L'Aventure

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£25 and under
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French
Few restaurants can equal the ultra-"cute" charm or longevity of this St John's Wood "CLASSIC",run by chef- Patronne Catherine Parisot
What 137 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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f
London
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took friends for dinner great success would have liked to see more people there on a Thursday evening but couldn’t fault the restaurant

OW
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal for our anniversary. Cooked to perfection! We had the mushroom croustillant and artichoke heart for starters, which were very flavoursome.
The wine recommendations was spot on and we were treated to a lovely Cotes du Rhône.
For the main course, it was the rob of veal which was wonderful. The meat was very tender and perfectly complimented with a rich jus and roasted vegetables.
Desert was a delight it’s a homemade tarte fine au pommels and créme brûlée

Madame was as ever the gracious hostess. Definitely a place to go if you’re looking for a cosy and special place for dinner.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit this year and just as enjoyable. Great food and characterful staff.

c
London
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a superb lunch in a most comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. The staff were most attentive and the quality and presentation of the food was excellent.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautifully charming French surroundings, welcoming and personal service. A real neighbourhood gem.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sadly we received a text message from the restaurant manager cancelling our reservation 97 minutes (!!) before we were due to arrive saying the restaurant was closed because of having to catering ‘outside’. It was impossible to contact the restaurant directly to confirm if this was so.
I would be careful when booking. And would, again sadly confirm with the restaurant directly. I can provide the text of the restaurant’s message if requested.
Not good

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The head waitress/owner Christine is rude, obnoxious and condescending. Her manner is disgusting and she made rude comments, that we heard when she walked away from our table.
The restaurant smelt and looked like an old people’s home.
The food was less than average. Our side dishes came out just as we were finishing our main courses.
We will NEVER be returning.
She ruined what was a real special evening celebrating a ruby wedding.

TT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A long established and beautiful little cosy restaurant. Fixed price 2 or 3 courses makes it a delight to choose, particularly if someone else is paying the bill. Nearly as important as the wonderful food, you can actually have a conversation with your dinner companions!

f
London
36 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A delightful restaurant to spend the evening and a charming hostess in charge

e
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Never disappointed. Very good french food, always feel welcome. perfect for couple dining!

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food and hospitality

CW
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful french food; lovely atmosphere with wafts of the jasmine from outside in the summer; charming patronne; good service; my favourite London restaurant

ID
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have had a Sunday lunch and were surprised that the restaurant was not busy. Transpired that they only started being open on Sundays. So we were very lucky. We were offered a table by the French doors to the terrace so we could bring our Frenchie with us. The food was delicious as always and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Thank you very much L’Aventura

p
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived just before 8pm. I approached Catherine the owner and said I had a reservation. She was extremely dismissive and rude and just said I have no tables. I showed her my email confirming the reservation and she no no I told open table I was full in the morning.

She just walked away not even an apology. I asked her what she suggests I do at 8pm on a Saturday she just walked away. Coincidentally my parents were also dining there with friends and have been regulars for many years, Catherine was aware of this but still made no effort to even apologise.

I will never go again to her restaurant with her attitude she doesn’t deserve to be in business.

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As ever a lovely feel and atmosphere. We booked late on the off chance of a table but were made to feel very welcome. Service a but stretched as busy with lively customers, but all smiles in the end so happy too return and recommend to others. Thanks

RL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Good time and nice food
Little but rich but good menu

SH
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambience and the quality and standard of food was superb. We also loved the personable approach of the staff, clearly a family run business, we had a really nice time ! Would recommend this to friends :)

SR
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I had previously phoned and spoken to the owner regarding my eating difficulties, and she agreed to order me a lemon sole and when I arrived and reminded her, she said she had forgotten. She proceeded to take our order and told us to hurry up and choose as she had other customers waiting. She described one dish as being smoked salmon crepes and when this dish was served it was in fact NOT SMOKED salmon but poached salmon, which I had to send back as I do not like poached salmon and would never have ordered it if it was described in the correct way. My friend ordered a coke which was ‘flat’, that had to go back, each time the ‘patron’ was extremely rude and discourteous . Now to the main course: I have to say I did enjoy the fish that was available although it was not what I had ordered, however my friend ordered baby lamb chops and found them very tough, at this point we were all fed up with the service and the attitude in the restaurant, when the plates were collected one of our party drew the waitress’s attention to the lamb that was left on the plate, the Patron came back with a message that the chef said it was very nice! We all four of us would never recommend L’Aventure to anyone, and would seriously suggest that the owner needs to get a grip on how to treat her customers and learn some good manners.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was great, but the manager who also waits on customers was INCREDIBLY RUDE and unapologetic when spoken to about her manner.

Won’t be dining there again - in a place where all customers aren’t given their due respect.

FP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good host!

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always

c
London
34 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favourite local restaurants always a pleasure dining in convivial surroundings serving first class varied food.
One of the few restaurants one can dine in comparative quietness.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best value restaurant in London
Superb menu, updated daily, always fresh food cooked perfectly

NP
London
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice evening but our table was in the back right by the stairs leading to the kitchen and toilets. Not ideal. Food was very nice and served well. The 2-course meal for £35 was acceptable but 3 courses for £45 seemed a bit high. Is a crème brûlée worth £10? Not sure. Nevertheless, I would recommend this restaurant.

TT
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely romantic sophisticated restaurant serving delicious French style cuisine. Two course menu sufficient as quite rich dishes. Presentation and quality of food superb. Half bottle of absolutely wonderful wine if expensive. Atmosphere relaxed and warm. Will keep it as a special place to celebrate special occasions as quite expensive.

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful oasis of France in the middle of London

LB
London
42 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always delicious food with creative presentation, interesting specials and delightful service. It was an usually quiet night for a buzzy restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and did not suffer

c
London
34 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always look forward to dining at L’Aventure. The ambience, service and food are first class.
This is a warm, intimate restaurant.

JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch, they really looked after us and we will be going back. The food was excellent throughout, great wine, thoughtful service.

JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As usual we had a very nice evening
In very comfortable surroundings and great food

NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as usual, service can be slow at busy times but still great food

A
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most definitely. The food and wine were delicious and the service excellent without being intrusive.We were not asked all the time wether we had enjoyed our food, our empty plates bore witness to the fact.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect

n
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. Well done. will recommend to family and friends and we personally will come again.

CV
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It is worth dining here. We had a warm welcome from the moment we arrived. The Patronne was friendly, efficient & very helpful with her advice about the menu & wine list & which proved to be accurate & helpful. It is a relaxing setting wiht a lovely ambience. A small basket of mixed breads included some nut & fruit bread - delicious. The artichoke starter tasted really nice & was also beautifully presented. The turbot main was cookd perfectly & the lamb main was also very tasty & beautifully cooked. Finally the warm apple tart was perfect. The restaurant became very busy during our visit but the waiting staff were professional & helpful & polite at all times. I have given 4 stars for service only because we were waiting a little long for the bill, however, it was by then very busy & we were not rushed out of our seats. There is a lovely terrace where you can also be seated during nicer weather.

s
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent French food . Limited menu but could have chosen every single dish offered > Food was excellent , beautifully presented and with great sauces. Feels like being in France . Lady proprietor is charming and very welcoming .

Four of us had a truly enjoyable celebratory dinner.

LI
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Fantastic food and faultless service. Would highly recommend.

PP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a lovely setting.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good atmosphere, great authentic French cuisine.

NG
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a friend come to stay so decided at the last minute to go out rather than eat in.

Glad we did as this was a very pleasant experience indeed.

A very warm welcome, a good menu, attentive service, delicious food - very good ambiance although first appearances are that it is very smart...it is but it isn't

Only regret is that it was a Monday evening so could not really get "stuck" in - the next visit will be different!

Highly recommended

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