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“Our Favourite Restaurant in Calais”

Du Vignoble au Verre
Ranked #20 of 160 Restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$39
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A Small Restaurant With A Traditional French Home Cooking, With A Great Wine Selection 400 On The Wine List, And A Selection Of 15 Wines By The Glass On The Blacboard. Eric The Wine Waiter Can Help You To Offer The Best Wine As You Wish With Your Meal.
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Had lunch here on a Sunday before heading back to the Channel Tunnel.

We were met by the very friendly Eric, who suggested the daily specials which were salmon tartare as a starter, and beef bourguignon (for the men he said!!) and plaice in a butter sauce with fresh vegetables - for the ladies I assume. He must have been listening to Al Murray too much!

We both had his suggestions and my husband thought the beef was the best he had ever had. The salmon and plaice were also very good. With desserts of one cheese and one assortment with coffee, and a very pleasant bottle of his recommended wine the total bill came to a very reasonable 51 euros.

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1  Thank llamacalmer
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

One of the most difficult reviews I’ve written. Having driven into Calais on the Saturday evening when the Christmas lights had been switched on (they’re really great by the way) we found restaurants were very busy. The Vignoble au Verre was also very full but the patron found us a table after a 15 minute wait – very good we thought.

But after that everything was a long wait. It was over half an hour until our order was taken. The starters arrived quite quickly but then there was another very long wait. They were full its true but the waiting staff seemed very one paced. In another restaurants busy = waiters scurrying to keep up. Not here, although it’s only a small restaurant so maybe the limitation is the scale of the kitchen. However, 3 hours for a 3 course meal seems pretty excessive.

So you might think I’m proceeding to pan the place. But I can’t. The service might have been excruciatingly slow, but it was also very pleasant. The food was very good indeed and to find a place serving an 18.50 euro menu on a Saturday night in the centre of town was very surprising (and the quality and innovation was very good even at that price).

The wine list is stupendous, but unfortunately I was driving so we were limited on consumption. It was clear that we weren’t suffering on pace of service because we were late comers – we noted that nobody was getting anything quickly. But there were no complaints. So maybe this is the point. If you’re on foot and in company then this is a great place to spend an extended evening – the ambiance is very good – and you can keep trying different wines between each course arriving (a very good selection by the glass). But if you’re on a timetable it may be best to stay clear.

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Thank NorrisHatter
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

My wife and I went there to celebrate our Valentine. I must say that everything was just perfect:
the starters, the foie, the main dishes (I had the rump steak), the wine list, I really can't complain. The owner/host/waiter/sommelier is also very kind and helpful.

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Thank TCRio
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

We fetched up at this restaurant on a recent Sunday lunchtime and had only ninety minutes free time before catching a ferry home but wanted to have lunch before we left. The restaurant made every effort, successfully, to accommodate us and we were finished in good time for the ship. More importantly the food was delicious as attested to by the number of locals who looked like they were there for the afternoon. The food was varied with starters and mains of a variety of meats and cheeses and also less widespread farye such snails and bone marrow. The owner seems passionate about the food he prepares and will discuss requirements with his clientale. The wine list also looked a delight . I would have loved spending the afternoon in such an atmosphere and time prevented that on this visit but I will return there on a future trip and will make time to fully enjoy the experience.

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Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Conveniently situated near the seafront & town centre on a modern square, with parking adjacent (and visible from the restaurant, for those worried about their boot full of wine). Lovely traditional bistro/restaurant with excellent value menus at a range of prices (14 Euros up for 2 courses, to around 32 for high end 3 courses inc foie gras if you care for it).

We had the cheap menu, as this included the plats du jour, which were fantastic (2 daily specials for starters and 2 main courses, including one meat and one catch of the day) Highlights? The sardine and lentil salad to start, then the hare casserole (marinated for 2 days in red wine before being cooked for 24 hours, unbelievably rich and tender) and the salmon and cod saffron concoction. If you like unusual cheese, the baked Maroilles with beer and gingerbread was excellent!

A bill of 42 Euros including wine, water and coffee was extraordinarily good value.

Why not 5 stars? Only because we had to ask for bread, and the restaurant was full of English people on day trips! A mark of success and high ratings on Trip Advisor, but we could have been in a very nice restaurant in Cornwall....

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Thank Pennydoctor
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