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Ottolenghi - Islington

#319 of 17,689 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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287 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ, England
+44 20 7288 1454
08:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 22:30
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The Netherlands
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

A must-eat in London. Great food and very good staff. Reservations before 8pm have 2 hours to finish the meal. Reservations from 8pm on have the rest of the evening

Thank 944louise
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

We arrived for an impromptu dinner, my pregnant finance and I. I'd heard good things about Ottolenghi and as a regular Upper Street food reveller, I was eager to check this place out. Note: We hadn't reserved for a table. We arrived around 7pm. The restaurant was reasonably busy but there were empty tables and others awaiting tables too. However,... More 

Thank Kebabery89
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Ottolenghi; famous for all the delicious salads! If you want to have something light, healthy and guilt-free then this is the place to go. The food is fresh and veggie-friendly. If you loved the food then you can take home one of Ottolenghi's beautiful cookbooks.

Thank Ali A
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

We knew tables would be full so bought food at the counter to take away. Pink Tuna or pink Beef are weighed out. Salads come in small or large box. The Aubergines the star the others not so special. The huge draw for me is the window full of gorgeous cakes and meringue. Pleasant staff cope with the chaos.

Thank f2s
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

Quite unusual base for a review, but this will make me return to this place for a proper meal. I popped in to Ottolenghi, while randomly having a work close to it. I only asked for takeaway coffee. The waitress served me was a really kind and vibrant person. There were people in, already at an early time, having breakfast,... More 

2 Thank Dezso V
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

We went to Ottolenghi's Islington last night. Very fresh high quality produce sets this restaurant apart from others. A good selection of free excellent breads supplied with excellent olive oil. This is topped up free when they run out. Highlights were seared tuna, courgette flowers and sea bass. Nice presentation and so flavoursome. A good choice of organic wines available.

1 Thank Reman-sco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

My family and I went for a family birthday, there were six of us and the menu was explained to us, there are not really starters and mains, but the left side of the menu is cold dishes and the right side are hot, they said the 'average' people have two dishes each, so we 'split' into couples and orders... More 

Thank jamSurrey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Ottolenghi feels like the restaurant equivalent of an amusement park. There are people everywhere, the staff is indifferent, and one has to wait ages to have a go on the ride. Once there the meal consists of small plates which appear almost instantly. After gulping down the pre-prepared dishes one is quickly ushered out as if on a conveyer belt... More 

Thank Jonathan G
Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

We were staying nearby when I was browsing reviews anad looking for somewhere to eat that evening. I suddenly realised this well known restaurant was just up the road, checked the reviews and the decision was made. We pitched up early evening without a reservation and were quickly seated at the long communal table, with the proviso that our seats... More 

Thank Fiona190786
Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

Yes you love the cookbook, but you will really enjoy the restaurant. London now has several Ottolenghis, but this is the original one. But don't take my word for it - feel free to visit them all.

Thank Kevin_from_Boston

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$74 - US$74
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 287 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7288 1454

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?