L'Ortolan

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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

Valentine's Dinner 7 course tasting menu £125 per person

To celebrate the most romantic of evening, we will be offering a delicious 7 course tasting menu ( the only menu available for that evening ) at £125 per person. In order to enhance the experience further, our 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.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 February 2020

Ends: 14 February 2020

Availability: Fri 19:00-21:00

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

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

What 1873 People Are Saying
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NT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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

a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not particularly special I’m afraid to say. Compared to other Michelin starred restaurants it wasn’t very good.

EC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our waiter got the pre dinner drinks muddled.
We didn’t like sitting in the brightly lit conservatory for pre dinner drinks. We were sat at a round table in a draughty corner near double doors to a large dining conservatory with people and children walking past our table - discussing bills with the waiter. Very distracting when trying to enjoy the superb food and wines. Not the ambience we expected. Would not visit this restaurant again -

J
Oxford
20 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. We eat out at high restaurants often and this place didn’t fail to impress. Some flavour combinations were unusual and intriguing but all was delicious, wine pairing very good and the ambience and professionalism of the staff spot on. The dishes came out consistently, were timed perfectly and at no point did we feel we waited too long for the next course. They also have a cosy bar in the waiting area with fab cocktails. This restaurant is a must try.

AS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, everyone who had come with me had one single opinion which is the food is absolutely amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited L’Ortolan for my wife’s birthday as a special treat. We had a couple of gin and tonics to start in the bar where menus were supplied - very welcoming. We had the 7 course gourmand menu with matched wines and have to say the quality was excellent. Coffee and petit fours to finish. Nice happy birthday slate written in white chocolate was a nice touch. All in all a lovely experience with excellent service, we will do it again in the future.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding but wine flight was very disappointing and service was average. Ambience in main dining room needs to be improved as the carpets retain a food smell and the lighting is too bright- such a shame as the food really is amazing

KB
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the Gourmand Tasting menu - the flavours and presentation were incredible. Highly recommend The waiter was very knowledgeable of all the courses in great detail - however at times, it was a little difficult to understand him. The pace of the service in between courses was just right. On arrival the bar area was busy, and we were shown to the conservatory. I do feel that the lighting could be a little bit lower, as it felt very sparse and not as inviting as it was so bright. We also wait nearly 15 minutes for our arrival drinks - however when they came they were worth waiting for. Overall and excellent evening full of amazing culinary delights, with great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

EM
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the 10 course tasting menu with accompanying wines and it was a truly fantastic experience. This was one of the very best tasting menus we have been lucky to enjoy with very interesting dishes and combinations coupled with an excellent sommelier whose choices were very unusual and perfectly matched. The service was excellent and the whole experience very memorable. This was our first visit and we will definitely be returning.

n
London
66 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Wine pairing was amazing. Decor didn’t quite live up to everything else, but certainly wasn’t a problem.

OT
London
66 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, we would go more if we didn't have to travel from Essex.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, high quality and great service. Would definitely recommemd

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife, our friends and I love visiting L'Ortolan. It is the complete dining experience, in beautiful surroundings. L'Ortolan has never failed to deliver.

SW
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the service was impeccable. I’d highly recommend the restaurant

PC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food,nicely presented and great service. This was our first visit to this restaurant and we enjoyed it immensely. Drinks are very expensive but the whole experience was worth every penny. Will definitely go again when we have another special occasion to celebrate.

KC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding, service excellent. Would have given 5 stars but we found the wine to be over-priced.

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chefs table: Exceptional service both in front and back of house. An excellent standard of food along with a friendly and professional manner of personnel service. Observing the chef and his team hard at work preparing the fine cuisine was a real treat and an experience to remember. Thank you to all the staff who made us feel very welcome.

p
Berkshire
23 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been many times ,it is with out doubt consistently the best restaurant in the South of England.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dining at L'Ortolan is always a "special occasion" experience. The food has been exquisite every time we've visited. Service is attentive - not perfect, the odd disconnect but overall you are made to feel very welcome and valued. Portions are not huge, but by the time you factor in canapes, amuse bouche, delicious home baked breads and pre dessert (and the amazing cheese trolley if you have room) you finish the meal perfectly full. Good selection of spirits and wines - tried pinot noir gin for the first time, lovely! All in all - fabulous - cannot wait to go back.

OT
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Wine extremely expensive. All courses on the gourmand menu had very sweet elements

ML
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, amazing service and lovely place! We will be going back definitely.

a
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the ten course Discovery menu with the standard wine flight ... Every dish was wonderfully prepared and the mixtures of taste and texture what you would expect from such a gret restaurant.