Pierre Victoire

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Tucked away down Dean Street amongst the hustle and the hipsters is the Pierre Victoire, one of Soho’s favourite dining institutions. This little haunt has been serving up rustic French cuisine to loyal regulars for over a decade, and this is still one of London’s favourite places for date nights and cosy pre-theatre meals. Part Provencal, part Art Nouveau, the dining room at Pierre Victoire is decorated with whitewashed walls, chalkboard menus, a vintage piano, eclectic artworks, untreated wooden floorboards and wine bottles stuffed with drippy candles, and the wholesome home-style cuisine and moreish wine is all delightfully affordable. With a steak-centric menu, Pierre Victoire also serves tasty omelettes, creative salads and plenty of seafood.
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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service, but of course a table of noisy customers spoils the atmosphere somewhat.

KA
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best value for money places in central London (especially for lunch). Tasty and well presented food, cozy atmosphere and good service.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Not the place for a pre theatre meal - go to Macdonalds instead for a better time.

We went for a pre theatre meal because:
1. Their website stated "Pierre Victoire is the premier choice for those looking for a delightful and great-value pre-theatre meal within a few yards of some of the best theatre shows in the West End London."
2. Tables were booked for a max time of 105 Minutes (so we assumed that this was plenty of time for a meal)
3. Their staff at the time of ordering said 60 mins was plenty of time for a full 3 course meal. They even promised they would ask the chef to prepare our meals as quickly as possible. I like to make sure restaurants know we are on a schedule and also tell them we have less time than we have allowed for.

We actually allowed for 90 mins (preferred time and we could skip coffees if required) and had up to 100 mins if required.

The meal took 60 mins to arrive. After 30 mins of waiting the enjoyment start to wane. After the 45 mins we were getting worried. By the time the meal arrived all enjoyment was lost, we were stressed and frustrated and rushed out meals. We also missed out on deserts - something we always look forward to.

If they cant offer a pre dinner service then DONT advertise it! Or warn customers they need to allow 2 to 3 hours for a meal. I'm sure if we had time for a 2 to 3 hours meal we would have had a enjoyable meal.

SD
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and ambiance

SB
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely would come back.
The food was great, the service and ambiance good, the prices were not too high -- we paid £35 per person for mains and dessert plus a bottle of wine.
There were only two faults to the evening -- although the piano player was a nice touch, it was a tad too loud and made conversation tricky. Also, the waiter (politely) asked us to leave after 2 hours, which I guess is not unusual for London; however we weren't informed of this in advace, so was a bit of a nuisance.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and very friendly staffs. Live music was playing. Will be back for the 3 mid time for sure

h
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow to start with because the restaurant was packed and staff were rushed off their feet! We were made very welcome and once we had placed our order everything went smoothly. We have visited Pierre Victoire a few times previously and, as ever, the food was excellent; great value. The staff were lovely; the piano player great. We’ll be back.

D
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another visit and as good as it always is. Really glad I booked as it was packed at 6pm on a Wednesday. The 2 or 3 course set menu is great value, with lots of choice, and it also changes slightly every 2 weeks.

CG
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch, at a reasonable price for Central London

BW
London
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feels authentic, food quality above average, extensive menu and amazing value at £11.90 for two courses lunch time!

TG
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I come here a lot - great food, great atmosphere and very reasonably priced. Thank you!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and an interesting menu. Highly recommended.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful bistro with good food and services. Highly recommended!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely meal, service took a while for them to take our order for a drink before taking our food order.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a gem:)
Very lovely place, excellent food and fantastic atmosphere. Very romantic. We had steak tartare (that’s what we came for). Always reserve a table especially for Friday / Saturday dinner. Ask for a table on your left as you walk into the restaurant (tables on the right are by the aisle).

A bill came slightly higher than we expected, but still manageable given London “realities”. For two mains (steak tartare), bottle of wine, two puddings and salad side we paid ~£100.
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DC
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely long lunch here with old friends. The food was perfectly cooked and the staff were warm and friendly and didnt hustle us out.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Discreet, good food and great wine.

JD
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Live piano playing added to the ambience!

HO
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, with amazing prices especially right in the centre of London. Efficient service. Had a chance to meet the owner. Friendly chap. I thoroughly recommend the place for a good lunch.

S
London
62 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been many times never fails to impress. The staff are so friendly. Customers are fun too. You feel like you’re in Paris without the attitude. The pianist was fantastic and created the best of atmospheres on a dark grey Tuesday evening. Steak tartar a triumph. Good selection of wines which don’t break the bank. Go and enjoy the vibe.

PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for a pre theatre dinner and was very impressed with the quality of the food and the choice on the set menu.

D
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing new to say following my many previous reviews, except that this visit was the quietest one I have ever had! Luckily, this meant my friend and I were able to have a good long chat!

No-one hurried us or tried to shoo us out of the door; the staff here are always exemplary. Food was delicious, too!

Hope to go back soon.

MW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Food was excellent but just after we started our meal a pianist arrived and started playing the piano VERY loudly - in fact so loudly we could not hear each other speak. He continued without interruption for almost two hours by which time we had finished our meal. We could not wait to leave and will never go there again. Fine if you want to shout at each other but for a civilised meal and good conversation not a good place.

DE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went with a friend we both had the set menu which had a very good choice and was excellent. For starters we had Smoked Chicken Salad and Garlic Mussels and mains we both had Cassoulet all very well prepared. Good wine selection. Friendly staff and reasonably priced.

S
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything good - location, food, drinks, prices and service. Will definitely visit again when next in London

R
Columbus
95 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London. I actually ate here twice this trip. Always a great selection of items to choose from, and the price is great! The duck confit is one of my favorite dishes, and they always prepare it in a tasty manner!

RM
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An atmospheric and lively French Bistro with very good food at reasonable prices. I'm a regular.

JA
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Amiable staff. Set menu pre-theatre. The falafal was very crunchy - I'd say over cooked. Had flavour but not rather usual texture. Veggie main Tartiflette aux Champignons’ Gratin of creamy potatoes etc was very disappointing. liquid 'sauce'. few mushrooms, with a very strong cheese flavour and did not see and creamy potatoes - more sliced slightly hard slices. Not as I remember in the old days. Very popular so perhaps these days just not a place if not a meat eater.

VB
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Tables are very close together. My Falafels we’re burnt and dry. My Main dish, chicken roulade, had three small slithers of potatoes which were also burnt, so very disappointing. The chicken was nice, but that was all. My partner enjoyed the mussels for starter, then Boeuf bourguignon which was just ok. Tarte tarin and Crème Brûlée we’re both good.

CC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is a perfect pre-theatre restaurant and the upstairs section is preferable to the basement which might be ok if you were with a group but not as a couple. Upstairs is lively and busy. Despite the fact that we were at a table next to the stairs we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent and the service was good considering everything had to be delivered from the basement kitchen.

EU
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere - lively and cosy - with a really great, good value pre-theatre set menu.

D
London
52 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good sized portions and quality ingredients. Live music from a pianist which is great but a bit too loud at tines. Great atmosphere overall.

P
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner, great value for money and excellent pianist

CR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Code as usual was wonderful. This time was very noisy

LP
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , just gets better and better , lovely Hake en papilotte

S
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Good foods and nice piano playing whilst enjoying the dinner!

JB
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Pierre Victoire every time we visit London over the last two or three years and are never disappointed. The food and service have always been good, offering good value for money. Our experience was enhanced this time as there was a pianist playing. No doubt we will visit again when we next return to London!

M
London
64 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable meal. The food and wine were very tasty, and reasonably priced. The service was great and while I'm not sure if there is live music every night, on Saturday the pianist was fantastic and really set a positive mood for dinner.

WT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The guy who was working behind the bar didn't really 'welcome' us in, but the guy who took over from him was much more attentive and pleasant. The waitresses were all very pleasant. The food was good but not piping hot. I'm sure I saw that the desserts were priced at £3 each, but we were charged £5.50 each.
Overall we enjoyed our meal on a wet Saturday Night.

JZ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was owkey, be mindful or what to pick, I had a ragout, with no sauce.. bit odd. We were placed next to the door, which isn't an issue, but as we were in the corner is took forever to get hold off a remember to place our order. Eventually also googled the dessert menu as it took so long to arrive after our mains were taken away. Pity, I've been there before and was much better that time. Would just recommend not sitting next to the door as you'll be ignored!