Café L'oscar

4.5
58 reviews
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Bistro
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
Located on the ground floor, Café L'oscar is the bustling heart of the hotel, with its illuminated onyx bar and decor inspired by the world’s oldest café in Venice, with walls and ceilings lined with mirrors, gilded panels, and stunning original art.

Café L’oscar offers all the charm and sophistication of a Parisian café. A food lover’s lair, it is the go-to place for delectable breakfasts, bistro-style lunches, and intimate evening dining, or simply a late-night dessert and a soothing glass of wine.
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CH
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We would definitely return to this venue, the food was good and the staff were lovely. We chose to eat early and therefore it was extremely quiet so would opt for a later table next time.

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MD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seen this place and liked the look of it so we booked and were not disappointed. The food was terrific (and the fries plentiful) and the surroundings were first rate. The staff were attentive and did everything they could to help. My partner asked for gluten-free and they went as far as ensuring the fries were done in a fryer that had not been used that day so that the oil would not have come into contact with anything else. Little things like that make a difference. We will be coming back.

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KF
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant, the food is good and the staff are brilliant.

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p
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our meals were excellent. Garlic soup. Navarin of lamb. Cod. All highly recommended. Why the mediocre review? Bordeaux should not be served in a water goblet. Serve bottles of pricey wine in appropriate glasses and I’ll come back.

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MN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but overpriced

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GF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall an excellent lunch; they had run out of gluten free pasta, so my preferred dish was out of bounds. Suggested they get a pack from Sainsbury's opposite, but the idea didn't impress the maitre'd. I would have been impressed if they had and guaranteed a return visit ... but there you go.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with a group of friends, very lovely waitress and super friendly and lovely decor.

We all had the pre theatre menu which was very good value and high quality.

However, we found the least expensive wine was simply too expensive for a repeat event. With 5 of us our bill was well over £400 and our wine was £45 a bottle which is simply too expensive I feel.

I would recommend the place but stick to sparkling water. They need to offer a mid twenties bottle of white quite frankly.

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LR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely little 'secret' in the centre of London - great staff, delicious food and a really fun environment. Highly recommend.

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E
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gem of our trip. Cheers to all of the staff for their warm reception, each and every step of the way

Zoe and Eddie

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 enjoyed a superb late lunch at Café L’oscar last Saturday. The decor and ambience was wonderful. The service and food were 5 star! I started with the eel, salad and ducks egg truly delicious and the fresh warm bread was gorgeous. My main, bavette steak was tender and cooked to perfection with perfect frites. My dessert of date sticky toffee pudding was one of the best I have ever tasted. We all thoroughly enjoyed everything about the place, it’s faultless and very reasonably price. We will definitely be back! Richard B

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for a business lunch. Nice atmosphere and good service, but the food was disappointing. We both had same dish so not sure if representative of the rest of the menu and may need to go another time before have a definite opinion.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely little gem in Holborn. Excellent service and delicious french onion soup. Food was good overall and the evening was definitely worth the money spent.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to rebook table from Thursday to Friday. The venue was extremely accommodating. The food was superb. The price was so very reasonable . The service fantastic. The ambience and decor ... well, stunning. I can’t say a bad thing about this place

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, very good food, friendly service

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G
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant experience - quiet and refined - it was Monday lunch time! Starters excellent and main course steak albeit of inferior cut was cooked to perfection - my only criticism was that the "Frites" were rather "Rigor Mortis" !

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NP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice discreet hotel restaurant. The menu feels like a room service menu (cheeseburger, omelette, pasta, etc), but everything is well made and the staff are nice and attentive

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the fabulous crystal glasses and wonderful food to the beautiful service and luxurious decor this place is a real destination experience. Perfect! We’ll be back.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We booked Cafe L’Oscar fairly last minute for Christmas dinner and it absolutely blew us away. The restaurant itself is beautiful. We were welcomed and ushered in by doormen, and then since only sofa tables were currently available, were given the option to wait in the bar while a proper table came available. The bar was also beautiful, with table service, and an extensive drink menu - with some really lovely non—alcoholic options. Once a table was available, it was held for us until we’d had time to finish our drinks, and was a lovely table by a window at the edge of the restaurant.

Once at our table, service did start to suffer a little and the wait between courses was quite large, as was the wait to have our plates cleared. The food, however, was amazing. I had artichoke soup that was unbelievably creamy followed by the beef main course. The beef was a beautiful cut, and perfectly cooked to medium rare. The bread for the table was also lovely, warm and slightly salty with generous helpings of butter. The only criticism would be that we were given a ludicrously small jug of gravy, hardly enough for one person. When we asked for some more, we were then left waiting for about ten minutes before the waitress returned to say we would have to wait for the chef to make some more - in all we waited approx fifteen minutes for more gravy. Had we known it would take so long, we would have tucked in straight away rather than waiting.

Dessert was a chocolate and orange gateaux which was gorgeous and incredibly rich. We stayed for perhaps another half hour after finishing, and didn’t feel at all rushed by the staff, which was lovely. The wine menu was huge with a lot of choice, and the red we chose was wonderful. In all, it was an amazing experience and a great choice for Christmas dinner; we’re looking forward to returning another time for dinner.

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G
London
117 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas Day lunch. The room is beautiful. It’s opulent without being OTT and manages to combine cosy and classy. The staff were clearly enjoying themselves and had pride in making everyone happy. The food was first class. The terrine of goose and duck was a delight and the the clementine relish was amazing.
The turkey main course was exquisite and actually a revelation to us all about how good it can and should taste!
I booked last minute due to a cancelled holiday re the Gatwick disruption and thanked my lucky stars that I found such a fantastic place.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cafe, however some items on the menu came out very different than expected from how it was described

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P
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was very nice, I just thought for lunch it was a bit expensive

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R
London
156 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time at Cafe L'Oscar and presently surprised. Very sumptuous, quite affordable, excellent friendly service. The fries were a bit oily and the side salad was not great but nice Bavette and the special (sea bass) was excellent. Rather pleasant.

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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked on the night and they were accommodating. Friendly, pleasant efficient service with being intrusive. The fish was excellent having been cooked on the bone. Lovely vegetables to accompany main courses. Wine was quite expensive but this is a 5* hotel. We’d come again.

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AE
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our staff Christmas meal here, the café is beautifully decorated. The food is good and the warm bread is particularly delicious.
The staff are not entirely on the ball and we found it odd that there was no French mustard and they tried to pass off English mustard as French.

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OA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem and new found favourite. Fantastic staff.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Glamorous lunch spot in a new hotel. Menu was eclectic, but in a good way. Some interesting options including a burger and beef bourguignon (which was very good)

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Why Dont you have a category called pleasing surroundings? That is the single most positive this place has and why I would recommend it and return.

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Really good food in here, but unfortunately the service let it down. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived (even though there was hardly anyone there) so we were advised to have a drink at the bar where we were ignored for 10 mins with 2 bar staff seemingly interested in other things.

Our waitress then seemed to clock off halfway through our lunch and we didn’t really get seen to after that. I had to get up to order some coffees and grab our bill. Shame as the food was superb.

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Enjoyable evening good service and great vibes. Stylish place to chill and have food.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

please can you stop sending me these emails to review - i am only filling this in so you stop spamming me. please take me off your client list as i am based on South Africa. But i still did like your restaurant. just not the follow up. If every restaurant were to send me a review I would never get any work done.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as always - a gem in Holborn !

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HR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I’m giving 3 stars due to the lack of atmosphere in the restaurant as it was empty except for our group for most of the evening on a Saturday night. The food was very good quality though servings were a little small. Beautiful room which could have a wonderful ambiance if more people were there. Marketing is required as it seems to be too under the radar. From what we could see the adjacent grill restaurant did not have many patrons either. With 2 restaurants and the Kimpton and Rosewood hotels nearby, L’Oscar needs to establish itself as a destination not just for residents.

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MF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good service and interesting decor. Food poor to average - my pasta ragu was very tough.

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WJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a business lunch on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Great food and wine, well priced and really good service. Will definitely go back!

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LK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a business lunch. The staff and service was very good and the venue itself is fabulous. Although the menu in Cafe l'Oscar is limited and on the pricey side (hence the 4 stars for value), it has a good all-round choice, I recommend the Veal Ragu Pappardelle. The food was very tasty and immaculately presented.

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JT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was my second time there, so thrilled by the first time, we took our clients out. They loved the place and the food, the pappardelle/pasta and oysters were great. Personally, not the best steak I've had, the French fries are not homemade, the service was not as good as last time we came, our main waitress didn't seem very experimented, and not very accommodating either with food or drinks - when we changed our mind and said we wanted to cancel 1 martini order and switch it for another drink, she basically refused, saying it was already 'in the system'...

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very quiet early on a Monday evening which affected the atmosphere, but the food is lovely, the booze acceptably priced, the staff absolutely lovely, every single one of them and the place is BEAUTIFUL. Really gorgeous. I'm sure much better later in the week - they tell me there's music... I'd like to go again, perhaps on a Friday.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and nice decor but quite empty so lacking ambience. We couldn’t split the bill and pay with different cards but they brought us 5 different bills, which was strange.

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A
London
189 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had been there for dinner already so thought I’d try their breakfast. Good selection of breakfast options. Great location, very close to Holborn tube station. Just what the neighbourhood needed.

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A
London
189 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, attentive service and great food. The bar menu is not extensive but everything we tried was excellent

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