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#458 of 15,050 Restaurants in London
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

This long-standing local favourite feels like more than just a neighbourhood restaurant; it’s a warm, inviting place that’s still many people’s go-to f...
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About
Odette's Restaurant & Bar is one of London's original dining rooms having opened in 1978, and it is still an acclaimed restaurant now owned by Welsh chef Bryn Williams, set amongst a parade of mid-Victorian shops and cafes in beautiful Primrose Hill. Bryn's modern British menu is an innovative marriage of textures and flavours that reflect his personality and heritage: dishes are created using the finest produce sourced from his native Wales and the rest of the UK. Lunch and dinner is served six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday)in the Odette's split level dining room, walled garden and terraced seating area.
PRICE RANGE
£21 - £50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, British, Welsh
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the five years I have lived in London, there was no other restaurant I visited so often as Odette’s. Reasons? Food is delicious, price quality ratio for lunch is excellent and when the sun shines you can sit on the terrace in front of...the restaurant or on the patio in the back. Inside it is cosy and neat. Service is always good here and there are good choices of wine by the glass. Over the years I found the quality of the lunches varying and sometimes a bit over complicated. This time it was bulls eye. Three excellent dishes, wild garlic mouse, pork with asparagus and a dessert with crème anglaise, crumble and rhubarb. Less complicated but more flavour and elegance. Wish I could come here each week!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere relaxed but efficient staff and unhurried service. Valentino looked after us well. Went for the Santes Dwynwen (the Welsh Valentine) menu. Really good food all courses. Highly recommend. To finish Bryn emerged from the kitchen. It was great to shake his hand and...thank him for the meal. Diolch yn fawr i ch gyd am noswaith hyfryd. Osian a HelenMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

Had a great Sunday lunch with family here. Couldn't fault the food or the service. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 December 2023

Beautiful restaurant with great ambience. The food is imaginative & beautifully presented. It tastes out of this world. Staff were efficient. Cocktails were good too. Obviously, we'll return. Maybe trying the good value set menu next time.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

wonderful, a lovely room , great services and fab food. The lunch menu is amazing value, very generous too. I have never tasted red cabbage cooked in such a special way. And the gnocchi was divine. A perfect experience, this is how dining out should...be.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

We always try and get out to two/three restaurants when we come down to London to visit our niece. Odette's is a particular favourite of ours, and we usually try and visit a couple of times a year. This visit it was my wife's birthday...and we had the tasting menu (perfectly adjusted to suit one of us being pescatarian) with the wine pairing. Each course was delicious, really well balanced with great flavours and perfectly matched by the wines from the sommelier. If we had to choose a favourite course it would be the sea bream with bouillabaisse and mussels - an absolutely stunning dish! In our opinion a meal at Odette's is still the best balance of quality/value in London, and the service on this occasion was just as good as ever! Really worth a trip out to lovely Primrose Hill...More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023 via mobile

This was our third visit and it didn’t disappoint. The staff were polite and made us feel welcome. The food was delicious and excellently presented. We will re-visit again.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 August 2023

Friendly staff, nice decor, interesting menu, tasty food, good price. Perfect lunch in Primrose Hill.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023 via mobile

My son booked Odette’s for Saturday evening dinner. Food I cannot fault. It was flavoursome, well presented and each of us enjoyed our choices. However, I have to agree with several other reviewers who comment on staff attitude towards some diners. Snooty! Best describes the...welcome we received. The table next to our was fussed over, cleaned of crumbs, little witticisms shared and constant checking in. We were basically ignored until food was ready to serve. At the end of the evening I tip for service received and to add 13.5% to a bill which was already over £300 for 4 people who have had 2 courses and a shared pudding, 1 bottle of average white wine and some sparkling water, where service was below expectations is insulting. We will not be back nor will we recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 June 2023 via mobile

We’ve returned to Odette’s, and again, it was a superb experience. My wife and I asked pork for the starter. As mains, halibut for her and lamb for me: delicious. Perfect dessert: strawberry and meringue (please see picture).

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 June 2023 via mobile

Everything was fantastic. I don’t need 100 characters! We had a wonderful experience, excellent food, fantastic service, great attention and a memorable evening.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 June 2023

It would not be fair to comment on the quality of the food at Odette's as sadly we were not allowed in this restaurant but I certainly can comment on the attitude. On a day out in Primrose Hill we were hoping to enjoy lunch...at one of its numerous restaurants. Admittedly it was very busy and a couple of places could not accommodate us but, having read good reviews about Odette's, I thought I would try to ask if there was any availability. I walked in and asked a gentleman if there was a free table, who replied it depended on how many people; so far not a problem. I then pointed out to my elderly mother and husband who were waiting outside and he immediately said that sorry there was no room. Now I may be over sensitive but I had the distinct impression that he did not think we were the right type of clientele for his establishment. Maybe we were not dressed up enough to fit the image they want to give but we were not in drags either. Personally I keep the dressing up for dining out, not for a relaxed Sunday lunch. And the "Desole" (sorry in French) was also totally unnecessary and came across as fairly snotty. Sadly I have come across too many so called French restaurants over the last 37 years I have lived in this country which think that they are superior because they have a French name and serve French cuisine. I have been lucky enough to go to a few Michelin restaurants in my time both here and in my home country of France and have rarely been treated in such manner. Maybe it is time some of those places realize that true class does not come with this type of attitude. But in the end I should thank the management at Odette's; because of them turning us away we discovered another place in primrose Hill off the beaten track called Fume and had one of the best meals we have had in a long time; refined Italian cooking, marvelous dishes and friendly attitude from the staff; and there were not too proud to take our business!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 26 May 2023

We were three couples. Everyone loved the food. We thought all the food was very special. The service and ambiance was also excellent. We enjoyed the homemade soda bread with lovely butter [no extra charge]. We had 6 starters, 6 main courses plus 4 sides....We shared 3 desserts which were souffle and the Jaffa cake. Both were just great. We drank one bottle of red and one of white at £28 each. Service was 13.50%. The bill came to £470 i.e. £157 per couple. For the high standards of precision cooking we thought that a fair price. Especially with the increase in restaurant prices post covid. We left very happy.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 March 2023

I ordered a main, whilst my friend, she ordered 3 courses, deciding to share her starter and pudding all from the Sunday Lunch menu. My main was the roast beef and my friend catch of the day. Herein was the nub of the problem as...her fish was served with mussels of which my friend has a specifis allergy to. We alerted the waiter to this and we enquired why we hadn't been asked about allergies. He said we should have notified the booking site of this in effect blaming the matter entirely on us ie. victim blaming. There was no expression of concern by the waiter/ maitre de and if anything , by his manner and body language - just inconvenience. I noticed that the other diners in the restaurant, ordering the same dishes as us appeared to have bigger prtions than us. Perhaps they were regular customers and/ or they were spending more than us. I certainly regret paying the full discretionary service charge on account of the maitre de and his frosty behaviour, which was as inhospitable as the freezing cold wind blowing outside. I noted the continuence of his demeanour as we left, when his female colleague bade us a "Good Afternoon" he chose omertà. Whilst the beef was cooked well and the food especially the bread was good, it was difficult see anything "value added" about the experience and was poor value for money.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2022 via mobile

Disappointing tasting menu lunch. We went for the tasting menu lunch to celebrate my sister’s recent marriage. One of our diners, my wife, is a coeliac. I informed the restaurant ahead of time. Instead of replacing food that my wife couldn’t eat they simply removed...it. This left her the odd one out - and also less well-fed. Courses were generally well executed but unimaginative. Service was slow to the point of being non-existent. Would not recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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I can't say for sure but I have never heard of such a thing. You'll have to phone for a definitive answer.
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VENETIAN2015, Odette's offer a la carte Lunch and Dinner menu. The menu is comprised of rich tasting choices including duck, beef cheek, cooked hen egg and pheasant. The average cost of starters is £8. Average cost of mains... More
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I've never seen any children there either. I imagine they wouldn't turn a child away but if I'm honest unless the child has very grown up tastes they might not enjoy it. In saying that the staff are very nice and I'm sure... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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