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US$15 - US$26
French, Caribbean
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Reviewed 27 January 2020

We were lucky to get into the restaurant after touring the botanical garden at Balata - reservation recommended! The food was exquisite (best seared tuna my wife has ever had), local Caribbean specialties cooked to perfection. Cold drinks, open seating in breezy terrasse sheltered form...the sun, views on surrounding mountains and flowers. A memorable experience!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 16 January 2020

They rudely refused us when we asked for a drink, they insisted that we need to order food! Strange and unfriendly way to deal with tourists.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Didier B, Propriétaire at LA LUCIOLE, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2020
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La Luciole est un restaurant. La Luciole ne sert pas de boissons. Je me souviens de vous. Aucun effort pour...More

Reviewed 19 December 2019

The first two time we came for lunch were wonderful. Great food and service, and excellent value. Way too busy on our third visit for the staff to be welcoming, so we didn't indulge. Gets overcrowded later, so get there early.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 18 February 2019

We arrived just before noon which was great timing. Not too much of a line-up. As noon rolled around, there was a long line, as even a few buses were there to visit the Jardin. Stopped here after a great walk. Kids loved it and...tried the different flavours. Planteur Maison was great. Really enjoyed the flavours. Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 11 February 2019

We had a lovely lunch. Service was efficient. Local punch was excellent. Sometimes noisy, and busy at lunchtime, so make a reservation if you can. Note: the price for our complete meal was closer to $40 per person, and we did not leave a tip...(not sure if it was included or not). Mostly international and tourist guests. This place will not disappoint!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 23 January 2019 via mobile

Stopped for lunch during our garden visit. Had the special chicken coconut curry, mahi mahi with passion fruit sauce and luciole salad. Can recommend all. Very good food.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 28 December 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by how delicious our lunch was at La Luciole. Typically restaurants attached to tourist spots are iffy at best, but La Luciole served amazing French-Caribbean food and tasty planteur. I ordered the coconut curry chicken which was slow-cooked to perfection and...served with tasty rice, lentils, and a sweet squash puree. My partner ordered the ham which was as tasty as any Christmas ham we'd ever had, and served with the same accompaniments. The coup de grâce was the ice cream served with warm caramelized pineapple--a real treat! Don't hesitate to stop in for a meal here after wandering through the Jardin.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Lovely open place. Nice and helpful staff. The owner was attentive. Good & convenient food. Not for fine dining. Absolutely good for after a long morning wandering around the botanical garden. We were having a rather late lunch! This place is on your way back...to the car park.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

The atmosphere is nice, the service and food were ok till we got our bill. We were overcharged and waitress corrected the bill 4 times (down) and on the walk to the car we noticed we were still overcharged for around 7 euro on daily...special. We already paid and decided not to walk back, but we’re disappointed by obvious way of trying to overcharge on purpose. Our bill started with over 100 euro, we finally paid 70euro, and were still overcharged for 7 euro. That is a big difference. Same waitress was serving us and we had extra starters, extra drinks, extra deserts on our bill. It was only 3 of us, one starter, 3 main and one desert, 2 bottles of water, quite simple. Her attitude and hiding daily special price at paying told us it was not mistake, but easy way to get extra tip, by cheating. Sad, get better service a smile and better food and you won’t need to cheat your guestsMore

Date of visit: September 2018
lanterne972, Gérant at LA LUCIOLE, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Hello, I 'm very surprised about your message... May be the waitress who was serving you was our trainee ? Could you tell me the exact day you had lunch at "La Luciole" and approximate time ? I, personnally, vouch for the honesty of all...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a pleasant lunch after our visit to the Gardens. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the service prompt. We had the Salad Luciole, which was enormous and really fresh and some very nice light acras.

Date of visit: April 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4