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L'Absinthe

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1, rue de la ville, 14600 Honfleur, France
231893900
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Well worth a visit

Had to visit after a friend recommended it. Glad we did too, maybe a little pretentious but the atmosphere was good, staff friendly and attentive. Food was delicious, typically French with little vegetables. Wine selection was huge, will never understand why the french charge so much so wine but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Ian and Cas B
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Essex
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Essex
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Had to visit after a friend recommended it. Glad we did too, maybe a little pretentious but the atmosphere was good, staff friendly and attentive. Food was delicious, typically French with little vegetables. Wine selection was huge, will never understand why the french charge so much so wine but there was anything from €25 - €380! All in all a... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This place was recommended by our concierge and having eaten at fine restaurants across France and the world the food is borderline terrible with high prices. All the fish dishes we tried we presented and tasted the same and the venison was over cooked. The staff are attentive but continued to charge us for dishes that were so bad we... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Taken there by friends and it was very good. Can recommend the degastation menu with matched wines. Unsurprisingly it has a strong seafood bent to it which is very nice.

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Bedfordshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Good atmosphere,great service and fabulous food. We have visited this restaurant over the past few years and their food and service is consistently good. There is a large choice of restaurants in this area but this is the best of the bunch. Remember to book as this restaurant is always very busy. That said, you are never rushed and your... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

Having eaten at this restaurant on many occasions over the years it has never been anything less than excellent. Honfleur is a stunning tourist rich attraction with nearly as many restaurants as art galleries. Although some of the restaurants are great, knowing that a lot of their visitors are 'one offs' most leave a lot to be desired! I have... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Just steps from the postcard-perfect Honfleur harbor and next door to the eponymous hotel, l'Absinthe is Normandy cuisine beautifully prepared and served. Be sure to eat in the main dining room for its character and atmosphere. A family operation? The same guy who helped us upstairs with our bags was our waiter and was always attentive but never intrusive. Great... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Fantastic, very attentive staff, food excellent. Birthday treat, they even brought out my dessert with a candle in it and gave us complimentary champagne.

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Paris, France
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was our second visit, and confirmed our last visit: the obsequious service and pretentious atmosphere (encyclopedic and very expensive wine book) does not make up for pretty boring cooking. The fish is fresh, which is the least one could expect. But both the conception of the cooking and the plate presentation is ho-hum. When Honfleur is full of tourists... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We sat in the conservatory, the food and wine were very good and there was a good atmosphere, a rather loud but enjoyable firework display for the prawns during dinner as well as the bagpipes. Decor is inviting and we highly recommend it.

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Biella, Italy
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19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

It is expensive for a 5 people family comparing to what we got. Service is very good with waiters very well trained. Food was good but more towards the 'nouvelle cousine' side

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1, rue de la ville, 14600 Honfleur, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Normandy  >  Basse-Normandie  >  Calvados  >  Honfleur
  • Phone Number: 231893900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 36 - 146

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