Le Gavroche

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SquareMeal Review of Le Gavroche

Gold Award

Few restaurant names are as evocative as Le Gavroche, the restaurant founded in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel Roux and now owned by Albert’s son, Michel Jnr, who can often be seen bounding out of the kitchen to shake hands with his fans.

Le Gavroche remains the last word in sumptuous, old-school French fine dining – and the last exponent in London of a very 20th-century form of Gallic luxury, from the friendly formality of the suited staff to the plush comfort of the green and red basement dining room, where an ornamental flourish is never far from one’s elbow, whether a decorative plate or an architectural flower arrangement.

If you’re in the mood for a thorough pampering, there’s simply nowhere better, from a starter of lobster mousse with caviar and Champagne butter sauce that delivers an embarrassment of exquisite riches to the signature dessert of omelette Rothschild, the gold standard of soufflés and proof that there is no such thing as too much cream.

Other equally rich signatures include coeur d’artichaut Lucullus (artichoke mousse layered with black truffle and stuffed with chicken mousse and foie gras) or saddle of rabbit sandwiched between rosti potatoes and a disc of Parmesan.

Elsewhere on the menu, other ideas simply showcase superb ingredients cooked straightforwardly to highlight their innate flavour: our roast rack of Herdwick lamb with onions and artichokes was no less delicious for being daringly plain by the standards of this place. The simplest dishes of all are on the famous set lunch menu, alas no longer the bargain of old at £72 for three courses, but still including half a bottle of wine, coffee and petits-fours.

Mind you, this really isn’t the place to consider an economy drive, and from the cheese trolley to the digestif trolley, temptation awaits at every corner. For “classic fine dining, with an exceptional wine list, and second-to-none service”, Le Gavroche remains “a rare treat” – and also one of London’s more unlikely child-friendly restaurants.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Does Le Gavroche have a Michelin star?

Le Gavroche has two Michelin stars.

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Location for Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7QR

020 7499 1826


Opening Times

Tues-Fri 12N-2pm Tues-Sat 6-10pm

Reviews of Le Gavroche

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68 Reviews 

Rachel C

06 August 2019  
Always fantastic service and food.

Christina P

06 August 2019  
It's a wonderful experience and the staff make everyone feel special and welcome. There is a good lunch deal and the evening a la Carte or tasting menu is great for special occasions.

Neil R

06 August 2019  
It's been amazing for years and continues to be - can't fault it.

rachel S

26 July 2019  
I know it's a perennial but it is just such a treat. Lunch deal is still excellent value.

Ilias K

26 July 2019  
I visited Le Gavroche a few years back Since then I had diner at many top restaurants in London. It is still in my opinion one of the best restaurants in London.

Milan V

26 July 2019  
Still outstanding.

Jo S

08 July 2019  
Relaxed, discreet, delicious.


02 July 2019  
Absolute excellence in all respects.

John G

29 June 2019  
Excellent food and wonderful soufflés. A real dining experience.

John H

28 June 2019  
The best lunch, knock-out service and top value in London. Everything as good as it has always been, but without the worst of the stuffy old dress code.
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