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L'Escargot

#2,352 of 17,159 Restaurants in London
#2,512 of 18,038 Places to Eat in London
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48 Greek Street, London W1D 4EF, England
+44 20 7439 7474
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: L'Escargot is the oldest French restaurant in London. Established in 1927...
L'Escargot is the oldest French restaurant in London. Established in 1927 it is to be found in a wonderful Georgian townhouse, almost 300 years old. Widely recognised as one of the best French restaurants in London, we look forward to welcoming you. Set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London, L'Escargot has been at the epicentre of London life for almost a century. It has regularly been voted one of the best restaurants in London and is famous for its bourgeois French cooking. Snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin. There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles. L'Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years. Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, John Giulgud, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Ralph Richardson, Judy Dench, and the late Princess Diana. Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.
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  • 37
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bit of a treat

Never been before despite being in and around Soho for 35 years. Really good cooking and pleasant service. Fixed menu quite good value at lunchtime. Great art on walls and pretty amazing ambiance. This is pure London heritage and you cannot fake that

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
KonradRoubel
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london
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent service, wonderful food, pianist creating a lovely ambience while you eat - the decor of this restaurant is truly stunning. This is a fine dining experience in the heart of theatre land on Greek Street. Every dish we had was mouth-wateringly superb. The waiting staff were extremely helpful, very polite, excellent attention to detail.

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Epping, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Dirty shabby toilets. Treated badly by the waiter. Wouldn't go again. Was made to feel uncomfortable. One nice Italian waiter. The others were rubbish.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Last minute booking on a Friday night (should perhaps have sounded a slight warning) and having been a regular here in the good old days, found a considerably different ambiance to how it used to be. They are trying hard - moody interior with a pianist belies the reasonable cost of the menu - but the food, whilst OK was... More 

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UK Sheffield
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112 reviews 112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Had been looking forward to trying here for a while as the menu is right up my street. The food was good, Scotch egg and olives, as a little taster. The Steak tartare and Asparagus/garlic soup. Followed by Trout, Rabbit and Duck then cheese and souffle with a little brulee to finish off. When tables order pre starers and a... More 

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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We ate dinner at L'Escargot on Friday evening as a last minute decision and it immediately hit my London top 5 favourite restaurants list. Irina the manager was very welcoming and professional and was genuine about suggesting we pop by again for a drink if shopping in the area which I think we'll do. I didn't realise you could just... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Never been before despite being in and around Soho for 35 years. Really good cooking and pleasant service. Fixed menu quite good value at lunchtime. Great art on walls and pretty amazing ambiance. This is pure London heritage and you cannot fake that

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Went for an anniversary meal. Food was mediocre and service poor and amateurish. We waited 15 minutes for our aperitif. We had to ask for a bread basket which other tables received immediately and getting a waiter's attention was a struggle. My wife ordered steak tartare as a main course but was served a starter portion (and charged accurately, in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My husband and I were taking a walk through Soho and the Covent Garden area when we came upon this place. From the outside it looks like a french cafe/brasserie so we sat down - cafe style- to have a glass of wine and just watch the world go by. Wine eventually turned into an early dinner. According to our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Visited this restaurant with a voucher deal - had chateau briand - which was totally scrummy! Also had good starters and lovely creme brule afterwards. Service good, staff friendly. Without the voucher would have been a bit pricey for location - but food well worth it!

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A year ago restaurateurs Brian Clivaz and business partner Laurence Isaacson bought L'Escargot restaurant in London's Soho from Marco Pierre White's White Star Line, as part of a multi million pound project to revitalise the French restaurant's reputation as a London institution. Clivaz is the chairman of legendary Langan's Brasserie and founded Mayfair’s Home House, so he knows a thing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48 Greek Street, London W1D 4EF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7439 7474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 61 - 91
  • Cuisine: French, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

L'Escargot is the oldest French restaurant in London. Established in 1927 it is to be found in a wonderful Georgian townhouse, almost 300 years old. Widely recognised as one of the best French restaurants in London, we look forward to welcoming you. Set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London, L'Escargot has been at the epicentre of London life for almost a century. It has regularly been voted one of the best restaurants in London and is famous for its bourgeois French cooking. Snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin. There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles. L'Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years. Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, John Giulgud, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Ralph Richardson, Judy Dench, and the late Princess Diana. Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Soho

Neighborhood Profile
Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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