Thoroughly delicious meal and very inventive cuisine. Cozy and relaxed atmosphere. We are huge fans of The Yotam Ottolenghi style food. Love My only criticism would be that some of the wines on the list are too young to drink, especially the Italian ones. But that’s only because I work in wine! That aside we would definitely come again :-)
Excellent food and service - as a new customer, I didn't realise it would be communal seating.
overrated and not great value for money. they forgot to bring us something we asked for and i had to remind them. the staff were very rushed and could have been more attentive.
I am afraid we were disappointed with this restaurant. The food is tapas style but large portions of each thing, the flavours were ok, perhaps a little bland and would have preferred less of each thing but more dishes (we had three each and left about a third) The service was fantastic, the interior a little noisy and not conducive to a romantic meal for two. It is probably very popular with young people but at £110 for a meal for two I would prefer to eat somewhere more relaxed and more conventional food.
Knowledgable staff and very attentive. Helpful with suggestions for dinner and wine.. and what dish might work well with others.
The food is always of a high quality and very imaginative. The freshness of the ingredients and the mixture of flavours and textures makes Ottolenghi an enjoyable experience. I must also commend the quality of service and the friendliness of the staff.
Ottolenghi feels a bit dated in its approach but some of the food is lovely and the service is absolutely excellent. Be aware that you may be seated at the large, shared, long table down the centre. I am a big fan of many restaurants started by ex-Ottolenghi chefs, as I think they’ve broken out of the shell and become more bold. Still, Ottolenghi Islington is an excellent neighbourhood restaurant with polite food that won’t offend your mother and all-white interiors courtesy of the mid-naughties. What’s not to like? Also, it’s pretty decent value!
Amazing food! In the restaurant was it very noisy. Great service, only at the end nobody who took our coats or said goodbye...
I thought the restaurant was very good. The food was lovely and the service was amazing. I got a piece of carrot and walnut cake for dessert and my piece was huge!!
Date night on a Monday - was not expecting such a vibrant busy spot. I knew nothing about this place. I was really pleasantly surprised.
Friendly service at table & also at front of house where you can buy ingredients to cook at home.
Dishes were unique and the variety was excellent. Usually meat eaters but today stuck to veg & fish.
Recommend GUJARATI beans & celeriac main
Hake was excellent too. Explosion of tastes with every bite. Would DEFINITELY come back
Wir haben sehr fein gegessen. Das Dessert war der krönende Abschluss. Unbedingt Platz lassen für den Persischen Love Cake.
Die Bedienung war sehr zuvorkommend und hat uns gut beraten zur Speiseauswahl.
I have to say its not cheap, but its worth every penny!
The dishes are small and meant to be shared like tappas. The quality is amazing and the staff was superhelpful!
Liked everything except the cabrito goat stew which had a burnt taste and very tough, meat not edible, though the butter beans in the stew were nice.
Stunners were the sweet potato salad dish and the carpaccio, and the coconut lemon cake, so good!
The Orange Caliptra 2017 wine was especially lovely.
Our first experience with Ottolenghi was an amazing experience. The concept of seating and food was perfect. Great flavours. Great ambience. Great dinner. Nothing negative. Must go again, this time for breakfast!
Delicious food, friendly service. Absolutely recommendable!
The restaurant was lovely. All the food was delicious, especially dessert. The serving staff were very kind and eager to help. I would definitely return.
We had been so looking forward and the offerings were well prepared and presented but the plethora of flavors sometimes overwhelmed the main ingredient- burrata and corn cake come to mind
Excellent food and service for a very affordable price.
Outstanding experience. The cauliflower and aubergine were great, strongly recommend the goat and hake and the service was superb. Ask for Yesi to serve you. He is very attentive and makes spot on recommendations. Loved the semolina cake with rose water and pistachios!! This place is not to miss!! Even the manager cares about the patrons.
It was lovely but I was disappointed that the vegan menu (printed up and presented separately to the other menu) was just some things off the normal menu with the cheese or yoghurt removed. Surely Ottolenghi with all his talent can do better than that?
Its a very special restaurant - many of the criteria above are not relevant - it is very Islington - so middle class but relatively diverse in terms of personnel - gender friendly smart causal - focus is on the food and company rather than live music or meeting new people
We had a delicious and memorable dinner on our last night in London. Our service was outstanding and our server was personable, professional and knowledgeable. We had the little gems, Hake, goat, cauliflower and carrot cake. We had one of the tables for two. Most people sit at a long table. There is candlelight. We would love to return and to experience one of the other Ottolenghi restaurants
Excellent food, great service, family friendly. We loved the welcoming atmosphere and enjoyed the evening as a family with two kids who also loved the food.
Ottolenghi is a very cosy restaurant. You have the feeling to be at a private dinner party sitting on the beautiful long table. The service is friendly and professional but not over the top. The concept is to order several cold and warm dishes for the table. The portions are big enough to share in a group of four. Value for money was very good and after all the healthy main dishes it was feeling even better to try some of the fantastic desserts.
My favorite place! I return for dining every time I come to London, a couple of times a year. never disappointed!
Energetic and efficient service. Kind and interested waitress. Perfect timing for theatre.
Very fresh quañity ingredients cooked to perfection. And healthy!
Imaginative treatment of spices, condiments and vegetables.
Communal tables are a great idea in principle to exchange views on the food experience with strangers and to develop a convivial atmosphere... but there were mainly couples seated facing each other and logically ignoring the rest. If this is the norm, communal tables are not needed.
Great experience though.
We visited the Ottolenghi-restaurant on a friday-evening and were surprised to see the garbage had to be taken out while the guests were dining. One of the staff passed us 5(!) times with rubbish in bags. Also the floor was swept with a broom. The food was delicious and we loved the combinations that were made. But... we had to ask for a new plate after starters. Otherwise we would have had our maincourse on the same plate.
Delicious food, great ambiance! 10 out of 10!
ottolenghi lived up to the expectations, food was sensational and the portions not bad for the high quality served.
Superb food and service and great ambience. The food was some of the best I have eaten in a long time and I will definitely be going back
Delicious meal as always; fresh, unique flavours; excellent, friendly service - highly recommended!
Food was great & the desserts were amazing!
It was my first time in an Ottolenghi restaurant and it was everything i could have dreamed of.
The desserts are sublime
The food at Ottolenghi Islington is amazing. For us as vegetarians there were so many delicious dishes we could choose. The restaurants is a bit noisy with two large tables in the centre seating a lot of people, so if you're looking for good conversations it might not be the best place to go to.
Amazing food. So thoughtfully constricted and executed
The ambiance and service was wonderful. The staff was trying to accommodate us, and our dietary requirements in a professional manner. The food however was nothing special, most things tasted ok but were not mind blowing. For the price I would definitely just go for the take away salad’s instead of dining in the restaurant.
The food and wine are always good and the service is attentive and personable
Delicious healthy food in a warm happy environment.
Wonderful attentive staff that made this occasion extra special. As expected, the food was outstanding.