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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%
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate there before a late night showing at the nearby British Museum. It's a welcome counterpart to London's faux-French chain eateries. Ambience is spot on - decor worn but well-maintained, nice wall paintings, mix of furniture, tables spaced for customer comfort (we had a...More

Thank JeremyTMalta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was over in London from Dublin for a few days with my Dad for the World Athletics Championships. After a trip to the nearby British Museum, we visited Le Bistro Savoir Faire for a late lunch one day. The service was relaxed and friendly and...More

Thank _garrett_ororke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful pre theatre meal. We had chicken liver salad and grilled kidneys as starters followed by fish of the day (haddock and vegetables cooked in parchment). Absolutely delicious. We shared a plate of cheeses as well. Highly recommended. Friendly staff

Thank Peter36mc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and 3 friends visited here on Saturday 13th August. The staff were very friendly and attentive, the wine was delicious and the warm salads & mussels we had were very tasty! The decor is a little shabby chic but I would recommend it and...More

Thank Rachael W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eaten here for lunch many times. A real find - an independent stylish rustic French Bistro. Great food fresh ingredients made to order Highly recommended.

Thank Roger M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here a few times over a couple visits to London and we're so happy to find this welcoming, warm, and happy place with such delicious food was still there this trip. It's only a couple blocks from the British Museum on the...More

Thank lietuva_9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our third time here over the last five years and it always delivers. The service is great and friendly and the food is very good and mostly traditionally French. I had grilled mussels' that I needed to ask for extra bread for to...More

Thank hypnomick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an absolutely delicious 3 course meal. Pate and onion relish delicious. Superb sea bass - crispy skin was mouth watering! Vegetables perfect. Scrummy lemon tart. My friend had the mussels as a starter - she said they were superb. This bistro will be an...More

Thank mummyfrog
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small family run restaurant 2 blocks from the British Museum. They offer a 2 course meal for a set price. The duck confit was delicious with red cabbage.

Thank syan0vich
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This family-owned restaurant in New Oxford Street is a little gem - it's quirky (mural covered walls) and a bit rustic - but all the better for it! There are several menus, which is slightly confusing, but we opted for the 2 course set menu,...More

Thank AndieH
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$19 - US$32
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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