Ottolenghi Islington

4.6
2487 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Ottolenghi Islington is both a deli and restaurant, seating about 50 guests. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, however reservations are taken only for dinner from 5:30pm – try to make it extra early if you are planning on a weekend brunch. Most of the tables are communal but there are a handful of tables for two. The restaurant is located opposite the Almeida and is a pre-theatre favourite.
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CC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and fabulous service - just as good as it was when it first opened more than 15 years ago, if not better.

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EH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Great range of dishes and flavour combinations! Delicious!

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

The essence of a 5 Star restaurant is all about atmosphere plus ambiance. You know the cuisine will be outstanding so can it create a unique experience in which to eat that food? Ottalenghi’s sure can. We’ll be back for sure!!

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JD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, atmosphere a bit hectic, especially at share tables. The aubergine was great and so too the flourless chocolate cake which is the best I’ve tried. Overall a fine dining experience.

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SK
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As we live near by, we tried at least 15 different sweets from their sweet corner. This was our first visit there for a date night. Although they did not have our reservation (I guess due to technical issue), they did their best to accommodate us. Excellent high-quality food, very friendly and well informed staff, cozy atmosphere. Vibrant and busy restaurant that it's a must to be visited. Reservations are recommended as the place is very popular (now we are 100% sure why:-) Respect, Ottolenghi Team!

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SN
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am a big fan so was not surprised at the quality of the food however a couple of interesting dishes. I had never eaten celeriac and will definitely copy this dish, roasted squares of celeriac with cheese and herbs was a wonderful combination of textures and flavours. I had also never eaten goat (having avoided the stringy spit roast version in the Middle East), however the slow roasted goat with lentils was tender and wonderfully spiced. We took home desert in the form of a chocolate cherry baba and a sumptuous carrot cake. We also bought some tahini to try and found it to be lighter than the one we usually use and very very tasty. We will be back for more ...

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BJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around.
We had two seafood dishes and four vegetable based. The green bean and pineapple salad was the stand out winner.
All very good.
Service was the best I’d had anywhere in a long time.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality of the food and the unique preparations

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WS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service impeccable. Bravo.

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VK
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was mostly good--mainly the kitchen dishes were fabulous, and the counter dishes were hit-and-miss. We sat at the communal table, which was pleasant enough, but the high noise level and great distance between myself and my dining partner made speaking difficult. I really enjoyed the pork belly and cabbage dishes, as well as the aubergine counter dish. I was in the mood for chocolate, so got the flourless chocolate fondant cake--yum! The bread was also fantastic, as was my glass of Baladi wine.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent food matched with a lovely ME wine. Never disappoints

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JG
London
18 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fab place for great food and great wine.

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LT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in London - the staff are always super-friendly, the menu is always full of unusual flavours that never disappoint, and the wine list has the usual choices plus plenty of more unusual choices.

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ML
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Fair prices. Highly recommended 👍

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BB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We traveled from Manchester especially to dine there. It was a treat for my birthday. It exceeded my expectations in every way . I wish I could eat there frequently.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. Thanks for excellent food and very friendly service.

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M
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ottolenghi is a small brightly lit restaurant, and most of the diners share the long central table. Although we were a party of six, we were shoulder to shoulder to the next group, which might have been annoying but actually it added to the general light hearted mood.
Ordering food is a somewhat complex operation as almost all the dishes are for sharing, and supposedly of starter size - though I'd say they were more generous than that. The very knowledgable waiter suggested we order two or three per person. This took the price per person before wine to around £40, which might seem high considering half the menu consists of already prepared cold vegetarian assemblies. However the cold vegetarian assemblies were all delicious, very much the equal of the carnivorous alternatives. The perfect place to go then, if your party is a mixture of carnivores, fishivores, veggies and vegans. With our food we drank the cheapest white wine, a fresh and zingy white Rioja at around £25. Ottolenghi is set known for his cookery book,s containing receipts that are harder to replicate than one would think. It was a pleasure to taste the food as the chef imagines it.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I believe this is one of the smallest of the Ottolenghi venues, with one large communal table down the middle and a few tables for two down the sides. The night we went it was very busy and service was a bit slow — my husband waited nearly 20 minutes for a beer and when it arrived it was warm. However the food and wine list meets Ottolenghi's high standards. We had an excellent sea bream and shared several vegetable dishes, all so delicious you want to linger over every bite. The desserts are not to be missed — save room.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

They didn’t have our booking despite my Open Table confirmation. We waited for 15 minutes while they arranged a table. We were then under pressure to finish our meal to allow for walk in customers.

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ES
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Tables are quite close together so not a lot of room, also means it is loud. Food makes up for it!

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CG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is as you’d expect outstandingly tasty. Fresh ingredients, imaginatively put together, beautiful to look at. Small portions though and it’s not cheap. Not sure about the long tables. If you’re looking for a romantic meal or private conversation book a small table at the side.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As is typical, this meal was delicious, interesting and exquisitely delivered. Of special note was the aubergine, the roast celeriac and the Bethlehem, Jerusalem originated white wine (beautifully explained to us by the female sommelier). A special evening meal.......again!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The staff are friendly however have a certain attitude of snobbism that you find in the fashion circle. It was surprising because it is a hospitality service and not fashion show. The food was tasty and the service was tasty. I asked if they would debone my sea bream but they were strictly negative in their firm response- another strange attitude for a restaurant service. A third strange issue when I was served ‘natural wine’ when the menu didn’t alert me that the wine was ‘natural’ - one stage of the wine juice before it becomes wine.... when I brought it up with the server, she was quick to challenge me on the wine being organic, biodynamic but didn’t say ‘natural’ on the bottle label- surprisingly, she went on to bring the bottle to show me the writing to further challenge me- it ended when I asked her to remove the glass that I won’t be drinking and that I knew enough about wines to have already decided it was a natural wine- I loved the grilled fish I expected a bit more from everything else on the menu but really loved the bread. I loved he decor and their flower arrangements everywhere. This is a very fashionable place and all in all I do recommend it. I felt that the restaurant sommelier can top up his wine glass serving- I could swear it didn’t add to 3 ounces per glass.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each year I visit Otto Lenghi Upper Street and I'm always positive suprised how pleasant it is.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal and evening at Ottolenghi Islington. Fabulous service and delicious food. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special night out. It is communal eating, we had an early booking, we also had a 12 month old in a high chair, but felt like we had our own table. Candles make the room and table look high class. We ordered several dishes to share, which gave us a chance to sample a variety of food.

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A
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting flavours. Fresh and light. Loved the food.

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S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing food. So fresh, so tasty, the flavours marry together so well.
The staff were friendly, attentive and seemed to have a genuine passion for the food.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good quality of food, healthy, tasty and reasonably priced. The service was excellent! A great place to go with a small group of friends and share some tapas with some really good wine!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food lacked a bit of flavour. Otherwise nice experience.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special evening.The service was good and the staff friendly.The food was well presented and very flavoursome.The ambience was intimate and casual.Overall it was an outstanding night.

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HK
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the atmosphere. We have three of his recipe books and wanted to try the restaurant. A great night

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, the communal dining always invites conversation

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IC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, really nice venue !
Will definitely come again.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

From NZ and long time follower of Ottolenghi.
Didn't appreciate booking was for communal table- disappointed. Hard to talk for special occasion. Food good- relatively expensive.

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K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottolenghi has changed the way I cook and look at food. Ottolenghi is my favorite restaurant in the world, bar none.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Islington! Great food and atmosphere. Very created vegetarian dishes as well.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and amazing service, we'll be back soon !

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food from an interesting menu. Helpful and friendly service.

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

We loved it! 5 different tastes in food and 2 on special diets. All had a wonderful time

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Ottolenghi food is excellent with good texture and food combinations and exciting innovations like pickled pineapple with green beans. Booking was clear and easy online but limited availability at short notice as it is such a famous cuisine. Service was friendly but slow and difficult to catch the waiter, and we didnt get everything we asked for. Eating space is clinical and noisy and unless you sit at the bar quite a distance between self and partner across the shared long table. I would buy recipe books or use the deli take out but not eat in again at Angel venue.

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