Ottolenghi Spitalfields

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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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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Well known but not pretentious. Warm environment in the restaurant and kitchen counter. Interesting and exciting vegetable forward menu

e
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience1

High end price for average & standard Mediterranean food, which is lacking in creativity. Service was hit or miss. Noisy and uncaring serving staff. Would not recommend and will not return.

SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food with amazing flavours. Warm reception and friendly staff. Recommend for lunch or dinner as they are both different dining experiences.

JC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always spot on for brunch. Never let's down out of town visitors. The charred focaccia is something else...

HM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fantastic : great mixes , tasty, a really good surprise . The wine were good. The restaurant is nice and airy. Service is nothing special, the usual London efficient and business like , in a hurry to get your bill and get you out of the way for the next party to get their time slot. Deserts are surprisingly boring and uncreative, nothing mediterranean about them, doesn't fit with the rest of the menu. In addition the three of us have had a small indisposition afterwards and we suspect the lamb. We question the fact as well that cold starters that waiters prepare are presented in the middle of the shop area where there is a lot of traffic and anybody can come and go and touch the food , without any protection. It did not feel very hygienic.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had just started to rain when we arrived 15 minutes early, yet they found us a table and apologised for the fact it was a small one.(it was perfectly big enough for three.The salad dishes on display wetted our appetite,and after some sparkling water we chose our dishes; some hot some from the selection of salads. Flavour is what Ottolengi excels at. In both the hot dishes and cold salads the flavours of the Levant, and spices from the orient blend to give each dish a unique mouth stimulating adventure.
The staff are friendly and helpful but not over attentive and you never feel rushed despite how busy the restaurant is .we shall certainly be back in the future.

AP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very poor wine list by the glass - more attention should be put to review the wine list and include good quality/value choices.

AM
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb breakfast - excellent food and service. Recommend.

PV
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfection

PH
London
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were wonderful as was the food. best place for a dinner or lunch which is a little bit special.

TT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Salads were nice and staff friendly but chicken was rubbery, salmon was over cooked and banana cake was dry and dense. Disappointed after loving the cook books.

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The salads were lovely as ever - unfortunately I chose a goats cheese tart which was quite unpleasant - thick pastry, heavy tasteless cheese - I can make a better one myself! I do think the wine by the glass is a bit overpriced.

FE
London
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good breakfast, good choice. Friendly service e

BS
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food usual ingredients and combinations. ...................

ED
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always head to Ottolenghis for lunch when in London where we are assured of great food, fantastic service & welcoming atmosphere. Never lets us down

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening lovely food thanks!

SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious lunch here on Monday. The food was outstanding, waiting staff friendly and helpful. Good advice regarding wine choice. Would recommend and definitely visit again.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved and followed Ottolenghi for years and his food definitely lives up to the hype. Delicious original and well priced with a good wine selection.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food and drink. Service a little cold and frosty.

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was exemplary. Excellent communication and attention. However, following the cocktails & padron peppers the meal took a downward dive. The trout steak was heavily laced with bones rendering it a minefield to eat. The closure of patisserie were dry, so much so that even the crème anglaise could not revive it. The first time in my existence I have left a dessert unfinished. Quite disappointed by the end. Hope Yotem doesn’t get wind of this.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Spitalfield did not disappoint... there are always new creative ideas to be discovered. This autumns revelation for us: the herb salad accompagnying the fish and the lovely duck crocettes.
We´ll come back for sure.

J
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here all the time and their service is always great, even though Ottolenghi restaurants are famous and have a reputation the staff are not snobby or pretentious. They are always well organised and are always a pleasure to interact with. In regards to the food the flavors of starters and mains they are always excellently executed and prices very reasonable for the quality. However I am more selective with the type of desserts I choose. The separately condiments and seasoning sold in separate jars i.e za-tar are priced quite highly for the quantity you receive - I have bought high quality za-tar for larger quantity elsewhere. Temperature of interiors always warm and air insulation always tight but not too stuffy. Lighting is not too dark but moody enough to create a very sociable and relaxed atmosphere. One of my favourite restaurants in London of all time! <3

SB
Aberdeen
30 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enjoyable lunch, would be nice if the lunch menu would be a little more comprehensive. Good variety of wines. Quality food is wonderful, very innovative and interesting cooking.
Level of noise was quite high, also a bit more space around the tables would be nice. I did not want listen to my neighbours personal arguments but had little choice in the matter. However, this would not stop me from going back.

c
Stuttgart Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

ungewöhnliches Frühstück aber auf hohem Niveau

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CM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic with wonderful flavours. We All ordered and main and 2 different salads and it’s great fun to share. Broccoli with chilli is a winner.
I wasn’t sure whether the Italian white wine would be dry enough - the waiter got me a tasting glass ... which was a nice touch.
We also shared deserts and the chocolate tarte was divine.
My favourite place for lunch.

J
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and we couldn’t have been better looked after. I was impressed with how seriously they took my dining partners complex allergies and dietary requirements and took the time to find dishes that were safe and delicious to eat.

We were surprised that none of the chocolate options were soya free, including hot drinks likes Mocha - this is the only thing that could be improved in an otherwise excellent experience.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been trying to book this place on a Saturday for ages so delighted to finally make it. We had a bar seating and it was great to chat with staff while enjoying some pre-meal drinks. The food was ravishing, excellent quality and not too expensively priced. We will try to get there again soon when we are back in London.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal, very attentive waiting staff & great vegetarian selection. Nice atmosphere. Only thing I would improve is the tidiness of the bathrooms!

MK
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite places to eat in the area and, as always, we had a wonderful meal in very pleasant surroundings with great service. Many thanks.

c
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I would visit Ottolenghi in Spitalfields again . The food was terrific and the location great

JC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a super lunch, lovely staff who were speedy and efficient.
I had also mentioned in my online booking that there was a birthday
and my sister was given a lovely white chocolate tartlet, complete
with candle which was a lovely touch and very much appreciated.
Thank you everyone.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Heerlijk eten, leuk shared dining. De entourage is wel wat zakelijk en bediening ook.

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G
London
46 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Ottolenghi’s and it won’t be my last. I took a friend for lunch and was given seats at the bar. They were very comfortable. My friend doesn’t like spices so needed help ordering. She was very happy with her salads. I love spicy and had 3 salads: broccoli, cauliflower and an extra delicious aubergine. Didn’t have dessert but will come back one evening and try one; I’m sure it will be wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely meal in very pleasant surroundings. The staff were great and helped to make our special occasion memorable .

SG
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual food is outstanding.

M
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding
The food was really good and because we can share it makes it even a better experience.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cocktail waiter created ad hoc wiskey sour and burnt orange martini with exceptional grace. Waiters were friendly, courteous and helpful, food was outstanding but timing s little hurried for the mains. Would have gone back for breakfast but other commitments prevented this. 11/10 experience.

j
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Fun place with decent service but that’s where the accolades end. Every dish had at least two too many ingredients, many of which were incongruous with others. This is what happens when a chef overthinks the food. Nothing tastes like what it is.

t
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very delicious! Well done dishes with good wine. But the room was super crowded, and too small for that amount of people.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was outsanding, so was the ambiance. The first drinks order was a bit slow and disorganised, the waitress forgot one of the cocktails, we had to ask and remind twice. Once the cocktail arrived the rest of the service was smooth and efficient.