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Otto's

#174 of 18,007 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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: 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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  • 13
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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
A true original….

This restaurant serves traditional, grand French cuisine with a deftness and a commitment rarely seen in the UK. The homard a la presse was truly spectacular, as was the canard a la presse which we had on a previous visit. The patron, Otto, prepares them at the table, with a sense of theatre... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This restaurant serves traditional, grand French cuisine with a deftness and a commitment rarely seen in the UK. The homard a la presse was truly spectacular, as was the canard a la presse which we had on a previous visit. The patron, Otto, prepares them at the table, with a sense of theatre which adds immeasurably to the pleasure of... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

I have wanted to go here for a long time since reading the positive reviews. It did not disappoint. Staff were lovely, my husband thought very slightly too attentive - we'd had a difficult journey and wanted to catch our breath a bit. Starters of lobster bisque and bourdon noir delicious as were the daurade and venison. Fish was beautifully... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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110 reviews 110 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Was looking for a French restaurant to dine with parents so did some browsing, I was caught by the a la carte menu. They offer 2 courses set menu for 24 pounds, which is already good portion. The price for wine by bottle is reasonable. I would definitely try again in future.

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UK
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68 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My starter was excellent- main fish course was good with impeccably cooked vegetables. Dessert was slightly disappointing but other desserts looked very appetising. I would go back here- great ambience and attentive service

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Walking into Ottos is like stepping out of Grays Inn and into the Paris of 30 years ago. Cuisine, service and decor of this quality are rarely found anywhere these days. We have had several excellent meals at Ottos over the last 18 months- including a summer party for about 50 people. The standard has been maintained throughout. On our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was really a gastronomic delight and service dream. Otto was there personally and adopted a hands-on approach to attend our every need. The attention to detail is really the best I have experienced and as for the food.....words fail me. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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Surrey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Not the best steak I've had but the effort and the best intentions of the staff made up for it. If its a little overly "French" service for you, this is actually quite indicative of some places I have eaten in France. The waiters did warm to us as the evening went on and actually made the birthday special with... More 

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sheffield
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I pre-ordered the Canard a la Presse at the restaurant and was overwhelmed by the experience. The meal had a combination of fabulous food, flair and enjoyment. Previous reviews have detailed how the various courses are presented; it is a unique experience and should be savoured. Otto and his team are a credit to French dining.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I have had Otto's on my list of restaurants to visit for some time, and am very glad the opportunity arose. The atmosphere is relaxed and gives the perfect backdrop for a long and comfortable meal. The food is excellent, the only criticism I could bring is that for rich dining the portions can be a little daunting. Not a... More 

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Top Contributor
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46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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?

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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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