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It opened back in 1947, but the modern-day Le Caprice is really the creation of Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King, who sold it to Caprice Holdings when they set off to launch The Wolseley. Long-serving maître d’ Jesus Adorno has also been instrumental in its longevity, ensuring that staff look after first-timers and regulars with equal care. While some might carp that the place is stuck in an 80s time-warp with its monochrome decor, David Bailey portraits and globally flavoured menu, that’s what the fans love. You might go for Thai-baked sea bass, Indian-spiced lamb or miso-marinated salmon, but we find the European brasserie classics are the best: char-grilled octopus with chorizo and Padrón peppers never fails to delight, calf’s liver with caramelised onions and pancetta is always perfectly cooked and anything involving a plate of juicy tiger prawns is a failsafe bet. Sides are every bit as good and desserts such as steamed treacle pud satisfy the sweet-toothed. Le Caprice may not have the most youthful clientele, but this is St James’s – which makes the size of the bill a pleasant surprise.

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Le Caprice
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Le Caprice

Arlington Street ,London SW1A 1RJ

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Mar 2014

It feels like Le C has been here forever and perhaps it has. Slick and attentive lunchtime service got busier and busier, but we were rather early for Sunday jazz – apparently it is Saturday brunch/lunch and Sunday evening. Following on from Brasserie Chavot the previous evening was rather a tall order. Breads were ok and my chicken tarragon soup didn't work for me mostly because I had hoped for something lighter and more modern which was my mistake for not asking – it looked as though it had been...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Le Caprice

Arlington Street ,London SW1A 1RJ

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Good food and kindness at the Caprice

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Sep 2013

I booked the Caprice for our wedding anniversary lunch because we had been then many times before and always liked it. The date was a Sunday and we got a midday timing. Several weeks later the day arrived and we went to church before hand (which normally finishes at 1pm). I looked at my phone at about 12.45pm, saw that I had a missed call, looked at my diary and realised that we should have been at the restaurant a long time ago. The Caprice had understandably cancelled our reservation on the grounds...

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Henrietta R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Le Caprice

Arlington Street ,London SW1A 1RJ

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Great establishment

by   bronze reviewer (14)

Aug 2013

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We had lunch at the terrace with our dog. Food was excellent, whatever you order, they won't disappoint you. The service was attentive and welcoming but because of the popularity of the restaurant, the staff seemed to struggle to attend to all guests in timely manners at the peak time. We were fortunate to have a company of a great couple who were sophisticated and charming, I suppose such guests as they who know how to enjoy lunch in style are part of the establishment. Thank you so much for letting...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Arlington Street ,London SW1A 1RJ

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Unfortunately will not be returning

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Apr 2013

I went to Le Caprice on Friday night with my husband and two of our friends. Our table was booked for 9.30pm and we were kept waiting fro 30 mins at a packed bar, only to be seated, once pushed, at a set table which had been empty since we walked into the restaurant. We were then met with an awfully sour faced waitress who, when my friend ordered steak tartare was met met with the response “do you know that is raw meat?”. Our food was pretty much thrown in front of us when it arrived. It was an extremely...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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Arlington Street ,London SW1A 1RJ

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by   platinum reviewer (55)

Jan 2013

I re-visited this classic for the first time in years and was left wondering why I hadn't been back recently. The atmosphere (on a Saturday night) was buzzing and remained so until well after midnight, which surprised me. The cooking as I remembered was very good. It was very busy, but service was a bit slow. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I'll be back rather sooner than before.

Neil M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

Sep 2012

When a friend booked a table at Le Caprice for a post-concert dinner last Saturday, I had my misgivings. I had experienced too many business lunches there, unremarkable food, the noise culminating with a very bad meal a couple of years ago. However I was to be pleasantly surprised. Our table was ready on time but we decided to have a drink at the bar. My Negroni was mixed perfectly and my companion’s Whisky Sour also enjoyed a good report. The front of the house is a lot more relaxed than in the...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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