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“Fantastic quality at reasonable price”
Review of L'ardoise

L'ardoise
Ranked #16 of 160 Restaurants in Calais
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We live in Gent, Belgium and had to take our son to catch a ferry in Calais. We decided to leave enough time for a meal beforehand. After looking at reviews on Tripadvisor we chose l'Ardoise. We couldn't have chosen better! The welcome was warm and inviting. The menu had enough choices and the price/quality ratio was superb. A tapenade de la maison with fresh French bread was brought to the table while we made our choices. Our starters at only €5 (fried Camembert and fish soup) were beautifully served and the taste was superb. For mains (all under €20) we had duck, lamb and fish brochette. Again, beautifully presented, very tasty and plenty of it. We couldn't resist desserts and their café gourmand at €5 gave us coffee and three different desserts. We left after paying less than €90 for three of us including drinks. We will definitely return and will plan ferries taking meal times into consideration in future. There is an added bonus of being able to park on the Place des Armes in front of the restaurant.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Very handy to the Calais Holiday Inn and close to several other restaurants, not all of which are open in November. We received a very friendly welcome and enjoyed a very fine whole Sea Bass each. Excellent value

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Thank plantsman_10
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Having wandered around looking for somewhere to eat one evening, we stumbled upon this place and were having a quick look on the outside menu when a lively friendly waiter came out and encouraged us in. His funny and friendly demeanour made us accept his invitation and we were so glad we did. We sat on high stools in a window seat which enabled us to watch people go by while also taking in the charming atmosphere of L'Ardoise. The waiter, Fabrice, truly is a star and makes you feel at ease almost immediately with his quirky outgoing personality. Nothing was too much trouble, and before we knew it we had complimentary bread and tapenade with our drinks and this was before he had even convinced us that we were definitely going to order properly. The food was excellent, my husband is not very adventurous and my limited French meant that we didn't understand alot of the menu but Fabrice assured us we would find something and helped us understand the whole menu and even suggested things not on the menu once he had ascertained what my husband likes food-wise. We had a wonderful evening and due to a mix up with the drinks where I got whisky instead of bacardi, he insisted on giving us an extra round free! Purely down to his charm, we decided that we wouldnt mess around the next evening and would return again. Once again the welcome was friendly and we had excellent food and service. This time Fabrice was working upstairs and offered to take us up on the first floor where he could attend to us, we preferred to watch the world go by in our "usual" spot so we were mostly attended to by his other colleagues who were equally helpful and friendly albeit not quite so loud and crazy. Our experience at L'Ardoise "made" our whistlestop visit to Calais and when we visit again, we will definitely be tracking down Fabrice and his colleagues again when dining out.

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Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

L'ardoise was recommended by the owner of the hotel we stopeed at and was even better than he said. The welcome was very good and the steaks are the best we have ever eaten. We will certainly go again next time we visit Calais and try some of the delicious sounding seafood on the menu.

2  Thank Mike52Lancashire
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Yesterday we went to L'Ardoise in Calais. Situated in a large square not far from the Ferry Port. The Rib steak was the best my wife has ever had & my Moules Mariniere were fantastic & there was almost too much! The real star though was our waiter, Fabrice who is a real character. He carried trays on his head, sung the orders & recorded the order on his iphone. Best of all, when his shift had finished, he waited until my daughter came back from the toilet to say goodbye to her & pose for a photo.

Great food & brilliant service - what more do you need?

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1  Thank Scroopster
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