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182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
+44 20 7713 0107
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pressed duck” (29 reviews)
“steak tartare” (36 reviews)
“canard” (22 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 pm - 3:00 pmAll hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here because we wanted to eat somewhere on a Friday night and all the best places were booked. So Ottos shows up on Lastminute and our party of six catch a taxi to this establishment. Big mistake, shown down into the dungeon basement where...More

4  Thank Clarkybravo
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Loved Otto’s. I am a veggie and had the veggie options on the menu. They were absolutely delicious. So 5 out of 5. It’s an old fashioned restaurant. You either love it or hate it. I loved the individual and honest service mixed with a...More

2  Thank Wasserloser
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Good points first food and wine very good but expensive. Which brings me on to the not good. We had a 6.15pm booking but on arrival were marched down to the cellar overflow room. The main upstairs room was empty save for a table finishing...More

2  Thank blueskychaser
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Otto is an Austrian who has worked in some of the best establishments in Paris. Don't come here if you are looking for modernity, but if you are up for old-fashioned French classics, this is a great place to eat. We arrived for a late...More

Thank VagabondGourmand
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

We arrived on Thursday for lunch unfortunately we weren’t able to have our pre ordered lobster so we chose the tasting menu accompanied with the wine flight.The menu was “ a hymn to the Glorious Poulet de Bresse the finest chicken in the world “The...More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We ordered canard a la presse wellin advance. Our table was booked for 8 pm. We arrived at 8 .05. We had a drink and then a bottle of wine. The first course, the duck liver on brioche arrived after 9 pm. The main course...More

3  Thank Susan2395
Reviewed 24 October 2017

What a fabulous restaurant! Service is top-notch and the food is to die for. Their wine choice could be a lot better, especially the Bordeaux selection but that's a minor detail. Overall, an amazing experience and definitely worth the trip!

Thank Anil T
Reviewed 13 October 2017

What a lovely night. We booked to have the pressed duck which you have to reserve ahead of time. We were presented with our duck ahead of time. Otto came over and explained everything he was going to prepare for us. He did everything tableside...More

Thank wjs3434
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This great old school French restaurant is an oasis of sophistication, good food, great service and no music in the London culinary jungle. After having spent 2 unsuccessful dinners in the likes of Nobu it was a relief to see that this type of restaurant...More

Thank greek1970
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Otto's is simply the best. Otto is an exceptional host. His staff are probably the best in London. And, the cooking is tres magnifique. If you really are interested in eating well, go visit.

1  Thank goodfoodie2017
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some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
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Meriel C
29 November 2016|
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Response from Mammatee43 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brilliant steak tartare which would be dairy free. But definitely phone them.
27 July 2016|
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Response from Tracey B | Reviewed this property |
No as far as I am aware there is no dress code. Everybody appeared to be smart casual. As it was warm my husband and his friend wore short sleeved shirts and chinos, I think my husband has worn jeans there previously. I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7713 0107
  • E-mail
On entering Otto's you are presented with a warm welcome in this beautifully decorated, even a tad quirky, hidden away gem of a restaurant that transports you to the Belle Époque of 1870’s Paris. Otto honours the spirit of Auguste Escoffier with Classics such as Escargots, Steak Tartar and the spectacular Canard de Rouen a la Presse. Downstairs reveals a Private Dining Room with a Grand Dining Table, a most enchanting place to celebrate, entertain and share frivolities with friends.This wonderful recipe was created at the beginning of the 19 century by a restaurateur from Rouen named Mechenet. This recipe for pressed duck owed much of its success the the Duke of Chartres, who commanded it highly in Paris. When the renowned cook Frederick took over the restaurant La Tour d'Argent, he began numbering all the pressed ducks that he served, intending to make the dish the speciality of his restaurant.
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