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“Fun Happy Hour Karaoke Spot” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Retro

Le Retro
Centre Vaima | Front de mer, Papeete, French Polynesia
+689 428683
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Ranked #17 of 43 restaurants in Papeete
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Fort Lee, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fun Happy Hour Karaoke Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

It was our last night and we were waiting for the food trucks to open at the Port, so we decided to stop in at Le Retro for some drinks during Happy Hour. It was very entertaining! We had a blast having some excellent drinks. Coming from NY, the prices weren't all that shocking, but I can see why other reviewers thought it was expensive. However, the location is prime, so it's understandable. We enjoyed watching locals sing karaoke as we got a bit buzzed. We didn't eat anything, other than some pomme frites, which were very good...but I suppose they are difficult to mess up.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Athens GA
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140 reviews 140 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
“Karaoke place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Sounds of music across from the place where our ship docked attracted my attention one night. The locals were having fun doing karaoke and it was a scene. A fellow passenger signed up to sing, so I sat with his wife and had a Tahitian beer (small bottle = $7.50). Another ship mate on his honeymoon bought me a tequila shot, for which I reciprocated (@shot = $6.00). For me, 3 month's worth of drinks in one night! Fun nonetheless. The service was slow and I was uncertain about the conversion to the local currency, but it was entertaining to see the locals sing (both in French and in English). I would stop in there again, but would be sure to put some extra bills in my wallet. Also, it was a safe walk from the ship, no problem.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Tourist trap to avoid”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Despite a good location in the heart of Papeete avoid this bad and expensive restaurant. The food and the service are poor. The design of the place needs renovation. Only the prices are high.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado
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16 restaurant reviews
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“Ok given limited good food options in Papeete”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Our hotel recommended Le Retro for a quick lunch. It was just OK. None of the wait staff seemed to speak English or at least to understand us. It is a great location across from the harbor and there were two cruise ships in harbor the day we were there so Le Retro was busy. I thought it was expensive for the service/food but I also don't think there are many good options that aren't extremely touristy in Papeete as you might expect and Le Retro was in a nice space. The fries were good!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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“Good food and presentation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Very good local and also french kitchen.Very quick service,it's a very popular place in Papeete Waterfront

Visited March 2012
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