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Le Mercury

Restaurants, French Islington
4 out of 5 stars
(46user reviews)
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A French restaurant on Upper St, Islington. 



Address: 140A Upper Street
N1 1QY
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:27
  • 4 star:11
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:5
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Since moving to London this has been one of my friends favourite restaurants. The food is very reasonably priced especially for London. With all starters, mains and desserts costing the same it makes it a easy place to go with a big group and easily split the bill with no dramas. The food has never disappointing especially for the price. The staff are always really friendly.


Excellent venue for a guaranteed cheap delicious dinner. The menu is nicely varied and has never disappointed. Tables are excessively close together, and the decor is a bit tired, but with such value these things are not important! Overall a good solid choice on Upper Street.


Le Mercury does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s unpretentious, cheap French food. My chicken supreme was genuinely tasty, whilst my fellow diner thought her mushroom risotto lacked some flavour. But with mains for just over a tenner and £3.50 glasses of wine, you can hardly expect the food to be mind-blowing.

The staff are very attentive, the bill was reasonable and it’s well situated just around the corner from the Almeida – with theatre goers flooding in before and after performances.


I ate here with friends and we couldn’t resist because the prices are so cheap £18-22 for 3 courses is fantastic value.

We had a cocktail first I would say they are slightly limited on the choices but not enough to put me off. 

I had the goats cheese salad to start which had plenty of goats cheese and the basil pesto worked very well together. The main I chose was the filet of salmon, it was a fairly decent size portion, only small down side is that it was slightly over cooked but the flavours were still very good. The crème brulee was also slightly over cooked which was a shame because its my favourite desserts.

My friends all enjoyed their dishes and said it was extremely tasty.

The waitress who served us was very attentive and sweet. I come here quite often, the price makes it very appealing.


There is no doubt that Le Mercury is an absolute bargain. With starters at 4.95, mains 10.95 and desserts 3.45, it's 100% a place for a cheap meal. The food is good, not great, but not bad and the portion sizes are normal - there's no skimping and tiny portions just because it is cheap. However, the restaurant is often very busy and the tables are packed in tightly, so although the candles create a bit of an atmosphere, it is very noisy and busy. The service is also a little slow, I had to ask the waitor to take my order and the food took a while to come. 

Although it has it faults for the prices, Le Mercury is a solid and safe bet. 


My favourite restaurant in Angel. Fantastic value for money and delicious food and wine. Lovely atmosphere too with candle lit tables.

Excellent restaurant. Delicious high quality French food, great wine list. Very good value. Extremely friendly service in casual surroundings.


Le Mercury is a recurring option for a certain group of colleagues, as it has a reputation for cheap, decent food. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is that of a shabby chic French bistrot, complete with candles in bottles. It's pleasant, but nothing special inside, and it's a shame they cram in so many tables. Unfortunately the main courses seem to have increased in price (£10.95) which no longer seems like particularly good value. The options for vegetarians (or simply those who don't fancy a large slab of meat) are limited. Having said that, on a table of six the plates were all left clean and sparkling, so there's something good to be said! My gnocchi with blue cheese and asparagus was interesting and the gnocchi had that lovely crispness on the outside (which some people may class as overcooked, but I hate soggy gnocchi.) The desserts still seem good value at £3.45, so I darted straight for the creme brûlée. Unfortunately, this was quite firm and tasted slightly off - a bit sour. Perhaps there was too little vanilla, or perhaps it had been sitting around a while. I wasn't impressed - but in fairness it wasn't bad enough to send back and the other diner with creme brûlée ploughed through his. The cocktails are just £6 and my Bellini was very quoffable, if rather small. We were offered complimentary limoncello at the end, which was a nice touch. Unfortunately an entire trayful ended up in the lap of a friend (an accidental bump - there's not much space between the tables!) but she was very good humoured and they were very apologetic, even offering to pay for dry cleaning. The restaurant was packed on a Monday night, which was slightly surprising. Perhaps because Le Mercury Deuxieme (its slightly cheaper sister branch up the road) is under refurbishment?

After a great gig at The Assembly Hall we were peckish and on a high. Walking down Upper Street my friend said "Oh my God , that the Tinder restaurant" I naturally asked what she meant and she said it was so romantic and cheap that you could date there every night without going broke. 

Romantic and cheap sounded a good mix, so we gave it a go.

A generous bowl of Mules and a rather nice Duck Breast was washed down by a bottle of Rioja. It was fun and romantic (although we were just mates out for the night) We had a window table complete with candlelight. Service was friendly and there was no rush to leave. The bill came to £80 for the two of us including service. In this area that's pretty good value. ( I am finding Upper Street to be rapidly loosing its charm and sense of fair pricing )

Anyway, I don't know much about Tinder but this place worked well for us.


Le Mercury is a reliable and affordable restaurant which somehow makes you feel like you're in a much more expensive restaurant. The staff are eager, the food fresh and there's always a new menu to try. Last week I tried the Terrine de Jambonneau (ham hock terrine) and the Filet de Loup de Mer (sea bass, crushed potatoes and sprout broccoli) which were well prepared and seasoned, and not to mention only £15 for both! The only down side is that the toilets are pretty awful (3/10!) and that the drinks are really over priced.


One of the few places I keep going back to again & again. Guaranteed tasty food at an extremely reasonable price. Friendly staff, good atmosphere and you can usually get in without booking. Romantic venue for a date and good vibes for a meal with friends or family. 


I have never heard of anyone (other than this reviewer) not liking Le Mercury. Such a gem - I always recommend it to anyone visiting London. It's good value with mains from £10.95 and desserts from £3.45, plus they're actually delicious and decent portion sizes. The camembert as a starter goes down well with a glass of white wine. As a main I've had both the salmon and the risotto on separate occasions, both were well cooked, nice texture, and tasty. Creme Brulee and the cheeseboard are most good options for dessert. If you're avoiding gluten or you're vegetarian, there's enough options here to keep you happy. Best of all is the atmosphere and being nestled in a booth or little table with candlelight, away from the bustle of Angel. Perfect date restaurant. Plus, if you turn up to Le Mercury and it's full, you can go down the road about a block and try the other Le Mercury. How could you go wrong?


This is probably one of the most known French restaurants in London.

They actually have two in the same road and personally I prefer the tiny one with two floors.

Went there tonight before a gig and once again it didn't disappoint me.

Had the Camembert for starter, the pork belly as a main, accompanied with the house wine.

For desert I had the creme brûlée.

Everything was delicious!

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Love this place. Have been to both the venue's on Upper Street and both serve delicious food and offer great service.

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Went to Le Mercury a couple of weeks ago for the second time and have to say it didn't disappoint once again. One of the best value places you can visit in Angel, reasonably priced wine and food, but with a much more expensive flavour. All set in a really nice ambiance, especially on the higher floors. Can't recommend highly enough


Went here last night, and I thought the experience was great overall. The wine was delicious and not expensive, I thought the swordfish special was excellent, and my boyfriend ordered the salmon and also found it fantastic. Our starter was the Camembert, which wasn't ideal only because we were not given enough bread and the bread was a day old. But our mains were great, the dessert (lemon tart special) was light and satisfying and went well with our meal. Overall, we would definitely come here again and it's one of our favorite meals from the Upper Street selection.

Lovely food, great prices. This places is always packed and it really does deserve to be, but would it hurt for the staff to crack a smile!

This place is the best restaurant in upper street I been going there for years, whether you’re looking for a business lunch, romantic dinner or a celebratory meal this place have the perfect setting for you I been there for birthday party's and Christmas dinner and business lunches the service and the food are 5*

My partner found this place using google maps, we decided to go for a simple dinner, expecting nothing in particular amazing. Well, we were extremely surprised how good everything was! We came in without reservation and even though it was very busy they happily gave us a table. The atmosphere and decoration was very simple but nice and romantic. Then we ordered mussels as a starter and it was very well served with an amazing sauce (we even end up dipping the bread when the mussels were gone). My boyfriend ordered the duck which was very nice, but my salmon in lobster sauce was divine! Definitively one of the best I've ever tried!!! We finished with a mascarpone cheesecake which was also amazing! We ended up with a total bill for £30 which were totally worth it. We will for sure come back again!

Nipped in on a busy Friday night after a friend recommended it as a excellent date restaurant, we weren't disappointed! Hearty, flavoursome, well cooked with a good selection and brilliant value for money. I've had meals twice as expensive that were half as tasty. Also, a must for any French restaurant, a decent wine list with a good range of grapes and prices. Yes, it was busy and a little crowded, but that is the hallmark of any London eatery worth its salt. Bravo!

Le Mercury is a true London Gem. Perfect for couples, taking out your parents and groups of friends. Nestled on the vibrant Upper Street in the heart of Angel Le Mercury never ceases to disappoint. Their menu has changed very little over the four years I have visited which is great as they have truly mastered the good quality dishes they serve at a reasonable price. With all starts, mains and deserts at set prices it is great to go with a group of friends, or as I have done several times to take your parents somewhere where they will not insist on paying the bill! The mussels and roast duck are my personal favorites from the usual menu, however they often have daily specials that are equally lovely. The wine selection is great and again reasonably priced. I usually request a table on the ground floor, however this can sometimes get a little drafty in winter as the door is opened quite frequently so worth asking to be seated away from this if you feel the cold. The atmosphere is always great as the place is always busy due to the high demand (booking is nearly always required especially for weekend dinners) however the staff are great and I have never had bad service.

Had a wonderful meal here - the staff were excellent and very attentive. The service was brilliant hardly any waiting time between courses and drinks regularly topped up. There were 6 of us and everyone's meal was perfect. Definitely worth a trip

Amazing and ridiculously cheap! Had a lovely meal at Le Mercury, the service was good, atmosphere amazing. I would recommend to everyone!

Nice food, great atmosphere, shame about the food poisoning and how totally uninterested they were when I informed them of it. Sometimes mistakes happen but I've heard various stories from other people suffering the same issue from here (the value of hindsight!). If you give someone poisoning you need to apologise, I think that's restaurant 101.

For the price, the food is superb. Good atmosphere, great staff, and decent wines at a decent price. Will recommend to friends and will come back many more times.

Tasty simple French food, with a good atmosphere. The perfect place for a wine filled dinner with friends or a quick and easy stop off on your way home. Can’t beat it at that price.

Eating out in a new place can sometimes be hit or miss. After dining at Le Mercury at the weekend I can say this place is a hit. Great atmosphere , friendly staff, tasty food and all at a very competitive price. I would definitely go again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend

Awesome food, great value for money, the time out review makes me think that they visited a different restaurant, as my whole experience was different love this place!

What a bizarre review... I've been going here for years - I came across this review when searching for a link to recommended this restaurant to a friend. In answer to the reviewers comment: "the place was packed on a Saturday night. After our meal, though, we were left wondering why." Both restaurants are probably the most vibrant on upper street offering good food done well at a good price - it's as simple as that. Calling a menu trad (which I assume is short for traditional *hipster reviewer*) and food ordinary in way of criticism is very odd as this kind of food is clearly what the clientele - myself included - want.

Absolute nonsense! Le mercury is a great restaurant, always leave feeling full and satisfied. Lovely food, great portions and great prices, agree with the below comment - the wine list makes it a really good night without the worry of spending more than you expected. Very reliable for a good night out.

Totally agree with the Time Out review - awful service and basic food. It's opposite Ottolenghi which I had a great view of as I ate the uninspiring French food - I should have gone there! Service was rude too. Will not go back.

I have been going to Le Mercury for the last 25 years! its is probably the restaurant I visited the most. It is not greatest, it is charming. The Menu over the years has not change all that much, nor did the prices. It is very good value for money and probably the best value for money for that matter. The staff has allways been friendly. It is allways pact and crowded a little load at time, but that is the experience.

I'm surprised the time out rating is so low, personally I've been there a few times and found the food to be delightful and good value; perhaps the time out guys went on a busy Saturday night and the restaurant didn't live up to expectation. Needless to say I've just noticed they've opened a new le mecury and still return the old restaurant a few doors down (they can't be doing that bad!).

I've been there numerous times. The food is always great and fantastic value for money, the staff always courteous and efficient. I can't fault the place.

Have been to Le Mercury several times. It remains a consistent option for good food and service at those prices. Great for larger groups and having a good night out with friends and wine!

Amazing place to go! I went for a dinner with my girlfriend on friday evening and it is going to be a very memorable night for both of us.We had a table (as requested) on the ground floor.So much attention from the waiters but even more from the manager who took care of us from the very beginning by recommending wine and food which was spot on.We will be back very soon.

What. a. fabulous. place! Fantastic food, wine, service and atmosphere. Service is 'french' (much more appealing than American style non?) but completely efficient and the waiter was very patient with our crazy table of 8. Everyones plate was clean- How often does that happen? Bill was stunningly low and I can't stop raving about how perfectly cooked the green beans were! Going tomorrow night and probably the next. Enjoy!

Was recommended by a co-worked and loved it! Entire meal from start to finish (including drink) is VERY affordable, and more that what you would expect for the price. Tables are close, candles are lit, waiters are fresh off the Eurostar. Needless to say its a very french experience, so expect 'french' service (as per Ruth's review). Weekends will need to book a table and probably wait when you get there, but totally worth it.

Walked past with a few three friends and popped in for a spontaneous lunch. It was a very pleasant surprise: unpretentious, very affordable and excellent. I can't believe it was nearly empty!

love this place... the food was great, the staff unpretentious, and the food and wine was very affordable. it will definitely become a regular spot for me...

Disappointing attitude. Booked a table here to take my partner for a celebratory meal and specifically asked to be seated on 1st or 2nd floor (the ground floor is very crowded, lots of people coming in and out all the time, etc). However, when we arrived the waiter moved another couple from a table right by the door, sent them upstairs and then offered us that table. I explained I had booked a table for upstairs but he just shrugged at me and said they were very busy. Needless to say, we ate somewhere else.

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We went to the Mercury for dinner last week. Food was below average. I had to send back my starter as calamaris were not eatable. As a replacement I ordered the mussels, some were hot others cold, showing that food was reheated. The star goes to the service as waiter dealt very well with the orders.

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