L'Ortolan

4.7
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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

Mother's Day 7 course tasting menu at £89 per person

Celebrate Mother’s Day with delicious 7 course tasting menu at £89 per person. In order to enhance the experience further, Head Sommelier will be offering an accompanying wine flight for £70 per person. Please note the restaurant will contact you directly for a deposit payment of 50% in order to secure the booking. No a la carte will be available on this day.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 22 March 2020

Ends: 22 March 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:00

Vegan Gourmand £79 per person

A delicious 7 course purpose designed fully vegan menu which can be accompanied by a vegan or mocktail wine flight if required

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 9 January 2020

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Tue 19:00-20:30
Wed-Thu 12:00-14:00 19:00-20:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:00 19:00-21:00

Menu du Jour Lunch £39 per person

A delicious 5 course lunch menu offering a choice of two dishes for each of the three main coursesGet course set menu for.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 9 January 2020

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Tue-Fri 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 1894 People Are Saying
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PB
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Superb food served well altogether a great dining experience

VG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent Valentines Day lunch with you. The welcome at the door was appreciated and we enjoyed spending time in the conservatory with a glass of champagne.
The food was presented well and tasted divine. Lovely wine and service too.

G
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice food and good service. Very small portions and dated decor

JG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening, beautiful decor, fabulous food.
Will definitely be returning.

DM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant as a treat from our family. It was a great occasion and will be remembered for a long time. The food, wine and service was second to none. Whilst the price is pretty high, it is great for a very special occasion.

T
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink were excellent.

Unfortunately, I felt ill at course 4 due to a non serious winter virus although this was nothing to do with the food or restaurant, but it spoilt the experience for me.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with tasty, imaginative food.

TM
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arranged this meal as a treat for our son and daughter-in-law and they were very impressed from the greeting at the door via the aperitif in the conservatory onwards. We were pleased with the sommelier's knowledge and recommendations and our waitress' ability to describe the dishes on the extensive a la carte menu. Overall a very enjoyable experience ( our 4th visit)

SJ
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is the only Michelin Star restaurant in Reading, even it's just One Star.

e
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. Food was fantastic, had the 10 course taster menu with the wine selected for us. One day we will return.

A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was flawless, not cheap but they earn the money.

NM
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great lunch - beautifully presented. We will have to try the evening menu next
Thank you

KS
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience for a special occasion - nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the food was exceptional. Everything looked beautiful and appetising and tasted as good as it looked.

OT
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love L’Ortolan. Modern French cuisine at it’s finest.

JW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food from the Gourmand menu with wine flight for a birthday celebration.

B
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the 7 course taster menu through Groupon which was fabulous. Without that discount it would have been too expensive.

LP
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as always a wonderful lunch full of flavour and presented very well. We have decided to take out children on their 10 th wedding anniversary on 18 th April for a real treat. My daughter is a chef so they will love it.

P
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food and service, with a good atmosphere and in a quiet environment that allows for conversation

F
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience at L’ortolan would highly recommend for any occasion and will definitely go back!

D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

could have been slightly bigger courses main and Puccini bit to small and a bit bland but otherwise ok

b
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it was ok have had better meals
toilets need to be painted and a good clean
some time you could understand what they where tell about the meal to fast
don't rush back

NT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely place, the food was delicious, the service is excellent

T
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. They know how to look after their clients.

A
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the ten course taster menu with accompanying wines and were blown away by the food and wine combinations.

MD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice relaxing place with 5 star food and service. 10/10

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, a delightful dining experience.
First being shown into the perfectly climatised conservatory, for drinks and a very appetising entrée.
We were then lead into the dining area where there ensued a flavour onslaught on our taste buds, with the menu gourmand.
It was sheer delight, each course as inspired as the last.
We tend to visit at least twice a year and have been doing this for four years now without a single bad experience, can't praise the staff enough for their attentive hospitality and attention to detail.
The chef, as always, continually delivers a dining experience like no other and we hope to continue to frequent this amazing restaurant, for years to come.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, food was amazing and so was the fine wine pairing.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go once a year for a birthday and is an unparalleled experience in reading.

EG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend had recommended L’Ortolan to us a while ago and we decided to book for my partners birthday. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing! Every course was exceptional. They even bought out a white chocolate Happy Birthday with his pudding. Will definitely be going again

WF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't normally write reviews but I feel I need to praise L'Ortolan not only for it's fantastic food but their service, which was impeccable. I am a wheelchair user and although I mentioned this when I booked, I was still a little apprehensive about accessibility. I needn't have worried. As soon we parked up in the very convenient disabled parking bay we were met by staff members who brought out a ramp for me to get in to the restaurant and immediately offered to help me in. Our table was in a great position which enabled me to easily access it.
ALL the food was spectacular and we had wines to compliment each course of the 7 course lunch menu.
An amazing dining experience and one of the best restaurants I've visited as a wheelchair user!

A
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venue, makes one feel special dining there

PD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, we loved it. Will be back again soon!

WB
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We decided to spoil ourselves as we would miss turkey and trimmings at home this year. The menu was good and the chef's extras delicious. The traditional main course was very well presented. The menu appeared to include a cheese course - listed but extra, we gave that a miss. Glasses of house red were superb, the delicate cloud tea was very nice. But sorbets were so soft that they melted as soon as touched with a spoon, so unable to be enjoyed except as a runny sauce. Service however, while attentive, was a little slow, a party arriving next to us 20 minutes after our arrival had all their courses earlier than we did.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food,wine and service were excellent and they coped well with a wheat intolerance, to the extent that the rest of the table were envious of the alternative dessert. The music was a little loud which made hearing what the waiters said somewhat difficult but overall it was another excellent meal and we would always recommend the l'Ortolan.

KD
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, an evening at L’Ortolan is an experience to be savoured. One addition for this evening was the entertainment provided by a trio called ‘The Waiters’. The combination of singing with some light comedy was absolutely fantastic and perfectly complimented the rest of the experience.

JS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous gala night! The food was delicious and beautifully presented - every course! I loved every mouthful The wine was perfectly matched. The entertainment was great too. It was a lovely way to spend our anniversary and it is one of our favourite restaurants. The only sour note was the chauffeur service which we booked through L’Ortolan and he was 20 minutes late and incredibly rude.

MB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the super Festive lunch with great (and fun) service. Thanks a lot.

IS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there occasionally for a special treat and we were definitely not disappointed.
We decided to go for the taster menu with the accompanying wine and the whole experience was exceptional.
Fantastic food and wines, we were there from 7 until 10:30, it was fairly costly but you definitely get what you pay for, so many intense flavours in each course with fantastic wine choice.
We wouldn’t usually go for the wine recommendations but having done so once we will definitely be doing it again.
Definitely an experience to remember and we will definitely be going back

AA
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Festive menu had NO CHOICES compared with previous years, disappointing.

p
Berkshire
23 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

its just so good from all the great staff to the wonderful food ,cant recommend it enough