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L'Escargot

#2,299 of 18,352 Restaurants in London
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Neighborhood:
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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 51
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  • 33
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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
Most recent review
Lovely atmosphere

Went to l'escargot a couple of weeks ago with my family. I loved the atmosphere. We had a drink in the bar which is very cosy before dinner and we were then shown through to the main restaurant where we had a nice round table for the five of us. The snails were good and lovely and big. I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
godot1
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Went to l'escargot a couple of weeks ago with my family. I loved the atmosphere. We had a drink in the bar which is very cosy before dinner and we were then shown through to the main restaurant where we had a nice round table for the five of us. The snails were good and lovely and big. I had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I went tonight with my boyfriend and we had a great time. I had pretty much given up on Soho offering anything new or interesting, with so many tourist traps. Then we discovered L'escargot. The food is great, the cocktails are perfect, and the staff are really knowledgable. We had arancini, salad, shared the burger, and soft shelled crab. My... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Over the last 8 years I've eaten here multiple times and never been disappointed. Last night was no different. Everything about the experience was perfect - the service is impeccable, the food beautiful (the chateaubriand was divine) and the drinks beautiful. I love everything about this restaurant and will undoubtedly be back many times in the future. There is no... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

L'Escargot has been in London since before most of us were born, and one wonders if age has slowed it down--not a bit! This is a fun, delicious experience that comes, at dinner, with a piano player who provides just the romantic background music to a solid French cuisine. Prices are reasonable and the wine list is quite nice. Well... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Went with my friends for a birthday dinner as we wanted to check out the new decor! We weren't disapointed...the food was excellent and not overly expensive either especially for the standard! We had a mixture of the special of the night beef Wellington (my fav 😍) mussels and of course escargot (snails) The service could have been a touch... More 

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Wiltshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Modern restaurant , good selection of tapas, some with a "local twist" - scallops in beurre blanc, & grilled squid great to start. Spare ribs melted, so tender, chicken on skewers very tasty. Potatoes, bread & local wine. Very pleasant dinner & total 70 Euros.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My husband and I ate here last night as a post theatre treat. Thus we chose our meal from a menu designed specifically for this purpose. The menu was, as a result, limited in choice, but, despite this, we thoroughly enjoyed both courses. We then ordered a desert each, which was not included on the theatre menu, but which was... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We went as a post matinee theatre treat as the restaurant had sent me a coupon for complimentary Laurent Perrier champagne. We switched to the a la carte as it was sooo tempting! We all loved our food. I had the French beef stew, we also had moules and confit of duck. It was all delicious and we just had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We heard about L'Escargot from a friend who had had a good time. Up to London from Gloucestershire we decided to try it and were very impressed. London is so busy but here we found a quiet sanctuary with really friendly staff. We had the snails to start which were fantastic with a vibrant green garlic butter. Then sea bass... More 

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London
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20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I visited here for the Importance of being Ernest after party, and how beautiful it was. The decor, wonderfully presented and delicious food. I would love to return for a full meal, the side back room is memorable, apologies I can't remember the name of it.

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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 - 92
  • Cuisine: European, French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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