3 Best Restaurants in the Old Port

Place des Canotiers
Robert Greffard, Ville de Québec

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.

  • 1 L’Échaudé

    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.

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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.

Allison Van Rassel, chroniqueuse culinaire
Allison Van Rassel

Journalist, columnist and blogger, Allison is passionate about Québec City’s culinary culture. Curious and aware of the latest culinary trends, Allison makes the region’s foodie culture shine bright.

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