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L'Houstalet Restaurant

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route du lagon | PO Box 376, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
00 678 22 303
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The typical French Restaurant in Vila since 1973Well known for it's tender...
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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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Port vila visit

Food and service excellent and the prices for food and drinks were very reasonable. Loved the desserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
BawleyPointLeon
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Bawley Point
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Bawley Point
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Food and service excellent and the prices for food and drinks were very reasonable. Loved the desserts.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Probably the best restaurant we went to! Great hoist fantastic food! Very reasonably Priced Go the lobster!

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

So very expensive for such ordinary surrounds and food. For the price one should be getting true international French cuisine in stylish surrounds by well trained staff. Living on the glory of its past it is not up to the standard of a back street Parisian Cafe. Very Disappointed.

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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

First ate here in 1988. Food is still great and L'Houstalet has retained all it's charm and quirkiness after all these years. The owner Clement also gave us a free lift back down to the casino after we'd finished. There was still an extensive menu even though the cyclone aftermath was still affecting local supplies.

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New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited this restaurant on our last visit to Vanuatu so it was a no brainer to return this time around. Again not disappointed with the food. The pizzas are great and when my arrived at the table I recalled from my last visit that I should have shared a pizza. 'note to self' share pizza :). The only downer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I had their famous French Onion soup. Service was excellent especially considering it was only days after Cyclone Pam had hit Vanuatu.

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Port Moresby PNG
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you like steak, there is no place better that L'Houstalet in Port Vila. It has been there for over 40 years and the menu is still the same. It is too good to change. THIS IS A MUST.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pros: Great taste of food, nice and informative French owner Cons: Taking too long to serve a dish. I had waited for almost an hour for my first dish.

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Brisbane, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is my second visit to L'Houstelet in recent years and I was hoping that my disappointing first visit would be improved upon the second time around. But it was not to be. After having amazing meals and truly friendly service in various venues around Port Vila I found the food at L'Houstelet to be only average and the service... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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152 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We had a recommendation to come to L'Houstalet and were not disappointed. There are several areas you can sit, we chose to be out the back with all the locals. The French owner started the restaurant many years ago and it has become quiet an insitution in Port Vila. One of the specialities is Flying Fox, I had to say... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: route du lagon | PO Box 376, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Efate  >  Port Vila
  • Phone Number: 00 678 22 303

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic

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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