L'Escargot

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2988 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 tasting menu.

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

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & glass of Laurent-Perrier £65

In 1896 M. Georges Gaudin established a restaurant at the bottom end of Greek Street called Le Bienvenue. He became famous for his snails and was the first restaurant in England to serve the great delicacy. When in 1927 he moved to larger premises at 48 Greek Street, his customers implored him to rename his restaurant L’Escargot after his most popular dish. He surrendered to them and called the new restaurant L’Escargot Bienvenue.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 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

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

What 2988 People Are Saying
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London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thanks for a great meal excellent service we had a great night only one comment the gents loo is it necessary to have a mirror for me a pretty picture rather than my face would be better

HT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Escargot has a wonderful ambience. It's the place to go for a treat. The food is delicious, the service impeccable and the drinks are excellent too.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

What a fabulous restaurant L'escargot is. We enjoyed a sumptuous set menu with snails to start, followed by chateaubriand to share and the most divine pistachio souffle to finish. Staff were exceptional. Friendly, attentive but never intrusive.
Alas you can't pick your fellow diners. Dining in Soho you are always likely to be plagued by self important, self aggrandising media types, who think rather than come for the food, you've come to listen to them as they get louder and louder as the night progresses.
No fault attached to L'escargot and of course I would go back...probably again and again.

HM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great athmosphere: relaxed yet with character. Attentive service. Delicious food. We return again and again.

DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Traditional French cuisine, just a bit tired. Perhaps this restaurant needs a shake-up .

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality French food. It was truly delicious!

LG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, quite authentic and with a great selection of French classics.

CB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience throughout; delicious food, beautiful ambiance, and attentive but not intrusive service!

L
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Classic French cuisine in a warmly decorated dining room. Highly recommended.

b
London
31 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Restaurant very dated as is the food.
Not much has changed since we were there 4 years ago
Onion soup mushy and salty however it was hot
The waitress had a problem remembering just about everything.
Confit of duck was just an overcooked duck leg. There had been no preparation where this was concerned.
We were charged for 2 glasses for flat something as we had 2 instead of 3 courses

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were both of great quality. Prices seem reasonable given the location and overall professionalism. The OpenTable deal made it even more affordable. I will definitely come again!

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally got to eat here after booking for colleagues many times. Outstanding

ND
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, professional service, great setting. What else could you ask for?

H
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The snails were divine, and the whole experience was outstanding.

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at L'escargot was perfect for my girlfriend's birthday. We had a great seat in the dining area, beautiful food, setting and ambiance. Exquisite service too. We will be looking to come back in November for my birthday!

LK
London
21 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner for our anniversary at L'Escargot. Delicious food, attentive service and relaxed, cosy atmosphere in central Soho. Would definitely return

GR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing! The food was Devine, as was the service. A wonderful evening

VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cod I ever had and the food was really good value for money

l
London
17 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and entertainment at the piano!

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service, a real gem!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in london!

SF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sumptuous surroundings, excellent food and wines with good service

AD
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Escargot is always a delight. Such a perfect location, lovely atmosphere, great food and great service. It sticks to its French traditions which I love and it's affordable. Highly recommended.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always as fabulous as the last time. Our most favourite London restaurant never disappoints and was as delicious as ever food and wine wise and offers the most lovely, calm and decadent atmosphere.

JM
London
68 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever. Best deal in soho.

PC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed re-visiting this old Soho institution. Old it may be but it has certasinly moved with the times and is well worth visiting.

CE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good, the food excellent and staff attentive and friendly .. the place itself just a little bit tired, however, not bad at all. Overall visit, very good.

SK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent meal in lovely surroundings with attentive, professional staff. I will certainly recommend it and revisit it soon.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, it’s understated elegance, consistent unobtrusive yet attentive service and great food. It never fails to offer great ambiance and a reliable fabulous evening. I think it offers great value for money which is quite hard to find in London right now

TC
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening with friends. Lovely venue and too quality service. Will be definitely be going back.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful lunch here. Excellent food and very good service. Would definitely recommend.

RM
London
59 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - one of the best steak tartar followed by a very tender Chateaubriand and finally the pistachio soufflé which was simply amazing. BYO wines was great and thanks although I was advised £20 in July 2019 which changed on the night . Great evening catching up with friends

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a charming restaurant! A proper old fashioned restaurant with civilized spaces between tables and where you can hear yourself speak. The staff were professional and friendly and the food was delightful.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The courgette flower as a starter was delicious. The pistachio souffle was trully amazing.

AA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Prix Fixe pre-theatre menu. Very good food. It took a while to get a bottle of wine, other than that, glad I tried L’Escargot. Will definitely be back.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! We loved all the little details from the menu the decor and music, will definitely be going back again.

KD
London
26 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An excellent meal served in sublime surroundings by a friendly service team.

NB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal, as ever. Would recommend to anyone who likes classic food and surroundings. A gem in Soho.

FC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue, great service. Quiet street outside, no crowding of tables inside. Very good food.
Recommended

WN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvellous evening. The food and wine was truly excellent. Our party of six greatly enjoyed the occasion.

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