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Otto's

#1,271 of 17,580 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
Clerkenwell
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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 7713 0107
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Sibford Gower, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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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45 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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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Propriano, France
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Three of us visited Otto's a couple of days ago. An absolutely lovely place, service is very professional and understated and Otto is a genius we had pre ordered Homard a la Presse and it was pure gastronomic theatre, the lobster was incredible and the method of cooking is a wonder to behold. Cannot praise this lovely place enough!

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Petersfield
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

A relaxing unhurried spot in an unfashionable area. Front of house amiable and efficient. Kitchen skilled artisans. Reasonably priced for central London. Will definitely return for any/all of smoked salmon, grouse or tarte tatin. Delicious hand made chocolates too. Manageable menu of classic dishes, with interesting wine list. Immensely enjoyable.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We had read about Otto's some time ago, but this was our first time eating at the restaurant, during a brief visit to London. The idea of a "duck press" intrigued us. Otto's is definitely not located in the usual gourmet enclave, being at the "top" end of Gray's Inn Road. The restaurant has a relatively small frontage and is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

What a gem! I arrived early for a lunch booking , and when I was seated the owner thoughtfully offered to get me a newspaper while I waited for my guest. In fact I was too busy admiring the rather fabulous display of French restaurant accoutrements- it's a clever and interesting decorative touch . We had a wonderful lunch especially... More 

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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