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Summary

It can feel “magical”, especially when the pianist is playing, at this “romantic, candle-lit and cosy” old Gallic bistro, just off Charterhouse Square, which has been a “reassuringly unchanging” feature of the area since long before the environs of Smithfield became fashionable, and its “classic (if perhaps unadventurous) cuisine” is “always a great pleasure”.

£57
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Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A cosy, candlelit piece of France” – this “delightfully atmospheric building”, “tucked away” off Charterhouse Square, is “particularly lovely when there’s live music at night”, and even if its “traditional, French-bistro-style cooking” can seem “a bit old-fashioned”, it’s “honest” and “appetising”. Still tipped for business lunching, but its prime forte nowadays is being “great for a date”.

£56
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Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Well hidden down an alleyway in Smithfield”, this “delightfully tucked-away” stalwart imports the ambience of a rustic French farmhouse to EC1, serving a “solidly Gallic” menu of “classic bistro fare”. By day it’s a business lunch favourite, at night live jazz adds to its “cosy, candlelit and romantic” appeal.

£55
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Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Discreetly located in an alley off Charterhouse Square,” this City-fringe “classic” offers food that’s “as authentically French as it gets”; it’s the “wonderful”, “rustic” atmosphere, though, which has long made it a hugely popular rendezvous for business, and – by night, when there’s jazz – for romance.

£55
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Very Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Café du Marché Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Café du Marché Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Café du Marché restaurant.
Nicholas A
Traditional French cuisine in a very Gallic...
Reviewed 1 months, 20 days ago

"Traditional French cuisine in a very Gallic (and squished) restaurant. Although perhaps not the most imaginative of menus, the dishes are always well executed. Always a delight to dine here."

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Haris M
It's so rare these days to find a restauran...
Reviewed 2 months, 2 days ago

"It's so rare these days to find a restaurant that offers a warm and intimate atmosphere, including gentle piano music, as well as food worth making the trip from the other side of London. And the wine list is excellent and reasonably priced!"

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Nicholas A
A delightful lunch in this charming little ...
Reviewed 5 months, 16 days ago

"A delightful lunch in this charming little dining room located by Charterhouse Square (you know - the one where Hercule Poirot has his London flat). Very Gallic - to the extent that I had some difficulty cutting through our waiter's strong accent."

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Kathryn w
Nice food and hugely knowledgeable sommelie...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"Nice food and hugely knowledgeable sommelier"

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David H
Pleasant but not special....
Reviewed 7 months, 13 days ago

"Pleasant but not special."

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22 Charterhouse Sq, London, EC1M 6DX
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm

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