Fine Dining at L'Ortolan

4.6
2005 reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary French
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. 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.
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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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2005 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and the menu was great.

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ClaireC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Usual wonderful food experience, heaters and rugs were a nice touch. Service was great - can't wait for the restaurant to open up again so we can dine inside.

CM
CarolineM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience yet again, menu choices and food superb, attention from staff just right and even blankets to keep warm. Coming again.

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MarkA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food from a restricted menu and great service.

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LucyE
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have eaten out in over a year, and the food was outstanding! Could not fault anything! From the service to feeling spaced out with the restrictions!
Definitely go there again

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ClaireT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic visit to L'Ortolan where we dined in the new al fresco environment. Top food as usual

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ChristopherH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a truly fantastic experience. The Terrace is a beautiful location to sit outside and have superb food. We had the small plates option and the quality and variety was top class. Starting with oysters which were delicious, followed by the antipasti platter which was a treat. Followed this up with the escargot which were tender and melt in the mouth, a great baked Camembert with truffle, arancini and a glorious steak tartare. Washed down with orange wine and cocktails. As an experience the total of £120 was tremendous value. The staff were helpful, polite and very personable. Cannot recommend highly enough and we will be back.

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CarolC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a lovely setting. Couldn’t imagine a better first outing.

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VanessaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal on the outdoor terrace - service very attentive and food delicious. Tempura vegetables were especially interesting and delicious. Great place for a treat.

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JoannaK
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had Sunday lunch in the new outdoor patio area and it was lovely. Very relaxing ambiance and great food.

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Paer
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Even in the middle of the pandemic, L'Ortolan managed to deliver a great birthday-lunch last week with very good food and brilliant service.

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VictoriaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere, lovely surroundings on their new terrace. Heaters in the awning and a couple of stand alone heaters, plus blankets. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. Food was superb as usual - different to their normal menu, but very suited to the alfresco dining. Great local beer selection. Overall a lovely, relaxed lunch.

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MichaelM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

As a first outing post lockdown it is hard to be critical. However the service was slow, very slow. The food whilst nice was not close to Michelin star level and the only potatoes on offer were two varieties of French fries.

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dorysquishy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality of food and service especially given the circumstances of about to move to Tier 3. Can’t thank the staff enough

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SteveM
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been a few times over the years and it has been a little hit and miss, but we really enjoyed our meal on 18/12/20. The restaurant was Covid-secure, staff were on fine form, and the cooking was the best we have had at L'Ortolan. The potato, fish and pudding (pear-based) courses really stood out, and we enjoyed some excellent wine (a Hungarian white, recommended by the sommelier, was extremely good). The venison course was a little disappointing but otherwise a really good evening. Thanks

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TherapyEm
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted on our return to L'Ortolan by the wonderful staff who remembered us and made us feel very special. The service was faultless, friendly, informative and we couldn't want for anything. The food as before was exceptional, The Gourmand menu paired with mocktails for me as a non drinker it was a sublime. I was made to feel as special as the drinkers who get to learn all about their beverages from the sommeliers choice...I had a selection of wonderful blends of teas, fruits, cream, non alcoholic herbals all put together by the award winning cocktail creator there. Much better than the usual tall inelegant glass with soda and lime that I usually receive in restaurants.
We were thoroughly spoiled....hours of exquisite food, great service...highly recommended.

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Debbie
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing lunch. Thank you to All the team

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Helenw
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sorry to see Chef Tom Clarke leave earlier this year as we had many wonderful meals at l'Ortolan. However, Chef James Greatorex is bringing a unique and very different flair to the food. Arctic Char, caviar and white chocolate? Absolutely delicious and this is just the start of a superb culinary journey through the new menus. The mushroom ravioli is to die for and we were sorry that it wasn't on the menu this week; please reinstate it. This restaurant is definitely heading for at least a 2 star status.

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had a L’Ortolan, and I have been going for 34 years through all the different chefs. I am a pescatarian and every course was excellent.

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Aaaaaaa
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A real Saturday lunchtime treat - would normally have booked for the evening, but limited availability meant we could only get lunchtime. But actually enjoyed it more

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SophiaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place, great food and wine. Wine pairing is outstanding

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robbiedog69
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual Christmas trip to L'Ortolan. As usual we weren't disappointed. Great food, wine & service. We opted for the Menu Gormand with accompanying wines. Not cheap but very enjoyable. Overall great experience!

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Susie
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's a great experience to dine in a fine dining establishment, and the service was friendly and informal. We sampled the vegetarian and vegan menus, with a sommelier who introduced us to a range of wines and made some excellent pairings. The vegetaran and vegan menus were delicious and presented with care. However they lacked nutritional value ( most important in vegan and vegetarian cooking) and imagination . There was no use of nuts or seeds, no special oils used for dressing, and no beans or pulses. There was little imagination with the vegetable used, three of my courses involved celeriac, there are many more vegetables that would make the experience more interesting. It would have been a good opportunity to introduce homemade vegan cheese, but no such luck.

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vipDonaldM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal pre lockdown. We have booked another table here for when things re-open

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cskitchin
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Generally speaking a lovely meal. Decided to pay extra for fresh truffle on a dish which was as flavoursome as grated cardboard which was a shame. Very expensive so, although lovely, perhaps not value for money when taken as a whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service , fabulous food . It’s a real treat to dine there . The staff are so welcoming , they make it a special night .
They were aware it was our wedding anniversary and delivered a beautiful suprise with our dessert course.
Nothing was too much trouble

. I’m looking forward to our next visit .
Thank you

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AndrewF
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the 7 course tasting menu, with accompanying wines. The food was excellent, the wines were good and the sommelier had great knowledge.

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Catchupwithfriends
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
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 on 23 October 2020
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 on 23 October 2020
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 on 23 October 2020
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
10 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.

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 2005 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.