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“Thoroughly disappointing and over-priced”
Review of La Taverne du Port

La Taverne du Port
Ranked #38 of 146 Restaurants in Marseillan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $50
Cuisines: Tibetan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Restaurant vendu, changement de proprietaire
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This was our 4th meal at one of the great choice of port-side restaurants during our current stay (we have another week here still) and this is one place we won't be going back to. We had booked a table for Sat night (as it was Marseillan's Bastille Day fireworks we thought everywhere would be busier than usual) which as the little restaurant was full we thought was a good move. The menu was slightly odd - there were things listed on the boards outside which were not on the printed menu we received - and extra mini-blackboards of the fresh fish were presented but it was not clear which of these were included in the 29euro menu - the board implied they all were, but as we placed our order, we were told we were all eating a la carte. The owner's sole purpose seem to be to constantly replace our bread basket despite the fact it was still full, to get in the way (not hard- too many tables to move anywhere!) and sit with his friends at one of the outside tables. The food when it came did not live up to expectations - having seen so many positive reviews this was doubly disappointing. Melon mille feuille with parma ham and foie gras was made with distinctly under-ripe melon, too chunky and served bizarrely with half a plate of salad doused in oil which made the whole plate greasy. My son, who loves snails,opted for sea snails - only to find they were cold which made them bland and chewy and even the aioli could not make them palatable. Daughter's goats cheese bruschetta were the best choice. Mains - bizarrely every plate came with a huge dollop of aioli - which is lovely in the right place but did not belong on any of ours. By now the entire bistro smelled strongly of garlic - you can have too much of a good thing! My grilled sole was quite small, served skin side up and very crisp with an odd rice portion and ratatouille - not the most apt accompaniments for a delicate fish. Daughter had calamari - again OK but much too big a portion and quite oily. Husband enjoyed the swordfish but again there was alot of oil around. My poor son who felt that a Margret de Canard, medium, with potatoes, would be a safe bet, was presented with what could be best be described as a cremated plate of duck which certainly exercised his jaw, and a jacket potato still wrapped in foil and filled with - yes, you've guessed it - garlic butter!
The puddings were the best part of the meal - prunes in armagnac were delicious (good thing I like rum and raisin ice cream which wasn't mentioned!), cherry & kirsch sorbet saved my son's palate, the creme brulee was crisp and it is hard to ruin an ile flottant! However at over 170euros for 4 this was way over priced and we will certainly give this one a wide berth for the rest of the holiday.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Great to find a restaurant in this prime position on the water in Marseillan that manages to retain its own character.

The owner and his family have had the restaurant for several generations (he said 7 to me, but one of us may have been confused!) and in that time have gathered an amazing collection of bottles (all full and I believe for sale) which decorate the shelves, including various whiskies and Armagnacs. There is also a cave de vin attached and the wine list is very extensive.

The restaurant has a blackboard menu in addition to its standard menu, this is genuinely changed everyday depending on what's been caught and often includes some unusual possibilities.

For those that prefer meat options the beef was good and the charcuterie outstanding.

Really enjoyed it and ate there 3 times during a weeks stay!

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Thank Sarahdon14
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This restaurant is situated by the attractive port in this town. It is one of several restaurants along the port. Having eaten at several, this is our favourite. There are menus to suit all tastes but fish and shell fish predominate. There is a friendly atmosphere and the family has been running the place for many years. The food is good and the service excellent.

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Thank Hampshirevoyager
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Visited this restaurant in april and we were very impressed with the friendly way we were looked after. I have seen several reviews criticising the service, but we had no problems at all. The food was good and fresh , but basic, the menu was not very extensive, but we had fish of the day and it was good. The postion of the restaurant on the port is super and the wine list was very good indeed.
I would recommend this place so long as you don't want a gourmet evening.

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Thank tomsleight
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I have eaten here before and it wasn’t great but went again on Saturday night, the service was terrible, we were there over an hour before we got our starter which was only ok nothing special - the oysters were good by all accounts! My Fish wasn't cleaned out properly and left a lot to be desired. Most of the deserts were gone off the menu as they were expecting to be busy the next day (is it not better to sell something when you can?) The chocolate mousse was poor and came served in stainless steel bowls that went out in the 70’s. Ordered bottle of wine and when we went to order another they didn’t have any more - Crystal the waitress was the only pleasant member of staff!!….. won’t be going back next time I’m in Marseillan. Expensive for the quality of the food and the service!!

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Thank Audi-Cork-Ireland
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