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
358 reviews since 28 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.7
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (192)special occasions (189)romance (157)business meals (123)fit for foodies (115)outstanding value (37)group bookings (29)sunday lunch (27)brunch (16)good vegetarian options (11)child friendly (6)disabled access (4)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Its lost its authentic French feel!
    PDRP
    Dined on 25/11/2014
    Usual high standard of food and service but really disappointed with the recent refurbishment - lost all of its orginal French feel with the padded wall seats around the perimeter of the room being replaced. Feels more like a restaurant in Dubai now - trying very hard to be authentic but for me will never get there. It didnt need to try before as it was authentic.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special Soho oasis
    LCBB
    Dined on 23/11/2014
    I have been trying to work it out but still can't quite put my finger on how they manage it - at L'Escargot I was aware in the very best way of eating together with the other diners in this small 'front room' restaurant, whilst never losing the intimacy that my partner and I were looking for in this Sunday treat. Perhaps it is the calm that reigns in the beautiful art deco drawing room as Soho races on outside? In out of the rain and the welcome was enough to dry us off. The service was perfect and the champagne and wine (a 2012 Fleurie perfectly recommended for a table who had ordered coq au vin and white fish) went beautifully with the food. We were told the change from plaice as advertised on the menu was due to the chef refusing it as not up to scratch, which delighted me as halibut is, to my mind, an upgrade! We'll be going back soon and often.
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    brunch, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L`ESCARGOT
    EATOUTALOTVIP
    Dined on 23/11/2014
    I went with some friends for Sunday lunch and we had a wonderful time. The food was fab and the service impeccable. The fixed price menu is great value. Really recommend it for a special occassion.
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night at l'escargot
    Dimdeido
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    I love French food and that's why I went to l'Escargot. Being the oldest French restaurant in London I thought I'll give it a try. French, over 30 and ready to have a nice night out with my boyfriend. Well it was great I love it. One of the waitress was a bit annoying at the beginning but it ended well :) Nice romantic night, small rooms where to eat which make it quite intimate, candels, delicious food ... what else one need?
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HDH1
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    It was unfortunate that the superior and more expensive fish option - Halibut - had been replaced by the cheaper rather small portion of plaice offered on the Dinner with a Glass of Champagne menu. without notifying us. The Coq au Vin was good if a trifle on the small side and both dishes would have benefited from some vegetables. The first courses - particularly the smoked salmon - were excellent as was the creme brulee dessert. Service was warm, friendly and informative and the atmosphere was good even with several large tables taking up most of the restaurant..
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  • 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.
  • BICF8
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    First time here and I would go back and try other dishes. The only thing I thought it was lacking was atmosphere- it was very quiet in there and a bit stiff- luckily I had good company. The waitress was friendly but when we first arrived we were greeted by someone who rather rudely looked us up and down before greeting us adnd showing to our table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'escargot - excellent French Restaurant
    RoRo
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    We were not disappointed by the quality of food served, faultless service. Highly recommended. Although the menu was limited (as we took up the £30.00 per head deal) but the quality was second to none. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • CTH11
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    L'Escargot used to be our "go to" restaurant when visiting London, but not anymore. The refurbishment has taken away its charm and made it dark and dingy. One of our party, after visiting a brightly illuminated ladies room, was faced with an almost pitch black staircase and took a fall. Other diners were aware of what had happened and were of the same opinion about the poor lighting. Not one member of the management team were on hand to make sure that she had not suffered any serious injuries, and did not even have the courtesy to enquire about the incident before we left. The incident has therefore not been recorded in any accident book. We had decided to take advantage of the Theatre Menu but were only offered 2 first courses, but when offered a different menu card for dessert we noticed that there had been a third option which at least 2 of us would have preferred. We had hoped to show our friends the L'Escargot which we used to know, but I ended up being very disappointed in having taken them there.
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  • BenjaminVIP
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    Really good meal and a must if you enjoy French cuisine.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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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    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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