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“For a superb, Escoffier-style dining experience”, this “quirky”, unpromising-looking fixture on a grungy, out-of-the-way Bloomsbury street might seem an improbable destination, but it’s something of a “dream restaurant”. “Proper, old-school, luxurious French gastronomic dishes” are “served with charm and wit by Otto himself” in an “attractive and old-fashioned” room (“where you can hear yourself speak”). Top Menu Tip – “everyone should go here for the pressed duck at least once in their lives”.
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!”
“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).
“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”.
Pop art meets velvet banquettes and antiques in a restaurant serving updated classic French dishes.
Private Dining at Otto's
Our private room is available Monday to Sunday
for parties up to 30 guests
Minimum numbers / spends will apply
Otto's Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Great value - ambiance faded - magnificent cooking - but the set menu was devastatingly cream rich - few modern eaters could manage it. But a one-of-a-kind"
182 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8EW
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|Tuesday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm-9:30 pm|