Ottolenghi Spitalfields

4.5
1757 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Healthy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of Operation

Breakfast: Monday - Friday 8am - 12pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am- 12pm




Lunch: Monday - Friday 12pm - 3pm

Saturday: 12:15pm - 3pm

Sunday: 1:15 pm - 4pm




Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7247 1999
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
10 minutes walk to Liverpool Street station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1757 People Are Saying
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IC
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant, as ever. Inventive, well balanced & great value Sunday brunch.

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LD
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I've been and as good as the first. Can't recommend enough - especially for brunch. Have the shakshuka, delicious

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SM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff, lovely experience with interesting food. Will go again.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and we had wonderful service at our table. It was our first visit and we arrived about twenty minutes early thinking we could have a drink at the bar but were told by the female member of staff at the reception desk to go away for twenty minutes. She said we would find a nearby pub for a drink. All of us felt it was a very rude welcome. Thereafter all staff were attentive and kind.

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k
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Bit of a mixed review. The food itself was delicious (especially the vegetables - the butternut squash was stunning) but unfortunately the meal gave both myself and my friend a bad stomach. My friend said the kofte she got was cold so maybe it had been sitting around and not heated up properly. There was something off about the fish I had too, had a strange smell and weird texture. Really a shame as I thought ottolenghis was going to be a decent restaurant. For this reason I wouldn’t return.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the friendly welcome, to the cute waiter and eclectic menu, on to delicious food, and even a happily reasonable bill, this continues to be the place I most often recommend to out of town friends. My favorite!

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P
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with wonderful food. Friendly staff.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok, the service was better, it was overpriced for what we had.

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L
Kent
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at NOPI a few times and it is amazing so high expectations but slightly disappointed. My mistake for not looking but limited lunch menu. Service was mostly very good. Friend wished a happy birthday which was a nice touch. One lovely waiter but another not great and had to ask for wine list and then remind someone to take our order which then came after we had started eating.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food as always, love the many different tastes. Will definetely be back!

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CG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Service unfriendly and ambiance too nous. Food very good

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FO
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This was a special but small family dinner . The food and care of staff met and exceeded expectation .
However the staff to customer ratio meant that our waiter seemed stretched to be able to give us the attention he was inclined to give and we were time to time distracted by his lack of availability.

The noise level meant it was difficult to have normal intimate family table interaction and conversations without having repeat or make an effort to raise voices .

The tables are too close together. It was difficult to get up and pass between tables without disturbing other diners

These factors detract from the care and excellence of the food and wine and decor which are a delight

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LF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner with exquisitely prepared food. The service was well timed and generous. Great ambiance!

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FC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was like going to a reasonably good veggie restaurant and paying high end restaurant price.

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PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt attention from a very friendly & efficient waiter (Andrea). Superb vegetarian food, original, tasty. Innovative cocktails & wonderful range of breads with olive oil.
It was my wife's 60th birthday & she loved the whole experience!

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GH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great clean meal. Well worth the money, would recommend it to anyone wanting a great meal. Food was amazing

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P
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal with no disappointments, but quite expensive.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Das Essen war excellent. Wir hatten frittierte Muscheln, Auberginen mit Tomaten-Joghurtsauce, Lamm-Rindbällchen und gerillten Blumenkohl. Ich kann alles sehr empfehlen.
Der Service war sehr zuvorkommend. Kommen gerne wieder.

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a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ended up here our first night in London after I read the yelp reviews and we had an amazing meal.
The eggplant and beef and lamb koftas were the favorites. The house made focaccia was fantastic and we tried quite a few wines from their beautifully curated list of small wine makes from around Europe.
Meeting up with a friend who lives in London the next night he was amazed to hear that we had somehow found our way to his favorite restaurant without his guidance.
An absolute gem!

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I have been an Ottolenghi fan since forever but only via recipe books. This was my first meal in an Ottolenghi restaurant and I was not disappointed. The food was superb and the ambiance perfect. Unfortunately our server was quite hard to understand, more so for my hearing impaired friend.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always my treat when in London and definitely worth carving out two hours of my day ( with commuting to the place). Very creative menu and nice casual atmosphere. Exceptional cakes display :) Even if you did not plan on dessert, you will have one. Go for ingredients you do not know, it is worth the experience.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a relaxed environment with great, friendly service

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff are very helpful and friendly. Food is always so tasty at Ottolenghi and they have best tea and coffee!

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A
London
52 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really well spiced small plates of tapas type food - delicious.

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TV
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here because I've read a lot of nice things about this restaurant. I can tell you: it's a very nice restaurant indeed. The food was delicious and the staff was very kind. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to others.

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BS
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was perfect, but noise level hard for conversation

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited for lunch with my sister, we had a 6 week old baby with us. This was her first lunch out since before having him. The service was the real reason for writing this review. All of the staff were exceptional. They all looked genuinely happy to be working there and were so accommodating with our needs. Warm friendly service without being over the top. The food was tasty however a little pricey. I can overlook that as we had such a pleasant afternoon. Good work guys x

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PK
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I (we live in the Netherlands and are fans of Ottolenghi's cokbooks) had a really scrumptious lunch there last Sunday. It was a bit noisy (acousics could be improved) but otherwise we really enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely be recommending it to friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great visit my wife has all the books and really enjoyed the experience

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, interesting food with great flavours. Fabulous service and lots of atmosphere.

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MN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten twice at Ottolenghi in Islington, a long time ago. Spitalfields is quite different in style, but the food is equally stunning. The vibe is very relaxed and the dining room is modern and stylish. It was a very busy Saturday evening but even so the noise level was ok and the service was rapid and friendly. The food from the deli counter is to die for and very hard to decide on. The menu choices for "small plates" are wide enough for most tastes but not too extensive and therefore relatively easy to choose from. It was all absolutely delicious. The second trip to the deli, to choose puddings, was worth it. If we had just chosen from the card, we would probably have declined puds, but once you see them......

To us provincial folk the total meal cost struck us as expensive, but that didn't spoil our enjoyment. We would not hesitate to recommend Ottolenghi to anyone, but if you like Mediterranean/Lebanese style food it should be right at the top of your list.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm a long-time fan of Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbooks so have been keen to see how his food is prepared by the professionals. This restaurant did not disappoint. Service and atmosphere both good, but it's the food where this place excels - it is excellent food. The dishes really let their ingredients sing. Highly recommended.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It’s okay here, good value but not worth the hype. Service was good, food quite average.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Friday brunch. Food was fresh and delicious; and service and atmosphere were just right. A perfect escape from the busy city streets. I’d go every week if I could!

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LP
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and food. Average service.

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NR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You just can't go wrong. If you love veg, fresh flavours and attentive staff then go to Ottogolenghi.

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food- hake and quail from the kitchen were superb, but what really sets this restaurant apart is the vegetable side dishes and salads which are hero dishes in their own right. And I dare anyone not to be tempted by the cake and patisserie counter.

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JS
London
191 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came here for our Wedding Anniversary and to use a £50 gift voucher. It was very noisy but clearly a great buzz and very happy people. At lunch time, the noise level is far les intrusive. The food was excellent and our waiter wonderful. The staff seem to work very hard here to give the best customer experience, including the manager. You must try the goat cutlets if they have them and the deep fried mussels!

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DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb alternatives to the average breakfasts you get at most places (we had breakfast/ brunch) . Great ingredient combinations as ever.

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S
London
84 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favourite restaurant for a special occasion due to price but you get what you pay for.

Lots of fabulous flavours & a unique style.

Leave room for dessert, they’re gorgeous!

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