The French Table
The French Table

The French Table

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefrenchtable.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 8399 2365
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00-2.30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 7-10.30pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday 6.30-10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Eric Guignard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rail: Surbiton
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The French Table
You can expect a warm welcome at this family-run restaurant. Chef Patron Eric and Sous-Chef Tom work closely with their small team of suppliers to source the very best ingredients for seasonal changing menus.
From the £23.50 fixed price Lunch Menu to the Chef's Tasting Menu starting at £45, Sarah and her front of house team deliver fine dining with a friendly service.

For all Private Dining enquiries, please email zoe@thefrenchtable.co.uk
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The French Table reviews from OpenTable diners
312 reviews since 20 November 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.2
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (258)fit for foodies (201)romance (139)business meals (88)outstanding value (52)sunday lunch (33)group bookings (29)good vegetarian options (24)brunch (14)pre/post theatre (13)disabled access (11)child friendly (7)afternoon tea (6)Show More
  • First visit here did not dissapoint.
    robzzz
    Dined on 13/11/2014
    Very good restaurant, we had mainly fish dishes which were lovely, would certainly recommend for those special occadions
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The next Chez Bruce?
    JLOCK
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Attentive service, good wine and cocktail list, at relatively modest prices. Artistic food presentations. Had the diver caught scallops and Wagyu beef special. A hidden gem in Surbiton. This could be the next Chez Bruce and is due for a Michelin star. Will come back with friends and try the tasting menu with wine pairings next time!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joyce
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent lunch. Food superb and marvellous wines. Service first class. Tables not too close together with nice linen. A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab tasting menu, lovely wines
    finedinerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We enjoyed returning to TFT after an unintended absence of over a year. The staff were all lovely, the food great, delicious bread, and very generous servings of wines with the tasting menu. Our scallop course was cold when we got it but when we pointed this out it was resolved quickly and willingly and with a complimentary drink, so we cannot fault them. A great evening and we will definitely return!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect birthday evening meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    A fantastic meal out for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. The attention to detail was very high and the whole evening was perfect. The food was delicious and the service was attentive but not interfering. Will definitely recommend to friends and go again!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Dodo2
    dodo2
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Lovely lunch made our teenage sons welcome . All the food really good. We been hear a few times over the years and the food and service are consistently good..suitable for all ages .
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Happyeater
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    A delicious meal with wonderful service. Up to its usual high standards
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Really nice to find such place!
    Aline
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Well, I never mind to spend money on a special meal as long as the food is a higher standard than what I would cook at home.. The value for money is right, you certainly don't mind spending these extra ££, completely justified and even relatively reasonable in comparison. I wod certainly come back! The only downside is the size of the restaurant if you're on the banquette like we were, you're very close to the next tables.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bit crowded and overpriced
    Kt1nor
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    we went on a Wednesday night when there was a separate function upstairs. This seemed to affect the service downstairs as it was rather slow. the restaurant was very crowded, amazing since it was a Wednesday. clearly people are undaunted by the prices which I think are very steep. There was no set menu (apart from an even more expensive tasting menu, so all the food was a la carte. there is a set menu at lunch time which is much better value. We have never felt the place has much ambience, bit like a railway carriage. However, it's clearly very popular maybe because there are no other first class restaurants in Kingston ??
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    special occasions
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  • Local gastronomic gem
    Steve
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    The French Table were very accommodating with changing our table time when plans changed. The meal itself was excellent and served by waiting staff that were friendly and attentive. There was a good selection of wine with a good number reasonably priced. The dessert menu was also very good. Whilst the dining room itself was not overly spectacular, I did not particularly make note of this, as the focus was on chatting with our friends and enjoying the delightful menu. The only downside was that only one of us was able to sample the souffle which looked amazing. If only we had been slightly earlier!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Another Excellent Meal
    TeeTee
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Another visit to the best restaurant in the area. Superb food and attentive service, what is there to not like!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime
    Jenzach
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    This is the first time I've ever felt compelled to leave an online review for a restaurant, which speaks volumes in itself. Without a doubt this was the best meal we have had in a long time - and as we went for the set lunch menu it was also outstanding value for this quality. Our only regret was ordering the sides of mash and carrots, as the meal was so indulgent they really weren't needed - but the mash was so creamy it was a crime to leave it! We don't normally have a sweet tooth but the gingerbread and butter pudding was a superb finish to the meal, and the service was friendly, attentive and efficient. Just superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Had the tasting menu - quite fish oriented but that's great provided you like fish! Lovely food and excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Excellent friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We visited The French table for lunch, which was great value for 3 courses! The staff were friendly, helpful and very approachable. We had a really good time and the food was outstanding. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughters birthday
    Corrie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had a wonderful time celebrating tasha birthday.our age range was 27 to 90. Staff were very knowledgable and helpful in explaining our choices . Food wine and service all superb,will go back again soon
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    mangetout
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Double baked Souffle was wonderful unfortunetly the main course sea bream didn't quite work, although the fish was cooked perfectly you could not taste the lobster sauce at all. Dessert was as expected sublime
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Friendly,quality restaurant
    Sheesh1
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We went to the French Table after friends recommendations and we weren't disappointed. Too often, high quality restaurants can be a wee bit formal but the French Table gets the balance just right, with attentive, friendly service and excellent food. We had the set menu, and between us tried virtually every dish on the menu and there wasn't one that disappointed - everything was delicious. The waiting staff were well informed and polite and the wine selection good and well-priced, I recommend the French Table to anyone who enjoys quality French food with a modern twist at an affordable price.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Can't wait to go back!
    Foodyfun
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This was a wonderful evening from the ambience to the excellent service and the absolutely superb food that we are all still raving about. A very special experience especially for an outer London restaurant.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing as usual
    HighandDryGolf1
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Myself and 3 friends had a fabulous lunch at TFT yesterday. It was packed 'ON A WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME' as per but the service great as ever. Food selection was exciting and very different to the norm. The suggested wine choices complimented the delicious food. We stayed until kicking out time. Wonderful restaurant...Seriously recommended...if you're lucky enough to get a table.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvellous.
    Matteire
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Food at its highest calibre with service and ambiance to match.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch!
    gourmetqueen18
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We went to The French Table for our wedding anniversary. Again we were very impressed with the quality of food cooked with attention. We booked quite early, so we are given the window table which was very pleasant. We definitely go back again soon. Highly recommended!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening
    TolworthTaff
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    We went to the French Table for our wedding anniversary. The food was fresh, tasty and well presented. The wine was of a good quality. The service was excellent, very attentive but not instrusive. We had a great evening !!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    paulinebutcherbird
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Will definitely be visiting again and will be taking friends. The food was excellent and the service good. I can't remember for sure but I think the dessert menu was a little disappointing, ie were they mostly chocolate and cream? Can't remember - over a month since I visited..
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always
    Bermandy
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We have been to The French Table on several occassions. It is always wonderful, however on friday we arrived to find that the online booking I had made was actually for 2 weeks time!! It was a special evening with my sister and her husband over from Australia so I was gutted to see that I had made this mistake. Not a problem for the lovely team at TFT. They asked us to wait half an hour and then managed to squeeze us in to enjoy an outstanding meal despite my error. Brilliant service as always and we all loved our meal. Many thanks TFT!
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    romance, special occasions
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  • A Gem
    teamartin
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Whilst the service can be a little formal and stiff at times, the food is outstanding. My scallop and pork belly starter was one of the best meals I have had in years and the monkfish was also out of this world. A lovely personal touch for our dessert medley completed a fabulous meal.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding!
    Pirategirl
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    As always the food was excellent and the service couldn't be faulted.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally Outstanding in Every Way
    Bern
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    The food is amazing, the service is amazing, the ambience amazing and the buzz amazing - impossible to find anything that could be improved and most definitely my new favourite restaurant. The people there really care, they phoned up before to find out if it was any special occasion, which it was - my daughter's 20th birthday - and they added little touches that made it very special for her. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody and the Espresso Martini is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • HighandDryGolf1
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    My favourite French restaurant anywhere on Earth. Gets better and better. Sarah knows her wines, Eric cooks 'gold' and all the staff are great. Recommended!!!!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat night at TFT
    Malkawi
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Busy as would be expected. Staff friendly and efficient. Had crab started which was very good and cod for main. Both cooked to perfection. Excellent service. Will be back for sure.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would highly recommend a visit!
    GirlWirl67
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We were celebrating a special friends' .birthday with a 'posh girlie lunch'. The food was faultless and service outstanding. The unexpected personal touches of a named 'birthday greeting' on the menu and tasteful birthday sprinkles on the table was a lovely added touch. I would highly recommend a visit.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Loved the food and the service. Very happy to recommend it
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again!
    BazP
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Returned for Anniversary Dinner. Have been a regular of French Table. The staff always make you feel special and attentive to needs. Taster menu excellent. Wine list moderate. Always full and humming. Parking atrocious so give yourself 15 mins extra. Highly recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time did not dissapoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    I love this place - really good food in a friendly atmosphere. Simply put, the food it fantastic from the 'home made' bread to the fresh, seasonal ingredients, cooked perfectly for your starter and main course. I had the quail special starter which was lovely and the pork main - they were both delicious and I savoured every mouthful. Service is perfect ; there is a really 'family' feel. They are very friendly and attentive when you want it but leave you to it if you are talking. My only gripe is the pudding didn't wow but in it's defence It had a lot to live up to with the other two courses. Overall, it was a really lovely meal and I can't wait to go there again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Emperors new clothes
    Mike999
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    From reviews and personal recommendations we were expecting the 'wow' factor, so maybe that's why we were disappointed. When we walked in to the restaurant we felt uncomfortable, it is quite cramped and you feel like you've walked in on a private function. The staff however, were quickly there to greet us and show us to our table. This was our wedding anniversary and unfortunately the tables are so close together (intimate?) you can hear every word of the conversation going on either side of your table. The food was presented well. The service I would describe as slow. My wife had shell in the first bite of crab, my potatoes and croquette were over cooked. It's good as they say, but it's not Carling! 😔
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • lizphysio
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The staff were attentive and friendly. There was an excellent range of dishes and everyone was delighted with their choice. The wines were affordable and good quality. One of our party would have liked a vegetarian choice on the main menu; she did not feel she wanted to ask for a separate menu as she is not exclusively a vegetarian). We had a lovely evening and although the last to leave we did not feel we were being rushed out.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great experience
    Mamamia
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent waitress. Food fantastic. Relaxed atmosphere, good for special occassionz.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I felt like the restaurant was enjoying my visit as much as l was , which l must say is definitely not always the case .I had to wait approximately eight weeks to get the date l wanted and l think it is a good sign of the popularity of the place .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Dinner
    Renee
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A restaurant is about the food, ambiance and service among other things. Upon arrival, there was no Mai tre d to greet us. We stood at the door among all the other diners awkwardly for a couple of minutes until someone turned up to show us to our table. Too many table jammed into the small space to allow for any privacy from neighboring diners or their conversations. It really came across as more tables = more profit. The waiter was very nice, pleasant and professional, however they need more staff for a Saturday night. The Appertizers were very nice and enjoyable as were the desserts. I felt the selection of entrees could have had a little more extensive in variety. We chose monkfish, sorry to say overcooked rubber is what we ate.
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening with foodie friends
    Pescatarian
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It was our first visit to The French Table and we were not disappointed. I don't eat meat but I eat fish and there were several fish choices for me. They also have vegetarian choices. My friends are meat eaters and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal. We had a lovely bottle of Muscadet (some wines are organic/biodynamic). The desserts were amazing too - we had the tasting plate so we got to try several desserts! They also have a chef's 'tasting menu' which you can have with or without their wine choices, so we may opt for that on our next visit - however I'm sure sure if it would work for us as I don't eat meat and all guests at the table have to order it? Perhaps the meat dishes could be substituted for someone like me?
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    csiga
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    For our wedding anniversary lunch we went to the French Table. Excellent food, great service and the set lunch menu was great value for money. Been before a number of times and we will keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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