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48 Greek Street, London W1D 4EF, England
+44 20 7439 7474
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Ranked #1,725 of 17,938 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $62 - $94
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Service last night was entirely haphazard. Sommelier showed limited knowledge of the list - we requested a bottle of the Chateau Margaux 1998 (£210) only to be offered Pavillon Rouge 1998 - an entirely different wine and misrepresented on the wine list. Rib-eye steak orders were all wrong - service was a shambles and the restaurant was quiet so no... More 

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Pencoed, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

we had dinner here on a friday in december. The restaurant is well laid out, even though some christmas parties were on other tables we were not intruded upon as the space between tables is quite generous. Food quality was very good and for london the prices were reasonable. would definately use again if in the area

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This is not a two or three Michelin stars restaurant however i was surprised by the quality of food and service, I went with my boy friend we did not make reservations, we just walked in for lunch , it was my first time here, we were welcomed and immediately seated , wasn’t too busy for Monday afternoon lunch. The... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The new owners have spent a huge amount of money refurbishing this classic Soho French restaurant, and very attractive it is. But sadly it's let down by the sloppy service, the hugely over-priced food (for example, three small slivers of Dover sole, no veg £33), and the unbelievably loud and inappropriate Muzak. Sadly, having been a regular customer of this... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

Having booked our yearly Xmas trip. We decided this year to do, London, Savoy, wicked, shopping and eat and drink until we pop. Unfortunately we booked a combi meal and theatre package. This was eating at l'escargot. Restaurant itself on arrival, although a little dated, is very warm and actually to our taste. The staff however were a different story,... More 

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Stoke by Nayland, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

The food is always excellent, although the menu can be a bit samey and traditional French. Also really like the dining room which is cosy and busy, although with some tables you can be a bit cramped in and so not particularly comfortable. Overall, an excellent safe bet as will always be good food.

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This was the finale to our anniversary and huge day out. Greeted well at the reception and shown to our table by the window (as requested). The venue is meticulously clean and brilliantly well presented and sets the atmosphere for a feeling of pure eloquence. Our waiter, with a "bad boy" mustache, was awesome. He was of that skillful genre... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

In town for dinner and a show last night. We ate at L'Escargot. I absolutely loved it. Small, intimate, warm, beautiful decor. The food was incredible. I think the salmon was special starter. I didn't order it, my husband did. I had some of his and wished I had order it...and my own starter as well. We both really enjoyed... More 

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239 reviews 239 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a lovely quirky restaurant which has great rooms for private dining. We visited for a group Xmas lunch and were taken to the very top floor for pre-lunch drinks (an amazing room with a huge Parisian-style skylight) before eating in another large, well appointed dining room facing onto Greek Street. The food was great - lovely (hot!) crab... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I cannot recommend L'Escargot enough. I enjoyed a candle lit romantic meal for two on my birthday and loved every minute of it. The food was absolutely beautiful - we had L'Escargot to start, followed up with the Chateaubriand and finished off with the best selection of sorbet i have ever tasted. In fact the sorbet was so good i... More 

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Additional Information about L'Escargot

Address: 48 Greek Street, London W1D 4EF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7439 7474
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
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
Average Prices: USD 62 - 94
Cuisine: European, French

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