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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” (24 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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1 - 10 of 405 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

I won't let you salivate longer: the food is good, particularly the Flying Fox Civet (giant fruit bat marinated in red wine sauce) but the menu is 40-years old. It seems that the dining rooms has not been cleaned in that many years, the tablecloth...More

Thank E1247IKmaried
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting this restaurant & trying the flying fox was a must do for our holiday in Vila, so we left it for the last night. What a mistake as it was the least enjoyable dining experience we had in 2 weeks. My impression is that...More

Thank unclewally2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ambiance left a lot to be desired - large rooms and cooking aromas. The flying fox was enjoyed - it is gamy and full of bones but my husband really did it justice and said it was really good. My prawns and steak were...More

Thank Roz57_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am surprised to see the other less than good reviews as our meals were excellent. Yes its not a stunningly modern environment but who cares when the food and service are so very good. We chose Lobster and Cray as our main courses and...More

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bill came to nearly USD80 and I wouldn't have spent 10 on it. Tasted like it was cooked a month ago and reheated far too long in the microwave. Crab was extremely dry and flavorless. Flying fox has a nasty thick brown sauce that covers...More

Thank GQT00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is famous because they have very good food, and it is completely true. The French owner knows how to prepare a good dinner in Vanuatu and his seafood is really well prepared, as well as the famous Vanuatu meat. He also prepares the...More

Thank corrado l
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has a designated non-smoking room. It is a large but charming room with red lamps, white washed walls, dark beams and lattice work on the walls along with photo collages and an array of brightly coloured paintings by Aloi Pilikolo. The menu is...More

1  Thank Alistair450
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

L;Houstalet was recommended as the best place to try Flying Fox and it did not disappoint. It was perfectly prepared, meat falling off the bone in a delicious sauce and tastes sort of like brisket. A delicious exotic treat - because how often do you...More

1  Thank 578cynthiav
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This restaurant was on our holiday 'must do' list due to what we had read about it in various tourist literature, however we were disappointed in our experience. The setting was average with plastic chairs and our table set on a slope. Our entrees of...More

Thank TheFlyingFox16
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Great food, great service, generous portions of lobster and coconut crab. Do this! We enjoyed the escargot as well as the onion soup for entrees. Then had coconut crab and lobster for main. Best meal of the trip easily!

Thank Adcairns
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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