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Ottolenghi - Islington

#341 of 17,334 Restaurants in London
#368 of 18,258 Places to Eat in London
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287 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ, England
+44 (0)20 7288 1454
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8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Quite unusual base for a review, but this will make me return to this place for a proper meal. I popped in to Ottolenghi, while randomly having a work close to it. I only asked for takeaway coffee. The waitress served me was a really kind and vibrant person. There were people in, already at an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Quite unusual base for a review, but this will make me return to this place for a proper meal. I popped in to Ottolenghi, while randomly having a work close to it. I only asked for takeaway coffee. The waitress served me was a really kind and vibrant person. There were people in, already at an early time, having breakfast,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to Ottolenghi's Islington last night. Very fresh high quality produce sets this restaurant apart from others. A good selection of free excellent breads supplied with excellent olive oil. This is topped up free when they run out. Highlights were seared tuna, courgette flowers and sea bass. Nice presentation and so flavoursome. A good choice of organic wines available.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My family and I went for a family birthday, there were six of us and the menu was explained to us, there are not really starters and mains, but the left side of the menu is cold dishes and the right side are hot, they said the 'average' people have two dishes each, so we 'split' into couples and orders... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ottolenghi feels like the restaurant equivalent of an amusement park. There are people everywhere, the staff is indifferent, and one has to wait ages to have a go on the ride. Once there the meal consists of small plates which appear almost instantly. After gulping down the pre-prepared dishes one is quickly ushered out as if on a conveyer belt... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We were staying nearby when I was browsing reviews anad looking for somewhere to eat that evening. I suddenly realised this well known restaurant was just up the road, checked the reviews and the decision was made. We pitched up early evening without a reservation and were quickly seated at the long communal table, with the proviso that our seats... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Yes you love the cookbook, but you will really enjoy the restaurant. London now has several Ottolenghis, but this is the original one. But don't take my word for it - feel free to visit them all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Went for Breakfast last week. We were served promptly. Ordered two large capuccinos, a scone and a breakfast with greek yoghourt, muesli and fruit salad. Service is great; we were offered a table at the back, they brought some water even without asking for it and the scone and the yoghourt were amazing. Quantity is alright although I would have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is our second visit to Ottolenghi Islington with a four year gap. We were so looking forward to dining there again. As soon as we had our London dates worked out we booked for dinner. We had not requested a table for two but that is what we were given and we were very pleased. The food keeps getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ottolenghi's may have become an institution. For the un-initiated, this is what veggie, healthy, nutritious balanced food can be. It is never boring, dull or tasteless. (If I was nearby and could afford to) I would happily eat here every day. A takeaway box and a cake are one way to avoid the queues, and a little more wallet friendly.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

These guys can cook! And my favourite food too. inspired salads and dishes influence by the Middle East - all Made with the finest ingredients. Recommended

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Additional Information about Ottolenghi - Islington

Address: 287 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7288 1454
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 74 - 74
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 287 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7288 1454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 74 - 74
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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