L'Escargot

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£26 to £40
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French
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. We are delighted to say that we are dog friendly.

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L’Escargot is a restaurant and private members club ideally located in the heart of Soho. For over 90 years we have hosted the great and the good in our beautiful Georgian Townhouse.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Booked for 4 chaps having their twice yearly catch up. Lovely friendly greeting on arrival, coats taken and shown to a nice round table. The restaurant was pretty quiet but this was a Monday. We all shared escargot and scallops, followed by Chateaubriand. All delicious and cooked to perfection. A selection of deserts, including a lovely pistachio soufflé. Service was pretty good, although they do know how to charge for it. So, a bit pricey and a bit too quiet but lovely food and good wine made for a lovely "old school" experience.

S
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quiet, lovely room, classic french menu i had venison and a great chocolate soufflé. Good for semi formal business lunches

JB
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love L'Escargot. The service is second to none and they serve the best lobster bisque in London.

SB
London
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, lovely food, nice variety of wines by the glass or bottle, impeccable service - really nothing I could fault!

JN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent value - looking forward to next time.

TC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Top class on food quality and ambience as usual.
Only wish the service team could leave us enjoying our meal; have been asked if they could clear our plates (still with food) twice within 15 mins, when the restaurant was not busy.
Thank you!

WL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

No follow up on the timings of our main courses and desserts.
Nobody seemed to bother the the restaurant being half empty between 2pm and 3pm.
The food was delicious but the mains took 30min to reach the table and the desserts 30-40min. I would have at least expected on of the supervisors and managers to apologize or at least touch the table,
No particular expectations when I booked but left the place disappointed.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch. Great service and atmosphere. The food was excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Escargot is a wonderful restaurant in the Heart of Soho. The food is consistently excellent, the service is swift and polite and the ambience is "so Soho". A wonderful restaurant for that romantic meal or pre-theatre supper. Can't recommend it highly enough.

SN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Wonderful setting and you almost forget you’re in the heart of soho

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Double birthday celebration!!!!!! Very nice experience thanks to our waiter very attentive, He been bringing little extra during the evening to make it spécial to us.We opted for the 5 courses menu experience, I must say more the dishes come more the portions was bigger 😁 we was very full. We enjoyed every things the first course I ve could have more of it 2 snails 3 mushrooms in pate feuilleté but was absolutely delicious!!!!!! And they’re garlic sauce for the snails are very amazing!!!!!!!!!!We wasn’t very keen on the dessert an souffler pistachio but I think it was just about taste as we are more chocolate desserts.
Do we will go back? yes difinitly

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Definitely a restaurant I’ll never return to...

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

PS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful hidden gem, highly recommended for special occasions.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, wonderfull atmosphere

PO
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A last minute find with a train to catch, a lovely offer for the chateaubriand and sparkly wine, and a distant memory of a good review by Jay Rayner made us step through the door.
A lovely thing indeed, the nicest french onion soup I’ve had in 20 years, and good service making for quite a special early evening. Thank you

RC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service nice ambience. Been several times this year. Just wish the main a la carte menu changed a bit more. Pricey but very enjoyable.

ST
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous surroundings, food, value, service. Would definitely return. Recommend this restaurant.

SP
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Soho. Food and service are always consistent.

JM
London
75 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as ever. Never get bored coming here. And everyone i bring rebooks with their friends. Says it all

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and worth the cost. Great customer service and friendly staff. The tasting and prix fix menus are great.

T
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Love this place. Always look forward to eating here.

RP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent evening, very busy famous Restaurant, I would recommend, attentive staff and good food

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had the special offer set menu, very good value for money. Came with prosseco but we changed to red wine, but were charged for the wine.
Lovely looking restaurant.
Will visit again.
When booking I mentioned it was a birthday meal, but we didn't receive anything to mark the occasion.

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything is outstanding here. Cannot fault this dreamy dining sensation

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely building surroundings and food. Excellent and friendly service. Cant wait to go again

TB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food especially the chateaubriand offer with the bubbly! Staff were attentive and welcoming, even posing for our photos!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely, calm and warm atmosphere. Staff attentive but not overbearing. Food delicious. Will become a regular haunt!

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Heavenly steak, very good level of service, decent space between diners. Would go again any time

C
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, a great location, with first class food (especially the dauphinoise potatoes!), and helpful and attentive staff

MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. The venue is really beautiful

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Very Salty soup but good service

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional! Great for pre and post theatre.

OM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent venue, the food was superb, as usual.
Lacks a bit of atmosphere at lunch time though

SP
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food, great service and the company was exceptional. We love it !!!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent escargot and perfectly cooked Chateaubriand.An excellent wine list.

AD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming service and delicious food. Wine is expensive but the house red is fine and good value

f
London
41 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely early dinner at this classic restaurant. It was very quiet when we arrived but there was still a lovely atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and professional, the food was fantastic - the chocolate fondant was a particular hit and a lovely surprise of petit fours at the end of the meal. The Open Table menu was really good value. Would highly recommend!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do you remember the 80's - when you earned too much and enjoyed too much? Then you probably remember going to L'Escargot and spending someone else's money on the best things in life. It was a trip down memory lane for me - oh but what memories!