L'Ortolan

4.6
1713 reviews
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Contemporary French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Tasting Menu
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 (£61 - £69), 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. 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".

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

Mother's Day Tasting menu: £79

6 Course Tasting Menu priced at £79 per guest, children’s
menu priced at £25 for 3 courses, £20 for 2 courses.
Please note L'Ortolan will contact you directly to obtain a 50%
deposit to secure your booking.  L'Ortolan has the right to
cancel bookings where deposits have not been obtained.
The cancellation policy for this is 10 days for this experience. This is the only menu available on Mother's Day.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 7 people

Starts: 31 March 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:00

Nouvelle Année Menu six course tasting menu £109 for two for dinner

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 9 January 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

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

Nouvelle Année Menu – six course tasting menu: £99 for two for lunch,

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 9 January 2019

Ends: 31 March 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 1713 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

5 courses with Sommelier’s choices. Exceptional matching.
Not cheap but in no way expensive for the quality of service, food and the staff react to the diners whether formal or more relaxed. We have dined here a number of times and are pleasantly surprised how the menu changes.

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HF
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely evening with friends at L'Ortolan.
The 7 taster menu was so delicious, and the staff were really attentive regarding a food allergy i have; i had special allergen free dishes for each of the courses.

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A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday celebration 60th
Wines was perfectly paired
Food was prefect

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BJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the restaurant with friends as a birthday celebration. We must say the whole experience was excellent. Some of us chose a la carte whilst others chose the Gourmand menu. The kitchen and staff blended the courses in well so as not to leave people feeling left out. The wine the sommelier chose was excellent and he was great entertainment all afternoon. Combined with the excellent waiting staff - the meal became an experience rather than just “a meal”.

The room was well soundproofedand the tables spaced nicely, which enabled us to enjoy a very pleasant conversation without having to shout, which regrettably has become a common necessity in high street chains.

Well done Lortolan.

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CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food experience. Amazingly large bill to accompany it. Appreciated by my senses but not by my wallet- though I knew in advance what was coming. Great place for that really special occasion

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wives birthday. It was a world class dining experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and still delicious. Worth the money I paid for the good food I was served. Nice service too! Will come back again.

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l
London
25 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, beautiful presentation. Staff were a little too attentive, but overall a lovely place for a business lunch or special occasion

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AC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal for hubby’s 50th. Amazing tastes - enjoyed every minute!

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food sublime, with some very interesting and exciting cocktails from the bar! Very knowledgeable staff and a beautiful setting! Highly recommended for a special occasion!

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PM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food - really enjoyed the tasting menu with wine per course

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M
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience at L^Ortlolan. We were blown away by the amazing service and the beautiful, instagram worthy food. Even the beer was different to your normal ones and I tried orange wine which was pretty amazing.
All in all a top 5 star Michelin experience.

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DR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing venue, beautifully presented food of the highest standard by knowledgable and friendly staff.
The wines compliment the food perfectly and it’s an amazing experience overall...

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent. We are a demanding group and everything was great!

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JY
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an absolutely fabulous time! The food was out of this world especially the goose parfait! I will remember that dish for a very long time stunning! The staff and atmosphere was excellent aswell thank you very much!!

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NB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep returning to L'Ortolan because it is just so good, the seasonal tasting menus are wonderful and offer excellent value for Michelin standard cuisine. We have always been impressed with the way the chefs combine flavours, things we would never eat in isolation are brought together in sublime fashion, we have never had a bad dish. The surroundings are very pleasant, the staff are highly professional and attentive but above all friendly, we are always made to feel welcome and look forward to our next visit.

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to L'Ortolan previously and enjoyed it. On this occasion we had a fantastic 7 course tasing menu. They really deserve their Michelin Star. We would definitely go there again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful meal coupled with amazing service from your wonderful team who made our Christmas Eve.

Thank you very much and hope to visit again soon.

Happy New Year.

Best wishes,

Natalie

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food as good as the last few times we have been, but the hidden pricing is a shame. We had the 7 course Gourmand menu for 4, advertised at £139 each, but by the time you add all the extra charges and pre dinner drinks that are sort of forced, it is more like £200 each.

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TB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going there for years. Just love everything about it.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holy cow, I could not think of a better place to go for a Christmas treat. The food was stunning, the service so personal, I really felt welcomed there. Worth every penny!

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MB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal!
Will definitely be going back again one day!

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JS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and very current. Staff are friendly and courteous. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food is fabulous, really very good. Service is not Michelin standard. Staff were scruffy in attire, seemingly not empowered to make decisions and in some cases rude. Additionally the restaurant decor is very tired and the facilities were in poor condition; grout missing from tiles, hardware hanging off the wall. Having been several times before, it’s a shame they have let standards slip (outside the Kitchen). All in all did not feel like a £580 meal (4 persons).

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints; I've probably been 20 times so far and I can't think of a single meal I haven't loved. Festive lunch spot on as usual - I just wish I knew how they made their bread and butter sauce as could happily eat a bucket of it!

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M
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter’s 18th birthday with a superb meal and wine flight. Definitely a place to visit for a special occasion meal.

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RS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food absolutely lovely 😊
I will come back for sure 😍
Staff really professional

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, beautifully presented.
Overall an excellent experience.

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M
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Disappointed in the restaurant seating area. Very plain and no atmosphere at all - very forgettable. Food was good. Cocktails were expensive. £5 for a bottle of water seemed a bit pricey! Lots of better restaurants to visit locally and so won’t be back sadly

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SW
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

L'Ortolan had been highly recommended. The bar area is pleasant and, as an ale drinker, I was pleased to see that they have an excellent selection of ales from the local Siren Craft Brewery. The restaurant itself is a little stark, bland almost, in its decor, but you soon forget that once the food arrives. We had the Gourmand Menu, and each course was wonderful. The tastes and textures, from one course to the next, were amazing. The staff were attentive, but unobtrusive, and knowledgeable about both the food and the restaurant's history and aims. I knew in advance that it would be eye-wateringly expensive, and it was, but in fact it was worth it - in this case you definitely get what you pay for.

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TE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect lunch time tasting menu to celebrate my daughter's birthday.

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JA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 1

Lovely food but the whole experience not quite up to Michelin standard in my opinion small details like they didn’t place napkins on our laps the waitress had a plaster over her nose ring rather than take it out. I ordered the pigeon which was very tough. No atmosphere in the conservatory and not very good acoustics.

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J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our time at l'Ortolan, delicious food, innovative and very well prepared. Service was also very good.

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EA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A lovely meal only spoilt by the pigeon breast being rather tough and the sauses rather oily

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NM
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is in a lovely location. All the staff were very polite and friendly. Food was amazing!!! Would definitely recommend and can’t wait to return.

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JO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special experience for an anniversary. Just exquisite!

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D
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful lunch. Great food and well matched wines.

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PD
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular customers and each time we really enjoy the food and the service.

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OT
Berkshire
42 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been a few times. The food is good, interesting, and more than anything, the wine pairing makes it all the better, as the sommelier really knows his stuff and always comes through.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome, fabulous cuisine and a great wine list. Really enjoyed the interactions with the waiters and the sommelier.
The desert plates had an egg smell however, which was a slight let-down.

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