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Over a century since it first opened its doors, L'Etoile is a legend among London restaurants. A buzzy, glamorous French style bistro founded on high quality food and warm hospitality, this Charlotte Street eaterie is a favourite haunt of business travellers and bohemians alike. From its beginnings in 1896 to present day, our London French restaurant has evolved over many decades to become the venue of choice for generations of actors and celebrities from stage, screen and the worlds of art and literature.

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Please note: Elena's L'Etoile request that all tastecard diners adhere to ‘the spirit of taste’ when dining at this restaurant. Due to restaurant popularity booking in advance is essential. Members must be aware that the offer is only offer on the 'A La Carte' section of the menu.

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Elena's L'Etoile
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Diana said "Excellent food, service and company!
8 members of my Foodie Group decided to venture into Fitzrovia to sample the delights of this..."
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Alex said "Super service And Great Good
Amazing starters especially"
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" Okay food"
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Katy said "Great food but apparently no kids allowed
We have been here several times and it's really good value for money, excellent food and a..."
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Federica-London said "Great Food...The Service Could Be Best!
Me & two friends had dinner there on a Saturday night. It was not possible to use the taste..."
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Richard said "OK place
We walked in and were seated immediately. We got there at 6.30pm, so were the first people there...."
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Alida said
" It's very difficult to book a table if you haven't called them on time, but the wait..."
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Sarah said "Great find
Good service, good food, great wine and good atmosphere. Also very easy to use the taste card."
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Zoe said "Lovely Restaurant
Enjoyed the OX cheeks, and steak was very tasty. Waiters were so nice, will come back~"
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Gemma said "Very Disappointing
Went there last Friday for celebrating a bday. We sat for more than an hour waiting for our..."
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Lucy said
" Absolutely delicious dinner with great presentation. The staff were very polite and attentive..."
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Judy said
" A very enjoyable lunch today. A charming restaurant and beautifully presented food. Well worth a..."
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" Amazing food"
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Frances said
" Superb food in a fabulous location."
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Chanelle said
" Warm welcomes. Friendly attentive Staff. Mouth Watering French cuisine. Special ambience. Overall..."
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Frank said
" A lovely Valentines Dinner with my wife. Amazing food and attentive service."
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Jennifer said "Cute French restaurant
We went for lunch there today. The restaurant is very cute and rustic. Staff were attentive,..."
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Shanika said
" Lovely little restaurant with delicious well presented food. Desserts were particularly good,..."
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Coco said
" Tasted like microwave plane food and factory baked bread.

The worst tastecard..."
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Sateen said
" Very good quality. I am quite surprised it has got such low ratings. Would definitely recommend."
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Philip said
" Although the venue looks the part of a faded and well worn French bistro that really is the best..."
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S said "Disappointing experience
Very disappointed. Arrived around 6.30pm with my friend. We were seated near the door and it was..."
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Samia said
" Hi, just took my boyfriend out for dinner. I would, as a French person, not considerate this..."
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"I went to Elena's L'Etoile on Saturday night with three other friends. We all found the..."
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"Came here on 30/7/2012 and the venue was quiet even for a Monday (Olympic scaremongering I think)..."
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"Excellent quality food. Brilliant prompt service. Good atmosphere. Value for money with the..."
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"Fantastic food, attentive service clean and well presented restaurant. Very traditional air..."
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"I love this restaurant, great food, great service, lovely wines and even better with 50% off...."
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"Very good indeed. Loved the food and service was good too. Fresh and quality ingredients. Worth a..."
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"I took my parents for dinner here, as they used to come here regularly decades ago. We..."
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"We almost didn't go to this restaurant because there are some terrible reviews on the..."
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"I have visited Elena twice and with a group of friends. We have never been disappointed, with the..."
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"What a great little restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was fantastic, and what a..."
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  • Diana said: "Excellent food, service and company!
    8 members of my Foodie Group decided to venture into Fitzrovia to sample the delights of this famous old restaurant and we were so glad we did! .The food was great and the staff friendly and professional. Try the soft shell çrab risotto with parmesan crisp and the succulent duck breast. We'll certainly return! "
    Posted 1 month, 16 days ago...
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  • Alex said: "Super service And Great Good
    Amazing starters especially "
    Posted 1 month, 23 days ago...
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  • " Okay food "
    Posted 1 month, 24 days ago...
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  • Katy said: "Great food but apparently no kids allowed
    We have been here several times and it's really good value for money, excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. We tried to go last week however as we were in the area and called to book but as soon as I mentioned we had a baby he said they were actually closed for refurbishment. We then walked past and it was open and people were eating! I am sure some people will think this is a good thing (we probably would have before the baby came!) but I was just disappointed they lied to me. It's a shame as it's put me off going again. "
    Posted 1 year, 8 months ago...
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  • Federica-London said: "Great Food...The Service Could Be Best!
    Me & two friends had dinner there on a Saturday night. It was not possible to use the taste card after 7.30 and the staff made it clear when booking that if we were late they would not give us a discount.

    When we arrived the waiter made a comment to his colleague about the fact the we had a taste card (like if we were not good enough) and this was quite disappointing.

    Food was great, really nice quality and good wine too at good price!

    Waiters were overall friendly but we were disappointed to see that no one there was actually French which would have made it feel more authentic!

    In conclusion, go there if you are looking for good food in a super central location and at decent price but don't expect too much from the service or you could get a bit disappointed! "
    Posted 1 year, 9 months, 14 days ago...
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  • Richard said: "OK place
    We walked in and were seated immediately. We got there at 6.30pm, so were the first people there. No music, but I believe that as it gets fuller, people talking all around would add to the atmosphere. The place itself is nicely reminiscent of old bistro's.

    I let them know that we had a Tastecard but they already knew due to me previously booking. I felt a bit rushed for ordering however, as after just 1 minute of being sat at our table, we were asked 3 times if we were ready to order within the same amount of minutes.

    We all agreed that our starters were better than the mains (the scallops were tepid however) as the flavours described on the menu didn't translate very well from paper to dish. The cuts of meat were excellent however, and cooked well. The Monte Verde Sauvignon Blanc was good. We didn't eat the dessert, although the menu did look good.

    All in all, an OK experience. I would say better for lunch than planning a nice meal out. Felt a bit rushed and slightly frowned upon for using the card perhaps, but it did the job. If you want atmosphere, go there when it's busy. "
    Posted 1 year, 9 months, 25 days ago...
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  • Alida said:
    " It's very difficult to book a table if you haven't called them on time, but the wait was worth it.: excellent, under every point of view. "
    Posted 1 year, 11 months, 8 days ago...
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  • Sarah said: "Great find
    Good service, good food, great wine and good atmosphere. Also very easy to use the taste card. "
    Posted 2 years, 17 days ago...
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  • Zoe said: "Lovely Restaurant
    Enjoyed the OX cheeks, and steak was very tasty. Waiters were so nice, will come back~ "
    Posted 2 years, 18 days ago...
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  • Gemma said: "Very Disappointing
    Went there last Friday for celebrating a bday. We sat for more than an hour waiting for our plates, service was horrendous and on top of it, the optional service charge was over 25% of the final bill.
    Would never recommend anyone going to this place! "
    Posted 2 years, 3 months, 10 days ago...
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  • Lucy said:
    " Absolutely delicious dinner with great presentation. The staff were very polite and attentive too.Plus, it's in a really great location. I'd definitely go back and recommend friends. Enjoy! "
    Posted 2 years, 6 months, 24 days ago...
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  • Judy said:
    " A very enjoyable lunch today. A charming restaurant and beautifully presented food. Well worth a visit and using the Tastecard made it good value. "
    Posted 2 years, 6 months, 25 days ago...
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  • " Amazing food "
    Posted 2 years, 6 months, 25 days ago...
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  • Frances said:
    " Superb food in a fabulous location. "
    Posted 3 years, 1 month, 6 days ago...
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  • Chanelle said:
    " Warm welcomes. Friendly attentive Staff. Mouth Watering French cuisine. Special ambience. Overall a delightfull experience. "
    Posted 3 years, 3 months, 14 days ago...
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  • Frank said:
    " A lovely Valentines Dinner with my wife. Amazing food and attentive service. "
    Posted 3 years, 3 months, 14 days ago...
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  • Jennifer said: "Cute French restaurant
    We went for lunch there today. The restaurant is very cute and rustic. Staff were attentive, helpful and lovely.

    The food was beautiful. Generous enough portions, full of flavour and well presented.

    Wish we had the time to try the desserts.

    The only thing that was a bit off was the complimentary bread, tasted a bit rubbery.
    Other than that, would highly recommend. "
    Posted 3 years, 7 months, 28 days ago...
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  • Shanika said:
    " Lovely little restaurant with delicious well presented food. Desserts were particularly good, especially the chocolate marquise- perfect for a chocolate lover.

    Would recommend, and definitely visit again. "
    Posted 3 years, 8 months, 11 days ago...
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  • Coco said:
    " Tasted like microwave plane food and factory baked bread.

    The worst tastecard restaurant to date.

    The atmosphere was half decent at least. "
    Posted 3 years, 8 months, 25 days ago...
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  • Sateen said:
    " Very good quality. I am quite surprised it has got such low ratings. Would definitely recommend. "
    Posted 4 years, 2 months, 15 days ago...
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  • Philip said:
    " Although the venue looks the part of a faded and well worn French bistro that really is the best you can say about our visit to Elena’s L’Etoile. The food was OK but certainly nothing special. The portion sizes were so ridiculously small I left still feeling hungry. I found the service abrupt, unfriendly and reduced the atmosphere drastically. After two courses we decided to cut our losses and asked for the bill.

    The Elena’s L’Etoile website says that the restaurant is over 100 years old. I can only think that somebody recently taken it over who doesn't know how to run a restaurant let alone a French bistro. "
    Posted 4 years, 3 months, 29 days ago...
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  • S said: "Disappointing experience
    Very disappointed. Arrived around 6.30pm with my friend. We were seated near the door and it was cold due to the door being constantly being opened. I asked if we could be moved to a table further in as we were cold, they said that they couldn't do it because all the other tables were booked. Well actually I had booked a table too, so I didn't see why these diners, who had not arrived yet, had preference over us - particularly when most of the restaurant was empty. Spent most of the evening with my scarf on and cold feet. Service was abrupt, as if they wanted us to order and eat as quickly as possible. The deconstructed lemon tart had a stodgy rubber texture. Orange juice was a whoopingly overpriced £5.85. Took 30 minutes for the bill to come after I asked (which I had to do twice). Would not go back again even with a tastecard. "
    Posted 4 years, 4 months, 14 days ago...
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  • Samia said:
    " Hi, just took my boyfriend out for dinner. I would, as a French person, not considerate this place authentic. The food was not great. More importantly my starter which was 'escargots bourguignon' came with bourguignon sauce that had pieces of ham. I don't eat pork for personal reason and could not believe and realise only half way through that this bourguignon sauce was with ham! In addition, the main courses could only be described as average and the cheese dessert was similar to what you would expect from Asda. We will not return to this dated, pseudo - bistro. "
    Posted 4 years, 4 months, 20 days ago...
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  • "I went to Elena's L'Etoile on Saturday night with three other friends. We all found the restaurant top class. The service as faultless and we were very well looked after. The food was fantastic - the best duck confit ever, lamb was cooked to perfection, the scallops were divine and the rice pudding was out of the world!!!! What a gem of a place. 5 out of 5!!! Josh "
    Posted 4 years, 8 months, 20 days ago...
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  • "Came here on 30/7/2012 and the venue was quiet even for a Monday (Olympic scaremongering I think) but service was excellent and food was superb - Tuna stake for a starter and lamb for mains. Bread was provided and there was an onion soup starter on the house. Was £15 per person for top quality food. Highly recommended. Jonathan "
    Posted 4 years, 9 months, 28 days ago...
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  • "Excellent quality food. Brilliant prompt service. Good atmosphere. Value for money with the tastecard. Would definitely go back again. Bruce "
    Posted 5 years, 22 days ago...
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  • "Fantastic food, attentive service clean and well presented restaurant. Very traditional air about the place with some nice touches. The discount makes it brilliant value. The steak was the best I have had in a long while. It’s been there for over 100 years - and you can see why! I will definitely be back. Lawrie "
    Posted 5 years, 2 months ago...
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  • "I love this restaurant, great food, great service, lovely wines and even better with 50% off. I bring all my clients here on a regular basis and have never been disappointed. Michelle "
    Posted 5 years, 2 months, 14 days ago...
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  • "Very good indeed. Loved the food and service was good too. Fresh and quality ingredients. Worth a try. Will be back. Henry "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 27 days ago...
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  • "I took my parents for dinner here, as they used to come here regularly decades ago. We certainly weren't disappointed. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious. The warm bread and the pea & mint soup amuse bouche was a charming opener. The squid & chorizo starter looked a picture. Calves liver and sea bream for mains, and lemon tart for pudding -all faultless. The house red wine was perfectly adequate and £20. For a trip down memory which didn't disappoint, I'll be back! PS "
    Posted 5 years, 9 months, 6 days ago...
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  • "We almost didn't go to this restaurant because there are some terrible reviews on the internet, both of the food and of the service. Happily, our craving for French food got the better of us, and we went on my girlfriend's Tastecard. We had excellent food and excellent service. First, the food. I had mushroom soufflé, a trio of pork (belly, cheek and trotter) and lemon tart. M'girl had hot-smoked salmon, plaice and a chocolate pudding (the classic mousse-on-top, cake-on-bottom). We paid £22 each with the tastecard discount (no wine). It wasn't Michelin-star stuff, but it was like the best mid-priced restaurants that you find in France -- traditional cuisine with high-quality ingredients, and all elegantly presented. If you hanker after decent French food (I get a craving from time to time) this is the place to get it. Second, the service. We were looked after by a charming waitress and the food came at just the right speed; the maitre d' and waiters were a little on the brisk side but certainly not rude. If you have ever eaten in France you will know that the service is often like that anyway. And frankly, I would willingly endure the dozen rudest waiters in Paris to get food of this quality for £22 a head. This is a wonderful little restaurant with character (in spades), excellent food and, when we went, pleasant and efficient service. Do not be put off by the bad reviews -- if you don't know this place, you are missing out. John "
    Posted 5 years, 11 months, 3 days ago...
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  • "I have visited Elena twice and with a group of friends. We have never been disappointed, with the 50% discount making it such great value. Excellent French food, great service staff and nice ambience too. KC   "
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  • "What a great little restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was fantastic, and what a selection of wines!!! The atmosphere was also really warm, and the restaurant decorated with pictures of famous people whom I assume had eaten in the restaurant at some point. I'd definitely recommend this place, and will certainly be going back to sample the rest of the menu. Casper "
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  • Diana said: "Excellent food, service and company!
    8 members of my Foodie Group decided to venture into Fitzrovia to sample the delights of this famous old restaurant and we were so glad we did! .The food was great and the staff friendly and professional. Try the soft shell çrab risotto with parmesan crisp and the succulent duck breast. We'll certainly return! "
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  • Alex said: "Super service And Great Good
    Amazing starters especially "
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  • " Okay food "
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  • Katy said: "Great food but apparently no kids allowed
    We have been here several times and it's really good value for money, excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. We tried to go last week however as we were in the area and called to book but as soon as I mentioned we had a baby he said they were actually closed for refurbishment. We then walked past and it was open and people were eating! I am sure some people will think this is a good thing (we probably would have before the baby came!) but I was just disappointed they lied to me. It's a shame as it's put me off going again. "
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  • Federica-London said: "Great Food...The Service Could Be Best!
    Me & two friends had dinner there on a Saturday night. It was not possible to use the taste card after 7.30 and the staff made it clear when booking that if we were late they would not give us a discount.

    When we arrived the waiter made a comment to his colleague about the fact the we had a taste card (like if we were not good enough) and this was quite disappointing.

    Food was great, really nice quality and good wine too at good price!

    Waiters were overall friendly but we were disappointed to see that no one there was actually French which would have made it feel more authentic!

    In conclusion, go there if you are looking for good food in a super central location and at decent price but don't expect too much from the service or you could get a bit disappointed! "
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  • Richard said: "OK place
    We walked in and were seated immediately. We got there at 6.30pm, so were the first people there. No music, but I believe that as it gets fuller, people talking all around would add to the atmosphere. The place itself is nicely reminiscent of old bistro's.

    I let them know that we had a Tastecard but they already knew due to me previously booking. I felt a bit rushed for ordering however, as after just 1 minute of being sat at our table, we were asked 3 times if we were ready to order within the same amount of minutes.

    We all agreed that our starters were better than the mains (the scallops were tepid however) as the flavours described on the menu didn't translate very well from paper to dish. The cuts of meat were excellent however, and cooked well. The Monte Verde Sauvignon Blanc was good. We didn't eat the dessert, although the menu did look good.

    All in all, an OK experience. I would say better for lunch than planning a nice meal out. Felt a bit rushed and slightly frowned upon for using the card perhaps, but it did the job. If you want atmosphere, go there when it's busy. "
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  • Alida said:
    " It's very difficult to book a table if you haven't called them on time, but the wait was worth it.: excellent, under every point of view. "
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  • Sarah said: "Great find
    Good service, good food, great wine and good atmosphere. Also very easy to use the taste card. "
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  • Zoe said: "Lovely Restaurant
    Enjoyed the OX cheeks, and steak was very tasty. Waiters were so nice, will come back~ "
    Posted 2 years, 18 days ago...
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  • Gemma said: "Very Disappointing
    Went there last Friday for celebrating a bday. We sat for more than an hour waiting for our plates, service was horrendous and on top of it, the optional service charge was over 25% of the final bill.
    Would never recommend anyone going to this place! "
    Posted 2 years, 3 months, 10 days ago...
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  • Lucy said:
    " Absolutely delicious dinner with great presentation. The staff were very polite and attentive too.Plus, it's in a really great location. I'd definitely go back and recommend friends. Enjoy! "
    Posted 2 years, 6 months, 24 days ago...
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  • Judy said:
    " A very enjoyable lunch today. A charming restaurant and beautifully presented food. Well worth a visit and using the Tastecard made it good value. "
    Posted 2 years, 6 months, 25 days ago...
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  • " Amazing food "
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  • Frances said:
    " Superb food in a fabulous location. "
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  • Chanelle said:
    " Warm welcomes. Friendly attentive Staff. Mouth Watering French cuisine. Special ambience. Overall a delightfull experience. "
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  • Frank said:
    " A lovely Valentines Dinner with my wife. Amazing food and attentive service. "
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  • Jennifer said: "Cute French restaurant
    We went for lunch there today. The restaurant is very cute and rustic. Staff were attentive, helpful and lovely.

    The food was beautiful. Generous enough portions, full of flavour and well presented.

    Wish we had the time to try the desserts.

    The only thing that was a bit off was the complimentary bread, tasted a bit rubbery.
    Other than that, would highly recommend. "
    Posted 3 years, 7 months, 28 days ago...
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  • Shanika said:
    " Lovely little restaurant with delicious well presented food. Desserts were particularly good, especially the chocolate marquise- perfect for a chocolate lover.

    Would recommend, and definitely visit again. "
    Posted 3 years, 8 months, 11 days ago...
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  • Coco said:
    " Tasted like microwave plane food and factory baked bread.

    The worst tastecard restaurant to date.

    The atmosphere was half decent at least. "
    Posted 3 years, 8 months, 25 days ago...
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  • Sateen said:
    " Very good quality. I am quite surprised it has got such low ratings. Would definitely recommend. "
    Posted 4 years, 2 months, 15 days ago...
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  • Philip said:
    " Although the venue looks the part of a faded and well worn French bistro that really is the best you can say about our visit to Elena’s L’Etoile. The food was OK but certainly nothing special. The portion sizes were so ridiculously small I left still feeling hungry. I found the service abrupt, unfriendly and reduced the atmosphere drastically. After two courses we decided to cut our losses and asked for the bill.

    The Elena’s L’Etoile website says that the restaurant is over 100 years old. I can only think that somebody recently taken it over who doesn't know how to run a restaurant let alone a French bistro. "
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  • S said: "Disappointing experience
    Very disappointed. Arrived around 6.30pm with my friend. We were seated near the door and it was cold due to the door being constantly being opened. I asked if we could be moved to a table further in as we were cold, they said that they couldn't do it because all the other tables were booked. Well actually I had booked a table too, so I didn't see why these diners, who had not arrived yet, had preference over us - particularly when most of the restaurant was empty. Spent most of the evening with my scarf on and cold feet. Service was abrupt, as if they wanted us to order and eat as quickly as possible. The deconstructed lemon tart had a stodgy rubber texture. Orange juice was a whoopingly overpriced £5.85. Took 30 minutes for the bill to come after I asked (which I had to do twice). Would not go back again even with a tastecard. "
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  • Samia said:
    " Hi, just took my boyfriend out for dinner. I would, as a French person, not considerate this place authentic. The food was not great. More importantly my starter which was 'escargots bourguignon' came with bourguignon sauce that had pieces of ham. I don't eat pork for personal reason and could not believe and realise only half way through that this bourguignon sauce was with ham! In addition, the main courses could only be described as average and the cheese dessert was similar to what you would expect from Asda. We will not return to this dated, pseudo - bistro. "
    Posted 4 years, 4 months, 20 days ago...
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  • "I went to Elena's L'Etoile on Saturday night with three other friends. We all found the restaurant top class. The service as faultless and we were very well looked after. The food was fantastic - the best duck confit ever, lamb was cooked to perfection, the scallops were divine and the rice pudding was out of the world!!!! What a gem of a place. 5 out of 5!!! Josh "
    Posted 4 years, 8 months, 20 days ago...
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  • "Came here on 30/7/2012 and the venue was quiet even for a Monday (Olympic scaremongering I think) but service was excellent and food was superb - Tuna stake for a starter and lamb for mains. Bread was provided and there was an onion soup starter on the house. Was £15 per person for top quality food. Highly recommended. Jonathan "
    Posted 4 years, 9 months, 28 days ago...
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  • "Excellent quality food. Brilliant prompt service. Good atmosphere. Value for money with the tastecard. Would definitely go back again. Bruce "
    Posted 5 years, 22 days ago...
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  • "Fantastic food, attentive service clean and well presented restaurant. Very traditional air about the place with some nice touches. The discount makes it brilliant value. The steak was the best I have had in a long while. It’s been there for over 100 years - and you can see why! I will definitely be back. Lawrie "
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  • "I love this restaurant, great food, great service, lovely wines and even better with 50% off. I bring all my clients here on a regular basis and have never been disappointed. Michelle "
    Posted 5 years, 2 months, 14 days ago...
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  • "Very good indeed. Loved the food and service was good too. Fresh and quality ingredients. Worth a try. Will be back. Henry "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 27 days ago...
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  • "I took my parents for dinner here, as they used to come here regularly decades ago. We certainly weren't disappointed. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious. The warm bread and the pea & mint soup amuse bouche was a charming opener. The squid & chorizo starter looked a picture. Calves liver and sea bream for mains, and lemon tart for pudding -all faultless. The house red wine was perfectly adequate and £20. For a trip down memory which didn't disappoint, I'll be back! PS "
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  • "We almost didn't go to this restaurant because there are some terrible reviews on the internet, both of the food and of the service. Happily, our craving for French food got the better of us, and we went on my girlfriend's Tastecard. We had excellent food and excellent service. First, the food. I had mushroom soufflé, a trio of pork (belly, cheek and trotter) and lemon tart. M'girl had hot-smoked salmon, plaice and a chocolate pudding (the classic mousse-on-top, cake-on-bottom). We paid £22 each with the tastecard discount (no wine). It wasn't Michelin-star stuff, but it was like the best mid-priced restaurants that you find in France -- traditional cuisine with high-quality ingredients, and all elegantly presented. If you hanker after decent French food (I get a craving from time to time) this is the place to get it. Second, the service. We were looked after by a charming waitress and the food came at just the right speed; the maitre d' and waiters were a little on the brisk side but certainly not rude. If you have ever eaten in France you will know that the service is often like that anyway. And frankly, I would willingly endure the dozen rudest waiters in Paris to get food of this quality for £22 a head. This is a wonderful little restaurant with character (in spades), excellent food and, when we went, pleasant and efficient service. Do not be put off by the bad reviews -- if you don't know this place, you are missing out. John "
    Posted 5 years, 11 months, 3 days ago...
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  • "I have visited Elena twice and with a group of friends. We have never been disappointed, with the 50% discount making it such great value. Excellent French food, great service staff and nice ambience too. KC   "
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  • "What a great little restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was fantastic, and what a selection of wines!!! The atmosphere was also really warm, and the restaurant decorated with pictures of famous people whom I assume had eaten in the restaurant at some point. I'd definitely recommend this place, and will certainly be going back to sample the rest of the menu. Casper "
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