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Le Bistro Savoir Faire

42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
+44 20 7436 0707
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb shank” (39 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (21 reviews)
“mussels” (53 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Savoir Faire is a small, French restaurant in the Bloombury area of London. We went on a Tuesday evening and were seated immediately in the lower level. Service was prompt and attentive throughout. I started with the mussels. There were a dozen or more without...More

Thank Cyrussilversox
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My partner found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to book for an evening meal whilst we were taking a break in Central London. We were given a window seat on a Sunday evening giving an opportunity to people watch. We decided to have...More

1  Thank s312hocking
Reviewed 1 week ago

You forget you are in Central London. A real feeling of French cuisine at its best. Out third visit, and we always end up delighted.

Thank merjp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I wanted to have a very French soiree of good food and wine at a reasonable price, pre-theatre. What a delicious surprise this was! The service was prompt and friendly, the restaurant was lively and the food was amazing. Loved the deco...More

1  Thank SunnySide2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very warm welcome from the staff and excellent service; but the food was slightly variable. Looking around my group it seemed the meat dishes were excellent but my first course of mussels was very disappointing. They were not served in the shell, were overcooked...More

Thank James N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended pre thearter the service was attentive and friendly the food good at excellent price only complaint our deserts arrived with custard on them - not declared on the menu or informed when we placed our order, consequently they were returned. This is not the...More

Thank sandismith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried Savoir Faire for a pre-theatre dinner. We had booked and were greeted by friendly and efficient staff. The restaurant is nicely decorated in what I would call "bistro style" and the quotations written on the ceiling are thought provoking and amusing. There were...More

Thank ZacMonaco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi -- We enjoyed our meal a lot. The food was terrific and we liked the service but be careful when the bill arrives: we were a party of nine and the initial bill they brought us was 200 pounds more than the actual amount!

Thank benvParis_France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are not a fan of chain restaurants you will love this, small and friendly restaurant within a 3 Minute walk of the Shaftsbury Theatre. Good food, good wine in a cute setting. Don't judge from the outside as it looks a little ramshackle.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to theatre land and the British Museum is to be found this authentic French Bistro. The food was well prepared, presented and very flavoursome. I tried the goats cheese wrapped in grilled courgette as a starter and duck breast with celeriac puree as a...More

Thank JavaTim
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$20 - US$34
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
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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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