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Otto's

182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Ranked #137 of 17,024 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Picked Otto's out as a birthday treat accompanied by my wife, son and his girlfriend. We only booked the day before and around mid day had a call to confirm we still wanted the table. The location on Grays Inn road is not the most prepossesing but was close to our hotel. The location may explain why we got a... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food at Otto's is exceptional but there is so much more to the experience than just the delicious menu. Otto himself is one of life's great characters and is so passionate about food and drink - the whole experience is like theatre, particularly if you choose one of the "interactive" menu options such as the pressed duck or lobster... More

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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had read some good reviews about this restaurant but found the food a little disappointing. My lamb from the main menu (£23.95) was tepid and lacking flavour. Whilst the centre was pink-ish the outside was not nicely browned. My colleague had the rib eye from the set menu (2 courses £24) and found it unusually fatty. The decor is interesting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This truly is a hidden gem! Inconspicuously hidden on Gray’s Inn Road among cafes, corner shops and a dry cleaner’s; Otto’s is quite simply one of the best kept secrets in central London. We had a lunch here today with the family for my mother’s birthday. We had a combination of the lunch menu which is £24 for two courses... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just possibly it is. When giving this restaurant the much deserved 5 stars, I was asked the question, “Is this one of the best meals you have eaten?” Easy to answer – yes it was. The restaurant is located in an unassuming part of town on Grays Inn Road about a mile or so from Kings Cross. It is not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is exactly the type of place I love in big cities. Real London. Not touristy. I loved the style of Otto's and the Food was fantastic. #encore!

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london
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Firstly.... I emailed the restaurant 48 hrs ago and they haven't replied. Secondly... yes I'm going to be the person who writes a shocking review in a sea of outstanding ones. So, sorry about that. I really wanted to love Ottos and things started pretty well. Staff were pretty attentive although did tell us they were a bit behind when... More

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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A little corner of France on the edge of the City of London. A very French menu (although I did start with tuna sashimi), wine list and service. The staff all seem to be authentic and are courteous and friendly. The menu is quite short, which I love, and the specialities, which must be ordered in advance, are based around... More

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london
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Delicious, authentic, and very very rich french food. The staff were very attentive and keen - one confessed it was his first time making the table-side steak tartare - and he had done it very very well (!) We ate ourselves silly and were sorry/notsorry for it later. All washed down with lovely wine from the great selection. Well done... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

This place is a little gem. We visited for lunch yesterday and fell in love with it! From the quirky decor and owner, classic service and fantastic food, this has to be one of London's best kept secrets. Want to impress someone? Take them to Otto's!

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