5 Best Restaurants in Sainte-Foy

Allison Van Rassel
Allison Van Rassel
Published on October 30, 2023
District Gourmet
Les Festifs

The restaurants in Sainte-Foy awaken the senses and transport us to far-off places in a single bite. There’s the popular line-up of restaurants on Avenue Maguire, of course, but so many others as well, each inviting us to embark on a culinary adventure and embrace Québec’s cultural mosaic. Here are the restaurants in Sainte-Foy that make every meal memorable.

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    District Gourmet Sainte-Foy

    District Gourmet is a destination of choice for foodies in search of new flavours. In this gourmet atrium, visitors can order from a wide selection of restaurants at the same table. We love the upscale food court experience and are especially fond of:


    Plats de suchis du restaurant Kaiji
    Restaurant Kaiji

    Kaiji’s deconstructed sushi and izakaya (Japanese tapas). The entire menu is a delightful surprise, both for the unusual flavour combinations and extravagant presentations. The sake pairings take the taste experience to another level. We love the festive atmosphere and wild décor.


    Plat au restaurant Helena
    District Gourmet - Helena

    Helena’s fine Portuguese cuisine. The drama of flame-cooked meals, the seductive allure of local seafood, and the warm, earthy scents of chef and owner Helena Loureiro’s native Portugal combine in this wildly authentic and flavourful experience. For dinner for two around an impressive seafood platter, Helena’s can’t be beat.

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    Ste-Foy’s famous French-style bistro draws inspiration from the beauty of local, seasonal ingredients. Bistango’s kitchen team deploys French and Italian flavours to create meals that never fail to hit the mark, whether for a business lunch or a romantic dinner.

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    Phil's Fish & Chips

    London’s calling, and Ste-Foy is picking up the phone! Made with cod, hake, or haddock, each basket of Phil’s fish and chips is served with love. And love is giving! These are hands-down the most generous helpings of fish and chips in Québec City. The chef/owner hails from London and serves up the same kind of no-fuss meal you’d find there: fish dipped in local-beer batter and served with real English-style “chips” and the traditional side of malt vinegar. We recommend springing for the side of green pea mash and leaving room for dessert. After all, who could say no to homemade sticky toffee pudding or a fried Mars bar? Not us!

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    Tucked away in Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy in a tiny yet charming space, L’Ostrea delivers a culinary experience like no other in Québec City, making it one of the best restaurants in Sainte-Foy. The secret? The owner and chef Jacques Le Pluart, who has headed up some of the finest restaurants in the city and trained many chefs whose reputations speak for themselves.

    The charm of this well-kept secret is twofold: the food, of course, but also the décor, which has a distinctly 90s vibe. The menu features classic French and Italian fair, with a lovely selection of private-import wines at surprisingly affordable prices. We recommend the seafood, the foie gras, and the lentil purée for a meal that feels Michelin-starred, but without the Michelin-sized bill.

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    Ô 6e Sens

    The meals at Ô 6e Sens are tabled in total darkness by non-seeing servers, putting our sense of adventure to the test. We love the shift in perspective as we search to discover what’s on our plate. Eating blind makes every bite a profoundly sensory experience that inspires and educates.

Allison Van Rassel
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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