Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Pamela
COVID 🦠 UPDATE: As of May 28, 2021, the curfew in Quebec will be lifted. This is a preliminary step towards fewer restrictions for this summer. At this time, there is a plan to have restaurants and bars 🍻 open by mid-June. Keep up-to-date with regional restrictions here. You can read more about the recent changes in this article.
Where should you eat in Québec City in 2021? Let’s be honest, the COVID-19 pandemic changed life in Québec City, and around the world. Our beautiful city was eerily quiet, everyone struggling to survive and figuring out their next move. The food industry was hit, hard, and many locally-owned businesses have been forced to close their doors permanently.
That being said, there are several locally-owned restaurants who have switch things up, making their menus takeaway and delivery friendly, offering meals that can be completed at home, Québec terroir, wine, and épicerie items.
Finding things to do in Québec City during a pandemic is a challenge, but thankfully, finding delicious restaurants in Québec City that offer takeaway or delivery is not!
The Québec City food scene is one of the best in Canada. No, really!
Where to eat Québec City in 2021, for all budgets!
Dining out in 2020 was next to impossible. Thankfully, despite a myriad of lockdowns, we can pop by our favourite restaurants for curbside pick-up, or have food delivered using apps such as DoorDash and UberEats (not all restaurants can afford their own delivery service).
Buffet de l’Antiquaire
Quite possibly one of our all-time favourite places to eat in Québec City, Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a diner serving Québécois comfort foods. An icon for 40 years, there is almost always a line-up. Come for the breakfast poutine or eggs benedict (there are serval options), or visit for lunch and try their cipaille (meat pie similar to tourtière), smoked meat club sandwich or salmon pie. Of course, ordering a hamburger, grilled cheese or hot dog is totally okay too! Dishes with a red dot on the menu are available as gluten-free.
Neighbourhood: Old Port (Vieux-Port) • Address: 95, rue Saint-Paul • Phone: 418-692-2661
Chez Rioux & Pettigrew
Located a short distance from Buffet de l’Antiquaire, this popular restaurant has a contemporary vibe, and a menu featuring dishes made with Québec-sourced ingredients. The food is, without question, sumptuous. The menu changes often, and when lockdowns occur, forcing restaurants to pivot, gourmet meal boxes are on offer. Visit their épicerie for Québec terroir to add to your pantry at home.
Price: Mid-range • Takeaway
Neighbourhood: Old Port (Vieux-Port) • Address: 160, rue Saint-Paul • 418-694-4448
Le Chic Shack
Famous for their gourmet poutines and burgers, Le Chic Shack is perched across the street from Fairmont Château Frontenac. In the height of summer, a line generally forms out the door, but if you show up just after they open or after 1pm, you should be good. The kitchen is open, some of the seating is communal and a small patio looks out at Château Frontenac.
Burgers are plump and juicy, and the poutine servings are quite large, so make sure you’re hungry if you plan to order both! If you’re not a fan of poutine (Gasp, is that even possible?!), try their sweet potato or truffle fries. Both are delicious!
A vegetarian burger is available, however, it does contain pumpkin seeds. Gluten-free buns are available on request.
Price: Burgers and poutines are $12 to $14.
Neighbourhood: Old Quebec City (Vieux-Quebec) • Address: 15, rue du Fort
known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Old Quebec City, Le Saint-Amour is located on the quiet street of rue Sainte-Ursule. A local favourite for the past 40 years, the menu at Le Saint-Amour is French and utilizes locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Lunch is a perfect time to dine, as the garden terrace fills with light. An ideal spot for a truly unforgettable meal. Vegetarian options are available.
Prices: Lunch mains are $18 to $50
Neighbourhood: Old Quebec City (Vieux-Quebec) • Address: 48, rue Sainte-Ursule
Located on rue Saint-Louis, close to Château Frontenac, La Bûche is a Québécois restaurant with an urban sugar shack vibe. The décor is wood, everywhere, with gingham accents, furs, old wooden sleighs and more. One of the few restaurants in Old Quebec City which can accommodate large groups, La Bûche is far from being a tourist trap. If your a lover of French onion soup, their non-traditional onion soup is probably the best in Old Quebec City (and well worth the $16 price tag). The menu also features dishes such as poutine, tourtière, salmon tartare, foie gras, and gourmet mac n’ cheese (among other things)
Price: Lunch mains are $16 to $24
Neighbourhood: Old Quebec City (Vieux-Quebec) • Address: 49, rue Saint-Louis