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“Challenges and confusion for debutants”

Toinou Les Fruits de Mer
Ranked #82 of 2,211 Restaurants in Marseille
Price range: $12 - $36
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Seafood market and eating
Reviewed March 15, 2013

No restaurant information on the web site, toll number to call, no replies to email or phone message....fortunately, I heard the regular number, scribbled it down to call...restaurant does not take reservations, so arrive early for Saturday lunch. Fine, we got that sorted out and assumed it was worth all the preliminary efforts. Toinou is conveniently located south of Aix, impressive seafood stand out front, slick, tasteful and bright interior. We ordered entrees, 2 Baby platters and 2 sets of 6 oysters. What we didn't know was that the oysters were on the platters, so the 2 people who ordered them sat and waited after finishing their entrees, summoned the waitress twice before learning that the platter people had been leisurely eating their oysters --- nobody counting or realizing what the rules were. Everything was delicious, and the remaining platter items were quickly donated to the deprived duo, who took it all in stride. Time for the bill, split for two credit cards. Waitress announced 70 euros per couple, entered 60, so we had to supplement the missing 20. By this time we were asking if perhaps it was full moon season. So, don't waste time and money trying to reserve, check what food is being put in front of you, and don't steal from your table friends. (We did see them buying oysters at the outdoor stand for their own private lunch the next day.) You will have a feast and want to return.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Fabulous seafood - the freshest you will ever taste. We bought some oysters from the stall outside the restaurant which they were happy to keep in the fridge whilst we ate our moules frites. Lovely decor, excellent service and wonderful food - will be come our Saturday lunchtime treat from now on.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This restaurant is very close to our hotel (Saint Louis), so we went there when arrived. They sell seafood outside of the restaurant and cook them for visitors, so you could see all the process and make sure that you will have freshest food. We took scallop tartar and boiled mussels with white wine and of course Rose! Everything was fantastic! They have a new menu and haven't translate it to English, but waiters are very friendly and could describe all the dishes and advise anything for your taste.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We ate here several years ago on our last trip to Marseille and loved it so when we learned we would be in Marseille again, we vowed to repeat our experience. If you love shellfish, this is the place to be. Everything is extremely fresh. You can pick and choose your own trayful of your favorites. The oysters this year were the best we had ever had! But it was all wonderful - shrimp, snails, sea urchin, mussels, clams, oysters... Hope we had an opportunity to return! If not, we have wonderful memories.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

If you want to eat fresh oysters, mussels.... just go inside and select as much as you want. Reasonable prices, friendly atmosphere, professional staff, downtown Marseille. Of course you have to love this type of food.

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