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L'Escargot

4.6
4.6
3252 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7439 7474

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    James Tyrrell

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lydia: 020 7439 7474 x44

  • Area

    Soho

  • Parking Details

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

  • Public Transit

    Nearest Tubes are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.

  • Entertainment

    Pianist every Friday evening

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • L’Escargot Special OpenTable menu

    £21.00 per person

    30 Apr - 3 Jul 2022
    L’Escargot Special OpenTable menu Indulge your tastebuds with a 2 course (£21pp) or 3 course (£25pp) meal at Soho's finest French restaurant. From Confit Duck to Crème Brûlée, we've got it all for you to choose from!
  • Sunday Lunch

    £40.00 per person

    23 Apr - 3 Jul 2022
    Enjoy your Sunday lunch at L'Escargot! We are offering a beautifully selected Sunday Lunch Menu, where the Roast Scotch Beef with Yorkshire Pudding is the star of the show. 2 Courses go for £40 and 3 Courses for £45. Book today!
  • Côte de Boeuf +Frites Maison & Béarnaise £69 for 2

    12 May - 3 Jul 2022
    Grab a loved one and enjoy our most exquisite Scotch côte de Boeuf, with Frites Maison and Béarnaise sauce. Bon Appétit!

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What 3,252 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. L

    Lizzie

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We have been twice before and had wonderful meals This time. The beef was tough. No baguette but Italian bread. I was told baguette too boring When we go to a typical French restaurant we don’t want anything that is not typically French
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience and great food. Opted for the Open Table set menu. The choice was good, something for everyone but was a little disappointed that the escargot wasn’t an option - even just a single one/taster to compliment the experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was all you would expect. A shared Croque Messeur was the best I have ever eaten.
  4. P

    Philip

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food means L’Escargot remains one of the very best restaurants in London. It is not cheap - but the best really is.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a pre-theatre meal and it was also my birthday treat. We booked the 3 course pre theatre meal. It was delicious and certainly worth the money. We added on some sides and some escargot, so that increased the price. Drinks we roughly what you would expect to pay fro the London Westend. The interior was captivating and was a great tribute French design. We were welcomed in by all waiting staff, who were very well trained and all has exceptional service etiquette. Thank you so much for looking after us!
  6. C

    Christopher

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The set menu for the OpenTable special was notably smaller than the a la carte menu, but still offered a good variety of options and is unquestionably an excellent value. Portion sizes were generous; in hindsight we need not have accepted the offer of a basket of bread for the table, though that was also an unusually delightful treat in its own right.
  7. G

    Graham

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite Dining room, food and staff were great.
  8. f

    foodiefan

    London

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    L'Escargot is a firm favourite of ours and we have eaten here many times over the years either with friends or just the two of us. We've recommended it many times.
  9. g

    gwc333

    London

    354 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    354 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    L'Escargot is a beautiful space - especially upstairs. The service was a little slow this time, but overall it was still a good experience. Our waiter was delightful!
  10. j

    jltr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent wine list, easy to find but not easy to get a transport back home. Overall a great experience.
  11. VT

    VioletaT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. I am going around fanciest restaurants in London and I am often disappointed either with food quality or general pretentiousness. This restaurants overall experience is very good.
  12. m

    mariyat

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant, yummy food, though we had an offer and it was a bit more affordable. It was also very strange that they put us next to other table felt like we were all sharing a table, very stuffy....
  13. M

    Mina

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They met my expectations in every aspect, great food, excellent service and friendly atmosphere!
  14. JS

    JonS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great wine. A perfect dining experience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything about the restaurant was excellent and quintessential French. Wait times between courses felt a little long, definitely over 30 minutes.
  16. A

    Andrewg

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great “old school” restaurant, great food and attentive service
  17. SI

    SIMON

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really good. Staff were excellent. We looked the ambiance
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday dinner and I was surprised with a small after meal treat with Happy Birthday written on the plate with chocolate which was super cute :)
  19. SE

    SallyE

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch with my Dad to celebrate his 88th birthday. Food was excellent, service great and a great lunch was had by all. Slightly noisy - large party having lunch at the same time but overall loved it.
  20. PW

    PaulW

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not been in years, fabulous lunch and excellent service.
  21. IB

    IainB

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As always excellent food and service in a very pleasant environment.
  22. MH

    MarkH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Always a really good experience - very nice staff and always made to feel special.
  23. HM

    HM99

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    L’Escargot is now open for business for a Sunday lunch. They are serving the traditional Sunday roast with Scotch beef which is beautifully cooked and tender alongside lovely Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and various other veggies (plus a rich gravy). For those who are not a fan of Sunday roast other delicious dishes are on the menu too. Service and atmosphere is top notch as always.
  24. CB

    CelineB

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and dog friendly too!
  25. CO

    ChrisO

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I used to go to L'Escargot in its heyday back in the eighties but haven't been in many years and was looking forward to it but overall was disappointed . Warm welcome and the service was efficient however the overall feeling was of a place that could not decide whether to opt for fine dining or a brasserie. The prices would suggest the former and the food the latter. My main problem was the presence of dogs. I am a dog lover and owner of over 30 years but in my opinion they have no place in a restaurant especially one as expensive as this. A couple with two dogs came and sat next to us - perhaps the look on my face meant they moved but you could nonetheless hear them barking periodically during the evening . Given the restrictions placed on us humans during COVID is it really appropriate / hygienic to have dogs in a restaurant ? Do what we do - pay for a dog sitter .
  26. L

    Lawman

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service first class. An iconic restaurant worth a visit
  27. KS

    KarenS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and impeccable service. We both had 6 snails (of which we could only find 3!) which were delicious and the garlic sauce was mopped up with plenty of bread. For main, I had the venison and my husband had the Tournedos Rossini, both of which were superb and we would highly recommend. My pudding was rather a let down, I had the Grand Marnier souffle which I felt was rather overcooked on the top and had turned into scrambled egg underneath. It was still perfectly delicious though (although the Langan's one was better! :-) Our waiter for the evening though provided fantastic service - I would revisit.
  28. J

    James

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good value lunch
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the restaurant, I will go here again
  30. KT

    KetT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, lovely room. Would recommend and will be back.
  31. PS

    PeterS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and ambience was excellent, food was fantastic, had a wonderful time. Loved the French onion soup
  32. JC

    JamesC

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Incredible value. The food was delicious as was the bread basket! The team were very friendly and attentive. A great first impression
  33. P

    Pingas

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food , the manager was very attentive.
  34. JL

    JayL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food amazing staff and surroundings definitely worth a visit
  35. KO

    KarenO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great service and ambience. Service attentive.
  36. D

    Dabberchap

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really pleasant 'classic' french restaurant. We both had the lobster bisque and then shared the chateaubriand. Both were delicious and the chateaubriand was so filling that we could not manage dessert (perhaps we should have held back on the fries!). The menu is not long, but it does not suffer for that at all. The wine list is also a good balance between brevity and choice. It's a bit toppy overall but it is central London so I cannot really hold that against them. Service was both friendly and efficient. So, overall, very good classic french cuisine served in traditional surroundings by pleasant staff. It's not exactly cheap though, so more somewhere for special occasions for most people I would think, though they do have a set menu for early diners that looks interesting and I may well yet try!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience
  38. AM

    AlanM

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Very disappointing. Sat for nearly 2 hours and only had our starters. Took 20 minutes to have our drinks order taken. Service was extremely slow. After our starters were served and eaten it took over another 20 minutes for our table to be cleared and we ended up cancelling our main meal because we were beyond the point of hunger. Very upset as we had been looking forward to our reservation on our weekend away. It was to be the highlight of our trip and we left feeling bitterly disappointed.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!!!!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    It is too salt

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

L'Escargot is rated 4.6 stars by 3252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for L'Escargot

48 Greek Street Soho London, W1D 4EF

Additional information

  • Area

    Soho

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

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

  • Public Transit

    Nearest Tubes are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Tyrrell

  • Entertainment

    Pianist every Friday evening

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7439 7474

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lydia: 020 7439 7474 x44

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