Where to eat in Gaspésie: Our picks for a gourmet vacation on the peninsula

Update 8 September 2020   |   Published on 20 August 2020
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Where to eat in Gaspésie: Our picks for a gourmet vacation on the peninsula

This summer we’re keeping it local and spending our well-earned vacation time in Quebec. Because of the pandemic, we’re taking the time to (re)discover the beautiful and lesser-known corners of our province. With current conditions limiting travel we’re reminded that we don’t actually need to go very far to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city –– paradise is in our backyard. The dominant theme of 2020 is clear: shop local! So with that in mind, we’re putting this mantra to work by planning road-trips across Quebec jam-packed with local flavour.

So far, we’ve rounded up our favourite spots to eat in the Charlevoix region and on the Île d’Orléans, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to tell you about our favourite spots to eat in Gaspésie. Year after year, this peninsula, located in central-eastern Quebec, attracts an ever-increasing number of tourists looking to sunbathe on the magnificent coastline, hike and bike the Chic-Choc mountains, paddle the crystal-clear rivers or, of course, savour the distinctive flavours of the regional cuisine.

From the sea to beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers, Gaspésie is never short on a spectacular panorama. Stretching from Matane through to Carleton, the region is overflowing with delicious ways to satisfy your gourmet appetites and quench your thirst for summer. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant, a canteen or a micro-brewery, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for Gaspésie! The peninsula is a seafood lover’s paradise and many of the spots listed below serve-up the region’s most beloved maritime products, such as lobster, crab and shrimp; summer on a plate!

Tastet eats, drinks and vacations local! Here are our suggestions for where to eat in Gaspésie.

A big thank you goes out to all our readers for their suggestions. If you know somewhere to eat Gaspésie that deserves mentioning on this list, let us know !

Don’t forget to check out our list of the best places to eat in Quebec City to guarantee a tasty trip home.

© Photo Carolyne Parent

Adapted to English by Clay Sandhu.

Excited for their return Excited for their return Pub Pit Caribou

Pub Pit Caribou

It’s impossible to start this list without paying respect to the immensely popular Pit Caribou microbrewery. This Percé pub is always lively, from mid-afternoon beers straight through to the wee hours. Grab a glass (or pint) of their award-winning beers brewed at l’Anse-à-Beaufils and sample local snacks offered as planchettes (read: cheeseboard/charcuterie plate). Once you’re back in the big city you can always relive the experience at their Montreal location on Rachel Street.
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This charming bistro in Gaspé has been the setting for many incredible shows since it opened in 1986. But what’s a show without dinner? On the menu, here, seafood is the star attraction, most notably in la coquille du pêcheur (a seafood gratinée, baked in a shell) and in the bouillabaisse Gapésienne (a seafood soup). The shrimp poutine and lobster nachos are also a must-try. It goes without saying a good meal isn’t hard to find at the charming Brise-Bise.
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Excited for their return Excited for their return Tosca Ristorante

Tosca Ristorante

This Italian restaurant, located in Carleton, is the passion project of Giovanni Sorsi, a chef originally hailing from Tuscanny. Sorsi and his team serve traditional Italian classics like spaghetti alla carbonara, eggplant alla parmigiana or a veal cutlet in marsala. Chef Sorsi wanted to transport, with the help of his wife and son, the flavours of Italy to the Gaspé Peninsula. In addition to the wonderful cuisine is the warm wooden interior of the restaurant which gives the space a rustic charm.
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Excited for their return Excited for their return Casse-croûte Chez Cathy

Casse-croûte Chez Cathy

This place came highly recommended by our readers! Casse-croûte Chez Cathy is essential for anyone looking for a quality canteen stop on their road trip through the Gaspé Peninsula (let’s be real, who isn’t?). Located in Rivière-au-Renard, this retro snack-bar is one of the rare casse-croûtes that still offers in-car dining, you know, like in the ’50s. The lobster sandwich and shrimp poutine are the hits here, but they also do a great job with all the typical casse-croûte classics.
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Excited for their return Excited for their return Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur

Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur

Le Naufrageur is another exceptional microbrewery located in Carleton. This establishment has been pouring pints of its high-quality beers since 2008 alongside a selection of small plates, like the smokehouse tasting platter that features local products smoked in house. Spread out over two floors, don’t miss Le Naufrageur’s gorgeous second-floor terrace. A local favourite, this watering hole is a go-to spot for a great night out.
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La Maison du Pêcheur is an excellent seafood restaurant in Percé. In the ‘70s, the building served as a public meeting place and as a centre of political discourse. Today, this is one of Percé’s most beautiful restaurants featuring a truly gorgeous terrace overlooking the bay of Percé. La Maison du Pêcheur is not to be missed if you are in the area and looking to enjoy a memorable meal!
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Located in the four-star Hôtel & Cie in downtown Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, La Broue dans l’Toupet is a pub and grill with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Like most of the restaurants mentioned on this list, this restaurant offers many local products by way of, wild-game, fish and seafood all grilled to perfection. La Broue dans l’Toupet is a destination not to be missed in Haute-Gaspésie.
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They're open! They're open! Brasserie AuVal

Brasserie AuVal

The Brasserie Auval isn’t, strictly speaking, a bar –– but we felt this extraordinary brewery located on the Côte des Pères in Val-D’espoir needed mentioning. The highly coveted beers, each one funkier than the next, are considered some of Quebec’s best and have been brewed on-site since 2015. All of the raw ingredients used in the brewing process, like berries and honey, are cultivated on the land around the brewery. These beers, while sometimes hard to find due to their immense popularity, can usually be purchased at the brewery’s kiosk which is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Otherwise, try your luck at the brewery’s many points of sale throughout Gaspésie, Quebec City and Montreal, all of which are listed on the website.
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