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Le Cafe du Marche, London,

Le Cafe du Marche

4.6
4.6
886 Reviews
£41 and over
French
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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2 people

20:30


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–14:15 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    020 7608 1609

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Antonio Pineda

  • Catering

    Our two or three course menu is changed daily, based on seasonal ingredients and produce. Menu displayed is sample only.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Sophie Graham-Wood: 020 7608 1609

  • Area

    Barbican

  • Parking Details

    <br><br />There are 'pay and display' places in the NCP car park in the square next to the restaurant. In the evenings, you can park in the nearby streets (single yellow lines).

  • Public Transit

    <br><br />The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.

  • Entertainment

    Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

What 886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • City of London

    Romance

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  1. g

    geraldb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been dining here for a very long time and it never fails to please.
  2. OP

    OPTERS

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A well balanced menu, that I would happily have chosen any dish from.
  3. e

    edwarda

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Several items came as a supplement to the extent that they may as well just have an a la carte rather than a set menu. Steak and lamb mains were exceptional though. Wine list not unreasonable for London. Cheese - couldn’t bring one big sharing plate for some reason. Service - tried hard but whole place just felt a bit haphazard… which is strange given how long the restaurant’s been operating. Overall a good experience though.
  4. CR

    CliveR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. Excellent service and great food. The wine was a tad expensive but otherwise very good value.
  5. AB

    AndyB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive service from the waiting team, delicious food and wine recommendation was great too. CdM has gone up in my opinion and I will be going back.
  6. A

    Alex

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a lovely meal here. The restaurant has great ambiance and there was a fantastic live pianist. Food was slightly under expectations but lovely none the less. Really recommend for special occasions, dates and catch ups with old friends
  7. GA

    GAVINK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always , fantastic food, well worth visiting.
  8. S

    Sruthanach

    London

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a reliable choice. My first visit was in 1988 and I E never regretted returning!
  9. G

    Gerry1

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Changes in staff have not reduced the quality of service and attention to detail. A pleasure to eat there as usual.
  10. AB

    AndrewB

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It is a superb restaurant. Beautifully situated and lovely food. Great atmosphere. We were looked after well. I have and will continue to use it and recommend it to friends and colleagues.
  11. GL

    GarryL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always. Great menu and wine list, very decent value for money.
  12. MG

    MrGG

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was a great evening. I had taken my parents out for dinner and this is an old haunt of ours especially theirs. The piano playing was on another level. Amazing old time favourites jazz numbers, haunting melodies that complimented the romantic, candle lit atmosphere. My mum was in 7th heaven and I was impressed too. The fish soup was yummy with the croutons, cheese and sauce that is added. The cote de boeuf was as fantastic as usual although it does come a bit on the rare side, I would go medium not medium rare next time. The service was excellent. The waiter, can't remember his name, a Bulgarian guy was so charming and witty. Just enough tho, not ott and a genuinely nice guy. He gave me the impression of being an up and coming restauranteur in the future, his passion, knowledge and inter-personal skills were all there. Great vino also. Had a bottle of French wine but was able to taste it and a rioja also before deciding. All in all a great night, we'll be back. Merci!
  13. JB

    JuliaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cute and romantic place, perfect for a date . Food was great and the service 🤌🏻
  14. m

    moldovarules

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great starters and the cote de boeuf for two was fab. Good wine selection at reasonable prices.
  15. C

    Catherine

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service and great ambience with live music.
  16. VK

    VictorK

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Went for lunch with few friends. Average food, bad service. Would avoid this restaurant. Very poor representation of French quisine in London.
  17. DA

    DavidA

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Sometimes, all you want is classic French cuisine done really well, with great service and a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Le Cafe du Marche delivers!
  18. SS

    SteveS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food, the service and the ambience was excellent. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.
  19. JR

    JamesR

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great environment a perfect French restaurant
  20. D

    Dyer

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant atmosphere with good food and attentive staff. Particularly enjoyed the piano player.
  21. V

    Veester

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really beautiful food, in such a friendly and chilled atmosphere. Loved it!
  22. F

    Frank1927

    London

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Charming restaurant with unusual setting and ambiance; long established and still offering same French bistro experience. Daily lunch menu with somewhat limited menu choices - but all well presented and tasty. Prompt courteous service.
  23. r

    raffles

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice of dishes Wines we chose were excellent particularly the Rioja
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite restaurants, at any price. Good food, service, ambience. Granted it was a sunny day and I was in a good mood. But just lovely. 5*
  25. DH

    DebbieH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classy restaurant with tip top service and good food at its heart. Total guarantee of a faultless and enjoyable meal out.
  26. JG

    JulesG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall it was very good and the food was excellent, however it did feel a little rushed. The starter came quickly followed soon after by the main course. However the staff were very attentive in pouring the water and the wine but a little too hasty in clearly away the plates. We have been coming here sporadically since 1994 and it never fails to impress. Would definitely recommend.
  27. L

    Local

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    w e went at lunch time and got put in the conservatory area where their was no ambiance and no one else despite tables being available in the main restaurant. It took quite a while before we had others with us in the area. Some others came in and asked to be seated in the main restaurant and were. As a result the service was not as speedy as it could have been and we felt somewhat left. That said the staff were lovely and helpful. The menu was very good and the portions just right and the food was excellent.
  28. JB

    JedB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service and comfortable - best in the City
  29. CE

    CEMG

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food in lovely surroundings with great ambience. Can’t recommend highly enough!
  30. S

    Sarah

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous pre-theatre dinner at this old favourite. However we have not visited for a decade but it is excellent. Great food, wine, service and ambience. Hidden in a corner of a lovely square in an interesting part of London. Terrific!
  31. PB

    PeregrineB

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and rather posh place with attentive service. It's like a very nice Parisian bistro. Food was A1.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience
  33. NL

    NorthLondon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food and ambience were really lovely. However, we were disappointed not to be offered the Summer Prix Fixe menu which they advertise online, even when we asked for it they denied all knowledge. It ended up being a much more expensive lunch than we were expecting.
  34. SM

    SimonM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and food delicious. Good French wine list.
  35. EG

    EmmaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Small menu but we’ll executed and at a good price for two or three courses and with a reasonably priced wine list.
  36. S

    Susan

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely dining room. Device efficient and discreet. Food and wine good and good value
  37. m

    mary

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been for quite some time, but food was excellent as I remembered it. The staff were very friendly and ambiance was great. Pianist playing in the background was fantastic. Overall extremely recommendable - we all had a great time and everybody loved it.
  38. FM

    FionaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic French food in a characterful restaurant. Lovely atmosphere enhanced by the pianist who provided background music without dominating the room. Very good service . A real find - will definitely eat here again (especially the strawberry tart!!)
  39. K

    Kesh

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good service, large portion sizes and good food.
  40. N

    Nick

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice ambience. Calm staff. Unfussy French food. Recommended

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Le Cafe du Marche is rated 4.6 stars by 886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:30


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Le Cafe du Marche

22 Charterhouse Square, Charterhouse Mews, London, EC1M 6DX

Additional information

  • Area

    Barbican

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–14:15 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    <br><br />There are 'pay and display' places in the NCP car park in the square next to the restaurant. In the evenings, you can park in the nearby streets (single yellow lines).

  • Public Transit

    The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Antonio Pineda

  • Entertainment

    Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room

  • Phone number

    020 7608 1609

  • Catering

    Our two or three course menu is changed daily, based on seasonal ingredients and produce. Menu displayed is sample only.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Sophie Graham-Wood: 020 7608 1609

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