L'Escargot

4.5
2808 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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London
98 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Escargot is a wonderful find in London. It feels like we had been transported over to France to a delightful characterful venue with delicious food and friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable staff.

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Y
London
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

L'Escargot, Soho. My husband and I recently had dinner at L'Escargot. It was for a very special occasion. Unfortunately, we had to wait 35 minutes for our table. We were sent to the Library to have a drink whilst we waited. After 10 minutes my husband had to go and find someone to take our drinks order. After that things got much better. We had a lovely table and a lovely meal. The staff where very attentive. I would say that the wine prices where very high.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can’t believe I haven’t been here before, great venue for a date. We had the chateaubriand steak which we were both very happy with and snails which were probably the best we’ve had in London. Piano player on a Friday night was a nice touch. Great decor (although some of the wooden chairs should be upgraded to the dark leather green ones). Great service too, we’ll definitely return.

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GD
London
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience and fantastic value. I had the octopus to start and it was soft and so tasty. You could tell it was freshly cooked. My wife had the lobster bisque and it was amazing. We had the chateaubriand as a main and it was cooked to perfection. Desert was also superb. We shared the champagne and raspberry jelly. All this with two glasses of bubbles and a glass of red wine for less than £50 per head including a generous service charge is fantastic value. We will definitely return.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Great spot for dinner with friends

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R
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal with my wife - we love French restaurants and this one has all the history and romance you would expect. The Chateaubriand was excellent especially with the Opentable deal. Would recommend.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a fantastic time for our pre-theatre sitting. It was very quiet when we first sat down but after our entree they put some music on which created a much more peaceful ambiance. The food was incredible, the risotto perfect. The wines were delectable and I highly suggest the Sancerre.

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C
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Delicious food, worst waiter ever. Happening area as well!

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very good. Service was on point , told them it’s our anniversary and they arranged us to be seated on a nice and comfy table and the food was great. Definitely will go again

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A pleasant lunch in comfortable surroundings with excellent service

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, very friendly service in a lovely dining room. We had starter, snail course, main, and shared a pudding - couldn’t fault any of the food. Staff were brilliantly helpful and efficient without rushing anything. We wobbled out very satisfied

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GH
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic onion soup. My husband felt he had the best snails he has had for awhile. We enjoyed being in the oldest French restaurant in Soho.

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From our arrival until our departure...the whole experience was fantastic. Our waiter looked after us so well, ensuring our whole experience was perfect.

Food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

The decor and ambiance was just perfect.

I would highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely visit again.

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JM
London
40 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The snails...it was almost tempting to have snails followed by snails...they are that good! I had duck for main which was great, and so was the crème brulee. Service good, some good wines by the glass. Only slight niggle was the waiter didn't know which wines went with which food, but overall, great meal in great surroundings!

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L
London
51 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a thoroughly enjoying lunch at L'Escargot with a friend on Thursday. We both hadn't been for years and it hasn't changed much. We had snails and asparagus to start and then the Chateaubriand, which was on offer. Do not go to eat in a hurry as it takes 30 mins to prepare, but is well worth the wait. Take up this offer while you can.

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RA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a splendid iconic restaurant in Soho that has got it just right. The food is excellent, the ambience is just right and the service is attentive, efficient yet unobtrusive. We have been regular visitors for lunch and dinner over the last year or so, and have yet to be disappointed.... and importantly neither have been our guests.

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

It is always a pleasure to dine at L'Escargot, particularly at a window table - the quality of the food is exceptional, and the service outstanding.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ate off the Opentable menu and it felt a bit like eating at McDonalds. The food arrived before the drinks so it felt like they had just delivered food pre-set out. Mains arrived seconds after the starters had been taken away - all felt very rushed yet the restaurant wasn't busy. Two courses in 30mins is a bit much. I've eaten here a few times but this time was not good. Wine on the pricey side too.

Food was OK but unable to enjoy it due to service speed.

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EF
Essex
27 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant a few times and can’t recommend it highly enough. The staff are always welcoming and friendly and the set menu is always good value for money. The atmosphere is lovely and you don’t have to fight to be heard against background music or other diners.

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BP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Wasn't rushed at all, and the set menu offered real value for money.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Our waiter was excellent. Lovely surroundings, nice and calm. Food delicious

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RH
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A nice warm friendly greeting at reception.
The atmospere and ambiance is special and unique however as it was a cold night the front salon wasn't as cozy as it should be. In fact there was a bit of a chilly draft.
Choice of food is small but varied.
Alas the crab salad starter was a bit tasteless. But the onion soup was delicious.
The beef with fois gras was beautifully tender and flavoursome. Though the duck portion was tasty the portion was a little on the small side.
There is a good choice of wine. Alway such good quality which one should expect for the price.
Service pleasant and friendly but perhaps needed to be a bit more attentive. Our lovely waiter forgot our side veggies.
I love this venue and would always recommend. Though I do feel its a bit pricey for the quality of food. But the venue is unique and an icon of Soho. Definitely worth a visit.

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good was tasty but too salty. We were extremely thirsty all night after the meal.

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KC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had genuinely lovely time. It was an extremely late Mothers Day surprise and they made it very special, even bringing out chocolates with "happy Mother's Day" on the plate, which was a surprise to me even! Very thoughtful, never felt rushed, food was delicious.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for Wife’s Birthday, party of 6. Great table in middle restaurant. Service was good. Had the ubiquitous Escargot, Lobster Bisque and Chateaubriand. All excellent although as mentioned in previous reviews the all important pane was not up to the standard one would expect. Very heavy and cheap. Please get this sorted! Will be back..

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OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to L'Escargot but weren't completely wowed. The layout is good, with plenty of space between tables and the place has atmosphere without being loud. The service was excellent to begin with, although a couple of things got forgotten as we went along, and the food does come out a bit quick, making you feel a little like the might want you done as quick as possible. Most importantly, the food was good, albeit not uniformly excellent. We both had the French Onion Soup for starter, which was fantastic - really rich, deep and flavourful. I had a daily special, the Navarin of Lamb, for main, which was also rich and tasty while not being amazing. My wife had the confit duck, which was a bit disappointing. The skin was not quite crispy and it just lacked much flavour. A nice bottle of Cotes du Rhones to accompany, which didn't break the bank. Overall, we would return as it is a nice place with good French cooking. Automatically adding 14.5% service to the bill is cheeky and doesn't add to the value but worth a visit for decent food at a Soho institution.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, lovely food and great service. Highly recommended!

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and ambiance, quite an old fashioned feel. A lot of elderly people eating out here on the Saturday night which was nice to see.

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A
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's old worldly but in a nice way-it has class and a nice ambience and you can hear yourself speak!

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R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cena per 2
Sevizio e cibo ottimi
Assolutamente consigliato

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JM
London
66 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here. Took 2 mates for first time visit tonight. They cant wait to return. Me too.

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DD
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and the service was also excellent! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend L’Escargot.

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was peaceful

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We much enjoyed our latest visit to l'Escargot, having worked for 15 years in the Pyrenees, France is very special to us, we are both Francophone. The food and service were excellent as was the wine. My only cavil is that to charge £75 for the cheapest bottle champagne is to overdoing it. I appreciate that upping the wine prices is customary, but this seemed excessive. That said, the champagne was delightful.

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t
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
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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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son requested escargot whilst visiting London and we chose L’Escargot. It was certainly the right choice 😀

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VV
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
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 on 19 April 2019
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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BM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food especially lobster bisque and Coq Au vin but service was great, we had this italian waiter who was attentive and warm!
Thank you for making my evening with a friend happy and pleasurable

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