Ottolenghi Islington

4.6
2467 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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ES
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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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C
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was excellent - one of the best meals we've ever had. We had the roasted beetroot and roasted aubergine salads - both excellent and easy to share. We then had two hot dishes - pork belly with plum sauce and slow-roasted goat with lentils - the latter was the best of the four dishes. The pork belly was okay but we would probably not order again. The waiter suggested an excellent white wine that paired well with all of the dishes - Falerio DOP Oris Bianco 2018. Wish we could eat here every night!

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

We ordered four dishes to share. The first dish arrived, then it was five minutes until the next arrived, then another 15 before the final two. It meant we couldn’t enjoy any of it together and whilst it was delicious given the amount it cost it wasn’t quite the lovely meal we were expecting.

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LS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service a little intrusive.

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SD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food was delicious. Staff was nice, however, the service was slightly disjointed.
Not cheap, but definitely not absurd.
All in all, I really enjoyed my time, and would be interested to try other Ottolenghi locations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is amazing, staff is quite knowledgeable and will help you put together a tailored dining experience. Service is a bit slow sometimes — it took us a while to leave.

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j
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was polished and personal. The booking system had informed staff of my dietary requirements in advance so we felt welcome and known.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was poor. The seating is at a long table and too noisy. The food was ordinary. The hot food hardly hot. The price expensive. Such a pity. It was good once

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ME
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this. My guest is a huge fan. The only slight thing was that my guest found it a bit noisy.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Riding on the reputation of their cookbooks, the restaurant didn't disappoint, but it was pricey.
The food overall was really great, but I found it overpriced. Especially the green bean dish which was outrageously expensive in my opinion for something so simple, and of such a small serving.
In general, I found the servings were on the small side and didn't quite stack up to the price, though some of the flavours and textures were incredible!
Service was mixed. Some waiters engaged well, others were almost impossible to hear because they spoke so softly and did not go beyond providing just adequate service.
The decor was interesting but the chairs not so comfortable..
There are plenty of other great restaurants without the hype tax.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant, food was incredible and services was lovely. Slightly on the pricey side but quality was great. Sometimes a little hard to hear my dining partner over the din but also that is attributed to how popular the place is. Would thoroughly recommend.

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G
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Whilst the interior is pleasing to the eye, the food is in my opinion well below par. As a vegetarian I was happy to see vegetarian options and having got the cookbooks was expecting an explosion of flavour - alas, this was not to be. We ordered a total of 4 dishes and were bitterly disappointed. There was no balance of flavours and one dish was heavy on the salt. The cooking techniques seemed to be common with no level of expertise apparent. We skipped dessert as we did not hold out any high hopes for it and did not wish to prolong our negative experience. The bill for the quality of food was not reflective. I have had better food, service and ambience at other restaurants and would not return here.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious food, great wine, amazing service. Thanks for a lovely evening!

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JG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, helpful and good explanations of the menu, great food and wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night out and the food was healthy as well as really delicious

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service, but still hungry.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, waiters were great and you didn’t feel rushed. Mains aren’t big portions but to be expected I suppose. Cakes are very expensive! Focus on the mains. Wine was expensive but very good. Overall recommended as food is delicious.

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h
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Ate with a larger group pre-theatre. Enjoyed both a selection of the warm dishes and cold dishes. Recommend the aubergine dish and the cauliflower. Several of us were lukewarm about the hake and mussels. Overall good time

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E
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner at Ottolenghi. Refreshing and creative flavours to all dishes and very attentive service.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food and service
Rather noisy and space fairly small - more sp[ace between customers would be even better
One thing to consider- those chairs look trendy but they really are not comfortable

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