Le Vieux Comptoir

4.5
77 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Notable Wine List
  • Authentic
The best French Bistro and Wine Bar in Marylebone. Why not enjoy our delicious dishes, all home-made by our French Chefs, and our special selection of terrines, foie gras, charcuterie and cheeses.

As an exclusive French Wine Shop, we have a selection of 250 wines & champagnes, all available with the French corkage (Shop price with a corkage between £10 to £20 per bottle).

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Lunch from 12:00 to 16:00 pm
Enjoy our Famous French Apéritif (from 17:00 pm to 21:00 pm)
Dinner from 18:00 pm to 22:30 pm (last food order at 21:45 pm)
French Brunch on Sundays from 12:00 to 17:00 pm
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Phone number
020 7224 0303
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 77 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening here, intimate yet vibrant. Excellent service and the best desserts ever!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening here as always. I am a regular at this charming and hidden bistro. Strongly recommended.

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CA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely authentic simple French food. Gorgeous couple of glasses of champagne. Good value. Friendly, knowledgeable unobtrusive service. Cosy and unpretentious.

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MG
London
266 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Simple traditional French food, with a good range of wines and very pleasant service. Prices fair.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best French address in London. Great location. Great team. Amazing wine list. You feel at home

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N
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A lovely setting for this place and it entices you inside. Once there, the surroundings make for a nice evening and an enjoyable wine tasting experience if you dare!

The food quality is very good, certainly on our main courses however the creme brulee was served completely cold and when we complained the staff attitude could not have been more ridiculous. No acceptance of responsibility was taken, not was an apology. When we then questioned their approach to customer service we were almost threatened with a more than vocal waiter.
It was a real shame and a sad way to end the evening but the incomprehensible customer service here would not make me recommend it at all.
I’ve checked reviews and others have a different experience. Maybe they were having an “ off” night but when you use the excuse “ we are busy “.... you’d best be ready to back that up. Sadly they didn’t..

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happily sat in this restaurant for four hours with an old friend over a long lunch with wine. It was very quiet at lunchtime on the weekend but the staff were very attentive and the food was excellent. We both had a fantastic time and would go again

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic french food!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Vieux Comptoir is a small, authentically French hidden gem of a restaurant in London. Go!

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in France for some years and converted to local foods and drunks, I can state that Le Vieux Comptoir is week above par so many other French establishments for genuinity authenticity and adherence to traditions -sadly getting lost lately, even in France.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Went for a family get together. Very slow service, waited an hour for food after ordering, poor presentation, uncooked fish and vegetables in parcel proved inedible and had to be sent back, no apology, we politely complained to the French manager who adopted a sneering condescending attitude, simply couldn’t care less. Altogether a very disappointing evening compounded by the objectionable smirking behaviour of the manager who has no clue he is in a service industry. We won’t be going back.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! The quality of the food is consistently good, the staff very welcoming , beautiful building ,amazing wines

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JF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! £80 for excellent starters, two lovely mains and an incredible bottle of wine!

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice and quiet place. Good wine and good food. Did not like the fact they charged extra for additional bread with a large board. Other than that, all good !

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and friendly efficient service from knowledgable staff. Love the menu. Dishes are generous and great value.

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s
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an interesting hybrid of wine shop/deli/restaurant. It is about as French as one can find in London, but it is NOT fancy, it is NOT a bistro, it is NOT trendy, it is, simply, excellent. The menu is not large, but the food is fantastic.

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This neighbourhood restaurant is tucked away just off Marylebone High Street, next to the entrance to Paddington Square Gardens.

We were looking for a quiet informal place for a light business lunch, and this place was perfect.

We were downstairs (upstairs is a wine shop/wine tasting area?), but there was a large skylight which gave the sense of being in a light airy conservatory.

Food was natural and great and the service was just right.

Would definitely return for lunch, dinner or coffee during the day and would recommend to friends.

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L
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value in Marylebone, a fun area full of shops and restaurants

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PD
London
56 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit but a really great meal, superb wine selection from the shop and cellar you can choose from. The menu was small but really good, we had the onglet which was superbly cooked. Great atmosphere and service. We will be back, please go visit for a real taste of France in central London !!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were made to feel very welcome and not rushed at all. Very relaxed atmosphere spectacular wine at a reasoanble price. This place is a hidden gem

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AS
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such an amazing experience at Le Vieux Comptoir. I’ve brought so many of my friends, and even my mother. And they all love it just as much.
Would come every week if possible.

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Although the chap in the shop upstairs seems a little miffed when people take that entrance instead of lower level. Food was delicious had the raclette. And wines obviously were fabulous.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and service were good but the food was disappointing. We did not think it had all been freshly prepared on the premises.

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I
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual! One of my favourite places to eat! Cosy, great staff, great food!

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, quick and friendly. Food authentic French, the confit de canard was pretty desiccated however. Puddings good, and good choice of wine, probably not the cheapest at £9 a glass, but the amount was generous. I have been several times and would go back, probably choose something else to eat.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Understated, low key. Great choice of wines. This was my second visit and I’ll definitely be coming back....

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

It was my birthday lunch.
It is a really quite and lovely restaurant with delicious dishes and friendly staffs. I love their wines as well. I will definitely visit them again.

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant hidden under their wine shop just off Marylebone High Street, the staff are lovely very friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere, very french vibe (staff, wine and food are all French). Had a massive chicken liver and bacon salad was delicious and the Sauvignon was superb. I would definitely go again. Also very reasonably priced!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely tucked away french restaurant, which sells wine and beer for drinking in or taking away. A welcoming spot with great ambience and service, delicious food and not too pricey... One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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P
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A disappointing visit. The confit of duck was dry and not crispy. The crepe sucre wasn't freshly cooked although the waitress insisted it was. The ambience was good.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonerful late Sunday lunch which met all expectations. Great Soup, Charcuterie and Quiche. Perfect french comfort food on a cold Sunday afternoon. Very welcoming Maitre De and staff. Nice friendly and relaxing ambience and good wine although a little expensive by the glass. Deffinitely on the return list, next time in London. Perhaps my humour was a bit lifted from the previous days Rugby Grand Slam result which added to the occasion.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic atmosphere, very friendly staff, great sommeliers. The fondue and steak tartare were really tasty, the wines were great. We had a really good time!

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely find hidden away downstairs under the wine shop which is unexpectedly cavernous. Lots of different areas to sit some of which feel more separate than others (we sat in a wine rack lined room). There are some excellent wines if that's your thing but the entry level Chardonnay we had was delicious. My friends raved about the confit duck leg; I had an omelette and blue cheese salad. The omelette was a little disappointing in that the extra mushrooms I had asked for were raw and so I had to send it back but otherwise tasty. I think next time I'd just go for a lovely cheeseboard and French bread with delicious wine and that would be perfect. The smell of French soft cheese hits you when you go in but I love cheese so no issue. This place really wins on the ambience, very romantic and intimate. Will definitely be back for a date!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quirky basement bistro , part of a wine shop. Excellent simple French food and classy French wines at reasonable prices. Especially the large glasses!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went with a group of skiing friends for a fondue savoyarde. Was pleasantly surprised by the cosy authentic ambience. Great wine, great food, service very friendly. Would definitely go again!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here. Never disappointed and always leave satisfied!

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JO
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Tasteless and expensive. Had a dozen escargot which are honestly better out of the frozen section from any mediocre French supermarket. Had the frogs legs for mains which was apparently the special of the day - again very bland and expensive. Service was so so. Just didn’t leave much of an impression although bill was substantial for what we had

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with the best service by the French staff, our waiter was lovey and attentive and the fondue was fantastic! I make it myself and know good fondue and it was great! My friend had the duck burger that she said was delicious, the wine was very lovely as well.

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RJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

I've been here several times before & been very pleased. My companion is semi-vegetarian so we had salads & pancakes. The salads were nice enough but not very filling, especially the goats cheese one - one small piece of goat's cheese is inadequate. The pancakes were stodgy & had obviously been made in advance. We couldn't eat them & the chef made fresh ones which were better but still poor examples of crepes, too big, flavourless & undercooked.
It is a great shame as I thought I'd be coming here again but I'm not so sure now.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a little piece of France in Marylebone. The food is simple and delicious. The service is professional and helpful and available when required. A perfect venue for supper a deux or a good friends get together. The ambience and environment are perfect for both.

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