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Ottolenghi - Islington

287 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ, England (Islington / Clerkenwell)
+44 (0)20 7288 1454
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Ranked #236 of 16,489 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $74 - $74
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Islington / Clerkenwell
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Islington / Clerkenwell
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Having failed to book on line for pre-theatre food at 5.30 - the site said no tables were available for 2 months ahead - we just turned up mid-afternoon, when the lunch menu was still available. There was a small queue for seating; we were told there would be about a half hour wait. We had enjoyed the food so... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit to Ottolenghi so I was full of anticipation and curiosity as to what lay in store. We arrived for lunch slightly after our planned time of midday and there was a small queue which gave us the opportunity to look at all the bowls of colourful and interesting vegetarian salads and beautiful cakes and pastries... More

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West Midlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here in March. We had almost all the main courses between the four of us apart from four. They were all delicious. The vegetarian mains were really great as were the lamb chops, beef and tuna. I really could not fault it. The wine selection was good and we had some lovely wine. Would recommend it and... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Arrived an hour late for my dinner reservation due to timezone confusion and overall jet lag. Staff could not have been more accommodating and understanding. They repeatedly took responsibility for what was clearly my error. Even chasing me out the door with a gift bag of brownies.I don't know how they train their staff but whatever they're doing is working.

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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Dinner to Ottolenghi for my friends and I is reserved for special occasions and we spoke about our reservation for weeks on end and then spoke about it pretty much non-stop at work that day. We had a reservation for 7.30pm on Wednesday and as expected, it was packed. Staff were friendly and bread arrived quickly along with the question... More

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I've been coming to Ottolenghi since it opened up but only just felt the need to review, really because the hype was so big you just felt completely drowned out by the hoards of Ottolenghi faithful who made it here on a weekly culinary pilgrimage (the media didn't help either). It was all for good reason though, Yotam really had... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ottolenghi's as always delivers on excellent food & service - it is a delight to visit their shop with the selection of salads and cakes aways looking delicious - highly recommended albeit not cheap but worth it. C

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Bath, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had a very late lunch on a Friday and no problem getting a table. Two of the three of us had brilliant meals, the other was really good - so can't complain! The salmon was really delicious, the beef was as well (but not enough for our son), although the vegetarian option (sort of falafels) were tasty but a... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I had to have a take out as the queues for seating were out the door! The salads all looked lovely and creative, the food was on display and looked like a piece of art work! the sweets were hard to choose from. I ended up with a marscapone lemon tart. Nice but could have had more of the marscapone... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I have all three Ottolenghi Cookbooks so it was a lot of fun coming to the restaurant to see how similar the food at the restaurant is compared to what I prepare at home. The waiter did a good job suggesting a good mix of plates from the counter and plates from the kitchen. We got 3 of each and,... More

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