Le Cafe du Marche

4.6
754 reviews
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
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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N
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Bravo!

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F
London
51 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent high standard of food and wine, welcome and service

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
71 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
128 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as ever. Proper French cooking done well.

The halibut dish with hollandaise was superb.

Bravo.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
18 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fast and attentive service

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere and great food

p
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend really liked delicious food and nice atmosphere. We will definitely come back again.

V
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful evening - celebrated a birthday and were thoroughly looked after and treated to complementary birthday cake. The lamb dish to share was divine.

f
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable and efficient service allowing us to eat easily without being late for our concert. Everyone enjoyed their food - a bunch of foodies with a French chef amongst our group - we have high standards !

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have visited La Café du Marche on average about once per year over the last 10 years or so and have never been disappointed. I ate with a friend last Thursday lunch time and the menu was varied and the service very quick. Its always a good choice to eat whenever I am in the city.

w
London
47 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having recently rediscovered Café du Marche after a 20 year break it is living up to its previous reputation. It a real old fashioned French restaurant, with great food, good service and a great ambiance. I really recommend it.

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing gem in centre of the city - you can imagine being in a small French village. The play de your is the way to go....

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful. Very good throughout and outstanding experience overall which may have had something to do with the company.
Many thanks

G
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious pre-concert dinner from specials menu. Quiet until 6.45, then began to fill rapidly. Attentive service. £76 for 2 with glass of wine each.

a
London
215 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We have been here several times. French style restaurant. Tended to get quite busy at lunchtimes, with it seemed to me to have quite a few business lunches. It is small down a side alley just off Charterhouse Square. Not cheap but good food

DH
London
297 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There is an undoubted charm about this restaurant but that is not the only quality that it relies upon as the standard of food, wines, and service are all high and there is a feeling that this is normaly how it is

LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely and the staff was very friendly. I couldn't complain about my experience.

p
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today’s fish, skate was amazing. Service was also excellent. We will definitely come back again!

LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in London. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent wine. Nothing else to say.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and will definitely go back. Lovely food and great service

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