L'Escargot

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3046 reviews
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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.

Private Dining

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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Special Offers

FT Weekend & Grand Siècle Experience Menu: 5 courses £115

From a set menu, includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle per person

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:00

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 - 6 people

Starts: 3 June 2019

Ends: 3 December 2019

Availability: Tue-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 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 3 June 2019

Ends: 3 December 2019

Availability: Tue-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

What 3046 People Are Saying
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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
London
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Very Salty soup but good service

OM
London
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

SP
Bristol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AD
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

f
London
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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!

KM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Good service and extremely friendly staff. Not far from Palace Theatre so was able to take in Harry Potter parts 1 & 2 with a brilliantly relaxed meal in between.

JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with a group of 6, took advantage of their online booking offer meal (Chateaubriand & class of prosecco) which made it good value for a restaurant of the calibre. Service was also very attentive on a busy Thursday night, I could not fault.

MU
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was greeted by a lovely lady where we could leave our coats and bag. We sat down in the restaurant (which was not big) and we ordered from the open table menu. A couple came in after us and throughout the evening the waiter showed them more attention and also their food and drink came before ours. Repeatedly we asked for our drinks and for some bread. When our food did arrive , so did the bread and drinks. By that time, I didn’t want the bread. It was also too hot in the restaurant. As we were about to leave, we were suddenly offered a plate of sweets which was nice but should have come before we paid the bill.

s
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We enjoyed every minute of it! From the food, staff was very welcoming and friendly , the place was beautiful

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, well prepared and served. Wine list had a good range and the prices weren't outrageous.

r
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a very very good restuarant with great service.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A good place to have a quiet catch-up with a friend or a solo dinner. Service is always excellent -- all the staff from the reception up to the table service are very helpful and courteous. Food is great and I'm happy that they are able to accommodate my dietary requirements - gluten and dairy free. There seems to be a slight after-taste with the food though these may be down to my own choices and they did not bother me very much. The wine pairing suggestion was much appreciated - perfect with the duck confit.

SM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb lunch, delicious food, outstanding service, beautiful surroundings, great value for money. Highly recommended.

JM
London
70 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best classy deal in soho. Mad not to do it. Great food, even better staff and super cool.

A
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite places in London-very charming

MG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant that maintains the high standards of fine dining. Very professional and efficient staff who genuinely care about the work they do and how service is delivered.
The food was excellent and well presented. A satisfying experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience5

Very poorly prepared food. Very salty and I love salt! Was very disappointed

RA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined here regularly, for dinner and lunch, over the last couple of years. The fact that my guests and friends really enjoy themselves and love the place says it all. The food is excellent, the service friendly but unobtrusive, and the overall atmosphere is just right.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and the service were top notch. We decided to go with the tasting menu and couldn't have made a better choice.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chateaubriand deal was such good value for money and was absolutely delicious. We also has the snails and rabbit to start which came with warm bread. The restaurant is beautiful and opulent and the staff were very attentive and friendly

M
Manchester
13 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the Chateaubriand we had was absolutely on point, I had never seen a steak cooked so beautifully and it is a very good deal if you book via Opentable as it would include fries and two glasses of prosecco to be shared between two people. The snails were really nice too. The atmosphere was really nice and up market. The service was great as the staff were attentive and helpful. Definitely recommend!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and amazing service!

r
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes . Lovely . A classic. Attentive staff and great fun. Timeless

b
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Next environment and will visit again

S
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mu husband and I have been to L'Escargot several times now for an evening meal either before or after going to the theatre and have never been disappointed. The food is always of a high standard - I usually have fish and my husband the Beef Bourguignon or one of the other meat options. We particularly like the fact that the tables aren't too squashed in so the whole experience feels more relaxed. The service is also very good and all the staff are very friendly. The only downside for us is the cost of the wine which tends to be 3 or even 4 times the retail price for a bottle!

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best evenings we have had. Delicious food, attentive and courteous staff. Thank you!

JB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another truly awesome dining experience, wonderful food, excellent service and just the best ambience, not least thanks to the incredible pianist who entertained us throughout our meal, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are still our favourite restaurant when we're staying London, and that' been the case now for over 20 years.

JR
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both starters and mains were fantastic. Food to remember. The service did not let the food down.

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent location last of the real restaurants in Soho better value than you think from the impressive interior. Classic well cooked cuisine .
Shame that the side orders didn’t appear at the same time as the main but at least we were given them for free.

G
London
168 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely warm environment on a cold London evening. The London Restaurant Festival Menu was great value and all of of our dishes are fabulous (onion soup, smoked salmon, duck, risotto). Will definitely return

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed and calm environment. Lots of staff who were ever present but not in your face and gave you room to enjoy your meal. Very varied menu and everything was delicious. Not cheap but not outrageous either. Would recommend if you are looking for a special meal out.

RE
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We pre-booked the Chateaubriand which saved a lot of money and was absolutely worth it. All food was great as was the service. Would definitely eat there again.

e
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for leisurely lunch on Saturdays with friends

SV
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It is a great place to take friends or take a date that wants to eat escargot.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'escargot has never let us down; superb food, wines and incredibly kind and efficient service. Always a joy!

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were brilliant from the moment we walked in to the end of the meal. Food was great and we loved the decor. A super evening, highly recommended in the heart of happening Soho

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic! Loved the food.