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10 Best Bring Your Own Bottle Restaurants in Downtown Québec City

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For some people, it’s a way of keeping down the cost of eating out, while others see it as an opportunity to enjoy a nice bottle of wine in a relaxed atmosphere. So bring your own bottle and let the restaurants take care of the rest! Here are 10 spots where you can create your ideal wine pairing without breaking the bank.

1 Un Thé au Sahara

Moroccan food lovingly prepared in a warm atmosphere. The menu is authentic, the portions are generous, and the food is delicious. Try the tajines—they’re to die for! The service is also excellent.

2 Hamburghini

This is the perfect spot for a quick and tasty lunch with family or friends—the servers are prompt and friendly and the gourmet burgers will satisfy even the biggest appetites. Plus, the restaurant’s six types of poutine are the best out there. For an even more authentically Québec experience, bring some beer from a local microbrewery!

3 Chez Soi la Chine

A little piece of Beijing in the heart of Old Québec! This is THE place to go to try Peking duck and a whole host of other delicious Chinese dishes. Come for the delicious food and stay for the cozy atmosphere and affordable prices.

4 Poulet Portugais

The owners of this restaurant serve up traditional charcoal-grilled Portuguese chicken. The side of fries, sauce and delightful coleslaw are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Just head up to the counter to order, then sit back and enjoy this delicious and affordable meal.

5 Restaurant Tokyo

A fantastic option for sushi and other Japanese dishes. Enjoy delicately prepared sushi and friendly service in an authentically Japanese atmosphere. Be sure to make a reservation if you’d like to sit at one of the low tables or book a private room. The price is reasonable and the quality is top notch.

6 De la Source aux Caraïbes

This restaurant just opened up on Rue Saint-Jean. It’s a small family restaurant where the staff, the food, and the music will give you a taste of the Caribbean. The menu has three items on it that rotate regularly. Curious foodies can also watch the chefs in action in the small-but-functional open kitchen in back. Expect a set price, warm welcome, and contagious smiles—and don’t forget to try the plantain burger!

7 Cari Doré

If you’re looking for delicious traditional Indian cuisine and a large variety of dishes to choose from, then look no further! You can also expect quick and attentive service.

8 Aux deux violons

Whether it’s date night or a group celebration, this North African restaurant with its bright colours and tasty dishes is always a good choice.  The traditional Algerian and Moroccan dishes are painstakingly prepared with a variety of couscous, tajines, and grilled meat. They also have a kid’s menu.

9 Restaurant Shogun

The owner grew up in Asian restaurant kitchens and drew inspiration from the best for her restaurant. The sushi and stir fry are delicious, and the festive, if occasionally noisy, atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a celebratory birthday dinner. And bonus—it’s very affordable.

10 La Signature

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Don’t sleep on this new restaurant, which serves up contemporary cuisine in a modern dining space. Choose from several varieties of tartare along with other delicious seafood, duck, and grilled Angus beef dishes—not to mention the housemade boudin. You can also stop in for a bite at lunch or treat yourself to an indulgent brunch, served until 2 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring the Champagne for mimosas! There is a patio. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth it.

Where Can You Buy Wine and Beer?

Liquor and most wines are only sold in stores operated by the Société des alcools du Québec (Québec Liquor Board). Here are some stores near the city centre and main commercial streets. However, some wines and all Canadian beers are available in grocery stores and supermarkets.

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