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Restaurant L'Echaude

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73, rue Sault-au-Matelot
Quebec, QC  G1K 3Y9

(418) 692-1299

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French
4 star rating
bochant February 06, 2012
un des meilleurs restaurants à Québec

Je recommande ce restaurant très fortement.Le prix est un plus élevé mais cela en vaut le coût.De l'entrée au dessert, tout était parfait et la carte des vins est excellente. Il y a des vins avec des prix abordables compte tenu de la qualité du restaurant et cela est très apprécié.Petit détail, pour manger sur la terrasse l'été, il faut patienter car on ne peut réserver pour l'extérieur mais l'attente en vaut la peine.

4 star rating
Lewolf August 08, 2009
Grand restaurant

J'ai été mangé là une fois et j'y ai probablement fais un des meilleurs repas de toute ma vie. Grande attention à tous les niveaux. Ce n'est pas un restaurant de tous les jours, mais quand on peut se le permettre, ça vaut la peine. Les vins suggérés étaient parfaits pour les mets commandés. Textures, goût, service,... presque tout étais parfait ! Bravo ! Surpris du commentaire précédent. J'espêres qu'ils ne tomberont pas dans le piège "touristique". N'oubliez jamais qu'une fois la saison touristique terminé, ce sont les "locaux" qui font survivre les restos !

Editorial Reviews from the web
English
September 21, 2008

A chic beige-and-green bistro, L'Echaudé attracts a mix of businesspeople and tourists because of its location between the financial and antiques districts. Lunch offerings include duck confit with fries and fresh salad. Highlights of the three-course brunch are eggs Benedict and tantalizing desserts. The decor is modern, with hardwood floors, a mirrored wall, and a stainless-steel bar where... more

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English
4 star rating
September 08, 2015

Absolutely one of the best restaurants I ever had the pleasure of eating at, great location, kind staff and delicious food. Perfect selection of wines, cocktails and gluten free. I highly recommend it.

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4 star rating
September 01, 2015

Great bistro! Classic French bistro fare executed well - can't go wrong with that. Highlights included the salmon tartare. Although in Old City, many francophones at the tables.

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4 star rating
August 07, 2015

An excellent dining experience for dinner. Their menu includes year long options and, what I assume to be rotating seasonal options as well. At 9pm, the year long options are available at 21% off the normal price, which makes this a hot spot for the late night dinning crowd and I recommend making reservations to secure a spot.

The food was solid, but nothing exceptional was on either menu and... more

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4 star rating
July 28, 2015

Great food, service was professional but with an attitude. We weren't hungry enough for a multi-course meal. I ordered a main course, wife ordered an appetizer. When you start out ordering in small increments you can always order more, but we got the distinct impression that the server was annoyed with the prospect of a smaller-than-hoped-for check. The wine list is expensive - very few... more

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4 star rating
July 10, 2015

We were there early July and we absolutely loved this restaurant, from the nice terrace to the food, including the staff. Very good value for money. We had dinner in other expansive places in Quebec City but Echaude was a great experience and we do recommend it!

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4 star rating
June 25, 2015

Very good food and a great atmosphere. We sat outside one June night. It wasn't too crowded and the walk to this place from the upper part of the town is hard to beat.

There tend to be more locals in this area and we encountered a few here that were very rude, but they weren't there for long and it's not the restaurants fault. Just something to be aware of.

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4 star rating
March 06, 2015

Surprising find and experience! We stayed at the Le Saint-Pierre, Auberge and our concierge recommended this quaint little restaurant! We were pleasantly surprised at the quality, price, presentation of (regional) food and most importantly - service! We were dining on a Tuesday and noticed the restaurant was packed within a half hour of our reservation. We now understand why! My only complaint... more

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4 star rating
February 09, 2015

A good 3.5, consistent and not disappointing. However, classic food that lacks of a subtle and light touch somewhere... difficult to describe but it lacks something... more

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4 star rating
January 01, 2015

Our waiter made this meal extra special. Dan was amazing. He was super personable, entertaining and very knowledgeable on the menu. We tried the trio tartare, rabbit soup, seared foie gras, flank steak, veal trio, tuna, lasagna, duck, oysters, goat cheese app chocolate desert, sugar pie and creme burle. Everything was awesome but the foie gras, rabbit soup and flank steak really stood out. Dan... more

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4 star rating
July 06, 2014

Great place in Quebec. We had the lunch menu and were pleased by the very good food for a great price. We also enjoyed the location, a bit off the tourist hotspots but a nice place to sit outside.

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4 star rating
June 28, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at L'Échaudé. I opted for the mushroom gnocchi appetizer and duck confit while my wife ordered the scallops appetizer and followed it up with the steak frites. Our food was delightful but not spectacular by any means.

So why 5 stars then? Because everything about the restaurant was enjoyable. The food was good, the staff friendly and professional, and... more

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4 star rating
February 10, 2014

Great place for a meal.

Pretty, classic set up. Very friendly staff. Took my wife for lunch here for her birthday and felt a little underdressed in a flannel shirt and Sorels - apparently suits love it here on the snowiest of days.

Both the salmon and steak tartares were fresh and flavourful. Wine selection had a lovely Quebec rose. $70 was a great price to pay for two.

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4 star rating
February 09, 2014

located in the lower old town, L'Echaude is a pretty restaurant. went there for a light lunch. decided to start with terrine of pork. very nice and tasty. then i had the shrimp salad with avocado. it was tasty and i was surprised at the portion. more than half dozen grilled shrimp. i was tempted but the $8 cocktail but it was lunch so i didn't get one.

oh received the complementary appetizer... more

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4 star rating
November 07, 2013

The BEST Eggs Benedict and Steak Tartar. On our first day in Quebec City we happened upon L'Echaude for brunch. Not being a big breakfast fan I was pleasantly surprised at how fabulous the EB was. Great Hollandaise, perfect eggs, on bacon/cheese bread. Excellent service as well.

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4 star rating
August 26, 2013

I give L'Echaude five stars purely out of love for their appetizers. I ordered a heavenly goat cheese salad that was a small and rather underdressed salad with a round goat cheese...tart I guess? It had a soft pound cake bottom and a crisp top with warm goat cheese in the middle. Amazing. My mother ordered a light asparagus puree that she considered tasteless. I tried it and switched with her.... more

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4 star rating
June 09, 2013

This is a solid restaurant with nice but somewhat generic decor, a great wine list, and well executed but somewhat unexciting food. The Bistro menu is actually 21% off after 21:00 hours (which was the case on my visit) but honestly nothing looked very interesting. Honestly, it seems that half the Bistro menu items are tartare - which I just didn't trust on a Monday evening in a half full... more

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4 star rating
February 09, 2013

Great place, friendly service. I'm a vegetarian and I really appreciated that they had two vegetarian entrées. So many restaurants in Québec city have no vegetarian entrées. My husband really enjoyed the seafood dishes as well.

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4 star rating
January 16, 2013

The best in Quebec!
I visited Quebec between Christmas and New Years and stayed 3 nights. The city is full of tourist-traps and mediocre food /service. This place was different for many reasons:

1. It seems more like a place for the more affluent locals rather than pods of photograph-snapping, mouth breathing tourists. We saw multigenerational families and pretty, well groomed French-speaking... more

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4 star rating
December 30, 2012

Micro and very expensive portions
Food tastes good although nothing outstanding.
Service very fast and accurate, environment pretty nice

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4 star rating
October 02, 2012

At the suggestion of our concierge we went here even though we could only sit at the bar. Turns out that was an unexpected treat. We chatted with the waiters and were doted on by the maitre'd. We skipped dessert, but enjoyed the luscious chocolate cookies that came with the bill.

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4 star rating
August 27, 2012

Grilled steak, braised beef on pastry with chanterelles was cooked & sauced perfectly. The steak was tender but not the best cut of meat. Wish the portion was just a little bigger... Nothing left but a clean plate though! Food grad terrine app was tasty & good sized portion. We layered it on the crispy bread the brought to the table. I preferred it without the marinated radish (too earthy an... more

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4 star rating
July 14, 2012

We came here after a recommendation from the concierge at our hotel. He said it was one of his favorites. It's in the old city along the pedestrian streets so you get that European old world feel. The menu was only in French, but our server translated anything that we couldn't figure out. My boyfriend went with the sea bass which was rich and warm and everything you expect from French cuisine.... more

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4 star rating
July 11, 2012

We were referred to Echaude by the concierge at the Fairmont Le Chateau Fontenac. The ambiance is quite nice, the waitress was very pleasant. She had very limited knowledge of wine, so we were referred to the Sommelier. He recommended a wine that was absolutely terrible - there has never been a time in my life where I haven't been able to down a glass of wine. The food was mediocre at best and... more

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4 star rating
July 03, 2012

CALL FOR A RESERVATION, IT IS WORTH THE EFFORT!

Close to our hotel, we asked the concierge and they suggested, they were already booked for dinner so we thought to give their morning menu a try.

We went there for brunch on our final day... without a doubt the BEST meal of the many great meals we had in Quebec City. The server was quite knowledgable on the food and wines. We trusted her and... more

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4 star rating
June 24, 2012

Service was excellent , I ordered the duck which I don't think was the best choice, four little slices. Pricing, I am beginning to think the average dinner plate is around 30 dollars

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4 star rating
June 22, 2012

The staff is very accomodating and friendly. They are patient with questions being asked about the menu and they are quick to help where they can. The food was average and could easily be found elsewhere for a lower price. Although the food looks sophisticated, the flavors are not nearly up to the same level as other restaurants in the same price range. Overall, it was "A-OK" for dropping by to... more

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4 star rating
May 02, 2012

Decent food at a reasonable price and within the city center. I wouldn't call it a destination restaurant, but good for lunch.

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4 star rating
July 31, 2011

Until the Quebecois overcome their fear of garlic, no restaurant in Quebec City will get 5 stars from me, but L'Echaudé comes close. We spend most Christmases at the Frontenac, and have confirmed Bernard Labadie's advice that this is the best that the city has to offer. It immediately feels like a restaurant for local residents rather than tourists. It lacks pretension, but the chef aims high... more

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4 star rating
May 31, 2011

This is a charming modern style bistro in the heart of the old town. The service was very prompt and our server had a great sense of humour. The menu was split by their bistro courses and their restaurant dishes which seemed unnecessary, but made no difference at all. We elected to do the table d'hote and enjoyed the overall experience. My favourite starter of the evening was the deer tataki... more

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January 25, 2011

To echo other reviewers, the staff is wonderful.  The food, unfortunately, isn't.  It's a credit to the staff, and to the effects of Pol Roger Champagne, that a mediocre bistro meal didn't upset our enjoyment of a nice evening in Quebec.  However, if it's your evening's ambition to spend $200, I'd probably advise you to do it elsewhere.  L'Échaudé relies on a trick that kept too many "Chinese"... more

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October 21, 2010

2.5 but I rounded up to be generous. Just got back from this restaurant. Our hotel recommended it, as well as TripAdvisor and Chowhound reviews. I have to say I don't see what the fuss is about with this restaurant. I went hoping for a steak frite/bistro kind of place. This is a more modern-type bistro, not necessarily classic, but I'm ok with that. First the positives: the gentleman at the bar... more

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September 21, 2010

A bit over-rated in our view.  Service was prompt and our omelettes for lunch were quite nice, but nothing extraordinary.  I will say the accompanying polenta was amazing...suffused with saffron, it had a hot spicy bite that made it special.

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August 30, 2010

Great outdoor seating.Okay waiter staff.Starters were okay (a "fishy" scallop starter and a grilled pesto veggie starter) but a little small.Entrees were delicious (steak frites and fish of the day was halibut).Many quebecois beer and wines offered.Pricey - 4 drinks, 2 starters, 2 entrees = $140 (CAN)

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August 06, 2010

I went here when I went to visit my friend in Quebec as a more upscale dinner. I checked out the website before I went and it sounded promising.This restaurant is situated in the outer edges of the historic Petit Champlain area.  While the restaurant is in a tourist-y area it failed to disappoint like some tourist traps do.The dress code was casual and we dined on the patio.  Even though it... more

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June 26, 2010

I treated my husband to what he hoped would be an outside dining experience on a beautiful Summer evening in Quebec. Sadly, I failed to request an outside table when making reservations, so I strongly recommend that step to fully enjoy L'Echaude's quaint and charming location. The positives: enchanting dining room (and patio, even if we didn't get to experience it first hand); very charming,... more

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June 07, 2010

Let me start by saying the staff at L'Échaudé is wonderful! They took us in shortly before they closed yet provided a great dining experience during which time we were never rushed. The service was friendly, polite, attentive yet professional. The restaurant is well decorated but we chose to sit outside on the lovely front patio. They offer an extensive wine selection and the server was very... more

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4 star rating
June 07, 2010

Let me start by saying the staff at L'Échaudé is wonderful! They took us in shortly before they closed yet provided a great dining experience during which time we were never rushed. The service was friendly, polite, attentive yet professional. The restaurant is well decorated but we chose to sit outside on the lovely front patio. They offer an extensive wine selection and the server was very... more

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October 21, 2009

I came here for a standard business dinner but my colleagues were also foodies, so we asked the chef to prepare all of our dishes "family style", in a way that it would be easy to divide up and share.  The chef was very accomodating, especially since this isn't a normal request for a fancy french restaurant.Unfortunately they have removed Duck Tartare from the menu.  They are no longer carrying... more

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September 01, 2009

I agree that this probably isn't a pure French Bistro, but it does do a lot of the classics.  I had a torchon of foie gras with rhubarb compote and the duck confit with frites.  The confit was great.  My only complaint about the torchon was that it still had the veins in it.  While this doesn't bother me for a seared preparation, there is no particular reason to have them in a torchon, other... more

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4 star rating
August 29, 2009

L'Echaude' . . . excellent. French Bistro this isn't ; a better dinning experience it is! Very good selection of wine. Good selections of menu items . . . excellent food; taste & quality but with prim service, formal and a bit tight yet Very Polite! We sat outside and that was great , very comfortable. Expensive - bring your wallet!

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July 05, 2009

Before anything, I just have to say, I had the best scallop dish I have ever had in my life here!  It was an appetizer dish of Sea Scallops Ceviche - the scallops were extremely tender, almost melt-in-your-mouth-like. The pairing with asparagus, slivers of red peppers and other leafy veggies upon a dish drizzled with what seemed to be balsamic vinegar, made for a wonderful beginning to our... more

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June 22, 2009

Thank goodness for L'échaudé. After tiring of typical (and honestly, overhyped and overpriced) faux-French bistro food, Léchaudé is a welcome departure. Not only is the bistro food there (part of the regular menu) actually good (again, to be distinguished from the likes of, say, Café du Monde), but there are some other selections that are unlikely to be found elsewhere in the city, e.g., lamb... more

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January 26, 2009

L'Echaude is pretty rad. Good wine list and surprisingly full beer selection in a province known more for its vino-philes. I've only ever had steak frites here (it's sort of all I eat in Quebec) and the wife is partial to their salmon tartare with a salad. Best of all, we brought the baby in here and the waiters all took turns keeping him laughing. I wouldn't have thought that a french bistro... more

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October 09, 2008

L'Échaudé is a charming French bistro in the lower city, but away from the main tourist drag of Petit-Champlain. The customers appeared to be mostly locals, as the manager greeted almost all of them by name. We sat outdoors at a table covered with butcher paper, and started off with some nice rustic bread. We got the midi special, which came with an appetizer, a main course, coffee and dessert.... more

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4 star rating
October 09, 2008

L'Échaudé is a charming French bistro in the lower city, but away from the main tourist drag of Petit-Champlain. The customers appeared to be mostly locals, as the manager greeted almost all of them by name. We sat outdoors at a table covered with butcher paper, and started off with some nice rustic bread. We got the midi special, which came with an appetizer, a main course, coffee and dessert.... more

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4 star rating
It wasn't worth the wait
May 27, 2006

The food was ok - catch of the day was bland, but the pate was very good. Lovely location, very busy but the wait was 90 minutes for a fairly straightforward meal. Left me with a "so what" feeling. Serving staff were fairly attentive - which took away some of the pain associated with the wait.

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French
4 star rating
December 10, 2008

Excellent resto Bref, c'est mon avis et je le partage !

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4 star rating
August 06, 2008

J'y ai toujours bien mangé mais j'ai été déçue du service la dernière fois que j,y suis allée... Nous ne nous sommes jamais fait offrir la carte des vins. Pas assez habillés chics? Pourtant il y avait des touristes en coton ouatés. Tant pis ... Bref, c'est mon avis et je le partage !

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Business Description from the Web
English
February 23, 2014

Started in 1984, Restaurant L'Echaudé was a dream conceived by five travelling friends who had a passion for food. From inspirations which they gathered from Paris and New York, Restaurant L'Echaudé was born. The theme of the restaurant is, fine dining experience at an affordable price. The menu here is seasonal and local organic ingredients form the base of every dish. Their wines are also... more

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June 15, 2013

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January 18, 2010

This restaurant has gained a reputation as one of the most polished in Lower Town. Butcher's paper serves as a covering on outside tables, and the food offerings range from grilled meat to fish to seafood stews. The chic décor consists of reds and yellows, with the odd piece of modern art sprinkled here and there. L'Échaudé attracts a mix of business people, tourists and local patrons. There's... more

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