RestaurantsLondonChelsea SquareSW3

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Summary

£95
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2
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“My refuge when feeling homesick for France” – Didier Garnier’s “long standing favourite” in a quiet Chelsea backstreet is “a typical French restaurant of the kind that you might find in the Dordogne”. “It can get very crowded and there’s not much privacy between the tables. But it has a very loyal following” particularly amongst a well-heeled, silver-haired crowd, for whom it’s a “go-to” destination thanks to its “traditional, buzzy atmosphere”, “dependable French-bistro cuisine” and a “wine list which has some great bargains” (“not your usual SW3 mark up – try the wines priced £30-£60, top value”). Didier himself presides over the “discreet and effortless service” and provides “excellent professional advice on the choice of vintage”. The odd naysayer finds it all “shockingly old-fashioned”… but folks have been saying that for years.

Summary

£92
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2
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You could be in Paris… except the staff are nicer” at Didier Garnier’s stalwart “absolute old favourite” in a quiet Chelsea backstreet. For its silver-haired Francophile following, it ticks all the boxes for “a proper French restaurant”, serving ultra-classic bistro fare (“the menu changes rarely”), “wonderful desserts” and a “fabulous Gallic wine list at very reasonable prices”. More sceptical reporters feel it’s “delightful”, but that “it’s a pity they don’t put a bit more effort into the cuisine”. They are drowned out, though, by the proportion who feel that “for a very relaxing meal, there’s nowhere better”. Top Tip – “try and get a table under the awning”.

Summary

£84
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3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I love it because it reminds me of when I lived in France!” – Didier Garnier’s “good, old-fashioned brasserie” occupies a tucked-away Chelsea corner in a cute, well-situated backstreet, and is particularly “popular with a local upmarket clientele”, who are forgiving of the fact that it’s “a bit packed and noisy” and a little “expensive” for somewhere not aiming to produce culinary fireworks. Selling points are its “traditional French-bourgeois” menu, “elegant” decor, “attentive and professional service” (with le patron much in evidence), and an “extensive wine list” (which, unlike the food, “is not at Chelsea prices at all”).

Summary

£82
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3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A little corner of France in the SWs” – Didier Garnier’s “comfortable and old-fashioned French brasserie” on a tucked-away site (with a large outside terrace for the summer) has, for just over two decades, maintained a massively loyal following, particularly amongst “older Chelsea residents”, on the strength of its “classic” (if rather “no frills”) cuisine; “an excellent wine list with prices that are hard to beat”; and notably “courteous” service. “Tables are packed closed” though, and “it’s noisy when busy”.

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145 Dovehouse Street, London, SW3 6LB

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Le Colombier Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Le Colombier Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Le Colombier restaurant.
Deborah T
Never disappoints. Entree of Endive, blue ...
Reviewed 12 days ago

"Never disappoints. Entree of Endive, blue cheese, and walnuts. Perfect balance with a light dressing. Main of lamb cutlets which were tender and sweet. We mainly go to have the Crepe Suzette."

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Andrew D
The Grande Dame of French cooking sails ser...
Reviewed 2 months, 16 days ago

"The Grande Dame of French cooking sails serenely on, unapologetically oldfashioned. What impeccable service. Lovely atmosphere. Food is perfectly good without being startling - just what the customers expect - and by Chelsea standards, reasonably priced. I love her "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £33.00  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.50 £28.70 £11.00 £11.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £5.40
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 13.00%
145 Dovehouse Street, London, SW3 6LB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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