Initiale, 54 rue St-Pierre (tel. 418/694-1818)
Gracious, cordial, and subdued, this is one of The Best restaurants of the entire province. Dress up and settle in, perhaps with the eight-course seasonal tasting menu.
Panache, 10 rue St-Antoine (tel. 418/692-1022)
Romance all the way, from the fireplace and velvet couches to the wrought-iron staircase leading to hideaway attic corners. French-Canadian cuisine with a kick, inside the knockout Auberge St-Antoine.
Best Restaurants for a Special Evening
Panache may be the most romantic restaurant in the city. Initiale is hushed and elegant. Laurie Raphaël is endlessly eclectic, with a nightclubby atmosphere in the evening. These stellar restaurants are just blocks from each other in Lower Town.
In a city that specializes in the informal bistro tradition, L'Echaudé is a star. The classic dishes are all in place, and the tone is casual sophistication. Le Clocher Penché Bistrot offers a cozy atmosphere and a reason to explore the trendy St-Roch neighborhood.
A main course at Aux Anciens Canadiens can set you back C$60 or more, but from noon until 5:30pm from Friday to Sunday, the purveyor of classic Québécois fare offers a three-course meal with wine or beer for C$20. The modest Mistral Gagnant has terrific food and a table d'hôte lunch for just C$11 to C$16, while ritzy Laurie Raphaël also has a lunchtime deal of three courses for about C$23.
Best Big View
Revolving rooftop restaurants rarely dish out food as elevated as their lofty venues, but L'Astral in the Hôtel Loews le Concorde is an exception. The food is above average and the view one of a kind. Lunchtime offers the best value.
Best Idyllic Terrace
The crimson-red main room is sexy, but try to have a dinner on the leafy enclosed back terrace of Lower Town's Toast!
Best for Families
Large (it seats 180) and jovial, Le Café du Monde manages the nearly impossible: classic French food and fast service without a compromise in quality, even on crowded holiday weekends.
Best Breakfast with Locals
In the residential neighborhood of Montcalm, not far from the Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Café Krieghoff gets a mix of families, singles, and artsy folks of all ages.
Best "Name Your Price" Dinner
The recently expanded Le Cercle draws adult hipsters to its St. Roch location with killer food and quirks such as a name-your-price "tapas mania."
Best Sugar Pie
We have to go with Aux Anciens Canadiens for this category as well. Québec's favorite dessert reaches its apogee at this admittedly tourist-heavy venue in central Upper Town. Think maple syrup with a crust, or pecan pie without the pecans.
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