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The French Cafe

#3,040 of 17,934 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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16-18 Ritherdon Road | Balham, London SW17 8QD, England
+44 20 8767 2660
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a real shame the good food was let down by the service.the two waitresses were to busy talking to service U.S.!!!!!!!!!

Thank ruth c
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I booked a table for a family of 6 for Sunday lunch at 12:15 as the younger children get hangry early but when we arrived we were told we were too late to order brunch (up to 12) but could not order lunch until 12:45... Very odd as Sunday lunch is prime time for most restaurants but for this 45min... More 

Thank JCW50
DavidHealey, Owner at The French Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am surprised that your review seems to have been written 2 days ago (Saturday) and yet you seem to have visited on a Sunday in April 2016. Nevertheless I would still like to respond to your point. We are very busy for both Sunday brunch and Sunday lunch. Because of this we cannot offer... More 

London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Visited this place on Christmas Eve with family to have at least one night over the period where we had someone cooking for us. On this evening they didn't have their full menu on offer which I hadn't been informed about when I booked and I was rather looking forward to the rabbit but it wasn't on offer as there... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Nice quiet location in residential area. Popular with locals. esp at weekends. Suitable for families. Newspapers. Value set lunch. Real French cooking. Friendly staff.

Thank Loong H
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

good french style bistro, with an authentic feel and nice staff, they do a good value lunch for two , food is good value and high quality

Thank fred7791
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed brunch here on New Year's Day with friends - the English breakfast is good value, generous and with good quality ingredients. Great local place for breakfast.

Thank Cdog125
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We ended up there at a busy Sunday lunch time when the restaurant we were actually heading was already packed. I'm so glad we found this place. The food there was delicious and comforting. It felt like you are at home and enjoying a real homecooked meal. And as far as I am concerned, it was a good value for... More 

Thank Dimitar86
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A very pleasant place to go. A good indicator of the meal was the fact that the first two questions from everybody at the end of the meal was "When are we coming back?" and "What are you having next time?" Decor was clean and pleasant as was the service. Service timed things nicely, not too long between between courses... More 

Thank Aidan S
London, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Great food and smashing service. I come here often and it's consistently good. Good value too and has a really nice atmosphere.

Thank SThesDavies
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Really relaxed and friendly environment. Nice place to have a few glasses of wine. Decent service and decent prices. Would recommend.

Thank OmRLondon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
French, European, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16-18 Ritherdon Road | Balham, London SW17 8QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8767 2660
Nous aimons The French Caf��! Balham just got its own little corner of Paris right on the Ritherdon Road. Marked by a striped awning, patio area and glass frontage The French Caf�� fills one with a sense of calm before you even step through the door. Inside the very Parisian d��cor is given a wry British twist; tiled walls announcing ���tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee��� sit well alongside old French advertising posters and specials scribbled in neat cursive on blackboards. Likewise, whilst during the day The French Caf�����s lively bustle centres around simple breakfasts ��� the full English for one ��� and lunches ��� traditional steak frites, when evening comes the chicer side takes over as the Totterdown crowd take their seats for the more sophisticated but nonetheless traditional French offerings of boeuf bourguignon and cromesquis of salmon and coquilles St Jacques.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?