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Otto's

#443 of 17,748 Restaurants in London
#481 of 18,673 Places to Eat 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 57
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 5
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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
Friday Night

Only booked on the day, but managed to get in. Full restaurant, good atmosphere, excellent food & service. Will definitely go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
David C
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Colorado
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  • Special occasions
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Colorado
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Only booked on the day, but managed to get in. Full restaurant, good atmosphere, excellent food & service. Will definitely go back.

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East Anglia, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

.... and I've had a lot. Superb service, beautiful cooking, exquisite service, and an excellent wine list. Yes - I really enjoyed everything about this evening. The early 3 courses for 30 quid is great value.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Staff are discourteous and impatient if you so happen to need to make a complaint about the unsatisfactory food you are being served, as in my case. It's too expensive for what you do get, and lastly they serve Foie Gras, which if you didn't know already, is the diseased liver of a duck / goose,.. how unappetizing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The highlight of the visit was the canard presse using an ancient but so valuable piece of machinery. It is not often I agre with Fay Maschler's underwheming or over the top reviews but this is an exception.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This unpretentious restaurant serves brilliant food in the finest tradition of French cuisine. That's it. What more could you want? Otto himself oversees the front of house in the old style - many dishes prepared at the table. The pressed duck is utterly sublime. Great wine cellar too BTW. One thing: it was being picketed by anti foie gras protesters... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Otto's menu is seriously exciting. Everything on it is as ambitious as it is delicious. The lobster bisque and cheese souffles are exhilarating. The three house specialties that need advance ordering are well worth while including the Pressed Duck, Pressed Lobster and Black Truffle Chicken. Last night we went back for "simpler" a la carte entries like Sea Bream and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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

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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

Questions & Answers

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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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