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Café Bohème

Restaurants, Brasseries Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)

Time Out says

This popular Soho brasserie certainly boasts a prime position - it's on a busy part of Old Compton Street, with room enough on the pavement for a few al fresco tables. They get snapped up sharpish when the sun shines, so be quick.

It's a flexible spot, too, open from breakfast right through to late night plates. There's a French slant to food, so expect charcuterie, pâtés, escargots, steak tartare and all kinds of 'oeufs'. Plats du jour keep things interesting.

Later night bites include steak frites, ham and cheese croquettes, burgers and croque-monsieurs et madames. A France-focused wine list is served alongside well-known draught and bottled beers, as well as classic cocktails.






Address: 13 Old Compton Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £6-£15. Set meal (noon-7pm) £11.50 2 courses, £13.50 3 courses. Cover (Fri, Sat) £5 11pm-2am.
Opening hours: Open 8am-3am Mon-Sat; 8am-10.30pm Sun. Meals served 8am-2.30am Mon-Sat; 8am-10pm Sun.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Never tried Boheme for food but I love dropping by on Saturday evenings to enjoy a glass of wine or gin tonic. Classy interior, good service and fun atmosphere, which is all you need when in Soho.


The weekday lunch formule was the perfect way to celebrate the end of my exams (forever!) with my friend yesterday!

This entails a main plus a wine/soft drink/beer for £10! I went for one of my favourite dishes, the Moules Frites and a glass of white wine. This was absolutely divine and now one of my favourite moules frites in London! There was a good amount of mussels in the pot, the gravy was creamy and tasty, and the fries were thin and cooked well. The only downside was how salty the fries were! My friend and I were chugging water the entire time and for the rest of the day. 

We both really liked how they kept the French tradition of serving a basket of fresh baguette with butter once seated and that they continue to fill that up throughout the meal. This was great because baguette was a great choice of staple to soak up that mouth-watering gravy in my dish! 

The service was really fast, as we didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive after we ordered and the waitress was very friendly! I also enjoyed the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant, as I really did feel like I was in a Parisien café - the dim lighting, the wooden tables and chairs, and the style of the restaurant. A lovely place overall and definitely worth it!

moderatorStaff Writer

Went on a cold afternoon and really liked its warm atmosphere. Hints of Hemingway's Paris. As other readers mentioned, quite pricey, but I will go back.


Good spot in Soho for lunch! It's more formal than I expected and the food just didn't impress enough for the prices charged. That said, if you're at a loss for where to go, it's not a bad option. I just feel there's better in Soho.  

Can't really go wrong here. The atmosphere is fun and the food pretty good. There are seats outside on the street if you get there early enough around lunchtime or evening which makes it the perfect people watching spot. As the name suggests it's a French restaurant with a pretty straight forward but varied menu. I can recommend the steak and chips! Right in Soho this is always a safe option at any time of day.

Café Boheme is always a safe Soho bet – great service, décor and delicious French food that doesn’t break the back account. I went there on a Monday night – and was lucky I had booked, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get a table! (impressive for a Monday) and meant the atmosphere was buzzing and busy. If the sun is blazing outside, the rich red and brown décor inside feels a little heavy, but there are a few tables outside (if you’re lucky enough to get one).

Great local cafe in Soho. Always consistent and prices very reasonable for food and drinks. Staff good though as the bar itself is small serving times can be a little long at peak hours.

The staff are also pretty cool about you drinking on the pavement no doubt in the face of the local council's wishes. 

Perfect place for people watching

Staff Writer

Look. I'm not just saying this because it is super close to work. I love this place at any hour of the day. 

It is the perfect spot for breakfast meetings, it is the perfect spot for taking your laptop for a spot of solo working (between meal service, obviously), it does a great, affordable lunch... and in the evening the cocktails are excellent and properly cheap for Soho.

The staff are genuinely fantastic. The decor is 'old French Soho'. There is nothing not to like about Cafe Boheme.

Staff Writer

Went Café Bohème for the first time today. I had Egg Royal and it was delirious. The hollandaise sauce was rich in taste and had a lovely texture. The egg was cooked to perfection. We followed our meal with dessert- macaroons. Such beautiful flavours. If you are an egg fan I would say give this place a go. One of the best egg royals that I have had...and I've had lots! 

Staff Writer

A definite post work favourite of mine. Located in the heart of Soho, it benefits from all the life and charm of Old Compton St that flows past you as you sip on your beer. Incredibly cool decor with a french feel. Staff very professional and friendly and food is amazing. Great meeting place for central London for either a pre-drink or stay the whole night drink. :-)


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