7 Best Restaurants in the Old Port
In a romantic mood? Stroll through Old Port (Vieux-Port) to find restaurants with menus—and patios—that will have you swooning. Tourists love this lively, picturesque district. While you’re there, be sure to take a walk along the pier.
- Francis Fontaine
Chez Muffy is a kitchen playground where two of the province’s most talented young chefs, Alex Bouchard and Arthur Muller, come to play. Together, they draw on European techniques and influences to transform fresh produce from their Île d’Orléans garden into lyrical bursts of flavour, all in a 19th-century maritime warehouse with a modern décor. A culinary experience that combines style and finesse at every meal.
Dive into a classic French bistro cuisine with locally sourced ingredients' aromas. The incredibly multi-talented chef Jean-François Girard creates a menu that changes every season, featuring musts like Cornish chicken, tartars, shallot butter beef flank and their famous finger-licking blood pudding. Don’t miss the Tonka bean crème brûlée. Next door, the owners recently opened Écho, a wine bar serving small plates and finger foods ideal for happy hour.
Buffet de l’Antiquaire
Although it feels like a tourist trap, the Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a local favourite for diving into comforting Québécois classics like tourtière and ragoût. Though I feel the breakfast poutine is the definite go-getter. All-day breakfast, friendly staff and long waiting lines, especially in the summertime.
- Restaurant Laurie Raphael, Karyne Gagné
From the moment you walk through the entrance and into the hyper-stylized dining room, the Laurie Raphaël makes one thing clear: you’ve landed in a world of culinary perfection. Chef Raphaël Vézina knows how to turn every bite into a joyful surge of emotion. Get ready for food inspired by travel and trends, featuring local ingredients used from root to leaf.
Chez Rioux & Pettigrew
The antique phonograph greeting you into the dining room sets the tone for what feels like a trip down memory lane. This former general store filled with wood textures and dim lights is a great setting for a pleasant time at the table. Take a seat next to the kitchen and experience the blind menu: it will take you on a seasonal flavour trip across the greater Québec City Area.
- Groupe La Tanière-Simon Ferland
Légende par la Tanière
Légende is a local fare bistro where everything—including vegetables, meat, and seasonings—is sourced exclusively from Québec. You won’t find anything on the menu that’s from outside the province. Not even a lemon. It’s a bold yet accessible formula that charts a course for a new school of Québec fine dining. It’s why Légende was named one of Canada’s top 10 new restaurants by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine in 2014.
- Louise Taverne & Bar à Vin
Louise Taverne et Bar à Vin
Louise is everything I love in a Parisian brasserie, but with friendly waiters ;-). The menu features classic brasserie fare with a joyful modern touch. Perfect example: the tartar is served with a cured egg yolk, a technique that’s been getting a lot of love on TikTok. Be sure to try their generous helping of fish ’n’ chips with crispy julienne fries. It’s the best deal on the menu!