L'Escargot

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2721 reviews
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Set in the heart of Soho, L’Escargot, established in 1927, is London’s oldest and most renowned French restaurant. It has been host to stars of stage and screen including Coco Chanel, Maurice Chevalier, John Geilgud, Ralph Richardson, and was reputedly one of Princess Diana’s favourites.

L'Escargot is now under the ownership of Brian Clivaz and Laurence Isaacson, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants and member's clubs. James Tyrrell is now the Head Chef and his dishes celebrate classic french cooking with a modern and healthy twist.

Snails unsurprisingly are the speciality of the house; the dining room pays homage to proper French bourgeois cooking and offers exceptional value. L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list.

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 10:30PM

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my boyfriend for our anniversary and it was an amazing experience! The service was really good and the food definitely stole the night!! Made my boyfriend try escargots for the first time and he absolutely loved it! We’ll definitely be coming back!!

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a lovely long lunch in a beautiful dining room, with interesting art and decor, surrounded by a mixed bag of customers of all ages and eccentricities! Exemplary french food and wine. I have always wanted to visit and L’Escargot didn’t disappoint. Our table of 6 enjoyed it all immensely. Very good value set lunch and offers. The only small point to improve was that service was a little hit and miss due to inexperienced waiters and no obvious maitre d to orchestrate. But not a gripe - the service was charming in its own way!

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r
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiter was a tad naff but other than that I love this place. Old school institution.

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JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I both loved this restaurant. Even though the site says "no dress code, casual is fine, and all are welcome," we were laughed at upon entry by the host because my son was wearing shorts. That is the ONLY negative. The food and service was fantastic and it was a great experience. They did add gratuity for a party of 2 however, which is odd and was lower than I would have paid so just watch that on your bill. I left extra cash to provide the server with more than expected.

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VT
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As expected, the snails are absolutely fabulous. The best my wife has ever had and not a drop of the delicious garlic butter they came in was wasted, courtesy of the beautiful bread. Two of us had the Chateaubriand and it was sublime - perfectly cooked and with fantastic béarnaise sauce. The service was attentive without being overbearing and we had a wonderful evening.

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DR
London
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambience (no musak - hurrah). Excellent value menu and very good food. The avocado starter was exceptional. We will be back!

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C
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, great service. My only comment would be that the food was a little over seasoned (a bit salty) but superb quality. Would definitely go again.

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j
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great location, brilliant service. We enjoyed our time there

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P
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

classic French with overall good food and service and value for money

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MD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice French restaurant in a very busy part of London. The food was excellent, the service was fine but it is a bit on the expensive side. They specialize in Escargot and they lived up to the billing. I would recommend it for someone looking for a nice meal in the area.

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SB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a price you would expect from a famous central London restaurant, a once in a while culinary treat...The lescargot were ‘to die for’.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly restaurant with attentive staff. Menu is small but traditional French and very tasty. We all had a lovely evening here.

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IP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very friendly staff and beautiful decor. Our experience there couldn't have been better.

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TP
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect! Food exquisite — best chateau briand we have ever had, atmosphere elegant and service on point. Only quibble is Les escargot butter could be more garlicky.

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SE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

L`Escargot may be the oldest French restaurant in London but the decor, staff and ambience were far from old fashioned. Superb classic French cuisine served in a colourful and tasteful environment by friendly and helpful staff. Our table near the window meant we could watch the interesting and sometimes weird characters of Soho pass by. A very enjoyable lunch.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

wonderful venue with lots of nice art and a warren of rooms.

As we arrived early, we were shown upstairs to have a drink before dinner - I thought the prices seemed rather steep. Due to the number of other diners waiting in the bar, I wondered was it possible that it may have been policy to direct all opentable guests up to the bar rather than directly to their table?

Food good - disappointed with quality of beef in chateaubriand - it was cooked to medium as requested but the meat was still quite tough and not what i would expect from fillet. Snails were delicious!

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AT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Heritage restaurant that feels up to date. Friendly attentive service , and Great ambiance, full but not too noisy. The eclectic paintings also gives it a boho vibe. We had the offer menu of chateaubriand which included a glass of Prosecco each which was a bargain. Perfectly cooked rare steak with fries and salad. We could not resist the signature escargot which at £30 for a dozen was pretty steep but glad to say absolutely worth it. This is not usually the type of restaurant I go for but in an area literally overflowing with ‘new experience ‘ restaurants, L’Escargot continues to hold it’s own delivering french classics with excellence. I will definitely eat here again.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening

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t
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmospheric room, great food, good fun, good value

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice food, which I thought offered good value for money. Staff were very attentive.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chateaubriand for two lunch deal is exceptional value. French onion soup to start was also great (often not so outside of France, I've found) and the setting is fab. Great paintings and grand furnishings. An institution. Feels like a special lunch. Great for a date as feels a bit special. Wine list is good and they were v happy to let us taste before deciding on a bottle. We didn't dessert bit did notice that the chessboard looked a touch underwhelming but what we had was superb. Importantly, the chateaubriand was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Personally I'd like the option of a jus rather than bearnaise but u couldn't fault the bearnaise itself if that's your thing. Great experience!

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing and over-priced food in a wonderful dining room; it's a great pity you can't take a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere and comfort of this historic French restaurant, without suffering a very indifferent meal. The menu features fine French classics but they are poorly done. The best dish was a small salad of endives with roquefort, but it was spoilt by caramelised walnuts and chunks of pear pickled in red wine. Scallops were just past their best, swimming in oily butter and far too much undercooked garlic. Chateaubriand was much too salty, possibly pre-cooked and served with frozen chips and pale, wilting watercress. Cheese was standard French factory. Heavy 'homemade' bread rolls. The wine was delicious and very fairly priced. It's sad to see this and you do wonder about some recent 'rave reviews' from restaurant critics. Maybe they bring in a chef specially when they know a reviewer is coming.... You can always be unlucky in a restaurant; the chef is sick, or some unforeseen calamity. But there was too much evidence of poor quality ingredients for this to be just an off day. The sad cheese and the industrial chips say it all.

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e
London
154 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favourites - been lots of times and take different friends. Set meal very good value Please extend the offer to make three courses. If you have a dessert- they are quite expensive - and so dilute excellent value of the set meal. Never want to leave so good to have an excuse to stay longer. Staff are always lovely,

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M
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We really enjoyed atmosphere and food in restaurant.
Food was just amazing but for that money which I spent in restaurant my expectation of the service was much more higher.
We didn't like service and body language one of the staff.

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KP
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great birthday celebration - staff were friendly, chatty and unhurried.

Atmosphere great - family with young kids nearby impeccably behaved and food came on time. They allowed us to walk around the whole building and explained some of the history.

We had the Chateaubriand offer: £45 for 2 which was excellent with succulent meat and starters of snails and lobster bisque that were delicious. I would highly recommend this.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited L’escargot As a part of my daughter’s birthday following a matinee performance at the Prince Edward theatre next door. The food was nice, it was quiet enough to have a good conversatipn and the service was excellent. We all ate from the set menu which was good value and had a good bottle of wine. My only disappointment was not to be given a basket of bread which surprised me as it’s normal practice in most other continental-themed restaurants we’ve visited.

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CS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely restaurant. Great attentive service. Tables are really nicely spread out so you’re never to close to anyone. OpenTable menu is great value and potions are a really good size.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Brilliant food! Really had a great time!
A little expensive though

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food at a very reasonable price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was ok but a Chateaubriand that was sliced was served up onto plates whilst my husband was in the toilet so his steak sat getting cold while he returned. Waiters were not very forthcoming. The onion soup was delicious but otherwise the food was a bit average, the chips were so crunchy you couldn’t put your fork in them, the cabbage was so drenched in black pepper it was all you could taste and the both the soufflé and the ice cream it came with were grainy. The soufflé was also very puddingy rather than being light and fluffy. Wasn’t bad but not worth the normal menu price.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All things one could wish from an evening, service of the highest order alongside the best onion soup known to a man of London and a wine cellar that breeds only envy. My favourite new (old) haunt of soho.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got an amazing deal through open table, chateaubriand and two glasses of bubbly plus sides and bread. The food was spectacular and the restaurant interior was stunning. I want to go back straight away!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Great wine list & food. Been 4 times now.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue, the service and the food were excellent.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The duck from the set menu was too salty, but other than that we had a very enjoyable lunch. Would recommend and would return.

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LC
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I read a very positive review in the FT at the weekend and as we were going to the theatre the following week I though I would try l’escargot after a 20 year break.

We arrived on time and we were promptly shown to our table, orders taken efficiently and food arrived in a timely fashion given it was 10pm by this time. We ordered from the Opentable menus, two courses for £19 which is very good value. We had Lobster bisque and onion soup, both excellent followed by cod with lentils and duck confit. The cod appeared a little grey but tasted fine and the confit good though the skin lacked the crispness expected. With wine the bill came to a very reasonable
£73 for two

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MG
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing building, like dining in an art gallery. Fantastic food and friendly staff. Altogether a lovely, relaxing Sunday afternoon for a birthday treat.

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T
London
65 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Sunday Lunch. 100 % recommended

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, ambience was excellent. Staff very courteous.

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TH
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Confusion over dates meant our guests did not arrive - staff were extremely helpful and understanding (despite it being a busy Saturday night). Good food and excellent service as ever

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