The best local restaurants in Quebec City include some of the provincial capital’s most celebrated eateries. They’re great spots to try the city’s best Quebecois cuisine, from poutine to pâté chinois and pouding chômeur.

    At these authentic local establishments, you’ll be in for an experience as you savour refined French-Canadian flavours – all without breaking the bank. Check out these top places and get ready to rub shoulders with the locals and practice your pronunciation while eating your way around Quebec City.


    Le Bureau de Poste

    A lively local Quebec City gastropub with fantastic food

    Le Bureau de Poste pumps out top-quality pub grub in a cosy, ski lodge-style setting in Quebec City. Treetrunk tabletops and wood panel walls evoke a log cabin-like vibe, and its bargain-basement drink specials attract a lively crowd. You might spot young revellers slamming shots off skis at the bar – don’t come here for a quiet, romantic meal.

    Although it’s a drinking hole at heart, Le Bureau de Poste is renowned for its first-rate nosh. The affordable, flat-rate menu features your usual Canadian pub staples – try the bacon poutine and a decadent parfait for dessert. Non-drinkers will appreciate the booze-free, home-style ice tea.

    Location: 296 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3A9, Canada

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 418-914-6161


    Les Trois Garçons

    A funky burger bistro with superb service

    Carnivorous trendsetters flock to Les Trois Garçons for its brilliant gourmet burgers. Low-key lighting and exposed stone brick walls create a hip, industrial-chic scene. It’s like a New York-slash-Parisian-style bistro. Warm, friendly service and a broad range of artisanal beers (or house-roasted Javanese beans) make it a pleasant spot to linger.

    The towering Canadian-style burgers are the menu item of choice, topped with anything from blue cheese to onion rings and maple syrup drizzled bacon. Starving? The Inter-travailleur burger is a monster. Less indulgent options include the salmon tartare or cheese curd poutine.

    Location: 1084 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S4, Canada

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 418-692-3900


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    Build your own poutine at this popular Canadian franchise

    Poutineville is an acclaimed Canadian chain serving the finest, fine-cut potatoes in Quebec City. If you hadn’t figured it out, the establishment specialises in poutine, a hearty dish of potato chips smothered in cheese, meats, and sauce. While the franchise rose to fame in Montreal, this Quebec City branch has become a comfort food favourite for the locals.

    Poutineville’s popularity stems from its innovative approach. Rather than picking a pre-defined meal, you build your own poutine creation from a list of about 40 ingredients. Premium meats, quality Quebec cheese curds, plus multiple potato and sauce options let your imagination run wild.

    Location: 735 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3C6, Canada

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 581-981-8188


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    L’Antiquaire Buffet

    An authentic, cost-effective eatery in the Lower Town

    L’Antiquaire Buffet is a Lower Town institution popular for its hearty home-style dishes and rock-bottom prices. The no-frills restaurant resides in the lively antique district, making it a top spot to refuel on a vintage shopping spree. Grab a seat on the sidewalk terrace (summer only) to watch other shoppers haul their treasures home.

    You’ll find most of your filling Quebecois favourites on the menu. One especially satiating option is the cipaille, a traditional deep-dish pie packed full of poultry or premium meat. If you can still squeeze in dessert, the homemade crepes or sugar pie will hit the spot.

    Location: 95 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3V8, Canada

    Open: Sunday–Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 6 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 418-692-2661


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    Le Casse-Crêpe Breton

    The tastiest crepes in Quebec City

    Le Casse-Crêpe Breton is your one-stop-shop for authentic Quebecois-style crepes. The homely Old Town restaurant serves a smorgasbord of tasty pancake-like creations in a warm and friendly locale. Quick service and reasonable prices make this a tempting pitstop for travellers exploring the city’s historic heart.

    From breakfast until supper, customers can choose the flavours to suit their mood. Sweet tooth creations include fresh blueberries, strawberries, chocolate and cream. Fancy something savoury? Try the Swiss cheese, mushroom, and asparagus crepe instead. There’s a solid selection of beer on tap, local wine, espresso coffee, and fresh juice to wash down your meal.

    Location: 1136 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S4, Canada

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7.30 am to 9.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 7 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 418-692-0438


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    Phil Smoked Meat

    Scrumptious smoked meat dishes in Quebec City

    Phil Smoked Meat serves an eclectic ensemble of subs, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and poutine, all made from the proprietor’s signature smoked meats. The snug, home-style restaurant is a throwback to the diners of old, complete with a cosy tiled bar and cushy leather booths.

    Phil’s tangy homemade sauces add extra oomph to his slow-smoked treats. And while beef is the central ingredient in most dishes, there’s a decent range of vegetarian options, too – most notably the sandwiches. Want to replicate the taste at home? Order some smoked meat to go by the pound.

    Location: 461 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3B6, Canada

    Open: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 am to 8.30 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 418-523-4545


    Bistro La Cohue

    Excellent Quebecois fare at reasonable prices

    Hit Bistro La Cohue to sample refined Quebecois cuisine in Quebec City at reasonable prices. Located in a strip mall, this casual bistro-style restaurant offers a warm yet unpretentious atmosphere and top-notch dishes.

    Menu highlights include the slow-cooked bisque, the flame-grilled halibut, and their delectable black pudding. Save some room for dessert because La Cohue serves a great crème brûlée. The sugar-laden parfait is satisfying too. Amicable service and an excellent wine list add to Bistro La Cohue’s appeal.

    Location: 3440 Chem. des Quatre-Bourgeois, Québec, QC G1W 4T3, Canada

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 418-659-1322


    Bistro Hortus

    Farm-fresh cuisine from an eco-friendly kitchen team

    Bistro Hortus does fabulous farm-to-table fare in a classy yet casual setting. The chic, contemporary restaurant adheres to a strict eco-friendly ethos, sourcing much of its produce from the upstairs veggie garden. The rest comes from local producers. The team even maintains a rooftop beehive to pollinate crops and replenish dwindling populations.

    The culinary team creates a healthy, balanced menu from traditional French recipes with a modern twist. Their roasted chicken dishes are among the must-tries, and there’s a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. The vegetable stirfry goes down a treat, complete with curd cheese, pearled barley, and black garlic gravy.

    Location: 1190 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S6, Canada

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 418-692-5524


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    Beclub Bistro Bar

    Large, filling dishes served in a charming old building

    Beclub Bistro Bar is a lovely venue in Quebec City’s Old Town with hearty dishes as its hallmark. Constructed in 1827, the stone brick building still retains its original old-world charm, making it an atmospheric place to eat for travellers exploring the historic quarter. Warm service and a cosy vibe enhance the homely atmosphere.

    Every menu item has been handmade in-house using fresh seasonal produce sourced from local producers. The smoked meats here are superb, especially the wild boar – an exotic Quebecois delicacy. Let the trained sommelier pair the perfect drop from a wine list spanning some 200 varieties.

    Location: 17 Rue Saint-Stanislas, Québec, QC G1R 4G7, Canada

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 418-692-5488


    Cuisine du Marché

    The best Wagyu beef in Quebec

    Cuisine du Marché means “market-fresh cuisine” in English, and this stellar meat-loving venue doesn’t disappoint. The owners source their uber-tender beef and produce straight from local farmers, ensuring each dish is truly fresh. If you can’t make it to the reasonably priced restaurant (it’s across the bridge in Levis), keep an eye out for the mobile food truck.

    Pulled Wagyu beef is the house speciality – each delectable morsel comes cooked to perfection. Other must-try carnivorous cuts include the sirloin or flank steak. If red meat isn’t your thing, you can try the scallops or lobster.

    Location: 153 Rte Marie-Victorin, Saint-Nicolas, Quebec G7A 2T3, Canada

    Open: Thursday and Sunday from 5 pm to 6 pm, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +1 418-836-5959

    Harry Stewart | Contributing Writer

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