Le Garrick

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Le Garrick

Traditional French cooking in a cosy, brick-walled bistro.

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Le Garrick, is an iconic French restaurant in London. Sitting on the corner of Garrick Street and Floral Street in the heart of London’s Theatreland, Le Garrick is a family-run French bistro, brasserie and bar serving authentic French food in an authentic French atmosphere.
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Venue name: Le Garrick
Address: 10-12 Garrick St
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq/Covent Garden
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3.8 / 5

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How many times have you found yourself in the center of London - on Leicester Square before a visit to the theatre for example - with the unfortunate impression of being caught in a tourist trap? Overcrowded, noisy, covered with chain restaurants... this is not exactly the perfect place to find the rare culinary pearl.

Just a step away from Covent Garden, enter the Garrick restaurant to find a French, family and relaxed atmosphere. A tiny ground floor, very busy on weekends, overlooks the basement, with romantic alcoves. The menu of the restaurant was created by the owner of the place, Charles, raised in the Basque country. As a starter, you should definitely try the squid casserole with chilli. A recipe from Charles' family, which holds its secret taste from ginger and another ingredient that your diet will suffer from. The French wine list is well supplied. Staff is French and very friendly. The decoration is welcoming, which makes this place the perfect alternative to Five Guys and Co.


Sometimes you just want to go to a place that feels like it is just *that bistro around the corner* and Le Garrick is exactly that, except it is smack in the middle of theatreland that is Covent Garden.

I told my partner that I didn't want to go anywhere flashy. Maybe a bistro somewhere, serving just steak frites or cassoulet; with charming staff who know when to leave us alone and when to suggest a better bottle of wine... in an intimate setting.

I know a French place that is exactly that, he said, leading me straight to the corner of Floral and Garrick street. It was filled with people for a Tuesday evening. We walked downstairs to the basement where the dining room is and I gasped, it smelled and looked like Paris.

We didn't have to wait long for a table service was quick. In no time, we got our water and wasn't interrupted as we look through the menu, which was delightfully classical and traditional French - inspierd by the owner's upbringing in Toulouse, Burgundy and the Basque country. 

We were famished as we didn't eat before theatre and it was late so we both ordered the Entrecote, which was 14oz to be medium rare along with french fries. The waitress asked if we were both sure that we wanted the same thing. She cheekily told us very few partners would eat the same thing. A side dish of spinach and a bottle of Malbec.

The French Malbec was delicious and the food arrived almost too quickly. The steak was charred on the outside and pink in the middle, the way I love it. The fresh spinach was just wilted slightly in olive oil and garlic.

We shared a chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, washed down with single espresso and a glass of Armanag.

Le Garrick is the kind of place where you go when you want to have a wonderful date.  You can sit and talk and laugh and forget for a moment it was Tuesday evening in Covent Garden. It's so laid back, friendly and familiar.  There was no queue of those who want to flock the latest place to eat at outside. Maybe because it has been around for more than 30 years. It's a very *adult* kind of place, the kind you want to linger at.

It's sweet, the service doesn't rush you out just because it was theatre night and they want to fill the table again. The staff are warm, knowledgeable and attentive. 

The food was delicious and the wine list, superb.

Will we go again? Definitely. We will be back to work through the menu and the wine list and I promise the next time, we will order different dishes just because while we both usually love the same things, we are also keen in indulging our adventurous palate.


We were looking for fondue, and found it! The wine was good, the fondue was good (only comes with bread though, no cornichons in sight). We sat downstairs in the basement which had a good atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful. In summary, a good shout if you are stuck in tourist central

I found the food mediocre at best, certainly not close to French quality or standards. Wine was good. Waiter was nice and helpful but kept interrupting us unnecessarily.  

Venue looks old and not well kept, and it smells like it. First and only time I went and I wouldn't recommend it due to food safety concerns. 

At the end of our meal we spotted mice just by the table behind us where customers had just left. We immediately got up to go pay and leave. We informed the staff and manager of what had happened. They apologised saying that this is London and that's how it is in basements in London but they make sure food stay protected. No concern at all about the other customers sitting there unaware. We didn't want to make a fuss so paid and run for the hills.

This West end stalwart is quite simply superbe! I took my parents who are total Francophiles & I don't think they'll eat anywhere else after our wonderful evening. Our French waitress from Bordeaux was utterly charming. She easily talked us in to the most delicious champagne cocktail aperitif I have ever tasted. The food was délicieux but it was the service that elevated this from a good to a great dining experience, merci!

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A very French place - you enter and are greeted by a waiter speaking French. The menu is in French (and English). The food is amazing from starters to desserts. Contrary to general belief, French portions don't need to be ridiculously small; Le Garrick is a proof of that, their main course could feed two :)

I've been there a couple of times and every time it was exquisite. Starting with a glass of champagne and small fondue or goat's cheese salad, continuing with tender duck or beef casserole and a bottle of dark red wine, finishing with cafe gourmand - every single bite is sublime, every sip a blessing.

Most of the restaurant is in the basement but although it looks a little shabby, it feels very welcoming and cosy.

What a gem! The food was excellent – I had French onion soup and steak and frites; perfectly executed and full of flavour. And best of all - the downstairs area is atmospheric, candle lit and cavernous; great for a romantic, intimate dinner… Highly recommended.


Somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me at Le Garrick. 


1. lovely setting, quirky, old school french place, just a stone's throw from the theatres, covent garden and leicester sq. 

2. Great little booths, feels buzzy and busy because it's quite small. 

3. You can book - right from Yelp! 

4. Good wine, very reasonable too. 

5. Unfussy, friendly service, and they aren't joking with the french accents - everyone who works here seems to be French and they know their stuff. Oui, c'est vrai. 

6. Decent steak frites.


1. Starters were poor I thought - in particular the goats cheese salad which is a huge plate of lettuce and two tiny pieces of goat's cheese. 

2. Main courses were overall quite good but the duck that my Dad had wasn't the best it could have been. 

3. My chair was crazy broken and I was terrified I was going to fall through it for the whole meal. Quirky is good, but functional quirky would be better...

In conclusion, I would certainly come here again. It's very reasonably priced, a great location and the service is good. Choose wisely on the food and ask for recommendations from the staff about what's best. The moules frites looked decent, but I didn't try.