Elena's L'Étoile

Restaurants, French Fitzrovia
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Elena's L'Étoile
Venue says Pre-theatre dining – two courses at £12.95 per person.

Signed photos from many of Britain’s best-loved actors line the walls at l’Etoile, forming a great sea of thespian endorsement that fills every available space. The restaurant itself has been around for over a century, and its aesthetic is firmly of the old school; etched glass, red banquettes and starched linen remain the order of the day.

The food is resolutely classic too: a ham hock terrine starter with apple chutney and sauce vierge is straight from the Left Bank; and a delicate double-baked mushroom soufflé is a well-judged French staple, served with a cool twist of chive crème fraîche. Main courses satisfied without enthralling. A light, fresh salmon and leek fish cake arrived with mushy peas and an endive salad, and corn-fed chicken accompanied by a mini kiev and red wine sauce was hearty yet undistinguished.

There’s more imagination at work in the desserts. A light lemon tart came intriguingly topped with popping candy, and a hefty portion of rice pudding was decked with great shavings of caramelised pineapple. Elena’s faded grandeur and traditional dishes are part of its charm: this is a place for a nostalgic feed rather than an inspiring one.

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Elena's L'Étoile says
More than a century since it first opened its doors, Elena's L'Etoile is a legend among London restaurants. A buzzy, glamorous, French-style bistro founded on high-quality food and warm hospitality, this Charlotte Street eaterie is a favourite haunt of business travellers and bohemians alike. From its beginnings in 1896 to present day, our London French restaurant has evolved over many decades to become the venue of choice for generations of actors and celebrities from stage, screen and the worlds of art and literature.

Elena's also boasts four beautifully appointed private salons in classical French style. They are ideal for smaller events. For larger groups, the whole venue is also available for exclusive take-overs subject to availability. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, a cocktail and canapé event, a book-launch to private party, we can cater for the needs of groups from 6 to 140 people.

We pride ourselves on our wine list at Elena's. Our carefully crafted cellar combines vintage and new world wines to accompany your meal. A large selection of our wines are served by the glass. Elena's special offers allow guests to enjoy our delicious French-inspired cuisine at the best value through a limited time discount or gourmet set menu.
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Venue name: Elena's L'Étoile
Address: 30 Charlotte Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £15.75-£20.25. Set meal £20.95 2 courses, £25.95 3 courses
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Babs - Working Girl London

I went here for a birthday lunch with my bff. It was a Friday afternoon and we were the only people in the restaurant for a while. Even by the time we left there were only two other tables filled. If you're looking for a more lively lunch, perhaps look somewhere else, but I'm sure it gets very busy at dinner time. The food was great - not only was it super tasty, but the portions were also very generous, which you often don't find at higher end restaurants. I had the guinea fowl (pictured) and it was divine - so flavoursome! The staff were attentive and the restaurant decor is pretty cool. I would definitely recommend this as a date spot or somewhere for a nice meal with friends - but would probably go for dinner if I go back.

Jason James

This indeed is a star! Charming throughout and lovely, easy-going French food. A lovely Charlotte Street find.


A charming little French restaurant set just on Charlotte street where the walls are adorned with countless pictures of celebrities who have eaten there. The food was delicious and well presented all at a reasonable price. The staff were so attentive friendly and welcoming. In summary, a quiet and intimate restaurant with great good quality French food.


Had a lovely night out with friends. Great menu and wine list. Friendly service and good food.