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“Best meal ever!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Villa Mahana

La Villa Mahana
b.p. 941 Amanahune,, French Polynesia
+689 67 50 63
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Ranked #1 of 37 Restaurants in Bora Bora
Price range: $117 - $291
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Restaurant Gastronomique de renommee internationale
Lone Tree, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best meal ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here in September to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We sat at the private table on the terrace across from the kitchen where we watched the chef create magic. We each had a tasting menu so we could share and try a little of everything. And try a little of everything is what we did. From the best seared melt in your mouth tuna, amazing foie gras, lobster, shrimp with caviar to Filet Mignon with the most magnificent red wine sauce that left you wanting more and just when you thought you couldn't eat another bite, out came the second part of my husbands final course. A ribeye steak. The filet seemed like it was at least 10 ounces so when another steak came out we both looked at each other and thought how could we possibly eat this. And how could it possibly top that filet that was one of the best things we have ever ate in our lives. Then we took a bite and it was all over from there, the entire thing gone. So yes come hungry, but it is worth every bite! Food presentation was beautiful, service was great, the ambiance pleasant, and the chef is just simply amazing! To reiterate what other reviewers have said...do not miss this dining experience!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chefdamien, Propriétaire at La Villa Mahana, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Ia Orana:)

Thank you very much for that comment. Appreciate it!

Wish you all the best and hope to see you back soon with us in Paradise:)

Take care

Damien:)
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Santa Monica, California, USA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I tried the Polynesian tasting menu, and this is one of the best meals I have ever had. My wife is a vegetarian, and they were able to make great dishes for her too (albeit a bit pricey). Make sure that you book at least 6 months in advance. We were able to get a private room that made the experience very romantic.

Visited September 2013
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Chefdamien, Propriétaire at La Villa Mahana, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Ia Orana:)

Thank you very much for that comment. Appreciate it!

Wish you all the best and hope to see you back soon with us in Paradise:)

Take care

Damien:)
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Oregon City, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Incredible all around - go hungry!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We had read all of the reviews and decided to make a reservation 6 months in advance for our nice dinner of the vacation and we weren't disappointed! The taxi picked us up at the harbor and it's a short ride to the restaurant. It was raining so the tables were inside but there was still plenty of room for a full house and it wasn't cramped. We chose to do the full course meals, I chose the epicurean and my wife chose the exotique and included the wine pairings with both. The food was INCREDIBLE just make sure you come hungry as there is a lot of it! All was prepared perfectly, the presentation was impeccable and the staff was friendly. At the end we wandered around outside and took photos and were invited in for a picture in the kitchen with the chef. Definitely a place you need to visit if you're okay spending about $450US, we felt it was worth every penny.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chefdamien, Propriétaire at La Villa Mahana, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Ia Orana:)

Thank you very much for that comment. Appreciate it!

Wish you all the best and hope to see you back soon with us in Paradise:)

Take care

Damien:)
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Frederick
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Beautiful restaurant, intimate setting, awesome food & wine! Go Hungry! The portions are enormous. The preparation and presentation are something they take incredible pride in. You will not be disappointed. Book well in advance so you will not be disappointed. Very small - 8 tables. Do not miss this dining experience!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chefdamien, Propriétaire at La Villa Mahana, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Ia Orana:)

Thank you very much for that comment. Appreciate it!

Wish you all the best and hope to see you back soon with us in Paradise:)

Take care

Damien:)
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Hamilton
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“We felt like Rockstars!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We spent 3 weeks in French Ploynesia and visited Bora Bora in Sept 2012. I did a lot of research since this was a trip of a lifetime for us. I read about Villa Mahana in a book that said "ask for the best table and book ahead, way ahead!"- SO, I did. I sent an email (that was answered immediately) about 6 months ahead of time, I asked for "the best table"-not being sure what that was!! The answer came back confirming our reservation but that the best table was booked (with a happy face??). When we got to the island we told the host where we were staying that we were eating at the La Villa Mahana- he said "WOW, he heard it was awesome but hadnt been able to get in yet"- we were excited! When we arrived we gave our names, and the chef came out, smiled sheeishly and started walking us up the 2 flights of stairs in the outside courtyard to the one single table overlooking the courtyard. Everyone looked at us and you felt they were all wondering "who are these people?". THIS WAS THE BEST TABLE!"

Chef Damien; with his great sense of humour, explained his menu and took our order himself. He then followed up to see how things were. My husband said this was the best meal he has ever had! We then were sent home with Chef's famous bread treat baked in banana leaves- WOW- what a fabulous evening!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars are not enough****** Mark and Rene

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chefdamien, Propriétaire at La Villa Mahana, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Ia Orana René and Mark :)

Thank you very much and hope to see you back with us in a near future!

Until then ..... take care and live your life like Rockstar ;)

Best Regards

Damien
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