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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 7713 0107
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak tartare” (34 reviews)
“pressed duck” (25 reviews)
“canard” (19 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited for dinner with my wife. Food was excellent; wonderful steak tartare with simple salad and pommes darphin. I also added the pan-seared duck frois gras. The menu is full of information which particularly enjoy. I drank a half bottle of Puligny Montrachet 2015 which...More

1  Thank Teo S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended for a business meal using the superb private dining facility downstairs. Quality food. attentive staff and then there is Otto, the genial host personified. A great night was had by all and I look forward to returning

Thank AndyTrotter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It might well be the best. The canard a la press is simply to die for (reservation in advance required), the wine list is well-selected and well-priced, Otto is most charming and great at service - simply a GREAT experience. Next time the lobster ...

Thank 424g
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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...More

Thank Ben B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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...More

Thank Dickenbiju
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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

1  Thank tpte
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

Thank Susan2395
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!

Thank lisa l
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...More

1  Thank pglewis
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....More

Thank Sharon B
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
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Meriel C
Can it cater for a person with a dairy (Cow's milk, cheese and butter) intolerance?
28 November 2016|
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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.
Is there a dress code?
27 July 2016|
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Response from Tracey B | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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18:00 - 22:00
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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
  • E-mail
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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