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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.
London, EC1M 6DX
French, Contemporary French, European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
£41 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
020 7608 1609
Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.
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).
The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room
Le Cafe du Marche Ratings and Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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