L'Escargot

4.7
3399 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 !

Experiences

  • London Restaurant Festival

    £32.50 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2021

    Set menu per head: Choice of asparagus or lobster bisque for start with one special cocktail and one main course with a glass of wine. £65 for two, excluding service charge

Offers

  • Chateaubriand Offer at £55 (for two)

    £55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Chateaubriand with frites & Béarnaise sauce + 2 glasses of wine
  • Sushi & Cocktail by Sushi Master Victor Klomu

    £16.00 per person

    Jun 8 - Aug 28, 2021

    L’Escargot is London’s oldest French restaurant, ideally located in the heart of buzzing Soho. It may be old but it is certainly on trend. This summer they have launched a Sushi and Cocktail promotion created by Sushi Master Victor Klomu. The offer is available Tuesday - Saturday from 12-9pm. • Makimono Platter at £32* for two, including 12 pieces of sushi and 2 Signature cocktails. Choice of California, Wild mushroom & Truffle or Spiced Aubergine • Luxury Platter at £42* for two, including 12 pieces of sushi and 2 Signature cocktails. Choice of Unagi, Lobster or Soft-shell Crab * Excluding service
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Tue - Sat 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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 3399 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TonyW
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A most enjoyable lunch among friends. Excellent cuisine and although the Chateau Beaumont was unavailable, the Leoville Barton made up for it very well.

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JasonL
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always.
Will return again when I’m next in town

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AndrewB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the atmosphere great. Highly recommended

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SimonN
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, atmospheric unpretentious restaurant. The food was simple and sublime - classic dishes made perfectly. By far and away the best Beef Wellington (although, being French it was 'en croute') I have ever had. Perfectly cooked, succulent fillet wrapped in beautifully crispy and flavourful filo pastry. And the pistachio souffle was was of those dishes that will stick with you forever, so unbelievably tasty that you need to book a second night in the hotel just to return the following day!
Staff were friendly and attentive and the pianist provided wonderful background entertainment with renditions of everything from One, from A Chorus Line, to the theme from ET, whilst also mashing The Phantom Of The Opera with How Much Is That Doggy In the Window. Perfect.

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Niall
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food in a classic setting, snails are the highlight

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Silverarrows
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing evening, the ambience, the layout out, and of course the food, such incredible tastes and texture and so well presented. Our thanks also to lovely waiter from Sheffield who looked after us all evening. Many thanks from the Birthday Girl ;-)

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ElenaL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime. The atmosphere, service, food, wine and cocktails were all incredible. The lighting was just right. The table was perfect and cosy like sitting in your own living room but with the luxuries of being looked after. We were there for over four hours, didn’t want to leave. Recommended for a date or a catch up with friends. The fact that I could also bring my dog in and get the same service we received is truthfully very relaxing. Great experience. I will be visiting again very soon and make this a regular thing. Couldn’t recommend enough.

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AndreaH
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and good balanced menu. A delightful evening which also included an accomplished pianist

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GeorgeW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Perfect place for a romantic date.

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Paule
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was an exceptionally welcoming and friendly restaurant. The sushi was outstanding and the main courses were excellent. Wine and cocktails were delicious. Great evening for a date.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of visiting L’Escargot for my Mum’s 60th Birthday. We had been a little worried by some of the more recent comments but I have to say our evening was excellent from beginning to end - do not be put off!! The Lobster Bisque was sensational, but beware it is quite filling. The Chateaubriand was cooked to perfection. Lovely touch bringing us some chocolates on a plate with candles to sing Happy Birthday at the end. Thank you L’Escargot, we are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Tower2dine
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The main downstairs dinning room was so hot it made the dining experience unbearable we left as quickly as we could. Why mangers would not check and use their a/c is incomprehensible.... food was ok not great but the atmosphere was not something I’d rush to return to ...... we became ill so got out of there ASAP one our eating was done

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sueF
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a set menu meal which was very good value. The food was excellent and the service could not be faulted, friendly efficient , but not too much. The ambience was just right too .

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AliH
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was incredibly tasty, especially the lobster bisque! Staff were friendly and attentive and we loved the ambiance. Perfect for a special occasion!

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vipFrancisW
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as ever! Never fails to impress. Food, atmosphere, service

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MadeleineB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful night here. The food is incredible, staff are laid back and knowledgable. No doubt it was a treat price wise but absolutely worth it.

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David
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food excellent served efficiently & professionally we'll definitely be back

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Discerning
London
58 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time of dining within July. Like everything about this restaurant, a gem in the heart of Soho. Good choice of food for gluten & dairy free, great atmosphere and service. Definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food and no rush service. Knowledgeable waiter and barman. No where better for me.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place. Fabulous food and wonderful service.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The bread and the butter were very nice. The starter was excellent and the main course was very good. We did not have a dessert. The wine was excellent.
The service was excellent, and I would particularly note that our waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful.
However, had we known, then we would have preferred to have been seated in the rear dining room which looked much more comfortable pleasant.
The front dining room looks “very tired” and needs a thorough refurbishment. The table at which we were seated was old and the chairs were not very comfortable. Consequently the ambiance of the room was not good.
I enjoyed the lunch and I will return again.

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Sargon
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweetbreads done to perfection. Difficult to find.

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WendyR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good, friendly service. Not loads of choice, but tournedos Rossini was really nice. Less good was the fact there was only one toilet for both ladies and gents. Only one cubicle, located next to the urinals.

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BethanS
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for a meal for my 30th birthday and the whole experience was SUCH a treat. The service was impeccable. The food was some of the best food I’ve ever had. I want to relive the whole night. Amazing, thank you!

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JuliaS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant all round, great service, excellent food - the lobster was delicious! Unhurried experience, spot on for pre theatre supper.

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KateS
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I’ve always loved L’escargot. The good is always the incredible and it’s a really lovely building.

This time was just as good although the staff weren’t quite up to their usual high standards to start with. It took a while for them to come and take our order initially but once they got into the swing of things with the food they were great.

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Tristram1foodie
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Super food. Great service.

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natw
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, from both the sushi and the à la carte menus. Superb service from our Italian waiter

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EliasG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant great food def will be back loved there

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Ronny1988
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars service & excellent foods! Authentic French food and lovely atmosphere! We enjoyed all.

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ZHDC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full hearted recommendation. Great food, extremely kind service and epic pianist!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite and attentive. Ordered another drink before my main but wanted it in 10mins so I could enjoy with my guineafowl. 10mins later it arrived on time. Food was delicious and piping hot. Fantastic. Live piano in the background, created a lovely ambiance for our date night. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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JCxx
London
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful environment
Lovely food
Was my first visit and will definitely be returning

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tanyae
London
38 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sense of joy and excitement in visiting L'Escargot. You know you're going to have an amazing dinner, great service with a lovely atmosphere. We brought our dog this time and he was treated like the Prince that he is. Fabulous evening.

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Cordelia
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious; lobster bisque and chateaubriand were outstanding. Beautiful wine and the service was faultless. Thank you!

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Malop
Brighton
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, food, and service. recommend anyone like to have some traditional french food in the UK

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and an amazing dining experience. Delicious food and great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, will definitely return

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StuartH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sushi at what is supposedly a quintessential French restaurant... come on guys really ?

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my boyfriend’s birthday and we had a beautiful meal. Obviously we had to have the escargot flambè which was fabulous and the lobster and Halibut were both cooked so well. They even brought over a happy birthday sweet treat for my boyfriend. We will be back very soon

FAQs

L'Escargot is rated 4.7 stars by 3399 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.