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Le Cafe du Marche
Le Cafe du Marche

Le Cafe du Marche Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedumarche.co.uk
  • Email: events@cafedumarche.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 608 1609
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2.30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
    Sundays closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, European
  • Executive Chef: Simon Cottard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Entertainment:
    Piano and double bass, or solo pianist, play jazz music every evening in the Café.

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    The nearest tubes are Farringdon and Barbican. Overground: Farringdon Thameslink.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    There are 'pay and display' places in the NCP car park in the square next to the restaurant. In the evenings, you can park in the nearby streets (single yellow lines).
A word from Le Cafe du Marche
We are a French restaurant in the heart of Smithfield – in fact, we are three restaurants. You will find us at the end of a cobbled mews, approximately 40 yards from Charterhouse Square and Charterhouse Street. The Café is open for lunch Monday to Friday (12 pm to 2.30 pm) and for dinner Monday to Saturday (6 pm - 10 pm). The Café is the main restaurant on the ground floor serving predominantly provincial French cuisine. Upstairs we also have Le Grenier, a similar restaurant with a greater emphasis on grilled dishes. Le Rendezvous, our brasserie, is round the corner on Charterhouse Street.
We have been here for nearly 25 years – but in case you haven't found us previously, we would like to invite you now.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
Diner Reviews
  • "Meeting my daughter halfway between the West and East end we decided on an evening meal here, as we could both meet at St Pauls tube and walk from there. I hesitate to recommend this for fear it will become too difficult to book again, but we couldn't fault it. Nothing pretentious, just great ingredients superbly cooked and presented by charming people in a delightful atmosphere. What's not to like? Many thanks: we 've recommended to friends unreservedly."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "This is everything a French restaurant should be - a quiet atmosphere, background music subtle enough to allow for conversation, charming staff and a good menu: enough choice, but focused and tight enough to reassure. Apparently the downstairs part can be noisy, especially if you don't want your conversation drowned out by a pazz pianist. But upstairs was great - and passed all the best tests for proper French food. Including the perfect green salad."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Lots of ambience, lovely simple French food , excellent service - what's not to like! Prices not bad for London. This small restaurant is difficult to find but worth it"
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "Brilliant food, incredible service (especially from the manager, Sophie. We were a large party but it was a flawless dinner. Sublime salt beef, the most succulent roast lamb, crispy pork belly and an specially incredible flourless chocolate.birthday cake. Couldn't recommend the restaurant more highly."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Really enjoyed an evening out with my family for a birthday meal. Good ambience and very civilised"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "My wife and I had dined at Le Cafe du Marche once before and had good but fading memories of the experience. Stepping through the door at about 7.00pm we were greeted warmly, our reservation checked and shown to a table in a central location. The room was full of pleasant chatter and despite being surrounded by other tables we were not dominated by other's conversations. Service was attentive yet relaxed and the decor shabby chic. A short but well chosen list of wines at various prices is available, the menu is varied and reassuringly short giving confidence of each dish being lovingly crafted. Fresh ingredients dominate and the aroma of other diners meals waft pleasantly around the room. An Jazz duo added to the evening. 10/10."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "We were seated upstairs on Saturday evening. Lovely setting. Intimate and romantic ambience. Service was slow which was strange as there seemed to be enough staff. The food however was worth the wait. I started with goats cheese wrapped in cured ham while my partner chose the risotto. Both were very good. We shared the cote de boef for main course and this was delicious. We shared Paris Brest for dessert. Excellent food and the wine (Chevrey Chambertin 2009) was also very good value. We'll definitely go again."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Fixed price menu with an excellent choice of French cuisine."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "A very pleasant and enjoyable evening with friends who know and like this restaurant; easy to chat as contented diners' noise comfortable, not overwhelming. Well presented dishes; perfect risotto primavera and companions rated as excellent the leek and sardine ensemble. Competently prepared, good quality ingredients for tasty confit of duck, calves liver and guinea fowl mains; perfect french fries appeared by magic just as we were wishing we'd ordered some; superb strawberry mousse and divine truffles with good coffee. We'll be back."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times in the last few weeks and I must say it has always delivered. The ambiance is what makes it. The dining area feels intimate without feeling like you're dining with everybody else in there. It has always been full or near full when I've been in, so there is always a real buzz. The piano player in the middle of the restaurant provides lovely background music. I have tried something different from the menu each time and I have never been disappointed. I had confit of duck this time and it was just delicious. The staff are friendly and down to earth and the service seemed effortless. I will be back next weekend and I can't wait!"
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "Over 20 years I have dined occasionally - sometimes they are booked out - and it is always a lovely experience. I suspect beef which can sometimes be tough, but mine was beautiful as befits a restaurant near Smithfield. Service was good and not intrusive."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Always delivers. Good interesting French food, good wine list, attractive location with a positive ambiance and excellent service (Carlos & Camille)."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "We had dinner here on Saturday night to celibrate a friends birthday, the food was excellant and the atmosphere was terific. i particularly enjoyed the pianist who played a good variety of tunes."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "This is the sort of gem that's hard to find in France any more, let alone London. Tucked away, it hums rather than shouts in what is nowadays a generally very noisy Clerkenwell. The menu is more or less traditional French, cooked beautifully. Nothing fancy, just the best ingredients. Service attentive and friendly without being in the least obtrusive. Jazz piano and bass - never too loud to drown conversation, but really good to listen to. We've been going there on and off for many years, and have always found it excellent value - the more so nowadays, when there are so many brash and pretentious restaurants around."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "I have been visiting this restaurant every year or so for almost 20 years. This last visit was a shock. Big slide in standards across the board. I am sorry to say one of my long time favourite venues is now off the list"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "The restaurant Le Café du Marché is a lovely venue - nice decor with old French posters and exposed brick walls. It's warm and friendly looking and in a nice area on the border of the City and Clerkenwell. The food is standard 'international French' and was quite nice although both our starters were tepid. Main courses were better (and hot). Desserts were fine though not exceptional. The real problem was service. Although there seemed to be a lot of waiters around (on Valentine night) and they were friendly they seemed very distracted. Everything was slow and we had to ask for everything several times (menu, wine list, drinks, bill). The overall impression is a lack of professionalism."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family. The food, service, atmosphere and value for money is excellent!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "The food at Le Cafe du Marche is really excellent, but on this occasion the service was disappointing. We had to ask a waiter to take our wine order, and then to take our order half an hour after we'd sat down. However this isn't the norm at this restaurant, it was a busy night and the waiter seemed to be new. I had delicious mushrooms on toast followed by cotes de boef, a fantastic cheeseboard and gorgeous chocolates. I'd definitely eat there again."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "A tucked away French bistro, A lovely surprise at Cafe Du Marche, delicious food, and great wine, thank you"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Visited on Valentines Day evening in the wild windy weather. we were the only diners at 6pm and nobody else arrived before 6.50pm. Loved the restaurant even though it was empty and waiters looked bored but we had great service !. Food was very good. Must try Le Cafe du Marche again when they are busier."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Nice combination of food, atmosphere, wine. We had a very lovely Valentines Day lunch."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "A splendid, flavoursome and healthy chicken liver salad was followed by excellent char-grilled quail with a garlic creamy sauce - excellent. Trademark french fries and perfectly-dressed crunchy green salad were well-judged and filing. Well-selected and a point french cheeses to end were lovely. A great 2002 Gigondas was less good-value but nonetheless an excellent accompaniment to the food. Really good macchiato to end. Attentive service in a lovely and authentic bistro. Hard to fault and my business guest loved it"
    dined on 10/02/2014
  • "had another wonderful evening at the restaurant. This time round the food once again was delicious... perfectly cooked and served."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "Excellent meal and service in a great ambience. Wine list excellent - from good affordable to special occasion wines. Would want to be a regular here"
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "Had dinner on a Tuesday night in January and food was great, esp the Cote de Boeuf - amazing chips too! Typical French brasserie type menu. Wine also ok although quite expensive at £16 a glass! Service great and ambience was fine although we were the only table upstairs apart from one other large group. Did mean we weren't too near the piano though, which can be loud if you're close!"
    dined on 14/01/2014
  • "Had a really nice evening. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere spot on once the pianist and double bassist started. Classic French cuisine and in a very picturesque mews close to Barbican and Farringdon."
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner with friends on a Saturday night in January. The dining room is very cosy and atmospheric; an excellent place to be on a winter's night. The food was delicious, very French and hearty. My only complaint was that was a very large mark up on the milk-fed lamb. It caused us to wonder whether the milk in question was that of a snow leopard. It tasted very good but we weren't convinced it was worth the extra £15 per head. However, it didn't spoil the meal (although we weren't paying!). We will definitely return although may give the dishes with a supplement a swerve next time."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "I visit Le Cafe du Marche regularly with friends and family. It's the perfect venue for an intimate dinner for two or a family meal and birthdays there are a real treat. The food is authentic haute cuisine with the freshest of ingredients and the greatest attention to detail possible. The service is always amazing, attentive and professional. It's like being the guest of honour at a large French families Sunday dinner. The only downside is the lack of disability access. Otherwise I would recommend Le Cafe du Marche to everyone I know."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "This very nice restaurant is tugged away just of the Barbican area and is a very nice spot to enjoy dinner after a concert at the Barbican or just for a very nice Saturday evening meal. The restaurant offers very well prepared and niely presented dishes from the French cuisine and with use of the finest british products. The staff make you feel welcome. If in London and having a chance to go to the movies, theatre or concert at the Barbican Le Café du Marché is a good place to go before or after the event."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Cafe Du Marche. It was a big birthday celeration and we certainly pick a good place using trip advisor. The food was very good, Two Starters Smoked Salmon tart and Foie Gras, followed by two mains, Scallops and Squid with Pancetta. The mains came with Chips and Salad and dessert to follow. We washed it all down with a bottle of Rose Champagne. We would definately recommend it and are going to head back to one of their Jazz nights. The restaurant is also well located just a 5 minute walk from Farringdon station."
    dined on 08/01/2014
  • "Lovely meal, lovely service and very reasonable price. Will definitely be back. Perfect."
    dined on 23/11/2013
  • "The service & food here is always spot on shame it's a bit on the overprice side..."
    dined on 17/12/2013
  • "Lovely place tucked away. Upstairs was lovely, felt like you were in France. Food was good, though the prices are a little steep and given it was a set menu again too pricey. Menu is true French which was good, but again pricey. Would recommend and go back. Very busy, though it is the build up to the festive season."
    dined on 05/12/2013
  • "Overall, the ambiance was very good and the staff very welcoming. There was an excellent choice of food which was well cooked which was well presented. If anything, service was just a bit fast with insufficient time to 'chat' between courses. Also wine did not arrive until first course. It would have been nice to have a glass of wine as we waited."
    dined on 13/12/2013
  • "Lovely ambiance. Slightly split personality service - one waitress completely charming, one less so, but fine. Excellent duck confit. Nougat glace less successful. Wine list is (I think) exclusively French, often from smaller producers, which is absolutely fine, but the waitress we spoke to seemed to know nothing about any of the wines, so it was a stab in the dark."
    dined on 11/12/2013
  • "As always, the CDM delivered on it's promise of real French brasserie food in a lovely old building. We ate in the Grenier (upstairs). Which floor you prefer is down to personal preference: G/F a more seriously foodie feel with the Maitre d' on duty and more intimate and cosy. Upstairs has more natural light and each dish comes with their superb frites and a lovely green salad, Good service although one of the E European waitresses was clearly new and not totally fluent in English: a few misunderstandings. The fish soup needs to be freshened up and more rouille and definitely more cheese, but still good. Pan-fried squid lovely and a point, great cheese plate. My friends had a super chateaubriand. Great!"
    dined on 06/12/2013
  • "Cafe Du Marche is one of my favouite restaurants in the city. Despite being so close, arriving there is like stepping in to rural France with a fabulous rustic setting and very authentic feel. The menu is short, but all superbly cooked and the sservice is also good. I would highly recommend for an informal or a business lunch."
    dined on 05/12/2013
  • "Fab food and wine, great service, fantastic ambience."
    dined on 04/12/2013
  • "Lovely little bistro style restaurant tucked away in the mews off Charterhouse Square. Warm and friendly ambience makes it a good choice for discrete business and romance too ! Meal for 4 with a bottle of house champagne plus the sommelier's recommended white and red cost just over £300 with the alcohol accounting for over 40% - so the 2 or 3-course dinner menu was good value. Particularly enjoyed the young but knowledgeable staff who provided first class service. I started with mussels, large and steamed to perfection, in a slightly curried creamy sauce then enjoyed the confit of duck with haricot beans and wonderfully crispy thin chips."
    dined on 03/12/2013
  • "I felt almost guilty to have left it so long before returning to 'Cafe du Marche. Nothing had changed to me in 8 years and you immediately feel that you're 'away from it all' when you walk in. There is an easy elegance about the place, with a pleasant, smiling and unobtrusive support team milling around making everything happen. The food was excellent (try the mussels, then the cote de boef... then the chocolate cheesecake; but the cheese board looked superb). The wine was perfection and we did not feel in the least bit rushed or flustered. Take your time and let the team do their thing. Business or pleasure; this is a hidden gem."
    dined on 28/11/2013