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About Le Cafe du Marche

We are a French restaurant in the heart of Smithfield – in fact, we are three restaurants. You will find us at the end of a cobbled mews, approximately 40 yards from Charterhouse Square and Charterhouse Street. The Café is open for lunch Monday to Friday (12 pm to 2.30 pm) and for dinner Monday to Saturday (6 pm - 10 pm). The Café is the main restaurant on the ground floor serving predominantly provincial French cuisine. Upstairs we also have Le Grenier, a similar restaurant with a greater emphasis on grilled dishes. Le Rendezvous, our brasserie, is round the corner on Charterhouse Street.
We have been here for nearly 25 years – but in case you haven't found us previously, we would like to invite you now.

22 Charterhouse Square
Charterhouse Mews
London, EC1M 6DX
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, European

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
Sundays closed

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7608 1609

Website:
http://www.cafedumarche.co.uk/

Entertainment:

Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.

Parking Details:

There are 'pay and display' places in the NCP car park in the square next to the restaurant. In the evenings, you can park in the nearby streets (single yellow lines).

Public Transit:

The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.

Executive Chef:
Simon Cottard

Additional:
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Le Cafe du Marche Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
Romantic (10)
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Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Live Music (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (London)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Le Café du Marché is a firm favourite of mine, and I try to frequent it at least twice a year. My guest and I tend to order the Côte De Boeuf as a main, but try various starters and deserts. The venue never disappoints, with a fantastic service and delicious food. This time, the staff even added more to the experience by moving us to a better table and flash frying a steak as my guest had a nervous stomach! Very kind and attentive from start to finish. A classic in London, we’ll worth checking out. Enjoy!

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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Cafe du Marche was as great as it always is. My friend had not been to you for many years,
and he was suitably impressed!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lovely meal from start to finish sitting on the lower level was slightly quieter but there was still a chatter from the other dinners.

Serving was well paced, not hurried and staff were attentive.

Using Taste card made the 3 course meal with wine exceptional value

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 (London)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Repeat visit. Warm efficient table service. Slight let down was some of the food. Little gem salad excellent as was pudding but main course duck confit over cooked dry and in a gloup pretending to be a veloute. I know from experience this must have been an off day. We were tight for time so paid and marked it down to experience but it was nt up to usual form on the food.

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 (London)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We returned ,after a gap of some years, with warm memories of our last visit and encouraged by a good review in the Guardian.
The welcome was just adequate although we sat with a jug of water for 25 minutes before being able to persuade a waiter to bring us some wine and some bread.
The first course risotto was over cooked, the haloumi inedible and the toast with which it was served , burnt.
The duck confit was over cooked and tough, the breast of duck was raw; red rather than pink.
The Eton Mess ,served in a Knickerbocker Glory glass, was truly a mess and the meringue soggy.
First courses average price was £8-9 and mains £25-33. The wine list showed an adequate choice but at exagerated prices.
Throughout dinner a pianist played so loudly, and so close to our table, that conversation was difficult.
This was a disastrous and expensive evening and I regret that we came and brought old friends.
A celebration it was not.

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 (London)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Delightfully French excellent food good background music and a well balanced wine list

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Very cozy French restaurant with delicious dishes...although there was no candle in my fiancee's dessert for his birthday, it was still a special evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (London)·Dined on June 5, 2017

food is fantastic good and environment is very cosy

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Lovely Côte du Boeuf. Really tasty.

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 (London)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Very relaxing, good food and wine. The new bar area is great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (London)·Dined on April 26, 2017

I always call C d M 'the original and best'. The formula has been in place for years, but never feels dated. Always a unique ambiance, excellent wine list and efficient staff.
Cote de boeuf was perfect and they rooted out a particular bottle, unprompted, from the cellar when i expressed dismay that there was none to hand.
A real gem, just off the beaten track. One of life's constants.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on April 11, 2017

It has always been a pleasure to eat at Cafe du Marche and this time the experience was no less. The food is delicious and the wine list good. Service is friendly and efficient.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Authentic French cuisine, good service and lovely food

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food was greet good but not exceptional. Menu was varied but no absolute wow factor. Good prepared well and tasty. Staff are young and need a brush up on service. Removing places from table when people are still eating is a no no. So is pouring the next bottle of wine in tip of a non-finished glass of the old bottle. My guests liked it and that was the main thing. It's definitely worth going to but watch the staff.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 27, 2017

A gem. Superb French cuisine using excellent ingredients. It is always a pleasure to dine there.

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 (London)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We hadn't been to Cafe du Marche for about a year and had fond memories of it. We booked it for a gentle birthday celebration with good friends. The ambiance remains intimate and a little bit like being on holiday and the food was generally rather lovely but it wasn't as good as we remembered.

The first gripe was that the serving staff were lacking in both training and sufficient understanding of English. We could have tried French too but it didn't seem as though they were French anyway. We ended up not quite ordering the pre-dinner drinks we wanted because it was easier to give in and and just agree with whatever they managed to repeat back to us, to avoid further confusion. Secondly we had one vegetarian in our group and he had very little choice of dishes - although i had called beforehand and been assured vegetarians are well catered for. The puddings were a bit of a mixed bag with not very well-defined flavours and over-complicated. Just some really well-made traditional French desserts would have gone down better.

On the bright side the main courses were well-cooked and delicious - particularly the meat dishes and the wine was delicious - if a bit expensive. Overall, it would have been a better experience if the service had been better trained.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Whenever I am in the city I always choose this restaurant for the quality of its food and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on February 14, 2017

lovely place to spend valentines day, would definitely return, live music was fantastic as well

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Lovely French restaurant serving excellent food. Friendly attentive and very efficient staff, great decor and relaxing atmosphere with the added bonus of lovely piano playing whilst dining. An overall very pleasant experience and great if you want to push the boat out ! May be a touch too expensive for some , but worth the experience for a special occasion. Great choices on the menu, covering most tastes , we had a fantastic time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Very good all round. Always an enjoyable place to eat if you like French cooking. Attractive setting and attentive service. Piano player adds an individual note.

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 (London)·Dined on January 19, 2017

I thought it was very good. I booked it as an anniversary surprise as it is my husbands favourite restaurant ...confirmed with him not withstanding i had put my number in open table so rather blew that but none the less, great. SUSAN ( not Alexander ) Janes

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The Gnocchi starter is a must try, as is the Côte de boeuf (for two to share - for an intimate dining experience). We also ordered a Malbec to accompany. The live music was also a delight, as always. It's one of my favourite restaurants and I shall continue to visit every few months as the experience is always... perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We have not eaten here for over a year and now I feel we have missed out as the four of us all had different starters, mains and puddings and the feedback was unanimously positive.

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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Our second visit to Cafe du Marche - and it is already our favourite. The food is
excellent and the service is great. The pianist started at 20 past 8 - so we only had time
for one request! We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Charming restaurant, delicious food and great wine list

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2016

French restaurant with food wine and staff to match. Musical accompaniment. Not so loud that you need to shout but loud enough for a private conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Great location, ambience and good French bistro food. Decent wine list.

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 (London)·Dined on October 25, 2016

We met some old friends for lunch and the food whole dining experience was memorable. Service was very good and friendly. Our rapport with Joao made it memorable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Food is excellent and wines very good value. Service at times is idiosyncratic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Everything was perfect actually: food, service, athmosphere. I really hope the building site opposite ends soon, returning the beautiful square to the neighbourhood and making the access to the restaurant less sinister and dark as it is instead now...

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Been eating here for over 20 years, the food is consistently good and interesting and the wine list of good quality to sustain one's interest. Service can be surly sometimes but was great this time. My guests all said best meal they had had for years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The pianist was excellent - good choice of music but not too loud. Gave a nice background ambience.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Lovely service, food & wine. Attentive and friendly staff. Splendid mid-week birthday evening for my wife.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on September 10, 2016

It has been a while since I was last able to dine at Le Cafe du Marche and it was delightful to see that there has been little change. I would recommend the place to anyone looking for a comfortable very French establishment. The only quibble is that there was only one vegetarian dish on the main menu. I know that vegetarianism is rather dismissed in France but this is the UK and a bigger choice would have been welcome.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on September 9, 2016

I requested a special table as my girlfriend and I were celebrating an anniversary. We were not disappointed as we were directed to a private corner table upon arrival. We quickly received some water, freshly baked bread and real butter (both delicious with a fresh taste).

There was a little problem: The watermelon starter didn't have any watermelon! Instead of this being handled awkwardly, a gentle reminder to the waiter earned us a huge bowl of the stuff! This was brought over quickly and we didn't feel shortchanged by it. The mistake was further handled well by making it a running joke, whereby an empty dish would be served, a theatrical apology and then our actual food would be served! It was fun, entertaining and credit to the Maître D, as it was a lovely way to handle a mistake.

If you visit as a couple and love steak, I highly recommend their Cote De Boeuf for two. My guests and I have ordered this each time I've visited and it's always been cooked, and served to perfection. I would go so far as to say, "this is my favourite steak in London"... Quite the claim!

A good red is compulsory, and the waitress, Margot's recommendation was the perfect compliment to the dish. We didn't have the room for desert, but did spot a Strawberry Tart (their desert special for that day), being served to other guests - and it looked delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, (and the room to fit in a desert), I'd highly recommend it.

I've dined here three times over the past 5 years, and each time has been fantastic. Dining at Le Café Du Marché is truly a beautiful experience.

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 (London)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Relaxed, pleasant restaurant. Interesting food. Good, but expensive, wine list.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on September 6, 2016

A lovely restaurant, that I am sorry I only discovered this week-perfect for anything really, great tasty food and very good service, the staff were friendly and really knew the menu well, I commend them for advising a great wine to accompany our meal. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Outstanding food, beautifully presented. The piano player is superb and the ambience is "busy" but you can still have a quiet conversation. Fourth visit to "Le Café" and looking forward to our next.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Small portions of unexceptional food - OK surroundings and service but probably not somewhere I'd go back to

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 (London)·Dined on August 27, 2016

We were a group of four and had an absolute delicious authentic French meal at Cafe du Marche. They waiting staff were incredibly attentive, the wine was delicious and the food was to die for. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The fixed price menu was fair money for the outstanding quality of the food

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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