Authentic French Cuisine and Wine Bar nestled in   Shepherd Market

At L'Artiste Muscle restaurant we serve traditional French food, cooked avec amour. Set in the small charming square that is Shepherd Market, we opened our doors in 1971 when the market was still a red light district. We have grown from a French wine bar into a small bistro that now serves warm, hearty French cuisine, all for a very reasonable price.

Of course, we have also carefully curated a wonderful selection of reds and whites that are the perfect accompaniment to our tasty French fare. So, if you fancy a little break from the hustle and bustle of London then take a seat at our cozy French bistro restaurant in Mayfair and see what we have on offer.



 French Bistro Restaurant in Mayfair and London

Bistro Dining

Our à la carte menu is composed of all the favourites you would expect from an authentic French bistro including filling bœuf bourguignon to creamy chicken and leak. Peruse our menu here.

Fine Wine 

Our specially selected wine list is exclusively French and very reasonably priced. We make serious effort to procure wines that are not only of high quality but also of excellent value. Browse our wine list here.



Private Functions

Looking for somewhere special to hold a private party? The downstairs area of our restaurant is available for private functions for up to 25 people. If you have any special requests, get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you.


French Bistro And Wine Bar In Mayfair




About L'Artiste Muscle Restaurant

L'Artiste Muscle restaurant first opened its doors all the way back in 1971 and was the creation of an Olympic wrestler who was also a silversmith and a sculptor, hence the name. At that time L'Artiste Muscle was solely a French wine bar that occasionally served food. We quickly evolved into a bistro and since that time have grown to be a favourite with tourists, regulars, local residents and workers.

Situated in Shepherd Market, our location is a wonderful escape for those looking to sidestep the throngs of people at nearby Oxford Circus and Piccadilly. Outside seating, shabby chic interiors and a warm, welcoming atmosphere all combine to make L'Artiste Muscle restaurant the perfect place for those looking to recharge and reset before they head back into the hubbub that is Central London! So, pop into our French bistro restaurant in Mayfair today to sample some delicious, traditional food served in a relaxed, rustic setting.

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"We have had a lot of mussels but this was far the best - cooked perfectly in an amazing cream sauce. We could have licked the bowl. I had the pate which was great but in comparison to the mussels was just delicious. The duck confit fell off the bone with lots of flavor as was the beef stew. Bread was fabulous. Deserts of chocolate mousse and creme brûlée’s was the perfect way to end the meal.

Nicely priced wine list. This is a very small restaurant so need to book ahead or be fortunate enough that a table is available. Welcoming but not intrusive service.

Would definitely return for the mussels. As a matter of fact we will be dreaming about them. Probably the best meal for the value we had all our visit."



"A great French bistro that serves authentic food, albeit in fairly basic surroundings, but at a sensible price compared to many in Mayfair. Small and would seek to sit on the cosy ground floor as the basement can be a bit soulless if not busy."

Gary Howes


"A very good meal. I had the moules marinière and the boeuf bourguingnon - both prepared superbly. My wife had the asparagus and smoked salmon terrine followed by the entrcôte with bernaise - again excellent. We washed it down with a reasonable merlot."









 Location for L'Artiste Muscle

1 Shepherd Market, London, W1J 7PA

 020 7493 6150

Our French bistro restaurant in Mayfair, is in very close proximity to Green Park station. Simply walk south west on Piccadilly, before turning right onto White Horse Street.


To make a reservation at L'Artiste Muscle, please call 020 7493 6150, or make a booking here.