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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #31 of 469 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $45 - $170
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
Description: A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, L'Ortolan is the culmination of Chef Patron Alan Murchison's efforts to create something truly special. Murchison's desire has been to achieve perfection in cuisine, setting and service and in this Michelin starred restaurant you'll find that he has surpassed all expectations. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Food of the very highest quality, creative and sophisticated is made using the best possible ingredients, many locally sourced from hand picked producers in the nearby villages. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and the Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Brought my girlfriend for her birthday. Food was very good. Wine was very good. Service was excellent. Only two negatives is that we arrived quite late from London and were given the last table available, which was not a great one (right next to fire door) and not a great atmosphere for a romantic birthday. Also the staff forgot it... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Nothing really to fault. Good food, excellent efficient but not intrusive service. Relatively inexpensive lunch menu, with plenty of choice within it.

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Burghfield Common, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My Fiance took me to L'ortolan last year to celebrate our engagement. We live fairly local so the location was perfect and we opted for the Gourmand menu which was comprised of 7 dishes. I cannot stress how beautifully everything was put together, the food was fantastic, I got to try new things I hadn't eaten before and the tempura... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was my first visit to L'Ortolan and I loved it! The service was impeccable and the food tasted as good as it looked. Will definitely return.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went for the midweek tasting menu which is about the cheapest way to dine here. The problem I have is this: I love food, I'm not a high end food critic, but even I could spot schoolboy errors in the comestibles served up. I'll go through each course to give good and bad points: Bar snacks: great pork should... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We came to L'Ortolan for a birthday lunch, looking for fine dining in a nice setting. To cut a long story short, we were not disappointed – for the most part. We had (unfortunately) picked one of the hottest days of the year for our lunch, but were welcomed and shown to our table at an open window right away.... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We had dinner on our wedding anniversary, and went for the set 5 course gourmand menu, as a friend had warned me that portions are small. My husband also had the 5 wine flight and extra cheese course. The food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. The staff were extremely attentive and described everything we were eating. The sommelier was... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Booked for lunch and had the set menu. Wonderful food. Service was a bit overbearing and too many interruptions to talk about the food. If this was toned down this would be a great restaurant.

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went to L'Ortolan for combined early retirement and wedding anniversary celebrations. The experience was good, but strangely underwhelming. The attention to detail is excellent and the food was picture perfect, but I'm afraid we found the atmosphere a little too reverential, and the food a little too focused on style over substance. Everything looked ready to photograph, but -... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

We have been to L'Ortolan twice now and have been equally impressed on both visits. The location and grounds are really nice, the staff are great and the food is out of this world. The restaurant itself is spacious and there are romantic circular tables for two, if you like that kind of thing! The restaurant will also take note... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Thank you Niel and Niky J for your fantastic review. We are delighted you have had such enjoyable visits as we aim to provide a memorable experience. As you mentioned we will happily substitute any foods you do not like and accommodate any dietary requirements. We hope to welcome you back to L’Ortolan soon and look forward to seeing you! More

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Additional Information about L'Ortolan

Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
Phone Number: +44 118 988 8500
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
Average Prices: USD 45 - 170
Cuisine: French

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