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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
  • "Unpretentious The menu was uncomplicated and suited the bistro atmosphere. The service was friendly and quite quick. The waiting staff are accustomed to pre-theatre deadlines and are considerate in this regard. I wouldn’t use this restaurant if wanted an ‘event dining’ occasion but ideal for a reasonably priced, friendly get together."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Food good but limited menu. Ambience good but carpet on floor threadbare giving bad impression. Wine expensive"
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "All orders seem to be forgotten and mixed up. The food was good but the experience was frustrating."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "This was a first visit for over five years and was a delight and four of us had lunch to celebrate the birthday's of my wife and daughter. My daughter and her husband are vegetarian - often a challenge for French chef's but proved not to be a problem at L'Escargot. My son-in-law and I both chose the Gazpacho which proved to be an excellent choice. Main courses were equally good, my plaice fillets were delicious although I am not so keen on the accompanying pistou. The Cod, organic Chicken and Beetroot Risotto were all polished off with gusto. This was a lovely, leisurely family lunch in a very friendly restaurant. It was quite busy and as a result the atmosphere was one of energy and fun. Highly recommended."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "I hadn't been to L'Escargot for at least a decade, if not longer. I always remember it being a better place to go than to eat, although there was never anything wrong with its cuisine. But this week was as great a surprise as I have experienced in London in years. I enjoyed the finest meal I have had in the UK in 2014, in an intimate room, attended upon by kind and helpful service. I stuck with fish, which was nothing short of excellent, with a white wine list of which L'Escargot can be proud. The set-price lunch represented (for London) excellent value for money and I should have no hesitation in returning to this fine Soho restaurant instead of wandering past it and remembering its glory days of the 1980s. LM"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Great menu and so many good choices I know I'll be back soon! Very romantic atmosphere and staff all very friendly as well."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "I haven't been here for years and am very impressed with the new management and chef. It was perfect for a small family get together and the food, whilst not the cheapest, was great!"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Great food and service, but bizarre cold atmos and definitely lacks the class it used to have. The least you could expect is a tablecloth."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "My wife is a fan of Escargot so we sort out this restaurant specifically for this reason. The Snails were lovely according to her, but I thought the menu overall was a little light and there was no Foiei Gras, which I though was odd for the oldest French Restaurant in London. Its an ok restaurant, would I hurry back, no, unless the wife wants snails again next time we are in London."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "new post theatre menu is excellent can't wait to go back the attitude of the waiters is excellent with recommendations and service i think the set meals are very good value for the quality of food and they don't rush you out even if you are a late booking coming in after theatre this is ideal for miss saigon and the committments and les miserable less than 5 mins walk"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant for our wedding anniversary. We had 3 courses each with a bottle of red wine. Although slightly pricey, (at £140) we loved every mouthful & the wine was devine! There was only one other table of diners so we nearly had the whole restaurant to ourselves! Our meal was relaxed and unrushed,although we felt the staff could have been more attentive. When we arrived we waited at the front desk to be greated like stated on a sign, after a couple of minutes we decided to walk in ourselves & found all of the waiters stood around the bar area talking, we were right on time for our dinner reservation so they knew we were arriving. We asked for water twice before we received it and we waited forever to order our desserts."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "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