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20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 278
    Excellent
  • 134
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Classy but not expensive

If you speak French it seems the service is even better. Great menu. Good food. Lovely presentation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
IOAbroad
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Kingsdown, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Kingsdown, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you speak French it seems the service is even better. Great menu. Good food. Lovely presentation.

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London
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My wife and I took a day trip to Calais on Saturday, 7th February and our first stop was to have lunch at this wonderful bistro. We arrived shortly after it opened for lunch at noon and was one of the first diners to arrive but by 1230 it became increasing busy. What a wonderful dining experience! The ambience was... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Michael, I am pleased to know that you enjoy your breakfast in our restaurant and you had a good time. Thank you so much for your kindly post and your photos... The chocolate "crème brulée" is a new dessert that won a lot of success with our clients, we use the Valrhona chocolate, a so nice quality of chocolate!... More 

Ilminster, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As we were visiting Calais to top-up our wine rack, we thought we would also revisit this splendid little restaurant. Made a table reservation via email, which worked fine. It was a bitterly cold day and the warmth of the welcome received was much appreciated. The waiter was kindly and amusing and was happy to discuss the menu, using very... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Sunny, Your review made us very happy, we are delighted to read your satisfaction, we work every day in that sense, do not hesitate to ask the next time sweets it will be with great pleasure that we serve you .... Kinds regards Claire Comte More 

London, England
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We nipped over to Calais to stock up on wine for a family event and came in out of the biting, damp cold to a warm welcome in this lovely bistro in central Calais. I loved the traditional bistro decor, especially the prints of old menus from luxury liners and the one from Paul Bocuse's Lyon restaurant which was on... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Juliet, it is with great pleasure that I read your review, I will share it with the whole team. We work every day so that our clients have a good time in our restaurant, your satisfaction is our. Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

manchester
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

On a wet cold night in January,we were so pleased to find this homely restaurant where the welcome and the cooking were both of a high standard.

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Janfromma, Thank you for taking the time to share your satisfaction on tripadvisor, your feeling is important to us, we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to Calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

West Sussex
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Having popped over to Calais overnight for a new exhibition, we decided on the venue having read previous reviews. We discussed the menu with the waiter who spoke fluent English as was very helpful and pleasant. We ordered typical French fare in Fois Gras, escargot, Veal kidneys and steak. All of which were very tasty and well presented, as were... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Sir, Thank you so munch for your kindly post, We are pleased to know that you had appreciate our restaurant, we hope to have the pleasure to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's our periodical pleasure to have once or twice a year shopping in Calais supermarkets or drive around Northern France, but our visit will not complete without dining at this restaurant. Consistently excellent dishes whatever you have. I had ris de veau (sweetbread)cooked with creamy mushroom sauce, texture was pleasant and the sauce was very flavourful. Also enjoyed grilled pig's... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Spiranian, Thank you for your post, I am pleased to read that you enjoy our restaurant for several years. Our food is typically French with fresh and seasonal ingredients, Thank you to have confidence in us, kinds regards Claire Comte More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Took the family (5) for lunch on a day shopping trip through the Tunnel on Christmas Eve. Fairly full, didn't notice any other Brits, buzzing atmosphere of happy French families. Excellent menus at reasonable prices, mostly traditional French brasserie style, in a room decorated authentically to match. My dozen local escargots in garlic butter were just as they should be,... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear phill, Thank you so much to share your experience on Tripadvisor, I confirm to you that we exercise care for the child Menu. The taste is an integral part of the education of a child, in our restaurant, not hamburger, no ham, no nuggests, we only offer noble products tailored to their tastes with fresh vegetable of the day... More 

london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We chose the midweek fixed price 19 Euro menu and were astonished at the quality. House White was very drinkable. Service was impeccable. Easy to find on the main street with parking nearby and an excellent cheese/wine shop (1 rue A Gerschell) round the corner for quality take home purchases.

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Ecr01, I am pleased to read that we have contributed to this "PERFECT DAY TRIP", Thank you so much, and we hope to received you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Lovely traditional restaurant with lots of character. Had a delicious lunch here, service was very attentive without being intrusive. Food was absolutely delicious and well presented. Good value. Shall definitely return.

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Rosie, Thank you so much for your kindly post, it will be share with our team, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 rue Royale, 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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?