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Histoire ancienne

20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Ranked #5 of 103 restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Sheerness, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I'm used to popping over to the continent for a day or two and good quality lunches may be found all over the place. Flair and imagination combine with clever gastronomy to offer a superb lunch at an affordable price. Apologies for waiting so long to review as I went over on a drizzly day in February. I cannot imagine... More

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

Dear Donfowler, Thank you so much for your kindly post, We are delighter of your satisfaction. We work every day in the direction of the quality and the food's freshness, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Lewes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Visited this restaurant today based on the excellent reviews on TA: the reviews were not wrong and this is certainly worth a visit when in Calais. Reasonably easy to find - we parked immediately outside - and the food was fab. We had the set menu at 19.50 euros and were STUFFED! Excellent choice of food, beautifully cooked and presented... More

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

Dear PETA, I would like thank you to share your experience on TRIPADVISOR, Indeed, the good feedback that you had is in the center of our concerns. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you very soon, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

East Sussex
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Very tempting to give a poor review on this fabulous restaurant so that it does not become too popular. That would be totally unfair as it's the best in Calais in my opinion. Had the set Euro19.50 menu for three courses. Very nice inside and nice people.

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

Dear Wrightblu, Thank you so much to share your good experience in our restaurant, I note that you appreciate the good value for our menu at 19,50 €, We hope to the pleasure to receive you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This very traditional French Restaurant is in the centre of Calais at the top end of Rue Royal. We have eaten here on 4 occasions now and the food has been consistently good. We now go out of our way to eat here when passing through Calais. You can park along Rue Royal for only 1€ per hour. They have... More

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dear PTMCF, Thank you so much for your post and your photos on Tripadvisor, It'will be share with all our staff, We hope to see you on your rest trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Huge portions, fresh seafood, decent price. Wish I had discovered Calais earlier! Wouldn't mind taking the Eurostar or ship over for a weekend treat of lovely restaurants. Nice cozy family restaurant feel. Small place so it's better to make reservations. We were gutted it's not opened on Sundays!

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

Dear Clobbes, We are very happy that you discovered CALAIS and our restaurant, thank you for your post and we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Godalming, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Just returned to Uk after a delightful lunch at this restaurant. I booked via email after reading previous reveiws on Tripadvisor. So glad we did. The place was heaving mainly with French patrons. From the outside we would have walked past it and missed a wonderful great value meal. Menu de jour for 19 Euros, good choice, 3 courses. Staff... More

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

Dear Joan, Thank you so much for your kindly post, Thank you for rating the good value of our menus. We work every day in this direction. Kinds regards Claire comte More

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Needed to find a restaurant for lunch before returning home and came across this delightful restaurant. We were made to feel very welcome as soon as we entered despite not having booked. The service was efficient, house wine good and meal excellent. We have tried many restaurants over Europe and this is definitely one of the best .2 course lunch... More

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

Dear Livelymin, Thank you so much for your kindly post, we are glad that you enjoy the food and the decoration of our restaurant. We hope to have the pleasure to received you on your next trip in Calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Essex,UK
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135 reviews 135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

It is almost essential to book a table here as it is very popular with locals and visitors alike. And deservedly so. Expect to pay around 60 euro for a 3-course lunch with wine and coffees. The food is beautifully cooked and presented, the portions are just right, the house white wine delicious and reasonably priced. Service is professional and... More

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

Dear Grassie02, Thank you so much for your kindly post, We are delighter of your satisfaction. We work every day in the direction of the quality and the food's freshness, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Derbyshire, UK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I reserved a table for 19:30 on Saturday evening for myself - very glad I did - they were turning people away by 20:30. A few fellow tourists perhaps but most diners seemed local (and they generated a convivial hubhub of chatter and laughter). Staff were very efficient and friendly - just the right balance of service - not formal... More

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

Dear Janederb, I would like thank you to share your experience on TRIPADVISOR, Indeed, the good feedback that you had is in the center of our concerns. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you very soon, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We had lunch here today after reading previous diners comments. We had the 19.90 euro menu. It was delicious. The portions were good and the deserts great. We were given lovely bread, butter and a smoked salmon mousse whilst we waited. The decor was very French and charming.We will definitely return

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

Dear Diana, Thank you so much for your post, You had tasted our new "histoire ancienne" menu and we are happy to know that you had like all flavors, We hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

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