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L'Escargot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lescargotrestaurant.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 439 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Felt a bit uncomfortable as I couldn't understand the menu, I'm sure it's not just me. The actual food was was very nice."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "food is great - the escargot, fillet steak, entrecote, lobsters, creme brulee - we enjoy all the courses. service is great too."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Decent French cuisine! We had the snails, scallops, beef tartare and creme brûlée...every single dish is simply authentic and delicious!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "After a superb meal in May upstairs just before the new ground floor dining room opened we had looked forward to our return. I was served the worst lobster and avocado salad i have ever eaten, smothered in garlic killing any taste of lobster and avocado and could not finish it! What is the point of hiding the delicious flavours of lobster and avocado so crudely? They did cancel the item on our bill. The veal chop and courgettes were OK but the new potatoes were less delicious than before. The truffle risotto was poorly made; not a delicious smooth rich feast but un-blended and no substance. A jug of tap water was warm on a hot evening As one of the owners was there we told him our thoughts!" We shall not be returning."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Service ok, but food and drink poor. Warm white wine and non branded spirits - come on!"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Our first time since the restaurant has changed owners. Overall it was OK but not as good as before. Tablecloths have gone, so your lovely crusty bread sits on the table surface as no side plates. Forks laid upside down with tines downwards. Our white wine had not been stored in a cooler and was room temperature or barely below for the first 20 mins. The food itself was delicious, the service OK but not great; I would go back to check it out and give them a second chance; the new menu is much much better than before."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten in this restaurant whenever we were in London since the 1990's. I believe It has recently changed hands however the food, service, atmosphere and friendliness continues."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Pleasant , nice food and wine choice, a little on the expensive side."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Very good food and the front dining area has been transformed beyond recognition"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "A wonderful evening at L'Escargot, as usual. In our 15 years together, it's one of our favourite restaurants in London that we keep returning to for those special occasions. This visit was to celebrate our 10th anniversary which I mentioned in my booking in hopes of getting a 'special' table. It was such a nice surprise to not only get that but glasses of champagne on arrival and madelines with 'Bon anniversarie' written on the plate for dessert. Needless to say the service was brilliant, the food exquisite and atmosphere enjoyable. It may not be the 'new & trendy' kid on the block but sometime spending time with a trusty old friend is just what you need, like going home for a big friendly hug."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "I had picked L'Escargot as the location for a romantic meal for my Girlfriend and I. Having never been to the restaurant it was choosen for two main reasons. Firstly the menu appear fantastic and had a large number of dishes containing truffle. Secondly I was able to book a good table (for two) on the Thursday before the event. Located in the heart of Soho l'Escargot defiantly retains a certain amount of the 'Old Soho' gregarious charm. The decoration of the restaurant is is of dark, almost bloodish, red and dark green. Mirrors adorn much much of the wall not covered by framed paintings. We were seat next to the window in the front room (a table I recommend any would be couple request). ran out of space"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "It came as a surprise to find the restaurant in the middle of a refurbishment . The food and service were up to our expectations. The new menu deserves further exploration. the wine list is superb."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Excellent attentive staff who obviously enjoyed serving excellent food and wine. The surroundings set the scene for a relaxing evening."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Having walked past L'Escargot a thousand times it was time to dine there,and our anniversary seemed like a good occasion to go. It was a friday night, the restaurant was very quiet. The l'escargot were ok, comforting garlic butter but not that much flavour in the snails. I had steak for main and frankly wish id chosen something else as it wasn't great, my wife had the lobster and loved it. We took up the OT offer of a free bottle of wine-having been told the options by the waiter i opted for the Cotes du Rhone which arrived as a white wine, to my surprise. This may be my ignorance, but i am used to CdR being red, and as id ordered steak might have appreciated being told that it was white. There are better French restaurants around..."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We dined here on a Friday evening, pre Theatre. Food was okay, service was okay, nothing much to recommend 3 disappointing things - we asked for side plates for our bread, they never came, 3 times we asked for cream for our coffee, the first time we got milk, then sweeteners and finally cream. We were offered the free bottle of wine which we declined in favour of something we would enjoy - it would have been a nice gesture to have something taken off the bill."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Booked at the last minute as I was at an earlier private reception at the restaurant and met the owner - who is a charming and generous man. Amazing and delicious asparagus for starters followed by halibut; my niece had crab and risotto - all excellent Half bottle of Mersault was a bit chalky, too dry and pricey - but that was the only down side!"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Nice ambience, plenty of room and not too crowded. Pretty tasty, risotto was too salty though. Service pretty good (wine and water regularly topped up) but forgot to bring the side order with the main course. Great value though with TopTable offer of free wine. Overall would visit again..."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Our meal was typically French in the heart of Soho. My Coq au Vin with a side dish of spinach was superb and my friend's Salmon fish cakes were pronounced the best she had ever had. The Creme Brûlée was a bit large (often is in France too) though possibly not quite as creamy but the sugary crust was crispy and delicious. The atmosphere was very relaxed, the restaurant accommodating a friends surprise visit for just drinks with us with I problem. Service was immaculate and the complimentary bottle of wine was icing on the cake. We would definitely visit again."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "The ambiance at the restaurant was excellent as was the food. However, there was decorating works going on and a strong smell of spirit based paint, which does not go well with the enjoyment of good food and partially spoiled the lunch. The service was not attentive and slow even although the restaurant was not busy."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "Really enjoyed a relaxed weekend lunch here. Excellent food, friendly staff, lovely surroundings and good value with the free bottle of wine."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "It was nice to visit this restaurant again after 29 years - we visited it first at our honey moon (1 week in London) in 1985. The food and service was as good as we remembered it. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Steak is one of the best in London! Service is impeccable and incredibly friendly."
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Fantastic service and food as always, we visit L'Escargot every time we come into London for our monthly theatre nights and the staff service is to be highly recommended "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "This restaurant has gone down in my estimation since last visit (more than 1 year ago), which is a disappointment for such a pleasant ambience."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "We have dined here on a number of occasions prior to theatre events. This is the first time since the change in ownership. The service was of a very good standard as previously and the food excellent. The new decor was a little heavy on the eye but did not detract from an enjoyable meal. If you want a pre theatre meal in agreeable surroundings you need look no further."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "A splendid pre-theatre dining experience, the nettle and wild garlic soup was a particular triumph!"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Wonderful traditional french cuisine. Light fare at an incredible value for the pre-theatre 3-course menu and less than 5 minute walk to several venues. I will definitely return for more!"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "We were in London near our anniversary. We decided to go out while we were here and chose L'Escargot. The meal was phenomenal. On my booking, I mentioned one of us was gluten-free. I didn't mention it in the restaurant, but between courses, they brought out some toasted gluten-free bread for me. The staff was attentive, if a bit slow; I did have to refill my own wine once, and wait a bit between course orderings. The lobster salad, crab toast, escargot (get 12!) were all top notch. Would go again!"
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for lunch - it's one of our old favourites. It's now under new management and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent as always. The service was mostly attentive though I think the staff were settling in so occasionally it took a little bit of time to get attention, but this was not a major problem. I think this will continue to be a good safe dining choice if you want good food and service in a pleasant environment. We were there for lunch before going to a matinee play so we stuck to a main course and shared a cheese plate. My fillet steak was perfect and my wife's veal chop was enormous. Very happy to recommend."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Had been to this restaurant before about 15 years ago, and always remembered it for the excellent food. The food was still very good and the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Would go back again. "
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "I have been wanting to visit L'Escargot for ages and was really disappointed. It's over priced and from the reputation it used to have, it is a shadow of it's former self. The owners were sat a couple of tables away from us and were incredibly loud and obnoxious. They clearly aren't putting effort into their establishment and i think it's probably a matter of time before they have a rude awakening. Don't go. "
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "I found this restaurant on line and booked it as a surprise for my husbands birthday. We had a great evening. The food and service was excellent and was also good value for money. I would highly recommend it"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "We were a little early for our 7:30 reservation, but were warmly welcomed. Drinks were well prepared and presented and new menu items were alongside old favorites. New decor in the front room was very nice. Food was great. "
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "I had dinner with 3 girl friends. We were very chatty and the waiters were extremely patient as it took a long time before we ordered. The food was fantastic and the wine was excellent and well priced. The service lacked a little but I think the waiter was slightly distracted by one of my girl friends! Wine took a while to arrive and to be topped up but that was the only negative I can think of, and to be honest it really did impact on our night. We had a lovely time and I would and have recommended L'Escargot to friends. "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "It's hard to put into words just how good this restaurant is, we were greeted by the lovely staff on arrival, enjoyed champagne as we figured out what to order. Had some of the most ridiculously gorgeous food I've had in years! The best Escargot! The most succulent lobster salad! The pigs head and truffle mash was Divine! And the citron tart was heavenly. Washed all down with lovely champagne in the newly redecorated dining area, with an ambience of a Parisian dream. We were greeted by the owner durring our dining experience and after had a grand tour of all the dining rooms L'Escargot has to offer. Overall this experience has been special, with unrivalled attention to detail. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone! "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "We had dinner for 6 early on Saturday ((1730) we mixed a la carte and pre theatre menu. All the meals were very good, particularly the nettle and garlic soup and the asparagus and pea risotto. Service was good, unhurried and unfussy. Happily recommend to a friend and it feels like a real return to form after slight stagnation under previous owners."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "L'Escargot has new ownership and what have they done? I have been a number of times previously and always enjoyed the experience. The main reataurant is now maroon in colour and on the night we went the walls had nothing on them - all those lovely prints have gone. The same with the Picasso Room upstairs which no longer has any Picassos'! The food was indifferent - the pate starters were not set. The mains were ok and the desert I requested was not available. I will not be going again. It's all very sad. "
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "We booked a table for 6 when seeing the New Miss Saigon show around the corner. We arrived at 6 giving us 1,5 house to dine. The food was very good but the service was slow. We had to chase for our main course twice and ended up having to rush our food. We should have been able to have 3 course in that time. We ended up asking to quickly pay and then rushing to the theatre and not being able to book intermission drinks as we have to go straight to our seats. So would we go again - Yes. I know they are undergoing reservations but if you can't derive your customers with the service the venue demands then you should not be open. We will try again for a meal when we have nothing else booked for the evening. The full menu looked good."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Terrine as starter can be recommended, Coq au vin was outstanding delicious as main and a good Loire red wine is a must!"
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "it gets there in the end! L'Escargot has been based in Soho since 1927 and Its fame was built up in the 1980's by nico Ladennis before being sold to jancis Robinson MW and then Marco Pierre Whitei. Now Brian.Clivas the savior of Langan's brasserie has taken it in hand and was there discussing food with two chefs , and wanted to know our reaction. The upstairs room had been opened with amazing gold ceiling plaster work while the rather plain tiled downstairs room was remodelled. Very good, home baked knotted pain d'epi followed by a subtle and delicious asparagus risotto with more asparagus than rice and herbs, , chicken liver parfait with generous pickles, and poached salmon in a sorrel sauce then ice cream and profiteroles. "
    dined on 29/04/2014