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L'Ecume des Mers

Lille Centre 12
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10 rue de Pas, 59000, Lille, France
+33 3 20 54 95 40
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
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Sun 19:00 - 22:00
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 19:00 - 23:00
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London, Canada
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599 reviews
442 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When you enter this place, the first word that comes to mind is "classic." The white table cloths, the glowing ambiance, the professional staff all assure you immediately that you will be well cared for here. The menu is full of a wide selection of local seafood delights, including a nice selection of oysters and an excellent wine selection, mostly... More 

Thank morl8tr
Suffolk UK
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110 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fish restaurant is of the highest quality. Wonderful service and to watch the lobsters, oysters and the like being paraded out of the kitchen was quite uplifting. It certainly isn't a cheap place to eat, but I was so impressed with my sole, that I ate there twice during my visit to Lille

Thank nagsSuffolkUK
Olivier V, Responsable relations publiques at L'Ecume des Mers, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review, we are glad you had a good time (two good times :-)) with us. Hope to see you again soon. L'écume des mers More 

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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

After the closure of l’Huitrière, the star rated restaurant behind an exclusive fish shop, it was a bit difficult to find a restaurant of the same quality. It was really a coincidence that as I went with a friend to visit Lille, we made a little stroll in the rue des Chats Bossus, where l’Huitrière was. The fish shop also... More 

Thank Brussels-Chris
Olivier V, Responsable relations publiques at L'Ecume des Mers, responded to this review

Dear Brussels-Chris, thank you very much for your review. Indeed we have l'Ecume des Mers serving the same quality products as l'Huitrière, and we are glad you enjoyed it ! Thank you for your recommendation, and hope to see you again soon. L'écume des mers More 

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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I know we went on a Saturday but this is a big restaurant & it was full. Their speciality is fish. The dish to have, judging from the locals was the fruit de mer platter. Their menu was good but it did rely on simplicity & good ingredients. Very good fish, well cooked & presented. They know their fan base... More 

Thank caleyboy
Davis, California
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My wife and I ate dinner at the Écume des Mers on a busy Monday night. It appeared that there were not enough servers to keep up with all the people dining but, to our pleasant surprise, the servers handled all the diners with great efficiency. The food itself was very good. My appetizer of warm oysters in Champaign sauce... More 

Thank Rhetor
Olivier V, Responsable relations publiques at L'Ecume des Mers, responded to this review

Dear Rhetor, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your opinion and to grant us these 5 stars. Your recommendation is a very nice reward for the team who strives every day to offer you the best cuisine and a quality service. We are glad that you and your wife enjoyed your time with us, and we... More 

London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing shellfish and ambiance. Had lunch with my boyfriend and we went for the seafood platter. It was just amazing and tasty. Will be back for sure.

Thank Caty430
Olivier V, Responsable relations publiques at L'Ecume des Mers, responded to this review

Dear Caty430, Thank you so much for these warm and encouraging words ! Looking forward to your next visit to Lille. L'écume des mers More 

Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Not sure if this was the first shift of our waitress, but the service tonight was non-existent. Wine was poured for us once, never topped up. I ordered the filet de boef with pepper sauce, which was amazing once it arrived, an hour after it was supposed to. The rest of the table had the fruits de la mer platter,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

L'Ecume des Mers is one of a few restaurants that are open on a Sunday. [See my review of Clarance Hotel]. The restaurant specialises in sea food. We had the bouillabaise which was magnificent. Huge platters of shell fish were disappearing on many tables around us. L'Ecume has a great ambiance and the staff are first class. A wonderful experience.... More 

Thank Samleigh1936
Olivier V, Responsable relations publiques at L'Ecume des Mers, responded to this review

Dear Samleigh1936, thank you for taking the time to write your opinion and to grant us these 5 stars. Your recommendation is a very nice reward for the chef and his team who strives every day to offer the best cuisine and a quality service. Looking forward to seeing you soon. L'Ecume des Mers More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Had a very pleasant lunch here. Looked after well by the staff despite being an older foreign woman dining on her own, which is not always the case.

Thank jennykenny
Grenoble, France
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Very nice menu but prices way too high for the food. "Croquettes de crevettes" were average at most, fish OK, wine average too. Waiters professional, but general setup is confortable. Quick serving.

Thank Wizou

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$65
French, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 rue de Pas, 59000, Lille, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Hauts-de-France  >  Nord  >  Lille>  > Lille Centre 12
  • Neighbourhood: Lille Centre 12
  • Phone Number: +33 3 20 54 95 40
L’Ecume des Mers in Lille lies near the Grand’ Place, just ten minutes’ walk from both train stations – and it’s open every single day of the year, even in August, so you are always assured of a warm welcome and fantastic seafood. L’Ecume des Mers (it means ‘sea foam’) is the younger sister of longtime favourite l’Huitriere. The smart marine bleu and white front leads into an elegant mezzanined dining space in cool shades of blues, greys and creams with soaring ceiling and tables arranged around a central bar. The menu, under the care of chef Christian Leroy, depends on the catch of the day, but usually includes oysters, fruits de mers and all manner of wild fish (only salmon is farmed) in dishes like skate in black butter. There are land-based dishes, too, and ten menus available for larger parties. Groups have the benefit of the upstairs Petit Salon seating up to 12, the Library seating up to 60, or the main dining room seating up to 100. A covered terrace comes into its own in the warm months. The intelligent wine list features a wine of the month available by the glass, pichet or bottle.

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