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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Ranked #130 of 17,541 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We ate at Otto's and the food was fabulous, the service was superb, and the attention to detail was first-class. This was my wife's birthday, and dessert was served with a plate proclaiming Happy Birthday and a complimentary serving of champagne. Everything was first-class all around. This is now our French restaurant in London. Excellent food, first rate wine list,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I ate an old fashioned lunch with 2 friends (i.e. it lasted a long time over more than one bottle of wine) and each of us thought the food, wine and service were exceptional. I would describe Otto's as "classical French" but that's probably a disservice. Certainly it's Francophile, with wider European influences! Formal but not at all stuffy -... More

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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Had dinner here and it was a truely memorable experience. This is an old school french restaurant headed by Otto (the main man). The service is fantastic and you are made to feel so special. Had the " Canard a la Presse" duck special, which was probably one of the best meal I have ever eaten. A 3 hour gastronomic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Here's the thing. I've been coming here since it opened and always assumed it would be a "local secret'" kind of place. But then Fay Maschler and Jay Rayner told you all to eat here... Anyway this is still a temple to haut borgouise dining. A dinner at Ottos is an exercise in perfection. Go. Enjoy.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Wonderful quirky restaurant, very traditional and the perfect place for my boyfriends 30th. Food was excellent, we didn't go for the duck but had brain for the first time and the amazing steak tartare! Service was very professional and attentive and whole atmosphere was very cosy and felt special. Wine was excellent - although choosing from the enormous list was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had a brilliant lunch in this very friendly eclectic restaurant. The service was so attentive, and the attention to detail was second to none. The set menu for lunch was amazing value, and absolutely perfect. We cant wait to go again!

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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Otto's duck press is a treat that you should experience at least once in your lifetime. Amazing service, food, atmosphere. Loved every minute of it.

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Went there for a business lunch having heard many good things about it from friends. We were looking for quiet - which it was at first but became noisier later. Found the ambience overwhelming - too many strange cushions and gilded bits of this and that and seats were very uncomfortable, hard and unyielding and we were jammed into a... More

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Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A wonderful restaurant at Otto's place. He seems fully committed to make everybody happy thanks to a combination of outstanding food, kindness and attention to detail. All dishes, from scallops, duck and a couple of deserts were perfect. Excellent wine list at reasonable prices. Otto's is the best you can find in France!!

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St Michaels
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92 reviews 92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Otto prepared the most amazing duck for us at one of the most memorable meals of our lives in London. This is a meal one must book in advance and takes an evening to consume. He advised against ordering appetizers but treated us to some anyway. The duck is served in three courses. The first sounds strange, liver and fois... 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
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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