Our favorites

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Favorite restaurants

Please note we cannot make your reservations in advance you must phone the restaurants directly and the best time to phone is on Thursdays or Fridays. We are happy to assist you with reservations and/or reconfirm your tables upon your arrival.

     
  RESTAURANT SA QUA NA (Open for lunch & dinner Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sunday)
22 Place Hamelin - Tel.: +33(0)2.31.89.40.80
Quite simply the best in town! Excellent food, wonderful and ever-changing Menus with a good wine list and even better service. 
A must for foodies always a real treat, pass an excellent moment with two-star Michelin Chef Alexandre Bourdas and their outstanding staff. Just steps from La Petite Folie and not to be missed. Very hard to reserve ; I suggest you contact them atleast three weeks in advance. Reservations taken Thursday through Sunday only and uniquely by telephone.Please do not ask us to reserve for you in advance; however we are happy to assist with reservations and/or reconfirm upon your arrival. Two Menus daily 68 € and 108 € 
http://www.alexandre-bourdas.com/saquana/index.htm
     
  LA FLEUR DE SEL (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
17 rue Haute - Tel: 02 31 89 01 92
Excellent local cuisine and fine dining prepared by Vincent Guyon and just 50 meters from La Petite Folie. 
Recommended by Bottin Gourmand, Gault & Millau, Champérard, and Pudlo. Vincent, (chef extraordinaire and a good friend of ours) prepares in my opinion the best foie gras in Normandy and their seasonal, carefully chosen menus are a great value and way for you to sample and enjoy extraordinary, local cuisine. Advance reservations highly recommended. 
3 menus daily, : 29€, 39, 79€
http://lafleurdesel-honfleur.com
     
  L'ENDROIT (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
3, rue Bréard - Tel: 02 31 88 08 43
This newly reopened restaurant offers a changing menu daily @ 27€ and a la carte. Open kitchen, interesting, young architectual setting, great food and wine. Just steps from the tourist office.
     
  LE BRÉARD (Closed all day Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday for lunch (open for dinner Wednesday))
7 rue du Puits - Tel. : 02 31 89 53 40
Native of Honfleur Fabrice Sébire studied under a series of well-known international chefs before working at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Paris including la Tour D'Argent, and Le Grand Véfour. He returned with his wife Karin iand opened Le Bréard. Located in the heart of Saint Catherine, this restaurant provides menus (only) at reasonable rates using local ingredients.The deserts are to die for, especially their Passion Fruit Souffle or the ever popular Decadence autour du Chocolate. A lovely, protected terrace just perfect for leisurely lunches and very nice for summer evenings as well. Careful, on weekends they offer only their menus @ 45 and 55€ per person.  Highly recommend to reserve in advance
http://www.restaurant-lebreard.com/
     
  LA LIEUTENANCE (Closed Tuesday)
12 Place St Catherine - Tel. : 02 31 89 07 52 
Situated on the place St Catherine, just minutes by foot from us., a fine restaurant with  fresh fish, meats and local choices with that special ‘french touch’.  Always a lovely table setting with excellent service from Pascale,  if you are looking for something special this is a good option. Lilly and Bertrand the owners are simply delightful.   Menus and a la carte.
     
  JEAN-LUC TARTARIN (Closed Sunday and Monday)
73, avenue Foch LE HAVRE (30 minutes from Honfleur by car) - Tel. : 02 35 45 46 20
The best restaurant we have been to since the Sa Qua Na and now with a recent writup in the New York times and their second Michelin star received in 2012. If you are ok for a gorgeous ride across the stunning Normandy Bridge and into the not-so-stunning ville of Le Havre, this is THE address. Jean-Luc Tartarin, a well known chef opened this contemporary designed restaurant in the heart of Le Havre. I felt like I was at a fancy chic restaurant in Manhattan the service was excellent and the food and presentation are unbelievable. Lots of flavor, imagination along with menus and a la carte choices that change with the season. Please reserve in advance. Finally if (like us) you love to partake in wine and/or other spirits, please allow us to assist you with a taxi! 
Budget : 50 à 100 € (a la carte et menus)  Online reservations possible via their website.
http://www.jeanluc-tartarin.com
     
  COTE RESTO (Closed all day Monday & for lunch on Tuesday)
8 place St. Catherine - Tel. : 02 31 89 31 33 
Chef Gilbert Petit , his lovely wife Martine and staff offer a good selection of fresh choices and sumptuous seafood platters, fish, meats and a terrific dessert menu. For those of you looking for Fruit de Mer this is the place for you! Fresh and changing with the season, lots of choices from Oysters only to full ‘degustation menus’ with or without Normandy's famous 'Homard Bleue' (Bleue Lobster).  Just minutes from the house, they have a lovely terrace overlooking the St Catherine church. Nice service, reasonably priced wine and spirits!  
Budget : 25 à 50 € lots of choice between different seafood platters, menus and a la carte.
http://www.cote-resto-honfleur.com


...and for more casual dining...

  BISTROT DES ARTISTES (Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays)
30, Place Berthelot - Tel. : 02 31 89 95 90
Anne Marie prepares and serves the best salads, plats du jour, fresh oysters and of course her wonderful fresh bread which she makes herself and serves with each meal along with a good helping of local salted Normandy butter !  Just wonderful and five minutes from the house, no fancy schmancy, just a good salad or meal and a glass of wine!  Be forwared everything is prepared (with love) by hand so if you are in a rush, this is perhaps not the best choice for you.  Non-stop service throughout the day starting from lunchtime.  
     
  LA GAMBETTA (Closed Thursdays)
50 meters from us @ 58 rue haute - Tel. : 02 31 87 05 01
Sister to Restaurant L'Homme du Bois ,cosy warm deco with a fireplace.  Not an extensive choice but good and ever changing daily menu (on zee blackboard) everything fresh, grilled and tasty. Always fish and a hearty portion of meat among their daily selections.  Gwen (one of my favourite people ever) will serve you with a smile and a warm welcome. Already a favourite of our clients. Open for lunch and dinner. Menu and a la carte selections.
     
  L'HOMME DE BOIS (open daily for lunch and dinner)
30 rue de L'Homme du Bois - Tel. : 02 31 89 75 27
A cosy neighborhood restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike. Lovely timbered setting and a large roaring fire when its right to have one! Specialist in seafood platters as well as a terrific option for a Cote de boeuf!  Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It’s not a Michelin but is warm, typical and a wonderful option for those of you wishing a reasonable priced meal  If you are a rugby fan, dont forget to have a chat with owner and cool guy Cyril J  A great option for Tuesdays when many of the local restaurants are closed.
Budget : 20 à 45 €
http://www.comhonfleur.com/lhommedebois
     
  Restaurant Boucherie Honfleuraise (Closed Sunday & Monday)
14 place de la Porte de Rouen (just next door to the Tourist office) - Tel. : 02 31 81 58 70 
Just good ol home cookin’ 
Here we are in Normandy and finally within walking distance we have a terrific new restaurant (Penny approved, good prices nothing fancy) but what it does has is excellent cuts of beef, service with a heart and lots of homemade goodiesincluding fries, desserts and all those french dishes you hear about like Tripes, ris de veau etc. Jonathan (just 22 years old) will take good care of you with his folks helping him (Dad is an ex champion de France Tripes) mom in the kitchen  A great, local feel restaurant that my husband and I both love. English limited.  . I dare you to try finishing the cote de bœuf (if you do let us know) ! A good option for Tuesdays when many of the restaurants in town are closed.
Menus from 13€ and a la carte selectiongood selection.
     

...late night fare...

Two options both just up the street… Il Parosole for good italian food served till midnight on weekends during high season (very good and we love Nicolas the server) Closed tuesdays.  Le Vintage jazz club serves tapas just till 22H30 and live music on the weekends.

...for the best, local seafood catch...

…Head to Trouville (a lovely 20 minute ride on the coast road) and try either theLe Vapeur or Le Central located side by side and directly across from the seafood market. Both institutions in their own right and serving up fresh seafood to locals as well as the jet set for years. Which one to choose? I always go for the one that has the nicest sunlight that time of the day or evening. For those of you who have a hankering for a glass of Ruinart champagne (my absolute favourite) try the Vapeur. Careful as you can imagine anywhere that serves superb champagne by the glass and is right next to Deauville is not necessarily the best value in town! Watch that your ‘typical French brasserie meal’ does not cost you more than it would; for example; at Sa Qua Na !

and also...

  A special thanks to our friends and decorators, from Pierre Frey in Paris; Michèle BUSUTIL & Jean Christophe BARRA for their patience, influence with harmony, colors and decoration of our home!

 

  FARROW & BALL Provider of Traditional paints and wallpapers used throughout the house 
Discover Farrow & Ball via their website www.farrow-ball.com.
Visit their showroom at 50, rue de l’Université, 75007 PARIS 
Special thanks to Philippe Szczuka (located in F&B’s showroom in Paris). He would be pleased to assist you with your decorating requirements and help you sort out your ideas! You can also visit F&B’s family run store in Deauville and talk over your ideals with the very helpful family Levillain; (who also spent quite a bit of time with us)!
     
  GRIBOUILLE (closed Wednesday)
16 Rue de l'Homme de Bois - 02 31 89 29 54
Quite simply the best local products that Calvados has to offer
His name translates to ‘Scribble’ and the ceiling of his store is covered with eggbeaters given to him by clients over the years. A real personality here in town, giggles and smiles assured in this great and very local environment loved by locals and tourists alike.  The shelves bursting with regional products many of which adorn his name.
Calvados, Pommeau, Crème de Pomme Verte, Liqueur de Poire, de Cassis et Calvados; not to forget terrific apple juice, jams & confiture du lait that you can sample here at Penny-breakfast!
You are sure to have a warm welcome from Fanny and husband Fabrice. I highly recommend stopping by, sampling and stocking up on local products before returning home .And, as for mr scribble, he’s still here read below:
www.gribouillehonfleur.com
     
  VALDET Independent Artist,
2 place Saint Catherine (next to the saturday am food market) - Tel:  02 31 89 28 45
Our friend, hubby & daddy to three wonderful ladies!
Visit his gallery just up the street from the house and enjoy a chat with him especially on a Saturday or Sunday at his atelier.
www.valdet.org
     
  BROCANTE GRIFFOUL (Closed Wednesday & when he feels like it) 
Right across from us  on rue Haute
Brocanteur extraordinaire and about the coolest guy I know.Specialists in materials for fireplaces and always new finds in their store from recent treasure hunts! If you like ‘stuff’ you gotta go to this one!
     
  DUPUY Francis Honfleur Enchères
7 rue St Nicol - Tel.: 02 31 89 01 06 - Email : dupuy@interencheres.com
A must for those of you here on a Sunday afternoon, a real show that starts around 3 pm monthly. For those of you who go, I doubt you will return home empty handed!
Most probably you will find «a reeeeeeeel beoooouteefool chooses dat weel be wunerfool dans your maison home or somezing that will merveillez your amees/ friends».  Most interesting sales are held in mid-August & beginning of January.

 

A few of our partners...


  PIERRE FREY 
L’Art de vivre à la Française Textiles Paris
www.pierrefrey.com   
 

  ELEMIS
Quality spa products, great scent, organic based
www.elemis.com

  PORTHAULT 
Parisien based luxury linens and bedding 
http://www.dporthault.fr/

 

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