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“You don't just happen upon this place”

LA CABANE DU CHAPUS
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $23
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: producteurs d huitres, nous vous faisons découvrir les produits de la mer et de notre terroir que nous préparons nous même. Du producteur au consommateur est le maître mot de cette cabane sur pilotis face au pont de l île d Oleron.
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Clearly this is a destination restaurant whose patrons are not only repeat customers but folks like me who have been referred to it either by reading or by friends. This is NOT a fancy restaurant. It's an smallish oyster shack directly overlooking where the oysters come from. One can eat either inside or out, but the weather was so good on the day I was there that everyone was outside enjoying the view from the covered dining area. And I imagine that "covered" is a good thing, given the unpredictability of weather. I went to La Cabane for oysters, but I started with a fish and crayfish soup which was really delicious and abundant. But I had room to follow it up with two oyster platters, one after the other, each with 12 oysters, 4 each of the three sizes on offer. They were really perfect and served simply on ice with lemon to squeeze on top. Delicious. I had to restrain myself from having a third dozen! Instead, I finished up with the dessert of the day, which was a fair poire belle hélène. Mussels, which I'm not crazy about, are another big thing here. Many guests were having them and obviously enjoying them. Also, they serve oysters baked with a variety of sauces, if you're into that. If you don't get there practically when this place opens, you won't get a table. They do take reservations as well. Service was very friendly if a bit harried. A great experience if you're into shellfish.

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

It could be that we visited on the wrong day (a busy Friday evening in high season) but the frites were rather disappointing - frozen scooper type chips that seem like a good idea for mopping up the sauce, but add nothing to the meal themselves. We didn't eat them but thankfully there was lots of nice crusty bread instead so we were happy.

And that sauce was well worth mopping up. My wife had the moules "La Cabane" with julienned vegetables and they were superb. I had the Mouclade, which was very attractively presented in the half-shell arranged around a large plate, so the sauce sat in the shell to make the moules all the more juicy. Of course we tried each others' dish and I would be hard pushed to say which was best, they were both excellent.

Other diners around us were eating from the daily menus and everything looked and smelled wonderful and worthy of a smart restaurant rather than a cabane. Lovely views, friendly efficient staff and wonderful food, I am being stingy for knocking off a point for the frites but that is easily fixed. We will be back and will try to order something more elaborate than the moules, but when they are so good it will be difficult to resist.

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Reviewed August 11, 2017

For the 6th time no change in the quality of this nice restaurant just at the entrance of ile d oleron.

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Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Spectacular views of the bay and viaduc to Ile d'Oleron from this wonderful restaurant located at the water's edge in the tiny working port of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus. Moules with every conceivable variety of sauce are a speciality - Pineau strongly recommended. Oysters from Oleron and seafood plus locally sourced wine are all delicious. Excellent friendly service adds to the enjoyment. It is very popular with les gens du coin which reflects quality. Reservation essential particularly at weekends - have fun finding it!

Thank Dubblue198
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sandra p, Gérant at LA CABANE DU CHAPUS, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2017

Thanks you

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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Good restaurant with all natural products.Price quality is top.
I went in september and they didnt have THE moclado because didnt have THE people to make THE famous moclado.No worries,we ate other fresh food.Service was also ok.

Thank bernardverheecke
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sandra p, Gérant at LA CABANE DU CHAPUS, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2016

Thank you for your comment. See you next Time
Bye bye

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