We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

L'Helianthe

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
+33 2 41 51 22 28
Website
Improve this listing
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 266 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 145
    Excellent
  • 94
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Troglodyte restaurant,

The food was nicely presented, unusual vegetables with the main dishes. We had 4 courses, starter, snails, & rabbit Mains, Perch & Guinnea Fowl, , cheese, and deserts. I found the food very tasty, my husband was slightly disappointed. I wouldn't say this place was High end, but better than... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
Jennie B
,
Somerset, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Somerset, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The food was nicely presented, unusual vegetables with the main dishes. We had 4 courses, starter, snails, & rabbit Mains, Perch & Guinnea Fowl, , cheese, and deserts. I found the food very tasty, my husband was slightly disappointed. I wouldn't say this place was High end, but better than most places. The service we received was very good, attentive,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jennie B
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This intimate and unique restaurant is housed inside the famed limestone along the banks of the Loire. There isn't much to eat in this area but I loved the food. Despite us being French Speakers the service was rude which is a shame because we are just trying. The food was comfy and delicious. I'd give it a 3.5 but... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank TheCityWino
London
Level Contributor
20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The location is excellent, a small troglodyte restaurant, and the decor is well thought. The menu concept is interesting, though the service is not great, and the food portions could be bigger for the price paid

Helpful?
Thank Pierre G
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Recommended by hotel staff so no expectations on our parts prior to arrival. Tucked away, historic troglodyte dwelling made for an interesting environment. Food really very good, service was attentive with charming staff. Delightful setting, no hesitation in recommending a visit.

Helpful?
Thank Mark01844
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Typical restaurant , with typical wine and food Troglodyte restaurant Very good value , very good cooking and very attentive service

Helpful?
Thank Philippe P
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

I took my family for dinner last night and of course the setting is cool. A nice environment for dinner but the food was very average. It tried hard but failed in a few areas but not disastrously so. There are definitely better food options elsewhere.

Helpful?
Thank Nicholas F
Great Malvern, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
126 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a quirky restaurant, not because of the food, but where the location was. Turquant is a small village and the restaurant is off the main street. The restaurant is built into a sandstone cliff. You just do not realize from the outside how far the restaurant is in cliff. You dine in a cave. The décor was modern... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stozzer1
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Delicious lunch, very well presented and cooked. Well decorated and interesting atmosphere as the walls are carved out of the rock. There were locals eating there which is always a good sign. The blue cheese and gingerbread dessert with the suggested desert wine was superb.

Helpful?
Thank Nathan S
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Had seen a number of reviews and recommendations for this place while planning our Loire trip from the UK so made a reservation for a Saturday night. The owner of our accommodation for the night in question also suggested it so we were naturally looking forward to a nice meal. On arrival the welcome was friendly enough, the menu as... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Spooky_Thor
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Food was very good, very pleasant atmosphere, set in a cave too, you need to book. The restaurant is in the township of Turquant, within walking distance from the accommodation.

Helpful?
Thank Liz M

Travelers who viewed L'Helianthe also viewed

Saumur, Maine et Loire
 
Saumur, Maine et Loire
 

Been to L'Helianthe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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 2 41 51 22 28

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from L'Helianthe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?