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Otto's

182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
020 7713 0107
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Ranked #157 of 17,209 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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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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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dubai
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Cambridgeshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I arrive ten minutes early for lunch with a friend, and am greeted by Otto himself, a charming, cosmopolitan German who has worked in France and brought its secrets to London. The restaurant is small and unassuming from the outside - I walked past it first time - but inside, Otto has created a revival of the Belle Epoque, with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Attentive service, amazing food and overall awesomeness, in offbeat location in Grays Inn Road. Well worth the trip. Would recommend and will be back again.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

All I knew was that it was French, and in the Clerkenwell / Farringdon / Bloomsbury area. Other than that, Otto's was a complete surprise from my partner for my Birthday. This is one of the most unique dining experiences I have ever had; forget the fashion of themed or gimmick-dining, this is much more rewarding. The service in this... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Picked Otto's out as a birthday treat accompanied by my wife, son and his girlfriend. We only booked the day before and around mid day had a call to confirm we still wanted the table. The location on Grays Inn road is not the most prepossesing but was close to our hotel. The location may explain why we got a... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food at Otto's is exceptional but there is so much more to the experience than just the delicious menu. Otto himself is one of life's great characters and is so passionate about food and drink - the whole experience is like theatre, particularly if you choose one of the "interactive" menu options such as the pressed duck or lobster... More

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London
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had read some good reviews about this restaurant but found the food a little disappointing. My lamb from the main menu (£23.95) was tepid and lacking flavour. Whilst the centre was pink-ish the outside was not nicely browned. My colleague had the rib eye from the set menu (2 courses £24) and found it unusually fatty. The decor is interesting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This truly is a hidden gem! Inconspicuously hidden on Gray’s Inn Road among cafes, corner shops and a dry cleaner’s; Otto’s is quite simply one of the best kept secrets in central London. We had a lunch here today with the family for my mother’s birthday. We had a combination of the lunch menu which is £24 for two courses... More

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