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Histoire ancienne

20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Ranked #5 of 107 Restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best eating places in Calais. I always go when going through. The service is spot on, the choice of food very varied always something different. Fully recommend the Gourmet Menu. Four courses including Mis en Bouche. Portions good size. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed

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Dover, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I took a group of friends here for a celebration lunch knowing it would be good as I had eaten here before. Everyone not only enjoyed their meal but all commented on the ambience and the friendly staff. Several saying they have to go back. Having eaten in many Calais restaurants I would say this has to be one of... More

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

Dear David, Thank you so much for your kindly post, we are delighted to have received your group during your trip in Calais. your post will be share with all our staff, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Wigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate here recently during a short trip to France to collect our car after a breakdown. We had an excellent lunch at this small restaurant in the Rue Royale. It was a very hot day and the air conditioning was most welcome, though it sprung a leak just above my husband and poured cold water over his shoulders -... More

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

Cher Janhwigan, Thank you very much for your review posted on tripadvisor, yet we apologize for this problem of leaks! We are delighted that you had good time in our restaurant, see you soon, kinds regards Claire Comte More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

we stayed in calais for 2 nights This restaurant was literally on the doorstep of our hotel what a find Both nights the food was.superb we wasn't rushed at all The staff spoke English and we're welcoming friendly We would highly recommend this restaurant

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

Dear Claire, We are delighted you found our restaurant and you love it, thank you so much for your kindly post, it we'll be share with allour staff, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Norwich, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We saw this restaurant recommended on Trip Advisor and fortunately it turned out to be just round the corner from the Hotel Meurice. Good menu, excellent food and a good wine list. Efficient, friendly service. What more can you ask?

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Cher Ron, Merci beaucoup de votre avis, qui sera partagé avec toute notre équipe. Nous sommes en effet situé en... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were taken by friends on the first stop of our trip to Holland, we had the most delightful lunch and it was a lovely start to our trip. The atmosphere, food and service were all impeccable and it was a lovely experience.

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

Dear Sorelle, Thank you so munch for your kindly post on tripadvisor, We are happy to know that you had appreciate our restaurant, and we hope that you had good time in Holland, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Stafford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

On a recent trip to Calais my wife I had the good fortune to discover this superb restaurant on the Ru Royale in Calais. We had the Plate de Jour and were not disappointed. The meal was an absolute joy from start to finish. Good service, pleasant atmosphere and excellent food make a return visit to Calais a must for... More

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

Dear Kayak22, We are delignted that our restaurant you've enjoyed, your satisfaction we'll be share with all our staff, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Hadleigh, Essex
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was the third year we have been to this marvelous restaurant. We always go for the cordon bleu options as we see this as such a treat and there is always a standout option, for me this time it was the sweetbreads in a mushroom sauce for a starter which I will remember for a long while. I find... More

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

Dear Mike, Thank you for your lovely message, it's the best encouragement for the work that we provide every day. All our production is homemade and we use fresh and seasonal product. Sweatbread that you have tasted was inspired by a starter served at the wedding of Général de GAULLE. ( Yvonne his wife war born in Calais, the wedding... More

Newark, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Absolutely Great food in a nice atmosphere. My Wife had Sea Bass and I had Pepper Steak and it was faultless. Sweets were to die for. Nice bottle of Vezelay wine to was it all down. We shall return.......

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

Dear Ozzie, Your satisfaction with your meal in ou restaurant delighted us, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I came here with my fiance as part of a day trip to Calais to pick up the Champagne for our wedding. As it was her birthday too, I thought it would be fun to have a small celebratory lunch before driving back and I was absolutely delighted with my choice, as was she! The challenge with Calais is because... More

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

Dear TOM, Thank you so much for your kindly post on tripadvisor, We are happy that you appreciate your lunch in our restaurant and your shoping-wine trip in Calais, we present to you our best wishes for your future happiness of wedding, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

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