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L'Houstalet Restaurant

Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“escargot” (25 reviews)
“lobster” (58 reviews)
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French, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food is really fantastic. The owner even got a price for making a superb dish out of a local delicacy. It is a stew of 'Russet'. Russet is a kind of bat that people in Vanuatu like to eat. The pasta and pizza of...More

Thank urmeelab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is advertised as an award winner and pretty special in all the literature but was a major disappointment. The Bolagnaise I ordered so lacked flavour that I wondered if they didn't have enough ingredients.

Thank roy_titheridge
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I looked on Tripadvisor before booking this place & it does have some very mixed reviews but we gave it a shot & for an old building, it is quite warm, arty & local all at the same time. Foods was 100% no complaints from...More

Thank GreatwhiteNC
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Had I not been prepared for an unusual experience from reading many of the other reviews, I might have been put off by the menu and service. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the service. I wish I could have tried more things on the...More

Thank William B
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Disappointed the last time I dined here, but a year later it is great, the food, the staff, a wonderful evening out eating traditional French food.. Looking forward to my to my he,t visit.

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Lovely food with a French influence, obviously! We ate here twice on our trip, choosing to return on our last night as we had been so impressed with the food. First visit I had the wild pigeon which was beautifully cooked and drenched in a...More

Thank Shelley M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I won't let you salivate longer: the food is good, particularly the Flying Fox Civet (giant fruit bat marinated in red wine sauce) but the menu is 40-years old. It seems that the dining rooms has not been cleaned in that many years, the tablecloth...More

Thank E1247IKmaried
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Visiting this restaurant & trying the flying fox was a must do for our holiday in Vila, so we left it for the last night. What a mistake as it was the least enjoyable dining experience we had in 2 weeks. My impression is that...More

Thank unclewally2015
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

The ambiance left a lot to be desired - large rooms and cooking aromas. The flying fox was enjoyed - it is gamy and full of bones but my husband really did it justice and said it was really good. My prawns and steak were...More

Thank Roz57_13
Reviewed 30 July 2017

I am surprised to see the other less than good reviews as our meals were excellent. Yes its not a stunningly modern environment but who cares when the food and service are so very good. We chose Lobster and Cray as our main courses and...More

Thank Bill D
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Efate  >  Port Vila
  • Phone Number: +678 22303
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The typical French Restaurant in Vila since 1973Well known for it's tender grilled steaks,it's delicacies such as fresh-water prawns flambe,coconut crab, lobsters, wild pigeon and it's famous marinated flying fox in red wine.
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