Delight in seasonal fare at these Quebec City bistros

In Quebec, bistro cuisine has the wind in its sails, and it is easy to understand why. Thanks to their fine wines and especially their market- and seasonal-inspired menus, the following bistros will soon become your new go-to places for dining.

Le Clocher Penché

203, rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3B1

The city's foodies flock to this bistro along rue Saint-Joseph East, where the team works to feature locally sourced products on both its menu and its wine list. The staff members believe so much in the chef-producer relationship that they have even decorated the restaurant with portraits of its suppliers!

Restaurant La Planque

1027, 3E av, Québec, QC G1L 2X3

Opened in Limoilou on 3rd Avenue by a winner of the popular show Les Chefs! (and now headed by another aspiring chef from the same reality show), La Planque has exceed expectations thanks to its delicate and inventive cuisine (calf sweetbread, fowl, foie gras, homemade blood sausage).

Bleu Marine

585 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P5

As much a wine bar as a restaurant, Le Moine Échanson on rue Saint-Jean is named after a monk who had the responsibility of serving drinks to visitors of great importance. The dishes, whose roots are French but incorporate Quebec products, change with the seasons - you must wait a year before seeing a favourite dish if you miss it!

Chez Boulay Bistro Boréal

1110, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S4

In the heart of Old Quebec, on rue Saint-Jean, this restaurant belonging to the famous Jean-Luc Boulay and Arnaud Marchand (also of Les Chefs!) showcases local Quebec products with a boreal (northern) touch and that change in accordance with the rhythm of the seasons. Their brunch is one of the best in the neighbourhood.

Restaurant Légende

255 rue Saint-Paul, Quebec, QC G1K 3W5

Légende was opened by the team behind La Tanière and touted by En Route magazine as being one of the best new restaurants in Canada. In this rue Saint-Paul bistro, the chef and his team are inspired by ancestral cuisine as they create refined dishes.

Bistro B

1144, av Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2S5

Avenue Cartier has no shortage of restaurants, but this one definitely stands out - not only for its open kitchen (the best place is always at the bar!) but also for its changing menu board where everything makes you hungry. The chef, François Blais, is recognized throughout the city for his calf sweetbreads.

L'Affaire est Ketchup

46, rue Saint-Joseph Est, Quebec, QC G1K 3A5

Since it was featured on the show of the famous Anthony Bourdain, this tiny restaurant on rue Saint-Joseph East is always packed. If you succeed in securing a table, you will discover savoury cuisine that varies according to the harvest.

Restaurant Gueule De Bois

207, rue de Saint-Vallier E, Québec, QC G1K 3P2

A rustic-chic bistro with a variable menu board, this restaurant, set back on Saint-Vallier East, has deliciously secured its success. You should not rely solely on the façade: what's on your plate is more much gratifying!

IX Pour Bistro

1104 18, Québec, QC G1J 1Z1

It is one of the best-kept culinary secrets of the city: this bistro, tucked along 18th Street and away from its fellow bistros located downtown, is a destination in and of itself. Those who have been here still talk of the delicious foie gras. 

Patente Et Machin Inc

82, rue Saint-Joseph O, Québec, QC G1K 1W9

Like its "little brother" L'Affaire est Ketchup, Patente et Machin is located on rue Saint-Joseph, but on the west side. It is difficult to describe the seasonally changing menu but it always captures the spirit of "bistronomy" as it creatively incorporates seasonal products. The restaurant offers a great wine list to accompany its menu. 

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