L'Escargot

4.6
3446 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 !

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

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TracyM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic delicious French food and perfect service.

HL
vipHLCfoodie
London
41 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Lovely food but very slow service! The food and wine are still very good at this venerable institution but the service was unbelievably slow. I would recommend for a long, lazy lunch but not a quick bite!

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AlexH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we had was excellent and perfectly cooked, including the chateaubriand. Service was excellent and kept on top of everything we needed and wanted, overall a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’escargot is always a joy. For me the real treat is taking my dog too. The food is amazing (classic French). Predictably it is eye wateringly expensive but that is hardly a secret. The service is unhurried leading to a very relaxing experience. I enjoyed every moment and for me it was worth every penny. They know exactly what they are doing and the staff really invest in their customers. So well done L’escargot and thanks for another lovely meal.

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CharlotteE
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. The baked half lobster and cassoulet were incredible. Would definitely recommend and look forward to returning another day.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The restaurant is lovely but the food is not great. For the price they offer it is not justified. The stuff is very casual, not what you expect when you go to a restaurant like this. They would have a lot to learn from Brasserie Zedel

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PaulJ
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate here at the samevtime of year and then would have given it 100%, this time it was just a little down, we phoned ahead to check we could go into the bar before hand onlyvto be told on arrival that a private party was there, we hoped also that would be over by the end of our meal to have coffees and liquors, that unfortunately did not happen. Everything else was great, the food was excellent especially the trademark escargot and the staff where excellent also.....our guests enjoyed it too including their furst sampling of french snails.....of course we would recommend it

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Liam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I have eaten in a very long time. Would highly recommend.

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LucyPB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for a romantic meal before the theatre. The food was delicious, I would recommend the Lobster salad to start.
The restaurant has old school glamour and very friendly staff, definitely worth a visit.

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Titalex
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic French cuisine! Everything was excelcional. I will definately come back.

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MattS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this restaurant on a busy Saturday afternoon. We were running about half an hour late due to delayed trains, we called the restaurant and they were extremely flexible and moved our table back. The ambience was lovely and the staff were extremely friendly and warm. The food was delicious and the wine was perfect. I can see why this restaurant has been around for such a long time.

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TaiL
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu is well balanced and the food is excellent. Plus live piano performance.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant Friday night. Lovely decor and an authentic French feel. The piano was the pièce de résistance! He was brilliant. A lovely, lovely evening!

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vipLoveYummy
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere and delicious food. Can’t wait to return.

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vipJasonC
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Booked it for a long lost friend from Switzerland. Food was French, decor was French, ambience was French, absolutely loved it. Je reviens toute suite !

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gourmetcarnivore
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my go to place for lunch in London. Charming staff, excellent food and spotless ladies room

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TCMS
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, soon back😊 fabulous food and top service, much better than Gordon Ramsay Grill at the Savoy !

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Thierry
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is very fresh and delicious. The snails and beef are amazing.🥰

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AndrewV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had pre theatre dinner on 2/12/21 & had a fabulous experience. The ambience & décor was typically French except for the background music which was English, Christmas pop, which didn't sit quite right.
The food was excellent if a bit pricey - Fillet of Beef, which was delicious & perfectly cooked, was £48.00 & you have to pay separately for potatoes & greens.
The service was excellent throughout our meal.
Would certainly return

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vipPhilip
London
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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RobinB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

if you want the modern, soleless, metal, what seems to be trendy bar like restaurant, that’s rapid, rushed, hectic with a huge selection on the menu, this isn’t the place for you.
My favourite restaurant in London,
if you want personality, character, culture, atmosphere, with staff that take pride in what they do, making you feel like you’re the only one in the restaurant. This is the place for you, the food is delicious, and you can see the quality with presentation and divine taste. If you haven’t guessed already, this is my favourite restaurant in London. It just has an atmosphere that makes me want to feel sophisticated without the pretentiousness. I love it and highly recommend L’Escargot not only for the food but the entire experience , it’s magical.

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NickS
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just wanted to take the time to let you know that we had a lovely meal at L’escargot last night.

We booked on line so there is always a sense of trepidation but as soon as we arrived we were welcomed into a warm and friendly environment.

Our waiter was really good and very attentive which is very unusual these days.

The food was great and traditional French food - snails lobster Chateaubriand crème brûlée soufflé - yum!

One of those nice surprises - we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot food, chilled wine, warm reception & service.

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Rinimum
Essex
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to L'Escargot for pre-theatre dinner, and it didn't disappoint. Very friendly staff, delicious food, and they kindly allowed our son and daughter-in-law who live in London to pop in to say 'hi' and enjoy a mulled wine. We will definitely be back.

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happyeater
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had a nice table and ambience but the meal was overpriced with a limited menu

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DanielB
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good if quite pricey good atmosphere and pleasant staff

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TomD
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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

MW
MichelleW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
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 on November 26, 2021
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

LH
LHYWD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely visit for my partners birthday. The escargot were amazing and the service was phenomenal. Highly recommend!

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MFitzP
London
29 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
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 on November 24, 2021
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!

DH
DavidH
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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

JS
JonathanS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was pretty glum; little ambience at the restaurant, although was late. Felt a bit of a nuisance which doesn't quite create the right mood.

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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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L'Escargot is rated 4.6 stars by 3446 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.