The ultimate symbol of the summer season? A terrace restaurant, of course! You're spoilt for choice with colorful dishes, festive cocktails, or with your feet in the water!
Here's a selection of Quebec City's best terraces to guide you on your sunny outings.
Get out your camisoles, light dresses, polo shirts, and sandals - they're just waiting for you to make the most of summer!
972 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, G1R 1R5
A contemporary Italian restaurant at the Capitole entrance, Ristorante Il Teatro is a landmark in Old Quebec.
Combining its historic setting with today's era, this restaurant plays with the duality of modernity and tradition in its décor and cuisine. Service is always professional.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a place to visit for a memorable experience. Their heated, covered terrace has often been called one of the most beautiful in the city, and we can vouch for that!
310 Rue Saint-Roch, Québec, G1K 6S2
A worker cooperative since 1997, La Barberie has made some changes to its 2 terraces, which had remained unchanged for the past 15 years. Renovations have taken place, and believe us, it's worth a visit(s) this summer!
This microbrewery was one of the city's first, and over the years, many have made memories here. We go there to enjoy one of their beers (non-alcoholic options available) or a guest brewer. For food, they partner with La Bourrache, which offers different menus depending on the time of day.
Also, on their terraces, feel free to bring your kids, your dog, or both, as they're allowed!
1225 Boulevard Champlain, Québec, G1K 0A2
Open from April to December inclusively, Restaurant L'Anse-au-Foulon is a magnificent spot overlooking the St. Lawrence River. A Quebec City Yacht Club since 1861, the restaurant is also open to non-members.
Fridays, from the end of June, they offer BBQ themes. Otherwise, they offer weekend brunch, lunch, dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, and supper.
A preferred venue for family celebrations, weddings, and corporate meetings, they have a sales team ready to meet your needs.
222 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, G1K 3A9
Under the same roof, you'll find a Mexican-inspired menu, a clothing boutique, and a neighborhood bar. Ideally located in the heart of Saint-Roch, it's a great place to eat, drink and have a good time with friends, colleagues, couples, or family.
The indoor terrace, open year-round, is heated in winter, creating a continuous southern ambiance. We suggest you try one of their delicious cocktails, tequila or mezcal. On weekends, they offer mimosa lunches for only $5!
4879 Chemin Royal, Québec, G0A 3W0
On your next trip to Île d'Orléans, plan a stop at Resto de la Plage. The view of the St. Lawrence River is simply magnificent, and you can sometimes see cruise ships or freighters passing by! They have 3 different terraces with a total of 150 outdoor seats.
We also go there to enjoy their famous fish & chips, a lobster guédille, or one of their cocktails made with Quebec products. Thanks to their on-site smokehouse, you'll find smoked items on their varied menu. There's something to please everyone.
Stop by their outdoor counter for takeaways, coffees, and ice creams. You can enjoy them in the large park adjacent to the restaurant, with an equally spectacular view.
The 2 La Souche microbreweries in Stoneham and Limoilou are a must for enjoying a good beer brewed on-site.
Serving over 18 beers, there's a choice to please every palate and find the perfect combination with your meal. At Stoneham, you'll be in the great outdoors, while Limoilou offers an urban atmosphere.
You'll find pub food prepared with local ingredients, such as nachos, poutines, burgers, and salads. The kids can come along and take one option from the kids' menu: poutine, fried chicken, or pizza.
Whether for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a 5 à 7, the 2 Cosmos branches offer a festive atmosphere and a diversified menu.
In both Lebourgneuf and Sainte-Foy, the terraces are spacious and modernly decorated. They are covered and heated, so you can enjoy the terrace season rain or shine. In fact, the Lebourgneuf terrace will be revitalized in 2023.
As these are very popular places, especially for brunch, we strongly suggest you make reservations or be prepared to wait to be seated!
Photo : Cosmos Ste-Foy
990 Route de l'Église, Québec, G1V 3V5
If there's one terrace not to be missed in the District Gourmet, it's La Plage. Inspired by the world's great seaside hotels, chef-mixologist Fanny Gauthier has recreated an inventive cocktail menu.
The décor, furnishings, beverages, flavors, and overall ambiance make for a truly seaside experience.
Seafood on tap, croquetas, mojito variations, gin and tonic variants, funky bubbles, spritzes and classic cocktails are just some of the menu items.
Perfect for a hot summer's day!
1297, Avenue Maguire, Québec, G1T 1Z2
A gourmet destination in Maguire since 2017, Tapas & Liège serve plates to share. Select the tapas of your choice, share among guests and you'll have a diverse and tasty meal. It's impossible not to mention their impressive wine list. Don't hesitate to ask the staff to assist you in your choice, as they won the prestigious Wine Spectator award in 2019.
The tasting menu at $74 per person with the option of adding $57 for a 4-course prestige wine pairing. Otherwise, the à la carte menu is divided into tapas sections: carnivorous, vegetarian, seafood, and desserts.
The terrace is covered, so don't hesitate to visit even when it's raining!
84 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, G1K 4B2
Café du Monde has been open on the banks of the St. Lawrence River for over 30 years. The terrace, glass roof, and dining room offer a breathtaking view.
The food is classic French cuisine, fish, and seafood. On Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with options including poutine déjeuner, assiette de l'artisan, Scandinavian omelette and eggs Benedict. On weekdays, a daily menu is served for lunchtime service, so keep an eye on their website for current options.
If you like a wide selection of wines, you'll be spoilt for choice, as they have no less than 2,000 bottles in their cellar!
There are many other beautiful terraces in the greater Quebec City area, click here to see additional options.