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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
"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"
"Like stepping back a generation"
"Great for lunch, sensible interesting winelist"
182 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8EW
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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
Last orders: 9.30 pm