June 2020: although not explicitly linked to the C-19 pandemic, the closure of this legendary restaurant was announced during lockdown. There are, apparently, "early plans" for a relocation.
February 2020: Caprice Holdings is re-branding the Mayfair Garden site it bought in 2016, in order to open the first of a spin-off chain of Le Caprice, which has already worked successfully for The Ivy. As at February 2020, there's still no sign of an opening date.
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“Even at the bar, one feels like a star… and there are often real stars eating as well!” – this “timeless and elegant” brasserie, tucked away near The Ritz has endured well within Richard Caring’s empire and, although the cooking “has fallen away a bit”, the overall package remains many a savvy Londoner’s favourite. “Staff are upbeat” and “make you feel well looked after”, and its buzzy atmosphere “makes other posh rivals feel flat and stuffy”: “some nights it zings, sometimes it just feels like an efficient machine, but either way, it’s a top night out”, particularly on a date. (A spin-off brand, Caprice Café, is due to open its first branch in late 2019 in North Audley Street in Mayfair).
“Professional, charming and fun” – this “always elegant and welcoming” stalwart near The Ritz “never fails to turn a meal into a special occasion” and remains one of London’s foremost “old favourite” destinations, including for expense accounters (it helps it’s “chav-free, unlike The Ivy”). Perhaps it’s “not quite what it was” before it was absorbed into Richard Caring’s empire, but few would notice given its “polished and discreet” staff and “great buzz”. The posh brasserie fare? “predictable but sound”. (In 2019, Richard Caring’s group is to launch a new spin-off brand, Caprice Café, the first of which will occupy the Mayfair space that’s currently trading as Mayfair Garden at 8-10 North Audley Street).
“A very special place” for many of the most blasé of Londoners – this “slick oasis of sophistication” near The Ritz owes its enduring success to the “elegance of the interior with its superb lighting”, “the comfort of the piano playing”, and staff under Jesus Adorno who “make you feel like a million dollars (even if you’re far from it)”. “The food is hardly the point here” and never really has been, but “prices have gone up under Richard Caring” making what has always seemed “well executed and unfussy dishes” now seem “fairly ordinary and expensive for what they are”.
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|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
20 Arlington St, London, SW1A 1RJ
|Monday||12 pm‑9 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||11 am‑9 pm|
|Sunday||11 am‑9 pm|