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“Expensive!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of L'Epuisette

L'Epuisette
Vallon des Auffes, 13007 Marseille, France
04 91 52 17 82
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Ranked #23 of 1,449 Restaurants in Marseille
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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“Expensive!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Expensive beyond belief. We went wanting a 'bouillabaisse experience".. We, obviously mistakenly, thought bb was a fisherman's stew expecting to maybe pay 100 euros without wine or dessert. We were told we had to order dessert before ordering the bb even though the desserts were nothin special and did not require any lenghthy preparation time. We had a reasonably priced bottle of wine and the aforementioned bb and desert. Think we did also have an appetizer. Bill was 398.83 euros for two!!! Service was so so, rather snobbish.

We have warned all friends and family to give this place a skip - touristy and the food only so so. My husband said he left still hungry! What a joke.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Kanazawa, Japan
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Don't forget your ear plugs!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

First things first: The food was excellent; pricey... but excellent. We had the menu called "Fanny" (95 eur. the whole table must have the same menu though!): 4 fish dishes (starter + 3 mains) and 3 desserts, all very creative and served in right proportions. The service was very (very!) snobbish, if not comtemptuous, to only reach new heights of toadying with regulars.

Aaaah, the regulars! Definitely the biggest nuisance in the restaurant. We had to suffer, chaotically: vacations in St. Barts (sooo intimate, unlike St. Trop: sooo common now) or Miami (Florida, the laid-back US!); complaints about lack of proper parking places for their $$$-car along the shore (damn municipality) or everyone not willing to work on Sundays (damn workers, damn government); warning (from the women!) against young chicks who will stab you in the back and steal half your money; and, cerise sur le gâteau, "explanations" as to why muslims lie so easily (they have many values, but honesty is not part of their education...)

I still wonder how we managed not to throw up the excellent dinner!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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“terrific boullabaise but watch out for robbers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

It started off as an unpleasant experience as one of our friends was robbed of her purse while waiting at the front desk. It was quiet in the restaurant and two person came on a motorcycle and had the audacity to walk into the restaurant, ripped out the handbag from her neck and escaped. The restaurant staff gave chase but there was no contest against a motorcycle.

This restaurant is very good but it is very quiet so watch out for thieves. The manager assured us this had not happened while he was there for the last nine years, but beware.

The food and especially the boullabaise was terrific. Many many surprises .

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London, United Kingdom
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“so many other surprises beyond the bouillabaisse!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

herded around by our well-meaning friends to try authentic bouillabaisse, we were aptly relieved by the meal here. superb all round and no, we didn't have the classic fish soup. don't force yourself to have it just because everyone else does.

trust me, you'll have just as good or quite likely an even better meal if you gave the other dishes a try. we had a myriad of other seafood dishes including the monkfish, lobster and tuna. they were PERFECT. our friend had a lamb shoulder and he gave it a thumbs up too! exquisite views to boot!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wonderful setting for a special occasion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The food was fantastic, however we were a little disappointed with the snooty and inattentive service. The Bouillabaisse was amazing, huge and delicious!! The sunset view was stunning and we were entertained by the locals playfully diving into the sea from the rocks. Overall very good, but the prices limit it to special occasions.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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