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Summary

“A joyous celebration of how restaurants used to be and how they should be”; “eccentric Otto” is “a breath of fresh French air”, and his “gift of showmanship”, “traditional service” and “classic Gallic cuisine” – all in a “pleasant and old-fashioned”, if slightly “faded”, dining room in out-of-the-way Bloomsbury – is part of a nowadays “unique” approach that most diners feel is “always a wow”. “Otto’s duck and lobster à la presse is superlative” (he’s recently added pigeon too), “the steak tartare is London’s best” and such culinary throwbacks form part of a “magnificent”, unreformed, old-school menu. Caveats? – some of the food is “devastatingly cream-rich – not all modern eaters could manage it” – and “though it’s all very likeable, watch out as the bill stacks up quickly”. “But it’s one-of-a-kind”.

£73
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Immune to trends and setting its own agenda” – visiting this “old-fashioned” Bloomsbury parlour is a little “like stepping back a generation”. “Wonderful, old-fashioned, French, classic cuisine” is served in a “delightful” dining room, overseen with “charming professionalism” by the owner Otto (“invariably there”) who is “amusing and fun”. Top Menu Tips – “everyone raves (rightly) about the pressed duck and Poularde de Bresse, but Otto also does the best Steak Tartare in the UK (made at the table with Otto’s inevitable theatrical flourish)”.

£72
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£72
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4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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
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4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Pop art meets velvet banquettes and antiques in a restaurant serving updated classic French dishes.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £26.00 £32.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£11.00 £27.50 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
12, 28
50
Yes

Private dining

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

Reviews of Otto's Restaurant in WC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Otto's restaurant.
Mitchell L
Noone else is cooking this stuff - but lack...
Reviewed 6 months, 7 days ago

"Noone else is cooking this stuff - but lacked passion and generosity - and at these prices should be better."

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Piers R
There is something completely charming abou...
Reviewed 7 months, 7 days ago

"There is something completely charming about this old fashioned French restaurant"

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182 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8EW
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:15 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday6 pm-9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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