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Otto's

#1,224 of 17,074 Restaurants in London
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Neighborhood:
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
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ate here on Saturday and it was the quietest we had seen it, which is probably why Otto's himself had the evening off. This didn't detract from the quality of the food or service in any way. The steak here is cooked to perfection, so my husband tells me, and he loves the smoked salmon though he was a little... More 

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Thank Tracey B
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to have a special night out with family. So we picked Otto's. Those of us watching our calories picked the following yummy entrées: - Asperges Vertes, Hollandaise (New season's green asparagus, Hollandaise sauce) - Escargots, Bourguignonne a l'Acienne (Six marinated Burgundy snails, rich red Burgundy sauce, lardons) - Quenelle de Brochet, Bisque de Homard (Lobster bisque) Then for... More 

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Thank Eunice C
Honiton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here, the Lamb was delicious & I had a beautiful fig tart for pudding. The service was so attentive, it made it a real pleasure to dine there!

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Thank rachcrafter1
Belfast, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Starter: Lobster Ravioloi - the absolute highlight - truly exquisite. (Bread and butter also provided) Main: Tournedos Rossini Dessert: Vanilla Crème Brûlée. A large pot of Lemon Verbena tea yielded several cups. Beer This came to GBP74; including a 12.5% service charge. Tapwater was provided free of charge on request. The food is certainly very good. Decor is mixed, but... More 

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2 Thank Tom C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

In a world of dirty burgers, zinc tabletops and ripped jean wearing waiters, which I love, it's refreshing to stumble across some old school charm. Food was great, we had lobster ravioli, smoked salmon for starters and then a tasty sea bass and steak tartare which was prepared at our table! Spotted a couple having the pressed lobster so I... More 

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Thank Charlie T
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

The restaurant itself doesn't have a good atmosphere and the staff all seem up themselves. The food is ok, snails fair but for some reason way too hot but the lamb and chicken very good. Most of the wine is very expensive. Average.

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1 Thank elkhunter2016
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a well organised French restaurant well located for historic Dickensian London near to British Museum mainline stations St Pauls Cathedral Sadlers Wells and the river Thames. Service is exceptional and the food prices reasonable. The only down side may be the somewhat pricey wine list. The restaurant was recently targeted by protesters because of pate de foie gras... More 

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1 Thank Richard S
London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

We used to live next door and followed them from the beginning a few years ago. beautiful intimate restaurant with refined french cuisine, very tasty, very romantic.

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Thank Lisa P
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We arrived on time yet our food took ages. Especially our chicken dish which had Ben cooking for hours before our arrival. We had 2 guests accompanying us and they order the pressed duck. The meal is divided into 2 stages, with the one item as it is quite a big portion. Our guests said the duck was great. Our... More 

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3 Thank Umamisboy
Greater London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We have been to Otto's many tomes and have always had a glowing reference. Unfortunately it let us down this time. We waited at least 10 minutes for a menu, we were put downstairs which was cold and spooky. The portions of the food were small, if we didn't have cheese and biscuits instead of a dessert we would have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions
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
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
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.

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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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