Saguenay, Quebec is brimming with incredible eats and is a perfect area for re-energizing after a long day of exploring the great outdoors. Whether you want a juicy burger in a hip environment or a delectable dish in a homey atmosphere, Saguenay has it all. Listed below are our top picks.
For a truly special experience, visit Le Bergerac, which offers a feast for all your senses. Tucked in an old home in downtown Jonquière since 1995, this gem features beautiful décor within a warm, inviting atmosphere. Keeping the environment firmly in mind, the team at Le Bergerac is dedicated to recycling, composting and procuring the finest ingredients from regional and local sources whenever possible; they even grow herbs for their delectable recipes. The menu offers a variety of seasonal recipes such as the Jamaican jerk-style mahi-mahi with Caribbean salsa, puréed coconut milk plantains plus rice and peas and the filet mignon with wild mushrooms, vegetables, and Yukon gold potatoes. To complement the meal, Le Bergerac also offers an impressive wine list. They serve lunch on weekdays and dinner every evening, with Sunday through Wednesday requiring a reservation.
Located in Le Baie, Bistro Café Summum is a great place to start your night off with a tasty meal, followed by a great nightcap of live music. The menu is varied with so many choices that no matter what you’re craving – appetizers, tartare, poutines, burgers, pizzas, salads, and other entrées are all options. Try the poutine with duck confit, foie gras and goat’s cheese for a truly decadent treat or BBQ grilled chicken with frites and salad. You can also opt to have their menu du jour, which is posted on their website daily. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a signature cocktail or beer.
In the midst of stunning nature, complete with views of the fjord, sits a lovely mid-19th-century building that houses La Grange au Hiboux. Because of its idyllic locale, it is an ideal place to get away from it all. As can be expected from its location, the restaurant’s interior is welcoming and exudes warmth, complete with homey décor and colorful walls. Chef Vincent Otis has been at the helm since 2010 and creates menus inspired by the local ingredients available, with French and international flair. They provide a lunch buffet Wednesday to Friday that offers soups, salads, entrées, side dishes, desserts, plus coffee or tea, dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and a Sunday brunch.
Going to the source for their ingredients, whether it is saffron from Spain, parmesan from Modena or turmeric from India, Inter offers up an eclectic menu that is sure to whet your appetite. The interior complements their food perfectly, with its stylish décor peppered with rustic, modern and industrial accents; it is an environment conducive to enjoying a great meal with family and friends while making memories that will last a lifetime. Taking you on a culinary journey around the world, the menu has delicious options such as steak frites, chicken tikka masala, fettuccine with chicken, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, and salmon tartare. You can visit Inter on Tuesday through Friday for lunch or dinner plus dinner on Saturday.
Pizzeria, Restaurant, European, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
The folks at La Parizza are doing pizza their way – it’s not Italian or American style. Within a modern bistro setting with sleek furnishings, guests will have access to a menu featuring an array of pizzas topped with a marriage of flavorful ingredients. Before tucking into a pizza, be sure to start out with something like les pommes dauphine, which are mashed potatoes and choux pastry balls served with honey-mayo dip. As for pizzas, you’ll find classic, traditional and signature options, with L’Hélix topped with crème fraîche, snails, garlic flower and brie and La Basque with crème fraîche, duck confit, dried cranberries, arugula and balsamic caramel. La Parizza is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Restaurant Bobovore is another gem offering a fine-dining experience within an old, charming, sunny-yellow house. Beautifully decorated in an elegant and sleek manner, with white chairs, white tablecloth-covered tables, and eclectic wall décor, this restaurant is perfect for a sophisticated night out on the town with family and friends or a romantic rendezvous. Using the best, freshest ingredients available, the culinary team creates highlights such as the filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce and Cambozola (a Brie-style blue cheese); Québec lamb with Dijon mustard sauce; and the fish of the day. As the menu is prix fixe, you’ll also be entitled to an entrée (appetizer) and a tantalizing dessert, such as chocolate mousse – délicieux.
Established in 1994, Restaurant La Cuisine has been enticing customers again and again with its French cuisine, both authentic and creative. Inspired by the cooking techniques from around the globe, the team at La Cuisine creates top-notch fare utilizing those products procured from regional purveyors. Within a contemporary space with modern furniture and pops of orange-red paint along with rustic elements like stone accent walls and exposed rafters, guests can sample such deliciousness as the Black Angus sirloin steak with baby potatoes, vegetables and a choice of port or blue cheese sauce and moules frites. There is an extensive selection of libations perfect for enjoying before, during and after your meal. La Cuisine is open for lunch weekdays and dinner nightly.
If you have a hankering for a big juicy burger, then Rouge Burger Bar should definitely be on your list of dining destinations in the Saguenay region. This isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill burger joint; this burger restaurant is a place where you can enjoy a burger – made with local ingredients when possible – in a hip environment that is still laid-back. Guests can build their own burger (beef, lamb, venison, chicken, veggie or salmon) topped with a variety of toppings like house mayonnaise, lime-curry mayo, sun-dried tomato mayo, smoked bacon, avocado, grilled mushrooms, cheddar, and Brie, to name but a few. They also offer other main dishes such as mac ’n’ cheese, steak frites, and the pulled pork sandwich. This restaurant is strictly a nighttime operation, serving dinner seven days a week.
Temaki Sushi Bar is an intimate restaurant specializing in, as the name states, sushi – and they do it very well. The interior features an overall color scheme of brown (provided with the wood furnishing) and white with an orange accent wall, creating a space that is modern yet relaxing at the same time. While the menu places an emphasis on sushi, they also offer starters such as miso soup, cucumber salad and edamame and desserts. However, sushi is where they shine, with highlights being the veggie option of the tempura veggie roll wth avocado, mayo and sesame; the spicy crab with Japanese crab, tobiko, spicy mayo, avocado, sesame and tempura; and the smoked salmon roll. Temaki is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Gastropub, North American, BBQ, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, $$$
Established in 2002, La Voie Maltée was the first microbrewery in the Saguenay region. Located in Jonquière, the brewpub started out small but has grown into a thriving business with three locations plus an industrial brewery, allowing them to get their product out to more beer lovers. If you are ravenous, start to sate your hunger with the poutine topped with pulled pork and cheese, followed by the BBQ smoked chicken served with fries and house-made coleslaw or the fish and chips. The menu also offers shareable plates and, of course, dessert. In addition to their brews, La Voie Maltée also has cocktails – including those made with beer – wine, coffees with a boozy twist and whisky.