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Otto's

#170 of 18,314 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
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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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 159
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
This place needs to reinvent itself

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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223 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Every so often your roving Opentable search comes across something really special and this was it. It was a window into an older world through a door with a curtain behind it to keep out the draft. Deep red banquettes, white tablecloths and a ham being carved as you enter. The place is littered with some amazing culinary gems such... More 

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have eaten here on a number of occasions whilst working in London. The 'normal' menu has a wide selection of dishes, is well presented and served with efficiency and style. The Duck Press is what you really need to aim for (forward planning is required). This is a wonderful dining experience for two or more and is a feast... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Otto's has a great menu with dishes that live up to their descriptions. Otto himself is passionate and driven and a delightful host. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the seating comfortable and not to close to your neighbours. This has become one of my favourite London haunts.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

We ate at Otto's on a bitterly cold Saturday night but the restaurant was warm and the staff were very welcoming. The menu is superb and the quality top notch. The wine list is extensive (and expensive) but the waiter was sensitive to our needs and made a very good recommendation. The duck and lobster presse looked interesting and tasty... More 

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ChelmsfordUK
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158 reviews 158 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

attended a lunch downstairs. food was fantastic (starter of scallops/blackpudding and then steak with fois gras) and wine excellent. great service and lovely pudding too - unusual and tastey (pineapple/mango slices in crème anglais). lovely venue for private dining.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Lovely restaurant, great service and really great food! We both had the lobster bisque to start which was brilliant and I would highly recommend it, and then the cod and the beef for mains, both were well cooked. The flavours were strong but not over powering and really went well together. The service was great, the wine and champagne list... More 

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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?