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May 2023: re-opening 24 May after a three-month-long closure for refurbishment

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Summary

£100
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This Gallic treasure (est. 1927, but ultimately dating back to 1896) is London’s oldest French restaurant and – complete with its snail carpet – remains a Soho landmark. Its standards under owner Brian Clivaz have held up well over the years, and its ratings continued to be solid in this slightly turbulent year (which saw the establishment close from February to May 2023 to allow for a financial restructuring). The fairly classic menu is appealing and mixes affordable entry-level dishes (croque monsieur at £12) with more luxurious options (such as baked lobster with garlic butter, or fillet of beef ‘Rossini’, both at £54). Top Tip – superb-value prix fixe at lunch and early evening: two courses £19, three courses £24.

Summary

£93
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

London’s oldest French restaurant (est 1927) has been beautifully maintained over the decades and is a charming relic of old Soho. It inspired diverging views this year though: recommended for top gastronomy by some but “rather average” or “a bit of a tourist trap” to others. A fair middle-ground report is as follows: “I have to admit that I had completely forgotten it existed, and it was actually very good. Seems impossible to imagine how well-regarded it was in its time, but still a perfectly decent place to go”.

Summary

£92
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A beautiful interior from another era and a lovely, unhurried, relaxing experience” underpin the period appeal of Brian Clivaz and George Pell’s Soho veteran – London’s oldest French restaurant, they say (est 1927). The introduction of a sushi and cocktail menu is a recent innovation, alongside a French menu the charm of which is its traditional style: snails in garlic butter, lobster bisque, chateaubriand…. It doesn’t attract as many reports as once it did, but fans say “a romantic evening spent here is utter perfection”. (For those up Aldeburgh way, it now has a country sibling too, L’Escargot sur Mer).

Summary

£64
  £££
3
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2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Beautiful, old-fashioned surroundings” imbue this “classy” Gallic favourite (est 1927) with a “lovely old-school atmosphere”, and – if you’re looking for a “classic” French meal (Chateaubriand, coq au vin, tournedos Rossini, boeuf bourguignon, profiteroles) in the heart of Soho, it has few rivals nowadays. Its rating slipped a fraction in the last survey, though, on the back of a couple of less wholehearted endorsements: “mainly good, but not as exceptional as your last review implied”.

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48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF

Restaurant details

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24, 60, 20
No dress code
60
Yes

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.
Ros H
A real gem - the cooking is wonderful, serv...
Reviewed 5 months, 22 days ago

"A real gem - the cooking is wonderful, service fantastic and it is just a treat to be there"

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Ashley d
We went for a pre-theatre dinner and were c...
Reviewed 6 months, 23 days ago

"We went for a pre-theatre dinner and were completely wowed by the service and ambiance. The food was standard pre theatre - pate followed by a steak and frites. Nothing special there but the service was of a much higher level, that you would expect at a top flight restaurant. Very attentive and, surprisingly all British which must be the post Brexit effect. No shortage of staff. The atmosphere was great. Buzzy and dark but not too dark lighting. Great experience. much exceeded expectations."

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Nigel H
This could be a lot better. The food is sta...
Reviewed 8 months, 14 days ago

"This could be a lot better. The food is standard 1980s French bistro, ok but nothing gastronomic. Decent wine list though short. The oddity is the place…it ought to be so much nicer but somehow little decor additions have harmed it…and we had to ask twice for the music to be turned down in a nearly empty restaurant."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £27.00 £32.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£17.00 £44.00 £12.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 15.00%
48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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