L'Escargot

4.6
2589 reviews
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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, Maurice Chevalier, John Geilgud, Ralph Richardson, and was reputedly one of Princess Diana’s favourites.

L'Escargot is now under the ownership of Brian Clivaz and Laurence Isaacson, who between them, have been involved in some of London’s most iconic restaurants and member's clubs. James Tyrrell is now the Head Chef and his dishes celebrate classic french cooking with a modern and healthy twist.

Snails unsurprisingly are the speciality of the house; the dining room pays homage to proper French bourgeois cooking and offers exceptional value. L’Escargot has been voted London’s best French restaurant and has an excellent wine list.

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Sun 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 10:30PM

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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal. Food was well prepared and excellent service

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s
Surrey
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place to grab a pre theatre dinner. Quality food, good value great service and lovely ambiance. Highly recommended.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second recent visit and on both occasions we had an extraordinary dining experience. Snails for starters and Chateaubriand for main ( take advantage of the offer ) were both outstanding. Wine list was excellent and the table we had in the front downstairs room was perfect. Our favourite Soho restaurant.

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NM
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It is very chic and traditional - quite obviously a restaurant with many decade history. However, the food didn’t impress much.

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PE
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal enjoyed by all and the ambiance was fantastic and very suited to the venue. Had a excellent evening. The service was also something a little special... Can't wait for an excuse to go back there!

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JM
London
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with 2 L'Escargot virgins this time. They both absolutely loved it. As I did. Favourite London restaurant.

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SL
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for traditional French cuisine and it delivered in spades, nice to have proper linen, silver and chandeliers. The service was pleasant and very good.

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing french onion soup - best I have ever had. Fab trout for main. Good price, great location

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Average restaurant, you can find better at this price. The worst part is certainly the advertised "coq au vin" turning out not to be rooster but plain chicken. I expect a restaurant to know the difference between chicken, rooster, hen or capon !

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S
Buckinghamshire
53 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a surprisingly nice place with good food and polite service

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JJ
London
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great name but sadly, that’s all it has. Had Chateubriand Deal and the Meat itself was tasty and cooked as we asked. However, the chips were badly over-salted. The Bubbly was good as well but some of the servers didn’t want to be there. Trading on reputation really.

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical evening. The venue was stunning and the service attentive and helpful The food was sublime and the soufle was out of this world.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place fantastic food great ambience brilliant service.

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B
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual with this wonderful restaurant, could not fault anything. Special ‘Epiphany’ pudding was an added bonus as we had just been to the Epiphany service at St Pauls

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the set menu, it was extremely good value, the portion sizes were the same as main menu. Very good service. A really great place, the lighting and music was perfect

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DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With apologies to other restaurants I have eaten in, and for the most part thoroughly enjoyed, I have to say that L'Escargot was an outstanding experience, and will definitely be worth a return visit some time. We had an excellent meal, great service and - while not cheap - good value for money (the set meal, particularly so, but could not compete with the wonderful a la carte menu...

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JM
London
64 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever. Never get tired of this place and every time I take friends for the first time they always end up returning too. Great friendly staff. They really make you welcome.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit to L'Escargot. Excellent French food and good service.

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l
Kent
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post- Christmas treat with friends. Delicious food and great ambiance. Very close to Theatreland.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service woeful

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for a pre theatre dinner. It has a good calm ambiance. The food was good. Service was relaxed. Over all we enjoyed the restaurant.

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

La carne estaba podrida
Olía y sabía muy mal
Una lástima !!!

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch
Service perfect
Great value

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow, the rest was perfect

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Disappointing service. Not in keeping with how it markets itself.

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WW
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with attentive, friendly service. Potted shrimps were particularly good.

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EP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Would highly recommend for a rich, authentic French extravaganza!

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not particularly welcoming staff. Interesting surroundings and well presented food.

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SS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, we enjoined our evening for my husbands birthday very good service and the food was excellent

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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday dinner. Three of our children (adults) joined us.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and professional staff, great food, lovely escargot

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B
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Lunch with friends, just great food and service. Nothing not to love.

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H
London
407 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A dinner for four just before Christmas and this was the perfect, cosy, festive venue. Delicious, rich, sumptuous food and wonderful service!

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FM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service would have been higher rated but for the very surly front of house who made us stand in the corridor while she dealt with customers who arrived after us and didn't have a reservation. We arrived spot on 6pm for a 6pm booking - the table we were shown to was made up already - but she insisted we stood and waited. I asked to go to the bar and she wouldn't let us do that! Quite bizarre as she showed other guests through who had arrived after us. This place used to be friendly and charming - she destroyed that image for me.

Food was good, but we thought the Châteaubriand was closer to medium than medium rare - and suffered by being carved in advance and apparently left under a hot lamp (the meat was a little dry).

The pistachio souffle was outstanding and service in the restaurant itself was spot on.

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CC
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gave us incredible seats, very attentive and professional service. The food was incredible, the snails in particular. Would thoroughly recommend

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i
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, nice ambience, a tad too noisy but that is courtesy time of the year (pre-Christmas). Staff could have been slightly more attentative.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Not cheap but good value. I will be back

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F
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit to L'Escargot and I wasn't disappointed. Lovely decor and seating area. Friendly staff. Limited menu but very nice food. Would definitely go again! Thanks

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n
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

There was a varied menu of classic dishes and delicious drinks. The escargots were particularly good.
The lighting was subtle and most of the tables were for two people. The staff were attentive and we had a great night.

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