Le Cafe du Marche

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Open for over three decades, Le Cafe du Marche remains a family run, independent French restaurant. Tucked down a cobbled mews on the corner of historic Charterhouse Square and a stones throw from Smithfield Meat Market, we offer honest French food in a convivial and characterful setting. Crossing the threshold, guests feel they escape the hustle and bustle of the Square Mile and instead are transported to the south of France. We have live jazz in the evenings
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MS
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A piece of Paris in Central London, this is a very good French bistro. Classic French fare backed up by good service and a decent wine list.

TL
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience of the restaurant and surpassed my expectations which had been built up via strong recommendations from others.

P
London
23 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I used to be a regular here - one of my favourites when I was working.
I was keen to return and wasn’t disappointed.

D
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and very attentive staff.
The portions were a little small

G
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-concert dinner at 6pm.
Delicious food from a broad but not too long menu. Prompt service. Table in the middle of the restaurant was a bit cramped, but was easier to get quick service.

H
Berkshire
156 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food very good as always. Waiter failed to tell us about the £10 supplement on the additional fish fish on the lunch menu. Brought the bill then revised it after we had coffee and managed to try to charge for 8 meals rather than 4 - apologetic but such a glaring error it should have been noticed. Tried to serve us two additional desserts and a bottle of wine ordered by another table - all in all rather shambolic service, which was a little disappointing

N
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Bravo!

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F
London
52 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent high standard of food and wine, welcome and service

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and it provides consistently good food and value for money. It is an ideal venue for both business meetings and social events. As always the service was well-timed and friendly.

S
London
75 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been visiting Le Cafe du Marche for over 30 years. Throughout the quality of the food and service have remained excellent. (I think the decor is unchanged too, but that is part of the charm of the place.) I would recommend unreservedly!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect as usual. This has become our favourite restaurant and we will certainly be back again and again and again.......

SG
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been over three years since my last visit it has maintained its high standards. A small but varied menu, well cooked and presented. Look forward to returning.

SM
London
132 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Soupe de Poisson, duck leg Bourguignon, cheese plate all impeccable. Nardi Brunello 2012 a decent value. I never had to fill my own wine glass; not that I mind, but it’s a sign of a (full) restaurant firing on all cylinders when you don’t. Subdued but buzzy. One of London’s best classic French restaurants.

N
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as ever. Proper French cooking done well.

The halibut dish with hollandaise was superb.

Bravo.

AR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good selection on the menu and we both enjoyed our food. Look forward to returning in the near future.

O
London
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took one of my most important clients for lunch on a weekday, it turned out to be his favorite restaurant. I can see why - as you may expect from the name, it has a very french feel. The interior is spread across a couple of different areas and seating is well spaced.

We both started with the mushroom soup, then a pork and a rabbit all of which were simply presented and tasted good. I believe all main courses come with frites and salad and we washed it all down with a glass of champagne and a decent bottle of claret (£48). We finished with cheese and port.

The bill, including tip, was £198. A little more than I expected when I chose this restaurant and I feel I've had a more special experience elsewhere for this money. That said, if you like french food you will not be disappointed.

IA
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great well run restaurant with good service, the flavours of France and bistro interiors - classic with ease. Wine list contains some headliners too.

JM
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An apposite spring menu with good vegetarian options, game was well represented. Frites should be left to the diner to salt.

H
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful french setting, high quality very professional service, tasty dishes and decent prices

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cafe Le Marche many times with clients, colleagues and friends. The food is always wonderful and the staff superb! Formidable!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our friend as a belated birthday celebration. We were all very impressed with the restaurant- food service wine decor ambience. Cannot believe we didn’t know about this little gem before this visit

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This return visit with a regular group was a mixed bag. The food was excellent - Cote de Boeuf, king prawn cocktail notably very very good, ambience improved as more diners arrived, but he service was poor. Our waiter plonked our plates down a la Basil Fawlty and the wine waitress (absolutely not a sommelier!) was a complete amateur despite our selections being at the higher end of CduM’s list.
Our group have been using CduM for 20+ years and on dozens of occasions between us ... heads were shaking and there were murmurings of this being a “last visit” for some. Personally, my core du boeuf saved the day, but I can’t promise others will return.
A sad evening; it was like attending the funeral of an old friend

AP
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. Never disappointed following multiple visits.

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for French fayre in central London. Although my guest was French and neither of the waiters who served us spoke a word! Also they had no mayonnaise for the fries - just ketchup - a travesty.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fast and attentive service

A
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As excellent as it always has been. A perfect go to place.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely eve to celebrate my birthday.
Food was good.
Lovely ambience, though would ha e been a lot nicer in the main room as we were tucked round a quiet corner with brighter lighting.
Piano playing was lovely in the background!

H
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely authentic French restaurant. The Cote de Boeuf is to die for!

LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and impeccable service!
The food was very tasty, looking forward to going back and having dinner!

S
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, authentic French, good choice of wine. Great ambience, good for special occasions. Place is nicely tucked at a mews, away from traffic. Would definitely return. Place was full, so the staff was very busy but patient.

B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of those most perfect restaurants. The food, the staff, the wine were all outstanding, and having it tucked away in a small alley at Charterhouse only added to the atmosphere.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere and great food

p
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend really liked delicious food and nice atmosphere. We will definitely come back again.

V
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful evening - celebrated a birthday and were thoroughly looked after and treated to complementary birthday cake. The lamb dish to share was divine.

f
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable and efficient service allowing us to eat easily without being late for our concert. Everyone enjoyed their food - a bunch of foodies with a French chef amongst our group - we have high standards !

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have visited La Café du Marche on average about once per year over the last 10 years or so and have never been disappointed. I ate with a friend last Thursday lunch time and the menu was varied and the service very quick. Its always a good choice to eat whenever I am in the city.

w
London
47 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having recently rediscovered Café du Marche after a 20 year break it is living up to its previous reputation. It a real old fashioned French restaurant, with great food, good service and a great ambiance. I really recommend it.

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing gem in centre of the city - you can imagine being in a small French village. The play de your is the way to go....

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful. Very good throughout and outstanding experience overall which may have had something to do with the company.
Many thanks

G
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious pre-concert dinner from specials menu. Quiet until 6.45, then began to fill rapidly. Attentive service. £76 for 2 with glass of wine each.