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Otto's

#160 of 18,504 Restaurants in London
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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/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 4
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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
Old style service and ambience

My starter was excellent- main fish course was good with impeccably cooked vegetables. Dessert was slightly disappointing but other desserts looked very appetising. I would go back here- great ambience and attentive service

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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229 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
UK
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

My starter was excellent- main fish course was good with impeccably cooked vegetables. Dessert was slightly disappointing but other desserts looked very appetising. I would go back here- great ambience and attentive service

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Walking into Ottos is like stepping out of Grays Inn and into the Paris of 30 years ago. Cuisine, service and decor of this quality are rarely found anywhere these days. We have had several excellent meals at Ottos over the last 18 months- including a summer party for about 50 people. The standard has been maintained throughout. On our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was really a gastronomic delight and service dream. Otto was there personally and adopted a hands-on approach to attend our every need. The attention to detail is really the best I have experienced and as for the food.....words fail me. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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Surrey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Not the best steak I've had but the effort and the best intentions of the staff made up for it. If its a little overly "French" service for you, this is actually quite indicative of some places I have eaten in France. The waiters did warm to us as the evening went on and actually made the birthday special with... More 

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sheffield
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I pre-ordered the Canard a la Presse at the restaurant and was overwhelmed by the experience. The meal had a combination of fabulous food, flair and enjoyment. Previous reviews have detailed how the various courses are presented; it is a unique experience and should be savoured. Otto and his team are a credit to French dining.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I have had Otto's on my list of restaurants to visit for some time, and am very glad the opportunity arose. The atmosphere is relaxed and gives the perfect backdrop for a long and comfortable meal. The food is excellent, the only criticism I could bring is that for rich dining the portions can be a little daunting. Not a... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When you enter Otto's there is much promise, an ecclectic mix in the decor, a quirky feel to this elegant place and at first glance waiters more akin to elegant butlers. Once we sat down, different story, service was a little over the place with cognac spilling on hands, over exaggerated behaviour by the French waiter that almost tries to... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It's awesome. The food is stunning and the service is great. You feel valued as a customer and the whole experience well worth it.

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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Food superb. Service superb. And Otto himself. Bombastic and excellent fun. Whether talking, explaining, or squeezing the last drop from a duck. He should be proud of what he has achieved and what he continues to deliver.

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FRANCE
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151 reviews 151 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Traditional French cuisine that you will find almost impossible to taste across the channel or may be at the mythic Tour d'Argent. And it is a German who bring this piece of French culinary culture to London! Canard a la press is the signature dish, you need to order it when you book. It is delicious and spectacular.

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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

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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Neighborhood Profile
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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