Le Cafe du Marche

4.6
787 reviews
£41 and over
French
Open for over three decades, Le Cafe du Marche remains a family run, independent French restaurant. Tucked down a cobbled mews on the corner of historic Charterhouse Square and a stones throw from Smithfield Meat Market, we offer honest French food in a convivial and characterful setting. Crossing the threshold, guests feel they escape the hustle and bustle of the Square Mile and instead are transported to the south of France. We have live jazz in the evenings

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 787 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBuzz
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently very good here, classic dishes and professional service.

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cal888
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

this is just the restaurant everyone wants as their local; lovely food, comfortable service, great ambiance, piano music setting the customers with a feeling of wellbeing. From kir to coffee it's a delight. only gripe is that the truffles could be less sweet to be perfect!

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TB01
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Keep going back as the food never disappoints and the service is good so you can’t go wrong for a nice dinner out

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely place. Cant fault the food, the venue or the staff. And you get some jazz thrown in.

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Footieboy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A real favourite with consistently great food, beautiful setting and warm welcome.

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OysterCatcher
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Cote de Boeuf, great wine and live piano/bass jazz - felt almost like pre-lockdown halcyon days!

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NicolaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Always like going but thought was very expensive on the wine front !

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food under seasoned. Wine good. Service good. Only three tables in the room we were sat in. Reasonable decor.

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simons
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a pleasure

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ConnieS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great staff, and the atmosphere and food were excellent. The duck was amazing, recommend this dish. The live jazz makes this place really special.

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BelindaJ
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London and so good to see it back open. Excellent food and wonderful service. It felt a perfectly safe venue to dine at and the unobtrusive COVID secure measures made the evening feel like a welcome slice of normality

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markp
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic experience as always. This remains a wonderful restaurant. Our food was first rate and the wine list is reasonable. Add to that the great staff and service and you have a perfect combination.

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AngelaC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely superb, great food and service, thought I was in a bistro in France lovely ambience and outstanding tasty food. The starter of burrata, lovely flavours, guinea fowl, could not fault the dish. The apricot tart, had very crisp pastry and was divine. A great restaurant to share with friends and family. Felt safe inside as well as all staff wore masks and we wore masks if moving from our table. Would higly recommend.

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RufusW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really amazing steak, lovely restaurant. Very attentive staff in these difficult times.

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StephenG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great to be able to return to this wonderful restaurant. Good ambience, excellent service and food in a thoroughly relaxed and safe environment

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Nancy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food as always. The piano Performance was grand! My favorite French place by far

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OysterCatcher
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a gem of a place. Had the cote de boeuf which was superlative.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service

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vipgourmette
London
190 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

This was a great venue for Valentines Day - an authentic French bistro and live piano music. The food was ok, not special. Service was good.

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Foodlover
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Terrible service not idea what they are doing . What happens to those waiters that made the place so good. The guy on the door should be taught how to make people feel welcome

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JenniferS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The ambiance, service and location was very good. However was disappointed by the overall quality of the cookery. The soup lacked flavor and the meat dish was dry. Maybe the chef had an off day.

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Spencerpjf
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Decent, authentic French bistro in a pretty mews location, nice ambience, good food and service.

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NickP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A very attractive restaurant off Charterhouse Square where tables are not too close together. Food was excellent and served well.

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OpenTable Diner
17 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hadn’t been to this place for years but it was unchanged thank goodness. The food is great, wine list very good and not too expensive. One of the best authentic French restaurants left in London. Highly recommended.

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SamB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A wonderful French Bistro on a quiet backstreet of London. The food, wine and service were excellent - highly recommended!

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vipMikeS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A piece of Paris in Central London, this is a very good French bistro. Classic French fare backed up by good service and a decent wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love this restaurant.

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TimL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first experience of the restaurant and surpassed my expectations which had been built up via strong recommendations from others.

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vipPhilip
London
31 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I used to be a regular here - one of my favourites when I was working.
I was keen to return and wasn’t disappointed.

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Dougiemum
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant and very attentive staff.
The portions were a little small

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Guido
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pre-concert dinner at 6pm.
Delicious food from a broad but not too long menu. Prompt service. Table in the middle of the restaurant was a bit cramped, but was easier to get quick service.

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vipHelen
Berkshire
165 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food very good as always. Waiter failed to tell us about the £10 supplement on the additional fish fish on the lunch menu. Brought the bill then revised it after we had coffee and managed to try to charge for 8 meals rather than 4 - apologetic but such a glaring error it should have been noticed. Tried to serve us two additional desserts and a bottle of wine ordered by another table - all in all rather shambolic service, which was a little disappointing

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vipN1diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual. Bravo!

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vipFrank1927
London
59 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Consistent high standard of food and wine, welcome and service

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AthollJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and it provides consistently good food and value for money. It is an ideal venue for both business meetings and social events. As always the service was well-timed and friendly.

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vipSruthanach
London
87 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I have been visiting Le Cafe du Marche for over 30 years. Throughout the quality of the food and service have remained excellent. (I think the decor is unchanged too, but that is part of the charm of the place.) I would recommend unreservedly!

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was just perfect as usual. This has become our favourite restaurant and we will certainly be back again and again and again.......

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StevenG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s been over three years since my last visit it has maintained its high standards. A small but varied menu, well cooked and presented. Look forward to returning.

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vipSquareMileOmnivore
London
141 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Soupe de Poisson, duck leg Bourguignon, cheese plate all impeccable. Nardi Brunello 2012 a decent value. I never had to fill my own wine glass; not that I mind, but it’s a sign of a (full) restaurant firing on all cylinders when you don’t. Subdued but buzzy. One of London’s best classic French restaurants.

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vipN1diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific as ever. Proper French cooking done well.

The halibut dish with hollandaise was superb.

Bravo.

FAQs

Le Cafe du Marche is rated 4.6 stars by 787 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.