Café Boheme

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266 reviews
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£25 and under
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French

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Join us for hearty French food with simplicity, and live jazz every day between 3pm and 6.30pm. We serving traditional French classics such as French onion soup, steak frites and escargots with smoked bacon & garlic.
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SM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Disappointing and rude waiting staff. I love the food and atmosphere of this place and have been so many times but was slightly disappointed at the lacklustre service we received during our last visit. I was so excited to take friends but I don’t think any of the waiting staff smiled once during the time we were there. One waitress even belittled our vegetarian friend who asked for goats cheese instead of chicken in her salad. In fact the only waiter who was pleasant was the chap who seated us...the rest were all rather rude and unpleasant.

GM
London
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place with a great atmosphere. Quite busy on a Friday night but good ambience

A
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was ok
Couldn’t find my booking on her tablet when we arrived .
The crab starter was very good . The duck was a bit dry and bland to be honest . The chocolate mousse was also rather bland , very chocolatey with dark chocolate but nothing special. It was very busy in the bar area and seemed like they needed more staff in the restaurant.
My dessert didn’t arrive and I had to ask for it from another waitress. The venue was extremely noisy. I reduced the 12.5% tip placed on the bill due to the service problem.
Well I gave it a go but there are better places nearby

H
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant old-fashioned surroundings and helpful staff. Had breakfast with my grown up children and was just about able to hear the conversation - lively and quite a buzz. Coffee good but breakfast a little mediocre - stone cold poached eggs. Best to go for the decor and surroundings.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good as usual
Unfortunately, we have been asked to leave the table quickly after only 1h30 there
I totally understand we can't keep a table more than 2 hours but it needs to be said when you arrive

I loved this place but I am not sure I will be back soon :(

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I just found it a bit too in your face, screaming secretaries and their braying boyfriends, what are they on???? best take a table away from the main bar if you want to talk, we had to move but had a good time whilst shouting at each other

DK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

if it's too noisy ask to be moved to the quiter area. The waiter was happy to find us a table there.

GS
London
38 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the vegetarian breakfast which was delicious. The service was impeccable and the whole experience lovely. We had a table by the window and it was lovely & light - some of those tucked in corners were very dark.

LG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pre theatre set menu is such a bargain , we had plenty of time to eat and drink before our show. Tip- you dont need to be going to watch a show to enjoy the deal :)

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Still a great place for drinks, nice buzzy atmosphere and would go back for that.
The food was a real disappointment. Chicken was greasy. Fries were hard and warm. Steak was small and poor quality. Again fries were hard and warm.

DH
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very impressed with this restaurant. Unusual to find a French restaurant with a casual Cafe style which works very well. Great location and we had a great spot right in the corner so more private and away from the bar. The food was very tasty and not too heavy for French and very generous with the complimentary bread. The service was absolutely outstanding though!

N
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

already recommended to work colleagues and my daughter and will return in the evening soon

DC
London
39 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. Our servers were fantastic, great food and amazing value with the post theatre pricing - steak tartare, duck confit, plum galette and a glass of wine for £17. Wow!

DS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite the pouring rain and the doors along the side of the restaurant being open to the elements the temperature at my table was comfortable. On entering it seemed bustling and noisy with chatter and live music but again at the table this was not an issue and talking with my brother was easy and not a problem. The atmosphere was excellent here. The service was in equal parts friendly and attentive too. As a Parasien style cafe in London it blends beautifully and the food is as you would expect with classic French dishes but able to cater for all tastes. The Steak Bavette normally a cheaper option among steaks was excellent and is highly recommended.

All in an excellent experience and an ideal pre-theatre destination for many west end theatres.

t
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service music was really loud too loud.

TZ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Really awful service. We waited for 30 minutes for drinks, the food was mediocre at best. Such a shame

s
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is nice but please please try to keep the noise down - we couldn’t talk to our friends in the table :(

DD
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem!! Impressed my boss from overseas with a visit to this lovely place and the service, ambiance and food couldn’t have been better. Just perfect! My 6th time there and it’s only gotten better over the years.

E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Boheme never fails to deliver. Attentive yet not obsequious service, delicious food and wine, and a wonderful atmosphere. (The music volume was a little loud this time, it felt as though we were having to shout to one another, but once the live music started in the bar area, it was MUCH better!)

SM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a regular haunt of mine for pre theatre dining. I have to admit on this occasion the service was not as attentive as usual, the lighting too dim to be able to read the menu easily, and the table next to ours was quite rowdy. The food, however, was as tasty and high quality as usual.

NN
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here, great staff, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool pre theatre dinner - great two piece providing music- onion soup and steak frites were spot on - nice crowd

GB
London
96 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very relaxed place with some live jazz music which is nice. Great pre-theatre menu with fast service if you let them know. I like the frites skinny and crispy and salmon was perfectly cooked.
Staff were polite and friendly. We had to rush as we had a show to catch it but would be nice to relax in that buzzy surrounding.

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A soho institution; very good food decent service and a lovely place to while away a long lunch on a Friday

CD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Food is good and service was friendly and attentive, but according to open table they marked me down as a no-show despite me arriving early and spending two hours on the premises. The interior is cosy and intimate, but the music was loud and intrusive to the point where we had to raise our voices to be heard. I used to regularly visit Cafe Boheme for working lunches - reluctant to do so in the future.

JW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great personal and friendly service. Quality food served with French flare. Atmosphere, just like a Parisian bistro. Recommended especially for the Steak Tartare!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food here is consistently good and there's a good range of dishes to choose from. The wine was OK but I wouldn't say it was value for money. There were 2 of us and we order the 3 course meal but were overcharged on our bill which we only realised after. All in all it's a good place to eat and the food is good but just a few details on service need attention.

AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The only thing stopping full marks was a wobbly table that splashed water all over the table and into my bag which was unfortunate.
The staff were also a little slow considering the place was empty, and quite frosty but apart from that the experience was fine. The food was delicious.

MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service. Thank you.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable surroundings. Service was excellent.

d
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This has been a fave of mine for many years. Always consistent and the service is always fabulous. Beautiful decor with a great vibe.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday, post-theatre dinner. We had a really lovely time. They were very accommodating, and very considerate about our allergy requirements.

ND
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, great vibe, nice food, lots of fun.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great time and will definitely go back. A little disappointed that there was no live music.

HS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Busy, vibrant and lovely food. Service was the only let down but the staff were stretched.

ZJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great french bistro, frankly better than many in Paris.
The Prix Fixe menu is one of the best values in London or any major city.

T
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak tartare excellent. Service great. Loved the escargots.

GH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had previously been for an enjoyable lunch, so decided to book for dinner after the theatre. Unfortunately this time the occasion was not as pleasurable. We were placed on a table in a dark, cramped corner by a large group of noisy drinkers. It was so dark we couldn't read the menu and so noisy we couldn't hear each other speak. I don't think the mix of people only drinking and people wanting to converse over a meal works in such a small space. So, we would probably go back for lunch, but certainly not for dinner.

NM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had only been here for a brief drink once before. The food is well worth it. Delicious, simple and definitely worth the price. Cocktails haven't so far been as wonderful as the food, but still certainly tasty.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this is a fantastic place for dinner. Live music some evenings with great cocktails. The standard of food is excellent and will always recommend to a friend! Looking forward to the next time!