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All 74 Port Vila Restaurants

L'Houstalet Restaurant

route du lagon | PO Box 376, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
00 678 22 303
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Ranked #41 of 74 Restaurants in Port Vila
Price range: $12 - $35
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The typical French Restaurant in Vila since 1973Well known for it's tender grilled steaks,it's delicacies such as fresh-water prawns flambe,coconut crab, lobsters, wild pigeon and it's famous marinated flying fox in red wine.
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This restaurant has been around for 40 years. The food was fantastic. Lobster Mornay and scotch fillet were cooked to perfection. Great prices and portions. Staff were friendly and efficient. Worth the short bus ride from Port Vila.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A family dinner taking our 9 & 11 year olds and something for everyone on the menu. In true Port Vila style the meals are not cheap, however this was a lovely dinner which we all enjoyed. Lobster, snails and prawns - stunning.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We first visited this restaurant on our honeymoon in 1979 and decided to go there again for old times sake. While pizzas didn't feature on the menu back then there are still quite a few dishes that we did remember such as the flying fox and pigeon. Unfortunately, the quality and presentation of our meals were also very retro. My... More

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Newstead, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I, along with our 3 year old decided to have tea here as we really wanted to have some lobster. We were a little hesitant after reading mixed reviews about this place. The look of this place did not bother us as we had been here a few years ago just to have a couple of drinks... More

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Orlando
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We 7 arrived without a reservation just as a table of 20 were being seated. But we were seated promptly and there was just the smallest delay on our pizzas. The end result was light crispy crusts and imaginative fillings. We had carafes of house wine for a bill around $31 each. The atmosphere was vibrant and service was relaxed... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

When we arrived we thought we were at the wrong place. The entrance is like a dirty old saloon bar complete with pool table and faded dusty lounge chairs, we nearly didn't go in. Plastic tablecloths adorned the tables complete with truck stop salt and pepper shakers. The local wait staff do not speak very good English and maintain a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Looks ordinary from the outside but nice once in. The soups were tasty (the fish and the crab). We had the lobsters - one and a half each - very reasonable $35 AUD. Didn't try the fruit bat but a friend did and enjoyed it. Apparently the pizzas are nice also.

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Kingston, Tasmania, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a wonderful experience. Although the flying fox and wild pigeon are the specialities of this restaurant, we had three different beef dishes and a pork dish, each of which was excellent. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive. Whilst the mains were around 2,800vt, this was the norm for good food in Port Villa

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

An intriguing restaurant. Very dated & old with a pool table and old chairs right at the enrty. Walking through to non smoking at the rear I was unsure what to make of this place I was about to eat in. Looking past the grotty decor & supermarket S&P shakers & plastic table cloths I kept an open mind. My... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Me and my boyfriend came here on the last day of our holiday for dinner, he ordered fish and I had to try the local coconut crab. I love seafood and eat it often but this was the WORST MEAL EVER!! The crab was long dead and the meat was already dry and tough but they still serve it to... More

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