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“Spectacular Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Belvedere - CLOSED

Le Belvedere
Cuisines: French, Barbecue, European
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Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating
San Francisco, California
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145 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Spectacular Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

We heard rave reviews about Le Belvedere and this was the last meal we experienced in French Polynesia. The restaurant provides free pick-up (and return) and takes you up a harrowing narrow road to their moutain top restaurant. The entrance (actually the back of the establishment) does not look promising, and the interior is a bit shop-worn. But once you are seated at an outside table, you see the most magnificent view of the island that (really) lies below you, the Pacific Ocean beyond, and the island of Moorea in the distance. Breath-taking and impossible to duplicate elsewhere. A la carte options are available, but a prix fixe slection offers a diverse choice. We selected a fish (good) and beef skewers (excellent) which were accompanied by vegetables and good french fries. In addition to a jug of decent red wine and baskets of bread, a mini-salad bar was brought out and offered to our own two-person table and another two-person party next to us. A simple dessert of ice cream and a cookie topped of the meal. While the overall food experience was a B+, the setting and view were simply incredible. If you visit the Society Islands and MUST visit this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank 1SFOSO
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Los Gatos
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Free ride to the airport”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2010

We spotted an ad encouraging us to spend our last night in Tahiti at le Belvedere. The ad offered free shuttle from hotel to restaurant then a free drop off at the airport. We read the less than favorable reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to take our chances and check the place out despite the reviews. Be prepared for a dizzy drive to the restaurant. The road up to the restaurant is very narrow and winy road and feels like your car might tip off the edge since you are so high up. It takes about 30 minutes from downtown Papeete. So, if you’re at the Intercontinental or le Meridian plan for a 45-60 minute ride. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was not what I expected - it looked like someone's private home with the roof setup for an impromptu dinner party complete with folding tables and plastic lawn chairs. There menu selection is small and prices are a bit high. We were encouraged to order the prefix dinner which included: a salad bar with greens, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette dressing; meat with hot-oil fondue; ice cream dessert (one scoop of vanilla and one scoop of strawberry) and California wine which turned out to be Carlo Rossi (Chablis or Vin Rose) note: this is really cheap wine which is sold in a box! – the price for this menu in Oct 2010 was 5,800 xpf per person. The sunset view was beautiful – we overlooked the harbor and could see Moorea on the horizon.

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4 Thank 2Bosse
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worst restaurant experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2010

We arrived at La Belvedere with the (very long) free transport. When we reached the restaurant, we found out that with the transport, you must order their set menu. My husband and I usually have no problem with a fixed menu, but this menu was a ripoff. We convinced the owner to let us order from the regular menu so we thought we were going to be happy.
The food arrived (Meat Fondue) and it was horrible. The chunks of meat were to be put in the fondue pot which consisted of mainly just hot oil. This unfortunately splattered everywhere and was pretty bland and tastless.
All this for the expensive price of
There was another couple on the transport with us who had gotten the set menu and they as well were quite upset. Since we were riding together we had to wait for them and them for us. Luckily, both couples were felt the same and were very quick to eat (or not eat) and leave.

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2 Thank daner1231
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Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

The restaurant is on top of a 600 meter mountain and the journey up is part of the deal getting there.

The restaurant is not cheap, but nothing is in Tahiti, but the food was good.

The restaurant will pick you up at the hotel and deliver you back to the hotel. The old lorries as someone described them is the sort of bus that the normall locals use daily, so you get a glimps into what it is like for many Tahitians going from A to B. i thought it was a nice experience.

I think you are not really allowed to drive yourself or to take ordenary taxis up. The restaurant provides these busses because it's a single lane road basically all the way and the two busses communicate via radio as to not " bump " into eachother on their way up and down.

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Thank Nor1978
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Chicago, IL
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great way to spend layover in Papeete”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

My husband and I flew from Bora Bora to Papeete and then had a 4 hour layover (I'm pretty sure that's how long it was, it was a year and a half ago) before our flight from Papeete to LA. What to do? We got a free ride to/from La Belvedere and we are so glad we did it. We told the van driver that our flight to LA was at 10pm and off we went. The van ride up the mountain was something to experience as the road is fairly narrow. We just kept going up, up, up. The view was gorgeous. Absolutely amazing. We had a fondue dinner as the sun went down. We had also told our waitress when our flight was and they basically told us when to head out and made sure the van was there to take us back to the airport. The food was not anything to write home about, but we had to eat somewhere and the view was fantastic and we were happy we spent our layover at Le Belvedere.

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Thank SarahChicago_IL
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