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Centre Vaima | Front de mer, Papeete, French Polynesia
+689 428683
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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325 reviews 325 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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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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San Clemente, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Only restaurant open on Bastille Day weekend. Watched World Cup finals with locals, discovered outstanding local Tabu beer (600 xpf) and excellent poisson cru (2350 xpf). Avoid Parfait de Foie, but salad was okay (2450 xpf). Champagne not worth 1900 xpf. Attentive waitstaff, central location on main blvd. Great people watching with view of quay waterfront while you adjust to... More 

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

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