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Holborn · French · ££££
25 Reviews

About Denise's

The tradition of French cooking in the heart of London is long and storied, and whether your tastes are for the classy establishments of the West End or the many local brasseries, you can always count on finding something that you’ll like. Denise’s on Southampton Row is one of the best French restaurants in Holborn, and their longevity – they’re among the oldest established brasseries in central London – is one of the best recommendations we can give. Reservations – especially during peak hours – are highly recommended for this superb French restaurant in the heart of the city.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am


79 Southampton Row, Holborn
London WC1B 4ET

Chef's Choice



Frog Legs

(sauteed in butter with tomato, garlic, white wine and parsley)

Avocado with Prawns


King Prawns (3)

cooked in white wine, tomato & garlic sauce


Penne Arrabbiata


Chicken Bretonne

(breadcrumbed breast of chicken topped with cheese)

Veal a la Toulousaine

(breadcrumbed veal topped with fried egg and tomato sauce)
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More about Denise's, London

In Holborn, Denise’s is flying the flag for traditional French with a central London twist. Stylish yet rustic with its exposed brick walls, this eatery feels like a classic brasserie pulled straight from the streets of Paris. Located down Southampton Row, just in between Bloomsbury Square and Russell Square and only a stone’s throw from the British Museum, Contemporary Ceramics Centre and numerous art galleries and cultural attractions, this restaurant is an absolute must-visit for gourmands and francophiles alike.

Begin your meal at Denise’s with a classic French starter: French onion soup, escargots, frog legs, salade Nicoise, duck liver pate and chevre chaud are all there. Follow these up with a Gascon speciality – Gascony being the culinary heartland of France – and there are plenty of options from that part of the world, such as Veal a la Toulousaine and chicken Gascon, as well as other French favourites like moules mariniere and steak frites. Book a table and head to Russell Square tube station to be transported to France at this Denise’s in London’s Holborn.

25 Denise's Reviews

Brett M.2 months ago · 1 review

My wife & I hade a very nice pre-theatre meal at this French Bistro in Bloomsbury area of London minutes walk from Holborn Station and within 20 minutes walk of Prince Edward Theatre were we had tickets to see Aladdin. I had a beautifully cooked medium rare fillet steak with au poivre sauce and then a crepe flambéed at the table with loads of Grand-marnier liqueuer, whilst my wife had sole fillets and a then a rich chocolate mousse, sat in a lovely table for 2 by the front window. Looking to go back next time in London for the theatre and would have tried the frogs legs starter had we not arrived a little late after having problems with our Uber taxi collection.

Charlotte C.2 months ago · 1 review

The food was superb, full of flavour and not small portions. it is a hidden gem close to Holborn station. well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Denise O.4 months ago · 4 reviews

great food tournedos Rossini was melt in the mouth, everything we ate was of a great standard and portions. Sophie our waitress was polite helpful and a good sense of humour.

Dave A.5 months ago · 1 review

Excellent service and food - will go there again soon! We had planned to go for about two hours - ended up there for well over three because we were not rushed!

Carolyn W.2 months ago · 1 review

This was our first time visiting Denise's resturant and unfortunately I was a little dissapointed. We were shown to a table that still had someone's belongings left on the seat, my wine glass was dirty and I could have done with a new menu as mine was badly damaged so was difficult to read. The starter was a very good portion and pleasant and I enjoyed my main meal, that was very nice, the dessert however wasnt great and expensive for what it was. I probably would return but maybe I would try an evening service and perhaps skip the pud!

Sarah P.a year ago · 1 review

Steve and I went to Denise's last night on Tastecard, the food was delicious, and the service very good, what a lovely cosy restaurant, we will definitely go back, the only criticism we have is that it doesn't do the restaurant justice the décor outside , it look more like a café than a French dining place!!

Barbara D.6 months ago · 1 review

Absolutely adorable people run Denise's. You could not find kinder staff. We only had goats cheese salad as it was a warm day but being curious I looked in other people's plates and it was all looking delicious. GO and try it. Barbara (14th August 2017)

Geoff N.6 months ago · 1 review

I booked our table for 2 online which was easy and confirmed by e-mail. When we arrived there was only a 4 seat table available. No problem except after a short time we were asked to move to allow for re-arranging the tables to make room even though there were only a few people present in the restaurant. A minor problem but could have been sorted beforehand. On the upside, the menu is very comprehensive and the food was very good and presented quickly. Geoff from Bournemouth

Brian A.7 months ago · 2 reviews

Denise's is always very good - and we've been going there for about 20 years. Denise, herself wasn't in the restaurant when we were there but both food and service were excellent

Geof B.8 months ago · 1 review

Denise's Restaurant provided a pleasant environment, excellent food and cheerful efficient service. As a Tastecard member it was a pity that the bill was produced without the discount but that was corrected without fuss.

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