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L'Houstalet Restaurant

Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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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 2 days ago

Not sure I understand this place, classic old school french decor and dishes with house - local specialities like flying fox and pigeon but what's with the pizza option? The art but some notable local characters is great. The host is a local character but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kto Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tomato vinaigrette salad, the lobster and garlic prawns were so good the first time we went back again. All of enjoyed the meals we had

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jodybelinda
Reviewed 2 November 2018

nothing special truth be said , we expected something more , french onion soup and steak was ok but not the best

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Y604JPlindak
Reviewed 28 October 2018

This place is a must. Their French Onion soup is a meal in itself. Every dish we tried we loved and we came back a second night!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kerrie H
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We took our three kids out for dinner tonight and ordered a ham and pineapple pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, carbonara and a cheese filled steak. The pizza wasn't too bad, the steak was great but both pastas tasted foul. The Bolognese tasted like campbells "spaghetti sauce"...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank isaacreindl88
Reviewed 14 October 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Becky A
Reviewed 5 October 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cris101
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Hank C
Reviewed 30 September 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Martin K
Reviewed 27 September 2018

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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jenflying
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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
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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