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“One of my favourite London restaurants”
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Otto's
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Ranked #1,223 of 22,674 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
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.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“One of my favourite London restaurants”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Otto's is an intimate restaurant run by the ever-charming Otto, who is a London institution himself. He was maitre d' at The Don, a well-established, well-regarded spot in the City before bringing his style to bear on his own venture, and for good reason. The food, French in style, is to a very high standard, while the atmosphere is warm and unstuffy. You are made to feel like a guest and a confidante. The special lunch menu during the week is an absolute bargain. I have had business lunches and big occasions with friends here and recommend it for both. It is located in one of London's most characterful areas, Clerkenwell, which has a strong Italian influence, so good too for wandering before dinner on Saturday evening.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely Birthday Dinner”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

The food, service and ambience here are all excellent. Otto's is a little off the usual tourist routes but well worth a short walk to find. We went on a Saturday night in November and the restaurant was pretty full but we enjoyed professional and discreet service throughout the evening. The food was delicious, I had scallops (perfectly cooked) followed by red mullet on a mango salsa and my husband had a great mushroom starter and monkfish, we both enjoyed the apple bread pudding with salted caramel sauce - all fantastic. The restaurant is cosy and classy. I can't think of a nicer place to have spent my birthday, and will certainly find an excuse to return.

  • Visited November 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“A Classic Restaurant that ticks all the boxes”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Otto's is a unique restaurant, not only is the food of excellent quality but also impeccable service. If you want a place that offers great food, great atmosphere and service this is the place to be. The downstairs private area is excellent for private functions and parties and will surely impress and appeal to different types of diners. It is absolutely my top restaurant in London, Must visit!

  • Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Always awesome”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Seriously the food here is excellent, service is incredible. Been quite a few times now and never dissapoints. Definitley worth a visit, highly rated.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank tk100_12
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Great place for food, comfort and atmosphere!”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

My new favourite place to eat in London, great food at great prices and you won't be able to take your eyes off all the art in the room - atmosphere too! I went with a group of friends but it would be a great place for a romantic dinner too and I want to go back!

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