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The August 2020 pop-up L’Escargot Sur-Mer in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast was so successful (and kept the team busy) that co-owner George Pell is looking to continue it as a permanent site as well as this (now re-opened) Soho site.

survey result

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
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”.

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
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 this year, though, on the back of a couple of less wholehearted endorsements: “mainly good, but not as exceptional as your last review implied”.

Summary

£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.

“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”.

Summary

£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.

“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.

For 30 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Yes
24, 60, 20
No dress code
60
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £15.00 £20.00
Pretheatre £15.00 £20.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £34.00 £5.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 14.50%
48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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