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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #30 of 466 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $46 - $174
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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74% Recommend
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English first
Doha, Qatar
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The location is quite unusual but a very grand entrance with a sweeping gravel drive. Inside the decor is very upmarket and the variety of food and drink is really lovely. It is expensive but not beyond what you would expect for the type of restaurant. If you'd like to go but can't afford evenings, there are lunch offers that... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We received a gift card as one of our wedding presents. Went for one of our Birthday's and as soon as a course was finished, the next was on the table. Left little time for conversation or privacy. We may not of been there spending hundreds of pounds, but we did expect to be treated special, given the cost. All... More

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Totally agree with BerkshireFamilyP and their post "Swimming against the tide". The uniforms of the waiting staff were grubby and in particular the sommelier's suit was dirty and stained. The food was edible but tasteless and nothing special ie you could get better food for a fraction of the cost in a good pub. I really don't understand how this... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and i visited this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. We travelled some distance to try L'Ortolan as it was Michelin starred and the Trip Advisor reviews are mostly excellent. Our experience flew completely in the face of most reviewers... Our meal was almost entirely appalling. I would describe it as a poop sandwich... the edible outer layers being... More

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

Firstly, whilst we appreciate feedback and constructive criticism, we find your description of the meal as a ‘poop sandwich’ somewhat unnecessary and disrespectful of the dedicated team at L’Ortolan who strive hard to achieve very high standards. We appreciate that our guests have very high expectations and we will do whatever we can to ensure that we meet those expectations... More

Newbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were treated to a Champagne lunch at the L'Ortolan Restaurant and its meet expectations. From the time when we arrived, to when we left customer service was at its best. The different courses were carefully explained to us and slowly services, drinks were replenished without asking for attention. Nothing was too much trouble. The only comment we would make... More

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Balham, London
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Though we've lived 5 minutes from L'ortolan for over 10 years we've never been in, and thought it was time to give it a go. As soon as we arrived we were shown to the conservatory and brought drinks along with complimentary appetisers consisting of whitebait, deep fried haggis and rosemary popcorn, all were absolutely delicious. We were then shown... More

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Caversham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Yes the food is amazing. But I felt uncomfortable the minute I walked into this establishment. And it was my Wedding Day!! I had only been married one hour earlier when 4 of us made our way to L'ortolan where we had booked the Chef's Table as a celebratory lunch. Not one member of staff said 'congratulations' or even 'welcome'... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was taken to the L'Ortolan for a special birthday and we had the Champagne Lunch offer. There was absolutely nothing I would complain about.... it was all superb. The food, the service, the atmosphere... everything. The service was by far the best I've experienced in a very long time - no one was rushed, everything was beautifully served and... More

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

Wow, thank you Katharine W for your fabulous review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your special birthday lunch and we too hope you will come back again soon! More

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took the evening Gourmand menu for the 6 of us. Everyone was delighted with the excellent quality of every course. The service was of the highest quality , without being intrusive. What else can we say ! We can't wait to go again !

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

It was a real pleasure to read your review raypcox - thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you next time. More

Fleet, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Visited L'Ortolan for the Champagne Lunch offer last week and it was truly fabulous! Every course was perfect and all the chef's surprises were delicious. Amazing value for money. (A few days earlier I had paid more for an average dinner in a pub!) Highly recommended :P

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

Thank you for your fantastic review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your Champagne Lunch and glad too that you found it good value for money. We try and keep our lunchtime offers new and interesting - from September 2nd we have a New Zealand Wine Lunch - 3 courses and a glass of wine for £37. Thanks too for recommending... More

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