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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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
French, European
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderfully old fashioned in a good way. I could have eaten everything on the menu but we came for the duck a la presse. Marginally cheaper than going to Tour d’ Argen! I thought it would be very rich but it wasn’t. All beautifully prepared...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank azur61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceptional, traditional french cooking. There were three of us in total and each dish was absolutely sublime - I can thoroughly recommend the veal calf sweetbreads and lobster bisque. Service was prompt and consistently polite, and given the quality of the food and wine, I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seven of us celebrated at Otto's, and I was impressed not only by the excellent food but by the equally excellent service. We had reserved a table for six, but brought another person. This meant that the table had to be moved. And the first...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Colona1988
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited last night for the first time and had a lovely evening. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was quiet for a Friday - only three tables upstairs including ourselves but a party downstairs. We had a glass of champagne to start...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This could be grossly unfair, just giving them 3*. What they did they did very, very well. It's just 4 of the 5 of us didn't love what they did! If you want to dine like you're at Maison Escoffier in 1930s Paris, then this...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Brad S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Otto’s is a hidden gem in the Grays Inn Road, fully deserving of its high position in the ratings and serving high quality traditional French cooking. The upstairs restaurant is very welcoming with a warm ambience combined with attentive and helpful service. Everything about the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit and I am determined to come here again. We were a big group so we had the room downstairs. The fizz was welcoming and yeasty. I had the parfait as a started that was creamy and delicious, with New Zealand...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Johnwpf
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Otto is a dedicated professional, but his ways are very labour-intensive, and his staff is not up to the service he aims for. With too many guests on a recent Saturday evening, Otto was overrun with demand, and we simply had to wait too long...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lars Eirik M
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

Every time when in London a visit to Otto's with friends is a must. The menu is being changed regularily and provides interesting options. The wine list offers tempting offers. The service is attentive but non-intrusive. All in all always worth a visit.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Xian1949
Reviewed 29 November 2018

Eleven friends met here for lunch yesterday. We were seated in a private room downstairs. The staff were very attentive but unintrusive, seeing to all our needs. We chose the lunch menu and had three courses. We were not hurried and ate at a leisurely...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pamela J
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Meriel C
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Response from Mammatee43 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brilliant steak tartare which would be dairy free. But definitely phone them.
27 July 2016|
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Response from 939traceyb | Reviewed this property |
No as far as I am aware there is no dress code. Everybody appeared to be smart casual. As it was warm my husband and his friend wore short sleeved shirts and chinos, I think my husband has worn jeans there previously. I... More
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