L'Escargot

4.5
2846 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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.

Special Offers

FT Weekend & Laurent-Perrier Summer Menus: 3 courses £65 per person

From a set menu, includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé per person. Menu items contains nuts. Please ask a member of staff for allergen advice if required.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 24 June 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:30

Chateaubriand offer: £45 for 2

Including Béarnaise sauce, frites, side salad and a glass of bubbly each.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 3 June 2019

Ends: 3 December 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:00

2 courses £19.50

From a set menu. Also 2 Courses inc glass of Prosecco - £22.50

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 3 June 2019

Ends: 3 December 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 2846 People Are Saying
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TO
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very expensive for what it was eg a £68 chateaubriand for 2 consisted of exactly 6 modest sized slices of beef. "Discretionary service charge" was a higher than normal 14.5%, which is ambitious in itself, but the service was no better than average. Wine list not great. Delightful room and ambience but not a great experience.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good but not amazing. Staff friendly but not as attentive as you might expect for the price. Toilets dirty and cramped.

Pistachio soufflé dessert was great though and the restaurant feels intimate enough. Wouldn’t tell people to steer clear but not top of my list of recommendations either...

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very pleasant experience, will go back
Very efficient staff

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DD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Old school. Great food. Fantastic location. Easy to book a table at relatively short notice. Everything as expected and wanted. Varied but not daunting menu. Will definitely be going back

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MM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food - great value and treated us amazingly!

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R
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If we are ever going to the theatre we always go to L’Escargot for dinner before. The staff the food the place is just delightful and really enhances our night out. Quite simple a must place to go.

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T
London
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We booked the Chateaubriand offer which was really good value and delicious and the restaurant dealt with our different requests of medium rare and medium for the beef excellently. We loved the restaurant, the menu and the service and had a great time and will go back.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Most enjoyable. It is great to find a restaurant that has stood the test of time and changes in the culture of its location.

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful French restaurant. We had the set menu which was great value. We will be back!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was consistently good. Tasty and interesting with good flavour combinations

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SR
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 4th visit to L’Escargot & as usual it was superb. We all had the Chateaubriand & I think it’s the best steak I’ve ever eaten. So delicious. My guests were all in agreement. It’s a fantastic deal, delightful restaurant with excellent service. What more do I need to say?

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SE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It is 30 years since I have been there and it has changed a lot! However the food is still excellent and the staff and service were great. The food was very good and we had steak, guinea fowl and duck. All dishes were very good and considering the reputation of the restaurant the bill was reasonable.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great experience. Deal for chateaubriand was well worth going for. Food was excellent and enjoyed the quiet and peaceful restaurant. Would go again and recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Intimate dining experience

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience. Loved it

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IS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I booked the special Chateaubriand for two with welcome glass of Prosecco and were not disappointed.
A warm welcome and the friendly professional service added to the atmospheric decor and lovely ambience
The steak was perfectly cooked rare as we requested our waiter silver served on to hot plates together with
fresh watercress. A simple green side salad and crisp french fries complimented this classic dish together with a good quality Languedoc. What a delight...!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening. Good value. Old fashioned style in the heart of Soho.

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SU
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This is a nice restaurant, pleasant surroundings, food nice but not as good as we thought. We are fortunate enough to eat a lot of confit de canard in France and this was a pretty bland in comparison. The food was fine but flavours in general were lacking for us. The best was the tarte au citron which was very good. Service was ok bit hovering but we appreciate some people do like that. Would not rush back but nothing really to complain about just underwhelmed.

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JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always L'Escargot never fails on the food, ambience, and staff. Many Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant! Fantastic food and great atmosphere

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I went with a friend for their belated birthday lunch. We had such a good time . We loved it all !! Everyone was really friendly. I would recommend this to everyone!!

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AS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very enjoyable. The Chateaubriand deal was good value and the choice of one f the lowest price Cabernet Sauvignons went very well. We ordered Medium but it came medium rare, which was to my taste and just within the range for my wife who like things done little more. I suspect this is a cultural difference between French and English interpretations of steak presentation. That said it was delicious and we both enjoyed it.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service, fantastic food. Love the beetroot and goat's cheese salad.

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JM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant, fabulous chateaubriand and great service.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In two words: utterly perfect.

My partner and I ate here last Friday evening for an anniversary meal, and were treated to exceptional service and food.

We enjoyed starters of soup, before sharing snails which were covered in the most amazing garlic sauce (they really are a must if you eat here). For our mains we shared the Chateaubriand, which came with two glasses of procsecco via an open table deal. This is shockingly good value for, perhaps, the most beautifully cooked steak i have ever eaten. I'll certainly be coming back for this, deal or no deal. Unfortunately we had no room for pudding, but coffee's were served with an array of petit fours which satisfied my sweet tooth!

The service was attentive, with our waiters being charming and present when needed, but not intrusive. The piano player was a lovely touch, and played a wonderful selection of songs.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice and quiet place for a date even in Friday evening!

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Check in was efficient and welcoming. Seated in a nice area of the restaurant. There was a mistake with the started, which was rectified straight away. We were seen to regularly for drinks. Overall very happy with the food and service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, brilliant service and wonderful ambiance, I highly recommend, one of the best restaurants I have ever been to.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I enjoyed the evening but the food which was nice was cold.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Poor service offset by good food.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in for a pre-theater menu, and what a treat. Would come back any day.

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it loved it loved it! What a smashing and different place. Food was delicious and I didn’t feel stuffed afterwards, just comfy as one should be after three courses.
We had cocktails and delicious wine and were happy lingering after lunch until 4pm, which we appreciated enormously.
The staff were delightful, warm and friendly but not obsequious.
LeEscargot is our new favourite place in town.

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S
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

After the play. Food was good. Service solid

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was excellent. Good service and reasonable wine selection. My only criticism would be the condition of the toilets. I’d definitely recommend the experience.

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RC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Difficult to fault. Almost faultless service, apart from a minor mix up over one desert. Excellent food, good wine, charming waiters, lovely table. A great old institution of a place. Loved it. Have been before and wonder why I don't go more regularly. I shall! First class.

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CP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very old school place.
Food was average
And the service just average

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F
London
98 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

L'Escargot is a wonderful find in London. It feels like we had been transported over to France to a delightful characterful venue with delicious food and friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable staff.

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Y
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

L'Escargot, Soho. My husband and I recently had dinner at L'Escargot. It was for a very special occasion. Unfortunately, we had to wait 35 minutes for our table. We were sent to the Library to have a drink whilst we waited. After 10 minutes my husband had to go and find someone to take our drinks order. After that things got much better. We had a lovely table and a lovely meal. The staff where very attentive. I would say that the wine prices where very high.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Can’t believe I haven’t been here before, great venue for a date. We had the chateaubriand steak which we were both very happy with and snails which were probably the best we’ve had in London. Piano player on a Friday night was a nice touch. Great decor (although some of the wooden chairs should be upgraded to the dark leather green ones). Great service too, we’ll definitely return.

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