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Le Bistro Savoir Faire

#247 of 17,958 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Holborn
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42 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP, England
+44 20 7436 0707
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went along with some friends for dinner last saturday.The ambience was very pleasant as was the service with just the right amount of friendliness and attention. We had a bottle of house white (sauvignon blanc) which was ok for the price but slightly acidic, still you get what you pay for. The Lamb shank which I ordered was very... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time in this adorably hilarious restaurant! Great service, wonderful food and a location near the British museum but still somewhat off the beaten path. The mussels are a must have!

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Thank clairibel
Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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206 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This low key french bistro was solidly good. They have two course prix fixe lunch and dinners and decent wines by the glass and carafe. Service is attentive. Mussels in pernod were crazy good. Lamb shank good. Duck magret good too. Chocolate mousse was excellent. Very affordable.

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Thank Lori G
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit to Savoir Faire for a friends’ soiree and I was indeed most pleasantly surprised. In a sea of indistinguishable, corporate chains of restaurants that dominate central London this quirkily decorated independent restaurant is a little pearl. The food served at our table for 6 was excellent in both quality and presentation; the recommended red house... More 

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Thank mrppadaly
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Tuesday night, but was still lively. This small restaurant serves good bistro food at reasonable prices.

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Thank Chris S
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good lunch at a price that is very reasonable for somewhere on New Oxford Street close to the British Museum.

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Thank Mark S
UK
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very close to the British Museum so we had lunch (prix fixe) prior to our visit. We had no previous knowledge of the bistro, just came upon it as we browsed the menus alomg the street. What a find. It is a small, intimate place with great attention to presenting an excellent meal. We were offered bread and... More 

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Thank patricia026
Colorado
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352 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a fantastic dinner here--one of the best of our stay in London. The staff was friendly and professional. The dinner was scrumptious, especially mussels and desserts. You can be comfortable in t-shirts and jeans here. Excellent neighborhood French food.

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Thank PucksterColorado
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic little restaurant hidden away in central London. The menu is varied and the food is excellent. I had the fish stew it was full of flavour. The service is great too 10/10. Excellent value I can highly receommend

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Thank Jim M
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The waitress was rude from the moment we got there. The food was OK, but ruined by the bad service. Would not return or recommend. What was meant to be a birthday celebration was ruined by the attitude of our waitress.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$32
Cuisine
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Holborn
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 as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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