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L'Ortolan

4.6
1558 reviews
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£41 and over
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Contemporary French
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L'Ortolan is a Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant with private dining rooms located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. Housed within a beautiful Grade Two listed vicarage L'Ortolan offers a relaxed & informal fine dining experience. L'Ortolan has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star for the fifteenth consecutive year, 3 AA rosettes & a place in the Sunday Times Top 20 restaurants in the UK in 2016. Head Chef Tom Clarke's inspired menus include Menu du Jour (£30 - £35 lunch only), A la Carte (£61 - £69), 7 Course Gourmand Tasting Menu (£79) and the 10 course Surprise Menu (£105) as well as seasonal offers and wine tasting dinners. Our Sommeliers are on hand to suggest the perfect wine or flight of wines to accompany your meal. L'Ortolan also has a Chef's Table & three private dining rooms. For an alternative L'Ortolan experience guests are able to join the kitchen team and be a chef for a day with a "Chef's Experience".
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

LUNCH:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 02:00PM

DINNER:
Tuesday - Thursday: 07:00PM - 08:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 07:00PM - 09:00PM
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Phone number
0118 988 8500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Clarke
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Catering
"Michelin at Home" experience available on request.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
We have a private car park located within the restaurant grounds We also offer disabled parking immediately in front of the restaurant.
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Public transit
TRAIN :
Reading is easily accessible from London, just half an hour by train. L'Ortolan is a 10 minute taxi ride from Reading station.

BUS:
Routes 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Chef Masterclasses and Wine Dinners take place regularly. We also have three private dining rooms available with no additional room hire charge for corporate meetings or private functions. Please call 0118 988 8500 or see www.lortolan.com for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

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What 1558 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have previously had a lovely experience at this restaurant.
Unfortunately, with all the Bugs around at the moment, we had to cancel our romantic meal for two on saturday night.
L'Ortolan does not provide an ability to cancel the booking less than 2 days before, and you cant talk to anyone if you ring the number on a saturday ("Mon - Friday only ") ..
SO, they have decided to charge £80 for the experience.

You have been warned. Only Book if you know you are definitely able to attend. Otherwise they will charge you.

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aimeeN (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely fabulous service and fantastic food. Great atmosphere, all staff were very attentive and made the meal even more special. 10 out of 10 dinning experience. We had the 6 course tasting menu and especially enjoyed the venison which was cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Overall, a very good experience. The food was out of the ordinary compare to traditional restaurant with some excellent flavours and textures. This was our anniversary and we were expected a gesture from the restaurant, dissapointed.. Also, my partner had an upset tummy the next day.

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arun320 (London)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great meal! Amazing selection of cheese which were all fantastic. Will be revisiting.

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LucyC (London)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Delicious food, great service and excellent value for money as we did the £95 deal for a 6 course tasting menu and glass of fizz for two. A real treat and we will definitely be back

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Foodie (Hampshire)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I was still hungry so had to order a second basket of bread. I felt the wine waiter was a little too frequent to ask did I want to order a second bottle of wine. I did ask for 2 glasses of house wine & subsequently discovered they were £28 for the two. When three people eat with one bottle of wine and two extra glasses the bill comes to just under £400 and I still hungry I don’t think I would recommend this to my friends. Nice food but not value for money no.

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KatharineP (London)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Delicious food, great service, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a special occasion, great value Menu Du Jour. Having now seen the cheese trolley will have to give that a try next time!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent staff, we look forward to returning as soon as we can.

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ANTHONYG (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing food very good staff but the interior ( Toilets) 6 out 10 it just not up to rest of the restaurant needs work

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Chris (Surrey)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Another wonderful meal here. Just the choice of dessert was a slightly dense caramel slice for the tasting meal. But still one of our favourite places and highly recommended.

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MacG26 (Berkshire)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

No problem at all with the food- most dishes very good with one exception -a rather tasteless and simplistic pre-dessert. But what robotic service - we were there for a birthday celebration and would have appreciated more friendly staff to make it a happy occasion. The food was rather dumped in front of us by miserable looking staff, including my wife's birthday slate, without even a 'Happy Birthday' . We've all been waiting staff, its a tough job I know, but I had to try and be pleasant and chatty to earn the tips - the same should apply here. Imposing an unreasonable 12.5% service charge gives the staff no such incentive. But I would recommend for a business lunch - or after a funeral! We'll go elsewhere.

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Slainte (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Favourite restaurant and excellent, as always. The place to go for a special night out! Hampshire’s hidden gem!

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S70krs (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We simply had an awesome gastronomic experience. The food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The menu changed! The portion was tiny!! Taste pretty average!!! Why Michelin star??? In simple word abs CRAP!!

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I was not blown away as he hoped to be it was very nice but that’s all. The ambience in the conservatory is pretty limp no real atmosphere and on a dull day rather dreary. I didn’t like the waitress calling us ‘my dear’ all the time o found that a little personal

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OpenTable Diner (Surrey)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Exceptional service and amazing food. The staff are warm and friendly and extremely knowledgeable

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Wonderful as always, L’Ortolan exceeds expectations. Delicious food, fantastic service, amazing wine (recommendations from the sommelier are always excellent). A truly special and memorable dining experience. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The service was very poor to indifferent. Staff were either absent or over familiar - complimenting a male guest on the colour of their shirt and when one guest indicated they did not want wine served to them the request was challenged with - but don't you want some for a "can chin" - totally bizarre and inappropriate.

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Always wanted to go to L'Ortolan and it didn't disappoint. Excellent service with beautifully presented food and very good value from the tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent from the Pre lunch Cocktails to the Sweet. The food is presented in a modern and stylish way and offered superb tastes throughout. The waiting staff could not have been more attentive and the ambience most comfortable. Highly recommended and it was a truly wonderful dining experience

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

This was our 8th visit in the last year always incredible food and excellent service ,just cant understand why they only have 1 Michelin star when compared to others . We look forward to many more superb meals at the L'Ortolan.

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OpenTable Diner (Warwickshire)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

I cannot fault this wonderful resterant. The food is divine - we had the 7 course taster menu - and marvelled over every course. The staff are extremely professional and also quite funny which means a really relaxed, but special atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Out of this world food but a stuffy atmosphere. A great evening but the staff lacked any character as did the dining area itself. It is a must do restaurant but I wouldn't rush back.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Very nice. Attentive and very helpful and fun staff. Beautiful food with so much art and love put into each bite. Beautiful surroundings

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Minnie22 (London)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Very close to perfect. Nine diners with everything eaten!

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

A lovely Xmas lunch with my best friend

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JonB (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Took my partner for a surprise birthday meal and had the 10 course surprise taster menu with wine. The food was exquisite with amazing wines that complemented each dish. The staff were attentive and very friendly giving the impression that nothing was too much hassle for them. Needless to say my partner had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food. Would steer clear of the Sommelier wine reccomendation

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Glenn (Berkshire)
4.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

I never thought such incredible food could be created from sometimes such everyday foods...... congrats to the minds behind thee menu and food, it’s just amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Berkshire)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

I took my parents for a Christmas treat and had a wonderful time. The set lunch menu is great value and the staff are so attentive.

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