With quaint sidewalk cafes and international restaurants on every corner in Quebec City, it’s difficult to find a bad restaurant. But that also can make it overwhelming – with so many options and limited vacation time. If you’ve got kids that may be picky, you’ll want to know what your options are before leaving on vacation. On our summer vacation to Quebec City, we dined at a bunch of fabulous restaurants. Over the years, I’ve visited on other occasions and have always enjoyed the meals that I’ve had. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly restaurants in Quebec City.
Disclosure: My meal at La Buche was complimentary – and we paid for the other meals. All opinions are my own.
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Quebec City
This new addition to the Quebec City restaurant scene offers outdoor sidewalk dining along the trendy Rue St. John. Our concierge tentatively recommended Sapristi, because it was so new, but we loved it. It’s kid-friendly, but has some great drink options for adults. I had the Tartare de saumon, which was my favorite meal on our entire trip. Sapristi does offer some outdoor as well as indoor seating. In the nice weather, you’ll definitely want to sit outside and people watch.
If you pick up a guidebook of Quebec City, chances are that you’ll see one of the ubiquitous ads for Portofino, a bustling Italian restaurant in the old city. The food is pretty standard Italian, but the atmosphere is great. This is a busy restaurant, so arrive early or prepare to wait. There is some outdoor seating in the warmer weather, but most of the seating is indoors.
We wanted to try traditional Quebec food, so our tour guide directed us to Le Cochon Dingue, a popular restaurant in the lower city. It offers an outdoor sidewalk with a view of the river, as well as indoor seating. There’s also a small cafe a few doors away for quicker service. We really enjoyed the food here for lunch. I’d advise arriving in the late afternoon for a late lunch/early dinner before boarding one of the river cruises.
As a restaurant in the lower city, you’ll need to walk down quite a few stairs or take the Funicular down. I recommend walking down and taking the Funicular up. You will need to pay for a ticket to the Funicular.
Don’t let the name similarity to the popular US chain fool you – this is an independent restaurant. They have a small patio facing the Chateau Frontenac, and offer several different delicious hamburger options. There’s no kid’s menu though, and the shakes have alcohol in them, so definitely review the menu before taking your kids. We enjoyed eating there, although the service was a bit slow. It’s really popular and busy.
For traditional Quebec cuisine, you’ll definitely want to head to La Buche. This charming local restaurant, located right in the center of town, offers a huge menu filled with traditional favorites. You’ll find dishes including poutine, venison, scallops, and shepherds pie.
Since there are so many traditional items on the menu, this may not be as kid-friendly as some of the other restaurants we’ve mentioned. Make sure your kids are adventurous eaters and review the menu in advance to make sure there’s something they will enjoy.
I’ve loved this traditional crepe restaurant since my husband and I first started visiting Quebec City. I can never visit the city without coming here at least once for breakfast. It’s a tiny restaurant, so they don’t take reservations and do get busy. You’ll want to go early to avoid the wait.
The menu includes both savory and sweet crepes, although I prefer the simple one with butter and sugar. You can also get a variety of different coffee drinks.
Restaurant Le23, Hilton Quebec City
Want to get a picture of Quebec City like the one above? Then you’ll want to visit Restaurant Le23, on the top of the Hilton Quebec City. While the menu is fairly limited (they were serving a small lunch buffet during my visit), the view is absolutely fantastic.
Have you been to Quebec City? Which restaurants were your favorites? If you are traveling to Quebec City, check out our favorite things to do with kids in Quebec City here.