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Otto's

#1,201 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic lunch menu. Great value! For 3 courses at £28. Good selection of half bottles of wine. And they also know how to make coffee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic service, wine, food and ambiance . Well worth a visit ! Went there recently and will definitely be back.

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Thank adam m
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunchtime at Otto's is recommended. This independent and eclectic French restaurant in Bloomsbury is a great find and the set three course lunch at £25 represents excellent value for money. On top of that, there is the frisson of excitement that a newsreader or celeb may pop in, as the restaurant is next door to ITN. It is a large... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place does not look like much but how deceptive looks can be. The food, service, wine and passion for fine dining in this place is incredible. I have seldom if ever eaten better food. The steak tartare is a must. The wine list, while not cheap, delivers even at the more affordable end. By the end of the meal... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Otto's never fails. The food is remarkably delicious; I've never had such food elsewhere in London. The rooms is calm and grown up, the tables well spaced and comfortable. The service is extremely professional. The quality of the food and the wine transports you to France, and the world of elizabeth david. thank heaven Otto's is totally unfashionable

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London
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Excellent restaurant. The pressed duck is bucket list quality. I am not a generous reviewer and those stars are hard won.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

As you enter and approach the bar Beautiful and healthy looking dishes immediately present themselves There is a large variety to choose from the salad bar , veggies and exotic fish and chicken I had a breakfast and enjoyed the shaksuka a lot

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Our first visit here with another couple for dinner. So French in many ways, even Parisienne, with an eclectic mix of pictures on the walls. We had pre-ordered the pressed duck for all of us and shared two servings of their smoked salmon as a starter which was of very high quality. Their website explains the pressed duck in detail,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

We haven't had an old style French lunch like ours yesterday since we left France. It is to become an annual event.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I had been keen to visit Otto's for a while and was not disappointed. It stands out amongst the crowded London restaurant scene. The ambience, menu, wine list and service are all a curious mix of traditional and refreshingly different. It was all excellent and there was more than enough to tempt me back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings
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: +44 20 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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