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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
0118 988 8500
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Berks, UK
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My lovely children bought me for a BIG birthday a Chefs Table experience at L'Ortolan in Shinfield. What an amazing night my husband and I had. It was just the two of us sat at a table in the kitchen by the pass with views of the kitchen beyond. We had 12 taster courses which included champagne and canapés to... More 

Thank PaulineC
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hello We visited for my husbands 40th birthday, it was our first time dining together without our 3 year old son. We made the right choice. The food, the service and the experience as a whole was absolutely exquisite. I am pregnant so wasn't able to consume alcohol, but my husband very much enjoyed the wine too. The food was... More 

Thank snowminky
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yet another delicious lunch at L'Ortolan where everything from the food, the staff and the setting was just perfect. Nearly always go for a set midweek lunch but find it hard not to order the cheese course. The chefs appetizers and pre-starter/dessert add a little extra to the whole affair. The staff always add to the experience with their fantastic... More 

Thank Ray H
Kent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked lunch at L'ORTOLAN to celebrate my Aunt's 80th Birthday. Every course was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. We loved all the special touches and unexpected courses. Service was excellent.

Thank jo20162016
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From start to finish this was an excellent experience. The staff were polite, knowledgeable and helpful, the food was exceptional and I recommend the Puy Arnaud red which whilst expensive will not disappoint. The sommelier can tell you about this vineyard in Bordeaux which is quite unique. A second star is overdue and I will certainly revisit.

Thank DeaksMaidenhead
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant for all occasions although not really suitable for small children, service and food excellent, loved the tasters that you got, can be a little expensive but great for those special occasions. Good parking.

Thank Karen S
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The introduction is fantastic, you can have a nice drink at a separate area of the restaurant. The service is fantastic, the staff is smiling and the whole atmosphere is relaxing. Even though there are so many people around you, you have the feeling of privacy. It was impressive that even thought during dining there was no music, I felt... More 

Thank MarinaStasi
Reading, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are somebody who appreciates a quality food experience I would recommend you visit this special restaurant. Amazing food with some great themed menus throughout the year. They are also great at catering for those with special requirements such as gluten free. Unfortunately priced at a level that means we can only afford it on special occasions.

Thank Nick538
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the dinner tasting menu with friends and was left underwhelmed by the food and the service. The waiter had a habit of speaking in a hush voice when explaining the ingredients of each course, after asking him to speak up on the first 3 courses, I gave up.On two occasions, courses were brought out when one of our party... More 

Thank GMason1
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've only been here once before. Many years ago. I've just checked their website to check it has not changed. They use words like 'sommelier'. This in itself tells you this restaurant is a cut above the rest. We had to dress for dinner. If you go you will understand why. We were treated to a novo cuisine experience I've... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$34 - $128
French, European, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
  • Public Transportation: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: 0118 988 8500
A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?