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L'Houstalet Restaurant

Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“lobster” (72 reviews)
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French, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Special, historical place where the constitution was signed. Lovely atmosphere, with plenty of art to admire while waiting. Good service by all including the owner, with his charming french manner. Was a bit nervous ordering the Civet de rousette- flying fox (you only live once),...More

Thank Becky A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is advertised as a genuine French restaurant that's been around for 45 years. And it feels like it! Very plain, sparse and very tired, rather over-rated. Like most places in Port Vila it is over-priced though the food is reasonable. It is also...More

Thank Cris101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend who lives in Port Vila 20 years ago. Same owner runs the restaurant. The food is great, reasonably priced. Our favourite is the fish soup; Vanuatu beef is a must try. The coconut crab is not as "meaty" as I thought....More

Thank Hank C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been at the L'Houstalet for the first time and was really surprised about the delicious dishes and selection of french wines one does not expect in the west pacific. It is a clean and charming restaurant with nice staff well known in Vila. Go...More

Thank Martin K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has been here for 45 years and hasn’t changed at all. It has plenty of atmosphere and a large menu

Thank Jenflying
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The extensive menu doesn't seem to serve this restaurant well. I have been here 3 times now, and it's been a mixed bag. Some items seem to be fresh and made well, while others are the quality you would expect from a jarred sauce or...More

1  Thank Colleen T
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

L'Houstalet was a good place for dinner with friends. We sat inside which is non-smoking (outside is smoking). The food was delicious but the water and wine glasses were quite small. There is fabulous artwork throughout, which enhances the dining experience.

Thank msenous6
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Didn't enjoy my meal (Lobster filled Omelet) although my friends enjoyed theirs. (Veal) No Crepe Suzette on the menu in a French Restaurant?

Thank Shez2you
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

As a bit of a foodie, I was impressed at this French restaurant! The escargols, the pate, the beef douphinous - I would happily eat one or all of these dishes again! Great staff too which helps to create a positive atmosphere. Overall just a...More

Thank HenryStewart
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

After ask around we find out these was the iconic restaurant of port villa,45 years of activity,that s why we decide to go there for try cocunat crab...... Service was indescribable, coconut crab and lobster were over over over cooked. Very disappointed experience!!.. absolutely not...More

Thank giulio504
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • 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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
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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