Mon Plaisir

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3147 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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IanT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Teejay
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice to be back. Good food, friendly staff and plenty of space. Will be back soon.

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MadameC
London
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely lunch at Mon Plaisir, such a joy to be out and about, and enjoying the ambiance at an old favourite. Just light food, omelette, steak tartare, and great French fries, but really delicious.

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MarkD
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service, fine wine and all at a very reasonable price. Second visit to this restaurant and it was even better than our first outstanding experience, will definitely return.

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vipRusty
London
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and the service usual high standard with a smile. Oldest French restaurant in London and still delivering. Wine menu good too and good value

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HelenA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Mon Plaisir in the past and it hasn't lost its edge post-lockdown. The service was excellent and the food delicious. We had the seasonal three-course lunch menu and it was excellent value for the top quality of the food. Also, on one of the hottest days of the year it was pleasantly air-conditioned.

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MatthewF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly welcome, sat outside. Service was great, drinks were brill. The onion soup was one of the best I have tasted. Smoked duck starter was beautiful. Veal escalope was lovely especially the mushroom sauce. I had the coq au vin which was perfect. And the coffee was lovely too. Overall a great place and would definitely revisit without hesitation

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Koffi
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time and I really enjoyed the food!

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stuartd
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the entire experience. We will be back soon

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SatoshiK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely authentic French cuisine with great ambience. We really enjoyed the foods and wine too. I would definitely go again.

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LouisS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a reasonable price. Good selection of wines. Classic French bistro ambiance.

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PaulEast
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are restaurants which serve French-style food and there are French restaurants. Mon Plaisir is definitely of the latter persuasion.
As before, everything was beautifully-judged and perfectly cooked.
This was a particularly lovely place to lunch on what must have been the warmest day of 2020 so far.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 30 July 2020

Dear Lucy, Thank you so much for your ongoing support and choosing Mon Plaisir to celebrate your Birthday. We are glad you enjoyed your evening with us. Merci et a bientot!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always

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DiamondJim
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal. Excellent service.

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ElaineF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

we were very happy to return to one of our favourite restaurants. Clean and well distanced, no covid worries but obciously less buzzy than on previous visits. We had a nice meal. My steak was overcooked for my taste but quickly changed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and service.

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MichaelC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best onion soup and bouillabaisse! Great service too

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TimW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fifth or sixth time at Mon Plaisir and still they continue to deliver. Obviously all restaurants are in the same boat with regards to pandemic so it was lovely to pop in and support the staff at Mon Plaisir. Took a friend and they are already planning on taking their family. Great lunch, cant wait to go back!!

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Eva11111
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Authentic and delicious.

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Mark
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A jewel in the crown of Covent Garden. Excellent food and service: very friendly and helpful indeed. Please try to support if you can during these difficult times for restaurants.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 13 July 2020

Dear Mark, Thank you very much for your lovely message. We appreciate your ongoing support and glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Merci et a bientot!

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Teilo
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful to return to Mon Plaisir after lockdown. The staff were scrupulous about taking care, the food was as delicious as always. With fewer people it was quieter but also inevitably a bit less atmospheric. Never mind, we'll be back again.

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 13 July 2020

Dear Teilo, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us. Merci et a bientot!

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GrahamB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, staff, service - nothing lost despite the new constrained circumstances.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed about the food!
The Rib-eye steak was like rubber , very dry and served with frozen chips, again very dry and tasteless!
The sea bass was uncooked, looking again like frozen product, not fresh !
For the price that we had to pay , the quality and quantity of food was VERY disappointed!

Mon Plaisir
Responded on 6 July 2020

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us all. How sad it is that in spite of looking after you all evening, you never shared your disappointment with us here and then. Had you said something whilst you ate the food or when we cleared your empty plates, we could and would have rectified the situation. I applaud your bravery for eating such bad food without saying anything but still felt the need to share anonymously. Best wishes

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PaulB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good to see Mon Plaisir back and excellent as always.

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daveh
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, good to see the staff & restaurant return

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NicolaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great traditional French food, the staff were really friendly and attentive but not overly so. Great wine list. My first meal out of lockdown, it was a real treat.

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JosieB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a delightful restaurant with a great atmosphere and history

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AshleyB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent traditional-style French cuisine. Nice wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Mon Plaisir. The food was very good and the service was impeccable.

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MaggieC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Good food and drink. But evening spoiled by poor service, inattentive staff and a mistake with the bill. It has been much better on previous visits which emphasises how important waiting staff are to the experience.

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luigi
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent as usual, and the wine (house chablis and Madiran good value

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In London with my wife for an appointment, we alway try to eat at Mon Plaisir as it such a unique place: very French in the heart of London.
We are never disappointed with the food, wine, service or atmosphere. It was a quiet Monday evening, however it such a charming place I think it’s nicer when nit too busy.

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Disappointed
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Unfortunately we were placed right beside 2 large parties who were very loud. Couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant.
Mussels were very gritty, scallops and prawns for main was OK but wasn't very much on your plate. I can make an apple tart tartin better. My other half's tart du jour which was a pear tart was OK.
Very disappointing as some of the reviews were quite good.

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NickV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor andxambience; very courteous and professional staff and very appetising food. A perfect meeting place for a pre-theatre supper and excellent value.

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MrsB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

have been to mon plasir before over the years. Now prefer the pre theatre menu as it is very good value for money and changes frequently. I love the ambience, the good food and the service. I hope it lasts forever. I have been visiting it (but not that frequently) since I was about 24 and I am now 66!!

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MarioP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place and relaxing atmosphere.
nice dinner and services

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MaryH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is always good here but this time it was very salty - not worthy of a big complaint, just unusual. The service was almost too prompt but we were in no hurry and I can imagine if you were short of time, this would be a good thing. Lovely experience as always, we will definitely be back.

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