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20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Description: Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s...
Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s art deco d��cor, fresco painting that recalls Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prints, traditional zinc bar, tables laid in white linen, harlequin floor and open fireplace where local fish and meats are grilled. So far, so intriguing. Patrick Comte is a fourth-generation chef who trained in some of Paris��� most superb restaurants, including Le Crillon and Prunier, and here uses the finest local ingredients in inventive dishes like duck tartare with comfit tomatoes and parmesan shavings, grilled sea bream marinated in lemon, coriander and ginger. Order the warm chocolate cake with molten interior with pistachio cream at the beginning of your meal. There���s a proper vegetarian menu, too.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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If you happen to be in Calais you must have dinner here! I have tried many places traveling through the EU and this gem was a wonderful surprise. I had fabulous escargot (all 12 of them) followed by an incredible preperation of sweetbreads in morrell cream sauce. Claire and her husband are doing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
KHofferMD
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Santa Monica, CA
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Santa Monica, CA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you happen to be in Calais you must have dinner here! I have tried many places traveling through the EU and this gem was a wonderful surprise. I had fabulous escargot (all 12 of them) followed by an incredible preperation of sweetbreads in morrell cream sauce. Claire and her husband are doing something special here. Wish I could come... More 

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Dear Mr HOFFER, Thank you so much for your kindly post, we hope to see you on your next trip in calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Rotterdam
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We'd booked a table for 9pm, but the staff were fine when we arrived almost an hour early. Nice little restaurant serving good french food. Absolutely everything we ate was delicious, beautifully presented, and service was attentive. I can't imagine they do anything badly here, fully recommend. The bib gourmands menu at 31€ for 3 courses is great value.

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Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for your kindly post on tripadvisor, Thank you to honor the quality and price for our 31 euros menu. We hope to have the pleasure to see you on your next trip in calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We booked a table for 7pm because we had ferry to catch. We arrived at 6.50pm and needless to say we were we were the first diners of the evening. So it was very quiet (no problem) but within 40 minutes the place was absolutely bustling with diners! Needless to say, a few Brits but basically a restaurant for the... More 

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dear Michael, Thank you so much for your kindly post on tripadvisor, It's will be share with all our team, THANK YOU !!!! Claire COMTE More 

Leicestershire
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Escargots and pate de foie gras to start, faux filet and calves lire for main, and cheese to finish. All with a good bottle of red and great service,. A well known actor talked indiscreetly with a film producer at the next table ( my lips are sealed!) and the aircon was struggling in the heat, but this is the... More 

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Dear MILTON, Thank you so much for your kindly post, I'm delighted to read your satisfaction and that you had appreciate our typical french food. I confirm to you that we had during few days a team's films production with actors.... We hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

First leg of our anniversary break we came across this delightful place that makes little effort to attract customers but produced food and wine of such an extraordinarily high quality we felt lucky to have come across it. The service was excellent and we would challenge any five star London restaurant (of which we've frequented many) to better this place... More 

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Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your so kindly post, I am delighted that you enjoyed our restaurant. every day we cook with fresh local products from small producers. Your satisfaction is our reward, thank you Claire comte More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had happy memories of the Histoire Ancienne from a visit on wet, miserable, evening many years ago when we received a warm and friendly welcome despite our drowned appearance! The welcome has not changed (even if the weather was better) and though we took the precaution of booking a lunchtime table this time, the restaurant exceeded our expectations with... More 

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Dear ALAN, Thank you so much for your warmly post on tripadvisor, It will be share with all our team, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We went to Histoire Ancienne yesterday for lunch on the way to Cite' Europe as I have read here that it was authentically French and very good and we were not disappointed. Our waitress was not fluent in English but she tried hard to communicate with us and make suggestions. To be honest, I was first intimidated by the French... More 

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Dear DEENS66, Thank you so much for your kindly post on our restaurant, I'm very happy to read you, The salmon mouss that you had before your meal is homemade TARAMA (no dyestuffs, no preservatives) only bread, milk, olive's oil and eggs of fish...Thats all, We hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, kINDS REGARDS Claire COMTE More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very good dinner, reasonably priced. Excellent grilled seafood, small but very adequate wine menu, good and efficient service.

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Cher Anthony, Merci beaucoup de votre post sur internet, Je suis ravie de savoir que vous avez appréciez notre établissement,... More 

W.Sussex
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stop to eat here each time we visit Calais. One of the main reasons is the quality of the food but also it makes no allowance for tourists. This is a grown-up genuine bistro style restaurant in the centre of Calais that mainly serves local French business people at lunch time. The menu is simple and relatively short. Everything... More 

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Dear Panda2, Thank you so munch for your kindly post, thank you for your regular visits, We hope to have the pleasure to receive you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Excellent decor.renoir style murals and a beutiful zinc comptoir. Menu a little overpriced. Unusual garnish....lemon sole with timbale of rice(OK) and mushrooms? Male staff frosty and quite unpleasant.( More style than substance). Thank goodness for the waitresses who had to apologisew for their colleagues....something they seemed used to be doing. Nice wine list for a Bistro!

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Dear Mr John 69, Thank you for your contribution on Tripadvisor. we have noted your comments regarding our menu prices, we offer 3 different price : 17.90 €(starter + main course or main course + dessert) 19,90 € (starter, main and dessert) or 31 € (starter, main and dessert ). We are pleased to know that you enjoy our decorations... More 

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Address: 20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100 Calais, France
Phone Number: 0321341120
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nord-Pas-de-Calais  >  Pas-de-Calais  >  Calais
Cuisine: French

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100 Calais, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nord-Pas-de-Calais  >  Pas-de-Calais  >  Calais
  • Phone Number: 0321341120

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s art deco d��cor, fresco painting that recalls Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prints, traditional zinc bar, tables laid in white linen, harlequin floor and open fireplace where local fish and meats are grilled. So far, so intriguing. Patrick Comte is a fourth-generation chef who trained in some of Paris��� most superb restaurants, including Le Crillon and Prunier, and here uses the finest local ingredients in inventive dishes like duck tartare with comfit tomatoes and parmesan shavings, grilled sea bream marinated in lemon, coriander and ginger. Order the warm chocolate cake with molten interior with pistachio cream at the beginning of your meal. There���s a proper vegetarian menu, too.

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