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Otto's

#168 of 17,173 Restaurants in London
#176 of 18,055 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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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Atmospheric French dining

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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207 reviews 207 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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Matlock Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Went to the spitalfields one, totally fab, the open table was really enticing, being very hungry we had the rare fillet if beef and 3 salads, (2 would have been sufficient) most beautiful crunchy tasty cauliflower salad, all salads had wonderful individual tastes, so yummy , couldn't manage a pudding, 2 of our party did, and they were good, Friendly... 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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20 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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Fairfield, Connecticut
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113 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Otto's has it all -- remarkable food, outstanding service, fine wines and gracious surroundings! We sampled many appetizers: cheese souffle, pate, coquille st jacques to name a few. For entrees, my friends cannot resist the steak tartare, prepared tableside.The wine list was comprehensive and, when we had a question, Otto himself came over to have a detailed conversation. Dessert! Ooh... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We come to London once a year, and cant wait for our experience at Otto's. It starts with the warm greeting upon entering and cushy seating. You never feel rushed, even after dinner is complete. Service is beyond reproach. Every morsel but in our mouths was excellent, from the pate served w/drink to the coffee. Escargot was hot and garlicy.-just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A very French menu wine list and service. The staff are courteous and friendly. The menu is quite short, which I love, and the specialities must be ordered in advance, We all really enjoyed our food, and the wine -

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went here 2 years ago and were impressed. This latest visit confirmed our expectations! The food was excellent! My sea bream with black olive tapenade was wonderful! Combined with the very attentive but unobtrusive service, this restaurant is a delight! We will be back!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This restaurant serves traditional, grand French cuisine with a deftness and a commitment rarely seen in the UK. The homard a la presse was truly spectacular, as was the canard a la presse which we had on a previous visit. The patron, Otto, prepares them at the table, with a sense of theatre which adds immeasurably to the pleasure of... 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 have gluten-free options?
  • 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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