Le Café du Marché

22 Charterhouse Square , London, EC1M 6DX


020 7608 1609

Le Café du Marché bar
Fish starter at Le Café du Marché
Le Café du Marché cosy interior
Meat main at Le Café du Marché
Le Café du Marché bar area
Meat dish with veg at Le Café du Marché
Candlelit dining at Le Café du Marché
Meat main dish at Le Café du Marché
Le Café du Marché restaurant
Chocolate cheesecake with ice-cream at Le Café du Marché
Le Café du Marché s light and airy dining room
Parma ham starter at Le Café du Marché
The bright interior of Le Café du Marché
Fruit tart at Le Café du Marché

SquareMeal Review of Le Café du Marché



Le Café du Marché has been around for 30-odd years and there’s “no risk of it changing” any time soon. If you loved it back in the day, you’ll love it now as it still feels as fresh as a daisy – a traditional bistro where there’s “never an empty glass”. The exposed beams, large mirrors, prints and candlelit tables set a mood matched by a menu that won’t shake the foundations of the mews in which it lives. The fish soup with associated accoutrements is all you’d hope for, côte de boeuf is a mighty slab for two to share, and the open lobster ravioli shows a more refined side with its embellishments of pea purée and beurre blanc. The menu changes monthly with some daily additions such as a soup and market fish to spice things up (super-fresh grilled John Dory, say), while desserts such as apple and quince tart deserve your full attention.

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Le Café du Marché Location

22 Charterhouse Square , London EC1M 6DX


020 7608 1609

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm

Private Dining

Le Grenier private dining room at Le Café du Marché
Grenier Private Dining Room at Le Cafe Du Marche
The Grenier Private Dining Room at Le Cafe Du Marche laid up for a party
Lunch at Le Cafe Du Marche

Le Grenier

Le Café du Marché's characterful private dining room is suited to both formal occasions and relaxed parties. A high-ceilinged first floor private dining room, Le Grenier (translated as “the attic”), has large windows and oak panelling. The room is self-contained with its own entrance, bar, toilets, and kitchen. The light and airy space seats up to 62 people for lunch or dinner and up to 120 for canapés, but is cosy enough to suit smaller groups too.

Le Rendevous

The semi-private Le Rendezvous, seats up to 35 and benefits from the background live jazz that plays in the main restaurant. Private dining menus can be adapted to suit the occasion for your guests, ranging from a selection of canapés, to a finger buffet, to a three-course set meal.

Le Rendezvous Capacity: 35
Le Grenier Capacity: 62

Le Café du Marché's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.8


Service: 7.6


Atmosphere: 8.6


Value: 7.5


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 2

01 July 2014

This place feels like a real ‘find’, as if you are in a village in the Cotswold or better south of France. The menu is varied and interesting: both for meat lovers (fantastic Cote du Boeff) and vegetarian (one of us) with nice presentation and good sides. The service is fast and to the point. Wine card limited and as in many London restaurants totally overpriced. (10 GBP for a glass of average/normal Bordeaux…). One of us was up for grilled Tuna (without the salad Nicoise) This became a bit of a disaster. It was rare and too raw, when grilled again, it became hard to eat and digest…however they took it off the bill! (real classy). Deserts looked fantastic but we had to run to make the start of our concert at the Barbican…


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
17 October 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love London. The dawdling tourists, commuters armpits and the incessant tutting of those who simply cannot walk but must run to every destination and heaven forbid their be anyone in their way. But sometimes, just sometimes you want to escape this beauty on a Friday evening. I love Farringdon, it's like a little village in the middle of the big smoke, so when you take a stroll down the cobbled backstreet towards Le Cafe Du Marche, London disappears further and you feel like you really could be walking down some little ‘rue’ in France. If you want some flash restaurant with no atmosphere and looks, well, beige then Le Cafe du Marche is not for you. If you want the genuine thing then great head on over! 3 courses for £34.85 and some good rouge to help wash it down with. I think this is pretty damn good, especially for the likes of Braised Oxtail, snails and Parsnip puree. The staff are friendly, good atmosphere as the room started to fill up around 8:30pm and great quality… give authenticity a try.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

28 May 2013

…Came here to celebrate my partners birthday, intending to eat fine food in a casual and intimate setting. Le Cafe delivered perfectly. The food was delicious, the wine list well thought out and broad and the atmosphere perfect for that combination of delicious grub and witty, wine encouraged conversation you're looking for on a date. With live piano and double bass adding a gentle background sound to the hubbub of conversation, to the charming service. It was busy, bubbly but it never felt crowded, just a lovely buzz to carry you through the meal. A thoroughly fantastic experience and will definitely return. Cannot recommend highly enough

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