Mon Plaisir
Mon Plaisir

Mon Plaisir

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.monplaisir.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02078367243
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Sat: Lunch: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Brasserie: 2:30pm - 5:45pm, Dinner: 5:45pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Mon Plaisir
For more than half a century, a little piece of the capital has been proudly French too - Mon Plaisir restaurant on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street is famous as London’s longest-serving French restaurant. Is it romantic? Well, dozens, maybe hundreds, of marriage proposals have taken place here as well as countless first dates, third dates and anniversary celebrations. Acquired by the Viala brothers in the 1940s, Mon Plaisir has gone from strength to strength, entertaining a who’s who of London society with its uniquely French charm. Four rooms with different looks make up Mon Plaisir – from the main dining room, unchanged since the 40’s, to the lounge with its pewter-topped bar rescued from a Lyonnais brothel. From the utterly traditional, to the conceptual and modern, Mon Plaisir restaurant’s French menu explores in depth France’s world-famous cuisine with a panache more often seen on the streets of Paris.
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Mon Plaisir reviews from OpenTable diners
379 reviews since 18 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.9
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (234)special occasions (140)fit for foodies (118)romance (114)business meals (106)outstanding value (76)group bookings (34)sunday lunch (22)brunch (16)good vegetarian options (8)child friendly (8)outdoor eating (5)afternoon tea (5)disabled access (1)Show More
  • goagzy
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Excellent friendly staff who aware immediately aware of our need to be away by seven for the theatre. That said the service was quick without it being rushed and at the end of it the price was not as dear as we thought. Previous reviews indicated expensive drink but that was not the case. Overall a great pllace
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  • Florence
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Another good evening at Mon Plaisir. My late father took me there as a teenager, I am now old enough to take my grandchildren!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PenMart
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Enjoyed our midweek meal here. Food very good, although service slow. A little pricey but would go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit
    MaggicVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Our second visit with cousins from Australia. Thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the first time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Banners51
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    You get a genuine welcome at the door, and for this booking I got the table I had requested. My friends from the USA were very impressed and we enjoyed a lovely set menu lunch which was well presented, very tasty and good value. We were not hurried and thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely lunch. The washrooms continue to be quirky and spotless! I will be looking to return to Mon Plaisir very shortly.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    wonderbarbalham00000
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    lovely intimate restaurant with discreet but attentive waiting staff, gorgeous food
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Always a treat
    LovedUp
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Delicious French food, lots of interesting artwork around the place and great service. All the classics on the a la carte menu, the set menu is good value and has a well balanced selection of dishes. Wish I had saved room for pudding as the options sounded delicious! I'm sure (I hope!) we'll be back before too long.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Expensive French treat
    OldDiner
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Mon Plaisir is still the real French thing, at a price. Starters (overpriced) and mains of high order, puddings less so. Meal for two was £130+. Great atmosphere, with lots of nooks and crannies for romantics. Mind your head. French staff, but friendly and helpful. Wine very overpriced, but the red we had (£36) was absolutely first-rate. Kir Mur a bit 'weak'. Reserve this place for special occasions, or have the pre-theatre, prix-fixe menu which is better value.
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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.
  • Nice pre-theatre dinner
    JCB19
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Closest to a French restaurant outside France. Good value pre-theatre menu though drinks are quite pricy. Portions not huge but enough. Good service.
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  • A little disappointed
    Palace01
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We were three friends out for lunch, service good ambience good We had the lunch menu and found the portions very small our main course. Was calves liver Two very small pieces and a little very nice mash potatoes no veg at all Would return to try thr ala carte menu
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  • Excellent
    The54s
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Excellent as always. My groups twice yearly visits are always looked forward to, and enjoyed.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Lovely
    NMC52
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    I go there when I want to feel good! Good food, nice place, amazing ambience... what else can you ask?
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old French favourite
    LinnieBee
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Treated a friend to birthday lunch at this well established French favourite on 14th August. Food impeccable and delicious. Attentive, but not overbearing, service. We ate from the Carte but, for a somewhat less expensive treat, try their daily lunch menu or Menu of the Month. Very acceptable wines by the glass, carafe of 50cl, or bottle. The experience was made all the more pleasurable by the helpful waiter and lady Maitre D' who, on learning we were visiting Paris later in the year, offered recommendations for eateries in Montmartre and Montparnasse. A thoroughly enjoyable lunchtime on the fringes of Covent Garden.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • BucksVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Haven't been here for a few months but it is still a good place to have an enjoyable lunch. WC
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  • Exceptional value
    MaggicVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Our first visit to Mon Plaisir and we were most impressed. Exceptional value for a very decent pre-theatre dinner, served promptly by efficient, friendly and helpful staff. One criticism would be that my position facing my neighbour’s table of four meant I did feel extremely close to them and part of their conversation. However, would be happy to return.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Great French Dining
    GoldenOldie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Just a lovely way to celebrate one's wedding anniversary.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sympa
    tedjon
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    A customer over many years, I've never been disappointed. Good ambience, friendly, courteous staff, prices, food and wines (house) reliable. Is short, sympa!
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Good value Proper French food
    upto99
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We hadn't been to Mon Plaisir for over 25 years, but it was very much as we remembered it. Good, honest French fare at a reasonable price. Far, far better than the recent "French" chain that has sprung up all around London. Only niggle - the pre Theatre was a little limited, but all the dishes were well prepared and I don't think I have ever eaten such tender "minute" steaks
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  • Great place for lunch
    I8well
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Although there are only two choices for each course on the lunch menu they are always both good and are very good quality and excellent value. My guest was delighted to be introduced to Mon Plaisir.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pretheatre meal :)
    TeresaB
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Really had an enjoyable meal here with my friend, prior to theatre. Steak and frites was delicious, great value and the staff were helpful , friendly and appropriately speedy once they knew we were pre theatre.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Colin25E
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    I had not visited the Mon Plaisir for some years so was concerned that standards might have slipped......but no fear. The food was as outstanding as ever and the comfortably French feel to the place was unchanged. Our visit confirmed that there is only one place to go to have the best possible French meal when visiting London
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  • Timj10
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    This long established French bistro with an excellent chef provides a very high standard of dining in this part of the West End. The lunchtime/pre theatre menus or the Menu of the month are outstanding value for money in an area of highly expensive alternatives.
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Leah
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    The set lunch menu - veal was substituted: it was tough and dubious.
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  • Mon Plaisir
    Enid
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    This restaurant has been in London for many years and though some critics have described it as not being adventurous this should not be viewed as a complaint. It is reassuringly traditional and all the better for that. The French onion soup was perfect as was the confit of duck leg. The service was excellent with food and wine served when needed with no intrusion on our conversation. The prices are reasonable and the wine list varied. This restaurant is definitely on the list for a return visit.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • It's our favourite with good reason
    Judgements
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Living in East Anglia now, after many years in London, we go back into the city only for events such as West End plays, gallery visits, and to meet up with friends. Mon Plaisir was one of oiur favourites in the past and is even more so nowadays. Attending a matinee and then enjoying an early-ish dinner at Mon Plaisir before catching the last train home (9 pm) not only gives us an excellent meal, but allows us to take advantage of the very affordable pre-theatre offers. And the wine list is extraordinary, with excellent choices amongst excellent prices at the low end price-wise.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mon Plaisir
    Cardan
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Mon Plaisir was a recommendation from a friend which lived up to expectation. The service was very good with the waitress pre-empting our needs. Food was delicious. We will go again on our next trip to London.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great location and food
    Krissy
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    We went here before going to see Les Miz...we used the upgraded pre fix menu and thought the quality of food was fabulous and even more reasonable for the price. We would certainly recommend this to a friend looking for a quality meal in the theater district
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  • Still good after all these years
    Stratton
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    First went to Mon Plaisir as a student for a "special celebration" in 1968 and return occasionally when I am back in London. It is still recognisable as the place I first visited and still retains both its French ambience and the certainty of a very good meal served by pleasant staff. Good to know some things do not change in an otherwise very changed city
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  • Tres dissapointing
    Evitaesther123VIP
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Limited menu & my crab starter was still frozen & after 2 mouthfuls I exchanged it for something else & was unwell for the next 24 hours!
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  • Dinner with friends
    Bergere
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Very pleasant waiter that let us eat at a very leisurely pace without chasing us and agreed to our requests for a variety of puddings and three spoons with charm. A lovely evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impresses the French
    Americanlooks
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I had lunch at Mon Plaisir with a French colleague of mine and she was impressed with the food. Always a good sign! Lovely place that feels like a little Paris in the middle of Covent Garden
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • charming service
    Tweedytrixie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Charming old fashioned and very good value. Great for lunch.
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  • Good food, service, rude management
    ianfreemanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I couldn't fault the food or the friendly and efficient wait-staff. The manager, on the other hand, was something else! When we asked why the restaurant did not open until 5.45pm she snapped "Our staff have to eat"! Er, maybe they could eat earlier? It seems to have passed them by that every other restaurant in London is open all day and I'm glad for them that they can afford not to. They clearly don't care about their customers as very few would be regulars - most are theatregoers who they are unlikely to see again. To place such a rude individual in a customer-facing role is really not a great idea. I will not venture back in a hurry - Covent Garden & Soho are packed with many more pleasantly run places to eat.
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  • oh dear
    fussbucket
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Our second time here and not as good as the previous visit. Although the food was good it was not exceptional for the price.
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  • 50 years on
    Annymorry
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    It remains a friendly value for money oasis in the West End ideal for pre-theatre dinner. First visited at 20 and still enjoy even though it has expanded greatly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant with nice prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    Quick served and good food. Nice staff. The table we got were to close to the kitchen "locker" where the staff waited for the food to be brought out to the customers
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal
    Andyreviews
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Nice ambience. Staff friendly but slow to deal with requests. Main courses were good, and wine list comprehensive. Our main problem was that the creme brûlées were 'split' or 'curdled'. When pointed out the staff said they'd been having problems with them!
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  • BAck again!
    Cuckfieldchick
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    This must be our fourth visit to Mon Plaisir in about 6 weeks! We rediscovered it in May and enjoy as much as we did many years ago. It's good to find some things don't change!
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmet2VIP
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent dinner here with impressively authentic French cuisine and excellent service. The cuisine and service have been somewhat variable in Mon Plasir of late but the restaurant has now regained its former high standards and our recent dining experience was most enjoyable. The prices for food are very reasonable for the quality and standard although some of the wines on a vast list are a little overpriced. Recommended.
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  • Lovely for a special occasion
    sallysintown
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Eight of us from bridesmaids to grandmothers had lunch at Mon Plaisir for my daughter’s hen party meal before a theatre matinee performance. The food was excellent, my lamb from the lunch menu was so tasty and tender and daughter’s steak cooked to perfection. Service was just right, not too invasive. The wine is a little pricey but the least expensive dry white (£19) was very very good. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.