Ottolenghi Spitalfields

4.5
2022 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 2022 People Are Saying
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JS
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Sunday lunch but arrived while breakfast was still being served. So we had some excellent salads and wine until the hot lunch was available. Great food. Well worth the wait. I will book a table at the right time next time which will be very soon. Service was very good.

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PL
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic evening . Sumptuous food and professional and friendly staff.

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T
London
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent brunch. Food was all delicious. Packed restaurant, so very loud - need some noise absorbing panels on the ceiling to stop the sound echoing around the room so much.
All the food items ordered were delicious - bread board with the incredible halva Danish. Corn cakes (could do with one more poached egg - was unable to order extra as the kitchen had moved on to lunch, our table was about 25 mins late due to the previous guests not leaving on time). Fried gallium dish also very tasty. I had the shakshuka which was delicious (perhaps offer with some chilli oil on the side to kick up the heat. Great flavours.
Purchased a bunch of cakes and food to take away from the shop also.

Our only disapppintment was the staff. No one, from the Maitre D to table staff to store staff was warm or remotely welcoming. They all looked incredibly flustered and rushed off their feet. Not once did someone come back to the table to ask if everything was ok, or if we needed more water or drinks. Had to ask for assistance at least 4/5 times during the meal - I assume staff are so busy doing the basics they have no time to pay any attention to the paying customers.

I had made another booking for a few weeks time, but have now cancelled as I was so disappointed by the service. Can't fault the food, but the staff levels need to be increased so that some semblance of Service can be added in. Or perhaps just a heart to heart from the Restaurant Manager, who is clearly oblivious to this issue or is not making this a part of the ethos at Ottolenghi.

This place is not cheap, so I expect decent and friendly service. If not, stop adding the automatic 12.5% to the bill as a service charge.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Interesting place. Nice options on both the breakfast and the lunch menu, some of the ordinary stuff you got everywhere and some much more unique. The lunch menu got really good and interesting salads options that you can also take home. Great deserts to go as well. Why the 3 stars - acoustics are terrible, when the place is full (and it's not that big, around 20 small tables) you can't hear yourself think. We also waiting around 30 mins for our mains and no one for the restaurant though that's wrong. Portions are a bit small, but actually they are the right side and every where else is just too big.

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f
London
135 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great drinks, friendly service

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HR
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rude front of house staff. Complete disregard for customers. Would not visit again

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

We love ottolenghi’s books. For this reason we went to habe a dinner there. We expected a very good food but that didn’t happened. Details like wine temperature wasn’t controlled, the time between first and principal was very long. We think it’s a industrial restaurant

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

Recommended but vat is not included in the price. To be aware of.

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

Amazing food. I would recommend to anyone seeking unusaual tasty food. Portions are generous.
We were at the end of a communal table and noise levels are so high that it was difficult to hear each other. Only complaint preventing a five stars...

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

Fantastic food, great quality produce and really imaginative flavours. Beautiful combinations and well thought out. Could easily have stayed all day and grazed the whole counter.
Reasonably priced, £77 for two but that was without alcohol so still fairly pricey in my world.
However, lovely birthday lunch. Service was friendly and relaxed. One waitress really didn’t want to be there but wasn’t rude, just didn’t seem that concerned with much.
Have recommended to my friends and have my Ottolenghi cook book at the ready.

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KR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Australia, I'm an Ottolenghi fan & my evening dining experience was everything I was hoping it would be.

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

Great welcome and great service. I felt the salads on offer didn’t really compliment the salmon, the cauliflower salad was not to my liking and the harissa flavour was to hot. In my view a tasty green salad would have been a nice alternative.

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ME
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely friendly family atmosphere amongst the beautiful looking team. Food was obviously amazing!

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

Well presented small plates of delicious food - not so small that we didn't feel satisfied at the end of our salad plates and main course!

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic - fresh, flavorful, not heavy while being substantive and filling in the most delightful way. They were extremely accommodating of my friends allergies (gluten, dairy and soy - so not easy) and modified dishes for her - and they still tasted splendid. Desserts were above and beyond. A feast for the eyes and the stomach.

Service, as mentioned above, was great for the most part. Sometimes a bit inattentive but we were early in the evening and it was never detracting from the experience. We were able to book last minute but were late and we weren't given a hard time for this.

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EI
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite places to go with friends and family if and when nobody can make a decision on what to eat! Food consistently superb, service always friendly and efficient without being overbearing - love it

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff and great atmosphere

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C
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is amazing, but the restaurant is too small and it seems the place is understaffed. The waiters were great but they couldn't handle everyone in the restaurant.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food experience and great service. Every dish is cook to a high standard and using fresh and good quality ingredients

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RL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A mémorable culinair and enjoyable experience! Challenging kitchen and relaxed atmosphere.

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Maybe our expectations where to high?
-service to much in ‘up selling’ mode and rushed
-a column of very cold air from the elevator or air conditioning
-the temperature of the food was not optimal, cold dishes to cold, warm dishes not warm enough
-dishes where tastefull but not surprising, we miss especially fresh flavour accents in the compositions

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food that catered for my Coeliac disease and therefore gluten free diet wonderfully

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for 1st time experience. We followed up with breakfast the following day.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch and had a booking for 4.00pm but we turned up much earlier and a table was found for us.
The food and ambiance in the restaurant was great. Would definitely recommend.

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SL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love this place - great for a casual lunch or dinner. Food is always good and such good value.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is wonderfully tasty - our second visit but not as impressive as a year ago - notably in terms of choice on menu and presentation lacked the 'wow' we had first time around. Maybe it's just the seasonal change - hope it's not coming off the boil?

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only mishap was that we had to wait for our table for 15 mins even though we were on time and the got kicked off our table before the 2hours were over as the next guests had arrived. We were seated at the bar for dessert which is not great for a 4ppl business dinner...

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding every time! Great for sharing and vegetarian food

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DK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch experience and lovely service.
Food was good

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GB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely brilliant. It exceeded my expectations which were high to begin with. I can't wait to try the other restaurants in the group.

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ES
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great service and wonderful ambience. Mouthwatering selection of delicious cakes too. Will definitely again!

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DR
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a lunch here with my friend. The service was excellent, we were unsure on which wine to choose, but the waitress kindly let us sample a few before we made our decision. The food was really good, and I would definitely recommend it.

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OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food , just made it before 4 when the hot food finished . Food really tasty and the staff are friendly and attentive. Koftas fantastic would order lots of different salads to share as a group next as they were all so nice

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FW
Mainz
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very friendly and thoughtful, the food delicious!

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J
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed with dinner which we had been looking forward to since we enjoy the recipes from the Simple cookbook. The portions were small and over priced. Our lamb dish was inedible as the meat was so tough - however we were not charged for it. The waiters should concern that we had not really enjoyed our dinner and gave us a complimentary dessert .

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is honest, kind and personal! Wine was very good but most of all the food.. I have lived in London for already 6 months and my dinner at Ottolenghi Spitalfields and Nopi have been the best so far!

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I loved being able to try so many different dishes, meant I didn’t just have to choose one as they all looked so good.

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TO
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was incredible, every taste beautifully and ingeniously combined.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On the whole beautiful, interesting and well-presented food. The aubergine salad was disappointing but otherwise we very much enjoyed our meal. The staff were polished but indifferent and our waitress did not smile once.

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Ottolenghi in Spitalfields for the first time (despite it being just round the corner to the office) with a colleague for lunch and a gossip. I've been to the Islington restaurant a couple of times so the food and style is pretty familiar - main plus salads or a selection of salads. I had the grilled sardines while my colleague had the quail, both with a couple of excellent and filling salads with great dressings. We also had a couple of really zingy and fresh non-alcoholic cocktails (well it was a work day lunch) and a coffee to finish. It's a modern room clean and functional rather than chintzy style and filled with city folk. Service was good, and the food quick which is great when time is short. All the dishes were really well seasoned as you would expect from Ottolenghi and I'd certainly go back for more.

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