Le Gavroche

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Gold Award
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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
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, 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
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Le Gavroche

Founded in 1967 by brothers Michel and Albert Roux, Le Gavroche is, by many accounts, the birthplace of the British gastronomy we see today. Reel off some of the names that have rattled pans on these stoves and you'll hear a who's who of influential chefs - Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffmann, Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Bryn Williams and Jun Tanaka, to name but a few. And of course, Michel Roux Jr himself, who has overseen the kitchen here as Le Gavroche chef-patron for many years now.

When Le Gavroche first opened, London's dining scene was almost non-existant in international terms. Today, the capital boasts one of the most eclectic and exciting food scenes in the world, and a great deal of that started with Le Gavroche.

Though the city has changed a great deal, Le Gavroche has the same elegance, opulence and Gallic charm that it had over 50 years ago. Paintings of the Roux brothers still adorn the walls, The menu, too, has retained many of the same iconic dishes. The iconic souffle Suisesse, for example, has never left the a la carte at Le Gavroche. The coquille St. Jacques - seared scallop, nori sable, sea vegetables and smoked eel sauce is another classic. Main dishes on the a la carte are all north of £40, but Le Gavroche is as much about being part of history as it is the exemplary food and perfect service. 

As you'd expect, Le Gavroche also boasts an extraordinary wine collection, and the cheese trolley is legendary. With two Michelin stars and an unassailable reputation, Le Gavroche remains a bucket list London restaurant.


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Does Le Gavroche have a Michelin star?

Le Gavroche has two Michelin stars.

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Do you need to pay a deposit?

No, Le Gavroche does not request a deposit but the restaurant does hold credit card details.

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Does Le Gavroche have a dress code?

Le Gavroche operates a smart dress code, jackets and ties are optional and it does not permit any shorts, t-shirts or sportswear.

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Meet the team
Le Gavroche

Michel Roux Jr

Chef-patron

One of Britain's greatest chefs, from a legendary culinary family, Michel Roux Jr was always destined for the kitchen. Michel followed in the footsteps of father Albert Roux and uncle Michel Roux, working with the pair at The Waterside Inn and Le Gavroche, before officially taking on the head chef role at the latter in 1991. In that time he has carefully manoeuvred Le Gavroche into a new age, retaining all it's old-world charm and history whilst also making the menu lighter, and more accessible for today's guests. Alongside the hands-on running of one of London's great restaurants, Michel has written countless books and become one of Britain's most recognisable TV chefs. 


Location for Le Gavroche

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

020 7499 1826

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:15
Wed 17:00-21:15
Thu 17:00-21:15
Fri 17:00-21:15
Sat 17:00-21:15
Sun Closed

Reviews of Le Gavroche

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69 Reviews 
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Anon

20 November 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great evening out

We have really enjoyed our dinner in La Gavroche. Awesome. Definitely will be coming back 

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.

Pin

02 July 2019  
Absolute excellence in all respects.

John G

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