Ottolenghi Spitalfields

4.5
2089 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.

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 2089 People Are Saying
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GW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A meal with some interesting flavours, tried the sardines, aubergine and feta, plum and duck balls, Turkish dumplings. All delicious.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Mid afternoon late lunch for a friends birthday the food was excellent lovely atmosphere would definitely come again. Thank you for the cake too

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

Super friendly, super food no more words needed!!

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

Excellent food, brilliant staff and a great vibrant buzz about the place - I'll definitely be back!

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

This was my first visit to any of Ottolenghi's restaurants and the food and service exceeded my already high expectations. Wonderful.

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BR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It’s not that great. The recipes are really good, the menu is balanced. But the execution of it all is not at all that good. The kitchen, the waiters, and the bartenders are not aiming for perfection, and that, you can feel and taste.

What was great: meat, deserts
What was dissapointing: artichokes poorly selected and roasted, shrimps crumbly, waiters pushy, wine served too late

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my first time visiting an restaurant of Ottolenghi, i love it and I will come back soon.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great menu although some further explanation on it would definitely help, regarding the food and sharing plates.

Slightly slow service to begin with, but the staff were very friendly and helpful, I have already been back!

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GH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best meal we ever had in London. Very friendly service, very delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Very noisy and busy but service still good and we were left chatting at our table unhurried and unhassled which was such a treat. Will return no question.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A dream come true.
We've enjoyed our outstanding lunch,
loved the ambiance,
the service was great & spontaneous.
We had a very nice coctail to start
our lovely lunch but unfortunately
our food came before the drinks.
Otherwice we had a lovely time at Ottolenghi.
Thank you!

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our breakfast visit to Ottolenghi Spitalfields. The food was excellent and unusual. The service was very good and the waitstaff gave very good recommendations. Overall, we highly recommend coming here for a lovely brunch!

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GI
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would to have liked to have seen more of a range of desserts . felt there was a heavy reliance of cake which for me represents afternoon tea . Having said that - I will be back because of the outstanding food and service

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ID
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food! I’ll come back soon! The waiters are very nice even we have to wait for our plates.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good experience. Recipes are representative of the cooking books. Nice formula

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I have been going to Ottolenghi in Islington for years and loved the fresh exciting flavours and textures. I took a client to Liverpool Street and the experience was very very disappointing. I felt ashamed of my choice of restaurant. I ordered 3 salads which were all tasteless and bland. The tabbouleh seemed to have no herbs or spices, the green bean salad had one spinach leaf and no asparagus and again no flavour. The aubergine was tasteless and a greasy mess. I am so used to flavoursome food with great spices and herbs and this was nothing like it. My guest had sardines (actually one greasy half a sardine) and two salads. He didn’t eat either of them - his green beans were raw and tasteless. What has happened - I hope it’s not a case of expanding too quickly and becoming a poor franchise.

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SF
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary experience. Brilliantly choreographed by our attentive server, Andrea, we enjoyed a gastronomic masterclass ranging widely through meat, fish and vegetarian mezze before tucking away some deli treats for morning snack. Already planning to return.

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MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am loving these restaurants, every single one offers something slightly different but impeccable standards across them all.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening here, the food was good (though not a huge choice for meat eaters) the service was very good and there was a nice chilled vibe. I think it’s a great choice if you’re a mixed group of veggies and meat eaters, although there was a limited choice of meat dishes the ones that we had were absolutely delish

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Slightly disappointed today. Food so loaded on small plate most ended up on table with initial mouthfuls . Good flavours and interesting textures to salads. Chicken tough...possibly just unlucky as always great experience and staff lovely.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for lunch and enjoyed it very much. We were not in too much of a hurry but we were surprised to find that our main course took over 30 minutes to arrive. The bread and drinks came quickly but you would think that the relatively small number of main courses would not take so long even at a busy time. And the many salads could be prepared in advance.
Nonetheless, Ottolenghi is a god, so don't miss it.

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SG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. The only thing I don’t like is being told to vacate the table as they have a second lunch booking on our table.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very friendly and helpfull service. A bit noisy. I will definitely return to try other dishes!

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H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fab Food,Fab Service, Fab Evening
Really delicious food. We had the piedmont peppers with our drinks, then two 'starters' and two 'mains' to share. Everything was very good, I specially liked the celeriac - and I dont normally like that.
We occasionally have to work up in the city, and eating here, makes a 'long hard day' a treat to look forward to. We will be back !

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KO
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic and everything I expected after the rave reviews I’d heard.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great but hassled to rush and leave a tiny bit. We were told our table was needed but there were other tables available so seemed a bit odd - I’d not recommend if you wanted to stay and chat over drinks

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat visitor. Sensational experience - as always!

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JD
London
118 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic lunch with friends. My Sardines were fantastic and the accompanying salads were beautifully presented and were very tasty indeed. Great balance of flavours on what was a delicious, flavoursome and healthy lunch.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Ottolenghi Spitalfields for breakfast; ambience was lovely, buzzy but not loud and service was extremely welcoming, very helpful and happy wait staff. Breakfast food was lovely, small choice but good ones, different from the traditional with a twist. Will definitely recommend and will be going back.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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CS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dreaming of coming here and brought my friend along for a birthday treat.
It did not disappoint. The food and wine was subliminal- fresh and wining combinations. However what made it for us was the service we received from Claudia. She was attentive in exactly the right way, friendly, took care of us well and answered any questions with passion and insight. Thank you Claudia.

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WD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was incredible - tastiest food I've had in quite a long time. The only downside is the pricing really! It's a once every year or two occasion for sure.

The servers we very friendly, although super busy so didn't check in too much. They also forgot two of my orders, one I reminded them about and one I didn't.

Overall great experience.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderfull experience. When we come back to London, we come back to this place!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

I love Ottolenghi Spitalfields and go there regularly. However on this time the lady who seated us loudly complained that we had a pushchair with us which I had forgotten to detail in the reservation. We were then not offered a highchair for my daughter.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and great food. However, normally you cook Ottolengi in one taste category. The sharing idea of the restaurant results in an abondance of flavours. Also the time to eat is limited to 2 hours. I do not like that idea of a time limit on dining. Still, overall a great restaurant!

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GW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Most enjoyable food, wine and service, albeit a little expensive.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, awesome food! And even the coffee was good, you dont often experience that in good restaurants.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really fesh, simple food. I would certainly recommend to friends. Service was good and it wasn't overally busy or priced for what you get.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great but service wasn't very attentive.

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p
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good but it all arrived at the same time. Instead of being able to enjoy each dish we were forced to eat everything at once while it was hot and they were very different dishes and flavours so it ruined all of them. I felt like I should have ordered everything to go!

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