Last Updated on January 16, 2021 by Pamela
While we’re sad to see some of our favourite Québec City restaurants closing their doors in 2019 (farewell LàLà, Le Moine Échanson), there have been some exciting new restaurants popping up throughout Québec City.
From Old Québec City, all the way out towards Jean Lesage International Airport, these new Québec City restaurants offer everything from vegan cuisine and seafood to traditional Italian, Greek, and First Nations.
It’s truly an exciting time in Québec City for food-lovers. Watch out Montréal, we are coming for you!!
While this article is dedicated to some of our favourite restaurants which opened in 2019, we want to congratulate ARVI, which opened in 2018, for becoming the No. 1 Best New Restaurant in Canada by enRoute Magazine. ARVI is truly deserving of this award and we are thrilled to see more foodie love for Québec City.
Located in the neighbourhood of Champigny, Les Botanistes is chef Jean Luc Boulay’s latest restaurant (he’s the genius behind Le Saint-Amour, Chez Boulay, and Comptoir Boulay). Joined by chefs Arnaud Marchand (Chez Boulay and Comptoir Boulay) and Pierre Joubaud.
Rocking a retro oasis vibe, this Québec City restaurant blends bright green banquettes with terra cotta tile floors, exposed brick walls, large windows, and an abundance of vegetation to create a homey and inviting space.
With a focus on locally grown ingredients, the menu at Les Botanistes pays particular homage to plant-based dishes, with meat and fish proteins offered as an added bonus (for those of us who have carnivorous cravings).
Opening its doors in the neighbourhood of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Sardines is by the same crew behind Buvette Scott (821, rue Scott). A welcome addition to the Québec City restaurant scene!
This small restaurant with its old exposed brick walls and tan button-backed leather banquettes on one side, and a navy and grey damask papered wall on the other, has a cozy feel that makes you want to spend a few hours relaxing and eating.
The menu is small, featuring homemade charcuterie, preserves, seasonal vegetables, and a choice of small plates (usually three). A perfect starter restaurant when you’re up for an evening of restaurant hopping!
When food-obsessed locals begin drooling when talking about Québec City restaurants you MUST try, it’s time to make a reservation! Le Mezzé, a Greek Taverne in Montcalm, is one such place.
A cozy restaurant with white walls with a small collection of Greek prints and artifacts, blue potted plants, and large windows give the restaurant a light and fresh feel. The natural, blue, and white ladder-back chairs with wicker seats, framing wooden tables with black wrought iron bases, add to the ambiance and giving one the feeling of being in a small family restaurant on an island in Greece.
The menu is extensive with an impressive list of cold and hot mezzes ranging in price from $4–$11. Dishes such as grilled octopus, lamb, or shrimp can be ordered by weight, and house specials include lamb and eggplant gratin, braised lamb shank, and Ouzo flambeed shrimp.
Perched on the corner of rues Saint-Paul and du Sault-au-Matelot, Don is one of the few 100% vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Québec City. Something all plant-based foodies are quite excited about.
The restaurant has a vibrant vibe, with plush chairs in deep red or bright blue, high-backed banquette seats along exposed stone walls, and a greenery-filled ceiling. The bright cartoonish mural adding a little extra funk to this trendy new restaurant.
The plant-based menu features everything from burgers and bibimbap to carbonara pasta and delightful tostadas. Ingredients are fresh, and locally sourced as much as possible.
This a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that even a carnivore would enjoy!
Birra & Basta
Located in one of our favourite ‘hoods, Saint-Roch, Birra & Basta is an exciting new restaurant serving up traditional Italian cuisine that gives us orgasmic burrata-inspired dreams.
The menu may feature traditional Italian themes, but the restaurant décor definitely does not. The bar is a kind of slightly worn industrial chic, with a brushed copper top and bar stools that have seen better days. The caramel coloured button-back banquette seats provide more comfort. The black walls display mural art by local artists and the floor to ceiling windows keep the space from looking like a den.
Begin with the burrata or mozzarella di bu ala and consider adding fig confit or perhaps sautéed mushrooms and sopressata. The pizzas are tasty, but the gnocchi, and lobster ravioli are truly divine.
Another truly marvelous addition to Saint-Roch is JJacques, a restaurant/bar serving up oysters and other succulent seafood. In our opinion, Québec City can always use another raw/seafood bar!
A small long restaurant, tables with velvety purple banquette benches line one wall, while a long bar lines the other. The light sophisticated ambiance is calming at first, but when the restaurant is hopping it can get a tad loud. Not that that is an issue.
The menu, like the restaurant, is small but packs a punch. Dine on oysters and sip cocktails, or splurge with friends and try the 3-tier seafood tower. The weekly menu generally features meat, seafood, raw, vegetarian, and pasta (one dish feature for each category).
Let’s be honest, we were beyond elated when Sagamité opened its doors on rue Saint-Louis in Old Québec City. A longtime favourite in Wendake, Restaurant Sagamité was forced to shut its doors after a horrible fire (don’t worry, they will re-open in Wendake!). A restaurant specializing in First Nations cuisine, Sagamité is a spectacular addition to Old Québec City and it’s sometimes kitschy tourist trap type restaurants.
Three impressive hand-carved totem poles stand guard just inside the doorway. Exposed stone walls featuring First Nations artifacts and reclaimed wood floors set a rugged, yet warm, tone; and the birch bark canoe hanging upsidedown from the ceiling with lights dangling from within is a definite conversation piece.
While the menu includes pizza and burgers, the true highlights are the First Nations dishes which have been adapted with a slight gourmet flair. If you’re a rock hard carnivore, order Potence (pictured above) with a variety of game meats. Whatever you choose, come hungry and consider wearing your stretchy pants!