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About L'Ortolan

L'Ortolan is a Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant with private dining rooms located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. Housed within a beautiful Grade Two listed vicarage L'Ortolan offers a relaxed & informal fine dining experience. L'Ortolan has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star for the fifteenth consecutive year, 3 AA rosettes & a place in the Sunday Times Top 20 restaurants in the UK in 2016. Head Chef Tom Clarke's inspired menus include Menu du Jour (£30 - £35 lunch only), A la Carte (£58 - £65), 7 Course Gourmand Tasting Menu (£75) and the 10 course Surprise Menu (£105) as well as seasonal offers and wine tasting dinners. Our Sommeliers are on hand to suggest the perfect wine or flight of wines to accompany your meal. L'Ortolan also has a Chef's Table & three private dining rooms. For an alternative L'Ortolan experience guests are able to join the kitchen team and be a chef for a day with a "Chef's Experience".

Church Lane
Shinfield, Berkshire RG2 9BY
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:

LUNCH:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 02:00PM

DINNER:
Tuesday - Thursday: 07:00PM - 08:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 07:00PM - 09:00PM

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
0118 988 8500

Website:
http://www.lortolan.com/

Catering:
"Michelin at Home" experience available on request.

Parking Details:
We have a private car park located within the restaurant grounds We also offer disabled parking immediately in front of the restaurant.

Public Transport:
TRAIN :
Reading is easily accessible from London, just half an hour by train. L'Ortolan is a 10 minute taxi ride from Reading station.

BUS:
Routes 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Tom Clarke

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Chef Masterclasses and Wine Dinners take place regularly. We also have three private dining rooms available with no additional room hire charge for corporate meetings or private functions. Please call 0118 988 8500 or see www.lortolan.com for more information.

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For those extra special occasions, you can enjoy Tom Clarke's innovative Michelin starred cuisine in the exclusivity of your own private dining room – all with no room hire charge. Entertain and impress prospective clients or catch up with colleagues, friends or family in a private setting.

L'Ortolan Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (108)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Creative Cuisine (74)
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Tasting Menu (73)
Fit for Foodies (71)
Notable Wine List (57)
Quiet Conversation (55)
Romance (55)
Lunch (50)
Worth the Drive (50)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Good for a Date (42)
Business Meals (29)
Authentic (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Seasonal (19)
Neighbourhood Gem (17)
Cosy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Group Bookings (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Scenic View (8)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Casual (2)
People Watching (2)
Brunch (1)
Child Friendly (1)
Fun (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful as always, L’Ortolan exceeds expectations. Delicious food, fantastic service, amazing wine (recommendations from the sommelier are always excellent). A truly special and memorable dining experience. Thank you!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Scenic View, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Surrey)·Dined 3 days ago

Exceptional service and amazing food. The staff are warm and friendly and extremely knowledgeable

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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value4

 
·Dined on 11 January 2018

Excellent from the Pre lunch Cocktails to the Sweet. The food is presented in a modern and stylish way and offered superb tastes throughout. The waiting staff could not have been more attentive and the ambience most comfortable. Highly recommended and it was a truly wonderful dining experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 3 January 2018

I cannot fault this wonderful resterant. The food is divine - we had the 7 course taster menu - and marvelled over every course. The staff are extremely professional and also quite funny which means a really relaxed, but special atmosphere.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Hampshire)·Dined on 18 December 2017

Very nice. Attentive and very helpful and fun staff. Beautiful food with so much art and love put into each bite. Beautiful surroundings

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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 December 2017

Very close to perfect. Nine diners with everything eaten!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Berkshire)·Dined on 11 December 2017

A lovely Xmas lunch with my best friend

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food5
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Took my partner for a surprise birthday meal and had the 10 course surprise taster menu with wine. The food was exquisite with amazing wines that complemented each dish. The staff were attentive and very friendly giving the impression that nothing was too much hassle for them. Needless to say my partner had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 30 November 2017

I took my parents for a Christmas treat and had a wonderful time. The set lunch menu is great value and the staff are so attentive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value4

 
 (Surrey)·Dined on 23 November 2017

Despite my being soya intolerant, and not wanting a chocolate dessert of any kind, they managed to accommodate my needs.

The waiters and waitresses were courteous to a point, and the food was served remarkably quickly given the preparation work involved.

I decided to try a cocktail and was not disappointed by that either.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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food4
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service5
value5

 
·Dined on 22 November 2017

Lovely food and impeccable service. The lunch was great value for money, will be back to try the chefs tasting menu!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

Thank you for a fantastic evening, everything was absolutely amazing - I would love to come back if I had enough dosh! Definitely a special occasion restaurant,

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Warwickshire)·Dined on 15 November 2017

Food was delicious, great presentation and staff very attentive

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 11 November 2017

By far the best restaurant we have been to recently, we had the gourmand menu and the food was amazing. Two of our party had the vegetarian menu and the restaurant were also flexible in changing some courses. None of us could fault anything and we will hopefully return...........

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 10 November 2017

This was a wonderful meal out. The service was fantastic, and the food was exceptional and the wine list was extensive.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Fabulous, delicious food, best I’ve had in a long time. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 November 2017

This was an outstanding meal! The food was interesting, beautiful and delicious. Without exception. We had the tasting menu which was very reasonable too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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food4
ambience4
service5
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

A lovely fine dining experience and nice opportunity to try new foods. I had a beautiful hen egg and spinach ravioli with black truffles and other accompaniments, followed by a lovely gnocchi dish with tempura cauliflower. My husband had grouse for his main. They resourced a vegetarian equivalent to parmesan for me. And acknowledged their wine list is a working progress with more clarity for vegetarian and vegan wines. At the start of each course was a full description of everything contained within the dish so we weren't left baffled what we were trying. A very good price for lunch. A lovely light conservatory lounge area prior to being seated for our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 27 October 2017

extraordinary place for gourmets in an unexpected little village accessible from M4. definitely worth the drive. next time I will book a very private kitchen tasting with the sous chef, if possible.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Surrey)·Dined on 27 October 2017

I booked this restaurant last year then cancelled when Le Manoir became available. I took my son this year for his 18th birthday lunch. Oh I wish I had come before! The food was wonderful and the service was exemplary and I will definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Fantastic quality food at a reasonable price in my opinion. We went for the 10 course surprise menu which was excellent and made to perfection. I would definitely recommend this as somewhere to eat for a special occasion or for some proper fine dining.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Brighton)·Dined on 21 October 2017

L’Ortalan is always excellent and never disappoints. Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. First class.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 19 October 2017

Lovely location. Very attentive knowledgable staff. Sommelier was thoughtful. Amazing tasting dishes. If it wasn't for the wine being so expensive it would be great value.
However the ambience was not right. Too bright. The gentleman next to me unfortunately had the bright spot light bouncing off his head. It must have been off putting for his companion. The bar has a cosy feeling. You could sit there for hours. The conservatory area could do with a revamp.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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food5
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service5
value4

 
·Dined on 17 October 2017

We had previously only been here for evening bookings so was not sure what to expect with their lunch menus. We were pleasantly surprised that there was a 6 course taster menu which was reasonably priced. Food was delicious and service friendly and helpful. Where you need to be careful is with the "optional extras".....a single glass of wine each, coffees to finish and an aperitif and we pretty much doubled the bill. For us it was a special occasion and an afternoon of being spoiled, and worth it, just highlighting so not caught out ;-)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Berkshire)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Brilliant service and food! We really enjoyed the chef's surprise 10 course meal which was fantastically complimented by the wine for every course. The evening was memorable and the service impeccable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on 27 September 2017

I am always amazed at the taste combinations they come up with, beautifully presented as you would expect of a fine dining restaurant experience. Staff were wonderfully polite and attentive. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 September 2017

We went to l'Ortolan to celebrate my birthday and it did not disappoint! This was our first visit but the restaurant is famous in the area so it was an easy choice. The food was exquisite - we often dine out but l'Ortolan is definitely at the top of the list for us now. Service was faultless and the atmosphere-very classy. I would highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 22 September 2017

My sister and decided to go to l'Ortolan for lunch especially as we have heard so many good things about it. We were not dissapointed. We went for the menu du jour and the food was exquisite and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back again to try the tasting menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 8 September 2017

Eating at L'Ortolan is a real experience. Each dish is a work of art, and the table service is excellent. The food is complex and delicious, worthy of the Michelin star. I went for the flight of wines with the food, which was an intense experience. In retrospect, I should have chosen one good glass of wine to accompany my meal, because this would have enabled me to focus on the food more - but this is just because I am not very good with alcohol!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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service5
value4

 
·Dined on 6 September 2017

Really great staff, lovely food and brilliant setting

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 2 September 2017

From start to finish, an outstanding experience. Each plate (of which there were 10, from canapés to cheese) plus the sommelier matched wines were well presented, cooked perfectly and explained clearly. Thank you

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·Dined on 31 August 2017

Simply perfect from start to finish. I can honestly say, I could not have imagined better. The attention to detail and the wonderful service, were the icing on the cake to what was a stunning meal. We had a birthday lunch here and a very good value £42 for 3 courses and a glass of champagne. I will certainly be coming back to try the tasting menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Another excellent meal and a perfect balance of attention and privacy by the waiters. Recommend the cheese course very well appointed and excellent knowledge by the server.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 29 August 2017

Very tasty! All the courses were excellent and the amuse bouche were a nice addition. Staff were very friendly and knowledgable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 24 August 2017

Always a great experience here. Very posh venue but without the stuffiness

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·Dined on 16 August 2017

What an amazing place tucked away down country lanes but very sophisticated. Great feel to the place, excellent wine list and menu options. Catered for my food allergies at very short notice. The food was very well presented and tasty. The local pale ale was excellent as well - I'm particularly keen on supporting local businesses and this was a great choice.
Service was friendly, knowledgable and at a relaxed pace.
All the way through our visit we felt well-attended to without being harassed. Listened to without being patronised.

A very enjoyable evening and experience and have already started recommending to everyone I meet.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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ambience4
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·Dined on 8 August 2017

We wanted a special occasion to celebrate a wedding anniversary, it ticked all the boxes

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 8 August 2017

My wife and I had a lovely lunch here as a treat after we returned from our summer holiday. The food is always excellent here and we weren't disappointed. We had a nice corner table in the conservatory next to the garden, which made the whole experience a delight.

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Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 8 August 2017

Whenever we have a special event, we choose L'Ortolan whenever possible, in this case our wedding anniversary. As always the food was of a very high standard but probably the most outstanding feature is the high standard of service and the sense we are honoured guests. We are fortunate to have L'Otyolan so close at hand

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 4 August 2017

L'Ortolan is set in a beautiful red brick house in pretty gardens. We were warmly greeted by the doorman, reception and the waiting staff. We had opted for the champagne lunch and the champagne was delicious, as was the French white wine which we chose to complement our fish-oriented lunch. The set menu offered a good choice of three courses and every dish was beautifully presented and delicious with subtle, well-chosen flavours. The sea bream was truly the best dish I have ever tasted and I would say the same about the peanut parfait which was served with black cherries, white chocolate and other delicious accompaniments. All in all, our lunch at L'Ortolan was a huge success and I hope to go back again soon. Our compliments to the chef:)

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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