Where to go for a seafood fiesta in Quebec City

The ocean is full of tasty treasures, but they must be prepared with skill to be truly enjoyed. Don't panic! Here's a list of good restaurants offering seafood, oysters and tartare that is fresh, delicious, and wonderfully prepared.

Kraken Cru

190, rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec, QC G1K 1K1

Located on rue Saint-Vallier West, in Saint-Sauveur, this tiny restaurant (or rather a counter!) is dedicated to the raw way of the sea. Oysters are featured, depending on the catch, which is indicated on the board, but which are willing to share the spotlight with tartare, gravlax, and ceviche.

Café du Monde

84, rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC G1K 8M5

With its view of the port on rue Dalhousie, it easily has one of the top five terraces in town, but the menu of this restaurant, which is part of the Groupe Restos Plaisirs, is not left behind. The catches of fresh fish are monitored, as well as, in season, oysters, which are served Rockefeller style, which never goes out of fashion.

Bistro-Bar L'Atelier

624, Grande Allée E, Québec, QC G1R 2K5

At the heart of the action of Grande Allée East, L'Atelier announces its favourites: the tartare and cocktails. Therefore, it is a pleasure to accompany its raw salmon (single or double), its surf and turf style lobster, or its eco-friendly tuna with an inventive and festive cocktail, enough to provide energy to the party.

Café Sirocco

64, boul René-Lévesque O, Québec, QC G1R 2A4

A classic restaurant of the Montcalm neighbourhood, on boulevard René-Lévesque East, this Mediterranean-inspired cafe serves tapas and dishes in a cozy atmosphere. On the menu: tartares, squid, octopus, fried fish, stew and fish soup, not forgetting the typical Valencian paella.

Restaurant L'Échaudé

73, rue du Sault-Au-Matelot, Québec, QC G1K 3Y9

In the Old Port area on rue Sault-au-Matelot: the obvious restaurant for gravlax, ceviche, calamari and fish caught that day! The salmon tartares, as an appetizer, main course or trio, honours the restaurant, and are served in an airy decor that contrasts with the glitz of the nearby tourist traps.

Versa Restaurant Bar

432, rue du Parvis, Québec, QC G1K 6H8

The crowd jostles at this rue du Parvis restaurant for Le Versa's "4 à huîtres" (oysters served from 4 pm to 8 pm, with a fun play on words of the word "huître" ("oyster") and "huit" ("eight)), in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood. At $1.50 per oyster, you can savour them, at this good price, during the "r" months, or, in French, months ending in "bre", related to the best times to eat oysters. If by chance you are extending your aperitifs into dinner, you can indulge in other seafood and fresh fish selections, à la carte.

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From April 12 to 24, gourmets and foodies of all kinds will flock to Quebec restaurants as part of the sixth edition of food festival Québec Exquis! 2016. For the occasion, 20 chefs are paired with 20 food producers to offer lunch menus ($20) and dinner menus ($40 or $50), balanced with Beaujolais wines. Here are the duos.
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