L'Escargot

4.5
2916 reviews
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French
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. We are delighted to say that we are dog friendly.

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening - thank you

s
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service given in a lovely ambience. We enjoyed the live music but not so loud you cant hear each other in conversations. We had the 2 courses meal with a glass of prosecco for a great price but the food was exceptional. The lobster bisque full of depth and flavour and the roasted cod just fell off and was perfectly cooked. Unfortunately we were so full that the desserts we ordered could not be enjoyed as much. Would definitely go again.

k
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French restaurant. Amazing food althought a bit expensive. Defenitely worth the money though

G
Buckinghamshire
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding quality of food and its presentation. Expensive but well worth the cost. The only minor problem was the service which was generally ok but a little slow towards the end. When being asked for a 15% service charge, I don't expect to have to remind the server that my coffee is going cold and the petit fours still haven't arrived!!

l
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and value as always.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable experience with tables not too close, great food and service in relaxing surroundings.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely service and all for a great price - can’t complain

JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food very good. Service was slightly lacking - ordered water, wine and other soft drinks, and the wine and soft drinks never came.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having moved away from London and not visited the restaurant for 20 years we were delighted to find it as wonderful as always .
Staff very welcoming and we enjoyed a superb evening and left feeling relaxed .
Will definitely visit again when in London

D
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A London institution - gets better with every visit

DH
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit to L'Escargot and we were again not disappointed. Lovely food, brilliant service.

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent celebration meal. We all had the special weekend menu which was great value for money. Will be looking for an excuse to visit again.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! Definitely recommend the snails! The waiter brought out chocolates for my boyfriend as we were celebrating his birthday which was a lovely touch!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first anniversary and L’Escargot didn’t disappoint! From a great value for money special offer menu, to excellent service divine food and the extra special touches from a happy anniversary extra dessert, made our evening perfect and we can’t wait to go back.

H
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every main dish was very very delicious ! I'll recommend to all my friends.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and a great setting for a catch up with old friends. Felt a little rushed but I think that was due to being a Friday and we were an early booking. Definitely an underrated hotspot in soho!

B
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious and well presented food. Good ambience and good service

c
London
47 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific meal..really excellent!

PA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great to come back after so many years and still find a traditional excellence, great people, lovely food. Not your fault at all but for 30 mins we were looking at two guys parked up in their truck right in front of the window having their burger and chips.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. We felt very spoilt as always. My favourite restaurant lived up to its reputation once again.

JR
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with excellent food. Only downside is the Soho location and getting to and from the restaurant.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but quality comes at a price. Great place!

BP
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Did the open table set menu which was extremely good value for money. I like the fact that eating here is unhurried and the dishes generally excellent.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue very classy, fantastic value for money!

CT
London
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb restaurant and dog friendly. Food was excellent, wine also good and live pianist was lovely. We ate on the OpenTable chateaubriand deal which was good value. They were extremely welcoming to our boxer dog which made for a wonderful evening.

KP
London
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Food was great and service exceptional!

AP
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance and great food full of flavour. Would recommend to anyone

DR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything you would expect from a French restaurant in a classic style. Good food, from quality ingredients presented nicely. It was a pleasure to have an evening meal where one was not deafened by hard floors, bare walls and no curtains. A very pleasant evening.

s
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th anniversary by ordering from the FT Menu. All the courses were beautifully prepared, and the tornedos were especially memorable, with a lovely large portion of foie gras, an excellent sauce, perfectly cooked meat, sitting on a delectable slice of toast. For dessert we had the profiteroles and the spectacular pistachio souffle. The champagne was the perfect toast, and the petit fours came on a suitably decorated plate with greetings from the staff. Service was friendly, prompt and attentive without being intrusive. Altogether we were delighted and highly recommend L'Escargot.

KA
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere... great food nice place to chill and relax with some food.
Me and my boyfriend celebrated his bday meal which he loved as snails are his fave! Definalty will recommend to others

MD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was exquisite: the service was on point. Ambiance good. Generally good value for money and time spent. Would go again

JM
London
67 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality and value. As ever

JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening, we had the special opentable offer of steak & chips for 2 with a glass of fizz which was excellent value, added dessert & a nice bottle of wine. Very good service, not too invasive & not at all snotty which some restaurants can be. Thoroughly enjoyed dinner & would definitely return.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I needed a dining place in London for a small group during a conference, and was luckily advised by a very experienced local. Was he right! We loved the atmosphere, the friendliness of staff, the food. Very important was the distance between the tables, that made good and relaxed conversation possible - which is rare nowadays, unfortunately. The food itself was rated between okay if a bit bland (risotto) and excellent (monkfish, salads). The deserts and pastry were a class in itself, extraordinaire.
I hope to return many times.

F
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lobster bisque I've ever had in my life (and *fabulous* other courses, from the melt-in-your mouth escargot to the perfectly crispy and juicy confit duck), wonderful back-in-time ambience (low lights, candles, original 1920s chandeliers) and really attentive and caring waitstaff. A lovely time from A to Z. Highly recommend for a romantic date or special night out.

TD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect, from the beautiful food to the attentiveness of the staff, couldn’t ask for a more perfect romantic setting. The snails were divine, the chateaubriand delicious and when they overheard me say happy birthday to my partner they even brought out a dessert with a candle in and happy birthday written in chocolate. 5 stars

l
London
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service, ambience and value. Lobster bisque is by far the best in London.

C
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restauants, with friendly and helpful staff and always an excellent menu. We have a favourite table which they usually have available for us. It has become part of our trips to London for a theatre or music event.

PN
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been to L’Escargot 3 times now. Always great. This was the first time i took my children along, they also found it great

MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous setting, very belle epoch, great food and service. Love stepping back in time from our modern age. Lovely experience.

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