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L'Houstalet Restaurant

Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“escargot” (25 reviews)
“lobster” (58 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
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Reviewed 4 days ago

With fingers crossed we decided to have a meal here on our last night in Port Vila. We walked in to find the bar (complete with pool table) completely deserted, ( oh dear!! Was this it??)... but once through the oval shaped grubby white? door...More

Thank Baby-Babble
Reviewed 1 week ago

an institution in town, been here forever, the food was enjoyable but probably needs to update a little, the weird smell is a little off putting

Thank Detroitishome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Authentic French restaurant. This restaurant has a French name with real French style food, unlike some other restaurants at Port Vila which have a French name but are known for pizza.

Thank GoldCoastee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to try the coconut crab, crab itself was alright however the the supposedly garlic sauce and rice was more like a broth rather than a creamy garlic sauce big disappointment lucky for us we only shared the one dish between the two of us!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been run by the same man, Clement in Port Villa for the past 40 years. We have been dining here on our visits for the past 9 years and nothing has changed, not the restaurant or the menu and still it is...More

Thank Grampam2013
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has an old-world French feel about it, but there is nothing old-world about the food - good service and great food make this well worth a visit. The menu has a good mix of dishes. Having heard about the quality of the beef...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This quirky restaurant is a surprise to the tastebuds. The backroom is decorated with modern artwork of people and animals in bold colours with some history of the Eiffel Tower mixed in as well. You have a choice of cuisine, with Italian or French. I...More

Thank JulesRT
Reviewed 16 October 2017

The food is really fantastic. The owner even got a price for making a superb dish out of a local delicacy. It is a stew of 'Russet'. Russet is a kind of bat that people in Vanuatu like to eat. The pasta and pizza of...More

Thank urmeelab
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This restaurant is advertised as an award winner and pretty special in all the literature but was a major disappointment. The Bolagnaise I ordered so lacked flavour that I wondered if they didn't have enough ingredients.

Thank roy_titheridge
Reviewed 12 September 2017

I looked on Tripadvisor before booking this place & it does have some very mixed reviews but we gave it a shot & for an old building, it is quite warm, arty & local all at the same time. Foods was 100% no complaints from...More

Thank GreatwhiteNC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Efate  >  Port Vila
  • Phone Number: +678 22303
  • E-mail
The typical French Restaurant in Vila since 1973Well known for it's tender grilled steaks,it's delicacies such as fresh-water prawns flambe,coconut crab, lobsters, wild pigeon and it's famous marinated flying fox in red wine.
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