Ottolenghi Spitalfields

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2222 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 2222 People Are Saying
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ST
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Really great food and environment as usual - a little disappointed that the service wasn't up-to-scratch. There were times when there were no staff in the main dining area for some time. It seemed as if there weren't enough staff and the staff that were there were so busy, they were rushing when they were taking orders and delivering food or dealing with requests (for things like more water) - and they weren't so polite either. Our plates were left on our table for quite some time - I had to eventually ask for them to be taken away.

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IV
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Overpriced food, quality wasn't what we expected. Sardines + pesto tasted much too strong. Asparagus burnt. Green beans were undercooked en too salty. Lovely recipes, unfortunately the cooking wasn't what one expects for this price. Wines & cocktails weren't outstanding either. Service was lovely though, classy but with a little joke on the side :)

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

Very enjoyable trip for my bf's birthday. Delicious mains, esp those with smoke aubergine, and amazing cakes.

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

The waiter accidentally messed up our order. So mine came out first (it was still a bit of a wait) and my friends came out later. They were very apologetic and gave us free bread with jam and Nutella. However I can only eat rye bread so I couldn’t enjoy it. It’s surprising that they only serve one type of bread... It was a nice breakfast but the scrambled eggs were nothing special given the price and not much salmon..

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Way over priced, dices are small and menu is limited in offer

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h
London
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting food and great atmosphere, Ottolenghi Spitalfields is a great choice for a special occasion or get-together with friends

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DG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice but very pricey! Good attentive service though.

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

great food and service. Staff are always very nice

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MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great range of dishes with exciting ingredients ! Duck and plum croquettes were amazing!!

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fabulous. not so impressed with the selection of white wines by the glass, but will definitely visit again soon.

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K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our favorite spot to take guests who come to town, amazing service and variety of food!

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C
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, very happy that we finally know how Ottolenghi food should taste!
The only failure: my alcoholfree cocktail had not arrived when we got the food, whereas normally you would drink a cocktail before dinner... So unfortunately I canceled the order and I don't know what it tastes like.

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JD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall pleasant experience

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Ottolenghi could be my God, I love his way of cooking and it's incredible how someone can get so much flavour in every single bite.

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by knowledgable and friendly staff. Usual, to-be-expected by Ottolenghi, outstanding food on a reasonably priced and varied menu, especially when considering the quality, culinary skill and flavours produced. Great accompanying wine list, with some lesser known producers, matching the food well. Lovely ambiance in a lively yet not overpowering atmosphere. Overall, one of the best dining experiences in memory. Highly recommended.

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LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Amazing food?! What I like about Ottolenghi is the food is different from the norm, and all the better for it. Flavour combinations and ingredient combinations left me wondering but awesomely surprised. Highly recommended

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JP
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and helpful staff. Salads are divine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It’s was just ok. Actually disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was exceptional. The service was fairly marginal. We had to ask them several times to clear our plates, take our dessert order, and then when dessert came, they had mixed up two out of the five things we ordered. They additionally mixed up our coffee order.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch to celebrate my wife's birthday that included 2 glasses of champagne. We were seated at the bar under the large skylight. My vegetarian wife felt her scrambled tofu was the best brunch she had ever had. I had the Shakshuka which was excellent. The staff were very attentive and we had a memorable morning . Thank you Ottolenghi

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat next to YOTTAM!!!

Food was amazing and the service was top notch as well :D Thank you Claudia!

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LA
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely service, beautiful place and great coffee. Almond croissant was exceptional. However my food was very dissapointing. The corn polenta fritters were very under cooked and wet.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife's birthday. She's been vegetarian all her life. Ambience was great - proper without being rigidly starchy; service attentive without being oppressive and the food flavoursome and portion sizes appropriate. And they noted from my online booking it was a birthday and referred to the fact in their initial greeting without making a fuss about it.
Highly professional all round.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting from the United States and above other places to visit in London was dining at an Ottolenghi restaurant (we own four of his cookbooks and use them in regular rotation). The food was fabulous! Rich flavors but not overly done. Portions were perfect—even was able to take some home for later. Went with my husband and mother-in-law and we all had different dishes; lamb and kebab and croquettes were divine! Stopped by the bakery side before leaving and have lots of sweet treats to try.

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PM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was hohum. Deli side of things is amazing with a friendly attendant and wonderful offerings!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love!!!!! Doesn’t disappoint.

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CE
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is very healthy and am sure can be amazing but on the day we ate there it was really average, especially as a tart and two salads cost £20 plus service. The service was efficient and friendly in the end but started off quite patchy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only negative was we had a celiac in our party and you don’t serve any gluten free bread. Apart from that we had a great brunch!

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NM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were served two portions pretty quickly but were waiting for others to turn up far too long we ordered seven altogether). This was acknowledged to be fair and we were offered complimentary drinks but were so hungry that refused those.
Service charge was also deducted from the total so we were treated fairly I guess.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. The incredible selection of cakes was also a highlight. Would highly recommend to celebrate an occasion.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was overall a great experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. The service was amazing and the decor and the ambiance of the restaurant was just fantastic the food in my opinion was very nice, but I think it was at quite a high price point for what it was and the kebab was a little tough and overdone. I would most certainly recommend my friends to visit and sample the food themselves and loads of them have visited and disagree with me regarding the food maybe I might have
caught it on a bad day. But I don't think I'd return.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good choice of interesting dishes on the lunchtime menu and everything was delicious. The service was really friendly and there was no problem with a couple in our group wanting to share a single meal (some restaurants refuse to allow this)

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly tasty food in a smart but by no mean pretentious environment.

Highly recommended for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

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AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and impeccable service at Ottolenghi Spitalfields. So hard to choose from all the wonderful dishes on the menu but our delightful waiter assisted and chose perfect wines to complement our meal.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience here: nice interior, friendly staff and great food. Definitely worthed a visit when in London!

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MP
London
32 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

No, wouldn't recommend. Overpriced for very little food and apparently the burnt asparagus is 'charred'. Pretty rubbsh.

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NW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh food and great service in a very trendy part of London. Lots of vegetarian options. Great looking restaurant with staff that seem to want to be there. Not sure why I left it so long to go ! Would recommend booking as there were no free tables when we went. Slightly on the expensive side for me but well worth it for the food and service.

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TG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive service. Delicious food and cocktails. I especially loved the roasted padron peppers.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit . My 3 friends it was a first. We ate and smiled for the whole meal. Such a treat! Really like the informal atmosphere, and the lighting. Fabulous citrus white wine but too expensive for the meagre amount per glass. A couple of good budget wines by the bottle would be appreciated.

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S
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good but not as amazing as I remember. The portion size was incredibly small - 3 prawns for 14.50!

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