Ottolenghi Spitalfields

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2641 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Spitalfields is the latest Ottolenghi deli and restaurant to open and also, being able to sit up to 70 people, its largest. As well as table sitting, there is also communal bar which customers can dine at. For those on-the-go, Spitalfields also has a pack-to-order counter service as well as a grab-and-go fridge of ready-made sandwiches and salads.
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KB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is a festival of taste. Service is next to perfect. Nevertheless this restaurant has a serious problem: the noise level.

SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Truth be told I didn't have a very good experience. It was my friends birthday and I'd saved up to take her somewhere special. The food was beautiful but the people that served us were rude, they made us feel rushed and it spoilt the experience.

C
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Much too noisy, great food however, but we could not hear each other.

AG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! Service was perfect and overall a lovely experience.

AG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It's a pitty I only got my second glass of wine after I had finished the dinner. Timing was off. Also it is a quite loud environment to dine in which is not so comfortable to have a conversation in. The numberous staff running back and for doesn't help for a peaceful feeling. The food itself was gorgious.

NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service très aidant, plat très savoureux et dépaysement gustatif. Bonne ambiance mais un peu bruyante.
prix un peu élevé.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and I had always wanted to eat at Ottolenghi and the food exceeded expectations. The service was exceptional, Mary explained the menu to us and recommended wines to go with the dishes. She also noted it was my birthday ( I had not said anything) and my dessert came with a candle on it. Outstanding. Cannot wait to return.

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We looked forward to this for quite a while and were not disappointed. The intensity and variety of the flavors and freshness of the produce was fantastic. Hope to return on our next trip to London.

PP
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so good to dine at Ottolenghi Spitalfields. The food was superb. The service was both attentive and accommodating especially as we had our 10 year old son with us. Great wine list and atmosphere. It was a fabulous experience. Highly recommended.

RC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening - service was incredible and the food put of this world. We will return. Thank you so much.

CA
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No food envy here, we just shared it all . So many interesting flavors

RF
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

First time visiting Ottolenghi and I really enjoyed the food. Unfortunately, the service we received from our waiter left a lot to be desired - it was very disappointing .

KK
Sacramento
133 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cookbooks, love this restaurant! I came to London for other reasons but took the opportunity to try 2 Ottolenghi restaurants during this trip. With friends and family in Israel, I am familiar with their cuisine and flavors. AND I have 5 of Yotam's cookbooks- love them all. And when I got the chance to actually try the dishes I have enjoyed in Israel and at home - with only the distinctive and creative style the the Ottolenghi Team can create - I was blown away. I absolutely love the flavor combinations, but the service and presentation are impeccable. Now on my next trip, my goal is to eat at all to check for consistency and explore everything that Ottolenghi can throw at me!

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant, the food was amazing as usual. The cakes and desserts really impress. Took my parents here (who are not adventurous with food) and they loved it.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottolenghi’s food combines unexpected flavours like magic. Each dish makes you feel good with vegetables the stars. Fabulous service which is extremely helpful and friendly. An outstanding restaurant.

EB
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, less hectic than Nopi. Good selection of take away pastries and foods all absolutely fabulous as always!

HM
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are huge fans of Ottolenghi and this meal didn’t disappoint. Particular highlights were the citrus crumbed octopus, cauliflower, king prawns and manti. Also make sure you treat yourself to a gin cocktail. A couple of things were missed on service however staff were quick to make amends.

j
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Although every table booked in advance, we took the chairs by the bar. Equally as good as we had more room. The food excelled our expectations. We now have one of Ottolenghi's cookbooks to try and match the cauliflower dishes. wow!

FW
Mainz
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and a great service! The food is unique and always a new discovery of taste!

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and glorious food. Would have licked the plates clean, but want to be able to return.

r
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really interesting menu selection and the side order of olives were the best I’ve ever had.

C
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Probably the best food we've ever eaten! Expectations were high, but we're exceeded.

p
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I have been to this restaurant many times and enjoy taking visitors to London here. The food is always outstanding. On this occasion, however, we had an aggressive waiter who offended us on several occasions but the final straw was when they swept all of the bottles and napkins from the table when we still had 35 minutes left on our booking and said that they would have to ask the manager if we could stay until the end of our allotted time. It was outrageous, but I am happy to say that the manager treated us very kindly and though I did cancel a booking for lunch a few days later, I will certainly look forward to coming to this restaurant again.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, we were really well looked after. Food delicious- will definitely go again!

GD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

only remark would be the non consistency in the coffee . Lattes and cappuccinos vary every day so this could be a point of improvement
food seems consistent although same meal on two occasions gave different tastes
overall good and top

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal. Staff was extremely attentive with respect to allergies in members of our party. The only thing that was odd was that they ran out of bread by 7:30pm, but overall an excellent experience.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food but the bill always seems so high . We only had one drink and 4 small dishes between us and it was £88 ???

AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Been there few times and food is always outstanding.

NG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was tasty and well-cooked, but could have been hotter. The atmosphere was great, but the staff were rushed off their feet and maybe the level of service could have been a bit better overall. Unfortunately the two sweets my wife and I had were a bit "heavy". After a meat meal it would have been nice to have some lighter choices. Having said that it is a nice modern restaurant, clearly very popular and very handy for mainline trains/tube.

B
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious, trendy restaurant. We came from Montreal, we’re already charmed and had tried many recipes on Chef Ottolenghi « Jerusalem » cookbook. The food was delicious, the cocktail fresh, the presentation original (loved the small plates)
Would definitively recommend the flight over :)
Elizabeth and Becca

A
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet friends and family. Excellent service and food.

BS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The food was good. The combination of flavors was good and the vegetables were exquisite.

RO
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What a disappointment! After cooking from his cookbooks for a couple of years this was like a meal cook by children. Flavors clashed. Cold food was luke warm and soggy and hot dishes came out cold. The wait staff had zero charm and were surly. Another example of a restaurant to avoid because it sells itself on the name of a so called star. Exploitation of fans for money. Will burn the cookbooks when I return home.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unforgettable! Perfect food, friendly hosts, a nice atmosphere in Shoreditch.

NG
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for a late lunch as a party of 5. Place was relatively quiet, but somehow still had a great ambience, and service was spot on. Although restricted to cold food (due to the late hour, but which was fully explained), had plenty of choice and everything was just lovely. The heritage carrot salad and the roasted beetroot salad were just the best. The only issue(and if this is the worst thing, it shows how good everything else was) is that the menu says VAT included in the bill, yet when the bill was presented, it shows VAT being added. Of course, it had been taken off the total before being added back on, but it does cause confusion.

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful meal as always and terrific selection for vegetarians.

JF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food here is very nice but a little inconsistent. Some plates came out very cold which meant they had lost flavour and also mixed with other plates that were hot. For its price it is very expensive for what is effectively food you can make at home

NC
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I went into the restaurant I was pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere. It looked really formal but felt so relaxed and friendly thanks to the service and the layout of the restaurant. Food was filling, and worth every penny. I loved the roasted carrots and the duck croquettes especially. Definitely want to bring people back here to try.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fan of Yotam and team and wanted to have a dine in experience during my vacation. Certainly didn’t disappoint! The salads from the counter were sublime and we got cakes to take away... can’t wait to recreate them in my kitchen from his books Sweets and Simple!

TV
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very friendly staff. Every waiter seemed to know everything about the wine and the dishes. Keep room for desert!