Le Cafe du Marche
Le Cafe du Marche

Le Cafe du Marche

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedumarche.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02076081609
  • 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: European, Contemporary French, French
  • 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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Le Cafe du Marche reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since 22 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (106)romance (94)special occasions (85)fit for foodies (68)pre/post theatre (14)group bookings (13)outstanding value (10)good vegetarian options (9)sunday lunch (9)brunch (5)outdoor eating (4)afternoon tea (3)child friendly (1)Show More
  • Consistently superb
    Baroness
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Been going there for years and it is always consistently excellent, convincingly authentic French food with a pleasant buzz, lively crowd and excellent wine list. We chose upstairs this time as downstairs can be noisy if the piano is playing, fine when there's just two of you but difficult to have serious conversation round. Upstairs is not quiet but one can hear everyone on the table. I would recommend this restaurant for pleasure and business, well worth the cost.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Mid Week business lunch
    NeilVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Took a couple of clients there on a Thursday for lunch. Very personal service. The menu has recently changed. Highly recommend the Beetroot rissotto with sauteed chicken liver and the slow cooked pork belly. If two want to share the Le Boef is excellent as well. A hidden gem.
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  • disappointment
    ckcmb
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We chose the restaurant based on the reviews as "best French restaurant in town" for a romantic dinner- which turned out to be completely untrue. We ordered the beef for 2, medium cooked- came overcooked and very dry. The waiting staff especially the ones who took the orders were so unfriendly and unhelpful- just wanted to read the specials as quickly as they can and leave with no interest in answering our questions on the items in the menu which was mostly in French. Yes, it is a French restaurant but we still live in the UK!!! Given that it is not a cheap restaurant it was so not worth it- just go to any other "French" restaurant and you will have a better experience.
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  • Lovely restaurant
    SandG
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We had a delicious meal in this lovely restaurant. Excellent service, wonderful ambience and great food all topped off by music from two delightful gentlemen playing a double base and piano. Memorable evening out.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Anniversary meal
    8well
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Lovely French restaurant with cosy feel exposed brickwork and the night we went a pianist and double bass player playing jazz and adding to the ambiance. Had the set course menu the beef was cooked to perfection, staff were very attentive and my wine was topped up regularly without me having to ask. There was an easy going atmosphere with couples and also a few groups would definitely return.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Café Du Marche was lovely - it is a small café style restaurant with simple, yet effective décor and a subtle and homely ambience. The staff were very attentive and the food was great. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to friends.
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  • Weekday Dinner
    JuliaB7VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were a group of 4 & the place was very busy. Following the classic French bistro style - we were like sardines at the table - elbow 2 elbow with our neighbours. If you're at all large, you will feel cramped. Menu is good, but seemed a little limited - would be good if they could do steak for one person as it is they offer cote du boeuf for 2. Staff were friendly & quick. The food was good, but I would not consider it a place to go for outstanding value. Lively.
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    brunch, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Always good
    ReadingRoom
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Had a very pleasant late lunch downstairs - summer breeze blowing through the door, gentle hum of conversation, clink of glasses and attentive service. Friendly menu with pleasing range of Southern French dishes, my octopus / chorizo and chick pea starter spot on and the lemon sole main was a treat. Relaxed and informal enough but still grown up. Recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe du Marche
    Derek
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and the food, ambience and service is always excellent.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but service falling
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    N1diner
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    1510caro
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    My boss took a client to lunch here and they were really impressed. Well done!
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    business meals
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  • Little bit of France in Smithfields
    Easytiger
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    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.
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    business meals, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    excellent evening - great new menu. Spoilt for choice!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Roger
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    This is a hidden gem which never disappoints. often with background live jazz
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnfin
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    Excellent service with good quality food and wines
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James
    Dined on 23/6/2014
    OK food and pleasant and attentive service, but overpriced for what it was
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  • Exquisite
    NinaL
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    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!!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    GreenwichGirlie
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Went here for a business lunch and really enjoyed both the food and service. Will be going back again with my husband!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Quality French food
    Contact
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    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.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Ranieri
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to excellence
    Cris
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    dkh1705
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    A good choice of dishes and very tasty they all were too. Good attentive service in an attractive room
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe du Marche - great value
    LizRVIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Still the best for French food in the area. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • A bit of France in the City
    Ashton
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    We have been several times for dinner, mostly for special occasions. Not cheap, but food, wine and service are all good. Nicely informal ambience.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Consistently good!
    LeisurelydinerVIP
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    Staff attentive / food well prepared and delicious
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night in Smithfield
    Lollo
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    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.
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    business meals, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great impromptu dinner!
    DoctorDave
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    Neveronadiet
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    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!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/5/2014
    An excellent meal: crisp, fresh flavours. I also appreciated the space between tables, which gave a certain sense of privacy, and the friendly service
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  • Good traditional French food
    Frog
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely return there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All was good except table which was a bit small but next time they promised us a larger one
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Would definitely recommend
    SJAC
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    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.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    Excellent as pretty well nearly always. Menu updated fairly regularly
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    Good food, great service and really nice ambience. Not too pretentious.
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    business meals, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutement!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    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.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • A favourite
    Citydiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    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
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent find
    Robbat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    IanP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good birthday meal
    happycustomer
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Really enjoyed an evening out with my family for a birthday meal. Good ambience and very civilised
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    I would recommend this to a friend.