Right in the heart of Old Quebec, near the Château Frontenac, this renowned French restaurant is located in an elegant Victorian mansion built in ... More
Right in the heart of Old Quebec, near the Château Frontenac, this renowned French restaurant is located in an elegant Victorian mansion built in 1845. A true institution in Quebec, the restaurant features a rich and sober decor of deep colours and oak. Over the years the cuisine and service has been awarded many national and international awards. The menu is made up of classics like snails in garlic butter served in their shells, various flambes, Salmon with Green Pepper Sauce, Dover Sole Belle Meunière and Veal Medallions Marsala.
I've been here twice. First time was 10 years ago, last time was last week. Same experience both times. The ambiance and decor are very nice and the service is exceptional. The food? Overrated. We ate at a similar place just around the corner the night before (Auberge du Tresor). The ambiance was better, the service was better, and the food was vastly better.
The worst thing about Le Continental, however, is the wine list. Oh, it's vast, but the prices are the most outrageous I've ever seen. Anyone who knows anything about wine prices will be appalled. Here is a good example: Smoking Loon Syrah, which sells for $9.99 a bottle at my local grocery store, is $15 a glass at Le Continetal. I think they wanted $55 for a bottle of it.
Also, there was a dirty mop leaning against the wall when we walked in? If you're at the Chateau Frontenac, don't be tempted to go here. Maybe they were great years ago. Not anymore.
We are a culinary writer and publisher team and devotees of the joys of the table in fine restaurants in North America, U.K. and Europe. We were privileged to enjoy two evenings of exquisite dining at Le Continental. The food is without equal, either in Quebec or Montreal. Table service and wine service is extraordinary; totally professional and transparent from beginning to end. The waiters here are long-time career professionals who have decades of experience at Le Continental and scores of regular customers from around the world. The restaurant is an elegant and beautiful setting, especially the middle table overlooking the garden. The expense is high, but excellent value. Quite possibly, one of the top three restaurants we have experienced worldwide.
Recommendations: The Filet Mignon prepared in copper pot, tableside, is a 50-year specialty with a combination of rosemary, sage and true roasted bone stock reduction. The sweetbreads are without equal, as an appetizer or entree. The classic cherries jubilee and the crepes are an excellent desert choice. The wine list is a festival of delights. Plan on a three-hour dining experience; 7-10 p.m. is the perfect time. This is a serious dining restaurant, worthy of 2 Michelin stars; NOT a place for children.
I truly enjoyed the food, ambience, service, and relaxed dining in elegance at Le Continental. I plan on dining there with a party of 12 for Christmas Eve if it is open as it is the premier choice for my friends and family. While it is expensive, you get great value for your money. Serving at tableside is a lost art but they have managed to keep it at the highest level. I have never eaten anything there that wasn't absolutely superb. You will be thoroughly delighted with this choice.
We go to Quebec City annually and never miss the opportunity of dining at Le Continental (for over 30 years). Everything is PERFECT.
The staff is extremely professional and friendly.
Many meals are cooked tableside in the most elegant manner. The mustard steak and steak in rosemary sauce are two of my favorites. Don't miss the Gateau Sant'Honore for dessert.
The surroundings are beautiful. The dining room is done in mahogany and etched glass.
It is the most civilized way to pass the evening - for a special occasion or not.
An excellent meal prepared exquisitely at your table!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/16/04
What an amazing meal we had, prepared and served by a true gentleman waiter, right at our table. The food was unbelieveable, the best we've ever had. Flambed filet mignon, cesaer salad, and cherries jubilee to die for. It was worth every penny - the building is gorgeous and adds a very romantic touch to the entire experience.
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