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The French Cafe

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16-18 Ritherdon Road | Balham, London SW17 8QD, England
02087672660
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10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Nous aimons The French Caf��! Balham just got its own little corner of...
Nous aimons The French Caf��! Balham just got its own little corner of Paris right on the Ritherdon Road. Marked by a striped awning, patio area and glass frontage The French Caf�� fills one with a sense of calm before you even step through the door. Inside the very Parisian d��cor is given a wry British twist; tiled walls announcing ���tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee��� sit well alongside old French advertising posters and specials scribbled in neat cursive on blackboards. Likewise, whilst during the day The French Caf�����s lively bustle centres around simple breakfasts ��� the full English for one ��� and lunches ��� traditional steak frites, when evening comes the chicer side takes over as the Totterdown crowd take their seats for the more sophisticated but nonetheless traditional French offerings of boeuf bourguignon and cromesquis of salmon and coquilles St Jacques.
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    Very good
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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
Gets better

Now done Brunch, lunch and dinner, not really disappointed at any time of the day. Service good, prices good, atmosphere good and this place is just a great local hangout. Such a shame I don't live local, but great that I have friends who are

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Petmoy
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London, United Kingdom
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109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Now done Brunch, lunch and dinner, not really disappointed at any time of the day. Service good, prices good, atmosphere good and this place is just a great local hangout. Such a shame I don't live local, but great that I have friends who are

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Wealdstone
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We had table for three at this cafe in Balham London. The menu had a good choice and our meals were excellent including the Merlot wine. Staff efficient and courteous

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london
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I came here in the early lunch hour a few fridays ago and was amazed at how busy it was. Its a funny spot for lunch but word has broken out locally and the place was full. So glad I booked. It is off the popular beat of Balham village(I am joking and not an estate agent!) which makes it... More 

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Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I visited this restaurant a number of years ago and must have forgotten how enjoyable it was. First a bit of a gripe the wine list not very big which is fine but really would expect more French wine on it although I'm guessing that this is because French wine is more expensive. Anyway starter I had the fruits de... More 

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London
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Excellent value 2 course lunch for £9.95, potted pork with onion chutney and tarragon chicken, both were really tasty and well cooked. Very pleasant staff who were most apologetic when we were overcharged. Shame on the diners who left after underpaying their bill by £16. Loved the decor and ambiance - a very relaxing lunch.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Have come here a few times for lunch or brunch. Its very 'Yummy Mummy middle class SW London'. The foods very good value, and tasty and the service and staff are all very pleasant. Im sure Ill come again soon

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Imagine going into a cafe and opening the menu to find out it's £7.99 for a bacon sandwich. Well imagine no more because that happens here. I nearly merde in my pantalons. Bit much isn't, £7.99?

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DavidHealey, Owner at The French Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is not clear if you just saw the price of the bacon sandwich and wrote your review (Trip advisors non-existent policing allows one to do this) or actually ordered it and then wrote your review. Either way you didn’t mention that the bacon sandwich is served with frites. You also quoted the wrong price;... More 

Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The quality of the ingredients was clearly evident as was the care taken in their preparation. Service was outstanding and the ambience made for a really enjoyable dining experience.

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Porthcawl
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Had breakfast on a Sunday am and was impressed with this restaurant. The food was good and very pleasantly served, the waitress could not have done enough for us. However beware the gratuity which was put onto the bill. I paid same and did not realise, offering a further grautuity which was taken. I do wish I had read the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I visited the French Café with a couple of friends for dinner, great menu and very reasonable prices. Waiting staff were extremely helpful. Overall one of the best places in Balham

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16-18 Ritherdon Road | Balham, London SW17 8QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: 02087672660

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Nous aimons The French Caf��! Balham just got its own little corner of Paris right on the Ritherdon Road. Marked by a striped awning, patio area and glass frontage The French Caf�� fills one with a sense of calm before you even step through the door. Inside the very Parisian d��cor is given a wry British twist; tiled walls announcing ���tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee��� sit well alongside old French advertising posters and specials scribbled in neat cursive on blackboards. Likewise, whilst during the day The French Caf�����s lively bustle centres around simple breakfasts ��� the full English for one ��� and lunches ��� traditional steak frites, when evening comes the chicer side takes over as the Totterdown crowd take their seats for the more sophisticated but nonetheless traditional French offerings of boeuf bourguignon and cromesquis of salmon and coquilles St Jacques.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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