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“Good food, really fun ambiance!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Casa Amaia

La Casa Amaia
13, Place Louis XIV, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
+(33) 5 59 51 24 51
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“Good food, really fun ambiance!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

I ate here in mid-November with my daughter and a friend. We sampled the moules and frites, the chipirons cooked in a red Basque sauce with potatoes, and the monkfish sauted with garlic. The food was tasty, the portions great, the prices reasonable for St Jean de Luz, and the service was good. The atmosphere however, was a blast. We seemed to be the only UK/American group, most of the other patrons were local. When they learned one in our party was a Welsh football fanatic, we had a rousing discussion with 3 tables involved in faltering french, about what might happen at the matches. This simple camaraderie made our evening delightful, one of the most fun we had at St Jean de Luz. With even the owner getting involved in the discussion.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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Norwich UK
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143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 252 cities Reviews in 252 cities
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“Generous and good value Basque cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

This relatively small establishment down at the Place Louis XIV was doing good trade on a wet November Tuesday lunch time - patronised by local shoppers mainly - and looked to be the busiest in that area. We picked it on a whim, Goodness Knows there are enough eateries here to choose from, but we wanted something simple, regional, tasty - and were quite hungry. It's no gourmet experience but does offer a range of Basque dishes prepared freshly and presented with good grace and efficiency. There's a 19 euro lunch menu, but we had 2 of the house specialities, their paella - exceedingly generous in ingredients (and just to mention that - reading another review - the mussels along this coast from Arcachon southwards are always quite "small"), proper saffron used - and the blanquette de Lot, again very generous, maybe a bit over-done. Most people, like us, shared a mixed tapas starter. Sensible limited choice of wine and, again like us, everyone picked a 50cl bottle of the house Navarra bianco or rosada. Desserts - usual choices, the Basque gateau was average and probably bought-in. Overall easily met our requirements that day.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Welcoming atmosphere on a damp November night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

Most restaurants looked cold and empty on a particularly unpleasant evening. Here with a good crowd of customers was La Casa Amaia. Warm and welcoming with friendly service. The food was generous - only complaint was that the moules were a little small but there were plenty and the frites were excellent. Hadn't seen it in an English guide - no other English there. Most of the customers seemed to be local.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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