Comptoir Gascon

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538 reviews
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£25 and under
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French

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A French foodie’s paradise. Michelin Bib-Gourmand since 2006. Specialising in food & wines from the South-West of France. From the team behind Michelin-starred Club Gascon.

The menu includes classic dishes such as homemade charcuterie "Piggy Treats", Duck confit, Cassoulet Toulousian and French fries cooked twice in duck fat - one of Time Out's top 100 dishes in London.

A whole section devoted to duck, a charcoal "BBQ" grill section with cuts priced per 100g and weekly blackboard specials. The selection of foie gras includes the award-winning Foie Gras &Summer Truffle burger.

A few mins walk from Farringdon, St. Pauls & Barbican tube station, Comptoir is a friendly neighbourhood bistro - ideal for business lunches or an informal and intimate dinner with friends.

The all-day delicatessen provides a wide selection of fresh foie gras, cheeses, charcuterie and wines available year-round to take away.

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4.2
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EGB69
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly and warm, tasty food from southern France. Not too noisy and very pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Despite advanced notice, gluten free items were very scarce. Very French, duck and foie gras predominant. Gluten free bread came very late from the freezer and some of the poorest quality I have had in a London restaurant for a long time. Steak was lovely, sorbets too sour and price very high.

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vipLimey
Oxford
86 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service for a business lunch. Cassoulet was great. Guests loved the veloute.

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vipStevieWeevie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Disappointed overall.
Wine was great, even though the vintage changed (with very different tastes) between bottles of the same during evening.
Main issue was the cassoulet - not good taste or texture at all. Ratatouille side dish more like tomato and onion stew!

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vipxxxx
London
44 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food in a relaxed setting.

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vipChris
London
59 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Once I saw the menu, I was really looking forward to visiting this restaurant.
It didn’t disappoint. Everything from the food quality, to the service was really great.
The only minor negative is that food portions are enormous. Certainly not a bad thing for most. I’ll absolutely return, but probably order about half the food.

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DominicC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely bistrot with lots of delicious duck in the menu.

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As usual the food and service were very good. A very pleasant evening.

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vipMA121
London
60 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Classic french Brasserie style restaurant, and a place you'll love if you're into your duck! Food from the gascon region sand a sister restaurant to the excellent club gascon. Nice an relaxed venue, great food, service was a little too prompt as things were getting whipped away a little too quickly but that didn't detract from a great meal!

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vipSomme
London
40 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favourite restaurant of mine, always excellent food, superb service and great atmosphere. Will be back next month

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vipSomme
London
40 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a superb dinner, the food was fantastic, just excellent a chateau brion. The wine was also just perfect with the steak. Great atmosphere, fantastic service, our 6th visit, we will be back very soon

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vipYasmeen
London
26 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Comptoir Gascon - mid-week dinner for two in this lovely little restaurant just a few minutes walk from Farringdon Station.

Lovely food and service. Staff where very helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Always good food and service plus interesting wine selection. Great for after work supper

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vipHungryrabbit
London
461 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

I have been meaning to try this place for ages, but I came for dinner at 7pm on a very very cold Thursday evening, and unfortunately the place was almost empty and rather cold, so the experience was probably not what it should have been. The food was good (nice croquettes to start and a tasty if small foie gras & truffle "burger" which did not contain any kind of meat patty unfortunately)... but I was in and out in half an hour. I'll try again when it is warmer and busier!

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CeeGeeCee
London
102 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Always good to eat at Comptoir Gascon but having recently moved offices I don't find myself in Smithfield quite so often as before. It was, surprisingly, empty when we arrived, but some tables filled up later. However, sud-ouest food remained prominent - lots of duck, foie gras and even a 'Gascon Mess'. That certain something seemed to be absent this time round but I'll still return when I'm in the area...

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vipSomme
London
40 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. It was a special set menu. This happens once a month. The pheasant was truly excellent

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JDur
London
26 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great place to catch up with friend. No loud music, good ambience and friendly service. Food was outstanding, really seasonal and was light and lots of vegetables. I loved my dish (the cod).

Only down side is the price.. rather expensive, but then I rarely go out without the kids, so felt like a real treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful authentic Gascon cuisine made my visiting friends very happy. Honest, excellent, great value and a great night.

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vipSomme
London
40 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another super dinner. We had the Special a Chateau Briand. It was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Really excellent tasty food, well served and not too pricey!

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vipRobin
London
61 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Comptoir Gascon was once again a great neighbourhood place for lunch with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good food. Nice location. Lovely atmosphere.
The service could be better.

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vippgs123
London
39 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Comptoir Gascon disappointed somewhat this time. They did not have a reocrd of this booking! I had made a special effort to book and provided extra requests via Opentable (the meal was a special occasion). None of that worked. The restaurant was quite cold, temperature-wise. One of the few main courses (guinea fowl) was not 'on' - despite us being the second of 2 tables dining on a Saturday night (more of that later).
Among my 3 friends , piggy treats got good reviews; duck burger with fois gras got muted approval; a tiny fois gras burger type thing in what looked like a hot dog bun was well received; my lamb rump was average at best. The chips were very tasty. House red was perfectly acceptable. Desserts got overall better reviews.
I recall Comptoir Gascon as being a really tasty and interesting place to visit. Perhaps the lack of diners on a Saturday night is reflective of a slide downhill. Certainly on my experiece re this bookng, I shall not be making a detour to visit again.

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luveating
London
60 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very nice as quiet enough to hear each other talking plus lovely food

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice, very good duck and the foie gras burger is insane. Cozy ambience and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible

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alwayshungry
London
51 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and extremely friendly, professional service

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vipjohnofthefarm
London
270 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I have been visiting Comptoir Gascon for several years and was not disappointed by the welcome and the first course but the main, braised lamb, was a disappointment. Quantity was good but it lacked any flavour either in the meat itself or the sauce. Most disappointing, especially as the dish came from the menu of the day.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully cooked meat! #succulent

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Rudess
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the duck burger, very tasty. Good value for money overall for the meal and the service was top-class.

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vipoztraveller
Berlin
79 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Super leckeres essen in einem netten Atmosphäre. Wir waren am Frietag Abend zum Abendessen und hatten eine gute Erfahrung mit dir Kelnerrin. Super gemütliche Einrichtungen und tolles essen

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Zheng
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A rare find in the City. I am impressed by the food and service, absolutely above my expectation. The dessert is also wonderful with right portion. I will recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves French food.

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AdeN
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice little French restaurant with authentic food. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great efficient service in a laid back environment, with wines and food that everyone enjoyed very much.

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jerry
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2017
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

excellent service. food could have been warmer but well prepared and flavorful..

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HowardR
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2017
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Very good SW French food, and a great ambience albeit very quiet and not many diners. Wines good but expensive, better when the restaurant stick to SW France wines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

This was a real letdown for us - which was a surprise based on all the great reviews we'd read. I ordered the steak medium rare, when it came it was just too rare for me (should have assumed that they were cooked the french way I guess!) so I asked for it to be cooked a little more - it came back medium to well so didn't enjoy it. The 'smokey greens' were just some steamed vegetables with a dab of smoked butter on some of it. The famed chips were just standard - and a bit soggy. The worst part was that we saw a waiter carrying a meat dish and the juices/fat were running off the side.... onto the chair and jacket of one of the gentlemen at the table he was serving! On getting home we discovered that my husbands jacket also had meat juice/fat down it (it was hanging on the back of his chair). The service was friendly and efficient but the lacklustre food and sloppy service means we won't return. Should have tried a duck dish I think!

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vipJezzer
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Set out of the way opposite one side of Smithfield Market, is a real gem of a place which makes you feel like you've been transported to France. Lunch for three. One had excellent ribeye steak, another had duck burger with food gras and I had the"traditional thick cut pork loin". The only disappointing one was my pork loin, since, although delicious, was cut like thick bacon- about 5mm thick. I can't really criticise the restaurant for this though - maybe my own ignorance of what this dish should be like. Dessert of proper crème before with real vanilla was sublime. £26 bottle of wine wasn't as nice as I'd hoped. Maybe you need to spend more on wine here. Would definitely go again, but choose differently.

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NeilD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Definitely worth a detour. Non-formulaic and slightly unconventional menu makes it a more interesting venue to try. Prices are good and affordable and the food does not disappoint. Friendly and efficient staff and a wine list with sensible prices. Want a pleasant evening meal with friends after work at a decent price and with a pleasant ambience ... come here.

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