Ottolenghi Islington

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2555 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Ottolenghi Islington is both a restaurant and a deli. The restaurant is centred around two communal tables but there are a handful of tables for two. Reservations are taken only for dinner from 5:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch are walk in only. The restaurant is located opposite the Almeida and is a pre-theatre favourite.
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JJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food and great value house wine, lighting could have been a little brighter but it sufficed.

s
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing flavours

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

Very friendly staff and like the idea of long tables and the opportunity to meet others

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

Really met my expectations! Beautiful and very tasty plates of food.

b
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting dishes, beautifully cooked with a great wine list. Good service.

SG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love to Stay at the Restaurant in Islington, the Food was delicious and it was really a Highlight for us. we Highly recommend it.

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

better at lunchtime as the decor is rather sterile. Very pleasant and attentive staff

HB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Otto exceeded all our expectations. Tapas like menu. Easy to share. Every dish was prepared perfectly. Octopus tender. Eggplant just melts in your mouth. Service was very attentive. Seating was on a large, long table shared by many patrons.

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stylish but relaxed venue, with interesting flavoursome food and knowledgeable friendly staff

LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ottolenghi, the flavours are always amazing and the food always cooked just right.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are a big fan of Ottolenghi’s cook books so we decided we must visit his restaurant while visiting London. We loved every bit of the experience!

MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

I have always wanted to go to an Ottolenghi as it has such a good reputation. I have the Ottolenghi Simple recipe book and every thing I have made has been delicious. Unfortunately all my food choices (apart from dessert) were really disappointing on Saturday although the service was very good.

BK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience which was not as expensive as I anticipated. A great variety of starters and mains. We ordered 7 dishes between 4 of us. It was a real treat. The staff were helpful and friendly. An overall enjoyable London dining experience for all 4 of us who are from Melbourne, Australia. Thank you.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a modern ambiente. I will come again!

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My first visit to an Ottolenghi restaurant and was not disappointed. Excellent staff and amazing food.

SL
London
144 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable pre-theatre meal at Ottolenghi Islington - very good food with a great mix of tastes and textures. Tapas style allows you to really spread your options, although portions might have been a little more generous. Service was very friendly and helpful - taking us through the various options.

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dont normally eat anywhere as upmarket but a wonderful experience..great food,atmoshphere.Waitress exceptional.Got the cheapest bottle of red not keen on it
Highly recommended

DL
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Every dish was delicious. Our waiter was informative and considerate.
Great restaurant a must for anyone who lives or visits London.

CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food for a special night out. My favourite London restaurant

VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely evening. The staff were warm and friendly, very helpful. We definitely won't wait 15 years before returning!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was very good. Food was delicious, but not as good as in the past. The service was disappointingly indifferent.

AM
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Our wine waitress was very knowledgeable.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better than expected. Great fan of the recipes and certainly didn’t disappoint

SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An obligatory pilgrimage when in London. Magnificent food. There is nothing on the menu you din’t want to try. Great service. Excellent ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the service was brilliant. We didn't love the layout as you are very close up to other people and it's noisy.

s
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gritty spinach was the reason for a 4 star food comment, and the staff coping with a rude customer next to us was why there was another 4. Otherwise faultless thanks

c
London
19 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the usual fantastic Ottolenghi. Unusual flavours creatively put together and beautifully presented with great charming service.
only downside was a noisy group whose loud voices echoed round the hard surfaced room.

PS
Norfolk
12 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cleverly created dishes that deliver some of the most interesting combinations of flavours that I've encountered. Excellent service and the restaurant has a lively buzz. A fun ambience and great for people watching. Most seating is at large communal tables which is fine for me but maybe not everyone.

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always sheer bliss at Ottolenghi Islington and my last visit was no exception. This time the standout for me was a mackerel dish. I can't even remember what it was exactly: just that I was very, very sad when the plate was empty. Only 4 stars on this visit, though, because the service -- as friendly and well-informed as ever -- was unusually inattentive.

t
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great flavours and perfect portion sizes to share.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great selection on the menu and very helpful staff. Too much to choose from but nice to be able to order in a sharing fashion. Great birthday treat for my partner- was very much enjoyed by both of us.

ML
London
63 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d been looking forward to my meal at Ottolenghi for months. It’s a great place to eat before a theatre experience at the Almeida Theatre. The cold dishes at the front of the restaurant are all delicious and healthy. This time I tried the cured trout and the juniper infused watermelon. They were full of flavor and a very unique mix of flavors. Then I had the octopus hot dish and it was fantastic. The sweet corn, chili, and octopus had a great mix of textures and flavors on the palate. Excellent wine list and service as well. I hope to make Ottolenghi and the theatre a regular treat!

CF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a dream come true to learn that the Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem cookbooks we own, have a real place - Love the food so much, pricey for veggies, but paying for the experience .

f
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Really enjoyed the octopus and corn cakes

PZ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

gorgeous place, high level food wine at right price

AD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have all the cookbooks at home but this was my first time dining in, absolutely beautiful and definitely lived up to my expectations!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food great and tasty. So it should be at the prices

G
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner with family ..
Superb head waitress/ maitre d
Wine expensive.
Portions not large but superb quality food !
Loved it... want to return..

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful place, good food! Highly recommended Blablabla

H
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food served small plates style. Attentive and fast service. Expensive but expected price for Islington Upper Street.

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