La Bonne Heure

4.2
253 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Romance

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
Tue–Fri 10:00–23:00
Sat, Sun 09:30–22:30
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Phone number
020 3417 3056
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
free after 6pm and on weekend
What 253 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.2
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s
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really nice local restaurant. Main dishes are really good. Duck is highly recommended.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The waiting team were superb and the atmosphere was lovely. The restaurant is dimly lit in the evening and although I booked a table for a family dinner I’d love to bring my partner again for a romantic date on our own. 5 stars!

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Havent been in for a little while now, but after last nights visit its good to know La Bonne Heure is still a gem of a restaurant, its really worth a try, you wont be dissapointed.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food but very slow service and uninformed waiting staff. Very over priced drinks particularly wine and beer and served in tiny quantities. Won’t be rushing back.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is a really nice restaurant - food, wine great and generally a nice and relaxed setting, even for a Friday night.

It was let down only by the service from the waiting staff. It took far too long for our Charcuterie starter board to arrive - for something so basic and with minimal prep needed, would expect better, especially when it wasn’t too busy at the time. The length of time between courses was generally the biggest issue and the waiting staff just didn’t seem very attentive or on the ball.

Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending, if the service improved slightly.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing value (especially for London) French food on Abbeville road, on one of the nicest streets in SW London; can't go wrong really!

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IF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our engagement and everything from the staff to the food was amazing. They were happy to provide vegan options and were generally lovely about all our awkward requests

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JC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is just a lovely venue to relax and eat in. The hostess knows just how to make you feel at home. Ideal for just about any meeting/get together/romantic liason all at the same time. I love it. Joel

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sadly left feeling slightly disappointed by the food in what has previously been a great favorite of ours of many years. My companion found his steak tatare lacked flavor and the quantity much reduced. My special starter of crab and leek filo pastry I found also to be less than flavorsome although our guests did enjoy theirs. Overall something was missing in the enjoyment of our food. This might be attributable to simply our individual choices but I do hope it is not because of a change of chef or management who are trying to trim costs by cutting quality.

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KD
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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WF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

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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E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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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C
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HW
London
87 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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AS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. Cute place. Will definitely be back!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great steak and service on a quiet Monday evening.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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HW
London
87 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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TT
London
55 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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HW
London
77 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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