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Gazette Brasserie Balham

380 reviews
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£26 to £40
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London's most authentic French Brasseries with three venues in the capital, GAZETTE captures the essence of local French village cafés with a commitment to fantastic seasonal food, wine discovery and true hospitality all served in comfortable informal surroundings from breakfast through dinner.

GAZETTE was originally born in Battersea in 2007 and had a gentle expansion with the opening of the Balham and Putney branches. GAZETTE is described by owners Pascal Even and Walter Lecocq as a rural style of French brasserie, one you’d find in Provincial areas of France.
Both want it to reflect the spirit of local French cafés and offer a cuisine that is simple, generous and vivacious, with lots of daily specials and on-going food events, and where transpires the warmth and cordiality of true French cuisine.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of Operation
Open daily: 9am - 11pm
Kitchen closes at 10pm.
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Phone number
020 8772 1232
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Pascal Even
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Public Transit
Balham Station and Underground Station are in walking distance to the Restaurant.
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Special Events & Promotions
Our weekly rituals:

London's leading steak night £14.50

1 KILO of mussels for only £10

Wednesday ladies night: choose from a cocktail or a dessert…..on us

Grilled whole lobster or Thermidor with GAZETTE homemade fries

Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

GAZETTE offers through different dining room facilities the ideal place to enjoy pure conviviality with your family, colleagues or friends. Make it merrier this Christmas, and make it very special.

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What 380 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

I don’t normally bother with poor reviews but I was so disappointed by the food here I have to comment. Firstly it wasn’t clear when I made the booking on open table that there was a set menu, I would urge other diners to call ahead and check as it was pricey (45 per person)

My partners starter (crab and avocado salad) had the most unripe avocado I have ever had I’m not sure how they even cut it in the kitchen it was so hard to chew, my main which was duck was over cooked and came with literally two pieces of potato that were undercooked. To be fair my partners cod main was much nicer and the fish was well cooked but 2 out 4 dishes being poor isn’t great esp considering the price.

I really like French food and was excited by their menu but I will not be returning here.

OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 13 February 2018

We went on Tuesday night which was when they do their offer on mussels. To be honest the mussels were over cooked, very small and hardly worth the effort. However the tartiflette which we shared to start with was very good.

OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

The special that was on, the tartiflette was disappointing and not worth the money not enough Reblochon cheese! Music was terrible like dance, trance music, staff were having a social around the bar and didn’t seem busy!
Nobody asked us how the food was.
The bill was expensive for what we had.

Would not recommend or return to this branch. Definitely lost it’s French charm and the quality gone down hill shame really as we used to like it there.


OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on 28 January 2018

Food was lovely. The service was very poor. Had to ask for the table to be cleared and for desert menus and for someone to take our order.

KateP52 (London)
4.0  Dined on 5 January 2018

The food was great, but the service not. The restaurant was quiet, yet we had to take the bill up to the counter and when the waitress served our wine, one person's glass was not refreshed, so we had to buy another bottle!

vipWhiteRabbit (London)
5.0  Dined on 16 December 2017

Great lively atmosphere. Food is superb, always, genuine French and delicious. Accommodating for children too.

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 10 December 2017

An excellent Sunday Lunch. Great food and good service. Good wine and a fun atmosphere. I would definately do it again.

Jonathan (London)
2.0  Dined on 9 December 2017

Very tired place. And it’s huge so it all seems hugely tired.

One dish in particular was outrageously over priced for what it was.

Chips and steak were good. Everything else was poor really. Virgin Mary wth a dry match stick of celery, fois gras swimming in grease with raw green apples. No love or finesse to be seen alas.

Quite non descriptive house music in the background?

And a sticky table....urgh

Service fine but non-invested staff.

Just a very tired business overall...needs a rebirth. But maybe people keep coming so they don’t in fact.

Mags49 (London)
4.0  Dined on 4 December 2017

It was a Monday night and extremely quiet, so the ambience suffered a little.
The service was quick, friendly and very pleasant. We had the chateaubriand, which was very well cooked and tasty. The chips were crispy. Very nice.
I would recommend this for a casual evening rather than a romantic date, but well worth visiting.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 26 November 2017

Delicious French food. Impeccable service. Great value for money

PatriciaBianca (London)
4.0  Dined on 25 November 2017

Usually the food is delicious and you can enjoy it in a nice and relaxing atmosphere

Ladyagatha (London)
5.0  Dined on 18 November 2017

Fabulous food for my birthday family meal.
Great service too
Will definitely be back
Starter: Goats cheese/courgette crottin
Mains: Roast Duck with spinach and straw potatoes
Dessert: Tarte Tatin

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 12 November 2017

We all agreed this birthday lunch was a very enjoyable experience in every way.

Vince (London)
5.0  Dined on 10 November 2017

We visited Gazette based on a list of the more notable restaurants in Balham, on TripAdvisor. The reviews were a mixed bag, so we didn't have particularly high expectations coming in, however Gazette really impressed us. The staff was very friendly, and the food was really excellent. Given that it's in London, it was also very good value, two in our party had a generous chunk of Swordfish with nicely sautéed vegetables for £16.00, a far cry from the small slice of steak we'd had for the same price at a restaurant just round the corner. The only slight criticism I have is that the decor isn't particularly remarkable, and it's situated on a fairly busy road. Having said that, it's on my list of to-do again, especially for the Chateaubriande Mondays.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 6 November 2017

Came to Gazette for our 10th anniversary meal and it was outstanding. From service to the food. We arrived late on a Monday and never felt rushed to finish. The staff were attentive and the food was delicious. I had the chicken liver parfait followed by the steak tartar and my boyfriend had the ham hock followed by the fillet steak. All were fantastic. Can not recommend enough.

Frenchy (London)
4.0  Dined on 1 November 2017

I had a pleasant evening at Gazette in Balham. As French I don't go to French restaurant in London to avoid the disappointment that I had in some french restaurant in London. Well, this restaurant is really good, with excellent food. I definitely recommend it! And the Nutella soufflé is divine!

MingE (London)
5.0  Dined on 28 October 2017

Enjoyed celebrating my son’s 17th with friends and family. Incredibly good value for this French cuisine made right here in the kitchen - such delightful food and staff and a refreshing change from the chains you get everywhere else in London.

Eat100 (London)
5.0  Dined on 28 October 2017

Excellent service at a busy time. Delicious food. Lovely evening!

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 28 October 2017

As always Gazette delivered lovely food, great atmosphere and good service. Thank you xx

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 28 October 2017

Great place for casual lunch with friends with an extensive menu and spacious dining room. Also excellent for French cuisine for dinner - great quality meats and cheeses