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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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“lamb shank” (40 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (19 reviews)
“grilled mussels” (13 reviews)
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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 5 days ago

A small restaurant in central London that provides excellent food at reasonable prices. Good service and interesting, slightly quirky ambience. A truely outstanding find. Thanks to the other reviewers who highlighted it.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having enjoyed a great theatre supper here a while ago I returned with my daughter and partner for lunch , which was as good or even better ! We were made so very welcome although we arrived early for our booking . The set lunch...More

Thank spencerabbott
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place this is for great value food in a very expensive London. Extremely friendly and helpful staff and the food is extremely good with plenty of choice. Set price menu with something for everybody. Highly recommended and we will definately return on...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had dinner at Le Bistro Savoir Faire last night with my family pre-theatre. The food was excellent, freshly cooked and there were plenty of choices. The staff were very friendly & efficient and I could tell that this restaurant is very well managed. We...More

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for dinner after theatre in the West End based on TA reviews and it was fantastic. Lamb shank was awesome as covered in other reviews (both of us had it). Very reasonable and excellent food.

Thank sleeplessinfrisco
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the central London close to where we stayed, we found this little gem. Loved by the locals, as food very inexpensive however home made and very tasty. Wines were quite reasonable and even house wines are enjoyable. Very busy, services at times somewhat slow...More

Thank bijou2006
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A charming little bistro with seriously great food. I had the chicken liver pate with onion jam, excellent, and their "beef bourgignon" - one of the best I've ever had. My husband had the smoked salmon followed by the sea bass which he loved. Three...More

Thank Nancy G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best food I ever had in this price category. I can recommend this to the fullest. Will come here again during my 2w visit of London.

Thank UDontCar3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were pre-theatre, and found this restaurant via a google search. What a pleasant surprise! A tiny, charming French bistro nestled in one of the most impersonal streets in central London! My calves liver was just right... my husband was pleased with his steak frites......More

Thank Omnivole
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great night in this restaurant with family, it really is a bit of calm far from the maddening crowd. Service and food were excellent, can highly recommend a visit.

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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24 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
USD 20 - USD 33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, 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
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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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