Ottolenghi Spitalfields

4.6
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2562 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Spitalfields is the latest Ottolenghi deli and restaurant to open and also, being able to sit up to 70 people, its largest. As well as table sitting, there is also communal bar which customers can dine at. For those on-the-go, Spitalfields also has a pack-to-order counter service as well as a grab-and-go fridge of ready-made sandwiches and salads.
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G
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavours to die for.

We absolutely love Ottolenghi - food and service are always outstanding and you can really taste the quality and freshness of the food. So many different ingredients used and the tastes are sensational. It’s not your average restaurant and the menu works slightly differently to normal ‘starter’’main’ ‘desert’ but high highly recommended. I would say it’s suited more to plant based diets as they’re isn’t a lot of meat on the menu, however everything is so delicious and cakes are a must have had the end!

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious and creative food in a comfortable environment. Small plates gave an opportunity to try quite a few things. We sat at the bar, which was fine, but not ideal. Noise level was fine. Cocktails were innovative but limited.

MP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The food was excellent. Only the noise level in the restaurant was so loud. Another thing was that personal was running around so it was not a relaxed dinner.
Atmosphere not good. Food excellent.

FG
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very kind staff
Answered to all questions
Timely service
Very good food

UL
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, warm atmosphere and very kind service. The food was of course delicious! :)

DA
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Lackluster service with an unattentive server.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Buzzy noisy and fun, we had a surprise lunch there- a first visit. The selection is quite narrow a hot main and two sides is a normal choice. Given O’s track record the vegetables are unsurprisingly to the fore. I was a little disappointed that all the (lovely) veg dishes were cold. The lamb fatteh was fantastic. We don’t normally do puddings but having them on display in the shop they were irresistible. All in a good experience but for the strange hot / cold mix and the rather limited range of choice particularly of mains.

RM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my first meal there . The food was delicious. The staff were very good and dealt very well when a child was running round heading out the door . I would definitely return .

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal! Went here with colleagues on a work trip. Lived up to all expectations. So amazing.

HM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great evening with great food; lovely vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant, plus the option of taking some treats home as well!

RU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bistro type restaurant serving lovely food. Drinks quite pricey.

GS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious special casual dining. A little rushed and very noisy.

M
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, tasty, just a shame they couldn't warm the veggie tart from the counter to go with the 2 salads as cold tart is not as nice as warmed up.
Service was friendly, efficient...overall good service and enjoyed my meal.

S
Montreal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We did not know that lunch wasn’t served until 12:00 (we had reservations at 11:30) and there was no indication when I booked. Consequently we were surprised when we got there and could only have the cold meals.

ME
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food is awesome. Nice taste combinations and good portions. However they work with 3 shifts on an evening and they asked us to leave because the next customers where waiting for our table. Unacceptable in my eyes.

SA
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed the foot but even though I booked well in advance for two for a special occasion, we still got a table right in the middle, so the atmosphere wasn’t great. Food was tasty but even though I’d alerted staff to the fact that we needed to get to an event, it came unbelievably spread out (and it was all from the ready made vegetarian menu, so no cooking time, too...) and so we were in a mad rush by the end. Everything was acceptable, but nothing more.

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was superb, and the service was attentive and convivial. Ambience is lively and elegantly warm. Fantastic goodies in the shop, especially the desserts and spices. A standout well worth repeat visits!

B
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was served as a pile of 3 salads on one plate.
To spicy.
Service was professional but nit so friendly

PC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wine and ambience but top marks for staff who you could not fault.

LW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. We had booked a table for 5pm which was accepted by the restaurant. When we arrived we were told that the kitchen only open at 5.30pm which was really annoying as we intentionally booked an early slot on our way to something else.

HJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Expected more from the breakfast. We went in at 8:00 in the morning. Ordered different kinds of breads but there was a problem with the oven. We got 1 pastrybread and had to divide it with the four of us. The food was simple but good, service we all agreed was poor.
Such a shame because the expectations were really high and we came all the way from the Netherlands to experience Ottolenghi.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday
Good food
Courtois staff

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Celebrating a very close friends 70th Birthday. Excellent service, food delicious and I will definitely recommend to friends.

s
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in London. Lots of veg options and many can be vegan.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We felt welcomed and informed about all the dishes available.

A great experience.

WA
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Busy, cosy restaurant. Delicious food. Waiter kindly brought me samples of rose wine before we ordered a glass.

i
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. A little pricey for lunch though.

HM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible lunch here on Sunday. Food and service was spot on. Worth a mention is that my wife ordered a cocktail which she didn’t like too much and the waitress couldn’t have been better about it, recommending another and sending it to the table for no cost.

JS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a bit disappointed we couldn't get a table and were seated at the bar. We shouldn't have worried. It was comfortable and we were very well looked after. The food was fantastic.

MD
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted this dinner to make something special (after all it was my 65th birthday). We ordered every dish on the menu and everything was very tasteful. Service was impeccable: spontaneous and correct. And as a dessert I got a little birthday cake for free. But - perhaps a minor quibble - pay attention to your bill: an extra "suggested" service fee of 12,5% was added without telling us at the moment of paying. We only noticed this afterwards.

WT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at an Ottolenghi, loved it. We have eaten at a similar restaurant in Brussels, so we were familiar with the concept, you build your own meal from the components on the menu. There’s a nibbles section starter section, and mains section, and then there’s the deserts! With some help from our waitress we chose from the non alcoholic cocktail menus with nibbles to go with them, olives, chillies with yoghurt and octopus. The octopus was the stand out plate from the nibbles. We chose a wide selection for the four of us, and we all tried everything on offer, much of it was vegetarian or vegan. Stand out were the prawns, butternut squash, cauliflower, beetroot and trout, but it was all very good. Once the first plates were delivered to our table, as soon as we finished some plates they were replaced with others from our selection. We finished with deserts, these are on show at the patisserie in the restaurant and portion size was very generous. We tried, Apple Cake, Carrot Cake, Coconut and Almond Cake and Rich Flourless Chocolate Torte, all served with creme anglaise and delicious. They trap we fell into was looking at the very reasonable prices per dish and not realising how much it would all add up to, but at £50 per head including service charge, very fair. The service was efficient and unobtrusive, I would certainly go again.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate at 4:45, the end of lunch service, so that probably explains the sketchy service and the fact that I the fish tasted like it had been sitting around for hours—fishy taste, dense texture. I did not eat more than a taste of it. The chickpeas were so-so. The carrots and the Aubergine kale dish were what I expect at Ottolenghi. Creative combinations, really delicious.
They did not have the wine we tasted and selected. The alternative was just okay.
We had high expectations so overall a bit disappointing.

K
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Would definitely recommend even though my partner and I had howling wind for the rest of the day.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I booked over the phone, as i was meeting three dear friends and wanted to be able to talk. The person who took the booking, said they would do their best to find a corner table. They did brillantly a corner and window table. We were told that the table was for one and half hours and I said any chance of stretching it to 2hrs and they did! We saw our waitress sneak a look at her watch but she was lovely and professional. After putting the word to rights with a belly of great and intriguing food, we were well happy!

CG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was, as always, exceptional! I found it a bit loud and distracting with other people around, but still quite enjoyable.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exemplary service. The restaurant couldn't help the weather!

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavours are amazing. Very different from your average restaurant. We dined at the bar which I would thoroughly recommend. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

KF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food as expected of Ottolenghi. Great salad selection, excellent flavours. Good if you have a Veggie friend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience sitting at the bar for dinner. The food was excellent and the service was great!

SM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and the staff all very helpful.