Ottolenghi Spitalfields

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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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Mainz
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great breakfast, a lovely and caring service, who was a bit too present, and a nice atmosphere. But the best thing is the new taste you get when you aren't used to real Ottolenghi-food!

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

Fantastic experience. Friendly attentive service, great food. Felt a little expensive for lunch.

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

Sehr viel Lärm bei gut besetztem Lokal. Schadet der Ambiance. Zu laut.

Die neue Gestaltung der Räume farblich hübsch, gut.

Mobiliar: Die Stühle sind zum Teil abgenutzt und zerschliessen. :-(

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

Superb and delicious breakfast, a laid-back atmosphere and good service, I relly do love it there!

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

I really appreciated the food! And good advice regarding the number/ amount of dishes to be ordered. Great experience

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

Recommended by a very dear friend of mine, Ottolenghi Spitalfields was everything I expected it to be - and more. Foodies of all walks of the Joie-de-Vivre tradition, this is a must-have experience!

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is great but everything is too spicy. If you want to eat anything lighter, it is not the best place to go. Waiters are very attentive and helpful. Good drinks and good dessert.

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

Delicious food as always, good variety of mains and creative salads for lunch . Staff catered for dairy, gluten and garlic food intolerances offering a much smaller choice of menu but equally as delicious lunch. Interesting cocktails offered and good wine choices. A lovely experience.

AH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was lovely and I would go back for that but waiting over 15 mins for a table you’ve booked and having to stand like a lemon in the doorway is incredibly poor service. Sort it out please and ensure you have some room at the bar!

s
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service that really made us feel welcome and added to our evening. Samples of wine were offered to make sure we chose to our tasting. Will be booking again.

HD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sehr gute Auberginen. Fantastischer Schokoladenkuchen. Fleisch und Fisch gibt es, aber angesichts der guten Gemüsegerichte braucht man das nicht. Sehr raffinierte Gewürze. Wein auch gut, aberwie oft in London teuer.
Ich würde wieder hingehen.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I'm a big Ottolenghi fan and just found this one really disappointing. Food was dry and not the fresh vibrant produce and dishes that you associate with Ottolenghi.

B
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and delicious food. Really lovely evening.

TC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not been before and will go again... Loved how healthy it is

GW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best meal we’ve had in years ! We even went back for breakfast fully recommend and such value too ! Can’t wait to go back

H
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great attentive service. Cakes were incredible!

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

We visited for my Daughters birthday & were really looking forward to our meal. Everything was wonderful & exceeded our expectations. The food was lovely & our waitress was brilliant, well informed & very helpful. We will be back & will definitely visit your other restaurants.

VS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A poetic journey through an enchanting world of savours and tastes.

GB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Too much noise, too many staff running around, too rushed. Did not have the feeling being out and have an relaxed dinner.

KC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food as ever. Though a busy lunchtime made service a little rushed.

AR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively ambiance, interesting food, very nice desserts, great service.

b
London
52 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Obviously the food was delicious, and the recommended number of dishes to order was more than enough. Staff lovely, restaurant simple but smart interior. It's very, very loud in there with no soft furnishings so it can be a bit overwhelming (my older lunch companion struggled to hear conversation over the noise). But overall a great experience and cannot wait to return.

KM
Portland
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Was really excited to experience Ottolenghi. Staff was very friendly however the four dishes we ordered tasted quite the same. Wish someone would have advised us differently or there was more variety in texture and flavors used. Beautiful ambiance . Great wine selection.

AN
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great but the place seemed to be packed with screaming babies which ruined the ambiance s little.

PV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. Nice mix of clientele and staff who seem to enjoy working there.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Tasty food and decent service. The lighting was good and the temperature was just nice. Some bread was complimentary.
The value of main course was poor as it was more expensive but had no side. The cocktails were a little hit and miss. Worst part was the deafening noise from other tables partly due to absent sound modulation built into the decor (lots of hard reflective surfaces!) so it was difficult to hear others clearly so people were shouting.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fantastic food. Shame no skimmed milk

RJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The breakfast I had at this restaurant made me question my life choices. Beautiful! The standards in this restaurant are exemplary, could not ask for more on any level.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. 6 share plates between 3 people was perfect. Plus delicious desserts!

MH
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed. I’ve cooked from the recipe books and loved the results, but the food at Ottolenghi Spitalfields seemed ordinary to me, as if it had been cooked by someone who was disinterested or just going through the motions. Especially at that price it didn’t seem worth it.

OS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great as was the service. There was a little bit too much noise.
I would definitely come again

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Leider sehr schwierige Raumakustik..
Aber das Essen ist eine wunderbare Inspiration für Augen und Geschmackssinn

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b
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing 10/10
Such great food and wine
Just 🤩

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We ordered four dishes to come in succession. In fact, we received one then waited too long and then the final three came at the same time. Also we were told we should order three dishes each. In actuality, our four dishes was too much.

GA
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I went for lunch with my husband. The food was wonderful, the cocktails were excellent and we left with a bag of goodies from the counter. The only slight disappointment was inattentive staff - they were very busy. But, we were left waiting at the door and for dessert menus/bill for a bit longer than expected, but overall it was great and we will definitely return.

O
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

A lot of joy can be had from the food, but the portions are small and the bill is large. Three friends on Sunday for lunch, no drinks (£62 + automatically added 12.5% service of £8)

Then we come to that service, best described as inconsistent. When you finally attract attention, you'll possibly be delt with in an upbeat, positive fashion... or requests such as "the bill" and "can we pay it" are hugely inconvenient to staff, and the time they take to be fulfilled (22 minutes total) can remove any goodwill generated by the food.

The tip being paid in cash generated a similar level of distain from the waiter (we tipped £3 not £8 for the above mentioned reasons).

Better options can be had in the area, unfortunately I doubt I will return again

LD
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was marvellous! Outstanding food and perfect service ! We come surely back !

T
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I met up at Ottolenghi for sunday brunch - the polenta cakes with guacamole were absolutely delicious and perfectly complemented by some smoked salmon on the side! I could not fault the whole experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Second time at this restaurant in the past month; first time was wonderful so we booked again. Unfortunately, the service was quite poor with staff seemingly not interested in us. It was fairly late and perhaps they had been working for quite some time but still need to pay attention to customers. The food was good so we still had a pleasant evening but service should be much better in a restaurant of this standard. We will go back and, hopefully, have a better experience.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Honestly, I was disappointed... As appealing as Ottolenghi's books are, so disappointing was this restaurant. The food came almost immediately with the aperitif, and although the dishes were mostly delicious, the food was clearly not freshly made. All dishes display-cold or lukewarm.
Table decoration: no placemats, nothing fancy, same plate and cutlery for all dishes, so at the end everything tasted the same.

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