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Otto's

#768 of 18,030 Restaurants in London
#792 of 19,552 Places to Eat in London
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Neighborhood:
Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions
Description: On entering Otto's you are presented with a warm welcome in this...
On entering Otto's you are presented with a warm welcome in this beautifully decorated, even a tad quirky, hidden away gem of a restaurant that transports you to the Belle Époque of 1870’s Paris. Otto honours the spirit of Auguste Escoffier with Classics such as Escargots, Steak Tartar and the spectacular Canard de Rouen a la Presse. Downstairs reveals a Private Dining Room with a Grand Dining Table, a most enchanting place to celebrate, entertain and share frivolities with friends.This wonderful recipe was created at the beginning of the 19 century by a restaurateur from Rouen named Mechenet. This recipe for pressed duck owed much of its success the the Duke of Chartres, who commanded it highly in Paris. When the renowned cook Frederick took over the restaurant La Tour d'Argent, he began numbering all the pressed ducks that he served, intending to make the dish the speciality of his restaurant.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
French cuisine at its best

Otto's offers fine French cuisine in an understated environment. Nevertheless the ambience is charming and you feel as if you've been whisked away to a road side Parisian café. We had perfectly cooked monkfish with a reduced fish soup that was perfectly cooked and very tasty. We started with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Vincent B
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Otto's offers fine French cuisine in an understated environment. Nevertheless the ambience is charming and you feel as if you've been whisked away to a road side Parisian café. We had perfectly cooked monkfish with a reduced fish soup that was perfectly cooked and very tasty. We started with a lovely beetroot spaghetti which was light and refreshing. We completed... More 

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Thank Vincent B
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Otto's is an understated blend of tradition and character. The food is up there with the best and the wine cellar would satisfy the most experience palate. Would recommend for most occasions.

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Thank Jimmystix
Poole, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

A great place for lunch or dinner but lunch is truly good. The food is always excellent and the service first class without being over the top. No feeling of being rushed and the staff can usually oblige with off the menu requests if asked.

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Thank anne b
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Otto's was recommended to me by a friend. What a great recommendation. Very traditional and a little bit quirky (which added to the experience) we had a superb meal. For the quality of food and wine it was great value for money.

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Thank Barry_White270
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Belle Epoque dining at it's most glorious. Ignore the decor, all the effort has gone into the cooking, it's inspired by an age before calories were counted, and when butter was used liberally. The food is GLORIOUS, especially if you order the Pressed Duck in advance - it's only available here and the Tour D'Argent in Paris (Otto used to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We've dined here a few times, and it is never less than good and usually very good. If you like modern, casual style dining, it may not be for you, but it is a wonderful evocation of a slightly formal French restaurant of a few years back, with its lobster and duck presses, and its chafing dishes, hand prepared steak... More 

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1 Thank Sara E
Greater London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I had been looking forward to my meal at Otto's for some time and when my friend told me about the pre-order options I was even more excited. I love truffles so we went for the chicken option and with a two day pre-order and a £140 price tag I had exceedingly high expectations. After all bad but expensive restaurants... More 

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Cassano allo Ionio, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Once again "Le grandpère" went to Otto's for a special occasion, this time to celebrate the success of one of his sons who became a doctor. The warm welcome was exceptional from this team that comprises gentlemen from Portugal, Spain, France and Italy led expertly by a Swedish lady and of course Otto himself, who never lets the slightest detail... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We chose Otto, mostly because we had originally decided to eat at L'Escargod at Greek Street, but because of the day's programme and meeting locations, we opted for another, good and renowned French restaurant, Otto's, which was also new to both of us.The restaurant appears friendly and very French in its elegance. The waiters are formal and friendly, so nothing... More 

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Thank Steinar V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Had planned this dinner for a while. Had booked a table having heard about the lobster press. In fact, when I called to book, I specificially asked "I hear you do a good lobster press is that correct?". The lady on the other end said yes thats correcta nd I booked a table for evening of 7th Novemeber. My wife... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: 020 7713 0107

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

On entering Otto's you are presented with a warm welcome in this beautifully decorated, even a tad quirky, hidden away gem of a restaurant that transports you to the Belle Époque of 1870’s Paris. Otto honours the spirit of Auguste Escoffier with Classics such as Escargots, Steak Tartar and the spectacular Canard de Rouen a la Presse. Downstairs reveals a Private Dining Room with a Grand Dining Table, a most enchanting place to celebrate, entertain and share frivolities with friends.This wonderful recipe was created at the beginning of the 19 century by a restaurateur from Rouen named Mechenet. This recipe for pressed duck owed much of its success the the Duke of Chartres, who commanded it highly in Paris. When the renowned cook Frederick took over the restaurant La Tour d'Argent, he began numbering all the pressed ducks that he served, intending to make the dish the speciality of his restaurant.
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Clerkenwell
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.
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