Mon Plaisir

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£26 to £40
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French

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Take a stroll down Monmouth Street, London and you'll discover a little piece of England that will remain forever French. Mon Plaisir, London's oldest Family run French Restaurant, has been a purveyor of the finest French cuisine for over half a century. The entente cordial hits you as you enter, and the French atmosphere is as thick as the waiters French accents. You'll find yourself surround by wonderfully original French artefacts, you could find yourself leaning against the pewter topped bar which once graced the lounge of a Lyonnais brothel.

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JosieB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a delightful restaurant with a great atmosphere and history

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AshleyB
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent traditional-style French cuisine. Nice wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Mon Plaisir. The food was very good and the service was impeccable.

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MaggieC
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Good food and drink. But evening spoiled by poor service, inattentive staff and a mistake with the bill. It has been much better on previous visits which emphasises how important waiting staff are to the experience.

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luigi
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent as usual, and the wine (house chablis and Madiran good value

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In London with my wife for an appointment, we alway try to eat at Mon Plaisir as it such a unique place: very French in the heart of London.
We are never disappointed with the food, wine, service or atmosphere. It was a quiet Monday evening, however it such a charming place I think it’s nicer when nit too busy.

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Disappointed
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Unfortunately we were placed right beside 2 large parties who were very loud. Couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant.
Mussels were very gritty, scallops and prawns for main was OK but wasn't very much on your plate. I can make an apple tart tartin better. My other half's tart du jour which was a pear tart was OK.
Very disappointing as some of the reviews were quite good.

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NickV
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor andxambience; very courteous and professional staff and very appetising food. A perfect meeting place for a pre-theatre supper and excellent value.

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MrsB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

have been to mon plasir before over the years. Now prefer the pre theatre menu as it is very good value for money and changes frequently. I love the ambience, the good food and the service. I hope it lasts forever. I have been visiting it (but not that frequently) since I was about 24 and I am now 66!!

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MarioP
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place and relaxing atmosphere.
nice dinner and services

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MaryH
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is always good here but this time it was very salty - not worthy of a big complaint, just unusual. The service was almost too prompt but we were in no hurry and I can imagine if you were short of time, this would be a good thing. Lovely experience as always, we will definitely be back.

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vipSueH
London
33 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely traditional French bistro, hardly changed over the years which is lovely.

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Dixy
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is an authentic French restaurant. The food was average and overpriced.

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vipEC1Foddie
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

A cute and cosy space (as long as one doesn’t sit by the stairs going to the loos - stench!).
The food is very unimpressive: Cote has better duck confit at half the price! Tarte tatin seemed to have been microwaved as did gratin dauphinois.
Service is haphazard and rather clueless; one is much better off speaking French to be understood.
Overall, as much as as we would want to, we can’t recommend Mon Plaisir

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RoyI
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going for years. It never disappoints. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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HermanK
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great time, good food, good wine selection

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vipBigAl
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tres Magnifique

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vipMendonat
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Decline in standards. Not welcoming. Intrusive music in empty restaurant.

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Lockside
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We asked for the quiet table by the window but unfortunately someone else had already booked this. We were left as a very long table of 6 people in the middle of the restaurant and it was very difficult to hear the people speaking at the ends of the table. Food was reasonable. Onion soup excellent as usual as was the vacherin meringue dessert but the moules were indifferent and only just warm. Felt for the price it could be better. This is not the right ambience for a reunion when you want to listen to people talk. Fine for 2 or 4 people but not for 6.

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sulaphil
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
Had to move tables due to smelly toilets but not sure if that’s part of the atmosphere.
Can genuinely recommend the food and attentive service.

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LynnL
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic find, will definitely be returned when in London

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JohnT
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As ever great food, fine wine and good service. A restaurant to return to with confidence and high expectations.

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JeanP
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don’t know why we haven’t been before. Will definitely return

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JoshC
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food, service, atmosphere. Highly recommend

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BarryG
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent pre-matinee lunch with good ambiance and only a short walk from the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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KristaJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little place in a great neighbourhood! Very good food and fairly good wine selection.

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HughF
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for a good French lunch. Gluten free bread available.

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MarkT
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We visited recently for a pre-theatre meal. Two of us had the two course fixed price menu, and one had the Moules from the a la carte menu. The fixed price menu food represented good value, but could have been better seasoned and was a little uninspired. A similar experience about 10 years ago was much better and well enough remembered to cause us to re-book this time. The Moules, by contrast, were superb. The staff were charming and very attentive.

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IanB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been to Mon Plaisir several times and always appreciate the warm welcome and the excellent service.
We had the set menu - food is well-priced but in our view 9 pounds for a glass of 'OK' house wine is quite excessive.
There was a very noisy table near us but I guess that is not the restaurant's fault.
This time the saumon was a little dry and not up to Mon Plaisir's usual standard.
But we will be back!

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear IanB, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Please to read you enjoy our ongoing hospitality. I am sorry you don't like our Mon Plaisir House wine, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc, which have been selected with great care, are extremely popular and well liked. Also please note for clarification that you choose a 1/4 carafe (250ml)and not the usual 175ml glass! We all look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes.

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ExLibris81
London
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely lunch and friendly, attentive service - a great go-to restaurant when in the West End.

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OswaldoG
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon Plaisir is a hidden gem, one of the best restaurants in London. I have been there several times and always left extremely satisfied.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear OswaldoG, Thank you for your loyalty over the years and also for sharing your experience with us. It is always a pleasure welcoming you and we all look forward to your next visit. Merci et a bientot.

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MichaelS
London
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mon Plaisir has been serving classic French cuisine for over 50 years. They do it excellently. The Bearnaise sauce was perfect. The whole experience is marvellously French.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear MickaelS, Merci Monsieur for your loyalty over the years. Team Mon Plaisir will keep on welcoming you again and look forward to your next visit. Merci encore et a bientot!

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57me
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really enjoyable experience. A warm welcome. Friendly and professional staff and a first class pre theatre meal.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear 57me, thank you for taking time to share your experience with us which is very much enjoyed by Team Mon Plaisir. MErci et a bientot.

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MartinH
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Straight forward French Brasserie. Food was OK only. Fairly good value for money.

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DanB
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service was amazing - our waitress was really helpful and attentive and great at cheese recommendations! Felt like we had stepped out of London into France.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear DanB, Merci for your lovely comments. Our pleasure is yours! Merci et a bientot!

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ThierryB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. True “French”ambiance. A very pleasant experience.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on February 23, 2020

Dear ThierryB, Merci beaucoup pour vos supers commentaires! A bientot.

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SpencerI
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Not the first time we have eaten here and it won’t be the last
Lunch menu was lovely , staff very friendly cheese board to die for !!!!!
One little grip we were sat right in door way lots of noise , cold draft and everyone walking past better tables left empty

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vipJohn
London
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great restaurant. Authentc French classic dishes. A perfect, unchanging menu. Wonderfully executed cooking and presentation. The ecallope de veau was outstanding.

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Loretta
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lots of choice, well cooked and fresh. Lively atmosphere, but not too noisy. Friendly and attentive service.

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RhubarbinCustody
London
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been taken to Mon Plaisir many times as a child by my parents up to 40 years ago (my father having been a regular customer from Mon Plaisir's early days, going back at least to the 1950s), it was wonderful to go back and find that it's retained the Parisian character and charm, and is pretty much as I remember it (albeit with some additional seating areas). We only had time for the pre-theatre menu, so did not get to have the steak-frites I always used to have, which always used to be on the pre-theatre menu but now only appears on the A La Carte (I'll therefore have to get back again soon, not least for those addictive Pommes Allumettes!), but what we had was perfect in the time available.

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