L'Escargot

4.5
2384 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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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 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: 30 May 2018

Ends: 9 September 2018

Availability: 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: 19 March 2018

Ends: 9 September 2018

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

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 2384 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful room:
Went for set menu so maybe unfair to judge:
Salmon supermarket average quality disguised by layers of capers and dressing:
Risotto very salty.
Ice cream not home made,
Bill escalates dramatically with drinks.
Should think it would be fun if you were rich enough to explore wine list of a soho evening

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Lovely eclectic restaurant - with food and service that can’t be faulted.
You can dine on an amazing budget with the fixed price menu before 7pm - perfect for lunch or pre-theatre option. Otherwise go all out and try the snails, plat du jour and don’t miss the pistachio soufflé is quite exceptional . . . and enough for two to share.
Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Very enjoyable get together lunch in L’Eacargot.
The location is great, the ambience is special and the food was very, very good.
Definitely recommend it for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Fantastic helpful service despite having lovely but picky company - "you can't come here without trying l'escargot at least once".
Fixe Prix is great value and they have introduced a really nice light buffet as well - what not to like.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

I had a great time since I went into the door. The front desk staff just recognized me and called my name immediately.It was so nice.
Their atomosphere and food are great,too. I love their snail&rissotto. I didn’t pay lots of expectations but their plates are actually big and filling.
I hope next time I can go there.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

perfect setting ,food is great ,server was kind I need to come back there again

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Went to L'Escargot to celebrate my daughter's getting taken on as a barrister after pupillage. Our table was at 5pm on Friday afternoon, as we were going on to the theatre. With four carnivores out of five diners, we booked the chateaubriand deal which was excellent value, coming with a glass of prosecco each. For starters we had snails flambéed in Ricard, and excellent lobster bisque. The steak was perfectly cooked served with skinny fries and plenty of bearnaise sauce. We ordered an additional bottle of prosecco, and a bottle of muscadet. My daughter is a vegetarian and had mushroom arancini and a broad bean risotto. Not enough room or time for desserts, though they brought my daughter a "congratulations" platter of chocolates with a candle, which was a nice touch. The staff are attentive but not snooty, and to the restaurant's great credit you do not feel awkward ordering wine from the cheaper end of the wine list, quite the contrary they help you choose something less expensive that you will enjoy. Fabulous food in beautiful surroundings, what more could you ask for? We will be back!

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Simple but delicious food. The beetroot and goats cheese was perfect.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Lovely service from the waiters, attentive and thoughtful. Food beautifully cooked, interesting menu, looking forward to next visit!

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

First time at L'escargot and I delighted to say that the experience was excellent. The food was beautifully cooked and very tasty and the staff were attentive and helpful. Good range of choices on the menu, and reasonably priced too. I will certainly be back again after this first visit.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Great food and service as usual. A special place. We love it

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Jay Rayner's review, from a little while ago, convinced us to try L'Escargot for our daughter's birthday. We were not disappointed, it was a pleasurable experience, first class food and wine coupled with outstanding service.
A lunch to remember and to be repeated when we have the excuse!

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Prix fixe lunch excellent value perfect cooking and great service
Will be back !

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Lovely meal, in beautiful surroundings, with character and charm, and great service.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

I was last at L,Escartgot 58 years ago and upon a return visit to London it was my first choice. It certainly did not disappoint. Fantastic escargots with everything else ate the same level. So glad the restaurant is still there!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Lovely meal - always a little bit special. great dining experience in the middle of a busy London district.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

A simple meal of escargot dripping in garlic butter, followed by a Chateaubriand, perfectly cooked with an exquisite specially prepared peppercorn sauce.
Delicious food served in a delightfully spacious environment.
Hard to beat.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Great place for an after Threter dinner. The place looked amazing and the food was as good. Recommend for anyone in the area.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Yet another delicious chateau briand at escargot ! The meat is superb and always cooked just as asked. At a price of £45 two with a glass of prosecco it's a great deal - very attentive and courteous staff

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Good quality food and service. Very friendly staff who went out of their way to make the experience feel special. Classic French without being snobby.

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Great food and service. The only minor issue was that a couple of colleagues popped outside for a cigarette but the food was still served and was slightly cold when they returned. Maybe a good case for not smoking!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great date place, excellent service, amazing food.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great place to celebrate le 14 Juillet! ! A little bit of France in London

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Staff professional but friendly. I have mobility problems and they were very helpful .

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4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Having not been to this restaurant since the mid nineties I was interested to see if it had maintained the very good standard that I remember from that time. And overall I would say that it has. The food was excellent ( I had the lobster terrine starter and duck as the main ), service was very good and the atmosphere was fine. My only complaint would be that there were no "extras" that the very best restaurants provide as a given, namely no bread with the meal (amazing given that L'Escargot is a French restaurant!), no amuse bouches, no complementary olives etc especially given the meal was a 60th birthday celebration !

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Really fantastic meal for my graduation. Lovey attentive staff, best meal I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

This restaurant is just a fantastic place to go . Warmly greeted on arrival the staff are so polite attentive and friendly .

The lunch menu was excellent and the wine perfect .

Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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3.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Not what it was a decade ago. Felt more of a tourist trap and food less value.

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2.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The food was disappointing. The crab was dry and had too much chili, and the sole was heavily overcooked. Diappointing.

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4.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Good food generally but disappointed with the souffle which was overcooked and dry. Everything else was spot on, service good and great menu.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Loved the location, history, ambiance and professional personable staff. Went for the Escargot and was 100% satisfied. They were wonderful. The wine selection was great and we loved the pistachio soufflé for dessert.

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3.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Food was very good as usual. Service was pretty average too say that the restaurant was very quiet. Overall a good experience.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

L'Escargot lived up to expectation, from the starters of chicken liver parfait, endive salad, salmon and snails to the mains of beef Rossini (very expensive but excellent) Chateaubriand for two (a little on the small side) and lemon sole the whole experience was very good. Service was excellent right from the welcoming team at reception to the engaging waiter.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Pre theatre at 5pm. Lovely front room. Terrific service from front of house. Good wines by the glass. Super chateau briande. Altogether super.

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Nice to be back at the restaurant for a very enjoyable lunch. Escargot were perfect as expected, although a little bread for the wonderful herb butter should, in my view, be included rather than having to order it a separate item. Lemon Sole nicely pan fried with new potatoes and a green salad. The confit of duck looked and apparently tasted beautiful.

An excellent lunch.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Service was impeccable. Food was lovely. Snails the best I've ever had. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

The friendly and helpful service resulted in a great choice of food and even tried snails for the first time which were really good a nothing like what we had been told by others!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Fantastic food that took us back to a particularly memorable date we had in Paris previously. The staff were very friendly, and there was a birthday celebration happening in the next room with live jazz-y music. Our server checked that it was not disrupting our enjoyment of our lunch, and it actually just enhanced our fun.
The food was wonderful, service top-notch and the ambience fantastic - we will hope to visit again!

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

The chateaubriand may have been on a special offer, but it was spectacular. L'Escargot is quietly refined, perfect for a romantic night out. The waiters are rather haughty though..

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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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