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Summary

“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).

£75
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“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).

£75
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£81
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The magic never fades” at this “island of casual sophistication and understatement” near the Ritz – “still wonderfully fashionable after all these years”, and charmingly presided over by “the amazing Mr Jesus Adorno”. That said, while the cooking has always been “nursery” style, it has become more “unexciting” during the tenure of current owner, Richard Caring.

£75
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Le Caprice Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Le Caprice Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Caprice restaurant.
Robert N
As good as ever...
Reviewed 5 months, 5 days ago

"As good as ever"

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Timothy R
Never disappoints. How many restaurants can...
Reviewed 5 months, 6 days ago

"Never disappoints. How many restaurants can say that and if I could award 10 out of 5 for service then I would . If only 2 of you sit at the bar, its great."

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David M
Our regular haunt. They make us feel very w...
Reviewed 6 months, 2 days ago

"Our regular haunt. They make us feel very welcome. Consistently good food and tremendous attentive and professional service. Menu changes frequently so we never get bored. We love the crispy duck and watercress salad, the tuna with cannellini beans and a great lamb curry which is not too spicy. varied wine list. This place is good for casual dining and well as a gourmet experience. Top notch"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £21.00 £26.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.50 £28.00 £5.25 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.25
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%
20 Arlington St, London, SW1A 1RJ
Opening hours

Mon-Fri Noon - 11:30, Sat, 11:30am - 11:30pm, Sun 11:30 - 11pm
Last orders: 11.30 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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