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“One to avoid” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonton Louis

Tonton Louis
Ranked #28 of 498 Restaurants in La Rochelle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $81
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“One to avoid”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We arrived with high hopes, and looking forward to our meal. The first courses - moules and chevre - were reasonable. But the fish of the day was overcooked and dry, whilst the bavette was basically fat. A mark of a good restaurant is that the waiting staff take an interest in their customer's enjoyment. We left our food 90% uneaten, and received nothing but a cursory 'je suis desole' when the plates were cleared away. The same occurred when we asked for the bill.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Seafood Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

If you're the type of person that visits San Francisco and likes to dine at Fisherman's Wharf then skip this review and dine in the heart of La Rochelle.

We asked several La Rochelle 'foodie' types where locals go for the best seafood including the very helpful Laure at Hotel St. Nicolas (no English menu & no tourists SVP). Tonton Louie was recommended by most. We knew TTL was a hike but we walked the 6-7km (90 minutes) from Vieux Port through exclusive residential neighbourhoods, parks and finally ended up at our destination in an industrial park close to the sea at Port de Peche. If you decide to walk, be advised there are no signs, many dirt paths and can only be done during the day.

TTL's decor is simple and the view is of the port... quite dramatic at sunset. The menu includes almost all seafood found in the area and we started with a mixed plate including crab, crevettes gris and rose (miniature shrimp), bulots (sea snails), oysters, langoustines (see pic). We then had a couple orders of moules frites.... a mistake as one order will feed 3 people. Service was excellent and we were clearly the only tourists in a room full of locals with kids running around. Dinner for 2 inc. wine was 75 euros. TTL also has their Buffet de la Mer for 35 euros which was truly impressive but not our style.

Great adventure and great dinner - took a cab back to Vieux Port. Highly recommend!!

  • Visited August 2011
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“Great fresh fish! Miam!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2009

Great fresh fish! Miam!

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