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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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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Durban, South Africa
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The restaurant is in a cave and has a very nice atmosphere.I had saddle of lamb . It had been sliced and was not on the bone . It was perfectly cooked and very tender.My wife had the Zander fish with vegetables which very good.For dessert I had a tartan peach and my wife a couronne chocolate , both were... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The service was very efficient and fine dining in style. Each of the dishes were presented beautifully. The two of us shared an entree, each had a main and we then shared a dessert. All were lovely with the lamb shank and millefeulle.the highlights. We went on a rainy Monday for lunch and the restaurant was half full with a... More 

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San Francisco
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Stopped here for lunch after driving from Normandy. 4 glasses of wine, 1 appetizer, 2 mains, and 1 dessert amounted to 75 EUR. The appetizer of rabbit (taken off the bone and minced) with braised onions was excellent, and my husband loved his pork main. My duck came in a somewhat too-sweet gravy; call the food a 3+ overall, and... More 

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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner on a Monday night with family. Not very full, atmosphere was 'lite', service was professional and attentive, food was interesting (starters and cheese courses) but nothing to write home about. Dessert was good, French toast, reduced apple, and ice cream - yum! Cave dining was interesting and clean design/setting. Overall, a nice dining experience, a la foodie-esque experience.

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Thank Ellteekay
Somerset, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The food was nicely presented, unusual vegetables with the main dishes. We had 4 courses, starter, snails, & rabbit Mains, Perch & Guinnea Fowl, , cheese, and deserts. I found the food very tasty, my husband was slightly disappointed. I wouldn't say this place was High end, but better than most places. The service we received was very good, attentive,... More 

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Thank Jennie B
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This intimate and unique restaurant is housed inside the famed limestone along the banks of the Loire. There isn't much to eat in this area but I loved the food. Despite us being French Speakers the service was rude which is a shame because we are just trying. The food was comfy and delicious. I'd give it a 3.5 but... More 

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London
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The location is excellent, a small troglodyte restaurant, and the decor is well thought. The menu concept is interesting, though the service is not great, and the food portions could be bigger for the price paid

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Thank Pierre G
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Recommended by hotel staff so no expectations on our parts prior to arrival. Tucked away, historic troglodyte dwelling made for an interesting environment. Food really very good, service was attentive with charming staff. Delightful setting, no hesitation in recommending a visit.

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Thank Mark01844
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
French
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?