L'Escargot

4.6
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3215 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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GG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Wonderful! Fantastic ambience, well-spaced tables that give a lot of privacy (for central London). Service this time was a touch disorganised but everyone was lovely and doing their best. Delicious food as always - we love coming here for an occasional treat and look forward to our next visit!

JM
London
81 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nowhere in soho beats this experience. Took family there last night and food and service excellent. Everyone luvd it. New waiter Puga really looked after us. Well done.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. Made even bettter by special offer on main course via open table. Would highly recommend restaurant.

SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Staff were incredible and attentive and made the experience. The food was excellent. A small menu but I could have picked any of them!

c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and service very attentive. Snails were excellent

C
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing food. 2 of party had duck confit which was overcooked, tough and dry. Dauphinoise potatoes were hard and undercooked. Replacement ones were hardly any better. Not a fine dining experience. Waiter very pleasant, although he did pour wine from second bottle we ordered into glasses which still had wine from first bottle in them.

SI
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend’s birthday landed in the middle of our trip to London, and we decided to visit L’escargot to celebrate. The cocktails menu offered some unique choices. Since it was her birthday, they brought us champagne to toast her day and a plate of mini treats with happy birthday written on the plate. We had the chocolate fondant for dessert, and it was delicious.

PC
Berkshire
167 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent choice of food and drink, and a good pre theatre menu

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an absolutely delightful experience we have just had in this charming, warm and inviting restaurant! What happened to be stressful last minute arrangement due to let down of other venue ended up as unforgettable experience. Even though the restaurant was pretty busy the service was excellently attentive which with absolutely crazy good food, perfectly matched wine we were recommended made the experience absolutely magical.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

an annual return visit to L’Escargot, and happily surprised. It seems everything has been revamped and improved. The food was improved, and excellent, it was quiet, despite most tables being used, the decor was great - as usual, but the main change was the staff - they’re all terrific, James and all the staff on the ground floor rooms were personable, fast when needed, and subtly attentive, thank you, the visits will be more frequent in 2020, still my favourite Soho restaurant

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Very expensive wine and the bill adds up very quickly

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was for my special 60th birthday, and this was such a very memorable occasion, because everything was perfect here. The portions are big ! and the service is great. I would really recommend this place for a romantic meal or any occasion. We would be back at sometime in the future, although we live quite a distance away. Thank you for making this a lovely evening. And thank you for the chocolates and candle at the end.

g
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The service was not at a level I expected of this restaurant which slightly spoilt the occasion. and for that reason I could not recommend the restaurant. Pity as the food was very good.

MP
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Superb classic French cooking all of it well judged and perfectly executed. Excellent value for money and an elegant, old fashioned and opulent setting.

J
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent evening meal at the very favourable prix fixe rate. Wine choice was good and quality as good as we had expected.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The service and food was very good but we were perhaps fortunate to be early evening when it was quiet.
We really enjoyed it and have bikes a return trip.

MA
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm sure that it's not the cheapest restaurant in the area, but it is very good. Service was impeccable. Food - both choice (even on the pre-theatre/set menu) and quality was very good. The confit of duck deserves a special mention - a very (surprisingly) large duck-leg with very nice savoy cabbage and other vegetables. The additional sides we had - truffle mash and dauphinoise - were very nice, but for us, a bit too much food! We chose a sub-£40 wine Cheval Quancard from Bordeaux which accompanied the food very well.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

L'Escargot is a splendid restaurant for a quiet lunch or a brilliant dinner. I especially like the old-fashioned decor and comfortable ambience.

FH
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely atmosphere and kind staff.
We sat next to the fireplace which was a rather warm experience, but my God was it cozy !
Lovely old feel to the place, the Champagne and wine was divine and with the round table we were sat at, it was easy to communicate with the whole table and keep the talks internal rather than shouting from one end to of the table to the other and disturbing the rest of the restaurant.
Would definitely recommend this London pearl to everybody who fancies a proper meal and a lovely night out :)

AG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my partner were there for the “escargots”.But walking inside we found very welcome atmosphere and the stuff very kind and friendly.While our table got ready we had 2 cocktails (strange that I ‘m not a lover of cocktails) and we was surprised the guy very good to recommend us and very professional to do it.So guys can I recommend “Cucumbertini” fresh and soft cocktail.The food was amazing so we can give 5 stars for the chef.Definitely we gonna be back soon.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great choice and beautiful setting for a birthday treat

AP
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Ambiance and food really excellent. Good service but the waiters need to smile - so very serious. Ladies toilet not flushing. Will definitely be back though.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an all round fabulous meal. The french onion soup, boeuf bourguignon were excellent.