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Otto's

#291 of 17,349 Restaurants in London
#313 of 18,273 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Enjoyable

We couldnt get the pressed duck but our meal was still nice and the wine is very nicely priced. We felt a little ...... Unwelcome i supose but the food made up for the lack of atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Stan B
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We couldnt get the pressed duck but our meal was still nice and the wine is very nicely priced. We felt a little ...... Unwelcome i supose but the food made up for the lack of atmosphere.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

the meze are delicious. The tagine lamb in apricots and prunes were delicious.Large menu .Mostly Turkish but also mediterrean fayre.

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Yorkshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We first discovered Otto's three years ago and have been once or twice a year since. The restaurant remains a class act and a firm favourite - wonderful food marched with fine wine and not too expensive compared to other similar venues. The lobster soup was delicious and the steam and lamb end down a treat. We couldn't resist the... More 

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I am being optimistic, and assuming the fact we were a group of 20 resulted in the only just average meal. The upstairs dining room looked bright and cheerful, the downstairs room we were in was a little congested, but acceptable. The service was like in Paris 20 years ago, before they realized customers matter. While professional, it was distinctly... More 

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British Isles
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49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Strange part of London for this good restaurant. Unfortunately I could not book their signature dish - Canard a la Presse as they want a lot of notice. The steak tartare was outstanding. The service was excellent. Maybe the cheese souffle needed a bit more piquancy but I'm going back for the Canard!

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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Ottos is a quirky spot. A group of us dined downstairs in a room full of character. That said, the chains and innuendo did spark discussion. Food was very good. Service - well, I'm not sure how many of the staff were of French origin, but it was bordering on dismissive. Don't expect smiles or charm. But you will enjoy... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Very traditional french restaurant on Gray's Inn Road. Staff attentive and needed time to pour over the wine list wihich has nothing cheap on offer! The Souffle aux Trois Fromages was delicious although a little underbaked. Lamb was delicious. All the desserts were my favourites and the creme brulee did not disappoint! Will retrun to sample the bresse duck!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

6 of us for lunch, we were parked in a dungeon room and although the service started very promptly it all went downhill from there. starters took an age and the wait wasn't enhanced by the gaggle of staff who just stood gossiping, presumably waiting for the kitchen. Starters were ok but the mains were, at best, fairly ordinary and,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

But be prepared to pay fantastical prices for superb young Burgundies from great producers and indulge In great conversation with Otto over pressed duck etc.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went to celebrate a birthday and ordered the canard a la presse ahead. It has to be for two but fed three well (we did have starters). The bread and especially the lobster bisque were excellent and the cooking and serving of the duck was professional and provided great theatre. The atmosphere was formal in an old fashioned way... More 

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Additional Information about Otto's

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

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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