Welcome to Canada’s French-speaking province Trois-Rivières, a city that has a passion for European cuisine. Located in Quebec, the city is the second-oldest French-speaking city in North America, and it has a rich culture and history. Along with a thriving entertainment scene and the city’s heritage, the many bistros, cafes, or outdoor terraces are to be experienced!
Here are 6 of the best restaurants in Trois-Rivières for a languorous lunch or an elegant dinner.
Top 6 Restaurants In Trois-Rivières
1. Poivre Noir
Poivre Noir, which literally means ‘Black Pepper,’ is the perfect spot to enjoy a gourmet meal with a picturesque view. The creative menu features carefully composed meals made from fresh local ingredients. In keeping with their fresh quality standards, the menus change every week and include fish, foie gras, beef, poultry, and game. Vegetarians need not worry as there are some vegetarian options.
Signature: Try the ash-coated grilled Wagyu beef served with sea urchin mousse and broccolini or the black cod served with Brussels sprouts, peanuts, and marinated cucumber.
2. Le Sacristain
Le Sacristain in Trois-Rivières offers signature toasted sandwiches and baguettes from its location in an old Wesleyan church. Their specialty menu changes often to accommodate the freshest seasonal ingredients.
If you’ve landed in an early morning flight or like to go jogging, enjoy their early breakfast special: soft-boiled eggs, home-style granola, and more. At lunchtime, the menu expands to offer quiche, wraps, salads, and cakes. The interior is spacious and bright, featuring stained-glass installments, and outdoor seating is great for tourists!
3. Auberge du Lac Saint-Pierre
Dine at this award-winning restaurant featuring locally grown products. The establishment has a magnificent view of the Lac Saint-Pierre, making every dining experience a charming one. Eat a light bistro-style lunch on the terrace in the summertime, or sit down for a fine meal on white tablecloths in the restaurant’s dining room. Chef Alain Pénot has been working in Auberge du Lac Saint-Pierre since 1993, so he knows the ins and outs of the trade and has no trouble experimenting with his gastronomic delights.
4. Le Temps d’une Pinte
Located downtown, Le Temps d’une Pinte (which means ‘Time for a Pint’ in English) is a workers co-op for brewers, coffee roasters, and bistro chefs looking to try something new. Chef Laurent cooks each dish in the bistro on-site from fine, fresh ingredients. The menu consists of reinvented classic dishes like oysters from Prince Edward Island accompanied with mignonette sauce and cucumber gin tonic or champvallon, a casserole of braised game in sauce served with sliced roasted potatoes. Aside from great food, you will find plenty of innovative, flavorful beers made by the on-site brewers.
5. Le Castel des Prés
This sprawling, charming restaurant has been one of the finest places to find French–Canadian cuisine since 1954. The setting is beautiful, complete with two dining areas and two outdoor garden patios.
Keep up with their ever shifting menus as the chefs here at Le Castel des Prés are always trying something new.
Signatures: A tasty lunch dish like spaetzle in squid ink made with scallops, chorizo, and tomato coulis. Or order the classic 35-day-aged Angus sirloin served with Castel fries and seasonal vegetables for dinner.
6. Le Lupin
This restaurant is famous for its crêpes bretonnes – Brittany pancakes, and their delicious French-Canadian favorites like sweetmeats, a rack of lamb, Dover sole, and more. The restaurant is warm and welcoming, serving lunch and dinner to a classy crowd. Located in a historic building in downtown Trois-Rivières, Le Lupin is BYOB, so bring along your favorite bottle of wine. Le Lupin offers a lunch menu, tables d’hôte, à la carte menu, and a list of various preparations for mussel dishes.