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La Bonne Heure

4.3
244 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Authentic

French restaurant situated in Clapham.
La bonne heure is a family business with a traditional French dishes such as terrine and herrings, beef bourguignon, steak tartare, or creme brulee, chocolate mousse.
The decor is relaxed with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 10.30 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9.30 am - 10.30 pm
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Phone number
020 3417 3056
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
free after 6pm and on weekend
What 244 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, fantastic service - felt like we were back in France! Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good however the service let them down. Aperitifs came after the wine and the waitstaff had little knowledge of their wines.

Shame as my wife and I used to really like it but not sure we would go back.

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2.0Dined on 10 March 2018

The food was absolutely fine, nothing special, but decent. The service was not so fine however. Slow, chaotic, no knowledge of the wine list, not attentive or flexible. Consensus, across the 6 of us, was not to go back again.

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3.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Brilliant 😊local restaurant. However, they had no record of our open table booking. They did find us a table, but the meal was rushed

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

For me the best restaurant on Abbeville road. i love this place. So happy it has not changed since change of Management recently. Great food, great service, great atmosphere and everything for the right price. All four of us will be back in no time...

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3.0Dined on 5 January 2018

Not quite as good as our last visit but mainly as the wine list was a bit limited with some bottles off the menu. Our veggie friends also struggled but mostly it was an enjoyable and authentic evening

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5.0Dined on 14 December 2017

One of the best and probably most underated places on abbeville road. The bread is worth a trip all on its a own. The food is always reliable and the service friendly.

It could do with being slightly cheaper than it is though. It is a casual restaurant with a casuall atmosphere and the prices should be a bit more i line with this. Mains are £17 each which is pretty steep for casual dining. If these were to come down a bit I think it would be one a whole lot more popular.

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4.0Dined on 7 December 2017

Great food, good value, helpful and friendly service, though at time could be more attentive (we were a large group).

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5.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Nice little find with great food and easy going atmosphere. Will definitely be back

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2.0Dined on 29 November 2017

We have been to this restaurant a lot of times over the years. It used to be excellent. It seems to be going downhill fast now and we did not enjoy the experience this time on a wedding anniversary dinner for two. We had a chicken parfait and a pate as starters; the chicken parfait was half the size of our last visit and the pate was very salty. My wife had the runs that night and we rather suspect the chicken parfait was responsible. The main course - we both had lamb - was excellent and the organic merlot good. The mille feuille was sickly sweet and not a patch on our last visit. One waiter was good but the other did the bill and overcharged us by £30.00. He didn't apologise properly and still left 12% on the service charge. The restaurant wasn't particularly busy.

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Cosy little local restaurant has a good atmosphere and quality food and drink.

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5.0Dined on 2 November 2017

Lovely food. Cute place. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on 24 October 2017

Excellent food

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1.0Dined on 7 October 2017

We booked the restaurant a couple of days in advance but when we showed up there was no table. All ws were told by waiter "oh we had planned to call you" - but they hadnt, and we received no apology. It was pouring with rain and we were forced to return home as the neighbouring restaurants were full. We had been to la bonne heure before and liked it - but this was terrible customer service.

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5.0Dined on 3 October 2017

Lovely meal with excellent friendly genuine service. A good variety of options for food & wines -
we were kindly offered 3 wines to try to help with our decision! Would recommend and i'll certainly return.

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4.0Dined on 16 September 2017

The food was lovely and based on that I would go again. The speed of service was what was expected of a French restaurant so we weren't too caught off guard when having to wait for things like water top up or the bill longer than usual. We were just glad that we were in the first sitting of the evening as we saw lots of people who had booked for a later sitting but had to be turned away as the first sitting hadn't finished yet. The acoustic wasn't great within the restaurant and it got very loud as all the customers were shouting over each other trying to hear what their companions were saying. If you don't mind the noise levels, I would recommend Le Bonne Heure. Just make sure you book an early table on a Saturday!

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5.0Dined on 15 September 2017

Always great!

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5.0Dined on 9 September 2017

Always good but especially good tonight. Salmon tartare, lamb rump, chocolate fondant. Delicious. Really great and friendly service. It's always a high standard but it was even higher tonight. Great evening

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4.0Dined on 4 September 2017

Great steak and service on a quiet Monday evening.

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3.0Dined on 2 September 2017

Fairly disappointing considering the good things I'd heard. Some menu items weren't available which wasn't said up front. Service was poor, food was just good, nothing more.

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5.0Dined on 28 August 2017

Always excellent!

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2017

We always enjoy going here and this evening was with one's best friends . The beef tartare is always a good option; they use a very nice baguette and a quail's egg. My friends had fish soup, which i had recommended. As mains we had duck and the lamb, always excellent options. I like the fact that nothing seems to be pre-prepared i.e. it feels fresh. The house white and red wine are always eminently slurpable and we managed a fair amount. We had digestifs at The Abbeville.

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2017

It's the quintessential French brasserie with a great menu, good wine by the glass and bottle and tons of ambience. worth it every time so far - and the snails are just yummy!

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3.0Dined on 21 July 2017

We had a lovely spot of lunch here the other day. As regulars, we try and pop down once every few months. We have not had lunch there before (always dinner) and the food was just as delicious. Lovely menu to enjoy with a nice glass of wine. Good service albeit a tad slow due to being 1 chef and 1 waiter at lunch time. Will be coming back for more in due course!

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2017

What a fantastic restaurant! The service was impeccable and the good was outstanding. Very reasonably priced wine. Overall it was a superb evening and made my partners birthday very special.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2017

Have been there before and I will repeat! Food is excellent, also the service and the atmosphere 😊

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2017

Great little gem of a restaurant. Lovely food reasonably priced and good service. Recommend the chateaubriand

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2017

Felt welcome and well looked after by the owner and staff. Great service, food tasted wonderful and was different.

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4.0Dined on 21 May 2017

just a lovely French bistro which always serves good food with great service and a relaxed atmosphere. a new favourite.

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3.0Dined on 14 May 2017

Visit here occasionally. Prices have risen but not astronomically. My main gripe is that the menu has become boring and the specials don't compensate for that. Nice ambiance and good service but a bit reliant on past success.

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2017

Absolute superb meal, with interesting and different food and very attentive service. Even encouraged wine tasting to find the right wine I would like. Made my husband birthday very special by putting a candle and writing a birthday message on his pudding plate

Definitely would go again!!

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2.0Dined on 5 May 2017

Quite a delicious crème brulé and coffee.

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1.0Dined on 29 April 2017

I visited recently with my partner and family. Was very excited to learn I had a local French restaurant nearby with such glowing reviews and looked forward to trying it. Unfortunately that excitement didn't survive the actual dining experience at all. After being seated we were seated and left to wait for the specials menu for about 30 minutes. The server came back to order drinks and deliver them and was reminded of this multiple time but it must have taken around 20 minutes for him to actually manage this. We then tried to order after making our selections but had to wait even longer to get his attention and order.

We ordered starters and mains with one of the party not having a starter, so there was some bread (which was very nice) to tide us over while we waited. And waited. And waited. In the end it must have been nearly 40 minutes for the three starters to arrive and then an even longer delay for the main courses. Bearing in mind we arrived at 7.30pm and didn't get served the main course until 9pm my partner was extremely hungry by the time their meal arrived. A very poor experience.

Whilst a head waiter did come to apologise for the delay (and give us 4 tiny amuse bouche, no other compensation offered) we were quickly forgotten and when the food did arrive it was pretty standard and certainly not worth the wait.

They were clearly very busy due to it being a bank holiday but my advice to them would be either hire more staff or fill less tables if you can't handle the number of customers, which they clearly could not. When you see other parties arrive after you and being served first (then leaving before you've even seen your main courses) you know there is a problem.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2017

We had an excellent culinary experience.The food and wine was very much appreciated,especially the Fish soup,and the beef.The Sauvignon Blanc and Corbieres were reasonably priced and complemented the food.Would highly recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2017

We love this place. I took my elder daughter for lunch here last friday. I was persuaded by the waiter to spend a little more on our white wine and we were NOT DISAPPOINTED! A superb French version of Vermentino, deliciously supple and easy on the palate. We did eat as well , though the two bottles slipped down extremely easily.
We opted for the 3 courses for £30 (though there is a superb lunch menu too) . The lamb and duck were pink and superb, preceded by a lovely beef tartare and a crab starter. The speciality pud was a chocolate fondant with ice cream, which was just gorgeous. We waddled home very happy

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2017

If you are a red & dead fan you can not go past the cote de boeuf. The wine pairing was truly incredible - never knew you could do steak without a Bordeaux.

Well recommended.

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3.0Dined on 28 March 2017

Food was average and friendly service. Recommend for a friends get together.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2017

Excellent food, bespoke and lovely outside seating

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2017

Excellent as ever, exceptional food, exceptional service.

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1.0Dined on 6 March 2017

I can't comment on the food as when we turned up to the restaurant, we found out that the place was shut! There was a plumber doing some work.
This is very inconvenient as we then had to look for somewhere else to eat last minute and the place where we ended up wasn't great.
Make sure opentable does not book slots when the place is shut.

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