L'Escargot

4.6
3423 Reviews
£26 to £40
French
Set in the heart of Soho, L’Escargot, established in 1927, is London’s oldest and most renowned French restaurant. It has been host to stars of stage and screen including Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Elton John, the Beatles, Sam Smith, Will Young and was one of Princess Diana’s favourites.

L'Escargot is now under the ownership of Brian Clivaz and George Pell, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants and private member's clubs. James Tyrrell is the Head Chef and his dishes celebrate classic french cooking with a modern and healthy twist.

Signature dishes include Snails in garlic butter, Lobster bisque, Chateaubriand, Tournedos "Rossini". The Creme Brulee has been called "..best in the world". L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list.

The restaurant serves great cocktails, caters for vegetarian and vegan diners, and is dog friendly !

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  • Chateaubriand Offer at £55 (for two)

    £55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Chateaubriand with frites & Béarnaise sauce + 2 glasses of wine
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    Tue - Sat 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3423 people are saying
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DanielB
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, the food is exquisite,lobster,beef fillet-absolututely divine. Pianist just added to the enjoyment of the evening , perfect candlelit dinner for two venue

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RichardL
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good if quite pricey good atmosphere and pleasant staff

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TomD
London
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For an early dinner post matinee this was perfect and the set menu was great value for such nice food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family pre theatre lunch. Set menu great value and very tasty (especially Toulouse sausage and lentils).
Creme brûlée a triumph.

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Chris
London
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good and the sent menu was good value. The building was very interesting, though in need of some love and care. Though it is nice not to hurried, the service was bit too relaxed.

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SChee
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Extremely poor service which ruined the evening and we left early.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Could have helped pour the wine a little more. Ambience and atmosphere was elegant.

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River6665
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sadly I was unable to get to the restaurant for my booking before our theatre performance due to tube strike, however my companion did and she was treated extraordinarily well looked after fed well and wasn’t made to feel awkward at all. Well done

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MFitzP
London
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was impeccable and the food was very good. The round table we sat at in the front space was a little cold due to the air coming in when the front door opened but not too bad. Wine list had reasonably priced bottles and we have a lovely Cote de Rhone.

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Discerning
London
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This has become our favourite place to eat, wonderful choice & high standard of food, great ambiance. A great alternative to all the more modern cuisine, good traditional French flavours. Highly recommend!

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DavidH
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service was very poor. Forgot the drinks order and did not receive a wine
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The food was excellent

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Skyblue2
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venison melted in the mouth, can recommend the grand marnier souffle weren't going to have a dessert but the waiter sold it to us so glad he did it was lovely.
The service was great never felt rushed

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MartinB
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience, as always. It is not cheap, but it is great value. A great experience 👌

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PeterH
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, very reasonably priced, great ambiance and attentive but not intrusive service.

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Escher
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service was great, the noise level was unexpectedly a bit high.

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Francophile1
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service !
Bisque was the best samled for may a day (including France and other foodie Capitals)
Was worried by the previous comments about the service but the person serving us was outsatnding . Knowledgable and some great recommendations
Havent been to L'Escargot for over 10yrs but will return again shortly if it is always this good

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

La table a laquelle nous étions assise étais bancale !
Comme vous le savez la truffe a un goût très fort et particulier j’ai commandé un château brillant à la truffe … une grosse tranche de semblant de champignon habiller la viande sans aucun goût….le foie gras n’avez aucun goût j’ai même crus que j’avais le covid !!! La statue d’ange à coter de notre table étais un nid à poussière ainsi que le pot de fleurs qui dérange plus qu’autre chose ….
Enfin heureusement que j’étais en bonne compagnie ….

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Somme
London
50 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent evening at my favourite table, table 16, the atmosphere, the service, the food as always a delight

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HenriL
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real nice French interior. A very friendly welcome and good service. I started with,yes, Escargots in garlic butter. Very very tasty. My wife opted for the Lobster Salad. A real treat too. Our main was the Chateaubriand, for 2. Prepared ‘seignant’ served with onion and Potatoes Dauphinois. Everything was really prepared deliciously. We drank a Macon with this. Very nice.. the ambiance was fantastic, with live piano music. We will return.

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AmandaL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food and drink was magnificent. Yes it’s pricey but you know that when you book. Perfect for an extra special occasion. We had the chateaubriand and it was perfect.

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GeoffP
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. The menu of the day was great value. Table layout is very comfortable. The Bar was a bit pressured form time to time but it did not spoil the experience.

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SaraG
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic lunch! We eat regularly at L’escargot Sur Mer so it was fabulous to visit the London restaurant, a favourite of my husband years ago. My starter of fricasse of snails was probably the most delicious dish I have ever tasted! Praise indeed. Thank you so much.

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GastroLover
Kent
71 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening to celebrate our friends 60th. A wonderful restaurant in an old house in Greek Street. Easy to find. Tastefully decorated and cosy, so good for romance as well as socialising with family or friends. Unable to get a table until 9.30 so not terribly hungry as a tad too late. Opted for the lobster which was cooked to perfection. Served with a small salad so required extra sides (fries and more salad). All tasted beautiful. The pear tart to follow was also exquisite. Service faultless. The waitress knew all about the food and wine and answered lots of questions knowledgeable. The atmosphere was noisy but not loud so comfortable to talk to friends without having to shout. The pianist who played throughout our stay completed to a fabulous evening out. Would definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was not great not bad about what was to be expected at this level of restaurant. The service was certainly not up to scratch. From the knife to cut my steak being blunt to not once pouring the wine we ordered to forgetting the bread which we ordered. The service was not rude but just a nice set of people not doing a good job.

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MarkF
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great staff, lovely atmosphere. Live piano player who took a request, can't recommend this place highly enough

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JaySea
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a fantastic evening at the restaurant. The service and food were excellent. Worth every penny.

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MaryT
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always L'secargot retains its high standards.
The menu is a little limited though.
This is still one of my favourite restaurants in London

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RCWME
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. Staff were delightful. Decor and ambience adorable and distinctive. It is dog friendly - what a wonderful place to be privileged to bring our dog! We had a lovely evening and will hopefully return again. Many thanks.

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richard
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite our unavoidably late lunch booking we were treated with utmost care and attention and had a most wonderful lunch in the unbeatable ambience of this place . Beautiful food and very reasonably priced and excellent service. Thank you l'escargot !

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Pantagruel
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've always liked the ambience at L'Escargot, the food is always excellent and your prices are good. Service on Thursday was especially friendly, and I look forward to my next visit.

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israelmendonca
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by our waiter.
Wine selection is superb.
Food was really good. The fillet steak was amazing but we got really disappointed by the cheese board selection: poor quality, badly presented with too much chutney and bread and too little cheese. I had better cheeseboard selections from airlines …

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Fafner
London
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Old fashioned but therefore exceptional venue. Service particularly good.

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RichardJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Service thoughtful, food excellent. Thank you.

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AndyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, perfect for a lunch where you need to talk!

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ClaireW
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a beautiful place for a meal. Food was absolutely delicious and service attentive but relaxed.

Pianist was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I had the 6 piece l’escargot which came with six shells but only 5 full of meat. The waitress apologised and offered a new plate for free but this time, the l’escargot was slimy. As someone who loves and knows how to prep and cook l’escargot well- I was disappointed. The l’escargot was slathered in a decent garlic, coriander butter sauce but I had the lobster as a main and it was ALSO slathered in the same sauce- boring. Pomme dauphinois was excellent- certainly recommend! My cocktail- the raspberry mojito was underwhelming and tasted like your most disliked childhood medicine. Great ambience though and waitress was sweet. Value for food? Not worth it

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ConorB
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks are great and the Chateaubriand is fantastic. Thanks for a lovely evening!

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KeithW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our party of 5 (aged 27 to 59) had different meals and we all liked our choices. Sat on the ground floor, toward the back near the piano. Ambience was excellent with good spaces between the tables. Relaxed vibe. Staff were attentive and efficient. Top marks to them. Overall I have eaten nicer meals but this is certainly one of the best settings.

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StephanieB
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We went for the Pre-theatre set menu, with a side of escargot. Each of the dishes presented were unique and delicious. The quality of the ingredients was palpable. The red and white wines we had for the table were delicious.
The one flaw was the double espresso, which was essentially a half americano in a cappuccino cup. Otherwise, I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant - just, don't ask about the Picasso.

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TobyB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a dinning experience which didnt let me down. Nuno was a perfect host and gentleman throughout. I couldnt get hold of one snail and he brought me 6 more. delicious chateubriand and wine. Dauphanoise to die for. I didnt even look at the bill at the end. whatever the price was...it was worth it! GO!

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L'Escargot is rated 4.6 stars by 3423 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.