L'Escargot

4.5
2768 reviews
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French
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Set in the heart of Soho, L’Escargot, established in 1927, is London’s oldest and most renowned French restaurant. It has been host to stars of stage and screen including Coco Chanel, Maurice Chevalier, John Geilgud, Ralph Richardson, and was reputedly one of Princess Diana’s favourites.

L'Escargot is now under the ownership of Brian Clivaz and Laurence Isaacson, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants and member's clubs. James Tyrrell is now the Head Chef and his dishes celebrate classic french cooking with a modern and healthy twist.

Snails unsurprisingly are the speciality of the house; the dining room pays homage to proper French bourgeois cooking and offers exceptional value. L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list.

Special Offers

Chateaubriand offer: £45 for 2

Including Béarnaise sauce, frites, side salad and a glass of bubbly each.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 2 June 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:00

2 courses £19.50

From a set menu. Also 2 Courses inc glass of Prosecco - £22.50

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 2 June 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 10:30PM

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

upon arrival we were the second people seated,very quiet even when we were leaving,food was lovely,my only real criticism would be that you felt as though you were an inconvenience that the staff could,nt get you fed and gone quick enough,we had 3 courses and were out the door within the hour,no sooner had you eaten the last bite your plate was whisked away and next course placed before you,no question of any rest between courses

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VV
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue it’s amazing and so the food. The best dish was of course les escargots. To contribute to make this experience unique was the sicilian guy who provide us an excellent service, he suggest us correctly, always friendly and smiley he really make us felling at home

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

A fantastic deal through Open Table.
Chateaubriand for 2 with a glass of prosecco for £45.
Perfectly medium rare, fantastic frites and the proper portion.
Service was impeccable.
I challenge anybody to find a classier, better deal in Central London.
And - apparently - it's that rare find in the UK - a dog-friendly restaurant!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was impeccable. The beet salad is a must.

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L
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent but restaurant wouldn't honor the OpenTable 2-course menu, despite having the entree available on the a la carte menu. We specifically booked for the crab & linguini main on the OpenTable menu but were told that they "sent OpenTable a new menu 2 weeks ago". Even so, they should have honored it since the main was available. That was disappointing. Service was otherwise reasonable, albeit not very attentive after asking about the menu. Food was excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. Food was served uninterrupted.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great value £45 for steak and prosecco for 2! Service and decor were both wondeful

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a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

we hadn't been there for many years . The restaurant is still a great space and the staff are efficient and friendly but the food is formulaic and lacks any interest. Full of tourists and business groups who are probably there for the name and tradition because it isn't for the food

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great to try this restaurant having stood outside talking about it on my Soho guided tour many times. Lovely room- a real fireplace made it extra cosy on a chilly evening. Delicious food- I can particularly recommend the sea bream with asparagus and chive beurre blanc. Sadly no time for dessert but will definitely return.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente!!!!

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MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful , friendly and accommodating staff. Food was exceptional, definitely recommend

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NH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Over the years my husband and I have eaten at L'Escargot, it's in a lovely old building with winding stairs and different rooms, the new owners have opened up some of these old rooms and made them a lounge area for drinks pre and post dinner. Decoration is fab, I guess going for French shabby chic, but bold warm colours and artwork. atmosphere in the dining room early Saturday nght was lively and friendly, we relaxed and chose delicious wine from the cleverly selected range of wines. Soho has changed, it's heaving with groups of people and whilst you can find pockets of the old atmosphere stepping off the street into the warm, hospitible and quite funky atmosphere of L'Escargot is an absolute pleasure. The restaurant was busy but we weren't rushed in any way. The food was everything you would expect from a classic French menu in London. We thouroughly enjoyed our evening.

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C
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We have eaten here several times in the past but not in the last year. It felt completely different and we now wonder if it has changed hands. It was very busy and one was “processed “. The food was okay but not as good as we have had in the past. My white asparagus was distinctly green. Main course was edible. Dessert again edible but ordinary. Will not be returning.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came because of a review in a newspaper and because we remembered the name from years ago. And it did not disappoint.
The food was not as narrowly French as we thought, but everything was tasty and fresh. Both food and wines were good value.
The service was friendly and attentive throughout.

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A
London
45 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've lived in central London for years and never dined at L'Escargot, so it was a first. We had the OT set menu and the food was delicious. I had the lobster bisque, which I love to order whenever it's on the menu but am oft disappointed but this one was rich, comforting and slightly spicy. My husband had the heritage beetroot salad and loved it, especially the dressing. We had the cod and confit duck for our mains and they were fab, although I couldn't finish my duck (the bisque was very filling) but my husband promptly polished it off. We only had a couple of glasses of wine but found them good. The service was friendly but not intrusive. I think L'Escargot will be here for many years to come if the quality of food is maintained. Looking forward to another visit.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

L'Escargot was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Great food, service and ambience

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

Great atmosphere and delicious food.

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

Perfect French bistro style food with impeccable service. First bottle of wine opened was corked, I said so, it was taken away immediately without question and replaced. That’s how to do it. Highly recommended for romantic dinner à deux. Expensive, but worth it.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A restaurant that has stood the the test of time. Front desk could do with an upgrade but rest of staff attentive and courteous. Good menu but pricey.

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

All good, perfect for a mid week meet up - only downside was asking the waiter to suggest a glass of wine when I didn’t have the wine list to hand and then when I got the bill turned out the glass was £14! Should have been flagged when he served it.

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S
London
24 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb dinner on our favourite table no 16. Always excellent, great food superb atmosphere

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LC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, in this amazingly decadent restaurant with it's mirrors, chandeliers and incredibly opulent lights over the bar. It's a fascinating place. It's easy to imagine what it must have been like 60 years ago with everyone dressed up to the nines! Thankfully that is not necessary in order to enjoy such amazing food. The portions are generous and beautifully cooked. The food is sumptuously tasty. A real treat for the taste buds. The service is discreet and very welcoming.
We really enjoyed the Lobster bisque (very rich! and flavoursome) and the Fois gras (words fail me to do justice to it. Sublime!).
The confit of Duck was excellent, enjoyed all the more for the wine we were recommended.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The lunch menu is excellent value! The smoked salmon starter was good (as smoked salmon always is), the duck confit was outstanding! You need to pay extra for sides, which is usual; the dauphinoise potatoes are amazing. The wine was excellent. We forwent the prix fixe dessert and shared a cheese board, which was excellent. The service was great. We’ll be back!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. We had comfy chairs in a corner. Beautiful room. Goid food. A memorable lunch date.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

In general the food was very salty and pretty expensive for the quality. The bread was dry and hard. The snail was not bad and was the only highlight.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very salted

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T
London
67 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday Lunch as ever

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t
London
30 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Mothering Sunday lunch. Food was delicious and great value with the Open Table set menu.

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a beautiful setting, would definitely recommend

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G
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mothering Sunday was never going to be a quiet affair at the restaurant! Some hard of hearing elders resulted in speech levels being on the loud side, but still fully acceptable. The food was at its usual standard of quality, serving French classics, plus roast beef and Yorkshires in a nod towards Sunday roast. The stunning part of the service was the accommodation made for us to be able to enjoy our puddings. Unusually for l'Escargot, there was a 2-hour allocation for each table, due to the number of people wishing to take their mothers out. One of our party wanted a dessert dish that took 20 minutes to prepare. Rather than rush us, the manager arranged for the staff to serve our puddings, dessert wine and coffees in a beautiful upstairs salon, where we stayed for a further hour and a half! Brilliant.

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MZ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice Escargots and Chateaubriand. Good vine selection.

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AD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second visit in a few months since we so much enjoyed our previous experience of the special offer chateaubriand for two. Again didn't disappoint and excellent value for this part of London. Lovely old restaurant with lovely ambience. Hopefully we will return next time we are in London.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely classic French restaurant with excellent service, wonderful ambience. Had an excellent meal for two

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the Chateaubriand glad we hadn’t paid full price! Although on offer not good value if lacking flavour. When getting coats was asked if enjoyed said disappointed and the response was oh try something different next time!!

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b
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really lovely meal and the open table offer made it really good value for money too. Would highly recommend.

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Savannah
16 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and wine were excellent but the service was haphazard. No one was tending the bar, there was no wine list and no snacks. Sloppy.

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AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit and definitely not our last, a great evening, super food and exquisite ambience. See you soon.

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RR
London
47 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such an amazing restaurant! Went here with my family (who have all lived in France previously) and we were really impressed - excellent service, delicious, authentic French food, and fantastic value for money using the Opentable set menu deal with prosecco. Lively and fun atemosphere, perfect for a Friday evening. Will definitely be going back!

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TG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Snails, lobster bisque and steak were great. Crab was off! Great wine. Service, the worst I’ve ever experienced anywhere. Staff has no idea what they’re doing, not attentive at all. Waited for someone to discuss wine for half an hour. Then asked for an extra bowl and waiter handed it to me to pick it up from the plate he was holding and it was piping hot so burnt my fingers ! His reaction: laughed and walked off! Dirty plates everywhere, nobody is cleaning the table regularly. Very slow. Pretty shocking service.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere as soon as you walk off Greek Street. Helpful, friendly staff who made one feel at ease. It’s my third visit this year and will go back again for the good quality and great value of the food and wine.
The decor is really evocative of over the top French restaurants from the 19C. It’s good for a great night out with pals or for an intimate twosome.

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