We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

L'Houstalet Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Route Du Lagon | Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate 0000, Vanuatu
+678 22303
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

451 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 390: English reviews
New Zealand
Level Contributor
71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We chose here for dinner on the night of our wedding anniversary as a special treat, we were not disappointed. I had escargot as an entree, delicious, reminded me of when we lived in France. My husband had a crab soup and said it was really nice. For a main I had a prawn cheesy pasta dish, which was unusual... More 

Helpful?
Thank DannetteKiwi
Auckland
Level Contributor
21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We sat in the air conditioned smoke free restaurant at the back. The front has the bar type pool table, and indoor and out door smoking available restaurant. My father is a vegan, so the chefs were able to provide the restaurant specialist French onion soup without the parmasen cheese. My veal escallop with mushroom sauce and fresh steamed verges... More 

Helpful?
Thank Patria H
Suva, Fiji
Level Contributor
72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ordered for the house special coconut crab. it came in a generous serving and it tastes great. If you are in Port Vila, make it a point to come and try this. They also have lobster, wild pigeon in the menu, and they are good too.

Helpful?
Thank Rofiqul_Rana
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

L'Houstalet lived up to expectations in terms of the food but don't be too surprised when you find yourself in a very dreary room on plastic chairs and a table that looks like it's come out of the 70's. Whatever you do don't expect the French influence to extend beyond the food.

Helpful?
Thank surfsoz
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Level Contributor
254 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Port Vila through restaurants such as L'Houstalet lives upto its French colonial past and this place has been operating for 40 years now. Good gourmet food, excellent service, some great wine on offer all add up to the unforgettable experience.

Helpful?
Thank Krishnan N
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice dinner. Complimentary bread before dinner. Tomato salad very good. Lobster was good, three tails! Fillet..... was excellent. Staff friendly. Atmosphere brought me back to a back street in Paris. Worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank Ree R
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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!

Helpful?
Thank DOM823
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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 

Helpful?
Thank Frog-Aus
currumbin
Level Contributor
97 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 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 

Helpful?
Thank pixi46
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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 

Helpful?
Thank Hayking

Travellers who viewed L'Houstalet Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to L'Houstalet Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 35
Cuisine
French, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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
Description
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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from L'Houstalet Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?