L'Escargot

4.5
2459 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation


Monday - Saturday: 9am - 11:30pm
Open Sunday: 12am-6pm


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Phone number
020 7439 7474
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
James Tyrrell
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Parking Details


Parking meters in Soho Square, Secure Parking on Gerrard Street.
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Public Transit


Nearest Tubes are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
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Entertainment
Pianist every Friday evening
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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

Sunday Lunch: 3 courses inc tea/coffee: £29.95

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 5 October 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00

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 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-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 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 2459 People Are Saying
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C
London
108 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had not been to L'escargot in quite some time. It is a good place to meet friends as the atmosphere is usually lively. I was quite disappointed by this visit. Whilst the host was very helpful and helped us keep our table for longer than our booking, our waiter seemed quite indifferent in his level of service. The food was good although some of the dishes were overly salty.

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AG
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great relaxed environment. Really enjoyed the food. Definitely one to visit again soon.

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PD
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cozy place with great food and service. Do book with the Opentable deal and you’ll save a few quid :)

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MA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was perfect, would love to go back

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PM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here several times. Usually have set menu, which is good value. Nice surroundings. Overall the welcome and service are good. My only suggestion for improvement regards the service of wine. On my last two visits there appears to have been some hurry by the waiting staff to empty the bottle,as if to require the purchase of more. Filling glasses to the brim is not the way to serve wine; it appears that staff require training. I raised this on my last visit.

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J
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first time with my husband on his birthday. The restaurant with it’s unique sitting rooms and bar was a wonderful surprise. The food and the service were both excellent. Loved the personal touches like the happy birthday greeting, special table and birthday chocolates. We will definitely return.

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D
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre theatre menu . A warm welcome on arrival .

Service superb .

A wonderful dining experience.

David

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

Fabulous!!! Very cozy in front of the fireplace on a cold and rainy day. Staff made you felt as if you were visiting their home - even a staff member in his day off helped us. Highly recommend if you want a lovely French bistro feeling.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, delightful food and great service.

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LG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner at L’escargot. The menu was good with enough choice and food was excellent with everyone in our party happy with their choices. Good selections of wine too and very good, attentive and friendly service. The restaurant is comfortable with a good atmosphere (a little noisy) but temperature was tricky as was very warm without air con but cold with (we stuck with slightly warm).

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P
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Classic French food in a great venue and great location in town.

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JG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wasn't my first visit to L'Escargot and it was every bit as good this time. From arrival, great service and very good food, very nicely presented. We're already looking forward to our next visit. Not cheap, but worth it for special occasions.

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bread that was served before food was too hard. However, the food was delicious and the staff were very friendly.

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JM
London
59 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Best deal in town. Got welcomed by about 7 staff members b4 reaching table. Both mates blown away by the quality.

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D
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved dining at L'Escargot 45 years ago and this was a return visit to mark a special occasion after many years. It did not disappoint. The staff were as charming as ever, the service very efficient and the quality of the food and wine quite excellent. We'll be back soon.

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JN
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful, cosy restaurant. Great for a date or special dinner. L’escargot is deliciously garlicky and the châteaubriand was cooked to perfection. We had the châteaubriand, two fries and a salad + two glasses of prosseco deal for £45. We didn’t like the glass of wine we subsequently ordered and the waiter kindly replaced with one he recommend, free of charge. We’ll be back.

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P
London
22 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite place in London.

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KL
London
24 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I came to try the pre-theatre meal. Two courses for £22.50 with a glass of prosecco . The menu was good but we ordered three courses. There was not a set price for the 3 courses and the other starter came in at £18 and the dessert at £8. No bread or potatoes are included in the price so the bill is a lot higher than you would have thought together with a service charge added on. We had the cheapest wine and a glass of prosecco. Service was initially slow and poor but it got better after the second course was served. The food was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed but a big bill at the end!

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Excellent service, delicious and good value pre-theatre menu. Ambience is wonderful, chandeliers, wood paneling and very friendly staff. Definitely worth another visit!

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been to L'Escargot several times and it is consistently superb, and its that consistency which I think is one of the signs of an excellent restaurant. The food is classic French and extremely well cooked and presented with service that is efficient and sufficiently self-confident to be friendly. The art if lovely and the setting in the heart of Soho really convenient.

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have been going to L'Escargot for decades. Years go the cuisine sang. It still has great ambience. The waiters are inexperienced. Both my guests ordered fish; one haddock and one halibut. The waiter mixed them up and when we queried him he said he did not know which fish was which. The fish I am told was unremarkable. The salads were good, especially the avocado one. I had linguine with crab and shrimp. It tasted rancid; the seafood was old and the sauce as a result was off-putting. I couldn't eat more than half.

The staff is friendly enough but the waiters are not professional.

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l
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening with good traditional French cuisine, and some excellent professional service from the well trained staff.
Overall, a lovely place to spend an evening.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and superb service. Our waiter really made an effort to make the lunch special for our friends.

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SS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely french restaurant, steeped in history, in the heart of Soho.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Super place and lovely food. Service rather disappointing but after I complained they removed the device charge

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LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal here after seeing a West End Show. I am somewhat embarrassed that I have never been to this absolute gem of a restaurant before. Attentive, knowledgeable staff, exquisite cuisine and delicious Prosecco completed the experience. We loved the traditional decor and ambience and the location is convenient.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came as a post theatre drink and even though we ordered some of the more expensive items on the menu we felt we had great value for money.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantstic restaurant , great friendly staff and amazing value for money. Loved it!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A special place with very good staff. Delicious and fun!

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J
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal at L'Escargot. Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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JN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous evening. Great food, lovely service, wonderful atmosphere, good location.

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a friend for a special birthday. Great traditional French food, snails and Chateaubriand.

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T
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A last minute choice of restaurant due to it's close proximity to the Palace Theatre and recommendation from friends who live locally. We were not disappointed. A comfortable environment, very good service and the Chateaubriand was superb. We will definitely return.

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G
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was charming friendly and great fun. The food was terrific and the service was not slow. A great evening. We had a terrific server with a great sense of humor.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic and welcoming staff with great food.

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n
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - I eat out a LOT,ranging from Scott’s to Bar Bruno - l’escorgot was tremendous service , kept just the right distance , not surly, not fawning- wonderful food - not overly complicated - best meal I’ve had for ages ! Top marks

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is simply outstanding. The food follows not so far behind. Relaxed atmosphere with clean table and all presented as it should be. This is a great restaurant offering quality grub at very reasonable prices. We had a special lunch gathering and all were impressed. Thank you to the great waiters and all involved. I will be back!

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing service without being overpowering. Looking forward to my next visit!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked very last minute (on the train to London) for an anniversary so we weren’t expecting it to be amazing, but actually it turned out to be a really fabulous evening. The food & service were amazing, and the restaurant has a really opulent feel. Would definitely recommend.

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GK
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for my birthday with my fiance. We were so so happy with the service, the food. We requested For a special table- and were so pleased with the outcome. Would definitely love to visit again.

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