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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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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
Alfresco August Apéritifs at L'Absinthe

What a lovely location in a gorgeous square of Honfleur under the welcome shade of trees and with birds tweeting in the evening air. We only had apéritifs here, choosing to eat elsewhere, and we were surprised (when sat opposite an hour later) to see this bar/restaurant close so early compared to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food itself was lovely but we were palmed off with a wine of an inferior year which we did not order and, when the bill came, we found we were overcharged by €30. The waitress was pretty huffy puffy throughout, which spoiled what would otherwise have been a nice evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

What a lovely location in a gorgeous square of Honfleur under the welcome shade of trees and with birds tweeting in the evening air. We only had apéritifs here, choosing to eat elsewhere, and we were surprised (when sat opposite an hour later) to see this bar/restaurant close so early compared to others. A pleasant drink in lovely surroundings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Let's face it...the French mostly have disdain for tourists, especially in peak season. But this place was both lovely on service and food. We ordered Dover sole which was cooked to perfection. The bouillabaise was excellent. The Normandy cheeses were lovely. My only issue is that they served it with nothing but bread, no dried fruits, no nuts...it seemed very... More 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our first night in the area as a party of four we decided on a minor celebration and after looking at the restaurants' offerings decided on this establishment. We all chose from the most expensive set menu, 90 Euros per person if my memory serves me correctly. An absolute disappointment, promised much and delivered little.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

When you have tried all the trendy eateries around the picuresque harbout nip round the corner and have a meal to remember for many years. Superb seafood unsurprisingly and great classic French ambience and food. A wine list worth giving your credit card a pasting for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

At our first evening in the Normandy region, this restaurant was an excellent choice to taste the local cuisine. We preferred oysters, sole meunière, king prawns and all were delicious. The service & the decoration were very good. I highly recommend this 1* Michelin Restaurant

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St Louis, MO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We ate here based on other reviews from Trip Advisor, and that it appeared to be busy on other evenings we walked through the area looking for a restaurant. In retrospect, I wish we’d picked somewhere else. The food was OK – not great, but pretty good. My main complaint is the manner of service and the general ambiance or... More 

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Coatbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

In a town of many restaurants, this is one of the best. The service is excellent and the food very good. There is a nice ambiance in the restaurant. Some may say it is expensive, but like for like in the UK would be far more expensive.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a very friendly and accommodating restaurant right on the harbor. The menu is creative and well executed. It has a fine wine list the fits the cuisine. The staff is attentive without hovering. Good cheese selection. Some of the dishes overreached, but the overall impact was superb. We would certainly go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Great French food and wine served by knowledgeable waiters. It's not cheap, but it is high quality and most enjoyable.

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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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