L'Escargot
L'Escargot

L'Escargot

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lescargotrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7439 7474
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Saturday: 11am - Midnight


    Sunday: 12pm-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:

    Nearest Tubes are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:

    Parking meters in Soho Square
A word from L'Escargot
Set in the heart of Soho L’Escargot, established in 1927, is London’s oldest 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.
Now under the new ownership of Brian Clivaz and Laurence Isaacson, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants. Oliver Lešnik , formally of The Connaught and The Cadogan Hotel, heads up the kitchen. 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.
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L'Escargot reviews from OpenTable diners
343 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.7
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (188)special occasions (181)romance (150)business meals (121)fit for foodies (112)outstanding value (35)group bookings (28)sunday lunch (23)brunch (14)good vegetarian options (10)child friendly (5)disabled access (3)afternoon tea (3)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Definitely worth a try
    WillH
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    Good food, great ambiance, reasonable price. Service was friendly but despite a number of serving staff 'were left waiting too long to order and to get the bill. Snails were excellent
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special deal with special friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    I booked to go to l'Escargot through Open Table because the special offer of 3 courses and glass of champagne arrived when I was trying to sort out a reunion with an old school friend and an old uni friend. I didn't want to propose something over expensive but I wanted the evening to be a special one. We weren't disappointed. We had a minor scare when the booking system didn't limit our booking to the special offer time limits but the restaurant was most accommodating to this. We could have coped with it not being honoured but the main menu and wine list is not 'budget' and, when booking, I had no idea of my friends' budget requirements. Service was very attentive to the point that one stubborn escargot, which could not be prised from its shell, was replaced by another full portion of 6. The choice, on the special priced menu, was limited to 4 per course - so good- and the quality of cooking was excellent. We will be back!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    oval
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    Great restaurant, true French cuisine and amazing service!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late lunch in Soho
    Escargot
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    Charming dining room - late lunch meeting so not busy but skeleton staff front of house so had to go searching for waiter at one point. Overall food is good. Meat wasn't cooked as ordered - medium vs medium rare requested but it didn't matter enough to complain. Well thought out wine list offering excellent value vis-à-vis quality. Will certainly return for business lunch - excellent venue for special occasions as well.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening restaurant for couples
    Uche
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    From the moment we entered the hostess was really very warm and welcoming. The waiters were attentive and knowledgable, immediately available when you looked up yet inconspicuous when you needed them to be - a perfect balance. The selection on our OpenTable menu was suitable for meat eaters, seafood lovers and vegetarians alike (my fiancee doesn't eat meat) and we felt that we experienced a good sample of what L'Escargot had to offer.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Name describes the speed and efficiency of service
    EddieD
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    I only booked L'Escargot because of Opentable. Normally this is a safe recommendation, but not on this occasion. Very disappointing visit. On arrival I was told my guest had already arrived when I knew this could not be the case as they were running late. Some confusion ensued but eventually resolved. I was shown to my table but the the person on the front desk wasn't sure whether to take my coat first. I then sat waiting for my guest to arrive. Nobody asked me if I would like a drink, how long my guest might be - once seated I was forgotten. A basket of bread appeared (which was good bread) and after my guest appeared another basket of bread appeared (again there appeared to be confusion over what was going on). Eventually we flagged down a waiter but it turned out he'd given us the wrong menu. The menu was swapped and he disappeared - still no offer of any refreshments. After 30 minutes we decided to leave and eat elsewhere. As we left the staff thanked us for coming and hoped we'd enjoyed our food - all oblivious to the fact we'd not actually eaten! Bizarre. Given the choice in London I will not be returning. I've given 1 star for food and value but the current score should be n/a as we never got to eat.
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  • Enjoyed a splendid evening at this old favourite.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    We had booked dinner and then an intimate cabaret in the Salon Noir, on the top floor, with Miss Hope Springs, the wonderful chanteuse, who is undoubtedly the must see act on the London cabaret scene. We arrived early and were show into a charming classically decorated room and served with drinks, a gorgeous, peaceful place to enjoy pre-drinks. We were shown to a table in the intimate and charming dining room and enjoyed an excellent meal. The foie gras starter was sublime and my fellow diner declared the Jerusalem artichoke soup, wonderful. I then opted for the traditional Coq au vin, whilst my guest went for the vegetarian option, a concoction of vegetables and gnocchi, which proved to be anything but the usual dull veggie choice but proved tasty and satisfying. We both praised the house wine, both red and white. The service was excellent, friendly and efficient but unobtrusive. L’Escargot proved an excellent choice and I shall not hesitate to book again. I also hope that the excursion into cabaret, in the Salon Noir is not a one-off and I look forward to similar evenings of great food in a charming restaurant, rounded of by a late evening cabaret.
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    good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four of us at L'Escargot
    yumyumbun
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    First time visiting L'Escargot in 20 years. Preserves sense of the restaurant's history... Photos, pictures, features of an old Soho house. All very appealing. The evening went well. Service was prompt and cheerful but not intrusive. The food was very good: we liked the coq au vin and minute steaks, the portion of smoked salmon to start was very generous. Pleasantly old fashioned French bistro feel. It's quite expensive, but then you'd only go there for a treat.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone down to the averge...
    GourmetBunny
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    I love French cuisine and my previous experience was great here, staff were very knowledgeable with wine and food so ti was a treat. However, disappointed this time, luckily was on a deal. Bread and dessert was fabulous, but everything else including service was average. Won't be rushing back anytime soon.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Welcome to Paris
    Maximus
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Good food and excellent service but it is above all the style and decor at L'Escargot which is brilliant, make you feel that you are in a Parisienne restaurant and so provides the ongoing memory. Recommended.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there.
    Ladylikestolunch
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Starter excellent, large portion of delicious foie gras. Main course beautifully cooked and presented. Profiteroles hard and dry, almost Impossible to cut with either fork or spoon; crème brûlée outstanding. Would definitely go again, but would not choose profiteroles! Waiters attentive and whole experience very worthwhile.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Escargot Dinner Experience
    islipdiner
    Dined on 17/11/2014
    Some initial confusion over the booking and the 'Special OpenTable' menu on offer. The booking was down to OpenTable, and the menu change to L'Escargot. L'Escargot sorted it all out very quickly and we had a superb evening, with excellent food, good wine, superb attention from all the staff and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Definitely a restaurant to visit again.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    John
    Dined on 17/11/2014
    Having visited this restaurant on many occasions and been pleased, I was disappointed with the quality of the food on this visit. Escargot was overcooked, steak Tartar turned out to be roughly chopped, not very good quality beef with an indifferent, spicy sauce poured over it. My companion's veggy option, the gnocchi, proved very unappetising and she left most of it. Very disappointed.
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  • Too hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Our waiter was scatterbrained; we had to repeat our orders, he had to take plates back and we had to remind him several times that we had an open table deal. The restaurant was also really warm. The food was good and the ambiance romantic.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EG2014
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Very friendly staff, amazing atmosphere. Charming and romantic with pianist playing all night long.
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mouthwatering relaxed meal...
    DAWHA
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Once a quarter we choose a different top resturant with a special.L'Escargot was a very good choice. A simple menu that packed wonderful flavours, making you savour everymouthful. The coq au vin was up there with any I have France. The halibut was outstanding and the choice of desserts was typically french. But make sure you have the escargot. The service was good and not rushed and relaxed. Oh the wine list was v good something to suit all pockets. L'Escargot joins only 4 other resturants on our MUST RETURN list.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Thursday 13th November
    Skip
    Dined on 13/11/2014
    I booked a table for 2 for the special offer of £30 for 3 courses + a glass of Champagne. The food was excellent - all 3 courses - and very good value at the price. The Merlot - one of the cheaper wines - was perfectly acceptable. We had a very good waitress who came from Italy. (please change my review nickname from SKIP to ELLERS.)
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch during the week
    WorkingLunch
    Dined on 13/11/2014
    I went for lunch with a friend during the week, had booked ahead and had to be back at the office at a certain time. After being ignored by the receptionist for a while on arrival (she was on the phone and did not make eye contact) we decided to go in and see if we could find anyone to let them know we were here. We soon found a waiter, who kindly took us to the table, and the service was after that very good. Our waiter was aware that we only had limited time, brought us a glass of champagne straight away and was able to provide all three courses seamlessly during the course of the lunch, so we got away on time. I had snails for starters, coq au vin for a main course and the cheese selection for dessert. My friend has smoked salmon, minute steak and profiteroles. The ambience was lovely, -my friend thought the restaurant reminded her of the 1st class dining rooms on Titanic! Very French and a really nice treat during a busy working week.
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what I want from a Soho establishment
    NoodleHead
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a restaurant for a pre-cinema meal. Amongst the sea of the noodle bars and curry houses, I spotted L'Escargot, an old haunt that I hadn't visited for years. So, I booked a table. The service was attentive and friendly, the artichoke soup was packed with flavour, and the beef bourguignon was melt-in-my-mouth gorgeous. My husband wolfed down his crab and steak. It's just a shame we had to catch a film. Otherwise, we would have definitely had dessert, coffee and a digestif as the restaurant has such a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. I'm really pleased to have reconnected to an old friend!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    Really lovely- great menu and service! will definitely be going back!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style and Courtesy
    JohnnyH
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Made my Mum feel very special by offering champagne on our arrival. Then backed up the attention throughout the evening. As a son treating his Mum, my wife and I really couldn't have asked for more.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Highly Enjoyable
    KSadvisor
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Ambience: Relaxed, soft background music, decor in keeping with one of the oldest french restaurants in London. Different rooms which made for a nice atomosphere, not too quiet, not too loud. Service: All very friendly and efficient from front of house to waiters. Food served in good time Food: Classic french dishes along with a choice of other dishes with twists, really good menu. we enjoyed all of our dishes. The sauces for the mains were full of flavour and presentation great. to be critical the profiteroles were a bit hard. Value: For a decent restaurant in london, we thought the prices were very reasonable. Overall we would recommend for romantic meal or group of friends.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Sally57
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice restaurant but need to "sharpen up" on service. Tarteflette uncooked, by the time it came back I had finished my steak! Due to poor service there was no time for dessert, which was a shame. Restaurant was very apologetic about our experience and we would go there again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Robert
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First time at this restaurant and It was a very nice experience. Lovely atmosphere, very romantic, very friendly staff, good selection of food. Quality of dishes is superb. Their pre-theatre menu is a very good value for money. Highly recommend for special occasions and pre/post theatre dinner.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • No Change at L'Escargot
    Ducktooth
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    It must be 10 years since I was last at this restaurant and I was relieved to see their impeccable standards have been maintained. Fabulous food, welcoming atmosphere and excellent service. Great value for a fantastic meal and a really enjoyable experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Escargot
    grandgourmet
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Enjoyed a pre-theatre meal here. The menu was limited but we all enjoyed what we had.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I arranged this venue to celebrate a friends birthday with a lunch. The service was very efficient and friendly and my friend was given a pudding with a candle in it which was a nice touch. I would certainly go back to this venue as the food was very good and the room was very comfortable. A good choice!
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious contemporary French
    ILChineseVIP
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    French classics with a contemporary twist - friendly service, nice bread, good choice of wine
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • pranczsm
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    went for pre theatre dinner. Llimited choice on set menu but excellent value for money. Lovely restaurant with the best service( our waiter Vicenze). Our first visit but most definitely will be back
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  • Sunday Lunch at L'Escargot
    Petethemeat
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    The experience was everything I thought it would be. Meticulous attention to every detail all our food choices from our starters to desert were all outstanding. The wine list was well chosen with a wide range of great wines to choose from.The staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.Made a special occasion, perfect. Would definitely revisit.
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  • RAY'S REVIEW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    L'Escargot produced some of the best food that I have had in the West End and Mayfair. The Service and Ambience were also special.
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  • Good theatre restaurant.
    Colchester3
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Trouble free booking through the Opentable system so when we arrived they were aware of one guests allergy requirements. Very attentive service and we allowed plenty of time ( 1.75 hours) for our lunch before going to the Prince Edward theatre just around the corner. The food was good but expensive but as it was a special occasion for us we took in our stride. Will probably return on future theatre visits.
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  • Dreadful!
    Scoffier
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    The departure of Marco Pierre White has resulted in the quality of the food at L'Escargot plunging to unimaginable depths. It was not surprising that on a Friday lunchtime the place was nearly empty, not a situation when the great MPW was in charge. We had the fixed price menu. Two of us had French onion soup and the third Caesar's salad, not exactly demanding dishes to make. The soup had so much sugar in it as to be cloying and the salad had so much salt in it as to be at stroke proportions. This continued to the main course of Toulouse sausages which were so over salted as to be inedible. The Maitre D was gracious enough to concede that the cooking was terrible and halved our bill. What a fall from grace!
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  • londondining
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We arrived a little early as the walk from the theatre was quicker than expected. The staff had the table ready and were sitting down around 20 minutes before our booked time. This was probably due to there were only the two of us. Staff were attentive and the food was excellent. I will use the restaurant again.
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  • Spot on for pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were celebrating a special birthday and wanted a memorable dining experience before seeing Miss Saigon. We couldn't have been happier! Service was terrific from our Italian waiter. The food was great and pretty good value for what is a really lovely 'theatre land' environment. We'd certainly go back another time. Moules/frites was spot on!!
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  • delicious french food
    momo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    had dinner with two of my friends who were craving French food. They were impressed with the decor and food served. we would definitely come back again soon!
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  • Good
    Foodlover83
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I came for my anniversary with my girlfriend it was a great evening. Food was good. The restaurant is exactly what was required for the occasion. We both had a really great time.
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  • What's happened to L'Escargot?
    Brain
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Our waitress had a poor command of English. It took 10 minutes for her to grasp that one of us wanted the salad with the poached egg and another wanted it without. We had 2 orders of cassoulet as mains. She brought one and then asked "who ordered the beouf bourginon?" Nobody had. So three of us ate our mains before they got cold, while my husband waited 15 minutes for his cassoulet. Then they brought some chips and asked who'd ordered them. Nobody had, so they took them away. They got the bill all wrong. But the worst part of it was the ladies' lavatory. Both toilets were broken, full of stuff, and unflushable. The waste basket was overflowing. Nobody had serviced that room in a long time! We won't be going back any time soon.
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  • Excellent Restaurant
    Rutlandpep
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We visited L'escargot for a pre-theatre meal and their booking and pre-meal customer service was impressive. They understood the need to meet our time pressures and met all our expectations. The meal itself was excellent value and the staff very polite and efficient. I would recommend L'escargot to anyone.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AABill
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    This has been a pre theatre 'haunt' of ours for years, and unfortunately we found the recent changes not for the better. The ambience has become darker, and the menu is not nearly as good. Our waitress was difficult to understand and the Sommelier appears to have disappeared completely. Food was ok although the beef in my steak sandwich was cold, and the additional charges for vegetables was I thought, a bit steep. The pre theatre (set) menu had nothing that took our fancy, so we were forced to go A' La Carte.
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