Ottolenghi Islington

4.5
2344 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Ottolenghi Islington is both a deli and restaurant, seating about 50 guests. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, however reservations are taken only for dinner from 5:30pm – try to make it extra early if you are planning on a weekend brunch. Most of the tables are communal but there are a handful of tables for two. The restaurant is located opposite the Almeida and is a pre-theatre favourite.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00pm and Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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Phone number
020 7288 1454
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Non-Smoking, Wine
What 2344 People Are Saying
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N
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

seating could be less cramped- I don’t mind the communal tables but the seats should be spaced out more.

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F
London
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to the hype, great service, delicious food I'll be back!

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MB
London
42 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is imaginative and delicious as you would expect. But this branch suffers in comparison with Spitalfields or Rovi because of the limitations of the narrow space, which has been filled with a long communal table. This is too wide for couples to comfortably sit across from each other, and the place settings are somewhat crowded. Combined with a preponderance of hard surfaces, and a clientele that can be a little self-important, you get a potentially very noisy atmosphere, rather at odds with the subtlety of the food. If you can get one of the few tables for two, fine, otherwise this branch is hard to wholeheartedly recommend.

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and I enjoyed the meal and experience very much The staff was friendly and the food was delicious.

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IC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

lovely food and worth the visit. If you don't like sharing the long tables then specify your own table when booking

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r
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottolenghi has been my favourite restaurant for years and it continues to be. I love it and the service is always absolutely brilliant.

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e
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casual, not too loud that you can't hear the person across from you. The communal tables aren't annoying as can happen in other restaurants, you aren't elbow to elbow. Just watch your knees if you get seated next to a table leg... I saw stars when I banged mine on it. Food... the veggies were the stars of the show, though the pork belly was a very close second! Our desserts were good ( we picked 3 different chocolate centric ones) but we all felt that they were a bit on the dry side. Overall, worth the trip to that side of town.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Ottolenghi Islington. The food was great and our server was really helpful and attentive. We will be returning.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Constantly diverse interesting flavours. Never disappointed

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OT
London
43 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved how fresh and delicious the food was, service was friendly and a lovely atmosphere

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f
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing ‘everyday’ about dining at Ottolenghi- always special and always delicious

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spoilt for choice of exquisite tasty dishes, ideal for sharing with fellow foodies. Second to none service in a chic setting. Definitely coming back for more.

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time I have been but thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful pre theatre dinner with 2 friends. Very helpful and friendly staff. An air conditioner above us was just too cool for comfort and it was adjusted immediately with a promise of a different table if it was was still a problem. It wasn't.
I have bought a number of Yotam's books and have enjoyed cooking from them all so I have been keen to try the real thing for a long time. It didn't disappoint and in fact exceeded my expectations. Will certainly make a return visit. Thank you to everyone for making our dining experience so enjoyable.

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BG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Efficient service.

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FF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went before going to Sadlers Wells - Food was great and service excellent...quite expensive when you take in to account the number of dishes/plates you need.

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e
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in all of London. Every time I've been here I've been delighted.

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AJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wish fulfilled - aleays wanted to visit and was not disappointed. Delicious food, great service and lively atmosphere.

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LE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this particular Ottolenghi restaurant and the food was, as always, phenomenal. Love the tapas style small plates to share, and the relaxed ambiance.

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AH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it. Food tastes great and looks fantastic. Nice attractive place to sit, good choices for wine. Would have liked possibility of an aperitif that wasn’t a g and t but small pony. Have give 4 overall since service slightly unconnected: given wrong menus 3 times and an extra glass of wine took a while. Mostly charming and friendly, though. Is I think my favourite north London restaurant

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G
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food excellent highly recommend as always service is excellent

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful, brilliant food creations. Nice wines.

Table and chairs are too low, and not so comfortable.

Visible atmosphere was OK, but noise was too much for our conversations.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff but not OTT. Natural and sincere.

Food as always was amazing. A real treat for a special occasion.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening, amazing food and great service what more could you ask for. Will be returning

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I know we are in London, but the value for money was not good.
For the size of the portions - tapas size - you will get better value for money elsewhere.

the low tables and chairs, whilst potentially contemporary, don't make for a great relaxed / conversational meal occasion.......must be designed to get the customers turned-over quickly!!

The staff were the best part of the total package.

won't be rushing back

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in lovely surroundings with very friendly and helpful staff. Thanks!

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z
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very relaxed and enjoyable meal . Lovely unusual combinations of flavour and texture . Absolutely beautiful delicate hake dish which was my favourite. Staff pleasant and attentive.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a lot of food intolerances so do not eat out much but if I do I need it to be excellent. Ottolenghi is always excellent. Each dish is made with love and no two dishes are the same. This is very high up on my list of favourites and each time I go, the dishes change and there are new and delectable treats on the menu.

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MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

To be honest this was not what I would call a great experience. All of the dishes I found to be very expensive, but a small piece of gem lettuce with some microscopic pieces of goats cheese at £9.80 took the biscuit.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's absolutely wonderful food, that makes what we eat on a day-to-day basis seem mediocre and hardly worth bothering with. I'll be practising the recipes at home.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really impressed by this place and right opposite the theatre too! I loved the stunning white decor, service was really friendly (even though we got stuck in traffic and were terribly late), wine was exceptional and the food was light, imaginative and delicious. More casual than I imagined but great for a local date night or pre/post theatre with friends.

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MH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a pre theatre meal. Lovely food and very good service

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ottolenghi is a great restaurant, elegant comfortable atmosphere with excellent food. Service was a tiny bit lax the night we were there - but overall a lovely evening out.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and very good service, the food was second to none.

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RH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, subtle flavours, good variety, very good service and cheerful interesting waitress. Perfect for the Almeida. And the price was fair.

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside it looks like a shop for lovely cakes but when you step in it looks like a marketplace where you can buy your food en sit down while it is cooked for you. And you want to come back for the food, what a taste, I had the vegatarian options and was surprised about the original taste.

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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Excellent food. Knowledgeable staff. Very uncomfortable seating!

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SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ottolenghi never disappoints. The cold starters were packed full of imaginative ingredients and the hot items from the menu were delicious. We have been before and the quality of food and service has not changed at all over the years we have been coming.

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JM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a great experience - food was delicious and service really good. Recommend for pre-theatre.

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WF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Simple products transformed into exquisite dishes. Just want to try them all.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onze 12 jarige huwelijks jubileum gevierd met heerlijke maaltijden

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