L'Escargot

4.7
3382 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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Experiences

  • FT Laurent Perrier - Prestige Menu £95pp

    £95.00 per person

    Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    Flûte de Champagne Laurent-Perrier “Cuvée Rosé” (5 fl oz) • Feuilleté d’Escargots aux Morilles Snail Puff-Pastry with Morel Mushrooms Tartare de Saumon au Caviar Diced Scotch Salmon topped with Caviar • Filets de Sole ‘Véronique’ Fillets of Dover Sole with a White Wine & Vermouth Sauce, Grapes Noisettes d’Agneau ‘Edward VII’ Boneless Cutlets of Lamb with Foie Gras & Truffle • Soufflé ‘Grand Marnier’ A House Speciality Parfait aux Marrons Glacés Iced Chestnut Cream • Café & Petits Fours Three Course Menu £95 ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT. A DISCRETIONARY 14.5% SERVICE CHARGE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BILL. Please ask for allergen advice if required

Offers

  • Chateaubriand Offer at £55 (for two)

    £55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Chateaubriand with frites & Béarnaise sauce + 2 glasses of wine
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    Tue - Sat 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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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 3382 People Are Saying
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RussS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service - a lunchtime not too forget. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were extremely accommodating to us, and did an amazing job through the meal. Thank you

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vipschwarz
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The awful piano music overshadowed everything else; think piano medley of Madonna songs at full volume with foot glued to the pedal. The dining room was quite pretty, the service good, the food so-so. It’s probably nicer for lunch when soho isn’t so crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date place

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HenriSpectre
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eaten here a couple of times in the past couple of months, having been a regular before COVID.
To be frank, its not what it was, which had been great.
It's not bad, it's just that it is now a pale shadow of what it once was.
Currently it appears to be running on reputation.
Served a soufflé and had to wait over 5 minutes for a spoon- and had to remind them.

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scooby
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal. Attentive staff, great art deco ambience and great food. Thanks

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AndrewL
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, well presented. Cosy atmosphere. We liked it a lot.

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RogerS
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, professional staff, the set menu was excellent value, and the décor was charming. We were so impressed that we are definitely going back.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality French cuisine backed up with superb service.

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Lils
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Used to dine here alongvwhile back decided to go for Husbands bday, on thecoff started well but tailed towards the end... food was excellent can not fault, but did find the staff flaffing alot with cleaning tables and getting ready for next sitting but once you're sat you tend to get forgotten about as their too busy flaffing about with empty tables, nearly every table including us had to ask to order or for drinks ect, didnt feel special , relaxed or feel like your having an experience in a well renowed restaurant, wasn't refined ..but food could not fault 10/10 for that, will i go back ? Mmmm not sure

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at l’escargo. Very friendly waiters and food was perfect.

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Bloomsbury
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A really lovely meal. A last minute decision to grab a very late lunch, early supper when we realised hadn't eaten all day. So might as well have a very good meal. Which this was. My only criticism would be that we were never told there was a limit on how long we could have the table, and were rather unceremoniously turfed off our table for the next booking. We were hardly loitering, and, in fact, had only had one course, and probably would have liked to order some cheese or more wine. Did think that put a bit of a shadow on what otherwise was a very lovely last minute meal.

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AndreaA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly, polite,knowledgeable. Good food. Very clean. Generally a very enjoyable experience

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Kate
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Strongly recommend visiting

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ianh
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French style food , service and ambience in one of the landmark restaurants in London. Really enjoyed the whole experience and it made a great place to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Would definitely recommend it.

JD
JoanneD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Coffee and petit fours arrived before dessert. No explanation for this. No gluten free petit fours despite restaurant being made aware of dietary requirements in advance. Lunch time Laurent perrier menu.

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foodie
London
55 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food with good service, although there was slight confusion by some staff by what we were entitled to on the menu we had chosen. Dress code by most diners was not as smart casual as was requested on the web site, so a drop in standards.

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Lisa
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had two family birthdays combined and all got together online to choose a restaurant for dinner in London. L’Escargot won the vote. It is a very pretty place but is sadly ruined on a Saturday night by raucous parties in the private rooms upstairs which take the staff all their concentration to run. Our main course arrived 2 hours after we sat down and we had to reorganise the rest of our evening because of that. We were given a bottle of wine to compensate but I got the impression that they have to do that a lot.

Our waiter was very inexperienced and did not interact well. He was nice but got a lot of things wrong. We did not complain about him because we assumed he was new.

I did email the restaurant a week before the event to ask if they did anything for birthdays. I was told by the reception that they did plate writing and that was all. I told them the names of the two birthday guests. When we arrived I checked again and they apparently knew nothing of this arrangement so I requested the plate writing for two again, giving names.

Because of all the delays we were not going to order desserts but we persuaded two people to do so to enable the birthday greetings. Then all of a sudden the pianist bursts into a happy birthday song for another table! Who knew he took requests? My husband then went to have a word with the Maitre’D and we ended up with a song and one happy birthday plate between two ladies. Rather awkward and made me wish I had not bothered. Too embarrassing.

The food was nice but unremarkable really. Certainly did not live up to the reputation the restaurant holds. All in all disappointing.

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Molls
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, enjoyed the pianist too.

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Esme
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for the Sushi menu, which we were not expecting, but which was excellent.
The service was charming.

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Kerry
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Set menu great value but not the choice we hoped for. It’s different to website. Lovely restaurant though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will be back!

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Aidan
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. The food and service were first class

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VictorK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great food and staff but service a shocking shambles this evening

JD
JillyD
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

L'Escargot is as I remember it, kind and friendly staff, Nonu was exceptional and his recommendation for dessert was very much appreciated by us all! The Grand Marnier Souffle was absolutely devine and would not have been my choice but was pleased that we listened to Nonu, thank you! The Ambience was perfect, the restaurant had tables filled but noise was muted, service was good. There are some new waiting staff who are being trained, so service a little slow at times, but everyone has to learn and this did not detract from the excellent food. The wine list is comprehensive with good choices of house wines. The cocktails were excellent too! We are looking forward to returning. Our friends who joined us had not visited before and were bowled over by the food saying it was the best they had enjoyed for a long long time. Thank you for making our evening exceptional, especially Nonu who was the stand out for service, including customer service. Jill & Warren

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chrg
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Snails in garlic excellent as ever. Choice of bread to go with Snails needs rethought. Chateaubriand good but some of the slices a touch dry. Soufflé very good

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Sanners1
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food first class,romantic and nostalgic ambiance
- perfect.

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Willforth
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I have fond memories of L'Escargot from years back. I should have listened to the old adage "Never meet your heroes, you will be disappointed." We were!

We were shown to an upstairs room which, whilst I fully understand the restaurant is old, was tatty and the carpet smelt. The furnishings have certainly seen better days.

We were quickly served water as we sat but it took a full 30 minutes before any further attention was paid to us. The gathering frustration that was evident on my face spurred the waiter into action.

We were given menus, one of which offered Sashimi and Sushi. When we ordered from it we were told they had stopped serving everything on that menu. So, why give it to us?

We ordered starters which were OK then a main course with Tenderstem Broccoli as a side. We got served Green Beans, not what we ordered, no explanation given.

We ordered some cocktails. Pretty bog standard ones, a Margarita and a Cosmopolitan. To be fair, the Margarita was OK and the 6 crystals ..just 6 of salt round the edge really added something! However, I do not know what they thought they were serving, but the Cosmopolitan was not anything like you'd expect. It tasted like we were drinking juice from a Satsuma. Horrible. If you are going to make your own version of a Cosmopolitan say so before you serve and ask if we want it....we didn't!

Finally, the Coup de Grace, the bill with a hefty Service Charge. Not worth the money in our humble opinion.

Very disappointed and we will never be visiting again.

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HM99
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Escargot is my favourite haunt of mine in London. I took a friend for a Saturday lunch and we had a superb time. From the unashamedly delicious French food and wine to the ambiance, it’s always a pleasure to be back here. What makes L’Escargot so special is the hard working yet so friendly staff who will greet you with the widest of smiles and will take care of you !!

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TimJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Slow service
Dry chateaubriand

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rovbloke
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was good except initially our chairs were far to low for the table, however they quickly moved us elsewhere

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DavidM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Do not come here if you don’t like table turning. Told we need after one hour and five minutes if we wanted a coffee we needed to drink it in the street.
Also when we arrived we were sat next to a very loud table. Asked to move which was no problem. Then told after our stater we needed to return to our original table.
This place has gone downhill over the last couple of years. They are totally obsessed with table turning and not making their customers feel valued and welcome.
Such a shame as the snails are still excellent

SM
StanM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and faultless service will be back again soon.

SN
SarahNorman01
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service (wonderful Portuguese waiter) and great value for money in such an established restaurant. Perfect for pre-theatre meal. Highly recommend!

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Ianld
Cambridge
33 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used the FT Laurent Perrier promotion for lunch. Glass of pink (FT) champagne followed by salmon tartare, sole Veronique and then Grand Marnier soufflé, washed down with the house Sauvignon, coffee and framboise and poire Williams earned vies. Very well served, friendly and attentive and certainly a restaurant we would return to. Thank you FT.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from very pleasant competent staff. Gave us a delightful 50th Wedding anniversary surprise

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mdddld
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. Food and wines were excellent; and very attentive staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Nice quality of food and environment

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RobertW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice welcome, ambience warm and convivial; lovely bread variety and very good to excellent food throughout.
Service attentive but not intrusive- a very enjoyable throughout

JD
JoanneD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Brilliant staff and a lovely atmosphere. The lobster bisque was delicious

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L'Escargot is rated 4.7 stars by 3382 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.