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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Ranked #138 of 17,312 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 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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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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Open the door from Grays Inn Road on this unprepossessing frontage to an intimate French gem. A warm welcome, friendly service, excellent food and good value. We just don't know why we've only just found Otto's, but will most definitely return.

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I am reluctant to give Otto the review he deserves because I prefer to keep such extraordinary finds secret';in this case I am prepared to make an exception because of Otto's incomparable generosity .Suffice it to say that having dined on , inter alia , jamon de jabugo , snail ravioli ,coquilles in lemon sauce , poulet de bresse with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We enjoyed an evening at Otto's having read about the pressed duck; we had not pre-ordered it so we had the Poulet de Bresse. We waited a while for this but it was good, and the starters were impressive (veal brain and scallops). Agree with others that the restaurant is slightly scruffy but the prices are fair and the quality... More

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I went for dinner with a friend who is completely obsessed with this place. I had heard 6 months of hype. So I was expecting massive things. I won't say I was disappointed, but it wasn't the best restaurant in London as I had been led to believe. I had the lobster risotto to start which was very good. This... More

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