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Le Bistro Savoir Faire

42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
+44 20 7436 0707
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb shank” (43 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (21 reviews)
“grilled mussels” (14 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
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1 - 10 of 848 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Dropped in by chance after theatre, as we were drawn in by its decor, and a simple but varied menu that included pulled pork, duck beef lamb and even a boullabaise, with well priced menus, we found out that it was genuinely good value for...More

Thank Muccu
Reviewed 6 days ago

Delicious dinner and good portions. Really friendly, nothing too much trouble. A lovely find. We had the steak and lamb shank which was huge. A lovely meal in a nice setting and not a chain. Great service.

Thank Pinkjules_8
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just had a lovely lunch with a friend following a conference. We were in a bit of a rush so couldn’t stay to soak up the friendly and quirky atmosphere and pudding. However, we ate well. The food was fresh and very tasty...More

Thank Annieagentmg
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband drooled over his menu choices and couldn't stop raving about the taste. Whilst my selections didn't appeal to me quite that strongly, I thoroughly enjoyed by Vegetable Soup and Beef Bourguignon. The owners had put out portable heaters due to the very cold...More

Thank Rita T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, able to cope in a comfy way with food intolerances and as per usual, good food and service.

Thank Fran H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the pre theatre dinner, service was superb, food excellent and lovely relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back in the near future.

Thank Colin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small restaurant near Holborn is one of the little gems of london. Small intimate they service fixed price menu's at lunch which are good value and high quality. Vegetarians are catered for and the staff really friendly. the ceiling is scrawled with amusing sayings...More

1  Thank Dr_Mike_and_friends
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Having booked several weeks in advance, when we arrived the waitress showed us to a perfectly placed table for in the main restaurant area, it was exactly what we wanted and had a reserved sign on it. The restaurant was busy so just walking in...More

Thank eyupmikethetyke
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We tried the Savoir Faire because we wanted a restaurant for lunch near the Shaftesbury Theatre and this one came up when searching and had received good reviews. Having eaten there I understand why others though it was good. The staff were very helpful and...More

1  Thank napperley
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Lovely lunch despite wet and cold weather outside we were made very welcome. Good price too for 2 courses. Food excellent and nicely presented, I would recommend anyone visiting this bistro any lunchtime, evening slightly more pricey. Awesome painting on the walls and even writing...More

Thank Clare H
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet
cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or
quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on
the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially
convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an
excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit
practically any taste or budget. With major
attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
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23 August 2016|
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Response from Mumofone2005 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there were no steps however it is small, I'm sure the tables by the window and the alcove near the entrance would be fine.
9 April 2015|
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Response from TriciaSuffolk | Reviewed this property |
They were really helpful when i rang to ask what time we should book for, and very flexible. 5.30 sounds good - but mention it to them so they know.
15 March 2015|
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Response from Loubielou456 |
Three courses might be a rush in 90 minutes but they offer pre-theatre menus.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
  • Public Transportation: Half way between Tottenham court Road Station and Holborn Station.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Holborn
  • Neighbourhood: Holborn
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7436 0707
  • E-mail
Savoire Fair - rarely has a restaurant been so perfectly named. Fresh food, good wine, mellow atmosphere, satisfied staff, value for money - this traditional French bistro knows how to please and over the past nine years it's perfected the art. The mouthwatering menu reads like that of any major London restaurant - rib eye steak served on a fromage frais pancake with a brandy and mushroom sauce, for example - apart from the prices. Although the menu changes every fortnight, the big sellers such as the traditional French bourguignon and tarte tatin are faithfully there for the savouring, much to the satisfaction of the regulars, many of them celebrities and actors from the local shows and plays. Every dish is freshly prepared on the premises daily. "If we can't cook it, we don't have it," declares the owner, Max. There's only one thing for it; cancel The Ivy and try a little Savoir Faire.
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