Fine Dining at L'Ortolan

4.6
1909 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary French
L'Ortolan is a Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant with private dining rooms located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. L'Ortolan offers a relaxed and informal fine dining experience. L'Ortolan has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star, 3 AA rosettes & a place in the Sunday Times Top 20 restaurants in the UK in 2016. Head Chef James Greatorex's inspired menus include A la Carte (individually priced dishes) 7 Course Tasting Menu Gourmand (£79) and the 10 course Prestige Menu (£109) . Our Sommeliers are on hand to suggest the perfect wine or flight of wines to accompany your meal. L'Ortolan also has three private dining rooms.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
What 1909 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

We really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Sadly we found the conservatory area cold and uninviting. The furnishing and decor are very dated and so different from the welcoming bar area. Such a shame as it let down the five star experience we had hoped for.

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SteveR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We’d read some negative reviews but we really enjoyed the taster menu courses. The prices are a bit high, so we didn’t go for the wine paring option (and I was driving, so only wanted one drink) but the food was really good and we were made to feel most welcome by pretty well all the staff. Alex and several of his colleagues were really great and easy to have a friendly, jokey chat with and that made the evening a lot of fun. I was not too keen on the snail or the mussels (shellfish are not my thing) but I did enjoy the scallops and will try them again. All in all, a nice, fun evening but, for us, too pricey to do too often.
Steve R.

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JackieMac
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

i have eaten at many top class restaurants on many occasions but have never had vat
added on to the bill at the end. It should be stated the dishes are plus vat or should be included in the price so as you can make an informed decision, a nasty surprise considering the not insignificant prices

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PhilipS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Our seven course superb taster meal with wine matching by the sommelier was an unforgettable experience. Friendly, efficient and knowledgable staff together with a great atmosphere made it a very special and unforgettable experience.

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JeanT
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We’ve had a number of chef’s tasting menus over the years and they are a great way of getting to “know” the restaurant and chef. However, we weren’t blown away by this one - sorry.
We also had an extremely noisy table just behind us which didn’t help.

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AnnieM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely day even though we had to travel for an hour. The food was excellent and amusing! The service was excellent, real professional. It was a really good experience.

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vipMinn
Buckinghamshire
35 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience

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SingingJan
London
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to L’Ortolan was to celebrate my 70th birthday which had got
lost in lockdown in January. It was excellent. We had the tasting menu with classic wine flight. Every course brought something special to comment upon. The wines were interesting and unusual and there was a good buzz. We certainly hope to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely setting and service. Sadly the dishes were not as great as hoped, despite the price, so a disappointing experience. A fixed menu but they were keen to ask for supplements for many dishes, so it felt rather less than special.
Sadly not a place to go again, there are too many choices elsewhere!

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to L'Ortolan to celebrate our wedding anniversary was an outstanding success. From the initial welcome through the exceptional tasting menu and on to coffee and sweets made for a wonderful experience. Thanks especially to the staff who were so pleasant and enthusiastic

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vipJeremyM
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's exceptional. It needs very little more said.

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Elizasgranny
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be back after a long time. The food was superb, we has the tasting menu with the wine flight. The whole experience was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the 8 course meal which was good value for money. The food was amazing and service was great.

GB
GalinaB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning place & incredible food! The service was fantastic & we truly enjoyed every minute of it! We shall return!

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Musician2000
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Chef’s table experience, from start to finish amazing! The head chef and his team make u feel welcome and answer any questions you might have, quality of food was outstanding.. will definitely do this again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent - food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Contemporary French cuisine with flecks of Blumenthal inspiration. Excellent paired wines and great ambience. Thanks to all staff

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LindaH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff handled poor,cold weather with cheerful service.
Food excellent, especially the last minute veggie option required when the only one on the menu was unavailable - the replacement was so good I would willing have had it as a main instead of starter.
Sommelier was very helpful with advice.
A fabulous meal to end 18 months of cooking at home ,enjoying the event with family in a safe environment.
We can’t wait for indoor dining to return- we will be there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and the menu was great.

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ClaireC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Usual wonderful food experience, heaters and rugs were a nice touch. Service was great - can't wait for the restaurant to open up again so we can dine inside.

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CarolineM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience yet again, menu choices and food superb, attention from staff just right and even blankets to keep warm. Coming again.

MA
MarkA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food from a restricted menu and great service.

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LucyE
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have eaten out in over a year, and the food was outstanding! Could not fault anything! From the service to feeling spaced out with the restrictions!
Definitely go there again

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ClaireT
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic visit to L'Ortolan where we dined in the new al fresco environment. Top food as usual

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ChristopherH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a truly fantastic experience. The Terrace is a beautiful location to sit outside and have superb food. We had the small plates option and the quality and variety was top class. Starting with oysters which were delicious, followed by the antipasti platter which was a treat. Followed this up with the escargot which were tender and melt in the mouth, a great baked Camembert with truffle, arancini and a glorious steak tartare. Washed down with orange wine and cocktails. As an experience the total of £120 was tremendous value. The staff were helpful, polite and very personable. Cannot recommend highly enough and we will be back.

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CarolC
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a lovely setting. Couldn’t imagine a better first outing.

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VanessaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal on the outdoor terrace - service very attentive and food delicious. Tempura vegetables were especially interesting and delicious. Great place for a treat.

JK
JoannaK
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had Sunday lunch in the new outdoor patio area and it was lovely. Very relaxing ambiance and great food.

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Paer
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Even in the middle of the pandemic, L'Ortolan managed to deliver a great birthday-lunch last week with very good food and brilliant service.

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VictoriaR
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere, lovely surroundings on their new terrace. Heaters in the awning and a couple of stand alone heaters, plus blankets. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. Food was superb as usual - different to their normal menu, but very suited to the alfresco dining. Great local beer selection. Overall a lovely, relaxed lunch.

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MichaelM
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

As a first outing post lockdown it is hard to be critical. However the service was slow, very slow. The food whilst nice was not close to Michelin star level and the only potatoes on offer were two varieties of French fries.

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dorysquishy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality of food and service especially given the circumstances of about to move to Tier 3. Can’t thank the staff enough

SM
SteveM
London
26 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been a few times over the years and it has been a little hit and miss, but we really enjoyed our meal on 18/12/20. The restaurant was Covid-secure, staff were on fine form, and the cooking was the best we have had at L'Ortolan. The potato, fish and pudding (pear-based) courses really stood out, and we enjoyed some excellent wine (a Hungarian white, recommended by the sommelier, was extremely good). The venison course was a little disappointing but otherwise a really good evening. Thanks

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TherapyEm
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted on our return to L'Ortolan by the wonderful staff who remembered us and made us feel very special. The service was faultless, friendly, informative and we couldn't want for anything. The food as before was exceptional, The Gourmand menu paired with mocktails for me as a non drinker it was a sublime. I was made to feel as special as the drinkers who get to learn all about their beverages from the sommeliers choice...I had a selection of wonderful blends of teas, fruits, cream, non alcoholic herbals all put together by the award winning cocktail creator there. Much better than the usual tall inelegant glass with soda and lime that I usually receive in restaurants.
We were thoroughly spoiled....hours of exquisite food, great service...highly recommended.

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Debbie
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing lunch. Thank you to All the team

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Helenw
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sorry to see Chef Tom Clarke leave earlier this year as we had many wonderful meals at l'Ortolan. However, Chef James Greatorex is bringing a unique and very different flair to the food. Arctic Char, caviar and white chocolate? Absolutely delicious and this is just the start of a superb culinary journey through the new menus. The mushroom ravioli is to die for and we were sorry that it wasn't on the menu this week; please reinstate it. This restaurant is definitely heading for at least a 2 star status.

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had a L’Ortolan, and I have been going for 34 years through all the different chefs. I am a pescatarian and every course was excellent.

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Aaaaaaa
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A real Saturday lunchtime treat - would normally have booked for the evening, but limited availability meant we could only get lunchtime. But actually enjoyed it more

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SophiaT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place, great food and wine. Wine pairing is outstanding

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robbiedog69
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual Christmas trip to L'Ortolan. As usual we weren't disappointed. Great food, wine & service. We opted for the Menu Gormand with accompanying wines. Not cheap but very enjoyable. Overall great experience!

FAQs

Fine Dining at L'Ortolan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 988 8500.

Fine Dining at L'Ortolan is rated 4.6 stars by 1909 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.