Ottolenghi Islington

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2535 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely evening. The staff were warm and friendly, very helpful. We definitely won't wait 15 years before returning!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was very good. Food was delicious, but not as good as in the past. The service was disappointingly indifferent.

AM
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Our wine waitress was very knowledgeable.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better than expected. Great fan of the recipes and certainly didn’t disappoint

SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An obligatory pilgrimage when in London. Magnificent food. There is nothing on the menu you din’t want to try. Great service. Excellent ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the service was brilliant. We didn't love the layout as you are very close up to other people and it's noisy.

s
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gritty spinach was the reason for a 4 star food comment, and the staff coping with a rude customer next to us was why there was another 4. Otherwise faultless thanks

c
London
19 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the usual fantastic Ottolenghi. Unusual flavours creatively put together and beautifully presented with great charming service.
only downside was a noisy group whose loud voices echoed round the hard surfaced room.

PS
Norfolk
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cleverly created dishes that deliver some of the most interesting combinations of flavours that I've encountered. Excellent service and the restaurant has a lively buzz. A fun ambience and great for people watching. Most seating is at large communal tables which is fine for me but maybe not everyone.

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always sheer bliss at Ottolenghi Islington and my last visit was no exception. This time the standout for me was a mackerel dish. I can't even remember what it was exactly: just that I was very, very sad when the plate was empty. Only 4 stars on this visit, though, because the service -- as friendly and well-informed as ever -- was unusually inattentive.

t
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great flavours and perfect portion sizes to share.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great selection on the menu and very helpful staff. Too much to choose from but nice to be able to order in a sharing fashion. Great birthday treat for my partner- was very much enjoyed by both of us.

ML
London
62 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d been looking forward to my meal at Ottolenghi for months. It’s a great place to eat before a theatre experience at the Almeida Theatre. The cold dishes at the front of the restaurant are all delicious and healthy. This time I tried the cured trout and the juniper infused watermelon. They were full of flavor and a very unique mix of flavors. Then I had the octopus hot dish and it was fantastic. The sweet corn, chili, and octopus had a great mix of textures and flavors on the palate. Excellent wine list and service as well. I hope to make Ottolenghi and the theatre a regular treat!

CF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a dream come true to learn that the Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem cookbooks we own, have a real place - Love the food so much, pricey for veggies, but paying for the experience .

f
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Really enjoyed the octopus and corn cakes

PZ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

gorgeous place, high level food wine at right price

AD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have all the cookbooks at home but this was my first time dining in, absolutely beautiful and definitely lived up to my expectations!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food great and tasty. So it should be at the prices

G
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner with family ..
Superb head waitress/ maitre d
Wine expensive.
Portions not large but superb quality food !
Loved it... want to return..

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful place, good food! Highly recommended Blablabla

H
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food served small plates style. Attentive and fast service. Expensive but expected price for Islington Upper Street.

MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heavenly exquisite food; the creativity and use of a variety of spices brings everything up a notch. Highly recommend dining here to be included in your “must-see” places in England.

h
London
32 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, a popular chef, I think a little hype over quality, but a simple tasty dinner.

JK
London
75 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As ever, a very pleasant meal. Some of the dishes surprise at how sparse they are for the price (£12 for a single courgette) but one the whole it’s delicious.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at ottolenghi! Amy made our experience unforgettable! And what a delicious meal, she also helped us to pair the perfect wine x

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Initially the service was attentive and then became less so as the evening progressed but it was always polite and friendly.

The food was ok without being special. Beware the hot plates all arrive together. We had three plates for two diners meaning that the final plate was cold by the time you get to it.

I pointed this out to staff but nothing was done. No offer to reheat. Just a shrug.

Desserts were excellent.

LS
London
23 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The choice on the menu is minimal. The dishes look and sound sophisticated, but the taste is far from being special. The place is crowded and noisy and the waiters, albeit polite and supporting, do not warn you about specific contents of the dishes ordered. I asked for a dish with aubergines and I got a dish with no aubergines but an aubergine oil sauce ! I ordered a cake defined as "tea cake" , but it was far from what the term meant and the waiters agreed with that ! Very disappointed !

PC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Amy was brilliant as a host. Ambience was relaxed and easy. Food was amazing with wonderful taste sensations.

PD
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always Ottolenghi never disappoints. A fantastic venue with amazing food. If you've never experienced you are missing out!

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic food, so many flavours, unbelievable

SM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I'm a student doing research in London and I wanted to come to Ottolenghi as a splurge on one really good meal. I was quite disappointed by what I received. The eggplant was nearly tasteless, as though it had just been boiled and served up. The courgettes were good, but the portion was quite small, and even though I was told that two dishes would probably be enough, I left the restaurant feeling hungry. The service and vibe of the place were good though, no complaints there.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was pretty loud and I struggled to hear my friend across from me. Vegan options are limited it atmosphere is nice

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, unexpected taste sensations! Very cosy intimate atmosphere and personable staff! A bit on the expensive side but well worth it!

NS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food......................................

S
Dorset
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Ottolenghi. Excellent food and service and made new friends on our table!

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were helpful and friendly . Food was excellent and generally a really good vibe

d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is amazing and the price is good. This is the second or third time we've been and we are always happy with food and service. The flavours and ingredients are always interesting and his cookbooks are our absolute favourites.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful evening

M
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Very noisy, it was quite stressing having dinner in that situation . Service was perfect, and dessert was fantastic, but the rest of plates were average and small. Honestly, I was expecting more

M
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had aubergine and octopus and both dishes were so good. I had the most friendly waiter who explained me the Islington concept and who wasn't pushy to make me order things. I am sure I will eat there again when I am in London, as it is also affordable, but i would like to try the other Ottolenghi restaurants too.

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