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“Sea food in Montpellier - A must to go!”
Review of Chez Toto

Chez Toto
Ranked #478 of 1,588 Restaurants in Montpellier
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Hi international visitors
Welcome to Montpellier
For sea food lovers, the best trip is to drive to the sea shore to eat sea food from the producer directly, near the "étang de Thau", or in the city of Sète.
But if you want to test this typical regional food in the inner city of Montpellier, this is the only restaurant, and it's really worth it.
Fresh food from selected producers, raw or delightfully cooked (tellines à la crème épicée = (not too) spicy cream and garlic (not too much garlic either) small cooked shells: home specialty, fantastic), Spanish cod salad...). They have a no sulfide local Chardonnay that is very good and looks almost good for health!
If you prefer having fish, the restaurant "La morue" (meaning "the cod") in the same street is in fact the kitchen of "chez toto". They share about half of the menu. The "bar bar" is the third restaurant of this family, located at the same place. They serve cooked meat (typically regional too).
The street is a typically middle ages street, restaurants' decoration is cute, and service very friendly as well.

Just note that French oysters are much more salty than US oysters that are usually placed in sweet water contrary to French oysters. Moreover, Mediterranean oysters are more salty than Atlantic oysters, the difference between Sea and Ocean!

I wish you to enjoy very much your trip in Montpellier and France.

Thank EpicureanLife
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This is our third visit Chez Toto, each time we visit Montpellier we make sure to stop there, or at La Morue the sister restaurant. Our favourite, start with a sea food tray of oysters, snails, prawns. Enjoy as main sea shells spaghetti or heavenly brandade. With a cold Picpoul white wine. Simply our stay in Montpellier without Toto would not be complete. So thank you.

Thank PaulDoha
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Relatively small restaurant is not so far from city center. Small street, quite place. It isn't touristic place, menu is only in French, waiters speaks in English, big not perfect. Tables are outside and everything good if weather is without rain. Menu isn't big, some sets for a dinner. Sea food is this restaurant speciality. Fish soup, different kind of fishes on a grill or fired in oil. Fresh stuff like oysters. Everything is relatively slow. There is a selection of vines and deserts. Prices are different, in average moderate: fish soup 12euro, 6xOysters 9euro. Positive experience for dinner overall.

Thank Павел Г
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Reviewed 26 February 2016

Thought this might be a nice place for seafood. Went with a shellfish lunch menu, sea snails, mussels and frites. The sea snails were barely edible with the help of aioli but the mussels were uneatable (is that a word?). The broth was super salty. I figured perhaps I could have ordered better but when I saw the food come out for other diners (mostly fried fish) I realized this is more a fish-and-chips place than to come for a good meal. The server spent most of his time outside talking on the phone.

Thank Avaya109
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

Our concièrge referred us to Chez Toto and to the companion business across the street, La Morue (The Cod). We were there on Saturday night, Valentine's Day weekend, and La Morue seemed full. We asked cheerful and energetic Muriel if there was a table at Chez Toto, and she said no, unless we were willing to sit outside. We were, and were not disappointed. Muriel was a whirlwind of energy and joy. We enjoyed a half dozen fabulous oysters, some tellerines (tiny bivalves) in aioli, and a main dish of octopus, tomato, onion, and capers. While the tellerines were very flavorful, the meat of the tellerine is only about a third the size of a short pinky fingernail, so really you're sucking garlic mayo off of shells; not much in terms of substance, but full of flavor and a vehicle for garlic. We had a half carafe of a nicely palatable but inexpensive wine from Nimes (8.5 euros). All delicious. When we were ready to go, Muriel treated us to another glass of wine with her. All told, 44 euros for two, wine included. And in France, your tip is included in the bill. And then she got us into La Morue (run by her husband) for Valentine's Day evening, though our concièrge had told us it was sold out. Her enthusiasm and friendliness earned her an additional tip from us. We'll be here for a few more days, and will make it a point to return.

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Thank dustbunnymom
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