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L'Helianthe

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Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
+33 2 41 51 22 28
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 122
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    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
Nice Place with nice People

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Philippe P
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
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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

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

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.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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.

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Canton, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is the restaurant in France that convinced me if it’s described as gastronomic, then think long and hard, and study the menu before you ever go. Gastronomic apparently has nothing to do with fresh food that is well prepared. It’s a buzz word for food so strange that it will show up on Iron Chef. The building itself is... More 

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bonn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We came here at the recommendation of the owner of the chateau where we had just bought some wine. The parti pris here is old fashioned vegetables such as jerusalem artichoke (helianthe), which are used in the cooking here. We had at least 3 veggies which we have never eaten anywhere else and could not tell you the name of... More 

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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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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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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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
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

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