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Tonton Louis

Rue Samuel Champlain | Port de Peche de Chef de Baie, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 68 25 97
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“haddock” (2 reviews)
“shell fish” (3 reviews)
“seafood” (7 reviews)
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French, Seafood, European
$$ - $$$
Rue Samuel Champlain | Port de Peche de Chef de Baie, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We were told about this place bu friends. Difficult to find .. situated as it is in an industrial area near the fishing port. You need sat nav. A fun place, all "fished out" in decor, with an enormous amount of tables. An enormous buffet...More

Thank lebarail
Reviewed 11 August 2017

On the recommendation of foodie friends, we visited this restaurant for lunch. We had some difficulties finding the place which is in an industrial area and the fishing port area. A cheery, very "fishy" restaurant, specialising in sea food. The menu was good with a...More

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Honestly, the best seafood I have ever tasted ( Considering I am Irish & am very proud of the quality of seafood in Ireland, this is hard to admit). Yes, its a little hard to find but google maps got us there! At first we...More

Thank iman395
Reviewed 2 May 2017

As many others have commented it's not easy to find, however, have faith, keep going until you reach the far end of the estate and you will find it perched on the dock, it's well worth it. This was my special birthday meal and it...More

Thank Clipsee45
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We went here for lunch and I would strongly advise booking. It was rammed! I'm not much of a fish person but my wife absolutely loved eveything she ate and my little haddock was really very nice. Service was pleasant, friendly and fast. Prices were...More

Thank Max W
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Our first visit to the fabulous but understated Tonton Louis .The seafood is world class .The restaurant is dockside in the Commercial Fish Port .The general locale is unwelcoming but the restaurant is a beacon of warmth .A convivial and relaxed ambiance .The dishes are...More

1  Thank Belfast_Sailorman
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Really surprising find,when your approaching you think your on the wrong road as its in the industrial estate near the quayside miles from anywhere retail,however once inside its a well oiled professional restaurant.not posh but nice . We opted for the buffet at 34 euro...More

Thank Luckitup
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent, very nice indeed. My wife and her sister thought it was the best duck they had ever tasted. My only complaint was they could not tell me the name of the red house wine which was very very nice.

Thank john r
Reviewed 20 December 2015

This is a no-frills, high quality seafood restaurant. The food is as fresh as you can get it and the service attentive. This location is not the easiest to reach and you will need a car, but the trip from La Rochelle is worth it....More

Thank Thisisjustridiculous
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Helpful friendly welcome, very child friendly, and great on the terrace. Buffet was better than we imagined and the oysters (extra €8 for 6) were both good value and good eating. Staff recomended a good local wine which was cheaper than the one I was...More

Thank Daniel E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$90
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:15 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Samuel Champlain | Port de Peche de Chef de Baie, 17000, La Rochelle, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Charente-Maritime  >  La Rochelle
  • Phone Number: +33 5 46 68 25 97
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Tonton Louis est le fruit du désir d'un mytiliculteur, Bernard Bouyé, de partager sa passion en faisant découvrir tant les produits que les métiers de la mer.

Bernard Bouyé a opté pour un restaurant authentique sur le port de pêche même de La Rochelle. La carte des suggestions est composée en fonction des arrivages tout comme le buffet de fruits de mer à volonté!

Mais Tonton Louis est plus qu'un restaurant, c'est une vitrine sur la pêche, la conchyliculture et toutes les espèces de poissons, de coquillages et de crustacés que vous pouvez trouver dans votre assiette. Des fresques sur les murs aux expositions de photos, en passant par le bateau qui accueille le buffet de fruits de mer, toute la décoration du restaurant a été pensée à des fins pédagogiques!
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