L'Ortolan

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£41 and over
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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 & 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 Tom Clarke's inspired menus include A la Carte (individually priced dishes) 7 Course Gourmand Tasting Menu (£79) 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. L'Ortolan experience guests are able to join the kitchen team and be a chef for a day with a "Chef's Experience".

Private Dining

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.

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Special Offers

Flavours of Autumn – six course tasting dinner menu: £109 for two

From a set menu. £199 for two with Sommelier's 4 Glass Wine Selection. £179 for two with Sommelier's 4 Glass Mocktail Selection. This menu will be available from 1st September 2019 until 30th November 2019 although the dishes will be updated from time to time. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 9 September 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue-Thu 19:00-20:30

Flavours of Autumn – six course tasting lunch menu: £99 for two

From a set menu.
£189 for two with Sommelier's 4 Glass Wine Selection, £169 for two with Sommelier's 4 Glass Mocktail Selection. This menu will be available from 1st September 2019 until 30th November 2019 although the dishes will be updated from time to time. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue-Sat 12:00-14:00

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Tue - Sat 12:00PM - 1:30PM 7:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1816 People Are Saying
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive flavour and texture combinations, deserves its Michelin star.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband-to-be on his birthday. It’s our second visit and, again, it was amazing. The food and service on the highest level. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

H
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening as always. Been going a few years now and my favourite restaurant. Excellent service and good.

JL
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'ortolan is an excellent venue . With the best quality food and original, creative menus coupled with impeccable service it is to be highly recommended for fine dining in this area.

JL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we have been to L'Ortolan for lunch. We had the Menu Gourmand which was absolute delicious. All the flavors were distinct and the different courses very interesting. The only course we found slightly under whelming was the Halibut, which seemed bland although the Lobster Ravioli that went with it was lovely.

The staff are extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and compared to many Michelin starred restaurants, particularly in London not expensive. We look forward to our next meal at this lovely restaurant.

CR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

L’Ortolan’s staff are extremely attentive although difficult to understand at times. The ambience of the restraint get a little stayed and old fashioned at times. The food was of course of good quality but lacked the wow factor in taste and at times in presentation. In regards to value I have eaten at other Michelin Star restaurants where the food has the wow factor and costs half that of L’Ortolan.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch time menu, service was excellent, great attention to detail.

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime food and excellent service. My second time here and would not hesitate to come again

E
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good main course menu list. Vast wine list. Very tasty desserts. Good 3 course with 2 chef dishes between. Very enjoyable time spent thereGood main course menu list. Vast wine list. Very tasty desserts. Good 3 course with 2 chef dishes between. Very enjoyable time spent there

SW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a fabulous place to go for a special occasion!

J
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food consistently strong with all courses cooked to the highest standard with great flavour combinations.

CR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is many years since I last went to L'Ortolan and time has certainly not diminished its superb quality.
We had the Menu Gourmand which compared with many other tasting menus I've had was great.
Thoroughly recommend this great restaurant. Well worth the drive from London

SP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely birthday meal for my husband, very good food and excellent service. Wine was a little pricey, but overall a loverly lunch.

e
Berkshire
65 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect place to celebrate my lovely daughter and her Birthday. We were absolutely delighted with the "midweek special" and loved tasting all the culinary delights the chef offered. The staff were all particularly congenial and proficient, and we are looking forward to our next visit!

PB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have just enjoyed an exceptional Chef's Table dining experience at L'Ortolan and cannot recommend it highly enough. The 10 courses were simply fantastic and full of flavour and cooked to perfection. From the time we arrived until the end of the evening the staff were exceptionally attentive and friendly. The kitchen was very busy but everything seemed totally under control and we enjoyed being able to watch the preparation of each course.
Overall an absolutely wonderful experience! We would certainly recommend this restaurant most strongly.

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

For a very special occasion, this would be lovely. For non-vegetarians, it would be even better.

KG
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Difficult to fault anything. Our third or fourth time and we always come away very impressed.

DA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere and good service. Food was outstanding.

IS
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A classic Michelin-starred Dining experience, not for those faint of cheque-book!! Excellent attention to detail with a good briefing on each dish and each wine which makes this an experience to be remembered and enjoyed. At the same time the staff leave you alone to eat and drink without further unnecessary interruption. We thought the Duck pate was probably the best dish, though all the dishes were excellent and very tasty. Due to the cost, a special occasions only experience for us, but comes highly recommended.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting menu with good variety of flavours and not a single dud dish. Slight disappointment was the optional mocktail accompaniment which was a good idea but couldn’t quite match with the dishes and generally too sweet. Also appreciated the Tesla charging point in the parking area!

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited here for dinner for the first time & by no means will be the last.
From entering the restaurant with a lovely warm welcome, the ambience, beautifully flavoured menu, subtle but dedicated staff serving the table to the end of the evening with after dinners drinks and petit fours, you couldn’t fault it.
Thoroughly recommended.

RL
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and outstanding service, attentive good product knowledge friendly professional efficient

JB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant for special occasions. Fantastic wine list and a nice quiet ambience.

DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was inventive and delicious. Had the tasting menu which was ably served and the wine pairings were great. What a lush Riesling..! The carpet and decor was looking tired and dated as was the broken toilet seat in one of the loos. There could have been a little more theatre and a guide through the courses would help you to know what you were eating. Having a guide of the wines after would also be really useful to take away. For example at Gabriel Kreuther’s in NyC he signs your order cheque and sends you away with the wines and menu as a takeaway which is a lovely touch. Overall a lovely night and a recommended solid 4 stars but with some clean up and a refresh on the experience could be as awesome as the food.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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JM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fifth time eating at L’Ortolan. The food is inventive, delicious and seasonal. The staff are friendly and helpful, unlike some other top restaurants. We will be back to dine again in the near future.

JH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu was good value but the food was not as good as previous experiences at L'Ortolan with exception of the strawberry dessert which was fabulous and of high standard in terms of taste and creativity.

j
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. We had the menu gourmand and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. For me the star was the halibut. For my husband it was the chefs pre appetiser

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourites. Delicious food as usual

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can’t fault it - all excellent! Good location, great food, impeccable service.

JM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for our Anniversary lunch two weeks ago and the food were so good that we had to come back.
We were not at all disappointed. Food looks great, tastes fantastic and the staff are very friendly.
Definitely coming back to try their Autumn menu.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Spoilt by poor staff attention and training and a limited menu. Not too expensive and the sommelier was really great and almost made up for the lack of attention and detail by the other staff. As an example of poor staff attention, plain water into a fizzy water glass. Fly in wine glass (on arrival), waiter pours wine in and then offers compensation by offering a different wine? Apparently they didn’t have another bottle chilled? No meat on menu which wasn’t cooked in garlic, despite me adding a garlic allergy to the booking

DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we have eaten in a very long time. Simply brilliant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, attentive staff without being overbearing

B
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always the food and service at L’ortolan is very of a very good standard! Will be going back again sometime soon!!

MB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first went to L'Ortolan back in 2015 when we got engaged and it is still just as polished today. The service here is attentive without being invasive and the location is idyllic. The cocktails, particularly the French Martini, are exquisite and the Somelier goes the extra mile to ensure you are satisfied. The real treasure here though is the food. We have dined both a la carte and tasting menu here and nothing disappoints. The food is creative and distinctive and always leaves you wanting more. The current duck dish really is a triumph and is not to be missed!

I
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere, but the presentation of the food seemed a bit rushed, like they just wanted to present it as quickly as possible before moving over to the other tables.

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A very enjoyable experience. The quality of the food was excellent.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food and wine experience
Wine by glass expensive around £16 for 125ml
Good service
Good menu offer and food combinations

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

The entire team was great, knowledgeable and very pleasant.
The œnologue was absolutely outstanding and made us discover some amazing wines and great facts about the wines
Fantastic evening

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