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“Fantastic service, food, atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Vieille Porte

La Vieille Porte
Ranked #2 of 306 Restaurants in Le Mans
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic service, food, atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant in the Old Town of Le Mans.
Every aspect of our time at Le Bistrot de la Vieille Porte was great. The staff were very friendly and helpful and understood English and our little knowledge of French. There were 8 of us and a baby. Nothing was a problem, the food was outstanding, perfectly cooked and ample portion sizes. Would definitely recommend and return if in the area.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

Absolutely amazing food, fantastic service, all around great find! Brilliant night had by all. Recommend the beef, which comes with a mash potato flavoured with mushroom which is to die for!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pippa H
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hants
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely and great value!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stumbled upon this place after arriving at Le Mans at 21.45, quickly checked in at our hotel and after a long drive found this place to eat. 20 Euros seemed very good value for the Gourmand menu and it didn't disappoint! 20 Euro for a decent bottle of red was also excellent. I had baked eggs in a foie gras sauce, followed by steak in a curry sauce with mustard mash and for dessert rum and raisin ice cream with rum and chantilly. My wife had camembert with toast, steak in a peppercorn sauce followed by coffee licquor ice cream. The bill was 62 euro, the service and quality was first rate!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank phillipsmist
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant in Le Mans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is a great place to eat within Le Mans. Very popular, Unfussy and welcoming with friendly staff this place turns out a great food. Other guests were entirely French and appeared to be local and mainly young - so a place which gives great value. Good choice of menu and generous with the bread!


If you are ever in Le Mans check it out!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard P
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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

The desk clerk at Le Hotel Charleston recommended this restaurant. We had a bit of a hard time finding it, but very glad we persisted and located it. The staff did not speak English but was very friendly and we made an attempt in French, and everyone figured it all out. We had a great, reasonable bottle of wine and we both ordered off the Menu- my husband had salad and a beef kabob and I had fish. The presentation was adorable- lots of little pots, etc. I had chocolate mousse for dessert and my husband had a cheesecake- also wonderful. They gave us some 'orange rum' to drink after dessert, but I only took a small taste. There were a few couples and a large family sitting at tables and it seemed like most people ordered right off the menu as well ( price fixe, about $30 per person). They presented the bill in a little wooden treasure chest filled with brightly wrapped candies- so cute.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant for couples and by the way the family eating nearby was treated so well, I would also not hesitate to recommend it to families either.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AliFeld
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