Mon Plaisir

4.3
2930 reviews
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French

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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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W
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location, great food and a nice experience

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent venue, and amazing food ,in fact the best french onion soup I have ever had

l
Kent
171 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

mon plaisir is the most interesting restaurant set over a number of levels. great fun. we went for the set menu and it was ok, but that is all, ok! perhaps it was my choice but i wouldn't rush back. the bubbly that we had was very nice and a reasonable price.

DT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmospheric restaurant, authentic french food, service and decor. Definitely will return.

G
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still a genuine French experience in Soho. Beautiful food, beautifully cooked. Friendly staff and relaxed ambience. Very reasonable prices

C
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mon Plaisir was brilliant as usual. I’ve been many times since the 1970s and it never disappoints. It’s great that it hasn’t changed over the years and retains its homely feel. Food excellent and service. The seasonal menu was great vlue

o
London
36 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet, and we were late, service very good.

C
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

On the hottesst day of July we were made to feel beaultifully cool and welcome THANK YOU

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service. The steak tartare was particularly outstanding

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, good service and great atmosphere.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like Mon Plaisir and have been before. The food is exceptional and the service is great. I prefer a quieter restaurant where I do not have to shout over loud music, so Mon Plaisir is perfect. My only compliant was at around 10pm, the phone would not stop ringing and they were ignoring it, so it would just ring and ring and ring which was very distracting and annoying.

ND
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Plaisir on the evening that I went had a good atmosphere ,the meal was good,the portions good ,love the onion soup ,overall a very plesent evening

HW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Food was lovely. They made a birthday occasion very special.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretheater - excellent choice!

CT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great experience in French dining, classic French restaurant atmosphere and décor. Service was first class and the chef accommodated my vegan requirements well. Would go back.

SE
London
38 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here several times before . This time the experience was poor waiting staff were distracted .... my partner was asked “did she enjoy the food ... she responded no “ this was ignored by staff

HH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made very welcome, and loved the French ambiance and food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely and the staff very nice.
However be careful with the mussels, my partner got sick.
But would still recommend

R
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

High quality authentic French food in a civilised, relaxing atmosphere. Be sure to ask for a table in the part of the restaurant with windows as there is an unwindowed backroom which is on the dark and stuffy side and not recommended.

CB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A most pleasurable dining experience. Had lunch here with a friend: hadn't been for years, but it was just as I remembered it (in a nice way). Good food at reasonable prices, excellent wine, and good service. Very relaxed atmosphere. Just what we wanted!

LH
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a way I'm reluctant to recommend this hidden gem to the world as its so good I want to keep it to myself!
We had the pre-theatre menu. Everything arrived promptly. I had the salmon with lobster sauce and crushed potatoes, my husband had the chicken. Both were fantastic. Service was great. All the staff speak in French adding to the authenticity (imagine the hospitality in the south of France and not Paris). Lovely decor. Was also very quiet and could hear each other speak, which was novel in covent garden/seven dials area. Generally an older clientele. If you're looking for something understated and good value Mon Plaisir is definitely worth a go. I would go back, and would definitely take friends before the theatre.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to come for a pre theatre meal.
It had been years since I had been there and it didn’t disappoint for minute.
The food was delicious,the waitress was adorable and so caring and they even had a deal for 2 or 3 courses.
I shall happily return but next time sooner then later.

b
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have dined there many times before which speaks for itself

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This has been a family favourite for a very special occasion for over 50 years, but our recent visit was not as good as usual. The main issue was the poor waitress service and some of the food produced was not as good as usual especially the usually delicious french bread which apparently used to be brought in from France but this time more like a soggy ordinary bake your own baguette. It is a lovely restaurant but disappointing this time especially as it was a special celebration with guests who had not been there before.

l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A good meal at a reasonable price.
The room we were. In was not as crowded as the last time I was there. They made sure that we were in good time for the theatre.

MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon plaisir was a gorgeous small French restaurant with wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. Can’t wait to go back

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. At just over £100 for two of us it‘s not exactly cheap, but it was definitely worth the money. As it’s in the theatre district they checked when we arrived if we needed to leave by a particular time and made sure they kept to that time. Really lovely staff.

OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price considering the area and the type of cuisine. All the food we ordered came out great and in good sized portions. The wine recommendation was great and we would definitely go back!

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Anonymous, Merci for taking the time to leave us your fantastic feedback. WE are pleased you enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. A bientot.

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

An old favourite, and remains as characterful as ever

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I enjoyed everything about my visit EXCEPT for the frightful and very intrusive acxordiaon music.

JT
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This has been my favourite restaurant in London for a while and I was excited to be going but my visit on Tuesday left my quite disappointed. The scallops in the starter were quite cold due to being served on a bed of cold citrus salad which really didn’t go together in my eyes as the orange overpowered the taste of the scallops. The monkfish dish I had for main also left me wanting as the fish itself was nice, the sauce was ok but the black rice was quite stodgy and cold. We also ordered olives that were charged on the bill and never arrived. Real shame the standard of food I’d come to expect was way off the mark on this occasion and I won’t be rushing back.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 14 June 2019

Dear JoT108, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us and we are sorry to read about your disappointment with the dishes which were not to your liking. We wish you had bring this up with the Manager on duty who would have endeavoured to address it here and then. We are priding ourselves to provide our customers with fresh and tasty food and we want to reassure you that we are always working hard to maintain our standard on the quality of food we love to serve.

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a
Warwickshire
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Truly French atmosphere and well cooked food. What’s not to like

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 14 June 2019

Dear aldebertsue, Thank you for your great comments. It is always a pleasure welcoming you and we look forward to your next visit. A bientot!

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A return visit for lunch did not disappoint. Good, unobtrusive but friendly service included very knowledgeable advice on our choice of cheese from an interesting and wide selection.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 12 June 2019

Dear Donadrian, Merci beaucoup for your lovely comments. A bientot.

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c
London
37 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A passable French feel to it. They have all the usual French classics on the menu.I would describe it as more of a bistro meal than Haute cuisine. All in all an enjoyable experience.

CP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely family meal out with attentive service, very good food and a buzzy atmosphere.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 10 June 2019

Dear CarolP, we are pleased you enjoyed your family dinner with us. From Our Family to Yours, Merci beaucoup et a bientot!

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MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular lunch time venue whenever we travel to
London for an exhibition.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear MrsD, Thank you for your loyalty over the years. It is always a pleasure to welcome you. A bientot!

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N
London
39 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, unfussy French food. Staff were friendly and efficient without lurking. Very reasonable wine-list for the area with a good selection.
We will return.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear Noodun, Merci for your very nice comments. We all look forward to welcoming you again soon. A bientot.

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DO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My 10 year old daughter and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mon Plaisir before seeing a show. The staff was very nice, but a little clumsy (spilling a soda on our table). The food was beautifully presented and the waitress was kind enough to explain to my daughter the difference between British chips and French chips. While not an ultra affordable meal, we enjoyed it none the less.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear DavidaO, Merci! We are pleased you and your daughter enjoyed your Mon Plaisir experience. A bientot!

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Good food and good service. Very interesting layout and has a distinct French feel.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear AntheaW, Merci for your lovely review. A bientot.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, lovely food and good value for a theatre supper for eight people. We will return!

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 28 May 2019

Dear SharonF, It was a pleasure welcoming you and glad you enjoyed your Mon Plaisir experience. We all forward to your next visit. A bientot.

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