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A L'Huitriere

3 Rue des chats bossus, 59000 Lille, France (Vieux Lille 3)
+33 3 20 55 43 41
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Ranked #158 of 882 restaurants in Lille
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Price range: $66 - $93
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Vieux Lille 3
Description: L'Huîtrière restaurant in the pretty streets of Vieux Lille is already a tourist attraction for its tiled Art Deco frontage done up in piscatorial themes. This is true French gastronomy – l’'Huîtrière began in the 1800’s as an oyster stall that grew into a culinary institution with a Michelin star firmly attached. You approach the shrine to the sea through an unassuming portal at the rear of the still-thriving fishmonger, then enter a very traditional, very charming dining room. This is an amuse-bouche sort of place with confident, swift waiters and a parade of perfect dishes proceeding from the kitchen. Shellfish and things of the sea are, of course, the heart of the menu, like turbot in potato crust with butter, mussel and truffle sauce. Beer features heavily in the menu, along with other fine local ingredients. The fine wine list features some heavy-hitting labels and vintages alongside smaller producers. Menus sometimes centre around a particular ingredient, like asparagus in season. Private groups can take advantage of the Salon Bar (up to 17 diners), the Maire Andre' (up to 70) or the Salle Réunion(up to 65). A presentation room downstairs is perfect for meetings, seminars or speeches before a fabulous meal in one of the other spaces. Hire of all of l'Huîtrière lets you up the guest list to 100.
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

You enter this restaurant via a little door at the corner of an amazing seafood shop/emporium traditional in Lille for many years. Someone greets you and ushers you into a lovely restaurant with wood panelled walls. All the waiters are efficient, courteous and friendly. We had one of the best meals we have had for a very long time on... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Very classical in service and menu, great selection of wines and cheeses. Authentic is the description of the fish shop, that serves as an entrance and that also hints what you should be thinking of when ordering. They do not rush you and you should not be in a rush either. Overall good service, also very regimented which you do... More

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

On a friday afternoon we started in the fish/traiteur shop in front of the restaurant. And stayed there for the next 4-5 hours! Great chance to taste all the incredible fresh oysters, salmon sashimi, caviar, foie gras, cheese, champagne & wines. In this 'classic' ambiance it is easy to spend some very enjoyable time (& quite some money...)

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Lisbon, Portugal
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A nice place to find fish dishes well made, but some not really an achievement...The service is very classy but it takes a while to be served. Overall, it takes some time...

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We've eaten here before, so decided to re-visit while in Lille to see the Christmas Market. First, it is very expensive; probably the most expensive meal I've had this year. There, that's out of the way. Service and setting couldn't be better. The staff were uniformly excellent. I had fresh oysters to start and poached turbot as a main. My... More

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Bedford
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Walk through the array of fish and deli delights in the shop front to the amazing restaurant at the rear for an amazing gastronomic experience. The food is sublime and the service impeccable. Treat yourself if visiting Lille - you won't be disappointed.

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Dorset
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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Never made it past the few tables in the shop into the restaurant. Oysters and varied deli style foods served slowly enabled us to pass several delghtful hours and a few+ bottles to wash it all down. Chatted to other tables and enjoyed the ambience. Excellent fun - must try the restaurant one day! Arrived at 5pm left at 7.30pm... More

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Maastricht
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Good food and an excellent choise of wines. A pleasant experience from "amuse" till desert and coffee. Wide choise of wines and good service. All in all a more than satisfactory experience but definitely not cheap.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We've eaten in this restaurant on almost every occasion we've visited Lille, about ten times. On this occasion, it was Tony's birthday and at the end of the meal a waiter brought an oblong dish to the table with a single candle on it and a fig sliced in three. The dish was inscribed in chocolate in a beautiful flowing... More

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Ames, IA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

A local resident, after volunteering to help us find our way, was asked to recommend a restaurant or two to visitors. He remarked that L'Huitriere was a special place that he took his wife on special occasions and so my wife and I had dinner there on our visit. The setting is very elegant and the food (primarily seafood) is,... More

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