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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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French cuisine through and through

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge

When all the latest foodie fads and fashions have come and gone, this near-century-old Soho institution will still be serving the rich comforts of classic French cuisine. Occupying a fine Georgian townhouse once home to the Duke of Portland, L'Escargot's sumptuous colours and serious art collection set an elegant old-school scene for cooking that reassures, comforts and thrills from the off with a decadently silky chicken liver parfait, or the namesake snails and garlic and parsley butter. Next up, rump of lamb arrives with celeriac purée, wild garlic and morels, and for dessert, Grand Marnier soufflé or crème brûlée hit a suitably Gallic note.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 11.30


  • Chef(s): James Tyrrell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 80
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from: £8
  • 2-course lunch from: £18.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £21.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £18.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £21.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Chinatown, on street parking

Getting here

Nearest train station

Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square
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