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L'Escargot

4.5
2342 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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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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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
James Tyrrell
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Area
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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

Chateaubriand offer: £45 for 2

Including bearnaise sauce, frites, side salad and a glass of bubbly each.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 30 May 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

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

2/3 courses £20/£24.50

From a set menu. Also 2 Courses inc glass Champagne - £25
3 Courses inc glass Champagne - £29.50

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 19 March 2018

Ends: 31 August 2018

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

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 4:00PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 4:00PM

What 2342 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The 'old' Art Deco Escargot has now largely been swept away, but this is still one of the most characterful restaurants in all of Soho, and – though relaunched under new ownership in recent years - it's one of the few central London restaurants that still feels like a real classic. Darkly furnished and well-spaced, it's also very comfortable too. The food plays a bit of a supporting role, but it's all thoroughly well done, and charmingly and efficiently served. All-in-all, quite a winner! Set menus offer particularly impressive value.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic pre show meal. We went here after reading really good reviews elsewhere. From start to finish we were looked after by the staff. We both had the coq au vin which was out of this world and the tarte au citron was heavenly. Would absolutely recommend this restaurant and will be returning.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First visit to L’Escargot and we have now found our favourite restaurant at the umpteenth time of asking! Epic venue with decour akin to Moulin Rouge, Snails and Chateaubriand (you have to try the peas!!) we epic, cocktails and wine were equal to the food, but best of all, the service - think it was Max - wore a mean coiffured Moustache, made the night one to remember!! .... sign me up to the members club as this place is a home run

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great setting, good food staff excellent and well informed

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent meal. Will definitely visit again
Loved everything about this restaurant

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A delightful experience: very traditional French decor, ambiance and menu.
Comfortable and cosy with the tables well-spaced.
Staff efficient and friendly.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Absolutely fantastic!!! Amazing food, brilliant service, and wonderful atmosphere. My family plus our little shihtzu Lola felt extremely welcomed and will certainly return back soon!!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Another great meal at l’escargot to celebrate my son’s birthday. The set menu is excellent value with great choices that included smoked salmon, beetroot and goats cheese starters and duck confit, fish or a vegetarian main and delicious desserts. The cocktails are also great and often unusual. We’ll be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We had a wonderful evening for our Wedding Anniversary - the food was excellent, service was impeccable and ambience at the restaurant second to none. When in London we always make a point of having one meal at L'Escargot. Can't recommend highly enough.

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Wonderful staff very attentive, booked for a birthday and were given a great table and excellent service. The food was delicious and the atmosphere lovely. All round a lovely evening!

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4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

So old fashioned it was like being transported back to the 1960’s. Rich garlicky snails, a perfect tornados rossini and a grand maniere souffle to die for. All in a relaxed atmosphere with a bit hit and miss service. Oh for more places that put the food first without gimmicks

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Good food. Good service. Reasonably priced. Classic restaurant. Good location. Top floor bar was disappointing not really in keeping with the rest of the experience of dining at L'Escargot.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Excellent service and great food - great ambience and attentive staff

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Amazing food, great music and overall atmosphere

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4.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Charming but unobtrusive service, reliable good quality food, lovely surroundings and good value for such a place in the middle of London

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

From start to finish everything was superb.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

My partner who used to work opposite used to go there fairly regularly in the 90s. I booked Sunday lunch there because I lived in a development that had offered a 25% discount. We had the Chateaubriand for two with a Béarnaise sauce, which was very good. The vinaigrette on the salad was excellent. The medium priced Bordeaux was very drinkable. The Bloody Mary which we started with was good and surprisingly good value.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Excellent food. Service was v attentive but extremely slow.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

very nice service. the lobster soup is a little bit salty, would be better with bread.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

My dining companion and I returned to an old favourite! We had a well-placed table, not some obscure corner of the restaurant as often happens when you have booked a special offer! My friend started with the Lobster Bisque which she described as very good. I chose beetroot and goats cheese ,equally good. We both chose to have the Duck next, and it was well-cooked and tender, and suitable accompanying vegetables. I rounded my meal off with a tarte de citron... We both left, saying how glad we had come back and how the reliable high quality food and service will ensure our return in the future!

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Our evening at L'escargot was such a wonderful surprise. We had a great value Open Table offer of the set menu and it exceeded our expectations, the duck confit was delicious. The staff were so friendly and made the occasion very relaxed. The bar upstairs made a range of new exciting as well as classic cocktails before our meal (I'd recommend the cucumbertini) and is a beautiful room with exciting additional nooks and crannies to explore while you're there. We'll definitely be going back, for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Really fun place, with a proper sense of history. Coco Chanel dined here, as did Gielgud (not together, one assumes)

Focus is on unfussy French cooking, excellent wines (we got a 1980s vintage red for £32/bottle) and discreet service. Our table booking lasted 4 hours and nobody tried moving us on or hassling us for extra dishes/drinks - we were very well served

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3.0Dined on 17 May 2018

We had a lovely dinner as usual. It is an ideal spot for a pre dinner meal.
We were exspecting it to be refurbished as It was mentioned on our last visit.
We love the atmosphere in the restaurant, and appreciate the quiet ambience.
Please don't turn the dining room into a noisey trendy venue.

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

a memorable lunch with good food, wine and company, superb!!

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Great food and excellent cocktails! Friendly and efficient service too. Would visit again.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Yet another amazing visit. Food, wine, service, cost: all perfect.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Both food and the restaurant are so lovely. I enjoyed my time at there.

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Our server, Matt, was great! We enjoyed the food and the service very much. Thank you, L’escargot!

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Nice established restaurant in bustling central Soho. We were warmly greeted and sat at a lovely window table. Attentive service & carefully prepared dishes. Ambience was the best feature. Would definitely visit again, thanks

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

A happy experience in a delightful setting, with attentive service and very good food. The set menu is both good value and high quality, with a well-chosen wine list. A very good evening out.

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Genuine French atmosphere and cuisine. Excellent food and service. Great value too. We will return.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great waiter, Daniel, helping us through excellent classic menu. Wonderful chateaubriand, excellent old wines on offer.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

A beautiful restaurant, very relaxed, wonderful food and service. My friends from Denmark loved it.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

We had an excellent experience at L'Escargot !! From the decoration to the food and service. We selected the set menu (3 courses and glass of champagne), I was afraid the portion will be smaller than à la carte menu and the choice really limited ; but everything was perfect ! I let them know that we were celebrating birthdays ; I expected to havr a candle on the dessert but they had a very kind gesture and offered us 10 chocolate snails (amazing btw!) With candles. We will come again !

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

I've been going to l'Escargot for (a staggering) 53 years. Last time was last weekend with very fussy Brother In Law and very foody sister in Law.

Everyone got what the wanted iconic Snails in Garlic and Parsley Sauce (Wife); Lobster Bisque (me and sister in law); Chateaubriand (Brother in Law and Daughter). I did want the Chateaubriand - but had to settle for Herb crusted rack of Lamb (cooked pink and beautifully done); the wife had an absolutely delicious sea bass. House wine was enjoyed by all.

Too stuffed for dessert - so that was it.

Absolutely delicious, good value . Recommended by someone who hasn't had a bad meal there for over half a century.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Enjoyed our meal with friends. Have visited a few times. Food is good quality. Would prefer to leave a tip of my choice and not have the service charge included automatically

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

As always, yet another stunning meal with really great service and fantastic ambience. This place has been in my top 3 restaurants for nearly 30 years now and it’s as good now as it was the very first time I stepped through the doors, love it, love it, love it 💛🍾😀

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

It was an amazing early dinner before the theatre. The waiter was lovely, the food was really beautiful and the restaurant itself had a great buzzy ambiance.
I would eat here again.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Very enjoyable lunch from a traditional restaurant based in London

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

We had a very pleasant lunch at the restaurant on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed their chosen dishes. Service was excellent. I am glad that this restaurant is back to its former glory. Excellent food, great service, nice ambience and a sense of occasion.

Our party had people from 25 to 71 and the restaurant was appreciated by everyone. The cocktails were liked by the younger members. I appreciated the waiter suggesting a cheaper champagne and then making sure it served two glasses to all five of us. The small glasses make people feel they are getting more. The St Emillion was also much appreciated.

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