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5 Amazing Places to Eat French Food in Québec City

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By AAA Travel Editor Patricia Miller
June 02, 2022
You would certainly expect to find delectable French and Canadian cuisine in Québec City, but you might be surprised to find that menus contain much more than croissants and onion soup. The following restaurants in Vieux-Québec, aka Old Québec, offer extraordinary dishes that use local ingredients such as maple, cheeses and game meats as well as heirloom recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. If you're eager to try something new and different on your vacation, start with these restaurants.
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Au Petit Coin Breton Crêperie Restaurant

1029 rue St-Jean
(418) 694-0758
Take your pick from about 80 takes on sweet Breton-style crêpes at this charming restaurant owned by one family since 1963. With an emphasis on the cuisine of Brittany, France, the menu features savory soups, gratins, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. For a spectacular finish to your meal, try crêpes Suzette with orange liqueur and cognac. Quaint carved chairs, lace curtains and the servers’ traditional Breton dress add to the ambience.
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Le Café du Monde

84 rue Dalhousie
(418) 692-4455
Grab a table on the terrace of this Parisian-style bistro at the cruise port for fabulous views of the St. Lawrence River. The cuisine here is classic French fare; standouts include steak frites, roasted chicken, mussels, Niçoise salad, duck confit and crème brûlée. Diners can choose from a wide variety of international wines and spirits for the perfect accompaniment to their meal. The restaurant’s Art Deco interior lends an air of sophistication to the entire experience.
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Le Cochon Dingue

46 boul Champlain
(418) 692-2013
Right in the middle of the vibrant Quartier Petit Champlain, surrounded by souvenir shops, artsy boutiques, and wandering tourists, lies Le Cochon Dingue (The Crazy Pig). This bustling bistro with nautical décor serves a crowd-pleasing medley of French-Canadian classics (poutine, steak frites), American favorites (burgers, salads) and seafood (salmon, fish and chips). An extensive breakfast menu and delish desserts round out the offerings.
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L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean

1080 rue St-Jean
(418) 694-0234
Meat lovers can’t go wrong here if they try the table d’hôte, which includes grilled steak enhanced by the eatery’s secret sauce (hint: mustard is an ingredient) and a huge pile of French fries. The three-course meal also comes with salad, soup (the carrot soup is heavenly) and dessert–the chocolate profiteroles put a big smile on our faces. In warm weather, rue Saint-Jean is thick with pedestrians, so ask for a street-side table on the sidewalk and people-watch to your heart’s content.
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Restaurant aux Anciens Canadiens

34 rue St-Louis
(418) 692-1627
This red-roofed restaurant is in one of the oldest houses in the heart of Old Québec; built in 1675, it stands out among the 18th-century stone buildings throughout the city. Inside, you’ll find subdued lighting, Canadian antiques and a romantic atmosphere, along with a menu that offers traditional Québecois dishes. Wild game meats are fashioned into sophisticated yet hearty dishes like bison bourguignonne with blueberry wine sauce as well as grilled red deer, bison and wapiti tenderloins. If you’re not the adventurous type, opt for beef Wellington, tourtière (pork pie) or pea soup grand-mère. Top off your meal with a slice of sweet maple pie.
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