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“Too French for our taste”

Ivan Vautier Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 504 Restaurants in Caen
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 September 2017

They tried. They really, really tried. But our dinner was just eh here. The service was impeccable and our waiter did everything he could to make our evening enjoyable but the food was just eh.

To start with, my mother is gluten intolerant and my wife allergic to fish. On the good side, everything they brought out, they had an alternative for my mother if there was gluten in it. The bread they brought out for her was the tastiest bread she has ever had. The apricot taster normally has cookie crumbles, on hers they were left off. That was the good.

On the bad, my wife's steak came with tuna on it. So we had to send it back.

My Father and I each had the lobster tasting menu. Four dishes with lobster of some sort. He liked it. To me, they tried too hard on the sauces and it wasn't necessary. Neither my wife nor my mother really liked their meals although dessert was quite tasty.

Overall, the chef does a great job with making fancy dishes. Just be prepared for a limited menu and a hefty dose of sauces and fancy food.

Thank legaljacket
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

I have been trying the 4 Michelin Star restaurants of Caen, in Normandy. I was going to write a review at the end commenting on each restaurant. However, after last night's disaster dinner, I decided to write a review for Ivan Vaultier immediately.

I sent an email last week to book a table. I explained on the booking confirmation one partie was allergic to alcohol and didn't like onions. Michelin Star restaurant will generally accommodate and make changes to menus without problems.

When we arrived at the restaurant it didn't seem they had received the email and immediately serviced us small appetisers, one containing alcohol. Aa they served us the tasting menu, I couldn't help wonder why some ingredients were removed from my dish but not replaced with another one bearing in mind they had been given a week to think of what could be used instead of the ingredients containing alcohol.

I had to pour the sparkling water in our glasses as the waters rarely where on the floor checking the tables, food was served to our table whilst I had gone to the toilet and no one came back to give me the name of the dish and/or describe it the dish. The only dish that was interesting was the pudding, but even tho was way too sugary and too much of it aa it was served after some small selection of other type of sweets. None of which work very well together.

Overall, this is my definition of a car crash in a restaurant. It was very poor quality, nothing a would qualify as a Michelin Star restaurant.

Finally, the light bulbs and frames were very dusty and full of spider Webb. As we left and paid the bill, no one asked us how was our dinner!

To be perfectly honest, this restaurant is not worthy of a Michelin Star and was too expensive for the quality. I was at Contre Sense (one of the 4 Michelin star restaurants in Caen) last week and there cannot be compared. Contre Sense truly deserve a star for the food quality, ambiance and excellent service.

Avoid this restaurant as it stands, it is very poor.

Thank Billy R
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Since my last visit I tried the other Michelin's star in town. We keep coming back to Ivan Vautier. Easy parking, nice decor, space between the tables, very peaceful. The food us delicate and inventive, full of savors. Great bread. Friendly service. For the Saint Jacques (scallops) menu from local catch, water and a great bottle of cider: 180 euros for two. The degustation menu being at 105€. During the week they have very reasonable menus.

Thank Lorenzo-Laurent
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant really stands out from the crowd. Very professional and friendly service, top Chef & crew, amazing surprising dishes with surprising tastes and presentations. One of our absolute favourites in Normandy, absolutely worth the trip!
Ranks, as far as we are concerned, in the top 5 of Normandy.

Thank Rudolf H
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We ate at each of the Michelin 1* Restaurants in Caen on consecutive nights in September. Ivan Vautier was the most expensive, but also the most polished, with classical service you expect at this level. The all lobster menu we had was bordering on 2* for quality and presentation, with unusual combinations including generous amounts of white and black truffle with the 2nd half of the lobster tail in the third course. Overall an outstanding dining experience and highly recommended.

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ivanvautier, Gérant at Ivan Vautier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2016
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Merci pour votre commentaire, et cela nous fait très plaisir que vous avez passé un bon moment au sein de notre maison.

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