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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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“pressed duck” (31 reviews)
“steak tartare” (37 reviews)
“canard” (23 reviews)
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After our lunch with the lobster pressed we returned with our friend for the duck a’la presse. Our friend who is a general manager for a London Italian restaurant chose the turbot tasting menu we pre ordered the presse duck . A great experience the...More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the fight through the snow to enjoy a fabulous meal. What a beautiful restaurant. Beautiful traditional deco, wonderful friendly staff and fantastic food. Everything we ate that evening was delicious. One tiny issue, the bathrooms were freeing cold.

Thank 63lynn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited last Friday for lunch. I’ve known Otto since his days as Maitre in a city restaurant. He is now magnificent, running his own restaurant, great food and wine choices and supported by a great team, with Helen as his second...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Otto's is a time warp -- it feels like a proper French Restaurant from 1950s Soho. It's a grown-up sort of place, the look and feel of which has an apparent artlessness that points to a certain deftness of skill and taste. It won't be...More

Thank Gilbert O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended to visit Otto's by some French acquaintances some time ago.It has great ' old fashioned' look about it . No eating off wooden platters, no crammed tables on bare boards, no food doctored- laced with chillis and strong spices to provide some...More

Thank david382
Reviewed 21 January 2018

A five hour lunch on the ground floor in this iconic restaurant. It doesn't look much on the outside and hasn't changed much on the inside but dont let that put you off as this is a gourmet's delight. And you might bump into one...More

Thank vince c
Reviewed 20 January 2018

This is like going for dinner at your French granny's house in the 1970s. My granny was a wonderful cook. I felt that same sense of pleasure and delight at Otto's. It is comfortable. The tables are well set. The service is immaculate. It is...More

Thank Gwen B
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Went here because we wanted to eat somewhere on a Friday night and all the best places were booked. So Ottos shows up on Lastminute and our party of six catch a taxi to this establishment. Big mistake, shown down into the dungeon basement where...More

5  Thank Clarkybravo
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Loved Otto’s. I am a veggie and had the veggie options on the menu. They were absolutely delicious. So 5 out of 5. It’s an old fashioned restaurant. You either love it or hate it. I loved the individual and honest service mixed with a...More

2  Thank Wasserloser
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Good points first food and wine very good but expensive. Which brings me on to the not good. We had a 6.15pm booking but on arrival were marched down to the cellar overflow room. The main upstairs room was empty save for a table finishing...More

2  Thank blueskychaser
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
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.
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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
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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