At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for London's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for French food in London, we head to Criterion Brasserie - a reader favorite - or we count on Bibendum & Bibendum Oyster Bar's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for French cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Mayfair area.


This pleasant French eatery is housed in a building that once served as horse stables. The long, narrow space is both elegant and intimate, featuring subtly decorated walls and large windows that afford terrific views of the St. Marylebone...  Read More


This debonair restaurant serves dishes that are classically French. This of course means that some of the menu items are not for wimps: brains and gizzards are there a-plenty, and most of the other internal organs feature shamelessly in...  Read More

La Trouvaille

Folks regularly rush to this self-proclaimed "Frenchy," known in culinary circles as a true "find," thanks to authentic atmosphere, friendly service, and outstanding cuisine. The main dining room, whose nectarine-hued walls feature framed...  Read More

A modern setting and fabulous lineup of New French fare help make this West End brasserie a favorite of diners planning to catch a show later in the evening. The subtly lit dining room is conducive to intimate conversations, and mirrors open up...  Read More

Elena's L'Etoile

This landmark eatery derives part of its fame from the reputation of its owner, Elena Savoni. Said to be the city's best maitresse d', Savoni worked in London restaurants for decades before opening her own in this charming, revamped building....  Read More

Criterion Brasserie

Criterion serves unpretentious French-British cuisine in a setting of unrivaled Byzantine opulence. Golden ceiling mosaics, Venetian glass lamps, and gilt-trimmed furnishings establish a luxurious backdrop for classic dishes like roast suckling...  Read More

Bibendum & Bibendum Oyster Bar

London restaurant legend Terence Conran started out with this quirky, elegant restaurant, which doesn't scrimp on a single detail. Sit within a Grade I listed building, where a bold blue color scheme and large, colorful stained-glass window...  Read More

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the esteemed River Restaurant specializes in modern French fare prepared using only the freshest locally-grown ingredients. The sophisticated space features a private dining room overlooking the...  Read More

Leicester Square

Le Garrick is a little bit of France in the heart of the theatre district and Covent Garden. It's tiny tables and cosy ambiance means it's a perfect place to warm you up in winter, or chill out outside in summer. Perhaps because of the French...  Read More

Le Gavroche

This wood-wrapped dining room rests a flight of stairs down from street level, a setting which lends it a dark, quiet feel. The restaurant is known for classic French cooking, impeccable service, and London's finest selection of cheeses and...  Read More

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