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Le Cafe du Marche
Le Cafe du Marche

Le Cafe du Marche Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedumarche.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 608 1609
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2.30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
    Sundays closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, European
  • Executive Chef: Simon Cottard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Entertainment:
    Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    There are 'pay and display' places in the NCP car park in the square next to the restaurant. In the evenings, you can park in the nearby streets (single yellow lines).
A word from Le Cafe du Marche
We are a French restaurant in the heart of Smithfield – in fact, we are three restaurants. You will find us at the end of a cobbled mews, approximately 40 yards from Charterhouse Square and Charterhouse Street. The Café is open for lunch Monday to Friday (12 pm to 2.30 pm) and for dinner Monday to Saturday (6 pm - 10 pm). The Café is the main restaurant on the ground floor serving predominantly provincial French cuisine. Upstairs we also have Le Grenier, a similar restaurant with a greater emphasis on grilled dishes. Le Rendezvous, our brasserie, is round the corner on Charterhouse Street.
We have been here for nearly 25 years – but in case you haven't found us previously, we would like to invite you now.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • " I have been to this restaurant several times and the food, ambience and service is always excellent."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "This is a regular haunt for me and the food is always dependable and very good. This time round it was again excellent food, though the service was a little off... seemed that the staff was very confused"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "An old favourite where standards have remained high. I had a perfectly-cooked risotto followed by the cote de boeuf which was an outstanding piece of meat cooked brilliantly well. Great fries. All-in-all, excellent."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "My boss took a client to lunch here and they were really impressed. Well done!"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Tucked away and a real discovery, once inside you are transported to a fine French bistro and if the piano is being played, you are transported back in time too. Food is excellent although my starter of chick pea, chorizo and octopus, was mainly chick pea. Reasonable wine list, so no need to break your budget. Perfect for taking a few clients away from the hustle and bustle... Or a rendezvous- vous with a good friend! Will be back for sure."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "excellent evening - great new menu. Spoilt for choice!"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "This is a hidden gem which never disappoints. often with background live jazz"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Excellent service with good quality food and wines"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "OK food and pleasant and attentive service, but overpriced for what it was"
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "As ever the food was a gourmet's delight! Subtle flavours - real flavours. The lamb for two people was perfectly cooked and straight from a farm - you could taste the quality. Perfect service as ever. We will be returning!!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Went here for a business lunch and really enjoyed both the food and service. Will be going back again with my husband!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "This is a French restaurant with charming ambience on the edge of the City of London. It offers good and consistent quality food, reasonably priced wines and friendly service."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "the service was excellent. Wine was not so great. food was very good but a bit too much. may be a bit less and less cost would be better very charming location and good ambiance. I will certainly recommend it to friends."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Had not been to Café du Marche for some years, but fancied something properly French for a business lunch and it delivered perfectly. We just ate the main course Cote de Boef served hot on a wooden plate to share with ;perfect Béarnaise sauce, fresh salad and first class chips. Great touch( as the steak was rare,was to heat up the second half of our substantial portion which cam sliced to the table. Charming service- enjoyed having a large table for two-and very sound house wine in white and red. Cannot wait to return and hope this dish stays on the menu as it is very special. "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "A good choice of dishes and very tasty they all were too. Good attentive service in an attractive room"
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Still the best for French food in the area. Highly recommended"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "We have been several times for dinner, mostly for special occasions. Not cheap, but food, wine and service are all good. Nicely informal ambience."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Staff attentive / food well prepared and delicious "
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "I've now been to this restaurant half a dozen times and always been impressed. The list of dishes on the main menu seems somewhat unchanging but there are always two dishes of the day to widen one's choice. The wine list is also modest but the selection has been well made. My Brouilly was slightly pricey for a Beaujolais but turned out to be an excellent Cote de Brouilly. On the last visit I nervously chose the fish soup which rarely achieves French heights in this country but was again a success. My main course was duck confit served on cabbage. Excellent. A good sized moist and well-seasoned portion. If you love France and French cooking and the atmosphere of a French cafe you won't be disappointed by a visit to Cafe du Marche. "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "Booked same day for 4. Very fortunate in that when we arrived they'd just had a cancellation so were able to sit downstairs (where they have a live pianist). Great meal, absolutely delicious! Will definitely go back!"
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "Took some clients to Le Cafe du Marche and was very impressed with both the service and the food. Would go back and probably take friends this time!"
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "An excellent meal: crisp, fresh flavours. I also appreciated the space between tables, which gave a certain sense of privacy, and the friendly service"
    dined on 12/05/2014
  • "Café du Marche continues to provide that genuine French bistro food that so many others try to emulate. They do the favourites really well - so an excellent cote du boeuf with frites is hard to resist. They also provide a good range of lighter alternatives including good vegetarian options. As you would expect the cheese board is a delight. Service is friendly and cheerful but can be a little slow - not the location if you are in a hurry."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "All was good except table which was a bit small but next time they promised us a larger one"
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "Booked a special birthday meal here sight unseen and was very happy with the result - the upstairs restaurant with its airy barn-like ceiling has a relaxed but impressive feel to it that gives a sense of occasion while not being in any way intimidating or pretentious. Straightforward French food without fuss (great frites) and very good service - I was talked through the gluten-free options in a way that inspired confidence, which certainly isn't always the case elsewhere. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Excellent as pretty well nearly always. Menu updated fairly regularly"
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Good food, great service and really nice ambience. Not too pretentious."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "This is everything a French restaurant should be - a quiet atmosphere, background music subtle enough to allow for conversation, charming staff and a good menu: enough choice, but focused and tight enough to reassure. Apparently the downstairs part can be noisy, especially if you don't want your conversation drowned out by a pazz pianist. But upstairs was great - and passed all the best tests for proper French food. Including the perfect green salad."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Lots of ambience, lovely simple French food , excellent service - what's not to like! Prices not bad for London. This small restaurant is difficult to find but worth it"
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "Meeting my daughter halfway between the West and East end we decided on an evening meal here, as we could both meet at St Pauls tube and walk from there. I hesitate to recommend this for fear it will become too difficult to book again, but we couldn't fault it. Nothing pretentious, just great ingredients superbly cooked and presented by charming people in a delightful atmosphere. What's not to like? Many thanks: we 've recommended to friends unreservedly."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Brilliant food, incredible service (especially from the manager, Sophie. We were a large party but it was a flawless dinner. Sublime salt beef, the most succulent roast lamb, crispy pork belly and an specially incredible flourless chocolate.birthday cake. Couldn't recommend the restaurant more highly."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Really enjoyed an evening out with my family for a birthday meal. Good ambience and very civilised"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "My wife and I had dined at Le Cafe du Marche once before and had good but fading memories of the experience. Stepping through the door at about 7.00pm we were greeted warmly, our reservation checked and shown to a table in a central location. The room was full of pleasant chatter and despite being surrounded by other tables we were not dominated by other's conversations. Service was attentive yet relaxed and the decor shabby chic. A short but well chosen list of wines at various prices is available, the menu is varied and reassuringly short giving confidence of each dish being lovingly crafted. Fresh ingredients dominate and the aroma of other diners meals waft pleasantly around the room. An Jazz duo added to the evening. 10/10."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "We were seated upstairs on Saturday evening. Lovely setting. Intimate and romantic ambience. Service was slow which was strange as there seemed to be enough staff. The food however was worth the wait. I started with goats cheese wrapped in cured ham while my partner chose the risotto. Both were very good. We shared the cote de boef for main course and this was delicious. We shared Paris Brest for dessert. Excellent food and the wine (Chevrey Chambertin 2009) was also very good value. We'll definitely go again."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "A very pleasant and enjoyable evening with friends who know and like this restaurant; easy to chat as contented diners' noise comfortable, not overwhelming. Well presented dishes; perfect risotto primavera and companions rated as excellent the leek and sardine ensemble. Competently prepared, good quality ingredients for tasty confit of duck, calves liver and guinea fowl mains; perfect french fries appeared by magic just as we were wishing we'd ordered some; superb strawberry mousse and divine truffles with good coffee. We'll be back."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Fixed price menu with an excellent choice of French cuisine."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times in the last few weeks and I must say it has always delivered. The ambiance is what makes it. The dining area feels intimate without feeling like you're dining with everybody else in there. It has always been full or near full when I've been in, so there is always a real buzz. The piano player in the middle of the restaurant provides lovely background music. I have tried something different from the menu each time and I have never been disappointed. I had confit of duck this time and it was just delicious. The staff are friendly and down to earth and the service seemed effortless. I will be back next weekend and I can't wait!"
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "Over 20 years I have dined occasionally - sometimes they are booked out - and it is always a lovely experience. I suspect beef which can sometimes be tough, but mine was beautiful as befits a restaurant near Smithfield. Service was good and not intrusive."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "We had dinner here on Saturday night to celibrate a friends birthday, the food was excellant and the atmosphere was terific. i particularly enjoyed the pianist who played a good variety of tunes."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "I’ve been here a few times now and it doesn’t stop the delight of finding well-cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere. It always feels warm and inviting as well as hitting the spot. The service is attentive but not fussy."
    dined on 01/03/2014