L'Ortolan

4.5
1669 reviews
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£41 and over
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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".
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation

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

DINNER:
Tuesday - Thursday: 07:00PM - 08:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 07:00PM - 09:00PM
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Phone number
0118 988 8500
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tom Clarke
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Catering
"Michelin at Home" experience available on request.
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Parking Details
We have a private car park located within the restaurant grounds We also offer disabled parking immediately in front of the restaurant.
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Public Transit
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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Festive Lunch 3 courses £43

Enjoy 3 courses from the Christmas lunch menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 December 2018

Ends: 22 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30

Taste of Autumn: £109 for two people

A sumptuous six course tasting menu by Head Chef Tom Clarke.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 31 October 2018

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

Taste of Autumn: £99 for two people

A sumptuous six course tasting menu by Head Chef Tom Clarke.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 31 October 2018

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 1669 People Are Saying
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Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the gourmand menu and it was absolutely stunning! The service was incredible. We had such a brilliant time and would definitely recommend.

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NT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely impressed, in fact I would say this is probably one of the best restaurants I have ever been too.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent venue for fine dining. The food was amazing and the staff were professional but very friendly. The tasting menu had a broad variety of flavours and themes, with some combinations of ingredients being a real surprise in how well they worked together. Each dish was the right size relative to the totality of the meal and clearly explained by the staff.

Overall an excellent dining experience in very pleasant surroundings.

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, everything was perfect. Can’t fault any aspect of the service, quality & taste of the food, and reception upon arriving. Will definitely return as well as recommending to friends and family.

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RH
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch and worth a visit for a truly great dinning experience.

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NB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless as always, we have never been disappointed at l'Ortolan. The food, service and ambience have always been exceptional when we have eaten here.

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P
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing dishes today went into No 1 spot and beats Tom Kerridge’s duck parfait just but it was like a fireworks of flavour and I hope when I have it agin it will be as good

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RJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue and food with wonderful service. Taster menu is fantastic value.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely and very special way to celebrate our Wedding anniversary

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MR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a truly excellent tasting experience. Mackerel was divine, also game course was delicious. Really enjoyed the tagine also.

Great wine selections with courses, Only critiscism would be that last course was very powerful, and think the sherry was too strong to go with this, definitely needed a more mellow note to finish the tasting experience. Both together was far too powerful. But overall, would dine again. Perhaps the seven course menu, rather than the ten course, I felt by the last course I couldn’t finish any of it so left a lot on the plate

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We found the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful and the sommelier was informative and most willing to let us taste the wine to se if we liked it. There was plenty of choice - both in terms of menus available and choices within each menu. We appreciated the willingness of the staff to "mix and match" from different menus. The food was generally of a high standard, most notably the blue cheese mousse which my partner pronounced a masterpiece. However, there were two negative points about the food that brought our rating down to 4 stars. These were that the pea risotto was over-salted and the sponge in the financier dessert was somewhat dense. Overall, this was a delightful and much appreciated lunch. Thank you L'ortolan!

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OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely way to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. Staff were attentive and the food was amazing. Lovely lunch.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely and cery tasty food.
Restaurant nice although needs some refurbishment and warmer atmosphere, lack of decoration that makes the place unique and special.

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CB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

all food was visually very good , tasted fine textures abit mushy at times though. desert was best course

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NH
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Visited here this week. Food was nice but I have had nicer at previous Michelin star restaurants I have visited. I also feel that the portion size for the main was fairly small. Didn’t leave full. Service is great. Overall worth it for the set menu as cheaper deal but not sure whether it’s worth full price menu.

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WB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, staff so very friendly, professional and most of all approachable. The food a truly remarkable experience such appreciation, beautiful flavours that always enhances the experience. The chefs are not just creative and are worth alot more michelin stars in my book. Well done Lortolan

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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th birthday dinner

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LR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Waited until 9pm for our 8:30pm table which made the end of the dinner a bit rushed for a pre-booked taxi hence the 4 stars on service and not 5. Food was best I’ve ever had. Will be back!

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DO
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful as ever. Excellent menu's and probably the country's finest vegetarian menu, all delicious. Service was very good and the staff were knowledgable and helpful but it was not not excellent in that they did not always follow up on requests in a timely manner, would have been more than good in a high street restaurant...this isn't a high street restaurant.

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JM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Fabulous! We loved the Discovery Menu, which was totally amazing, with some great wines recommended by the sommelier.

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PB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very very good but not quite as memorable as some restaurants we have eaten at. Sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable and made the event that bit more special.

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WH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place was always in my top restaurants list for food, service and class until this time.

The problem this time - and I don't know if it is because of a change in the personnel - they ignored us for most of the evening. They'd show up when a dish is ready. But never to refill our wine glasses when we needed as the bottles were kept cool away from us.
The attention to detail, passion for what they serve were very much lacking. There was no sense of know how or joy in the service. It just felt uninterested. Can't even tell if there were a sommelier this time.

At least the food was as good as always.

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BS
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice welcome and comfortable seating. Once our table was ready our drinks were taken to our table.Food served at nice pace and explanation given for each course.
Good bottle of Pouilly Fume

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, remarkable service, great ambience, good choice of food, cheese board was very good. We spent a very happy four hours over lunch with no hassle and very attentive staff. The bar manager was very well prepared, knew all the dishes, the gins and the wine. What an experience !

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! We had the set menu this evening. The Somalia paired the wines perfectly. We are very satisfied with our experience. This was an unexpected surprise for us.

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GF
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding wine and excellent food, the latter perhaps slightly too fussy. Likewise the otherwise delightful service which left us with slightly too little time for ourselves on this, a very special wedding anniversary. But we will be back as soon as we have a good enough excuse to justify the high price!

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SC
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning after living in Chicago for 5 years and it is still a fabulous restaurant in every way.

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DW
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ot was our 32nd anniversary. We have been here below. We booked for the summer special 6 course dinner bit changed on the night for one to be Gourmand 7 course which they accommodated
Food for both were very enjoyable, very hood waiting on service and what we were looking gor a quietish ambience.

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l
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful, wonderful flavours, fabulous service, Somellier created a Pinot Noir pairing just for us

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EB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We managed to get a last minute birthday after a set back that stopped us getting to London. We were very pleased with how the change of plan worked out as we had a fabulous meal.

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BS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If only there was a way to give this magnificent restaurant 6 or 7 stars! I usually give 5 stars for places which meet my expectations, given price and ambience - L'Ortolan always exceeds on all counts. A real treat.
The summer tasting menu was light, tasty and well presented. The wine flight was well matched, and with a friendly and knowledgable sommelier. Service excellent.
Looking forward to a future visit...

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SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to L'Ortolan for my husbands 50th Birthday with our children (19 & 17). It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Attentive staff, beautiful location and the food was magnificent. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone except those with young children as there wouldn't be anything for them to do. A very special meal.

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J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always fabulous. I have been to L'ortolan on many occasions for many years. Other Michelin starred restaurants aren't a patch on this little gem.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked an off the cuff lunch with my wife.
We have never ordered a set lunch, or even a set meal for that matter,this is a great way to showcase what this lovely restaurant has to offer, not that this was our first time here.
Everything about this 2 hour experience was amazing, and we have spoken about it every day since.
We will be back
Thank you..

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at L'Ortolan which was a gift from our daughter. All the food was delicious and beautifully presented. A small criticism is that the waiting staff spoke too fast (because of their accents) for me to be able to understand the fine description of the dishes. And, in the most part, they actually spoke directly to my husband rather than to both of us, which made understanding them even more difficult for me. They were all very charming but, perhaps, a little too hurried. Also, to improve on the experience for me I would have preferred to be seated facing my husband rather than my direct line of vision being looking towards the next table and the air conditioning unit in the garden! We sat at the top of the conservatory room.

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KH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

For the food and the price you pay there are many better restaurants in Berkshire. Had high expectations and went on recommendation but was very disappointed only had a lovely evening due to my husband. The service is of course fab as you would expect.

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T
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another fantastic meal. Looked after so well by all the staff. You never disappoint with the food, wine and ambiance.

Looking forward to coming back in November for lunch

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at l'ortolan is always a great treat. We had the 10 course tasting menu with accompanying wine. It was outstanding - great food, lovely service, very informative sommelier. This remains our favourite restaurant for a great dinner.

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HW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.
Service and food fantastic.
Will be back for another special occasion.

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S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were excellent, attentive without being intrusive. The sommelier was particularly helpful and helped to make the whole evening an enjoyable experience. The food was beautifully cooked and well presented. The portions were small for me and I would have appreciated significantly larger helpings although my wife thought they were satisfactory.

In all we had an excellent evening.

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