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Summary

“Thoroughly recommended, even after all these years!” – this “truly excellent” Gallic venue in the heart of Soho is marching towards its centennial in good form. A menu of “French classics, always to a high standard” is perfect “comfort food” and “combines with the lovely ambience” of the characterful dining room and “excellent service” to ensure it’s “always an enjoyable experience”.

£76
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Everything is quite perfect” at this “civilised” but also “quirky” Gallic classic that has notched up 90 years in the heart of Soho (nowadays under owner Brian Clivaz). Though not as high profile as once it was, it remains by all accounts “a very special destination”, with “brilliant, non-intrusive service”, a “wonderful” and “romantic” room, and “excellent” French cuisine.

£70
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A long-time (and forever) favourite” (est 1927), this “romantic” Gallic classic in Soho (current owner, Brian Clivaz) retains its reputation for dependable French cuisine, “attentive” service and a “buzzy” ambience and is particularly “convenient for the theatre”.

£62
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Brian Clivaz’s datedly glamourous old-timer provides a “cosseting” and “romantic” refuge from Soho, and its slightly “formal and traditional” style would also suit a business occasion; under new owners for a year now, the Gallic cuisine is proving “reliable”.

£60
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

L’Escargot is the oldest French restaurant in London. Established in 1927 it is to be found in a wonderful Georgian townhouse, almost 200 years old. Widely recognised as one of the best French restaurants in London, we look forward to welcoming you.

Set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London, L’Escargot has been at the epicentre of London life for almost a century. It has regularly been voted one of the best restaurants in London and is famous for its bourgeois French cooking. Snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin. There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles.

L’Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years. Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, John Giulgud, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Ralph Richardson, Judy Dench, and the late Princess Diana.

Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.

Restaurant details

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Private dining

The private rooms at L’Escargot are ideal for private parties whether they be special celebrations, pre or post theatre meals, business meetings, or corporate entertaining.


L’Escargot has been the venue of choice for many great parties and events. Coco Chanel threw a party here, and many happy times have been spent around the piano long into the night. Over the years wine tastings have been very popular and L’Escargot has hosted many great literary events with book launches being a speciality.


 

L’Escargot Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of L’Escargot Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of L’Escargot restaurant.
Martin B
Beautiful, old-fashioned surroundings and s...
Reviewed 4 months, 7 days ago

"Beautiful, old-fashioned surroundings and service. Menu is similarly old-fashioned and pretty well executed."

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Simon F
A splendid evening - faultless service, bea...
Reviewed 5 months, 9 days ago

"A splendid evening - faultless service, beautiful food in a great atmospheric room."

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Ken S
Had a late family dinner here following a t...
Reviewed 9 months, 12 days ago

"Had a late family dinner here following a theatre visit. Our table was not ready when we arrived, so we had a drink in the bar first. This is right at the top of the building, two floors up from the restaurant and a bit of a climb, especially going back down to our table with our unfinished drinks. The service in the restaurant was friendly and attentive without being too intrusive, although it was relatively quiet given our late arrival. The food is French of course and very authentic. Even the bread brings back fond memories of French Bistros. Snails remain a speciality and are available with either garlic or flambéd with Ricard and are delicious. We also had the Chateaubriand, which was delicious. There is a decent wine list with a range of prices which are reasonable for this part of London. Overall a good venue for a late dinner"

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48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-6 pm

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