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
381 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.9
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (239)special occasions (136)romance (120)fit for foodies (119)business meals (108)outstanding value (79)group bookings (34)sunday lunch (21)brunch (16)child friendly (9)good vegetarian options (8)afternoon tea (6)outdoor eating (4)disabled access (1)Show More
  • diningclerk
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    It was good to return to Mon Plaisir after a gap for some years. I love French food and had a soft spot for this restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, but the service was rather variable. There was certainly no feeling, especially from the senior staff, that they were either attentive or very interested. Some might say that is authentically French! However that is not my experience in France.. The general feeling was rushed one and that the staff were struggling - although there didn't seem to be any shortage of staff. In their defence the dining space is very cramped and access both for diners and staff is very awkward in places. I shall certainly return, in due course, and hope for nice food, atmosphere and service.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Cathy
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Went for a birthday and the waiter was so kind with us, particularly attentive to my mother's diet. You must try it, food is good and ambiance very nice and charming.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    RoxLeCluse2
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    It is always a pleasure to eat at Mon Plaisir. The food is excellent, the service prompt and the prices are reasonable for central London (or any other capital city). The experience is as close as you will get in London to dining in a "real" family run bistro in France.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good French fare
    Sagelemonthyme
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Mon Plaisir offers a step back to the standard dishes of a French Bistro rarely found now. The pre theatre menu was excellent as was their house red wine. With its quirky rambling interior it makes the large restaurant feel intimate. It is not grand cuisine but offers great value for money and I would happily recommend it.
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    brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Indianholiday
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    I was eating in this restaurant for the first time as were my three companions, we thought the menus all looked very good, we did not choose the pre-dinner menu but it appeared to be very good value. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will certainly be making future visits.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hamlet
    Hamlet
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    I am a great fan of Mon Plaisir and have been for about 40 years but my main course on Tuesday was inedible overcooked confit de canard. I complained but there was not much interest. My companion it should be said enjoyed his foie de veau and the atmosphere in the back room which I recommend was as pleasant as ever. I will I suppose go back!
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Traditional very well cooked French food in a really delightful setting. Service charming ift a little inattentive. Major plus no music. Surrounded by people clearly enjoying themselves in an un noisy way. Lovely round table for 5 or 6 in the window.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Classic French fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food at very reasonable prices in a lovely setting. Wine is pricey; some portions v large.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Super Service Pre- Show Meal
    Nighthawk
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I booked this restaurant for a pre- show meal with my wife, and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel comfortable. The ambiance was superb and the meal came very quickly, although we were not rushed. When we booked they asked what time we had to leave and made sure that we were finished on time. The food from the set menu was simple yet delicious. Very good value and we would certainly eat there again. Would like to go back when we have more time to try some of the lovely dishes from the main menu.
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Historic french
    NeillA
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My wife and I went for pre theatre dinner, which was good value for money. Not the most memorable food by today's standards but satisfying and enjoyable. The ambience was nostalgically genuine mid twentieth century French and it wa lovely to hear genuine French waiters in a French restaurant. The service was exceptionally good, speedy polite and efficient - a joy to eperience.
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  • Thank you!
    Anya
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Everything, from the start to the end of our visit, went smoothly and professionally. We enjoyed the absolutely great food, humorous waiter and the lovely atmosphere. I got extra pleasure out of the place setting being correct and functional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening at Mon Plaisir
    Perfectionist
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Prior to a short visit to France, in early October, my husband and I decided to dine at Mon Plaisir to get ourselves into the mood for our French trip. The moment that we entered the restaurant we felt that we were already in France. The welcome was warm, atmosphere buzzing, food and service were first rate. I enjoyed Coq au Vin whilst my husband could not stop praising his dish of scallops. In fact, because we enjoyed the evening so much we booked another visit to Mon Plaisir for the evening of our return from France. Our second visit was equally as good.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid french cuisine
    littlesimon
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Went here for dinner with a group of eight friends. The menus were varied and we all found something good (and safe) to eat. Dishes were large and tasty, wine was good too. By the time dessert arrived we were stuffed.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Beautifully French restaurant
    SMA1
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Knew this restaurant well 20 years ago, and had many romantic dinners there. But having moved around London hadn't been back for so long. Just by chance was meeting an old work colleague in the area and this restaurant came up on the app. As before, a beautifully French restaurant with great service and very good food. The ambiance and appearance too is very French, and one feels like one has stepped off Covent Garden into a restaurant in the centre of Paris. Great place to go for romantic dinners and to catch up with good friends.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • No 1 of 3
    Londoner
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    This was the first of our ladies' celebratory MP dinners in three weeks - and it was as good and faithful as always. We were intent upon steak and frites plus cheese and it was all perfect, served by friendly and efficient staff. The upstairs room is lovely. Roll on next week!
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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  • consistently good
    theatreman
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    As ever Mon Plaisir is an ideal venue for pre theatre dinner and it was agin this time
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Pleasure
    60forGill
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Since I first discovered Mon Plaisir in 1988 I have dined here only about a dozen times but each occasion is a joy, is memorable not only for the food which is brilliant, but also the ambience and the faultless, attentive yet soft touch service of your lovely French staff. It all adds to the total plessure of evening dining here whether it is pre theatre or as this ooccasioin was, an important romantic birthday celebration for my partner. She had never been to Mon Plaisir before but enjoyed every moment and every thing about the restaurant and our evening dining there. Well done. We will most certainly be back whenever we are in London.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Always excellent
    AlfredoN
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    We have been to Mon Plaisir many times over the last several years. Every meal we have had there has been first class - food, service and welcome have remained consistently good. The pre-theatre menu is excellent value.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • 25th Anniversary
    eyesbiggerthan14
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Bored with "pretty" food Mon Plaisir was like a breath of fresh air. My husband and I have travelled through France early in our relationship and this took us back 25 years to those lovely restaurants found in beautiful towns and squares along the way. We should have stopped with the filling French onion soup but carried on valiantly to the chocolate mousse and raspberries. A treasure amongst the chains and celebrity chef offerings in Covent Garden
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    business meals, child friendly, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Enjoyable early evening meal
    Jasper
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We were seated upstairs which was lovely. The staff are very efficient and the meal is served promptly which is ideal if you are going to the theatre.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Opentabler
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Mon Plaisir serves very good food in a nice cosy setting. Service was good. I would prefer the option of service charge (both in terms of giving and amount) rather than it being included on the bill as standard.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food BAD BAD service
    lapindesbois
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    went on a Friday evening, We had to join the queue in the tiny entrance and I had to shout my name to a waitress and without a hello or welcome she showed us the small table. not the best start of an evening!! then we sat down , waited for 10 minutes until someone gave us the menu without looking at us and then asked: drinks?? I said we will order some wine and the waitress asked which one |(impatient). I said I would need to see the wine list first (!) we felt our dinner was very rushed, we had less than 5 minutes btw the starter and the main. it felt like a factory, where waitresses were too busy and stressed to care about the customers. I think they are seriously understaffed. the staff is grumpy and not helpful.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • 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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    pre/post theatre
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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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    fit for foodies
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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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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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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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  • 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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