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Otto's

#1,337 of 17,851 Restaurants in London
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Neighbourhood:
Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 7713 0107
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18:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly wonderful lunch with mother, brother and son. Superb food and service. Otto made my mother's belated birthday with a special desert, her favourite. The chicken on the set lunch was an all-time taste sensation. And my bro from Canada loved his Duck Foie Gras Terrine from the entrees. The atmosphere is also very convivial, can't wait to return. Thanks... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mr. Otto and his team are very professional , communicating what we are about to experience :The lobster press dinner ( must be reserved in advance). The 2.2 kg live lobster from Brittany was a beautiful creature. The claw was served with British caviar. The body served with the bisque made by pressing parts of the lobster in the antique... More 

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Thank Dickenbiju
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small place with an exclusive but friendly and homely feel. Had the best pork I've ever eaten for a main, creme brulee was incredible as were the complimentary home made chocolates at the end. The staff were excellent too. Definitely worth the trip

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Munich, Germany
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Canard a la presse requires both a good kitchen and great table side technique. We went for a birthday celebration and enjoyed three courses prepared from the delicious French duck,we began with the liver served puréed on brioche,then the rare breast served with green beans and pommes soufflés and finally the legs served with a bitter endive salad. Just the... More 

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Thank Susan2395
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Disappointing. I had high hopes based on reviews. Portuguese waiter was very engaging but food was expensive and did not justify cost. Otto made very little effort. Sadly first and last visit!

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Thank lisa l
Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We went to Otto's as a large group for a team night out and it's safe to say that we all had amazing food, superbly cooked, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. It's like you've stepped into another world inside, a real experience that's not like the typical London designed eateries. Otto himself was great fun at the end of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Had I known, I would have ordered in advance the pressed duck or lobster. As this was a last-minute reservation, I was happy with the fine service, and French classics including Terrine of Free-range Chicken and Boned Roast Pigeon with Caramelized Pear and Pumpkin Puree. Wonderful fruit tarts for dessert.

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Thank Sharon B
London, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The food is simply amazing, it is also perfect for a business lunch. If you don t try it you are really missing out on something.

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Thank Sachia21
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Simply, exceptional! Consistent food, wonderful atmosphere and Otto waits on - what more could anyone ask for. Visit, you will not regret it.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

I visited this restaurant with a friend in February 2017. The menu is varied but with not too many dishes so that you know that everything is prepared properly rather than pinged in a silent microwave. I had beignets de cervelle to start which were the best I had ever eaten. My friend had boudin noir with scallops which disappeared... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: 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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