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Summary

How did this “oasis of traditional and consistently superb Gallic cooking” end up in a nondescript corner of Bloomsbury? Its overall approach is “pleasantly old-fashioned” but “not stuffy and always with a humorous twist” thanks to the “very personal” attention of “effervescent” patron Otto (who also provides “helpful advice on the impressive wine list”). Top Menu Tip – “the Canard à la Presse helped me find god!”

£67
Very Good
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The old-school French cuisine you thought had died a death” makes an unlikely find behind an unassuming façade in an “out-of-the-way” corner of Bloomsbury; the “eccentric” interior is “charming in a quiet, old-fashioned way”, but the stand-out attractions are “Otto himself, who’s a star”, “superb” food and “excellent” wine. Top Menu Tips – “sublime” steak tartare, and the “to die for” Canard à la Presse (for which you must pre-order).

£65
Very Good
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Otto is quite a character”, contributing much to the “pleasingly eccentric” ambience of his “determinedly old-fashioned” Bloomsbury two-year-old; the food is “the sort of French cuisine you thought had died a death”, so don’t forget to order your canard à la presse in advance – pure “theatre”.

£52
Very Good
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A wonderful surprise in an unprepossessing part of Bloomsbury”; the “very cordial” Otto’s “wonderfully eclectic” yearling has made quite a hit with its “determinedly old-fashioned” Gallic style (and its “astonishing” wine list).

£55
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Otto's Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Otto's Restaurant in WC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Otto's restaurant.
olivier a
We went there for the lobster menu which wa...
Reviewed 1 months, 13 days ago

"We went there for the lobster menu which was very nice, in particular the original dessert. The dining room is quite old fashioned, but which is part of the charm"

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A M
Like stepping back a generation...
Reviewed 6 months, 5 days ago

"Like stepping back a generation"

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Zvi H
Great for lunch, sensible interesting winel...
Reviewed 8 months, 16 days ago

"Great for lunch, sensible interesting winelist"

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Mon closed; Tue - Fri noon - 2.15 pm, 6 pm - 9.30 pm; Sat 6 pm - 9.30 pm; Sun closed
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