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Ôtoulouse, Branford, CT

Ôtoulouse

4.2
4.2
33 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Enjoy a taste of Ôtoulouse, France right here in the heart of Branford, Connecticut!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 208-4285

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

What 33 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Connecticut

    Good for special occasions

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  1. JW

    JoanneW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful new French Restaurant! Ambiance is open are airy, food warm and delicious.
  2. NK

    NKJTH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our meals were very good - beef bourguignon and duck confit. Appetizer escargot good in excellent puff pastry; salad vinaigrette simple, nicely seasoned with flavor balance. Great chocolate mousse. Portion size more European rather than large American, so we were able to enjoy shared appetizer and dessert as well as main course. Cafe environment (could turn down the music just a bit). Restaurant still developing, hope that it continues to do well!
  3. LS

    LarryS

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was generally good but a couple of caveats: 1 - prices are definitely high relative to serving size. I ordered escargot as an app ($17) and it was very sparse. My duck confit ($31) was very good but extremely small. We ordered a bottle of a white Burgundy wine ($48) which was, at best, meh. It was the only white Burgundy offered. 2 - The most screwed up dinner check we've ever received. Apparently, they combined our check with another table's, and our server had to go back and forth to the computer 3 times to make the correction. Overall, the food was certainly very good but given what I've written above, I'm not sure we would return in the foreseeable future.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service and ambience were lovely. The snails were good. The duck was very overcooked and dry.
  5. SP

    SamPeck

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My endive salad was quite good but I was disappointed with the scallops. While they were cooked correctly, the butternut squash puree was cold and quite tasteless . They also did not offer bread nor was the waiter very attentive. This is a young restaurant so I will give it another try.
  6. SW

    SunshineW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is an incredible addition to Branford. The food was incredible and the service was wonderful. My husband and I shared the beet salad (AMAZING!), I had the duck as my entree (AMAZING!) and my husband has the steak, which he loved. The coffee flan like dessert was a wonderful conclusion to the meal. Everything was flavorful and priced perfectly. The restaurant’s atmosphere felt like you were stepping out of CT and into a small French cafe. We will absolutely be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We try to eat at OToulouse every other Thursday. The OToulouse salad is spectacular if you like Pate. My wife inhales their beat salad. And I could go on about their NY strip steak with fries, the amazing cauliflower risotto, scallops , ribs. None are matched by any Eastern Shore restaurant!! And the Minervois red wine…outstanding 👏🏻👏🏻
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious. Service was fine, not exceptional.
  9. BP

    BenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This great new restaurant serves the best French food on the shoreline. The owners are warm and welcoming, and we are quickly becoming regular patrons.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Second experience. Requested a somewhat isolated table and was pleased with our table. Some tables are extremely close together. Unpleasant. The food was good except the steak which I ordered rare was too thin to be prepared that way and wasn’t the best cut My martini was served and I wondered where the rest of it was!! Glass barely half full. For the price fill the coupe!! We really want to like this place. Will give it a third try soon.
  11. EJ

    ElissaJ

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was very, very good. Presentation of food was excellent and the staff was friendly & professional. Will definitely go back!
  12. KM

    KennethM

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience at a beautiful location!
  13. NR

    NancyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious but extremely loud - too much noise to return (all hard surfaces). And it wasn't even full! Would like to go for lunch next time...
  14. TO

    TODDY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The space is quaint, but inviting. The food was outstanding and the pairing of the meal with wine was superb. I even met one of the owners, with whom I practiced my French. The evening was magnificent.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, kind, attentive without being overbearing. Superb food, tasty and wonderfully presented, delicious flavor and texture combinations. We will be back soon!
  16. SB

    SuzanneB

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The service was horrific!! 25 minutes to be acknowledged. The bartender was also a server so drinks took another half hour!! Food was mediocre at best. Manager came to the table to swap out silverware but never said a word to us. Also froze to death by the door. Sorry not sorry for my review.
  17. KM

    KateM

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    There have been several different restaurants occupying this building over the years. This one has an opportunity to be the best and most successful. I met a friend here for dinner on a chilly foggy night. But the restaurant is warm and inviting. I am very happy they have decided to make their home in Branford.
  18. DK

    DeniseK

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Great potential. Night was a little off. Missing bartender and 1 wait staff. Sincere effort to have delighted customers.
  19. SR

    ScottR

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Otoulouse is a relatively new restaurant and still needs to work out some kinks. We went last night, Friday, at 8pm and it was very quiet, floor was maybe 1/2 full and we were given our choice of tables. My wife ordered a Manhattan and I got a glass of Sancerre. The wine pour was very standard and OK but my wife’s drink was almost laughable…it was MAYBE 1/4 full, more like a Manhattan shot than a cocktail. Our server, while very nice, seemed to be in a big hurry to move us along as well. She was looking for us to order as soon as she dropped our drinks…evidently there were a couple specials that she never told us about. We asked for a minute to look the menus and have our drinks (was also thinking that there would be some good bread and maybe salted butter coming….wrong! A French restaurant without bread???). The server reappeared in about five minutes to, again, move us along with ordering. We accommodated her and got the Beef Burgundy and Steak au poivre. Wine list was limited but well-priced and we got a very nice Bordeaux. She brought the wine immediately and poured us both a glass (we still had some of our cocktails left) without showing one of us the bottle or asking us to taste it. Nice girl but she needs some training. Food was OK…nothing bad nor great about it, pretty standard French bistro food. My wife didn’t finish hers and asked to have it wrapped, it never came back to the table (kitchen must have tossed it). Bill came right away and server tried to take it twice before I could even look at it, then they didn’t have proper change available when I paid in cash. Overall it seemed like they couldn’t wait to get us out of the place at 9:15 on a Friday night. Hopefully the couple that owns Otoulouse is able work through some of these basic issues (service, ‘cocktails’, etc…). It’s a great location and could be a really great add for shoreline dining.
  20. GC

    GuilfordCT

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was French Bistro- well presented and tasty. The service was professional; the atmosphere made you want to dig into the food. For the entrees, there were four or five choices we could have had- very unusual.
  21. A

    Adamfromhaddam

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed several appetizers and main dishes. We will be back.
  22. AT

    AdrienneT

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We were disappointed in being placed next to bar & emergency exit despite booking 2 1/2 weeks prior & res was for bench seating. It was for my wife’s birthday & we just moved here. Suggest stating that when booking or confirming that seating is changed.
  23. D

    Dinner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The atmosphere was quaint the tables, however, are a little too close together. The menu is minimal, if you are a vegan do not go to this restaurant. If you are a vegetarian again everything is beef or fish and there is one chicken dish. I think they need to expand their menu a little bit more. You will not get bread unless you ask for it The prices are average. The food was excellent. The wine list was very good they had a few cocktail specials. The staff was wonderful our waitress was very attentive. The owners were also very nice, I am at the wife to help me with my check she was very accommodating and pleasant. I would definitely go back and I would recommend it to a friend.
  24. BI

    BILLP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service parking tight
  25. EW

    ErinW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was hopeful this place would be great. The service was unimpressive and the food worse. The puff pasty on the escargot was tough and previously frozen. The bread arrived after the appetizers and was hard. The duck salad was meh. The airline chicken was not really that good. Will not be going back.
  26. l

    luci

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful night, food was delicious!
  27. EH

    ElizabethH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food was very good, as was service. My only complaints were that it was very noisy- even at 5:30pm with only 3 tables, and there needs to be some protection for diners from cold air when front door is opened.
  28. LP

    LisaP

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Would return for the food -- classically prepared with care and skill. The chef delivered our entrees himself! Service was spotty and slow, but all staff was friendly and helpful. Loved the confit duck entree and will next have the Boeuf Bourg and duck confit salad. Also appreciated the reasonably priced wine list.
  29. KN

    KirstenN

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely wonderful experience. The food was amazing, good wine and the chef and staff were fantastic. We found the prices very reasonable. We can't wait to return!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed meeting the chef.. great service.. great dining
  31. K

    Kerri

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My birthday dinner was awesome! The service and food extraordinary and the best is that Branford has a French restaurant. We will return many times if we can secure a reservation. I have a feeling a reservation will become difficult once word of this amazing foodie spot is known. Bravo, Bravo 👏 👏👏👏👏👏👏
  32. C

    Christian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic new restaurant. Our food was cooked perfectly to order. Everything was very tasty and staff was very accommodating and friendly. Highly recommend
  33. DB

    DougB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We went on their opening night so they had the standard, obvious opening night hiccups but Our waiter Grace took it all in stride and did a great job. Food was spectacular. Duck confit and short rib were some of the best we ever had. There’s been a lot of restaurants that have come and gone in Branford over the past few years and we really hope this one makes it.

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Ôtoulouse is rated 4.2 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Ôtoulouse

2 E Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3706

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Branford

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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