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1, avenue de l'Imperatrice, 64200 Biarritz, France
0559416400
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: On the waterfront.
The summer restaurant Hippocampe features one of the most...
On the waterfront.
The summer restaurant Hippocampe features one of the most beautiful views of Biarritz.
In low season (from mid April until the end of June and September until the end of October) for lunch from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
In July and August opened:
For lunch from 12.30 pm to 3.30pm
For dinner from 8pm to 10pm with a Brazilian Musician on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The summer buffet is perfectly adapted to your seaside cravings and the summer weather with an endless array of seafood, light salads and magical desserts served in a unique setting on the Basque Coast.
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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Spectacular views and delightful service

Although we anticipated that this would be an expensive option our group decided to bite the bullet as the views across the bay were so beautiful. We ordered a one course lunch for seven people and two rounds of drinks. I had the chicken fricassee which doesn't sound very exciting but was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2014
Emma V
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Athens, Greece
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Everything was terrible, even French fries. The seafood was below par. The bearnaise disgusting. The place simply has nothing to do with the way it looks on the website.

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Thank FES25
HotelDuPalais, Responsable relations clients at L'Hippocampe, responded to this review

Dear FES25, Thank you so much for writing us about your recent experience to our restaurant Hippocampe. This testament is very popular during the summer and we can do a very large number of cover, we are sorry to notice that you did not appreciate our restaurant while we are eager to propose an irreproachable quality. Your feedback has been... More 

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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

We have been in this hotel a couple of times and each time we decide to visit the restaurant by the pool. However, each time we are very disappointed. We are fully aware of the high prices and wouldn't mind them if the quality of the food would be worth it. We ordered chicken, which was miserable, dry and tastless.... More 

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Thank Apple S
Moscow, Russia
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We stayed in another hotel so went to this place for the view. We were not lucky as it rained all the time so we did not enjoy the main attraction of this place. Very friendly waiters but the food was really average (especially, for this area) - nice but nothing special or interesting. Prices were in line with what... More 

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Thank Dmitri K
Manchester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

What a treat to be on the beach and yet secluded above the crowds. A beautiful restaurant serving gastronomic food but aiming to be slightly more relaxed by the stunning hotel du palais pool. The buffet is an experience in itself that is clearly very popular with the locals judging by the numbers.

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Thank Dantol13
Guildford, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We were here on a day trip from San Sebastian and spotted the restaurant from a distance deciding that it looked like a nice place for lunch. It was everything we expected. Great view sitting outside overlooking the sand and sea by the pool of a luxury hotel. The weather wasn't warm enough for there to be lots of people... More 

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Thank Mike C
Westlake Village, California
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136 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had a lovely lunch at L'Hippocampe. The food was amazing (we particularly enjoyed the seafood and desserts). The service was impeccable, friendly and warm. The servers were lovely to our family. L'Hippocampe is a wonderful restaurant offering excellent Basque cuisine and breathtaking ocean views.

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Thank JMH1986
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

I was fully aware of the prices in this restaurant and I expected nice and deliciuos food. Despite the view is stunning, and waiter was attentive, food, the main thing in any restaurant, was disappointing. When one pays for sole 51€, he expects something really tasty. But instead, there was sole with its bones and three boiled potatoes on the... More 

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Thank Apple S
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Although we anticipated that this would be an expensive option our group decided to bite the bullet as the views across the bay were so beautiful. We ordered a one course lunch for seven people and two rounds of drinks. I had the chicken fricassee which doesn't sound very exciting but was absolutely delicious. It was cooked to perfection and... More 

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1 Thank Emma V
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

One could be put off by the sheer size of the Grand Hotel and the absence of an inviting approach to this restaurant which is beside the pool and offers a nice view of the central beach and waterfront in Biarritz. It is open to the public and the quality of the service and food makes it a fine place... More 

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Thank jdarr
Melbourne
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65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

we had lunch there every day, everything was perfect, not so cheap but well worth it, disappointing it was not open for dinner in early Sept.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1, avenue de l'Imperatrice, 64200 Biarritz, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Pyrenees-Atlantiques  >  Basque Country  >  Biarritz
  • Phone Number: 0559416400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33 - 89
  • Cuisine: French

Description

On the waterfront.
The summer restaurant Hippocampe features one of the most beautiful views of Biarritz.
In low season (from mid April until the end of June and September until the end of October) for lunch from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
In July and August opened:
For lunch from 12.30 pm to 3.30pm
For dinner from 8pm to 10pm with a Brazilian Musician on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The summer buffet is perfectly adapted to your seaside cravings and the summer weather with an endless array of seafood, light salads and magical desserts served in a unique setting on the Basque Coast.

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