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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Perfect in every way .....

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Charley R
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Crawley, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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230 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Crawley, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 reviews 5 reviews
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Whenever I find a place that is busy and in the middle of tourist attraction I expect very little. L'Absinthe was an exception. The decor is lovely, inviting and warm. The bar has good selection of single malts and beers. The wine list is also excellent. The meal was a great mix of seafood as one would expect but they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Meat and fish were tender and well cooked, staff were friendly, atmosphere good - for the price hoped for something a little bit more - however would still recommend it

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A definite cut above the many restaurants in Honfleur with out being over priced. Delicious food. Good value wine list offering a complete range price wise and choice. Excellent service and ambiance. Will go back when in the area again.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visiting Honfleur at the start of July we stopped at the L'Absinthe for a quick lunch on arrival and were enticed to stay for hours. Having visited several times in the past we were expecting something special and got just that, from the oysters to the cheese. It has always been a class act and I thoroughly recommend it to... More 

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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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