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Le Vieux Comptoir

4.6
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241 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
The best French Bistro and Wine Bar in Marylebone. Why not enjoy our delicious dishes, all home-made by our French Chefs, and our special selection of terrines, foie gras, charcuterie and cheeses.

As an exclusive French Wine Shop, we have a selection of 250 wines & champagnes, all available with the French corkage (Shop price with a corkage between £10 to £20 per bottle).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 241 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
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NickC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding traditional French quiche at this authentic, subtle brasserie!!

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JeremyH
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to go here. Service impeccable, food a joy.

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GilesB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and great wine as usual

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shannoro
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite place in Marylebone! My flatmates and I have made it a tradition to come here for celebrations and it never disappoints! We always order the amazing fondue and the delicious profiteroles, and the service is always excellent and prompt. Love this place so much!

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DamianLa
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best places I've eaten in London for a long time. Wen with two friends on the Friday, it was so good I went back with another friend on the Saturday.

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Chris
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Such a shame to have to write a negative report. Before this bistro became popular you could turn up and drink all evening, until 10pm. Then you had to book, but could drink all evening until 10pm. Now, despite being informed on booking for a 6pm table that last food orders would be 9.45pm, we were informed upon arrival that we had to leave by 8.15pm for the next booking. No apology, no chance of a reprieve. We ended up moving to the bar at the prescribed time. After shedding £300 between 4 of us, we left at 9pm with nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders from the manager. He really didn't care. He has enough custom from people in a hurry. At least, he did a week ago.

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Artoffood
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice surroundings with short uncomplicated menu and excellent wine list

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EmmaW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is an absolutely charming, authentic French restaurant, serving simple but delicious food. The service is excellent and the ambience is delightfully French. The onion soup is to die for, especially on a cold day.

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CasualDiner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic staff, great wine selection & advice and simple, good quality food.

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DimitrisT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, typical French food which was tasty...

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AmandaG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

An excellent hideaway for a casual meal with authentic French ingredients and ambiance. Quality wines to choose from too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, food and atmosphere as always!

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CatharineA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here. So friendly and attentive, without being intrusive. Staff delightful. Food delicious. Dogs welcomed.

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AlexanderA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and a great wine list. Shame the restaurant closes so early (10:30pm) so it was unfortunate to feel a certain degree of pressure to speed up the dinner, particularly when the waitress told us to place our final orders as the kitchen was closing (around 9:45pm). Besides this I would definitely come back and the host was incredibly welcoming and friendly. Maybe just get rid of the table near the entrance, I'm not sure anyone would be too pleased sitting there.

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HettieB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Poor service- when we arrived a man upstairs barked at us that we could only have the table for an hour and thirty minutes (not something we expected to be greeted with). Food was very expensive for small portions- the duck leg just came with some small potatoes and no sauce/ vegetables, so the dish was very dry. Mixed charcuterie board came with a small piece of bread- when we asked for another we were charged £2 more, despite there being no notice of this on the menu. Overall very disappointing and expensive experience.

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PaulaZ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing valentines day experience. Great food, service and wine list. Reasonable prices too. Would definitely recommend and will be coming back.

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NickiC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our 5th or 6th visit, and every time is as good - if not better than the previous. We were lucky that it was not too busy, so we were able to get the "best table in the house" - set on its own amongst the wine racks! Service was good, and very French... and the food was even better and even more French!

With (warm) Fois Gras, Smoked Salmon, pork terrine and French Onion soup... followed by two perfect Onglets and two Omelettes... we had to wash it down with the Lemon Tart and two Creme Brulee's... such that the four of us were delightedly stuffed!

We chose wine by the glass, to cater for all tastes... and it all came to just over £55 a head, which is not at all bad.

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victormeldrew
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always.

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly welcome and service. Food is very typically French bistro and we loved it. My husband’s onglet steak was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous and my fondue Savoyarde was enough for two people. French onion soup and escargots for starters were spot on. We’ll be back to try the duck burger and Beouf Bourguignon next time. Good selection of wines by the glass or bottle on the menu, or you can choose any bottle from the shop upstairs to be served instead. Finally we moved to the bar for a glass of very good champagne before leaving to catch our train - we’ll be back.

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vipBangwizz
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Great wine for a good price. Fantastic little underground gem! Unfortunately the waiters forgot about our and another table for ages and finally we had to get up to get some service. The Fondue was ok.

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LucyD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a first date and was perfect, we just had a couple of sharing platters, one meat, one cheese, very well presented and the perfect size. We didn't want anything too heavy. The wine was exquisite, I'm not normally a red wine drinker but loved it. I seem to remember it being a pino noir - to be honest the whole experience was a delight, I love the authenticity of the place. Highly recommended !

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vipTSML
London
57 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

Love the ambience and location of this place - hidden off Marylebone High Street and downstairs until a world of its own.
Clearly this restaurant makes an effort to transport you into a traditional French bistro and they succeed in many ways. The problem is, that it's a bistro from another era, not this one and it really needs to make an effort to update its approach without losing its French roots.
The menu is very limited to traditional French food and delivered in a old style way eg Confit of duck comes as a main course just with a leg on a plate (no sauce, as is traditional, as is old fashioned) with a few potatoes. The waitress seemed confused that I asked if I could have a side of veg to accompany it - "we don't even have vegetables here" was the response. So instead, at my insistence on a salad, I got a couple of lettuce leaves, nothing more.
Asking for non-alcoholic drinks also seemed a challenge - just apple juice on offer.
The wine list seemed good as you would expect.
Asking for some bread, you get charged, unlike the traditions in France.
Come on Le Vieux, don't stick to traditions for the sake of making a meal more complete and enjoyable for your guests. Old (Vieux) isn't always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

Great food, very bad service

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NathalieM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Une très bonne raclette ! Des profiteroles énormes mais un service qui laisse un peu à désirer (une bouteille d’eau renversée par un des serveurs n’a pas été remplacée). Patron sympa

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Hepiffie
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great welcome, pleasant and efficient staff, delicious food. Ideal for casual dining.

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AndrewW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

I am not sure this visit was representative- there was only one other table occupied. The last time the ambience and food was better. The wine list the same and very good.

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SophieG
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant - food is absolutely delicious, tasty and prices are very good. The large cheeseboard is massive! The wine list is not cheap but this is quality wine and you also have good options by the glass.

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Hepiffie
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pleasant relaxed evening catching up

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HannaH
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelllent food and wines combined with warm and friendly service in a rustic atmosphere. What Else could you wish for?

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. The fondue is not to be missed. Great wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We arrived at 6:30pm for our Opentable booking, only to be told that our table was reserved for just two hours.

We have checked the T’s and Cs on the OpenTable booking and our email confirmation and at no stage were we informed of this. This was a friends get together and we had planned to stay for most of the evening.

Even when we queried the booking with the manager he still argued that we had been advised of the 2 hour slot when booking because we were in the December Christmas run up. That was completely incorrect and, even though we offered to show him our booking confirmation, he could provide no evidence of the 2 hour limit. He continued to blame us and we did not appreciate his argumentative approach. We never received an apology.

Eventually, after we continued to complain the manager advised us that he had just received a cancellation and that, miraculously, we could keep the table. Hmmm.

The main meal, cheese and wine were all good but our evening got off to a bad start and was to some extent spoilt by the attitude of the staff. Also, there was no gluten free bread option which made the cheese board a little challenging for one member of our group.

We may return but next time we will pick up the phone to double check the arrangements and definitely not rely on a booking via OpenTable. The staff need to change their approach though.

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JoC1
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was very grateful for the flexibility around my booking - with my friends arriving at different times and your making a larger table available. The food and wine were both excellent - especially the Riesling - and the lunch was delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive and perfectly timed. It was a great environment to share a celebratory lunch with two colleagues. I will definitely come again and will recommend warmly.

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DiningOut
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, well executed food, prices OK for the area

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AnaF
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and welcoming staff! Perfect Fondue and very wide selection of wines.

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ElizabethB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff. Accommodated our needs as we had 2 tables for 2 people and they moved the tables close to each other.
Lovely food. Great ambience

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Lunchinglady
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a gorgeous find! A lovely little French restaurant tucked away just off Marylebone High Street. Lovely, light cheese fondue, a delicious tartine, a couple of glasses of good Gigondas and a creme brulee. Great value, very welcoming staff. We loved it!

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AlessandroP
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was perfect. Great service. Amazing food. Nice atmosphere. Again, very friendly waiters. I would definitely recommend it here. If there is one restaurant you want to go to for a great date, make it this one.

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TomR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place wonderful people, thank you for a lovely evening

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anthonyget
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The sheer quality of the ingredients is wonderful. Attention to detail, caring service and I am always amazed at the standard of food those chefs prepare in such a small kitchen. The Roasted Vacherin was to die for. Highly recommended.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classic French cooking, great wines, good service. Lovely little oasis of the bustling Main Street

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Le Vieux Comptoir is rated 4.6 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

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