Savoir Faire

4.5
2562 reviews
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Cosy
  • Quiet Conversation
This is neither a chain restaurant nor a franchise, it is a family owned and run restaurant and has been in business since 1995.
We cook all our food, sauces, bread, pates and desserts on the premises. Everything is homemade with fresh and natural ingredients. If we can’t make it, we don’t have it! We never use precooked food, flavour enhancers or preservatives. We only use natural butter, cholesterol free oils or olive oil.
Our wine has been sourced from the best wine producing countries in the world and the wine list has been put together with care, to offer the best value for money wines.
The price you see is all you pay. There are no hidden charges and all the meals come with vegetables and a basket of freshly baked bread. We have no happy hour or buy one get one free. We try to give the highest quality food at the lowest possible price. There are very few restaurants that can make this claim.
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PB
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Traditional French food of the best quality.

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good food and we both have a lot of experience in the food business
Would happily recommend as a good unpretentious bistro

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our fifth time to the restaurant, it never falters in value for money and food quality. A little gem of a restaurant in central London. We can’t wait to return.

B
Bedfordshire
22 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our second visit and won’t be our last. Good food, good value and reasonably priced wine. A perfect place to meet up with friends for lunch. Service was fine.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience all round. Nice original menu. Pleasant service

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Savoir Fayre offers fantastic French food in a convivial atmosphere. There are parisian ladies doing the cancan on the walls and interesting quotations on the ceiling. Perfect for a pre theatre bite or a relaxed meal with friends. The garlic, pernod mussels are highly recommended.

MO
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had very good meal with my favorite part being the duck pate (fo gra). Spell check. Sorry.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Full of flavour. Duck was amazing.

The only thing is bistro means in French a reasonable priced place to eat and from this point of view was a bit excessive.

SG
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As authentic French as you like. Established, homely, great food, v pleasant staff. Lovely.

AC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little family restaurant, third visit here, it’s our go to now when we go to London. Lovely freshly cooked food, great service and fab prices. Highly recommend.

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant surroundings, service good, meal average. We had a table for 2 which with a bottle of wine and a jug of water on was quite small, had to overlap my side and main plate.

M
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant serving good value well cooked french cuisine and with a good value wine list.

IH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service very good at this small bistro where my daughter and I had the theatre menu.

Food OK but nothing special. Starter (chicken on sweet potatoe pancake) was tasty. Duck leg was OK but not v interesting. Moussaka (not sure why they have this on the menu at a French Bistro) was not really moussaka - more mince and aubergine. Desserts were nice but straightforward...

Value was fine, but I think more attention to the main courses, to bring them to life (and replace the moussaka) would be good!

A
London
83 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simple, straightforward, honest restaurant with wonderfully nostalgic Gallic ambience, short but cleverly eclectic and comprehensive lunch and a la carte menus, delightful service, innovative and, again, short but clever wine list, delicious food, quiet atmosphere despite the location, very reasonable pricing for Central London....a gem hiding in plain sight and well worth a visit.

AP
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely small, intimate restaurant. Greeted nicely and shown to our table. Nothing was rushed. Order was taken as well as our drinks order which arrived promptly. Food was delicious, and fresh and hot (on hot plates too), and the service was second to none. Not a massive menu, but the choice of two - one pre-theatre (between 5 and 7pm) which was a reduced menu at £17 (approx) for 2 courses, and the menu at £25.90 for 2 courses. No tip automatically added, which is my preference, as I can give what I think is deserved and not what they do! Such good value, and soooooo lovely! (My only gripe was possibly OpenTable? But it was our 10th wedding anniversary which we stated on our OpenTable booking - but there was no mention of it to us at all :-(.

JH
London
89 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a second recent visit to this restaurant. This time just with one friend. Great place to catch up over great seasonal food with many wheat-free options. We both had the scallop starter and the seabass. I had great chocolate mousse to finish (wheat-free) and my friend said the cheesecake she had was one of the best. Very reasonable priced wine as well. We had a delicious 3-course meal with a bottle of wine between two for just under £50.

JL
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved this funky little restaurant! My husband, two friends and I went for lunch on Sunday - the food was good, service was great, and we really enjoyed ourselves. Our party ordered the chicken liver pate, goat cheese starter, bouillabaisse, fish of the day (hake) and creme brûlée. Everything was great. The weather was quite hot and I found myself quite overheated inside...perhaps they don't have air conditioning. We will try to pick a cooler day on which to return!

W
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

We were seated in a semi private corner for lunch with friends. My husband loves their chicken livers dish and although it was only on the evening menu they did it for him. This is an unpretentious restaurant which has its devotees, including us, and though we didn’t leave till after 4 there was no hint of us overstaying our wekcome

BI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallop appetiser was exquisite... you’re taste buds need this workout!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience!!!

l
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Friendly service and very reasonably priced.

JH
London
89 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This one of my favourite good value restaurant haunts in central London. I have dined with various friends but this time, it was for a work team dinner. Everyone was pleased with the variety on offer and in addition, the wine and beer prices are very reasonable unlike many places in central London. I had never sat downstairs in this restaurant before - the space caters for a larger group of people (we were 8 in total). I continue to thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Great service as usual.

RG
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We (2 p.) were seated on a tiny table with view onto Oxford Street. I was attracted by the good reviews (food) and the pictures (ambiente). Obviously there is another level where the pictures were taken. At ground level you have the "normal" streetsight as mentioned above. We chose the 2-course-menu and enjoyed our meals, definetly worth the price. The wine selection is good, too. I'd recommend to ask your carafe/glass beeing filled at the table so you see what you get. Staff was efficient but indifferent, the restaurant was very busy though. Noise level was quite high but not overwhelming. We spent a pleasant evening with good food, so definitly worth a try.

JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining here regularly since 1996, and I have enjoyed every meal. I have brought family and friends, and all have the same experience. When in London, this is a "must do".

TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely visit in this quite romantic restaurant. The staff was great and the food very good.

SF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is unassuming, the food was excellent and reasonably priced with good service. Really enjoyed!

HP
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with good service. Table was in an alcove so very quiet and could hear each other. Our guests loved it. Excellent value.

JK
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Consistently good and nice selection of house wines. Highly recommended.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Food, drink, ambience and service superb

F
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are visiting from the U.S. and the restaurant very charming, with good food, friendly staff and customers, and several great choices for delicious dining options. Wine was good too and a good value.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The bouillabaisse was hardly warm and the chicken in the salad dry. It’s quiet but didn’t feel as French as we were expecting.

DE
London
37 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Having had such longevity for an independent family restaurant I was maybe expecting too much. The eclectic décor, the hand written notes on the ceiling & general feel of the venue was good. However both my wife and I were underwhelmed, particularly by the food. My Caeser salad with bacon starter was actually very pleasant but my wife's chicken liver starter was like two solid triangular blocks of very cold taste-free pate. After I had finished off the Caeser salad I had the second triangle, by which time it had 'warmed up' a little and actually wasn't that bad - maybe they should microwave it for 5 - 10 seconds before serving it from the fridge. Unfortunately my duck leg and particularly my wife's bouillabaisse mains were also both nothing to write home about. The broth had to be sent back as it was hot in the middle & cold around the edges and it lacked the true flavours & contents of a good bouillabaisse. The £16.90 for 2 courses was exceptionally reasonable considering the WC1 location of the restaurant but I am confident that clientele would be prepared to pay quite a bit more for better quality dishes. The 500ml carafe of house red wine was very good especially at the 12.95 price.
When we paid the bill and got up to leave, none of the staff spoke to us at all to wish us a good evening or ask us about the meal - that doesn't cost anything and goes some way to making a dining experience more welcoming & friendly... It's a pity because we tend to return to restaurants often - but only if the overall experience is worthwhile. Many years ago a friend of ours , Front of House Manager of a big London hotel told us that customer service & friendly, helpful staff is MORE important than the food itself. If you go to a restaurant that has superb Michellin quality food but poor service, you won't go back there as often as if the restaurant served good, well presented food but had excellent service with friendly & attentive staff. This advice has turned out to be so true !

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good simple food in attractive surroundings with courteous staff.

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was fantastic. Service was great they made us feel at home

B
Bedfordshire
22 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first visit and won’t be our last. Almost like being in France

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened in the 1990’s. The food was wonderful and the service excellent.

Highly recommended

KP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great authentic French dining with friendly efficient service in Holborn.

l
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food at a reasonable price. The service is friendly and responsive. The menu changes
frequently and has vegetarian choices. Located within reasonable walking distance to Leicester Square theatres.

SP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

a quirky french restaurant the decor is reminiscent to what you would expect from a 1950/60 film noir, with mirrors on every wall as well as the more traditional paintings.
the service was very good and the food was more than acceptable with good size portions.
they offer a set menu which is good value and a comprehensive wine list.
handy for the British Museum and the west end Savoir Faire is a good little restaurant that I have no hesitation recommending.

TB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Disappointing that the duck came and it was very well cooked. We sent it back and the second one was fine, but just spoiled the evening really. We were excited to go back as the last time we went, it had felt very french. This time it didn't. Sadly.

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