L'Escargot

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£26 to £40
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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, Maurice Chevalier, John Geilgud, Ralph Richardson, and was reputedly one of Princess Diana’s favourites. L'Escargot is now under the ownership of Brian Clivaz and Laurence Isaacson, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants and member's clubs. James Tyrrell is now the Head Chef and his dishes celebrate classic french cooking with a modern and healthy twist. Snails unsurprisingly are the speciality of the house; the dining room pays homage to proper French bourgeois cooking and offers exceptional value. L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list. We are delighted to say that we are dog friendly.

Specials

2 courses £22 / £32 with a glass of Champagne

From a choice set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: January 3, 2020

Ends: February 3, 2020

Availability: Tue-Thu 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:00PM
Fri-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-7:00PM

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 10:30PM

What 3133 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with excellent service .

PD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to l’escargot for 20 years and whilst the decor has changed considerably, the quality of food and service remains consistently outstanding. On Saturday night despite being busy the waiter was attentive without being being overly so, efficient, helpful and provided an excellent level of service. Always found the wine list a little overpriced but in contrast the food remains good value for this high end restaurant. Never disappoints and highly recommended.

MD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great cocktails; great vibe; great snails; steak was a fraction overdone but all in all a very enjoyable Friday night.

F
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. As a burgundy man I am not sure the way snails are prepared are exactly the french way!. Usually no butter sauce in between the shells ... that’s absolutely a no go in France

t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked for 5.30 for a pre Ballet meal. Vibe is authentically French, low lit and nicely lived in without being shabby. Food was lovely, cracking french onion soup to start had a strong crouton/cheese/soup ratio; cod and lentil main was perfectly delicious but confit duck with savoy cabbage and a side of dauphinois stood out. Chocolate fondant pud was suitably gluttonous and a nice touch to have petit fours at the end. What made the meal was the service though. Attentive without being suffocating, helpful and humorous James (if I remember correctly) was brilliant. Will 100pc be going back when we're next Soho way.

MH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious pre theatre dinner thank you. We look forward to visiting again.

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at l'Escargot, delicious food, attentive service and good fun too.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely environment. Nice to have plenty of space between the tables. Good service, relaxed but efficient. Super food

KP
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Quite cosy place, but a bit impersonal service and food that lacked this “extra” I normally find in a French bistro. The foie gras terrine was very good (still over priced), the onion soup tasted as expected but the beef tartare looked like wet dog food. I’m sad to say, but for this cost level I expect much more.

BD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking after looking for a nice restaurant near the Phoenix Theatre. It was a delight. Very cosy and smart but not pretentious. We took the Menu fixe and it was really good value. Quality food nicely served and plenty too. All very tasty. At £19 for two courses and 22 for three it was great value. We lived in Paris and this food was just as good, if not better, than Bistros we frequented and paid 30euro plus for three smallish courses.
Congratulations and we’ll be back when we’re next in town.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal, if a little salty. Lovely wine, ambience and service. Would recommend!

OT
Italy
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Atmosfera e cucina francese a Soho. Ristorante in stile classico, con tanto di caminetto. Accoglienza e servizio professionali. Pietanze francesi in ambiente rilassante.

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J
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy this place - can’t wait to go back

P
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fastastic food and service as ever.

T
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Escargot never disappoints. Simply the best classic French cuisine in London.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve spent our New Year’s Eve at l’Escargot and we had an amazing time. The food is delicious, the staff is very professional and the ambiance is cosy. I recommend it if you love French food.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant in the Soho area. We had a great meal here on NYE. The escargot was delicious, as were our two entrees. I had the lobster bisque as an appetizer, which was the only item not excellent. Our waiter was very pleasant and responsive. Check out this place.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We went for our anniversary meal last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. So decided to go again.
It was a shame that it wasn’t as enjoyable, the service felt rushed, we’d had a cocktail as an aperitif , starter and main course all in under an hour.
Whilst the food was delicious, the rushed service also felt quite impersonal.

OT
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Una experiencia para estar presente con todos los sentidos !

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants anywhere! Enjoyed a lovely pre-theatre dinner and service was excellent especially Emily our waitress.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place for the special occasion! We had a quite table on the side of the room, very cosy and private. Food was nice, outstanding escargots (definitely recommend it, we like it with a bit of bread), however duck for the main was a bit dry... Service was pleasant, sometimes slow but it was a busy Saturday's night. Overall a great experience, will recommend this restaurant to everyone, who's looking for a fancy night and loves snails :)

SC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I had high hopes for this restaurant based on the amazing reviews. Unfortunately everything besides the snails and Soufflés were a let down.
Unfortunately the service was also incredibly slow and the waiters seemed completely disinterested.
This was not worth the price. They had a good wine selection but we needed to signal for the waiters attention to get a refill.

N
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was fabulous - price was reasonable - wine & cocktails very good - service was good but they weren’t as attentive as they could have been, we had to call for them several times throughout the evening but they were very nice & professional.

One of our guests were gluten free - they didn’t have any gluten free bread options which was disappointing - also they didn’t have any vegan options which wasn’t great.

SH
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been around for ages - a Londin institution and still good.

AD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely wonderful food, service and ambience I would not hesitate in returning. Thank you 😊

h
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Would not recommend.
I was expecting a far better meal having read reviews from food critics whom I admire. Ok, I get that the restaurant is trying to create a traditional French menu but the dishes classic though they are must have been chosen only since they require no great cooking skill. Good confit de canard and escargots are available from tins and steak frites is a not a challenging dish to get right.
A comfortable yet unmemorable dining experience.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

BEWARE DOG OWNERS! Despite the their website stating that they are a dog friendly restaurant, they are not at all! Our tiny dog was not allowed to sit in our lap. And we where told this only when we where seated. The rude way we where told by the manager, only made matters worse. We ended up just leaving.

There are loads of dog friendly restaurants in London, I would suggest that you go to one that is actually dog friendly. Don’t waste your time on one.

CN
London
65 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely meal in a beautiful restaurant. Booked this for my birthday and it was perfect. Quiet, elegant with delicious food and superb service. Our waiter was so attentive, without be intrusive. Recommend the venison especially - cooked to perfection (pink, medium rare). A lovely surprise birthday treat at the end of the meal too. Thank you!

FC
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is special. The atmosphere is busy but discrete. The food is classic and delicious. They have had a long time to tweak things for the better and it shows.

w
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was quite expensive for what it was, good though not outstanding. Very well appointed room but staff were pretty nondescript, lacking both character and any empathy/warmth.

b
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A 1940's film-set feel to this spacious dining area. Good food, a bit expensive, but not outrageous. Certainly worth visiting.

D
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The service and food from the set price menu were great. We were well looked after and the waiter picked up that my son had got engaged and brought out a lovely surprise of a congratulatory dessert without being asked.However, the backstage areas need a lot of attention. Very shabby and tired and cracked mirroring in the ladies washrooms. Such a shame as the rest of the experience was very good.

HR
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal - pre theatre excellent value and generous portions. Lovely atmosphere and great friendly service

D
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance — an outstanding restaurant in the centre of Soho.

SH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very noisy, bustling atmosphere but perfect if you like French Brasserie vibe. Attentive service, good food and an overall enjoyable and satisfying experience.

F
Atlantic City
87 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

This was one of the worst, if not the worst, dining experiences we have ever had. We had a 1030 reservation, but by 1140 when we had just gotten our main course, the waiter was sent over by the manager to tell us that everyone must be out of the restaurant by midnight.This put a wet blanket on what was our 26th wedding anniversary dinner. We had just gotten a second round of wine and had barely taken the first sip when this cowardly manager sent this new and lovely Waiter over to give us this bad news. Why would they take a 1030 reservation at a fine and expensive restaurant unless they were going to allow us to enjoy our meal? It was a good thing we arrived 15 minutes earlier than our stated reservation time or we would not even have been served the main course by the time they were telling us we needed to leave. There were two other tables that were finishing their meals/ desserts at that moment. One was still there when we got up and left. No dessert and coffee for us. Very expensive and truly horrible experience.

OS
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals were delicious especially boeuf bourguignon and staff was friendly and very professional. Loved live piano music, atmosphere and that restaurant is located in the heart of Soho, very convenient. Definitely will be back.

KB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pleasant space, rather romantic. Average French bistro food--certainly acceptable, but not so good I'd want to go back.

EB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff very attentive. The atmosphere was good too, would definitely go again

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A wonderful meal, but despite arriving on time for our pre-theatre meal (we allowed two full hours) we waited a long time for our mains and ended up having to leave three quarters of our desserts uneaten on our plates and depart. There was no offer to take the desserts off the bill, despite the fact they were too late for us to eat them. This was a disappointment as in other respects, it was excellent.