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L'Houstalet Restaurant

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Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly recommend this restaurant. The soups were superb especially the crab one. The mains were so rich, be careful ordering. We had to try the wild pigeon and flying fox. We had so much to eat we had to walk back to the resort!

Thank DOM823
Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had heard a lot about l'Houstalet and its flying fox so as someone interested in different foods I was keen to go and I was not disappointed. The "civet de roussette"was very tasty and meatier than expected and the wild pigeon my husband had, less "gamey" but also excellent. The desserts were delicious and refreshing after these substantial main... More 

Thank Frog-Aus
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97 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This may be an institution in Vila but it's just seedy. My husbands soup was good but my prawn cocktail that promised to be beautifully presented with a touch of spice in the sauce was in reality 6 rubbery tired prawns arranged around the dish with a standard seafood sauce, straight out of 1950. The blue cheese steak was to... More 

Thank pixi46
Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We revisited L'Houstalet after 6 years with memories of incredible prawn bisque (her) and the tenderest steak (him) We were not dissapointed and both of these dishes were 5 star, and the blue cheese sauce with the steak was divine. The staff are friendly and it is easy to see why this restaurant has been open for 40 years. The... More 

Thank Hayking
Dunedin, New Zealand
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy traditional french food then this is for you. The staff are good and very helpful. The food is very rich

Thank kerryhoarekiwi
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Food was awesome, great artwork and friendly staff. Would highly recommend. My husband had the flying fox and said it was delicious, I was not as adventurous!

Thank Helene K
Port Vila, Vanuatu
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

No matter how many times i have eaten here, i cannot fault the simple but tried and tested dishes at this restaurant. From the French onion soup to the crab farcis, flying fox in red wine sauce, or tarte aux pommes just remind me of hearty homestyle french food. Choice of sitting in air-con room, or outside on patio for... More 

Thank Sunita B
Shanghai, China
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Fun atmosphere and delicious food. Worth a trip out with friends or romantic dinner for two. We went back three times while we were in the city for a month. Always good service and a great meal.

Thank char81b
Queanbeyan, Australia
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a quirky Port Vila institution - a Spanish style building serving pizzas and French cuisine in the South Pacific. We tried the fruit punch and salami pizza, and both were very nice. The only criticism we have is that the owner (who is French) was a bit snappy with his staff (who are locals).

Thank Nicole R
Thirlmere, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Complimentary bread was delicious and still warm when it came to the table. Didn't try the french food, but had a really great chicken pizza. Profiteroles for desert were delicious!

Thank Sonya1966

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 35
French, Seafood, European
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?