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Centre Vaima | Front de mer, Papeete, French Polynesia
+689 428683
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 24
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 14
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Try the speciality

Stopped for lunch after an island tour. Asked our guide wot was the local speciality and she recommended the poisson cru du lait coco @ Le Retro. The food was delicious but we should have just order one because there was so much of it. Drank the local beer and sat outside, the waitress was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Authon Ebeon, France
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Authon Ebeon, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Stopped for lunch after an island tour. Asked our guide wot was the local speciality and she recommended the poisson cru du lait coco @ Le Retro. The food was delicious but we should have just order one because there was so much of it. Drank the local beer and sat outside, the waitress was attentive and friendly, spoke a... More 

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We had a great breakfast in Le Retro incl a choice of eggs and Poison cru. The service is very friendly and fast. Everything fresh prepared and a nice view to the harbour.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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99 reviews 99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We'd spotted this place the day before when wandering aimlessly around town. It looked a bit like a "Cruise-shipper special" during the day - and it probably was it it is one of the few eateries on waterfront, close to the cruise ships. We decided to do dinner there, as the cruise ship folk appeared to be moving on. There... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Great spot to people watch while enjoying a very good meal. Like everything in French Polynesia, this was expensive, but good value for Papeete. Excellent service.

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Florence, South Carolina
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333 reviews 333 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

This was a spontaneous lunch stop on the main boulevard by the port. We were delighted with the menu and food quality as well as the cocktail list and service. Our waitress was friendly & helpful, even though we didn't speak much French. We ended up with an outstanding lunch of tuna sashimi and shrimp pasta. It was so nice... More 

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Lafayette, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

I ordered an endive and Roquefort cheese salad. Much to my surprise I was presented with a large place with a whole head of some leafy lettuce Generous pieces of cheese, crispy leaves of endives, and some quartered tomatoes, for color, was tastefully arranged among the leaves. The salad was expensive but the plate looked like a piece of art... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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99 reviews 99 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Le Retro has a good location by the waterfront/harbour in Papeete. Close to a taxi stand, which is convenient when you want to go back to your hotel. Also close to the market and shops. They have out-door seating. We had lunch here twice during our stay on Tahiti. Good and efficient service. The food was good but not excellent.... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The café allowed us to sit down with our luggage when we were waiting for our coach trip at lunchtime and we were very grateful. The wait staff speak a little English. I approached the owner of the café and said in limited French do you speak English and he said no in a very arrogant manner and I said... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The service was great, but the dishes were pretty bland. They were also pretty expensive, like most restaurants in Tahiti, which made it not worth the money.

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Encinitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited Le Retro during our 7 hour layover in Papeete. As it is located right along the harbor, it is a great setting for happy hour cocktails and dinner. They specialize in variations on the Mojito, and I enjoyed the hand-muddled version with fresh ginger very much. We also had fresh grilled mahi mahi, and fresh tuna poisson cru... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Centre Vaima | Front de mer, Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  French Polynesia  >  Society Islands  >  Tahiti  >  Papeete
  • Phone Number: +689 428683

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

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