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#1,061 of 17,221 Restaurants in London
Travellers' Choice2022
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US$74 - US$74
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Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Cafe

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Islington
1.7 km from King's Cross Station
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Reviewed 7 October 2022 via mobile

Always been big Ottolenghi fans. Last night’s meal had great flavours but poor value, tiny portions. Staff impersonal. Lacked warmth & friendliness. Big disappointment. Rushed time slots. £100 for my 70th - perfect present but reality was a big let down.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 August 2022 via mobile

Absolutely loved the food here the salads were outstanding and filling out and the staff were great and will return again soon

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 13 July 2022 via mobile

A bit of quiche, a lump of effectively raw broccoli, and a pile of green beans. Veggie were presented as "salads", but essentially they were just veggie sides, certainly not to the standard of salads that I have had there in the past. It felt...a shadow of its former self - a bit embarrassing.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022 via mobile

Glad I got to go this place since I have the cookbooks. It was nice, the waitstaff was nice. I don’t like the family style seating though, and especially not now with Covid. The restaurant was loud inside. The food was good and attractive looking....Everyone in our party enjoyed the food, it was like family style. I would go back here to pick up food only and bring home.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 12 April 2022 via mobile

Food was very tasty, but the coffee and service was a bit of a letdown. The milk was far to hot on my flat white, and tbh the coffee tasted very bitter.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 5 April 2022 via mobile

I guess you are not supposed to go alone to this restaurant because the starters from the buffet are rather big and are probably made for sharing at the table. If you are alone it would be much better if you could have a selection...of starters instead of a full plate of one thing. The aubergine was good but it was too much of the same. I had macherel as the main dish which on the other hand was a rather small portion. The salad was so hot that it killed the taste of the fish. My dessert - carrot and walnut cake - was a bit dry and had too much cheese cream.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022

First time here, but felt it was overpriced for a smallish meal at lunch time,cocktails small for price.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022

Pleasant staff but they forgot to give us 2 dishes we had ordered, the food came out in dribs and drabs. Portions small but tasty, deserts really just cakes which we filled up on as these were good portions, however my coffee and walnut financier...was hard, obviously not fresh, had been sitting out in the deli for days I think and the light sauce the deserts were supposed to be served with we had to ask for as they forgot to give it to us. I would have expected better particularly at the prices we paid. Disappointing. Won’t be going back unfortunately.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022 via mobile

A delicious and healthy selection and the cakes are absolutely delicious. It would be lovely if some more warmer options were available

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 14 February 2022

I was extremely surprised that the tomato and cheese quiche (quite a small piece, by the way) was served cold. The waitress assured me that this was not an omission, as indeed the quiche was served "at room temperature". Rather at fridge temperature! Indeed all...the other mains (except two non-vegetarian ones) were served cold, including a lasagne with bechamel sauce. How does Ottolenghi think this enhances the experience of his otherwise tasty cuisine?More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 9 February 2022

This restaurant serves "healthy" food with a vegetarian bias although some meat is on the menu. It is part of a small chain and has maintained standards. The front of the shop serves cakes and salads for take away. The tables behind are a mixture...of intimate 2 seaters and communal dining. There is a small menu and we were recommended to order 4 - 5 courses between 2 of us. The courses are around £14 each. Service is perfect and seating comfortable so it is a relaxing event. Radicchia Salad is unusual and tasty but served in very small quantity. Merguez and Green Tahini ( a sort of lamb and beef meat ball) was also excellent and piquantly flavoured. The Seabass (£26) was stuffed with nuts and again faultless. The bill for 2 including 2 glasses of wine and 1 dessert was £86. The point I make is that for 2 with a bottle of wine, 5 servings and 2 desserts the bill including service could easily be £135 and this is why I award 4 rather than 5 stars.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 31 January 2022

What a beautiful menu and space to enjoy. Every bit of the experience was fantastic - expensive but worth it sometimes!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 24 January 2022

As always at Ottolenghi the food we had was good, the service was fine however we were surprised that there were no hot main courses on the menu. The website shows a lunch menu with two hot courses on it. I ordered the chargrilled chicken...- not realising it would be cold. It was good cold chicken - but not what I really wanted on a cold day in January. Even the Arancini were cold. The salads with it were fine. When we arrives at 1145 the restaurant was full of people having brunch - there were hot dishes. After the 12 O'Clock shift from the brunch to the lunch menu it was noticeable that there were less people and by 1300 there were quite a number of free spaces on the tables. Not the Ottolenghi experience we've had in the past. We were caught out. We didn't realise. It was a gathering of five family members and friends and we were going to a matinee at Sadlers Wells so were somewhat pressed for time. But next time in Islington we will look for an alternative restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 11 January 2022 via mobile

The food was lovely but the quantity for that price was not good enough for us. I’m happy to pay the price if they just increase the quantity. Will be back soon guys let’s see if you guys are watching the reviews or not

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 11 November 2021

Very, very disappointing. The 'salads' in our case broccoli and some other items, arrived fridge-cold and so under-cooked - if cooked at all - that it was impossible to cut through the stems. The cakes are good, but the "mains" are shockingly poor.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Ottolenghi Islington is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4