Le Caprice London

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Modern European
The classic St James's restaurant, Le Caprice, is located near the Royal Academy, Fortnum & Mason and moments from Piccadilly and the West End. The menu features classic British, European and American favourites, and a special vegetarian menu caters for those going meat-free. Its timeless black and white interior is complemented by a collection of iconic photographs by renowned British photographer, John Swannell.
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TC
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always, Caprice was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Service was mostly at tentative and our meal was good.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was slow. This was probably our 10th time to this restaurant with the same other couple. The lady at the next table fell off her chair hitting one of us and throwing her red wire all over and literally covered our table mid meal. The restaurant’s response was to put down some napkins over the table but when they soaked through and with a bit of prodding they changed out the table cloth. Then as our desserts and coffee were arriving the waiter said our time was up and we needed to leave the table. Stupidly we complied and were seated in the doorway entrance to the restaurant for the desserts and coffee. No apologies or concessions. No offer of an after dinner drink. Just the same haughty attitude and slow service which along with having to redo the table because of the thrown wine caused the two hour rule to be exceeded and it was rigidly enforced. We are still talking about it days later. The

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. But table was right by the entrance so we had people walking past all night, and we were very close to the bar. I was also presented with the WRONG bill. No one checked on any course if we were ok with our food.

JD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Worst service ever at a 'fine' restaurant. Not only was the service horrible, but no one gave a flip about it. We were a party of four. Most of us are 'glass half full' kind of people, but we all left aghast at the experience, and not in a good way. The reservation was for 2 hours. We arrived at 6:30 pm and ordered cocktails from one server. The order was apparently lost. We ordered again from another server and were brought the wrong drinks. Finally at 7:40 pm we got them. We told them we would probably not be out in 2 hours now that we only had 40 minutes to eat, and someone (a manager?) said no problem! At 8:30 pm someone else came and asked if we would move tables to accommodate the next party. We never saw the same waiter/manager twice. The atmosphere was chaotic, no one knew what they were doing. This is only a hint of how bad it was, due to space here in the comments. The details would horrify you. I stopped before leaving to speak with someone (a manager? couldn't tell) and express my disappointment. The basic attitude was 'Sorry, we're busy, please leave." Btw, the food was just passable.

JJ
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent with very good service and buzzing atmosphere. Only criticism is that you have to be out within 2 hours if you have an early table.

LP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive and friendly staff with great food. No downsides at all!

TR
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

PR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to go for a late lunch / early dinner at 2:00 since we had theater tickets later that evening. I expected it to be quiet but it was hopping on a Monday!

It worked out perfectly for us. As we headed back to our hotel for an afternoon siesta before the Tina Turner show - which was fabulous as well!!

We had dinner here last year for dinner when the pianist was playing with a few others and it was wonderful. The food is very much a fusion of flavors from around the world and the vibe is too.

Love the small retro environment - and the staff were outstanding.

k
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

my dinner restaurant of choice - good food, service and ambience and consistent

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around, was delicious and service was prompt and helpful!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Le Caprice is a favourite of ours, and I take my wife there every year on her birthday. This time the place wasn't firing on all cylinders, but it was still a lovely night out. As always, the management and senior staff were exemplary; it would be difficult to find a warmer welcome to a restaurant outside of Italy. However, this time the more junior staff, including our waiter, were Eastern European, and although they were courteous and polite and professional, they lacked the warmth that we are used to. The food was just a bit below par this time. Although our starter of prawns and my wife's fish were both outstanding, as was the side of courgettes with salsa verde and a fennel pollen crumb, which I am determined to replicate at home, subject to finding fennel pollen, my pork dish was dry and lacking in the succulence I have come to expect of Le Caprice. The bread, which we normally have to work hard to avoid touching because it is so warm and addictive and apt to spoil our appetites, was room temperature this time and easily resisted. Our desserts were both too sweet, my wife's blueberry pie with blueberry ice cream particularly so, with no counterbalancing sharpness flavours to relieve the monotony. However, all this was redeemed when the waiter appeared at the end of the meal with glorious frozen truffles on a plate. One has to see Le Caprice in the round rather than as a culinary masterclass.

NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a late lunch so restaurant was empty so ideal for a business discussion. As usual service was
Professional and discreet . Food was very good, overall 10/10

A
London
43 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at The Caprice is always a delight. Day or night the room lends itself to the time and tempo of the hour.
Food is reliable and you can count on it’s quality and presentation. For the adventurous there are selections of new dishes and for those who want to stick to more traditional fare there are items that go back to the day they opened. I find this restaurant especially appealing for the excellent staff who have been there for years and always make you feel welcome

s
London
336 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal let down by me not feeling great. Hardly the restaurants fault that I could not eat my fish and chips which has to be said looked amazing. However I managed to eat my first course of the Cornish fish soup that was everything I hoped it would be, after that I let the side down. The service at Le Caprice is some of the best you will receive in London.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great atmosphere great food. We were celebrating the Middlesex Hospital ‘s 260 year service which sadly closed in 2005 and was amalgamated with University College London

p
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I felt rushed by staff as if they were under pressure to get the table back

AH
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smaller venue. But everything you want in a high quality restaurant..outstanding food with excellent service. Will be back.

KD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, very enjoyable, we will go back again.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, nice atmosphere. Very enjoyable long lunch

F
London
78 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have to Caprice many times over the years either lunch or inner & always enjoy it.

Nice ambiance, good food

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. They are always keen to solve any problem and very funny when got sauces mixed up on our deserts. Pretty much my favourite in town.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous evening for our anniversary dinner.
Really lovely traditional restaurant with top notch food and great service.
Can highly recommend.

L
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is always wonderful and the 1920s Art Deco decor is my favorite in London.
The menu planning and multiplicity of entree choices are appreciated.

For the first time, I found that, in an attempt to be modern, interesting, or whatever, some of the entrees were too spiced and had conflicting tastes. This is a growing plague in modern restaurant cuisine, with the constant pressure to be new and different. For example, the addition of spiced cashews completely destroyed the subtle tastes of the crispy duck and watermelon...when redelivered from the kitchen without the cashews, and when I removed the large pile of useless greenery, the underlying dish was a brilliant combination of tastes, textures and colors.

e
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual Le Caprice never fails to deliver after all these years. Food ,service and ambience were all perfect

R
London
72 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful retro feel restaurant with excellent food and service at a decent price point. Will go again..

SV
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Le Caprice is a London classic, providing great atmosphere, great food and excellent service. The interior has not changed for a long time but is, again, classic and a bit understated 90's glam. It was frequented by the odd celebratory back in the day. Tucked behind the Ritz, I think it's still a gem.

LM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Go Here - one of the best

CM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, staff and ambiance were great. We had amazing serving staff.

AL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always an excellent occasion and by far my favorite restaurant. It was also very good to be greeted by the director outside in the garden area.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing!

t
London
94 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I had dinner at LE Caprice and I was very impressed. The service was very good, the ambience was lovely and the food was excellent. We had the set menu and it was excellent value, great tasting food and well presented. I would highly recommend LE Caprice

n
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Sharp service.

A
London
14 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good as always although noise levels are high but nothing you can do about that

G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming helpful staff. Great atmosphere. Delicious food

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beautifully done and presented. Fish appetiser slightly salty. Desert was stupendous! Will return. Definitely!

S
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really can't fault Le Caprice.
Excellent greeting to perfect table. Staff all brilliant and service faultless.
Food very interesting, portions perfect size and good value.
I could have been upsold some vegetables to go with set menu main course but I suppose I could have asked.
I was slightly cold but everybody else said it was nice and cool on a hot day!

S
London
30 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday night jazz. Amazing

J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and finely prepared dishes!
Service attentive and very willing to please!
Attractive decor!
Will definitely return on another trip to London!

C
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food as always. Good front of house.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and friendly staff

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