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Restaurants, French Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
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Mike AbrahamsL'Escargot, Greek Street London. February 2014
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Venue says Welcome to L'Escargot in Soho - London's oldest and most celebrated French Restaurant & Club.

Time Out says

Famously the first restaurant in London to serve snails (the original owner used to farm them in the basement of this magnificent Georgian townhouse), L’Escargot has been a fixture of old Soho since 1927. A favourite of celebs from Coco Chanel and Princess Diana to Mick Jagger and Judy Dench, it serves up provincial French cuisine of the old school – not just the titular escargots, but also a host of time-honoured bourgeois specialities. Lobster bisque and foie gras terrine with Sauternes jelly might give way to beef bourguignon, confit duck with savoy cabbage or roast cod with Puy lentils, while desserts are classics such as crème brûlée and tarte au citron. The wine list is stuffed with vintage tipples from France’s regional vineyards, and the restaurant’s special theatre deals are worth knowing about.

L'Escargot says
Set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London, L’Escargot has been at the epicentre of London life for almost a century.

Famous for its bourgeois French cooking, snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin.

There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles. L’Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years.

Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Princess Diana.

Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.

By: Time Out London Food & Drink



Address: 48 Greek Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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Special offers

Chateaubriand offer: £45 for 2

Including Béarnaise sauce, frites, side salad and a glass of bubbly each. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Tue-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Dec 3 2019

2 courses £19.50

From a set menu. Also 2 Courses inc glass of Prosecco - £22.50 Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Tue-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:30PM

Offer valid until Dec 3 2019

FT Weekend & Grand Siècle Experience Menu: 5 courses £115

From a set menu, includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle per person Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Tue-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Nov 30 2019

Users say (12)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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It's a long long time since I've been to E'scargot... probably before the time when Marco Pierre White ran the kitchen. Now under the very diligent eye of head chef James Tyrrell, this restaurant is even better than i remember it. Our party of 4 had a varied cross section of the menu - chicken liver terrine, steak tartare, and croque madam, followed by a cooked to perfection chateaubriand, rib eye steak and Ox cheek main course. We were then spoiled by a personal chef's grand mariner soufflé. Every dish was faultless. Despite the gap in my attendance, the restaurant has managed to retain its classic soho charm and ambience. I could easily have been there in 1984. Service was discreet yet impeccable. I will be back!


Loved the decoration and the staff, which style was aligned with the restaurant.

Exquisite food. Loved the snails (escargots) and lobster.

Wine and desert was also delicious.


Famed for having grown snails in its basement, L'escargot remains true to its French heritage. It's menu contains a good selection of French classics to cater toa variety of tastes and budgets. We start our evening with an Asian styled crispy duck salad washed down by a glass of Pol Rodger champagne. Others opted for French classic like steak tartare, lobster bisque and chicken liver parfait. Next up were the parsley and Garlic snails, they looked and smelt great however I found them rather small and rubbery. For mains a handsome looking chateaubriand for two with chips went down a treat, however the sirloin streak that was placed next to me filled me with envy. Perfectly cooked steaks and chips with the perfect crunch. For dessert I opt for an apple tarter-tan which disappointed on so many levels, it looked like an apple pizza with a dollop of Ice cream and tasted of caramel apples. Now the wise amongst us orders a chocolate fondant. It looked and smelt divine. Sadly I didn't get to taste it as I watched them devour every last spoonful. Service was good with attentive staff catering to our every need. The ambience would have been great however the lingering smell of fresh paint overwhelmed my senses and distracted from what could have been an amazing evening. Overall the foods reasonably priced, drinks can become expensive if you have a penchant for the finer end of the menu.

I cannot recommend stepping into this place enough, as we discovered this not only this great area at the back of the restaurant, where we had lunch, chilli & crab on toast with spinach on the side, but had a quick peak up stairs, to discover room after room for events that were going on, and finally the best on is the bar at the very top, hmm I thinking party time, as especially as its my birthday oh so soon! 

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This is an iconic Soho venue in London for food and drinks! I love the 20's style top bar under the veranda with all the plants and leather comfy chair. Cocktails are classic with a twist of originality. A great bar to enjoy a pre-evening drink before a fun night out in Soho whether you go solo, duo or with friends!

We had a lovely time at L'Escargot. The food was delicious and the decor great. No sign of ceiling cracks. We had a Chateaubriand which was delicious and a Grand Marnier souffle to die for. The snails were just as I wanted very rich garlicky and hot ! Excellent well priced wine list. The staff were very friendly and we met George the Manager who was charming. We will definitely come back.


I attended the Fentimans pop-up bar at L'Escargot this week on a Time Out recommendation! The rabbit warren that is  L'Escargot meant it was in a quiet area, round the corner and out of sight but the room was like a garden! Flowers and plants everywhere popping out of a bath and a beautiful skylight!

The coctails were, obviously, using Fentimans but were quirky and delicious, also quite strong...! My favourite was either the Fearless Fun or the Lillet Rose, each very different depending on how much you want to forget...!

It felt like I was going back in time stepping into L'Escargot, a really fun night and someone I'll definitely look to go to again soon!

Highly recommended. You may think this is an old school establishment but it's not. It's a classic restaurant that everybody should try. The food is excellent as it the wine list and service. Definitely going back! 

Entertained clients at this Soho institution and what a venue! I'd heard the good, the bad and the ugly about this stalwart riding on the back of a celebrated heritage.

Have to say, it was great. The staff were attentive, there was a good buzz for a Wednesday Lunch time. The snails were delicious, as was my salt beef for main. 

Really impressed and will be back again for sure.

First visit yesterday , great food especially the mini sausages and the espresso martini weren't bad either 

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Went to L'Escargot for a private members club party run by Inner Circle - LOVED the venue - incredible space, awesome decor, and a really unique spot.  Definitely worth a visit.

My restaurant of choice in Soho. The owners have now completed an incredible makeover scaling back what used to be a cavernous dining space to become a more intimate dining experience and a super cool private members club upstairs. I love the Snails dripping in a fabulous garlic butter sauce and love the classic well cooked menu. Try to get a look at the club if you can Salon Noir is the place to be but if you're feeling frisky check out Salon Rouge.