Ottolenghi Islington

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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean

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Ottolenghi Islington is both a restaurant and a deli. The restaurant is centred around two communal tables but there are a handful of tables for two. Reservations are taken only for dinner from 5:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch are walk in only. The restaurant is located opposite the Almeida and is a pre-theatre favourite.

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NH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend Ottolenghi for lunch but I wasn’t so keen on the evening menu.

JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great evening with mellow ambience and friendly staff. We had 6 plates to share and then 2 deserts - it was all fab. Quite expensive but I think worth it for the atmosphere, service and quality of the food. Thanks!

D
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Very alert and kind staff. Great genuine food, which has become very rare.

d
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and full of flavour, service was excellent, but quite expensive.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely experience - food was excellent, staff were super friendly - couldn’t fault a thing

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service, just a bit limited on choices . They had run out of the fish main quite early in the night.

R
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was here in June and it was much better then. The food arrived too quickly and all at the same time. The dishes didn’t have distinct tastes - they seemed the same. The waiters were very friendly but it felt rushed. The wine portion was very small for the price and I was told they measured it. That doesn’t leave a good feeling.

DA
London
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Only slight criticism would be the deserts - the cheesecake and the chocolate and amaretto cake. Cheesecake was a bit heavy - thought it might have been bought in, and cake needed more amaretto. Previous experience with the deserts at the spitalifields branch was much better. All in all though, it is a great place, highly recommended.

D
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I've always loved Ottolenghi, I used to live in Angel and pick it up on my way home for dinner. Its been a few years and after holding 3 of his cookbook I came back for my birthday. I had an amazing experience and the food were both excellent. The service was perfect, the guys did not miss a beat and were very attentive. The only thing that was a let down, was I had previously booked the table, however when I was seated it was at the communal table? Not ideal when I booked it for my birthday and walk in were given priority on separate tables.

p
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I came here in 2007 and always wanted to come back,
But of course things put you elsewhere,but we came back and it was very nice to be back again and we will be coming back again in a few months time with friends,
So thankyou for a lovely evening and great service and we look forward to seeing all again soon.
Petar and Juli

AR
London
73 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pre-theatre supper with friends. Timely service - very important with a pre-theatre supper and the quality of the dishes we ordered was excellent: unusual combinations of flavours and textures.

MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal for a first visit to this restaurant. The Quail and Aubergine dishes were lovely and flavoursome. Not sure I would like to sit on the long table but was happy with a table for two at the side. Will definitely go again

OD
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wie kann der gesamte Fisch und das gesamte Brot aus sein?

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OT
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible and creative flavors in each dish and not too expensive- will definitely be coming back!

LE
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Disappointing experience. Th

MH
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and service was outstanding. I was not a huge fan of the communal tables, that would be my only negative point. However it’s part of the restaurant’s policy and they do tell you in advance that most tables are communal.

TA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staffing making sure we had our dishes promptly in order to get to the theatre in time.
Food delicious, making me want to try to make the dishes at home myself.
Many thanks Mr Ottolenghi for a marvellous dinner!

J
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had heard about Ottolenghi through an Australian podcast that gave it rave reviews. I thought I had to try it and I’m glad I did because it lived up to expectations. Great service, great wine and great food. The bread and deserts were outstanding (flourless chocolate rum tart was a winner). Food was cooked perfectly. Can’t recommend enough.

SL
London
150 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable pre-theatre meal at Ottolenghi Islington. Some fantastic flavours in a tapas style - well explained by our waiter.

CK
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was fantastic. The only issue is the seating style of benches, it feels like you are having dinner with everyone else. However this is personal preference so you might enjoy that. Other than that, such a lovely restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love this restaurant. The food, service and vibe are exceptional. Worth the wait and difficult to get reservations... Yummm

PT
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice staff. Moderately priced for London.

VH
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with a vegan menu - will probably go again.

JL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly, the service was brilliant. Our waitress was friendly, informative and attentive. The food was outrageously good. So many flavours, just so so delicious. Would love to go again!

DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unfortunately our experience was marred by frit flies flying around our table n food which was off putting.

SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, brilliant service, very loud at the shared table and very close to neighboring diners.

E
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food always a treat

KT
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ottolenghi is a pioneer, making the most carnivore of us all reconsider vegetables as they are cuisined with care, heart, thoughts! They become so exciting and definitely take over meats and fish Highly recommended!!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food in an informal atmosphere. Very kind people with lot of experience. Just two remarks. The lighting could be better and the music a bit softer.

EH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was incredible as always, but we were squished in between other groups on a long table and could I hardly hear my partner from across the table.
Definitely recommend Spitafields restaurant for more space over this venue.

S
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent.
Seen Otto Lenghi on the TV and liked the look of the dishes on the programmes I had seen.
booked on the day. I was lucky to get the time I wished, as when I looked later the time had gone!
arrived on time and was greeted in a friendly manner by the front of houses staff. Seated by the maitre d' at one of the refectory style tables. I chose one of the counter dishes and one of the kitchen (hot) dishes. Both were superb. Both were flavourful and nicely presented. I was a bit dubious about the size, but after eating them I was still had enough space for a delicious dessert!

JM
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had thought that Ottolenghi Islington had slipped off its perch a little as the last time I visited it was good, but not outstanding. Last night it was definitely back to full deliciousness. The food was interesting with lots of ingredients I did not know and tastes that burst from the dishes - the portion sizes were good for sharing. We loved it.

C
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable! I love your menu and the presentation was stunning as usual. The candles were a nice touch. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

OM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large shared table and a relaxed feel to the meal. Food was exquisite - so much flavour in every mouthful and beautifully presented!

SL
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant delivered exactly as it promised: brilliantly innovative food presented in an exciting setting. My only minor issue was that I did not find it easy to sit straight in the plastic chairs

AD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

maybe a little bit more space between chairs at the table, people are seated very close to each other.

LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for a birthday dinner with friends. We sat near the end of the long communal table with others to our right and left and had a long leisurely delectable meal. It was easy to converse and wonderful to be in a bright and welcoming space. Vegetable and meat dishes alike had unique spicing and flavors and were delicious as was the wine and desert.

S
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Slightly underwhelming, given the hype around it. Food was good, but nothing particularly outstanding. Service was very good, though, and the ambiance is rather cozy. We didn't get a dessert, as the menu was including only a small subset of what was available on the counter - had we seen the pastries before, we would have probably got one.

HM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Highly recommend to anyone for any event of any dietary restrictions. Best food I’ve eaten in London!

FR
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful, contemporary restaurant that serves simply delicious food. Dishes marry middle-eastern flavours in a way that is somehow exquisite, original, fresh and surprising. It's a great option for vegetarians as many plates hero vegetable ingredients. The wine list is equally well put together and also has elements of the unexpected in its selection. In the evenings, Ottolenghi has a minimalist, candlelit, quite intimate feel which is very relaxing. By day its lovely and cool. It's quite a special place.