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L'Helianthe

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L'Helianthe
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Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
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Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
+33 (0)2 41 51 22 28
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A quirky restaurant but excellent food

L'Helianthe is situated a short but uphill walk from the centre of Turquant. It's a troglodyte building with a fairly normal frontage but most of the restaurant is set into the rock face. For this type of building it's quite spacious and airy but of course there are no tables with a view! Don't let... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2014
Brian D
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Winsford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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173 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Winsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

L'Helianthe is situated a short but uphill walk from the centre of Turquant. It's a troglodyte building with a fairly normal frontage but most of the restaurant is set into the rock face. For this type of building it's quite spacious and airy but of course there are no tables with a view! Don't let this put you off as... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A bit middle England. Great food and service - a tourist "find". My pork cheeks were sublime. The lamb shank was equally good.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My daughter and I were there on Sep15 for lunch. Turquant It's a wonderful artsy village with an absolute gem of a restaurant. I would fly from Australia to France just to eat here again it was that good. Rose was wonderful too.Service great and friendly with good English .It was a sleepy Monday with only about 10 diners so... More 

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Roma, Italia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We decided to have a dinner in a "cave" restaurant, which I've learned are quite typical in the Saumur area. I admit I was slightly afraid that it could have been the typical tourist trap. After the dinner I was glad I was wrong. The restaurant is not the easiest one to find, as it's located in a small alley,... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Me and my boyfriend had an amazing meal here in August 14. The staff were so accomodating in spite of our lack of French speaking. The food was fantastic and we each had 3 courses plus cheese, coffee, wine and service for less than €120. The location is just lovely too. We are still talking about how great it was... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stopped here in this charming village for a browse through the many artist shops and lunch. It was a complete surprise. Well presented, beautifully cooked and with an excellent attention to a balance of flavours. The price was good at 15 euros for a main course. Service was pleasant and efficient.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

French cooking at it's best. Very clever use of vegetables and meats produced with a real understanding of how traditional flavours work. A varied wine cellar with prices that didn't shock delivered by efficient staff that made us feel at home. We've dined in Michelin Stared Restaurants that quite simply couldn't deliver this standard. Good value for money, making us... More 

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Marly-le-Roi, France
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77 reviews 77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This unique setting, partly in a troglodyte partly in an extension added on to the cave portion, is delighful. The service is warm and friendly. At lunch time, I had the cod with a tagliatelle of fresh vegetables which was beautifully presented. While the sauce and veggies were delicious, I found the fish itself a bit watery. Dessert was a... More 

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Chinon, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The food is Delicious, the staff help us to understand the menu, the atmosphere is great. The restaurant is in a cave, which make it special.

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Teddington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Fun cave setting with interesting local sculptures. Very warm friendly service yet with the professionalism one gets used to in France. Generally lovely food especially my husband's foie gras and my delicious rabbit main course which really lived up to the rustic 19 century image. Wish I had tried the 3 Loire river fish speciality - next time! Only criticism... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Maine et Loire  >  Saumur  >  Turquant
  • Phone Number: +33 (0)2 41 51 22 28
Open Hours
Sunday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

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