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Fine Dining at L'Ortolan

4.6
1979 reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary French
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L'Ortolan is a Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant with private dining rooms located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. L'Ortolan offers a relaxed and informal fine dining experience. Ithas just opened a Bistro in one of the dining rooms. L'Ortolan has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star, 3 AA rosettes & a place in the Sunday Times Top 20 restaurants in the UK in 2016. Head Chef James Greatorex's inspired menus include A la Carte (individually priced dishes) 7 Course Tasting Menu Gourmand (£79) and the 10 course Prestige Menu (£109) . Our Sommeliers are on hand to suggest the perfect wine or flight of wines to accompany your meal. L'Ortolan also has three private dining rooms. Our Bistro (NEST at L'Ortolan) has meals ranging from £15 per head.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1979 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Catchupwithfriends
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Compliant with COVID regulations that didn’t ruin ambience. Service excellent. Tasting menu delicious would recommend and will be back again.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with friends. Went for the 7 course tasting menu and accompanying wine. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating family 30th Birthdays. We all had the Menu Prestige which was amazing and the chef accommodated a food allergy with excellent alternatives. Fantastic way to try dishes you ordinarily might not have chosen and every course was well explained. My Daughter and I had the wine flight to accompany the menu and Marco, the Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Again we tried some wines we would otherwise never have considered. All in all a great evening, the staff were very attentive and coped brilliantly with all the Covid restrictions.

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TaraA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to experience a Michelin stared restaurant so treated myself to lunch at L'Ortolan. From the moment I arrived the team were attentive and made everything feel special.

The atmosphere was relaxing and the food was amazing. Each course was explained in detail by the waiter and built the anticipation for the first bite.

Every course was perfect and a true delight to eat.

I'd recommend L'Ortolan to anyone wanting to treat themselves or someone special

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Amble
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Despite the need to follow COVID avoidance rules the team service was fantastic and food was beautiful, as always

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Chocolate
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Staff courteous and attentive and the restaurant had a very nice atmosphere

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MarcusH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and great wines, the only things that has impacted the experience is the way the service has be delivered due to COVID-19 restrictions in restaurants. We were originally down for 7.30pm , after the 10pm curfew I brought it forward to 7pm but now wish we had booked for 6.30pm as the last fifteen minutes was slightly rushed, no fault of the staff just the curfew. So my advice is, if you go for the 7 course then allow a good amount of time.

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Woody
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable anniversary celebration. The tasting menu and paired wines were all excellent. We were in the conservatory, which was a little cool at first, but warmed up during the evening. Our anniversary was acknowledged with a chocolate message that made dessert particularly special.

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Gonefishing
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our problem with the service was not the serving waiters but the attitude prevalent when we stated that we did not have smartphones to read the online menus and wine list. The Maitre de was thereafter (in our view) somewhat condescending and appeared to treated us as plague victims to be viewed from a distance!

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SteveB313
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlatives abound - a wonderful experience. We had the Menu Gourmand - sublime, thoughtful cooking reflecting the season. Service was excellent, and supported by a particularly knowledgeable and helpful sommelier. The range of wines by the glass has some interesting bottles, and we recommend that you sample. A destination that is worth seeking out. We will be back soon.

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LucianaR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hello, we had a great meal at the restaurant. Really enjoyed the great food and service. I will definitely return to this gem.

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FD1asd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were slightly disappointed with our visit to L’Ortolan. There was a few elements we thought were just lacking. The decor was really tired and it looked like the last time it was refurbished was the early 2000’s. This is such a shame as the garden and the building, which is Grade II listed are stunning. From our table we could also smell the disinfectant from the loos!
The menus were very annoying as you had to download each one using the QR code (or go to the website) to view them. In total there was about 6 different menus to look at - all on your phone. We thought it cheapened the experience somewhat. An alternative way of doing this in relation to being Covid safe would have been to print the menus each morning and then recycle them after use.
The food and service was good. We could hardly hear what some of the waiters were saying behind the masks- although there’s not much that can be done about that right now.
Would we go again? Probably not. It just didn’t wow us.

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Nrkew
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Food was lovely, wine pairing to match. The service was good, probably bordering on intrusive at times as courses came and went very quickly. Biggest opportunity was to update the tired decor; threadbare carpets don’t do justice to the overall experience.

Would recommend and would return.

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PeterF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience.Wonderfull meal and attentive, unobstrusive service.
C19 protocols seamlessly applied.

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ChrisC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although individual courses were very small, there were seven of them, all delicious, plus an amuse bouche and petits fours, making it excellent value. We opted for the paired wines which were exceptional, generally biodynamic and/or organic.

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Moke
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the Premium taster menu (was fantastic, really). Didn’t go for the wine supplement as was driving (thankfully or would have broken the bank overall).

You do get what you pay for with a Michelin starred restaurant though - loved it.

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GregT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time but it won’t be our last. Thoroughly enjoyable evening. The food was exceptional, service faultless, I really cannot fault it.

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Helenw
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New chef James Greatorex is definitely bringing his own style to l'ortolan with a completely new menu. Very innovative, with unusual taste pairings which really worked - white chocolate and caviar?? - mindblowing. We have been eating here for a number of years (since Alan Murchison's days) but it feels like eating at a different restaurant. Looking forward to our next visit.

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AlexB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit to L’Ortolan. We chose the 10 course tasing menu. Overall the food was excellent. The two courses I found disappointing were the lobster (the salad/cucumber accompaniment didn’t really “do it” for us) and then the Burrata cheese course (we could have been eating any old piece of mozzarella - it was bland and nothing special at all).

Due to COVID, the waiters have to wear masks which is excellent BUT it is not easy to hear the detailed description of the dishes with masks and many of the waiting staff had strong accents. As such it would have been appreciated to have a simple printed menu with details, as opposed to a QR code taking us to a top level menu online. We recently went to The Waterside in a day and we had a menu with details to take home.

Would I go back? Yes but, as there are so many other places to try, it won’t be for a while.

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BernadetteD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food..decor was slightly old fashioned and needed updating. But food was delicious.

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PeterOConnor
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sommelier- appreciated his recommendations and the food was excellent!

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Curly
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable taster menu, very attentive refined service as you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Super Wine pairings with a fascinating story behind each choice.

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Gillian
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dishes were exquisitely presented and delicious and the waiters were extremely Knowledgeable and attentive. I would definitely recommend L’Ortolan fine dining for special occasions as you feel thoroughly spoiled.

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CraigD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Having heard a lot about the restaurant I was keen to give it a go as both my partner and I are keen foodies. The presentation and ambiance was at first glance a little underwhelming the room we were seated in lacked colour making it a bit sterile. Having said that we had a large table and plenty of space and though close to the door it was not distracting.

As this was our first time we went for the prestige menu with accompanying wines. The appetisers seemed elegant and tasty and when the wine came I liked the explanation about why it was picked from the sommelier. Having said that the first two wines were extremely sweet which surprised us a little as it rather tainted our palette, they were also Romanian. Whilst I except good wines do come from this region a 2019 vintage is hardly sophisticated and also surprising given the vibe that was promoted was a ‘proud to be French’ one.

In general I expected to find some courses I liked and others I was less fond of however sadly for me the latter was more often the case. The execution was often a little sub par for instance the lobster was beautifully dressed but ruined by a slightly stale bit of fish, though my partners seemed fresher so maybe I was un lucky. The grouse tasted like it was made of salt rather than cooked in it and a number of courses had battered parts which also suffered the same salty fate. For a quality establishment this was a poor delivery I felt. There were also a number of courses that randomly had what appeared to be a musli adaptation. Often this overwhelmed flavour and felt a little unnecessary.

The service was good although pace at times was a little slow, we were there for over four hours which resulted in a little restlessness however the servers did seem to adapt delivery depending on if myself or partner was at the table.

Unfortunately this story does not have a happy ending for us, in fact we even cancelled the last course as there seemed no sense in continuing. Sad

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Foodies
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was very good. The wine and champagne was excellent with the food. Would love to try pairing with the wines. The only dish we were not too keen on was the scallop with sweet corn. Others were excellent.

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Cjohnj
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A really good meal, wine, service etc. In particular the service was great. There is an inherent problem not just with this restaurant but others I’ve visited since coming out of lockdown. It is that with such complex cooking when the servers explain the dishes whilst wearing masks, you can’t always understand they’re saying. It’s not their fault but it is a problem for diners and if you are paying circa £150 per head you’d certainly like to know what’s going on with your dish. Obviously we’ve all got to adapt to things but maybe a little explanatory note with each dish might help? Just a thought. However great meal and great to see them back!

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AliceG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Amazing wine suggestions and the food was superb. Highly recommend the Lamb! Slightly quiet when we arrived but the ambience built the longer we were there

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Birthdaygirl
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere with More space between tables Which feels nicer than before covid . Attentive yet not intrusive staff.
Sometimes hard to understand the waiters / sommelier whilst wearing masks but happy to repeat.
Fantastic food as always .thoroughly recommend

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Rolycat
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

In the past the tasting menu has been exactly to our liking and taste. This time, although the food looked lovely, two of the courses would not have been what
I would have chosen. We accept the menu is subject to change. There was an extra dessert which was delicious so it is very much a matter of luck.It is all about tasting so a very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and service once again!

GW
GillianW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday meal. All precautions are being taken, but not obtrusive. Food as good as always, with some really amazing flavours. Great to be back!

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richardf
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food in a relaxing environment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening

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KimW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was our second visit . The wine flight was great but the set menu was average . We have been before and it was excellent . This time we were disappointed.

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SallyG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we are in this awful Covid time the restaurant did very well. We asked for adjustments to two courses which they happily made and the food was, as always, very good.

The restaurant was comfortably full and service at table excellent. It would have been nice to have had some subtle quiet music playing perhaps but all in all a lovely evening for our anniversary. The sommelier did a fabulous job as we had one wine flight between us because we were driving home, and we found a great new Austrian white. The paired wines enhanced the meal and we found the sommeliers information very interesting. Lovely evening. Thank you l’Ortolan.

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GraceW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we booked this a few months ago there was a set lunch menu which was a reasonable price. When we arrived, this had been taken off the menu so we left and did not eat here! We were disappointed this had not been communicated to us.

MJ
MaureenJ
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the food and the service. It was extra special because
we were taken upstairs and had a lovely room all to ourselves with personal service.
The tasting menu was delicious. Thank you L’Ortolan.

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Gusia
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch - the seven course tasting menu with paired wines. Delicious!
Altogether a fantastic way to celebrate my friends belated birthday.

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GeorgeS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent with top-grade service. Bring your mobile as there are no paper menus.

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jerm
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets! Superb food superbly cooked and presented.
Love the new menu in the Nest.

FAQs

Fine Dining at L'Ortolan offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 988 8500.

Fine Dining at L'Ortolan is rated 4.6 stars by 1979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.