L'Escargot

4.6
3388 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

  • FT Laurent Perrier - Prestige Menu £95pp

    £95.00 per person

    Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    Flûte de Champagne Laurent-Perrier “Cuvée Rosé” (5 fl oz) • Feuilleté d’Escargots aux Morilles Snail Puff-Pastry with Morel Mushrooms Tartare de Saumon au Caviar Diced Scotch Salmon topped with Caviar • Filets de Sole ‘Véronique’ Fillets of Dover Sole with a White Wine & Vermouth Sauce, Grapes Noisettes d’Agneau ‘Edward VII’ Boneless Cutlets of Lamb with Foie Gras & Truffle • Soufflé ‘Grand Marnier’ A House Speciality Parfait aux Marrons Glacés Iced Chestnut Cream • Café & Petits Fours Three Course Menu £95 ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT. A DISCRETIONARY 14.5% SERVICE CHARGE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BILL. Please ask for allergen advice if required

Offers

  • 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

    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 3388 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Didn’t really think the food was that good for the price and didn’t match the expectation from the look of the place. Just seemed off. Pity.

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Mjkedit
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening here with my partner - a first night out for us in quite a while. We asked for a romantic table and they really delivered! We had the three courses for £95pp menu, and tried a bit of everything. All the dishes were lovely - I was particularly keen on the lamb. The service was fantastic - I regret not getting the name of our waiter, but he was fantastic. Bravo l’Escargot!

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PAULN
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, food and atmos but sitting next to us a couple brought their dog in.
The fuss made sitting it at the table, getting water for it
We were going to stay for sweet and coffee but the dog put us of
I would say a restaurant of this quality shouldn't allow dogs
If we return I'll make sure I'm not sitting next to a dog

GD
GailD
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With so much choice on our recent visit to London, I was so pleased that we chose to eat at L'Escargot with our decision made on the back of a number of the reviews. They were not wrong. From the point of entry, you are met with a very warm welcome. The restaurant itself is full of charm and character from the fabulous dining room to some of the quirky sitting rooms upstairs, the historic building makes it a unique experience for the diner. The food itself is simply wonderful, from the snails to the lobster bisque, the lobster and lamb noisette dishes full of flavour and finished off with the best creme bruleee and souffle.
The dining experience was made even more special by the staff in particular Nuno who made you feel like a returning diner, full of warmth, charisma and humour. An excellent appointment to L'Escargot. Cannot recommend highly enough and am spreading the word to friends. Will definitely return.

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NezhaP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A bit too old fashioned and outdated. The food was nothing special. The snails were literally not that great! I've eaten much better snails before.

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Maryf
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Vegetables undercooked.9 euros for still water. How is that justified ?

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A relaxed, timeless venue with excellent food. Can heartily recommend the Chateaubriand - delicious. Somewhere to easily lose an afternoon without trying!

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FrankW
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It has definitely got more expensive since pre covid and they persist with 14.5 % service which is too high. They no longer offer the daily a la cart menu of traditional French items such as onion soup and cassoulet which is a shame. But it is still a good place to go for a special occasion.

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paolo
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Superb restaurant which isn't playing to its' strengths. Welcome, decor and ambience is great. The music playing in the house speakers is totally incongruous to the atmosphere they're trying to create. It sounded like modern trance music rather than dinner jazz or classic french jazz. The starter was amazing! Snails in a light pastry with superb tasting sauce. Sadly, the main course of lamb was served in the exact same sauce! Weird!
The waiter service was excellent, the choice of wines, champagnes, cocktails etc was wonderful. Desert was the best Grand Marnier souffle ever!
It's our 5th visit there and for the price, their game needs to be upped to keep their superb reputation. Go for it!

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GrantF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfect. The artwork was so nice it was like eating in a gallery. The food was some of the finest I’ve ever had. My wife had the lobster and I had a beautiful fillet steak. The service from all employees was charming and playful.

Thank you for giving us a memorable night on our honeymoon.

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MarleneO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, nice food, delicious wine although the red wine for the main was a bit cold for our taste. But all in all a great experience

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StuartB
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Munoo took great care of us. It was our first visit and thanks to him; we want to come back soon with friends. Thank you for making us feel welcome, sir!

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WynJ
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A short menu which is always a good thing. Excellent lobster bisque, so good I had it yesterday for the second time. Not cheap, but it’s Central London. The set pre-theatre menu is very good value. Staff were friendly and efficient. One tiny gripe: please leave the carafe of water on the table.

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Kathytharris
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Enough said!

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NaomiB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a lovely intimate table in the corner and near the window. The ambience was relaxed elegance and the staff were professional, attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and the soufflé dessert something I’m still thinking of!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

When we arrived we were asked curtly to come back in 9 minutes. No offer of somewhere to sit to wait. When we returned the table still wasn’t ready and we were shown to a room upstairs where staff were unfolding tables and carrying in chairs! We had to ask for cutlery and napkins. No offer of a complimentary drink or anything to make up for the terrible welcome and general lack of service. The waiter who took our order was very pleasant but his front of house colleagues seemed to be completely unable to manage. Such a shame given the reputation of the restaurant. The food was good, but not remarkable, as I’ve previously experienced here.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We arrived for an 8pm booking and was told to wait as the table wasn’t ready yet, which of course we don’t mind. But over the next ten minutes four other groups were told the same thing so we all had to sit in the crowded waiting area for around 15 minutes. We were then told that they were making up another dining room for us, and were directed upstairs to a room where there were only four tables. I had booked this for an intimate anniversary dinner, however we could hear everyone’s conversations and it felt very awkward. Not only this, but there wasn’t any apology for the wait. The decor was lovely, however i have wanted to go to this restaurant for a while now because of the main seating area, hence why i booked for far in advance. Despite this, the food was incredible and we had a nice experience overall - we just wish there wasn’t a mix up with seating.

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RussS
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service - a lunchtime not too forget. Will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were extremely accommodating to us, and did an amazing job through the meal. Thank you

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vipschwarz
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The awful piano music overshadowed everything else; think piano medley of Madonna songs at full volume with foot glued to the pedal. The dining room was quite pretty, the service good, the food so-so. It’s probably nicer for lunch when soho isn’t so crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date place

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HenriSpectre
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eaten here a couple of times in the past couple of months, having been a regular before COVID.
To be frank, its not what it was, which had been great.
It's not bad, it's just that it is now a pale shadow of what it once was.
Currently it appears to be running on reputation.
Served a soufflé and had to wait over 5 minutes for a spoon- and had to remind them.

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scooby
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal. Attentive staff, great art deco ambience and great food. Thanks

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AndrewL
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, well presented. Cosy atmosphere. We liked it a lot.

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RogerS
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, professional staff, the set menu was excellent value, and the décor was charming. We were so impressed that we are definitely going back.

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MARIANNE
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only concern was that a couple were allowed to bring their dog into the restaurant with them. First it was placed on a chair then on the young man's lap all the time he ate. I believe he was also feeding it from his plate. I asked our waitress if dogs are now allowed in L'Escargot and she said yes. I asked does that mean large dogs too and she said only small dogs. The dog in the restaurant was small like a dachshund. On my last visit to London with my husband two and a half years ago we did not see any dogs in the restaurant and are very surprised that a restaurant of this high standard of dining is allowing dogs into it. When my husband and myself go out to eat at high end restaurant we do not expect to see dogs in them, for hygiene reasons and also for the comfort and consideration of other diners like ourselves which clearly is not being considered.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality French cuisine backed up with superb service.

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Lils
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Used to dine here alongvwhile back decided to go for Husbands bday, on thecoff started well but tailed towards the end... food was excellent can not fault, but did find the staff flaffing alot with cleaning tables and getting ready for next sitting but once you're sat you tend to get forgotten about as their too busy flaffing about with empty tables, nearly every table including us had to ask to order or for drinks ect, didnt feel special , relaxed or feel like your having an experience in a well renowed restaurant, wasn't refined ..but food could not fault 10/10 for that, will i go back ? Mmmm not sure

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at l’escargo. Very friendly waiters and food was perfect.

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Bloomsbury
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A really lovely meal. A last minute decision to grab a very late lunch, early supper when we realised hadn't eaten all day. So might as well have a very good meal. Which this was. My only criticism would be that we were never told there was a limit on how long we could have the table, and were rather unceremoniously turfed off our table for the next booking. We were hardly loitering, and, in fact, had only had one course, and probably would have liked to order some cheese or more wine. Did think that put a bit of a shadow on what otherwise was a very lovely last minute meal.

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AndreaA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly, polite,knowledgeable. Good food. Very clean. Generally a very enjoyable experience

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Kate
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Strongly recommend visiting

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ianh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French style food , service and ambience in one of the landmark restaurants in London. Really enjoyed the whole experience and it made a great place to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Would definitely recommend it.

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JoanneD
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Coffee and petit fours arrived before dessert. No explanation for this. No gluten free petit fours despite restaurant being made aware of dietary requirements in advance. Lunch time Laurent perrier menu.

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foodie
London
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food with good service, although there was slight confusion by some staff by what we were entitled to on the menu we had chosen. Dress code by most diners was not as smart casual as was requested on the web site, so a drop in standards.

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Lisa
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had two family birthdays combined and all got together online to choose a restaurant for dinner in London. L’Escargot won the vote. It is a very pretty place but is sadly ruined on a Saturday night by raucous parties in the private rooms upstairs which take the staff all their concentration to run. Our main course arrived 2 hours after we sat down and we had to reorganise the rest of our evening because of that. We were given a bottle of wine to compensate but I got the impression that they have to do that a lot.

Our waiter was very inexperienced and did not interact well. He was nice but got a lot of things wrong. We did not complain about him because we assumed he was new.

I did email the restaurant a week before the event to ask if they did anything for birthdays. I was told by the reception that they did plate writing and that was all. I told them the names of the two birthday guests. When we arrived I checked again and they apparently knew nothing of this arrangement so I requested the plate writing for two again, giving names.

Because of all the delays we were not going to order desserts but we persuaded two people to do so to enable the birthday greetings. Then all of a sudden the pianist bursts into a happy birthday song for another table! Who knew he took requests? My husband then went to have a word with the Maitre’D and we ended up with a song and one happy birthday plate between two ladies. Rather awkward and made me wish I had not bothered. Too embarrassing.

The food was nice but unremarkable really. Certainly did not live up to the reputation the restaurant holds. All in all disappointing.

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Molls
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, enjoyed the pianist too.

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Esme
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for the Sushi menu, which we were not expecting, but which was excellent.
The service was charming.

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Kerry
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Set menu great value but not the choice we hoped for. It’s different to website. Lovely restaurant though

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will be back!

FAQs

L'Escargot is rated 4.6 stars by 3388 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.