Flavoursome and bountiful cuisine with seaside flavours

Tony Lestienne’s restaurant is a gourmet must for epicureans visiting the Côte d’Opale. The chef and his team have been overseeing this charming family-run establishment with pride in hospitality, culinary expertise and high standards for forty years.

In the kitchen

Influenced by the presence of the sea, the La Matelote* highlights fish and seafood from sustainable fishing sources, in partnership with Nausicaá and the Mister Goodfish programme. We also propose a choice of premium cuts of meat cooked to perfection for meat lovers. Our desserts are loyal to French tradition with the classic souffle and our signature dessert, the quintessential warm chocolate parfait.

The chef

Tony Lestienne grew up here and has been running his restaurant, la Matelote, for 40 years. He strongly believes in bountiful, classic French cuisine prepared with precision and full flavours. His profession is his passion. And hospitality is his way of life. Thanks to him, La Matelote has become an institution with a tightly knit team. His son, Stellio has joined him to inject new energy into this constantly developing Boulogne-sur-mer institution.

The restaurant

Designed like a family home, the decoration of the restaurant is contemporary, featuring the red and gold signature colours of La Matelote. Light floods through large windows in to the intimate dining room with low arm chairs and elegantly dressed tables. The portrait of “The Bearded Woman”, Clémence Lestienne, the chef’s great-great-great-grandmother and a local figure, has pride of place overlooking the room.

Private rooms

We have four private rooms for family functions, seminars, management meetings, business meetings or a night out with friends.
Impress your guests and colleagues with the elegance, sophistication and confidentiality of our venue.
The Jardins de la Matelote function venue is also available for large receptions.
For information and bookings, contact Stellio or Sandy: +33 (0)3 21 30 1797 or

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The terrace

The terrace is the perfect place to enjoy pleasant weather. The outdoor tables are also dressed with white linen, in keeping with the elegance of Tony Lestienne’s cuisine.

Cooking lessons

You are a cooking enthusiast, curious or quite simply an epicurean. Or perhaps you’re looking for an original gift for an amateur chef? Follow Tony Lestienne behind the scenes where he shares his recipes and tricks of the trade.
Learn to cook like a chef in a relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen of La Matelote.
Groups of 5 to 10 participants.

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