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Otto's

#680 of 17,570 Restaurants in London
#736 of 18,494 Places to Eat 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
lovely lunch

A trip to London and discovered this unique eating place. Lovely food served by attentive staff. Try the langoustine ravioli - fabulous!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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English first
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A trip to London and discovered this unique eating place. Lovely food served by attentive staff. Try the langoustine ravioli - fabulous!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Being my first trip to London for some time I came across this quaint restaurant. I enjoyed wonderful food, attentive, friendly staff, an overall lovely experience. I would certainly return to this lovely, quaint eatery! Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food, beautiful service. Otto's is a special treat, and an eating here is an experience not to be missed. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A wonderful French style restaurant. Great wine list too. Very friendly helpful staff. Excellent food. I shall go again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My first and certainly not my last visit to this wonderful restaurant. The staff are extremely attentive and the food excellent. An excellent wine list too. A gem of a place and so typically French in character. I loved it.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Gray's Inn Road is not the most exciting of streets in London. It's a main thoroughfare that I've passed down many times in my life in the city. And it would be easy to not even notice Otto's as you make your way through the hustle bustle. Yet once inside, magic is to be found... It's an obvious thing to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Otto's is a first class restaurant serving mouth watering French cuisine in a very comfortable setting - white table cloths and quite formal staff, for sure, but soft, velvety seating and low lighting. When we visited this week a few representatives of the lunatic fringe were trying to make a protest about foie gras on the pavement outside. All harmless... More 

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WC1, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Otto's is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The food is exquisite, the staff go above and beyond in their effort to serve you and ensure you have a wonderful evening and the ambience is amazing. I couldn't recommend the place more.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I went with my family for lunch and was so disappointed to find there is so little, if anything on the menu for vegans. We left, feeling very let-down. We were celebrating my daughter's engagement, and had been looking forward to a family lunch. I will not be returning,

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The escargot tasted like pondwater and the steak was very tough. The staff were quite rude when I complained. I shall not be going back there!

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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>  > Clerkenwell
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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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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