L'Escargot

4.6
3429 reviews
£26 to £40
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, Mick Jagger, Elton John, the Beatles, Sam Smith, Will Young and was one of Princess Diana’s favourites.

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

Signature dishes include Snails in garlic butter, Lobster bisque, Chateaubriand, Tournedos "Rossini". The Creme Brulee has been called "..best in the world". L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list.

The restaurant serves great cocktails, caters for vegetarian and vegan diners, and is dog friendly !
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3429 People Are Saying
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Jonesontour
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely characterful place with excellent food for a pandemic and Brexit! Bravo

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Manly
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

abit rush for 1.30 hr dinner. but general atmosphere and food was good

LM
LouiseM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal and great service, the only issue is that it was a bit chilly. Other than that, loved it!

SH
SteveH
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great here - you know what you will get and are not disappointed

KP
KaminiP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious meal. Lovely piano music.

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Apicius
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good reliable Escargot - can be trusted for a special occasion

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MatthewO
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I have had for a very long time and the food and wine were both excellent.

Will certainly be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole dining experience was exquisite. Will definitely dine there again soon with more people.

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RobHulbert
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally loved the decor and the staff were so helpful. Food was perfect. Cannot wait to go back. My whole party said how great it was.

JE
JohnE
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always

JP
JohnP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute fantastic food and service and world class inferior

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Hawkeye
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

overpriced for what you got poor service although got a apology ehen paying the bill and then to be charged 14% service charge was not impressed

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EssexFoodie
Essex
27 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we had a thoroughly lovely lunch. The food was amazing and the staff were very friendly. This is a very pleasant restaurant to while away an afternoon or evening with friends.

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KPM1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The service was very slow. It took nearly an hour between our starters and main.

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Anya
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely escargots! Great service - cherry on top was seeing Helena Bonham Carter casually dine opposite us.

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Josephine
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Visited on a Friday for my brothers birthday and had a lovely time. Service was professional, unfussy but attentive and the atmosphere was relaxed (but picked up later in the eve for some signing around the piano which was great).

The food was nice, but I wouldn't return for the food alone and I wasn't overly impressed with the wine for the price.

Definitely worth visiting but not if you want your mind blown by the food!

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GwenJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for our 20th anniversary. We were treated so well and the food was exquisite. The service was wonderful. I highly recommend the mulled wine to start!

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roberta
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

from the very moment we arrived the service was absolutely outstanding.
The room was a delight and i just soaked it in.
the food. for the three of us, was superb.
the table and cutlery were arranged elegantly and the staff were so nice.
it is a must go again sort of place.
thank you L'Escargot

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MarkC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a near 5 hour lunch! Great food, service and wine. French Onion Soup and Grand Marnier Soufflé absolutely superb!

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MatthewP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite service, from a cheerful greeting to a comfortable restaurant. Food faultless, wine exceptional. Worth the cost for a special occasion.

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RichardM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food and service good. Restaurant was freezing cold which rather spoilt our lunch. They did provide a blanket but in December you would expect some heating.

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TracyM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic delicious French food and perfect service.

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Eddy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tasty food and good service but definitely not value of money. Ridiculously expensive I won't be returning again.

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vipHLCfoodie
London
41 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Lovely food but very slow service! The food and wine are still very good at this venerable institution but the service was unbelievably slow. I would recommend for a long, lazy lunch but not a quick bite!

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AlexH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we had was excellent and perfectly cooked, including the chateaubriand. Service was excellent and kept on top of everything we needed and wanted, overall a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’escargot is always a joy. For me the real treat is taking my dog too. The food is amazing (classic French). Predictably it is eye wateringly expensive but that is hardly a secret. The service is unhurried leading to a very relaxing experience. I enjoyed every moment and for me it was worth every penny. They know exactly what they are doing and the staff really invest in their customers. So well done L’escargot and thanks for another lovely meal.

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CharlotteE
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. The baked half lobster and cassoulet were incredible. Would definitely recommend and look forward to returning another day.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The restaurant is lovely but the food is not great. For the price they offer it is not justified. The stuff is very casual, not what you expect when you go to a restaurant like this. They would have a lot to learn from Brasserie Zedel

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PaulJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate here at the samevtime of year and then would have given it 100%, this time it was just a little down, we phoned ahead to check we could go into the bar before hand onlyvto be told on arrival that a private party was there, we hoped also that would be over by the end of our meal to have coffees and liquors, that unfortunately did not happen. Everything else was great, the food was excellent especially the trademark escargot and the staff where excellent also.....our guests enjoyed it too including their furst sampling of french snails.....of course we would recommend it

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Liam
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I have eaten in a very long time. Would highly recommend.

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LucyPB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for a romantic meal before the theatre. The food was delicious, I would recommend the Lobster salad to start.
The restaurant has old school glamour and very friendly staff, definitely worth a visit.

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Titalex
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic French cuisine! Everything was excelcional. I will definately come back.

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MattS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this restaurant on a busy Saturday afternoon. We were running about half an hour late due to delayed trains, we called the restaurant and they were extremely flexible and moved our table back. The ambience was lovely and the staff were extremely friendly and warm. The food was delicious and the wine was perfect. I can see why this restaurant has been around for such a long time.

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TaiL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu is well balanced and the food is excellent. Plus live piano performance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant Friday night. Lovely decor and an authentic French feel. The piano was the pièce de résistance! He was brilliant. A lovely, lovely evening!

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LoveYummy
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere and delicious food. Can’t wait to return.

JC
vipJasonC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Booked it for a long lost friend from Switzerland. Food was French, decor was French, ambience was French, absolutely loved it. Je reviens toute suite !

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gourmetcarnivore
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my go to place for lunch in London. Charming staff, excellent food and spotless ladies room

TC
TCMS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, soon back😊 fabulous food and top service, much better than Gordon Ramsay Grill at the Savoy !

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Thierry
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is very fresh and delicious. The snails and beef are amazing.🥰

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L'Escargot is rated 4.6 stars by 3429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.