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Otto's

#1,287 of 17,931 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 7713 0107
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017

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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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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Istanbul, Turkey
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123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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128 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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Sibford Gower, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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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210 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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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Esher, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2016

I've never been to Otto's before and given I have spent 40 years eating out in London, that's what shocked me. Otto's is good, in fact it is very good. They know how to cook delicious food, how to serve properly smoked salmon and steak tartare and how to compliment each course with a beautifully chosen wine. Leave that last... More 

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

My son found this restaurant as he wanted to try to "Canard a la Presse" - the unique duck dish. We went on a family occasion to celebrate his birthday and it was a great experience in a very unusual but friendly restaurant in an out of the way part of London. The food and service was excellent and I... More 

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Oxfordshire
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2016

I think it's Alsace French and they seem fairly diligent with that style of cooking. It's quite rich and the quality of produce and kitchen skill is well above average. On the last occasion they burnt an accompanying potato item which I was looking forward to but I accepted it without complaint just for a quiet life. I suppose their... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

I'd been wanting to go here for so long as my husband and parents had both highly recommended it. I had the steak tartare which was made to my liking at the table. The set menu is excellent value. Little bit of France in London

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, 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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