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Le Bistro Savoir Faire

42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
+44 20 7436 0707
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • 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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1 - 10 of 841 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank napperley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Revisit after a few years, and whilst the baton of ownership has changed and the paintwork refreshed, the friendly and genuine welcome is the same, and the small but interesting menu is good. Delicious food in sensible servings. Highly recommended for a good meal.. and...More

Thank alejeune
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice food for my mum but I had a very salty and fatty lamb dish - gorgeous setting and perfect for pre theatre - BUT food not great.

Thank 121Aimee121
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the set dinner 2 x £25.90 Good choice of menu. I can recommend the Salmon cheesecake starter. Saying that all of the dishes served were more that acceptable.

Thank mik4647
Reviewed 15 January 2018

I was really looking forward to going here after reading the reviews, but it was a complete disappointment. I ordered the lamb, which was supposed to come with "Tomatoes, Aubergines, Herbs and Sun-dried Limes", but instead came with a weird sauce, mash potatoes and (probably)...More

1  Thank jack27g
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We were accommodated without a booking and made to feel very welcome. Good choice of menu and wines, excellent friendly service. Portion sizes were more than adequate and the food warmed us up on a freezing night (terrine, lamb shank, beef bourguignon). Would definitely return!

1  Thank DebKennedy
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Decided to try this bistro since it was quite close to our show. Menu was quite varied but certainly satisfied our palates.We dined upstairs, but can see that downstairs was likely less atmospheric. Staff were very friendly. Would highly recommend and being very close to...More

Thank dessie64
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We headed here after spending an afternoon at the museum. We were slightly early for our booking, but were seated immediately, while waiting for our friend to arrive. Service was lovely. They only had 2 meal menus, but since we were hungry, they allowed us...More

Thank Karishma-Kim
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
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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