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Otto's

182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Ranked #89 of 16,489 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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, 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting menu with beautifully cooked French food. Excellent wine list with sensibly priced fine wines

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Throw away your watch, your wallet and your doctor's advice on cholesterol. Just give in! Came here and pre-ordered the famed duck. It's a ritual. From being shown the dead bird on a plate to the last morsel of crackling. They take you through every step and show you the amount of sherry, wine and Cointreau they use. They show... More

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Torquay
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

by far the best lunch i've ever had. pressed duck. otto's delightful attention. superb wine list. quite sensational.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

What can I say about Otto's. I booked lunch for myself and a couple of good mates expecting it to be a lovely relaxing long lunch. And boy was I not disappointed. In these days of overblown celebrity chefs and over-inflated prices it's such a pleasure to find a proprietor run restaurant where you're immediately made to feel at home,... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I can safely say that Otto's is our favourite restaurant in London. When you enter it feels as if you have stepped into a restaurant in the French countryside. The staff are so attentive and you get to know them well after a few visits. The food is very well prepared with sauces made properly with stock and fine ingredients.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It was our anniversary so decided to make a reservation for the pressed duck. The decor of this restaurant is, um, interesting but thankfully Otto can cook better than he can decorate. Otto must be Keith Floyd's spiritual twin - funny, engaging and hungover! Despite the impairment, we had one of the best meals of our lives. The service was... More

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Dublin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Was very much looking forward to my visit to Ottos. Unfortunately I found the food very average. I had a sea urchin souffle for straters that was flavourless, and a main of wild boar which was again surprisingly flavourless (which is quite an achievement). Leaving aside the lack of taste, the execution was impeccable, as was the setting and service.To... More

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Londres
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15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had diner in this restaurant just tonight, and the first thing I am doing when coming back home is writing a review about this fantastic place! First of all the service: we have been welcomed like we rarely have, staff is very polite and friendly at the same time. Very caring, with a good attention to every detail to... More

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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My wife and visited Otto's after a recommendation from a friend who also suggested that we went for the pressed duck. I am very, very glad that we did. The place is great and the staff are great, very friendly and helpful, especially Otto. The pressed duck is phenomenal, not just for the food but also for the whole theatre... More

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London, UK
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47 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Not necessarily a bad thing, but this is a very unusual place in 2014. Whether it is old fashioned or classic I am still not quite sure, but it certainly is not going for the casual dining / sharing plate vibe so de rigueur in London at present. It is all centred around the waiters showing off their skills at... More

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