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L'Hippocampe

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1, avenue de l'Imperatrice, 64200 Biarritz, France
0559416400
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Description: On the waterfront. The summer restaurant Hippocampe features one of the...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average food but great location and view (weather permitting)

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Dmitri K
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Moscow, Russia
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Athens, Greece
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18 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

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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Moscow, Russia
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39 restaurant reviews
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 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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Westlake Village, California
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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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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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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

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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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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107 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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Melbourne
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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 34 - 90
  • 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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