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Le Fossile

#42 of 1,047 Restaurants in Lille
#43 of 1,092 Places to Eat in Lille
Certificate of Excellence
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Lille Centre 12
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60, rue Saint-Etienne, 59000 Lille, France
03 20 54 29 82
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It lives up to its reputation

In town on business and the 4 of us wanted to go somewhere for a great steak. So we asked the concierge of the hotel and he recommended Le Fossile. It is situated right in down town Lille and is easy to find (than you google maps). We were the first in just as it opened at 19:30 but were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
ChrisTubbs
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In town on business and the 4 of us wanted to go somewhere for a great steak. So we asked the concierge of the hotel and he recommended Le Fossile. It is situated right in down town Lille and is easy to find (than you google maps). We were the first in just as it opened at 19:30 but were... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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232 reviews 232 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A superb, if expensive, meal. There is a menu, but the restaurant is designed around serving onglette - steak seared in a light sauce with (in my case) mushrooms, entertainingly diced just before service, and served with chips, ratatouille, and salad. None of this was evident from the menu, but greatly enjoyed regardless. The wine menu was rather intimidating, the... More 

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Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I visited here after a recommendation from a colleague and what a great recommendation it was. I was with a colleague from work and we arrived around 7pm. We were the only ones in the restaurant but the staff made us feel welcome. By 8 it was getting busy and there was a good atmosphere. The food was superb, excellently... More 

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Oostende, België
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

nice place .. very good L onglette ( meat) good champagne ....diner in the cave ... good service little smell off the cave !

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Nyköping
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Superb restaurant in the centre of Lille. So very good French cuisine with foie gras, tornadoes and creme brûlée. I can recommend this restaurant at any time!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on spec. Full mid week of locals. A great steak onglet with frites and ratatouille, just as you are getting full they seem to bring more. Delicious such a shame we had no room for desert. Go with appetites.

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London
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We did not book and following advice from fellow tripadvisor readers, I had dinner there with my mum and it was a great experience. We opted for the special l'onglet - shallots and chefs special. The steak came with fries, salad, ratatouille and a portion of bread top! The bill came to just under €60 for the two of us,... More 

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Eskifjordur, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I love this place. Very good food and service. Coming again soon. .….............................................

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We went to Lille late 2012 to catch up with some friends from work. We booked Le Fossile via the hotel reception. The entrance is a little odd, it's through a little door, with curtains behind it. Once in however, the place is rustic and somewhat charming. We both ordered the steak which arrive promptly. The quality of the meat... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Went for lunch and had the set menu at €12.50 which included a 50cl caraffe of wine (between two). The food was basic but authentic, filling and good value for money. There was a real buzz about the place due to the fact that it was rammed so you need to book if you have time constraints. Probably not the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 60, rue Saint-Etienne, 59000 Lille, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nord-Pas-de-Calais  >  Nord  >  Lille>  > Lille Centre 12
  • Neighborhood: Lille Centre 12
  • Phone Number: 03 20 54 29 82

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 27 - 110
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?