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
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rogerc
Hertfordshire
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal as usual, unfortunately the restaurant was nearly empty due to the virus scare.
Anyway we had a lovely evening and will certainly be going back,

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Absolute gem of a place, aesthetics, ambience, food, wine list, service. I couldn’t recommend this place enough. I was looking for somewhere romantic and I was not disappointed by any means. The only thing I would say is that there wasn’t much time between finishing starters and the main was out in no time at all. So if you wanted to enjoy a glass of wine between courses. I would suggest ordering courses as you go along just to eliminate the danger of feeling slightly rushed. And with a lovely place like this you’ll want to soak up the atmosphere and surroundings.

10/10. Can’t wait to go again.

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vipContact
London
69 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Please sort out the toilets

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vipRaymondW
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic, cosy, nice. Basically a good surprise to discover.

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viptegel
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect ‘local’ restaurant- very authentic French restaurant. Amazing snails, great wine list, super service, fair prices. V recommended.

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vipAleurophile
London
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this is a delightful place to eat and socialise. Excellent unobtrusive service. lovely atmosphere.

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vipFoodie27
London
82 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had very pleasant evening. Had dinner there many times. Food always good, pleasant service.
Nice cosy atmosphere.
Good balanced choice on menu

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vipMoosh
London
180 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu choices. Food delicious and excellent service.

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vipSara
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible food and wonderful experience all around. We love this place and visit everytime we come to London!

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vipregulardiner
London
54 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really good food as always and beautifully presented. There is a wide choice plus the daily specials. The restaurant has been there for around 40 years so they must be doing something right!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious perfectly cooked and beautifully served

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ComplimentaryDiner
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

This is the second year we have come here as a small family pre-Christmas meal. The restaurant is lovely - cosy, white-tableclothed and tastefully decorated. The food is also really delicious and the we didn't have to wait long at all for service - my sister has an especially restricted diet but the staff were able to offer her an alternative and the chefs whipped something up that she found delicious. We ordered some of the house wine and it was quite ok. The bill was high for what we received, in my view, as the portions were more than modest but less than generous but as long as you are prepared for that, it is a good evening out in a relaxing atmosphere with good tasty food.

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ThomasM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a wonderful little neighborhood French restaurant. The food and service were simply amazing.

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EthieK
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely cosy evening with really excellent food

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SunandoMukerjee
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The hostess was very gracious.
The food however was disappointing in that though well cooked and amiably presented, the finesse and portions cannot justify the price. Bread portions were rationed and wines were priced astronomically. The foi gras starter was more show than wow. A good competitive is another neighbourhood French diner Oslow Court and certainly this place didn’t have the edge of the former. I would not be hurrying back as it offers little value for money and there are plenty of similar places which can offer better fare at a similar or lower cost. The toilets need a proper makeover - they are literally cold closets in a basement and the overall feel of the place is distant and disjointed. Sorry guys but you did ask for honest feedback. Hope you can learn from this and perhaps improve. Else we part as friends. Thank you

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TerryH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely local restaurant. Food was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party with family visiting from France

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jonS
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Worth a visit once if you haven't tried before but poor ambience, good french food but value for money rating will be 3*.

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MarshallD
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to L’Aventure on several occasions and lunch last Friday was the usual high standard.
I just wonder why the resturant is not continually booked out as it should be with what it delivers.
A real little gem.

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frequentdiner
London
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always think the acid test of a restaurant is whether you would go back. I would certainly do so in this case - in fact I plan to. I thought my rack of lamb with dauphinois potatoes was excellent - perfectly cooked meat, well balanced sauce. I liked the decor and tables not too close together. Attentive service. Overall very enjoyable experience.

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OnceinaWhile
London
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipAnthony
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipchandos
London
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
KateM
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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.

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TravelToni
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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frequentdiner
London
37 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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edouard
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipmorralhome
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing food and hospitality

CW
ChristopherW
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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IrenaD
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vippaulr
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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Fattony
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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RosieL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Good time and nice food
Little but rich but good menu

SH
SaraH
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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SandyR
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

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.

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