaurant
Just around the corner from the Chateau Frontenac, this notable French restaurant must be tasted to be believed. As guests walk in the door they will be greeted by intimate lighting and subtle music. The waiters, dressed formally, welcome diners to their table and provide them with an extensive knowledge of the restaurant's menu. Beppino and Michel, the restaurant's wine connoisseurs, are happy to recommend a wine from the restaurant's private collection to accompany meals. The menu features seafood, veal, beef and lamb. The chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce and the Dover sole with roasted almond butter sauce are the highlights of the menu.
La Crémaillère Restaurant
73, Sainte-Anne street
Restaurant Pub Le D'Orsay
This is another popular French restaurant located across the street from City Hall and the Notre Dame Basillica of Quebec. Although it bills itself as a pub, the food is not regular pub fare. Guests can find a wide range of French beef, duck and salmon dishes on the menu. The Bison 'terrine' with cranberry salsa and warm duck confit salad with garlic, mushrooms and lardoons should not be missed. For those who enjoy extensive beer and wine selections from around the world, D'Orsay is the place to go to properly wet the palate.
Restaurant Pub Le D'Orsay
65, rue de Buade
A bright bistro-style restaurant located in Lower Town bordering the Musee de la Civilisation, L'Echaude is an affordable option in Old Quebec's expensive French restaurant scene. If visitors are at the restaurant in the warmer months of the year, they can take advantage of the terrace located along the pedestrian street. The menu is quite diverse, featuring standards, such as steak tartar and steak frites, along with unusual yet fresh dishes, such as the lacquered quail, brunoise salad with endive and apple.
73, rue Sault-au-Matelot
Vieux-Port, Québec, Quebec
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