Le Cafe du Marche

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Open for over three decades, Le Cafe du Marche remains a family run, independent French restaurant. Tucked down a cobbled mews on the corner of historic Charterhouse Square and a stones throw from Smithfield Meat Market, we offer honest French food in a convivial and characterful setting. Crossing the threshold, guests feel they escape the hustle and bustle of the Square Mile and instead are transported to the south of France. We have live jazz in the evenings

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Le Cafe du Marche, open for nearly 30 years, is an independent, family run restaurant located down the end of a cobbled mews near Smithfield meat market. Renowned for it's ‘bonhomie’ and relaxed atmosphere, Le Cafe du Marche serves up formal dining in beautiful surrounds.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Terrible service not idea what they are doing . What happens to those waiters that made the place so good. The guy on the door should be taught how to make people feel welcome

JS
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance, service and location was very good. However was disappointed by the overall quality of the cookery. The soup lacked flavor and the meat dish was dry. Maybe the chef had an off day.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Decent, authentic French bistro in a pretty mews location, nice ambience, good food and service.

NP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A very attractive restaurant off Charterhouse Square where tables are not too close together. Food was excellent and served well.

OT
17 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been to this place for years but it was unchanged thank goodness. The food is great, wine list very good and not too expensive. One of the best authentic French restaurants left in London. Highly recommended.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wonderful French Bistro on a quiet backstreet of London. The food, wine and service were excellent - highly recommended!

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A piece of Paris in Central London, this is a very good French bistro. Classic French fare backed up by good service and a decent wine list.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this restaurant.

TL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience of the restaurant and surpassed my expectations which had been built up via strong recommendations from others.

P
London
26 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I used to be a regular here - one of my favourites when I was working.
I was keen to return and wasn’t disappointed.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and very attentive staff.
The portions were a little small

G
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre-concert dinner at 6pm.
Delicious food from a broad but not too long menu. Prompt service. Table in the middle of the restaurant was a bit cramped, but was easier to get quick service.

H
Berkshire
162 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food very good as always. Waiter failed to tell us about the £10 supplement on the additional fish fish on the lunch menu. Brought the bill then revised it after we had coffee and managed to try to charge for 8 meals rather than 4 - apologetic but such a glaring error it should have been noticed. Tried to serve us two additional desserts and a bottle of wine ordered by another table - all in all rather shambolic service, which was a little disappointing

N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Bravo!

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F
London
56 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistent high standard of food and wine, welcome and service

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and it provides consistently good food and value for money. It is an ideal venue for both business meetings and social events. As always the service was well-timed and friendly.

S
London
77 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have been visiting Le Cafe du Marche for over 30 years. Throughout the quality of the food and service have remained excellent. (I think the decor is unchanged too, but that is part of the charm of the place.) I would recommend unreservedly!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect as usual. This has become our favourite restaurant and we will certainly be back again and again and again.......

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been over three years since my last visit it has maintained its high standards. A small but varied menu, well cooked and presented. Look forward to returning.

SM
London
134 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soupe de Poisson, duck leg Bourguignon, cheese plate all impeccable. Nardi Brunello 2012 a decent value. I never had to fill my own wine glass; not that I mind, but it’s a sign of a (full) restaurant firing on all cylinders when you don’t. Subdued but buzzy. One of London’s best classic French restaurants.

N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as ever. Proper French cooking done well.

The halibut dish with hollandaise was superb.

Bravo.

MF
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of a gem this place. Old school “French” bistro tucked away in Smithfield.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection on the menu and we both enjoyed our food. Look forward to returning in the near future.

O
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took one of my most important clients for lunch on a weekday, it turned out to be his favorite restaurant. I can see why - as you may expect from the name, it has a very french feel. The interior is spread across a couple of different areas and seating is well spaced.

We both started with the mushroom soup, then a pork and a rabbit all of which were simply presented and tasted good. I believe all main courses come with frites and salad and we washed it all down with a glass of champagne and a decent bottle of claret (£48). We finished with cheese and port.

The bill, including tip, was £198. A little more than I expected when I chose this restaurant and I feel I've had a more special experience elsewhere for this money. That said, if you like french food you will not be disappointed.

IA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great well run restaurant with good service, the flavours of France and bistro interiors - classic with ease. Wine list contains some headliners too.

JM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An apposite spring menu with good vegetarian options, game was well represented. Frites should be left to the diner to salt.

H
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful french setting, high quality very professional service, tasty dishes and decent prices

C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Cafe Le Marche many times with clients, colleagues and friends. The food is always wonderful and the staff superb! Formidable!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our friend as a belated birthday celebration. We were all very impressed with the restaurant- food service wine decor ambience. Cannot believe we didn’t know about this little gem before this visit

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This return visit with a regular group was a mixed bag. The food was excellent - Cote de Boeuf, king prawn cocktail notably very very good, ambience improved as more diners arrived, but he service was poor. Our waiter plonked our plates down a la Basil Fawlty and the wine waitress (absolutely not a sommelier!) was a complete amateur despite our selections being at the higher end of CduM’s list.
Our group have been using CduM for 20+ years and on dozens of occasions between us ... heads were shaking and there were murmurings of this being a “last visit” for some. Personally, my core du boeuf saved the day, but I can’t promise others will return.
A sad evening; it was like attending the funeral of an old friend

AP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. Never disappointed following multiple visits.

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for French fayre in central London. Although my guest was French and neither of the waiters who served us spoke a word! Also they had no mayonnaise for the fries - just ketchup - a travesty.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fast and attentive service

A
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As excellent as it always has been. A perfect go to place.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely eve to celebrate my birthday.
Food was good.
Lovely ambience, though would ha e been a lot nicer in the main room as we were tucked round a quiet corner with brighter lighting.
Piano playing was lovely in the background!

H
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely authentic French restaurant. The Cote de Boeuf is to die for!

LR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and impeccable service!
The food was very tasty, looking forward to going back and having dinner!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, authentic French, good choice of wine. Great ambience, good for special occasions. Place is nicely tucked at a mews, away from traffic. Would definitely return. Place was full, so the staff was very busy but patient.

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of those most perfect restaurants. The food, the staff, the wine were all outstanding, and having it tucked away in a small alley at Charterhouse only added to the atmosphere.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere and great food