Mon Plaisir

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£26 to £40
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For more than half a century, a little piece of the capital has been proudly French too - Mon Plaisir restaurant on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street is famous as London’s longest-serving French restaurant. Is it romantic? Well, dozens, maybe hundreds, of marriage proposals have taken place here as well as countless first dates, third dates and anniversary celebrations. Acquired by the Viala brothers in the 1940s, Mon Plaisir has gone from strength to strength, entertaining a who’s who of London society with its uniquely French charm. Four rooms with different looks make up Mon Plaisir – from the main dining room, unchanged since the 40’s, to the lounge with its pewter-topped bar rescued from a Lyonnais brothel. From the utterly traditional, to the conceptual and modern, Mon Plaisir restaurant’s French menu explores in depth France’s world-famous cuisine with a panache more often seen on the streets of Paris.
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vipRod007
London
137 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been coming to Mon Plaisir for over 40 years and while we know to expect good French cuisine,Mon Plaisir has always reliably delivered.

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OpenTable Diner
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been going to Mon Plaisir for over 30 years, on and off. We love its ambiance. We admired the way they are coping with the dreaded covid; the staff were friendly, happy and energetic. The only disappointment was that they had not had their delivery of Pineau de Charent...domage!

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Simbo
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been to Mon Plaisir several times and the reason I go back is the quality of the food. The only criticism I have on this occasion is that, although still shown on their website, their lunch special has been discontinued in the current climate. No real objection but perhaps it should, pro tem, be deleted from their website.

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AlekS
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waiting time for main dish was too long, it took 20-25 min once starters dishes were collected until main dish was served. On the end we didn't have time for desert . I understand that we had to leave at 22:00 but if waiting time was too long for restaurant with this fame.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always reliable

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WilP
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class restaurant serving exceptional food. I would totally recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to experience authentic French cuisine.

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AlistairH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a very welcoming traditional style French Bistro. The atmosphere is intimate and the service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was good or very good. My guest enjoyed the veal enormously, and the tartiflette was flavoursome albeit rather too heavy, which reduced the enjoyment after four or five mouthfuls. The wine recommendation was excellent.

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Anish
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a must ...
A hidden gem ...
Everything was perfect.

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Anon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious classic French Bourgeois food in a charming bistro ambiance, and helpful cheerful staff. We go regularly.

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PeterJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EIt is a great relief to find my favourite restaurant still here and in its usual great form. London would not be the same without this jewel.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Foods good, wine too expensive

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service

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PollyE
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I discovered this gem during a trip to London in August 2019 and since then it would be on my list to visit again, which I did recently in September 2020.
I love this place! It's like a little piece of Paris in London! The food is top notch, the staff are absolutely charming and welcoming.
You must book, as it's very popular and fairly small which adds to the charm and character.
The menu is very extensive and if you love proper, home cooked French food, it is a must. All the staff are French, as will speak to you in English or French, whatever your preference.
I can't praise Mon Plaisir enough. I will visit again and again whenever I make a trip to London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing french experience. My uncle leaves abroad, I live in London, both french and missing home food. We had tonight an amazing experience!! The staff was warm and friendly, food was great, great wine choice. Recommending to anyone who wants to enjoy good food and french friendliness!!

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AndyF
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb. A little slice of France in the middle of London.

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SophieF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming staff who put you immediately at your ease and cater to all your needs without any trouble. The traditional French cuisine is delicious and fairly priced. The ambience is very convivial. I would certainly recommend to all my friends. Mes félicitations!

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

A pleasant restaurant. Our waitress seemed rather nervous although her boss made up for that! Our food was rather unremarkable and my bouillabaisse was marred by strange small hard grains which I worried about breaking my teeth on. The manager was very attentive, offering me a replacement and free brandies.
The Pinot Noir was good value and the choice of cheeses a delight.

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Lvitalian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Will return

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PhilippaW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant our second visit here. Always great tasting food and good size helpings. Service and ambiance typically french friendly and knowledgeable

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DavidH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back at Mon Plaisir. Excellent food and wine at great value in genuinely French ambiance. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awaiting the foi gras to be back on the menu!

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vipsusanc
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a delicious meal at Mon Plaisir. I had the Entrecôte with frites, and my friend ate the Duck Confit. Both were prepared very nicely. We also drank the house Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was a good value, and very tasty.
This is a very comfortable, cosy restaurant with a nice, friendly staff.

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ColinR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. The meal was superb. Wine wonderful. And our lunch was made even more delightful by the great staff who are super friendly and welcoming. If you haven’t been to Mon Plaisir yet what are you waiting for? Time to make a booking. We will definitely be returning very soon.

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TomW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in London hands down. Excellent food and excellent atmosphere with an old school, un-pretentious and charismatic atmosphere

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LeonieS
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch and felt very safe Covid wise. We had the set menu - onion soup the best ever and guinea fowl also very good. Rest of the food average but the service and ambience is excellent - it really is like stepping back in time. Wine was good and value for money reasonable for the area. . As Londoners don't know what's taken us so long to discover this place and have already recommended it to others.

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PaskellM
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. This is my new favourite restaurant in London.

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GPBelfast
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly service and great food! Would highly recommend.

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Trevone
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant, extremely good food and charming service. Highly recommended.

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EllenT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A visit to London to see my daughter who had booked us a table at Mon Plaisir as part of the Eat Out to Help Out.
On arrival staff were welcoming and showed us directly to our table. My daughter ordered;
I wasn't especially inspired with the boiled potatoes which was included within my meal so asked if I could switch them for the Gratin Dauphinois. The waitress flatly said 'no' I would have to pay for them as an extra item. I was a little taken aback and said that the boiled potatoes didn't really work for me and again she just flatly said 'no, the chef wouldn't like it'. I left it at that and my daughter who had been outside on her phone returned and I relayed to her the potato incident. We continued our private conversation about other things when a different waitress abruptly presented at our table loudly asking if there was a problem about the potatoes. Again I was a little taken aback at the rather rude and sudden interjection whilst we were chatting and tried to explain that I had asked if the potatoes could be switched up to the Dauphinois which was the same price as boiled potatoes. She was just as abrupt and unmoving as her colleague had been, saying we would have to pay for them. Other diners were staring and as she walked away one of the other waitresses said in my earshot 'they are getting the Eat Out to Help Out deal'. I was suitably disturbed at the blatant 'dig' but decided to remain quiet.
We ordered dessert Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream £7.95. The tart was not a tart it was a soggy sponge base, it was difficult to tell covered in apple slices overlaid with a thick syrupy sauce which was so sweet it was impossible to eat it.
When the plates were removed the waitress asked if it was ok. I said it was really soggy and too sweet and she just stood in front of us and saying nothing she just swifty removed the plates. The remark from the waitress about how we were getting a deal anyway was completely unprofessional, Mon Plaisir aren't losing out

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MikeMc
Kent
42 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little piece of France in London. Made use of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and had a terrific lunch. Authentic french cuisine, very well done. This is one of our favourite restaurants so we will be sure to be back soon.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very good long established French bistro. Coq au vin and onion soup tasty and authentic. Profiteroles suffered a bit as they are better with warm chocolate sauce and these had come straight out of the fridge so the chocolate was a bit brittle. Service was very friendly. It’s a cosy place.

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SteveM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food with a quirky and interesting environment

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AlpA
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly atmosphere, great food

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Anto
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great french food and atmosphere. Would recommend .

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Tilly
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I absolutely love Mon Pleaisir, it really is my favourite restaurant and have been coming with my family since I was a child for special occasions. The food is not absolutely top notch but it's still really very good, and much of it I feel is. This was the first time I took my own kids along for the a la carte menu, we had a fantastic evening. The service and ambience was perfect. The vast majority of the food was excellent, onion soup, coquille st jacques, creme brulee, gratin dauphinois, haricots verts, duck, moules. I was utterly delighted to give my kids the experience of visiting this much loved restaurant.

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rogerf
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked Mon Plaisir for a lunch date with my wife. It was a very pleasant dining experience from start to finish. Restaurant was quiet but still had character and ambience. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We will be back!!!

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ALICIAG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Generally speaking the food and the place were good. There was no much noise as it was a quiet night with not many people. The staff were also friendly and willing to please and help. Nice french people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back and to be taken care of by Virginie, Axelle and everyone

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SomiLondon
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was so good to be back. A lovely table in a cool room on a sweltering day. Stuck to,classics of beef tartare and confit duck, couldn’t go wrong.

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IanT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comme toujours on mange tres bien ici. Bon rapport prix-qualite

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 19 August 2020

Dear IanT, Merci Monsieur Ian pour votre soutien continuel, Votre plaisir est le Notre! a très vite.

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Mon Plaisir is rated 4.4 stars by 3185 OpenTable diners.

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