Restaurants, French Clapham
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If you want somewhere more French, take the Eurostar. Everything – the dark interior; the classic cuisine; the smouldering, shrugging staff – is straight out of central casting and gloriously, uninhibitedly Gallic. Such bustling brasseries used to be all over France, places to eat croissants before work, or steak frites before visiting the cinema opposite. The cooking makes no concessions: start with snails, moules, fruits de mer or a chèvre salad; follow with bavette steak, andouillette sausages, magret de canard, salade niçoise or a lobster whisked straight from the tank. The menu enfant does indeed feature steak haché or escalope volaille; desserts bring you mont blanc and crème caramel – or maybe strong cheeses from the mesh box on the zinc bar. Spread across the two dark rooms are rickety tables (and a very large communal one), the lobsters in their tank (and their plastic brethren on the ceiling), French adverts on the walls, and a phalanx of strong liqueurs behind the bar. OK, the chips were lukewarm on our visit, and the salade verte rather gritty; but grilled entrecôte was done to a turn, and a lovely syrah house wine came in a Duralex glass. Vegetarians can, it seems, eat frites.


Venue name: Gastro
Address: 67 Venn Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8am-3pm, meals served noon-midnight daily.
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common tube
Price: Main courses £12.95-£16.75. Set lunch (noon-3pm Mon-Fri) £9.95 2 courses incl coffee.
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Absolutely fantastic. two mornings in a row have been spent in this wonderful establishment. The service is impeccable and the staff are all incredibly warm and polite. I returned the second day to take friends for breakfast and they too were taken a back by the service. The quality of the food was perfect, although I did maybe indulge a little too much with the breakfast! Coffee was of a good standard and I am hoping to visit tonight so I can sample the evening menu, oh and I guess it would be a little rude not to try some of their pastis and calvados maybe! Please recommend this perfect place to everyone.

Rachel K

I visit Gastro all the time for drinks. My favourite place for a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and very nice wine. I haven't eaten here yet, but the food always smells delicious and I can't wait to try it.

Sonny C

This is a great spot- chic yet shabby & the waiting staff have the continental nonchalance down pat yet remain friendly if not over efficient. Classic French fare & the frites are to die for! My favourite time here is brunch- lovely Gallic twist on the classic fry up. If the weather's fine also great spot to sit outside & soak up the Venn St atmosphere.

timothy w

A bit of Paris in Clapham. Everything is mis matched and shabby. When the weather is kind outside dining is a great option. Food is good and covers all the French classics and the wine list is simple, short and reasonable value. Not a venue for a date but great for dinner with friends, your partner or family

Danielle G

Bad service and mediocre food just like in Paris! We went there for brunch today, the staff were stand offish and spoke to us quite bluntly, not a warm and inviting start. We ordered 2 coffees, I asked for the Gastro special and my friend the brioche and jam. It took a while before anyone came out, the first thing they brought to us was the Gastro special, which wasn't anything special at all, some undercooked eggs, 2 types of sausages (menu said talouse) and some questionable bacon. When I asked the waitress why some of the bacon was brown and some red, she shrugged and said she didn't know.  A good 5 minutes later my friend's brioche came, then followed by our coffees.

The only reason I've even given the review 2 stars is for the location, its lovely to sit outside. 

Joanne B

Excellent food, friendly and attentive staff and quick service. Sat outside, lovely atmosphere on Venn Street. The staff were either french or spoke excellent french so very authentic. Been here twice now, never had a problem and would definitely recommend!

Paul E

Were to start? The food is very nice, unlike the staff, who are really, quite lazy and rude, as well as ignorant, especially when the manager isnt there. We went in last night, we sat down, and ordered a bottle of wine, which then took 20 minutes, and another request for it to be delivered. There were 3 or 4 staff just standing around totally ignoring us! Despite the fact it wasnt very busy. If you expect good service from polite, friendly staff, dont go here. The manager really should have a word with her people! However, theres a nice french restaurant in clapham south called the chardon, much nicer.

Eszter L

We went to Gastro recently and the food was absolutely awful and the manager was exceptionally rude..i'm absolutely disgusted by her behaviour as she was shouting at us never to come back just because we've said we would like to give the waitress the tip in cash rather than service charge..this is unacceptable and we will never going back and do not advise to anyone to go there ever!!she deserves to be sacked! 


Where else can you get snails and foie gras at a reasonable price? The food and service is 3/5 but once you have been there, even if the chips can be a bit soggy, you want to go back again. Perfect place to have a post or pre Clapham Picture House meal. And yes - even if you launch your snail into the empty table next to you - they are cool.


A warm and friendly atmosphere, with lovely outdoor seating. Perfect for Saturday and Sunday brunch as well as a very reasonable lunch and dinner menu, this little French bistro provides excellent food and has never failed to impress friends and family.


An absolute dream to eat at. I went with my parents, we sat outside and we were transported to France as if we were on holiday. Wonderful, delicious food. Bavette steak for main with the most wonderful home made fries. Floating islands for pudding that brought tears to my eyes it was so beautiful. Excellent wine list. Faultless waiting staff. I am heartily looking forward to my next trip there and would recommend this to all. Would advise booking, particularly at the weekend, Gastro is deservedly popular. Thank you for such a happy evening.


Hello , the Gastro is one of my favourite French restaurant in London , been there many times for the past 2 years. The food is so good , very tasty , succulent and very nice presentation ..The staff are very nice and they leave you time to eat ..The terrasse is so good during summer time !!!! Go there for Lunch menu or diner time you will never regret it !!!! Book your table before as the restaurant is quite busy during evening and week end


terrible food, poor service1 not worth it pay for it i can get better steaks at home and french fries came saggy and burn!


"À LA CARTE" a bit pricey, but the set menu was v. good value and rather tasty. House (red) wine was nice, steak cooked to perfection. Cheese very smelly, staff pleasantly cheeky. Encore!


We went to Gastro one last time as the decor is nice and we're local but the food was absolutely aweful! I had no idea that it was possible to turn seafood into such a bland, tasteless slob of mud.. I'm afraid it was just disgusting! We also witnessed the manager being quite rude to some French clients a while back, he seems to think that being a guest is a privilege.. Ridiculous! From the outside it looks just like a bit of France in London but don't be seduced to go in there! These people need to get a grip, being rude doesn't quite cut it. Instead, try learn how to cook and be hospitable and accomodating to people. I've never bothered to leave reviews but I feel people need to be warned about these loosers. Somehow there still are people around who think that to be a French waiter you have to snort at people and get offensive if your customers complain. As my French friend said to me when we left "Ohlala!!!"


I ve been to gastro recently and I can tell you I ve been really disappointed. We went there one thursday night, there was nothing left! It was like 8.30. Each time we asked for one main course, they told us it was out of stock. The waiter and the manager were quite rude "french style" (I can say it.I m french!) I used to go there with pleasure, i won't go anymore. It's pricy and the quality of the food (not even talking of the service...) is not as good as it used to be! Go for the restaurant "the chardon" in clapham south! Iwon't go back to gastro definitely...


Pricey but excellent steak and breton cider. Make sure you seat in the bar area - much better atmosphere.

Frankie H
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the last time i have been there we cam across a rat trying to find her way out of there i recommande you to take a look at the kitchen before you order