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SquareMeal Review of L'Escargot

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Those seeking a taste of idiosyncratic old Soho should make a beeline for this multi-levelled townhouse on Greek Street. Dating from 1741, it became L’Escargot in 1927, with the titular gastropods earning pride of place on the menu: served steaming in a glossy garlic and parsley sauce, they keep company with the likes of celeriac and truffle soup, steak tartare or chicken liver parfait. To follow, half a grilled lobster is as swanky as the setting, while cassoulet just about passes muster (despite its “bland” sauce) – allow the clued-up, friendly staff to guide you towards more promising dishes, notably the daily specials. The menu has yielded to changing times with the odd plate of pak choi or dash of chilli but, like the homely open fire in the front dining room, it’s not concerned with the cutting edge. Myriad private rooms lend the restaurant a clubby lived-in buzz, while bar snacks and cocktails provide something more casual.   



Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cosy, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


48 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4EF

020 7439 7474


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun Closed


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10 Reviews 

Darren G

19 June 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Lunch at Escargot

Good food nice atmosphere and decent service not ground breaking but most enjoyable 


23 September 2020  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A wonderful experience

Visited L'Escargot for a second time recently. It didn't fail to impress me once again. Delicious, decadent food that will tantalise your tastebuds,  excellent staff, attentive service. Relaxed atmosphere and there is a very talented pianist on Fridays. I had the rich lobster bisque (I have been assured it's the best you can get in town) and the bouillabaisse. A friend had the lobster which was to die for, lots of organic butter and parsley. Sadly, no room left for their amazing sounding dessert. Highly recommended if you want to experience the taste of France in the heart of Soho.

suzy K

26 July 2019  
Fabulous food, wonderful ambience, service and decor with fair pricing for such gorgeous french fine food.

Amanda N

08 July 2019  
This is my "go to" place. Food is always lovely, ambiance is calm and elegant but not snooty, staff are always amazing and attentive. Value wise, I think it's better than many other up market London restaurants.

Dominic W

05 May 2017  
Warm, cosy, old-school style with delicious cooking, friendly service and a lovely member club upstairs.

Jeremy B

16 March 2015  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 2
Poor experience
We were a party of six booked for Saturday evening at 8.45pm. We arrived a little early and went for a drink in the bar which is very nice. However, it took nearly 15 minutes for someone to come and take our drinks order and then a further 10 before they arrived. By this time our table still wasn't ready (8.55pm) and we were told it was available but still being set. 20 minutes later we were finally shown to our seats (we had clearly been lied to about the table being set) with no hint of an apology for them being over half an hour late. The food itself is fine - well cooked classics although somewhat expensive for the quality of the cooking itself (£21 for a dozen snails, £32 for a steak with no sides included). Also there is a cover charge of £2 per head which is pretty unusual for a restaurant such as this (all it got us was four slices of bread between the six of us) and a 'market leading' service charge of 14.5%. The services itself was patchy - attentive at points but disappointing at others (e.g. we ordered sparkling water and still arrived, when we pointed it out there was no apology and he just kept on pouring the water - also we ordered a bottle of white from the sommelier but when we wanted another we were told it had run out - for a party of 6 they should have let us know when we ordered it - in addition one of the coffees didn't arrive and then was charged twice on the bill). Nothing horrific but all in keeping with a sense that the waiting staff were more concerned about chatting amongst themselves and laughing at their own jokes than serving the customers. Would I go back? No - decent food and a good atmosphere (although very loud bass heavy music which felt a little out of keeping for a classic French restaurant) but the service seemed more for their benefit than ours, both on price and quality.

Ivan D

08 January 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
A little bit of Paris in London
We came for the snails - where else ? and we were not disappointed. They were full of garlic and herbs and served with lovely crisp baguette. The lobster and avocado salad was delicious and for the price good value as we had quite a lot of lobster in it. Then Coq au vin and Beef Bourguignon - both delicious. The beef was especially good as it was a large piece braised in a very rich red wine sauce, rather than the normal little cubes. Then only one dessert - we shared a creme brulee which was a mistake as we should of had two ! The wine list is mainly French - we had two glasses of white Chateauneuf du Pape - which is unusual by the glass; the red's by the glass were uninspiring so we just had the house - which was acceptable. The service was very friendly. The decor is traditional French - a nice change from the contemporary style of most restaurants these days. It's a good place to go for a relaxed meal in comfortable surroundings.

Sue R

05 June 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
L'Escargot is like a tardis! The frontage appears small from the road yet once inside the interior is huge and the decor is amazing. Unfortunately, we could only stay for a short time as going to the theatre. We plan to return soon and spend an evening at this restaurant. The food is good and we look forward to selecting from the full menu rather than the pre theatre menu. Service is also good and the waiting staff attentive.

Bob B

24 April 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
In the few days preceding the birthdays of my childhood I'd rifle through my Mother’s wardrobe searching for the present that I hoped she’d got me. Sometimes I couldn’t find anything. “Had she forgotten?” I would ask. A successful foray into the dark corners of the closet would result in the sighting of a gleaming red tractor encased in a box more colourful and magical than Joseph’s dream coat. A failed mission was defined by the absence of a positive sighting and operations were often aborted as I sensed my mother’s feet pacing down the hallway. It was however the years when I wasn't able to locate my present prior to September 10th that I had the most enjoyable of birthdays. I've never been good at acting, or presenting a surprised facade after unwrapping a gift that I’d previously set eyes on. When I went looking for the gift, I ruined it for myself. It’s the same with restaurants. I can’t help but type the name of the place into tripadvisor and click through all the photographs. There’s not a renowned restaurant in London for which I've not seen the signature dish. Dining at special restaurants is not just about the taste of the food, but equally, the grin that envelopes your face as the waiter glides to your table with a composition you thought it impossible to create. When you've seen the dish online, that smile isn't quite the same. I’ve already ruined my experience of L’Escargot because I know exactly what to expect. As much as I’d like to, there’s no real point in me going. I’ve booked it for tomorrow night but know I will have to send my apologies and cancel the table. I’ve read every review on it; I’ve trawled through photos on trip advisor. I know that the room looks warm, inviting and convivial. I know it’s going to be around forty quid for three courses and I know it’s been lovingly revived. I know I’d order the gnocchi and the tarte tatin. And I know that because of this someone else will have a more marvellous evening than I. Stop reading the reviews and give it a go. It looks a real cracker.

Danny B

26 March 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Everyone knows the French classic L'escargot – yet what everyone doesn't yet know is that its is under new ownership – let's keep this a secret because it's brilliant. The new menu offers everything you could wish for from a French institution – the Cockles Saint Jaques were standout and the sommelier paired the wines beautifully. The waiting staff were very welcoming and I couldn't fault the service. The overall experience was spot on – excellent food and wine, brilliant service while retaining that Soho cool. Can't wait to return.
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