Le Colombier 1

145 Dovehouse Street , London, SW3 6LB

8 reviews

47 French Chelsea

Le Colombier

SquareMeal Review of Le Colombier

Immune to the latest whims of dining fashion, Didier Garnier's stately French stalwart glides along gracefully, taking huge pride in the trappings of classic Gallic hospitality – from dicky-bowed waiters to sliced white baguettes and artfully turned vegetables. It's no wonder that the old-school Chelsea brigade flock to the handsome cream-and-blue dining room and its sought-after terrace. The cooking is timeless and executed to perfection – from peerless, precisely spiced beef tartare to fruits de mer (we particularly enjoyed the unshelled brown shrimps with mayonnaise) and expertly cooked slabs of turbot with earthy mushrooms and buttered mangetout. Desserts such as crêpes Suzette and baba au rhum also need no translation. Pick from one of London's best French wine lists and unwind at your leisure – safe in the knowledge that you're in very capable hands.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 456m

Gloucester Road Tube Station 928m


Address: 145 Dovehouse Street , London SW3 6LB

Area: Chelsea

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Chelsea Common 142m

King's Road 397m


Telephone: 020 7351 1155


Cuisine: French

Lunch: £19 (2 courses)

Private Dining: 30


Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 7.1

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Iain b. 12 July 2013

The intesreting thing about this restuarnat is niot the restaurant but the comments made. If you want to go to restaurant where 3/4 of the wine list is from Aus/NZ/SA , or you want to order food that isnt classic French then it orobably isnt a good idea to go to the best French bistro in Chelsea/Fulham. I have ate at this restarurant for nearly fifteen years. It still sets the standard but isnt pretentiious. It doesnt pander to fashion. It does have one fo the best french wine lists in london for value. It has solid good French cooking, parisien style i would llike to say . The service , welll, its brusque, but you are in a bistro and they arent charging you one fiftya head for a smile. They are clued up , know what they do and polite to regulars. I know. I am spoilt. Johnny come lately realise rhe wine list is a third of the price elsewhere , the food is top notch. If you dont get it, go to a place down the road and drink grog and eat ordinary and double your price. Happy dining

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 24 June 2012

We met up with friends at Le Colombier and had a lovely evening. This isn't our side of town so we relied on their choice, it's old-school French with brisk waiters and a menu including fish soup, snails and foie gras for starters and a good selection of shellfish, and meat for main course including veal kidneys and sweetbreads. It was a summer evening although cold so we all went for fish. The crab salad with avocado was popular to start, and the chilled asparagus simply served. Main courses of fish were plentiful – the special of the day was lemon sole in almond butter – something I haven't seen for years, so how could I resist? The others had monkfish and said it was very good. The food was accompanied by a lovely Puligny Montrachet at a relatively modest price so all in all it was delightful. The restaurant was busy with a mix of mature people, business types, and family groups. Tables are quite close together but it wasn't a problem, we could chat and still hear each other. Didn't really notice the decor, we were too busy catching up with friends, but it all seemed pretty traditional for a French restaurant in Chelsea.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 19 February 2012

A recent visit confirmed Le Colombier's position close to the top of the Kensington & Chelsea list of places. Wonderful and reassuringly confident cooking, charming staff, even the occaisonal modern twist on the classic menu – and there there's the sun filled dining room – brilliant! Continuez comme ça!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Phil G. 29 January 2012

This is a much-hyped restaurant with a reputation which based on my recent visit is undeserved. I found it be over-crowded and vastly over-priced. The service was not just poor but awful. I asked for a bottle of wine from a wine list which was exclusively French, unacceptable these days when excellent wine is cultivated all over the world, which was simply left on the table and I had to ask them to offer it to me to taste. The sardines we were informed came in a tin and it was debatable if they had indeed been bought locally rather than fished fresh. The waiters were even by French standards surly. The plates were plonked down in front of us and removed with the same lack of grace. The fare was average ; the portions were small, the dessert no more than ice cream with a chocolate sauce and the crepes suzette cold. The special which was venison was good but at almost £30 too pricey. This was a bad experience and had I not been one of a party I would have walked out. This restaurant was recommended to me. I will not repeat that compliment to anyone.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Edward C. 07 March 2011

This is one of the best little places in Chelsea and extremely under rated. I always arrive five minutes early to look through the extensive wine list which is very good value for money. The food is simple but always excellent. Fellow diners can be a little old but don't let that put you off and rather suprisingly you can always get a table at the last minute.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

ID 08 December 2010

I was generally disappointed, mainly when my plate was taken away with most of the starter untouched i.e. unripe and bitter tasted avocado still on it, no question was asked. The glass of gin & tonic which I was finishing, was in error re-filled with mineral water and the waiter offered to replace the bottle of water not the drink!… The atmosphere was good as the restaurant got busy, surprisingly, considering the average food & poor service…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Herry L. 29 July 2010

This place is perfect for trysts with old friends. Truly French, yet with the atmosphere of a smart Chelsea ‘local’ – which is actually is. The only drawback is that you might well run into your youngest aunt lunching with someone more interesting than your uncle. The food is reliable French classics and although easy to categorise as unadventurous, why spend time puzzling out what you are going to eat instead of catching up on the latest gossip? The cooking delivers a fine punch. Last time I had a superb Dover Sole and a glass of Chablis from the exceedingly well-chosen the wine list. The conservatory at the front catches the sun and is perfectly tolerable as the road is a quiet one (and it's even fairly easy to park on the street), but I prefer the the main room as it's pleasantly light, even on a dull day, and warm and intimate at night. The service is experienced and exemplary. Indeed, it's a restaurant that gets nothing wrong.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

richard h. bronze reviewer 07 October 2009

A wonderful place for relaxed but beautiful food. Limited main course choices for fish eaters, but plenty of delicious options for meat eaters – I would rate the lamb chops as my most favourite dish in town, for what it's worth to you fellow London diner! It has all the charm and feel of an independent restaurant and there is a palpable sense of the dining room being managed expertly throughout service by the two front of house gentlemen. A professional yet relaxed wonderful place.

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