Toulouse Lautrec Restaurant & Jazz Club

4.5
799 reviews
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French
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Bringing a touch of French flair to Kennington, Toulouse Lautrec Restaurant, Piano Bar & Jazz Club is a traditional restaurant set inside a lovingly refurbished English pub. Managed by three brothers, jazz club manager, Nolan & Chefs Florent & Oliver, whose parents have run the neighbouring “Lobster Pot” restaurant since 1991, so there is plenty of authentic French charm on offer served by people who love what they do. Set over three floors, the warm and inviting space is divided into a rustic ground floor restaurant, 1st floor piano bar with jazz solos & duos (Sun to Wed - Free Entry) and 2nd floor Jazz Club, which hosts the bigger bands at weekends (payable entry).

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Paying tribute to one of France’s flamboyant artists, Toulouse Lautrec is an intimate restaurant brimming with the bohemian charm of the Parisian jazz bars of the 1920’s. We cater for parties up to 12 in our cosy private dining room “The Library” or up to 70 in our exclusive “Jazz Club”.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars experience. Amazing live music, very romantic ambience, superb service and yummy food!

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C
London
55 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been lots of times to Toulouse Lautrec, but this was the first time for breakfast. Unfortunately, it was almost empty but the food and service was as good as usual. Highly recommended.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap but worth it. TL has never disappointed. Can get a bit noisy later in the evening so if you want a quiet dinner go early.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing place & live jazz music! Also not too pricey. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. We're definitely coming back.

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality food typical of the region of the name (Toulouse Lautrec from Albi). Reasonable priced wine and good music duo at the right volume. Whetted our appetite for a concert on the top floor!

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j
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is fantastic and the meals we chose were delicious. Service is very friendly. Relaxed atmosphere, we will definitely visit again

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant/piano bar in south London.

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J
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is brilliant and very romantic. The jazz singer was quite good and the piano accompaniment was brilliant. I liked how the act interacted with the diners without being too disturbing. The food was not to the standard I expected. I had a prawn in shell pastry which was soggy at the bottom and ended up hard to cut. Then the main course was good but not brilliant. The dish was a mixture of duck, sausages and beans which somehow did not come together. However the desert (creme brulee) was absolutely divine. The service was also top notch

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CV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food

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r
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our dinner was beautifully presented and of a vey high standard. The dining room is a little cramped but it has a nice atmosphere. My vegeteraian dishes were excellent.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit for my wife’s birthday , each course was amazing and the staff so attentive. Having the jazz club upstairs topped the night off, such a great venue and experience.
We will definitely recommend and visit again.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

this is really not a restaurant, but a jazz club which does food. Main course was well cooked, but other courses were distinctly plain, and certainly not worth the £48 per head. While they may occupy the same premises as the Lobster Pot of old, it is not at all the same proposition.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We have been to this restaurant for the food and music in the past. one my fav places in London. Valentine’s Day was not a nice experience.
- tables too close to each other for romantic dinner. Every time the waiter was coming to serve, he couldn’t do his job properly without imposing his body on the customers sitting. We had to help carrying our plates as it was impossible to carry without increasing the possibility of an accident.
- Our starter arrived but it was not our ..starter. It was the ladies at the table next to us. It was left on our table for 2-3 mins then we informed him and he removed it. Went back and brought the same plate to the lady ( it didn’t have the lactose part of the dish - That’s why I noriced ). Otherwise it would have been a real problem as I would have touched the food. He shouldn’t have surved the same dish sitting with me for 3 mins to the lady next to me.
- we ordered wine and a wrong one arrived. The more expensive one. I said to my partner ( after we corrected the waiter ) that we need to check the bill as I have the feeling that we will be charged the more expensive one. You guessed it ... we were charged the expensive bottle. We pointed it out and got our money back.
- the food was of great quality but nowhere near enough. We left hungry. Didn’t worth the money we spent for it. We had to eat some more when back home.
- the lady on our left finished their food and asked one waiter for the bill. In less than a min another waiter arrived at their table and started “explaining” to them that they needed to go because it was explained to them on the phone that their slot reached its end. He was polite but I can see the lady trying to interrupt him and explain that she knows about all these slot business and just asked for the bill from the other waiter.
- the lady and gent on my right received a plate with just leaves, no olive oil as one of the 5 dishes as they are lactose intol.

Shame one of my fav restaurant.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was awful, food arrived all in wrong order then main was stone cold

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CA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Well the service is not great, but it could have been worse.
I booked first a normal booking to go and have a nice meal (standard menu), and then I received a call after a couple of weeks that there would be a set menu. So I had no choice and I proceed accordingly.
With my husband we were not drinking alcohol, and the dessert set choice had alcohol, so we skip this.
The only change they could make was giving us only an apple tart. We decided not to have dessert.
Well it was disappointing because at least the server could have offered maybe a hot herbal tea instead.
And talking about tea, we went after dinner to the Jazz special show, and I ordered a hot tea, and it took almost one hour because the barman was busy and also the tea option was coming from the restaurant kitchen downstairs that was also busy. I cannot imagine this place in xmas or any peak time of the year. However I hope the restaurant takes action of this to improve its service because the place is legend and the food is yummy.
Carolina

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, great jazz singers, delicious food and good service. Will be back.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London - lovely food (always check out the specials), followed by fantastic jazz. The staff are always friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. The French Onion soup was rich and delicious, the turbot was outstanding. I’ll be back!

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D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic music and fantastic service.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service. It was pre-theatre so very quiet - next time I’ll go after 7.30pm for the live music!

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience!

This was a birthday treat that did not disappoint! Music was great. They played my favourite tunes! Only tiny point was thst there could have been more vegetarian options on the menu.

Will certainly come again soon!

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in London now definitely. One of those you enjoy just being in. Music is great! For those dining - fish is delicious and try tasting the house wines.

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LO
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic as usual. Food is consistently excellent and service was very attentive. Downstairs has slightly lost a bit of the french bistro feel (harsh spotlights) but still a lovely place to eat. It was packed upstairs in the piano bar.

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GG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening of delicious food, great wine, professional service and exceptional music from the talented Viviana Zarbo! My first visit, but definitely not my last.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter service was very good.
Food was served in good time and the table was cleared as soon as the latest person was finished.
Toilets are up stairs they seem a little distance to go after two large glasses of wonderful house wine.
Overall I would go back there.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and music was spot on. Great find!!!

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JT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine French food and excellent jazz in the intimate club upstairs.

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TP
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Not a good atmosphere. Very stuffy and awkward crowd. Reviews are not a good representation of this place

Toulouse Lautrec Restaurant & Jazz Club
Responded on 7 January 2019

I do have to admit I am rather surprised at your review considering you did NOT dine with us. Can you please email us to elaborate your issue.

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h
London
23 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner pre performance on Saturday. The waiter made an excellent wine recommendation. My steak was superb! Creme brulee delicious and my partner was happy as there were a few veggie options too.... service was excellent. We will be back

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a group of four, celebrating new year's eve. The food was lovely and plentiful and good value for money. The staff were pleasant and the decor like a French bistro.
We then went to the club for a live jazz band which was excellent. There was a great atmosphere and felt like a party.
Would recommend highly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had Sunday Brunch. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I had the eggs benedict and french toast. My wife had the slow cooked lamb and we both had the smoked salmon as an appetizer. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite of food.

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l
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice jazz!

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CN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Great place to relax and enjoy some great live music too. Would definitely go back.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good experience here. Lovely atmosphere, excellent service and excellent food - a step into a warm and friendly watering hole.

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T
London
40 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The best restaurant with jazz piano bar in London - been here a few times now. Excellent French food and good wine choice. Only five minutes walk from Elephant and Castle make it easily accessible.

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cooking and very friendly service. Good quick bites as starters and good value wine list.

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and I was very impressed. Excellent service, delicious authentic French food and lovely ambiance with a piano and singer during our meal. Highly recommended!

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RK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arranged a Christmas dinner for 9 people on Saturday and we were pleasantly surprised to find that one of the dining areas was turned into a private room for us. The food was delicious as usual (it’s my 4th time), the service was impeccable and the live music venue upstairs is a bonus. We had a wonderful time and would certainly come back!

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BS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food to accompany a great program of live music

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was superb (we tried the Cassoulet and the duck confit burger from the a la carte menu for dinner, amongst some starters), and the jazz live music was outstanding. We really enjoyed our evening! Totally recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time at the restaurant and definitely recommend it.

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