Ottolenghi Islington

4.6
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2653 reviews
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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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just perfect - the food was delicious, with magnificent flavour and taste. The service was really good! And the dessert...the flourless coconut cake was to die for, no exaggeration!

ML
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great staff (watchful but not over-attentive), pressure free.

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, amazing food, we haven't been for quite a while will aim to get back soon, it is highly recommended

ES
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We regularly visit Ottolenghi when we travel to London and are never disappointed

c
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday experience, Ottolenghi always delivers

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Recommend to anyone! Would recommend three mains between two and the a dessert.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hospitality; Carolina was very helpful waitress and friendly. Delicious food and environment, would highly recommend

A
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was Lovely and very Good food!
Amazing was the dish With the mushrooms!

ZS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really calm atmosphere, sat in long benches with a few tables for two the restaurant is also a deli. It's a fairly casual set up and the waiting staff are very attentive. The choice of food is great and all brought out as sharing size plates and varying times. Would 100% recommend.

RM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Found the restaurant and food to be good service good however I just donot accept that the drinks need to be so over priced completely spoiled the experience.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great but food a bit of a let down. Fish was over salted and had way too much butter. Bitter asked was fine but underwhelming. Same for the mushroom dish. I’m an Ottolenghi fan but this meal was a big fail .

KU
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We enjoied a very pleasant evening. The service was great. Esp. the wine recommondation was extraordinary. If i would live here in London, this would be one of my favourite restaurants.

A
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are in London from New York and wanted to try restaurants in different city neighborhoods. Our experience was outstanding; it was a tasty eatery perfect for ore-theater dining.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have wanted to visit an Ottolenghi restaurant for some time - well worth the wait! Food was superb, service attentive but not too much, wine reasonably priced. Will definitely be going again.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the food, it was all delicious. The wine recommendation was spot on. Service was fantastic. Lovely evening with friends.

AW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

completely lived up to expectations.
Service was efficient without being overbearing;
Food outstanding
nice atmosphere
overall an excellent meal

EA
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The fennel starter was so hard it would have been better served with a saw to cut through it.
Squid main was absolutely tiny & incredibly salty.
Completely overpriced & overrated.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2 year anniversary x

NH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
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
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 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
47 reviews
Dined on 8 January 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
1 review
Dined on 7 January 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 7 January 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 6 January 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 6 January 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 3 January 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
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

LE
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Disappointing experience. Th

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 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 21 December 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 20 December 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
151 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 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 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

VH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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