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“Great little restaurant”
Review of L'Astrolabe

L'Astrolabe
Ranked #10 of 598 Restaurants in La Rochelle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $19
Description: Our restaurant, l'Astrolabe is located in the heart of the historical center of La Rochelle, between the old harbour and the central market. Our goal is to make your taste buds travel! We offer a travel kitchen made with locals products. Specialties of raw or cooked meats and fish, vegetarian dishes, gourmet desserts ... everything is possible so that everyone has a good time. You will also find in our restaurant an original selection of wines and beers from around the world
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Description: Our restaurant, l'Astrolabe is located in the heart of the historical center of La Rochelle, between the old harbour and the central market. Our goal is to make your taste buds travel! We offer a travel kitchen made with locals products. Specialties of raw or cooked meats and fish, vegetarian dishes, gourmet desserts ... everything is possible so that everyone has a good time. You will also find in our restaurant an original selection of wines and beers from around the world
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Great little restaurant for lunch. Found by chance. Innovative food way above French standards. Highly recommended

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Anne C
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Pioneer726731, Propriétaire at L'Astrolabe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Hello Anne,

Thank you very much for your great review and recommandation !

See you soon

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Reviewed September 4, 2018

What an amazing find in Rue des Dames right next to our rented apartment and as far away as possible from the quay and its rows and rows of generic tourist trap restaurants
Everything is so fresh and innovative - very much a result of chef's travels and ideas that he has incorporated into his dishes.We had the same dishes both evenings.A delicate white fish cerviche marinated in lemon and herbs onion with warm sweet potato and small salad - a take on peruvian.We then had slices of slightly seared tuna with sesame nuts and coriander on a bed of watermelon mango and tomato
He did his own take on New Zealand pavlova - it was just enough crusty on outside but melting in your nmouth on inside - perfect with a fresh fruit coulis
He had a limited international wine list - his Silverlake Marlborough sauvignon block was fresh and fruity and up with the best at €4.50 per glass
There are restaurants which are engraine don your memory - this is one
Thanks to Steven - a large than life energized waiter full of character and personality who made our evenings

Date of visit: September 2018
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1  Thank petesaund
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Pioneer726731, Propriétaire at L'Astrolabe, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2018

Hello,
Thank you very much for your very nice message. We are happy that you have enjoyed your visits to us from the starter to the dessert through the wines.
The whole team thanks you and Steven especially.

Thank you for this comment that we will not forget either

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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Full points for the effort to cater to vegetarians alone (hard, hard job to find a restaurant like this in France...). There was one vegan dish also plus one other that could be veganised. All dishes can be prepared starter or main course sized. Very fresh, summery food. Interesting touch is their policy of charging for wine - they bring a full bottle to the table and charge only for what is consumed -- test of the willpower if you plan to have less ; ) Although single glasses also available. The interior of the restaurant is tiny and in the basement, at the bottom of VERY steep stairs - something to bear in mind both if you have mobility issues and if you want to go to this restaurant in bad weather because then you should insist on a reservation for indoors. There's quite a lot of outdoor seating but it would not be great in anything other than warm weather and the location, while atmospheric, is not scenic. Nice service, with quite good English spoken.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank Virpi T
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Benoît L, Propriétaire at L'Astrolabe, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Hello,
We are happy that you have enjoyed our cooking and our desire to discover good vegetarian dishes. The technique of "la ficelle" is indeed a good test of control of our love of wine.

Thank you very much for your very pleasant review, our waiter thank you for having appreciated his english and service.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you again

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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at "L' Astrolabe" with very friendly waiters. Just go there and see yourself!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lavieestsibelle
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Benoît L, Propriétaire at L'Astrolabe, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Hello,

Thank you very much for your great review.

The whole team is happy that you enjoyed your dinner.

See you

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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Recommended to us by one of the locals and it didn't disappoint. A tailored menu with fresh ingredients, fantastic flavours and cooked in a variety of ways. Great location close to the market area in a quiet side street. Really worth booking to avoid disappointment.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 805MariaD805
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Benoît L, Propriétaire at L'Astrolabe, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2018

Hello Maria,

It was a pleasure to meet you and Jim. We are glad that you enjoyed your evening with us !

You're right it's better to book ... ;)

Thank you very much for your pleasant words.

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