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  1. Distance: 1.06mi
  2. Distance: 1.35mi
  3. Distance: 1.58mi
  4. Distance: 2.09mi
  1. Distance: 1.06mi
  2. Distance: 1.35mi
  3. Distance: 1.58mi
  4. Distance: 2.09mi

About Le Chardon

With its understated forest-green shop front on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, Le Chardon might look like just another Parisian-pastiche bistro – but step inside and you'll realise that this historic Victorian restaurant is the real deal. Originally the site of a David Greig grocery store, the restaurant retains all of the site's original wall tiles and is decorated with Parisian street signs, blackboard menus and kooky objets d'art. Romantic and cosy, this restaurant is renowned for its authentic bistro fare and has become the favourite haunt of canoodling couples and Francophilic foodies. Don't miss the Toulouse sausages with mash and onion gravy, and the profiteroles with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce.

65 Lordship Lane
East Dulwich
London, SE22 8ED
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 11:30pm
Saturday, Sunday: 9:30am - 11:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 8299 1921

Website:
http://www.lechardon.co.uk/

Additional:
Beer, Wine

Le Chardon Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.4

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Neighbourhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romance (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Special Occasions (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Group Bookings (1)
Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Casual (1)
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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 June 2017

Have been here a few times and have always had a great time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 June 2017

We came here for our anniversary. We had lived round the corner for ages, but (wrongly) always felt put off by mixed reviews. Our experience was fantastic. Excellent experienced French service, delicious timeless French cuisine, and a warm classic atmosphere. It's nice to see that these kinds of places still exist in London. We're just gutted that they'll be closing soon, as we would have definitely been regulars.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (London)·Dined on 18 November 2016

Took my parents here for a local meal when they were visiting. Staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. Food was great and was perfect for a spot of late supper after a long train journey.

Le Chardon never disappoints.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 18 October 2016

As French, i really had the impression of being back in my country. It really tasted like home.
Only thing missing was bread :-)

Tags: Authentic
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (London)·Dined on 9 October 2016

Excellent service. Price quoted was £3 higher than the online one on which we based our booking (for 10) . We complained and were told the website is out of date (beware!) - but they readily agreed to charge us the original price. Enjoyed our food - any minor queries dealt with quickly and with smiles.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2016

Delightful, authentic French restaurant. Delicious, but simple menu with good quality wine and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 12 March 2016

Had a beautiful meal here. Loved the food. Great service . Found the staff to be very friendly. Lovely ambience. Definitely will go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2016

My second visit and how wonderful to find that the food was as delicious as my first visit. Its an intimate restaurant decorated in an interesting style - I aim to become a regular

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 12 September 2015

This restaurant never fails the food is just wonderful and satisfying. The services is on point with fab background music. Whether you are having a romantic evening or celebrating with friends, its just simply the best.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 2 April 2015

Bit of a regular for us, so that says it all. Great French Bistro dining, always a pleasure and a recommendation.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 March 2015

Fantastic restaurant. Food is excellent and atmosphere is great. Second visit and will definitely be returning. Look out for the shared. 3 course meal with the seafood platter starter.

Tags: Romantic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 17 February 2015

Had a lovely meal for two at Le Chardon. Delicious food and lovely quiet romantic atmosphere. Good service which was discrete and not intrusive but efficient. Will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (London)·Dined on 13 December 2014

We've been so many times it's hard to write any more than to say we love it. And that's with usually a 6 month gap in between visits - so hopefully a balanced view! Lovely French cooking, friendly service, and always great value for money in a bistro atmosphere. We will continue to go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 15 November 2014

I really liked the menu and the service was good without being too intrusive.
The wine was really good.
This was a perfect evening, we met friends had a lovely meal, the ambience is conducive to a social and positive evening for every ocassion. An authentic French restaurant in a buzzing part of South East London.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 10 October 2014

Love this place, we return time and time again fir dinner with friends. Lovely food, vibrant yet intimate, my favourite French restaurant.

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 June 2014

What a wonderful evening! Last night was our second time at Le Chardon! I was a little scared about trying to do a good thing twice! Turns out that you can! Everything works in the restaurant! I am not sure how Laura (one of the staff) can be so lovely all the time! Thank you to her and also the other man! I did not get his name. Love love service. I have steak which was cook to perfection! My partner had bouillabaisse! Let me tell you! This was to die for! So much flavour, so rich and so very moreish. Thank Le Chardon we love you we will be back (with friends!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 May 2014

As always a lovely time at Le Chardon: excellent service, top class food, lovely ambience and a real local gem of a restaurant.
I could have done with more lemon tart but it was a set menu and all other courses were very filling and delicious as always.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 4 May 2014

A classic bistro, delicious traditional french food, great atmosphere and good service. What's not to like?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 March 2014

We had planned a completely different evening so Le Chardon was a last minute choice and we weren't disappointed. Fine food, good service, great wine and a great way to start what was the beginning of our holidays. Thank you Le Chardon.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 18 February 2014

This is the best restaurant in east dulwich, food, service and atmosphere were great. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 2 February 2014

3 of us had lunch at Le Chardon on a Sunday and each of us had main meal plus dessert and coffee. The bill came to £20 each, including service charge. The food was good. Very happy with desserts. Friend's roast lunch came in good portion. In sum, we were all very happy with the food, price and environment. Thought something was missed out from the bill when we first found out how much it costed!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Afternoon Tea
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Essex)·Dined on 9 January 2014

I just love this restaurant: it is well worth the 40 mile journey!
I tell all my friends that this is the best French restaurant outside France! The house wine's a gem.
One of the friends we took there on this occasion thought the rabbit the best he'd ever eaten. I love the Toulouse sausages & my husband will return for the squid!
I'd like to keep this gastro jewel a secret but that would be unkind.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 September 2013

It was the first time we had been there. Staff was lovely and very friendly. Food is lovely for a 3 course lunch menu good value for money.

The only downside was they wanted to charge £5 to bring out my own birthday cake! Even though I bought it. Refused took it home and did it for tea.

Otherwise would recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Dorset)·Dined on 12 September 2013

Well cooked tasty food and very good service. I was pleased with the little touches which is what makes great service stand out from good. I did not have a starter, which my friends ordered. They offered to share with me and the waitress offered to bring me a small plate of my own to put any shared food on. Only a small thing, but it showed that she was thinking of what made the visit more enjoyable for the customer.
The restaurant was packed out which shows that it is a popular choice for the locals.
The entire bill for 4 of us including 2 bottles of wine and 3 starters, 4 mains and 2 deserts, soft drinks and 2 coffees came to £130 which was very reasonable for 4 people.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2013

My partner is French so I was nervous booking the place. He loved it! The food, wine choice and service was great. Good value for money.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 22 June 2013

Excellent French cuisine at Le Chardon. Consistently good, every time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 31 May 2013

Don't be put off by the negative reviews that we read! The service was fantastic - attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent. I specially recommend the mackerel starter. Ambience also lovely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 16 March 2013

Four of us for Saturday evening dinner. Wonderful welcoming service, utterly lovely food and wine. You always leave Le Chardon feeling that little bit happier about everything!

Tags: Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 17 December 2012

So good! Extensive menu, even my mum who has a million dietary requirements found something she could eat. One of the best meals I've had in SE London.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 3 November 2012

I hadn't been to Le Chardon for about 10 years having moved out of the area. We went back hoping it would be as good as we remembered and it was. The food is really really good, the staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was good too. It isn't a big restaurant and the (beautiful) tiled walls can make the acoustics a little strange so I don't know if this is the best venue for a romantic meal but for a small group this is a great place for a special meal out.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 16 March 2012

Le Chardon in East Dulwich is a lovely cosy restaurant, gorgeous food only 1 bad thing about it is that the tables are too close together other than that I loved it.

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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 17 December 2011

Very pleasant eating experience and worth a visit

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 (London)·Dined on 17 December 2011

Really lovely restaurant. Great atmoshphere, service and food!! I would really recommend Le Chardon in East Dulwich for anyone looking for a good meal in a tradditional french restaurant.

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 (London)·Dined on 26 September 2011

Le Chardon East Dulwich is a wonderfully traditional French restaurant in trendy Lordship Lane. Food is always excellent and wine list well chosen. For the quality it also represents good value, and with a Taste card they offer up to 50% off food!

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food4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 20 September 2011

Le Chardon in Dulwich is a real find. Their set lunch is a real bargain at 2 courses for 9.50. We'll certainly return.

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 (London)·Dined on 15 August 2011

We had a really lovely meal at Le Chardon in East Dulwich. The food and wine were excellent and very attentive waitresses. It was a Monday night but there were quite a few other diners who all looked to be having a great time.

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 (London)·Dined on 8 August 2011

A lovely little restaurant with excellent food, good selection of win and friendly staff. Was busy which was surprising for a Monday, but shows how good and popular the place is.

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 (London)·Dined on 29 July 2011

A great local pub for a 'date night'. If the weather is nice ask to sit outside and feel like your in France!

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 (London)·Dined on 18 June 2011

We were celebrating a birthday on a Saturday lunch time. The staff were very efficient and friendly. We needed a quick order for one of our party as she couldn't stay very long. This was dealt with without hitch. The food was tasty, the wine was good and the atmosphere buzzing. Would definitely go again.

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 (London)·Dined on 23 April 2011

Le Chardon in East Dulwich was perfect for a Saturday afternoon lunch!

From the front you have no idea there is a perfect little sun terrace out back, which despite the front being on a bustling street, the back is like a calm, relaxing piece of paradise!

The food was great, the set lunch menu particularly good value. Some wine and drinks are a little pricey but all in all, a great visit.

We'll be going again.

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