Ottolenghi Spitalfields

4.5
2172 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Healthy
Spitalfields is the latest Ottolenghi deli and restaurant to open and also, being able to sit up to 70 people, its largest. As well as table sitting, there is also communal bar which customers can dine at. For those on-the-go, Spitalfields also has a pack-to-order counter service as well as a grab-and-go fridge of ready-made sandwiches and salads.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2172 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service although the waiters seemed understaffed
Food is amazing

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RL
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great experience! I was so happy to get reservations. The food was simply outstanding. The presentation was great. So many wonderful flavors.

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious as every time, we will come again and again and again and ................................................

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SW
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and a very nice venue!

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g
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I came with a vegan expecting plenty of choice for both of us , but even most of the salads were unsuitable for a vegan. My food was Ok but not as good as I was expecting.

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PP
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational in every way! From the moment we entered we were provided with gracious, enthusiastic service. Joseph expertly guided us through the menu and wine selection. Every dish offered unique flavors, contrast and balance. I came away almost overwhelmed by taste! Thanks for a memorable evening.

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TT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good very good
Very small portions - expensive for the amount . You need at least three dishes to feel satisfied .

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JA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food combinations. Excellent experience all round. Quirky part of London.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was very slow. Two items were missing from our selection.

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been cooking from Ottolenghi’s cookbooks for the past ten years but I’ve never eaten in one of his restaurants. Ottolenghi Spitalfields exceeded all of our expectations. The food was just fantastic. The staff were brilliant; attentive, great recommendations and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. I only wish we’d come here sooner so we could have visited a few more times whilst we were in London. AMAZING! Do yourself a favour and go!!!!

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LM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous service and delicious food
Enjoyed all especially the duck croquettes....full of delicious meat
Only comment is the portions are small so we didn't have enough to eat as we were on a time limit so couldn't order more

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! Never disappoints

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B
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was fabulous as always!

However, the table we were seated at felt like it was in the middle of a thoroughfare with customers going the shop and staff moving back and forth between the cold food and the main part of the restaurant.

Ironically, with all the staff moving past us, we had to ask for multiple things and even though the waiter double-checked, one of our food orders was still incorrect when it arrived. At one point, we saw our waiter working behind the bar. We definitely felt ignored.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

a spice-explosion woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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RK
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

The service was very good and the waiter made sure we were constantly looked after but the space between the tables was a bit of a let down, it was too overcrowded for my liking- the tables were just too close to each other such that there was no privacy between guests, we could all hear what other guests were talking about. The food was okay but definitely not value for money.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As happy owners of an Ottolenghi cookbook we absolutely HAD to visit one of his eponymous restaurants during a recent city trip. And we were definitely not disappointed. The food (a.o. Mixed Green Beans, Caramelized Fennel, Duck & Plum Croquettes, Beef & Lamb Kebab and a marvellous Oat & Date Bar for dessert) was delightfully delicious and a culinary treat for all our senses. Besides that, the staff was extremely cordial and attentive. All this comes at a certain price, of course, so this is something to be taken into consideration. Overall, we had a perfectly pleasant evening and will definitely do it again as soon as the next opportunity arises.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always
Variety of delicious fresh salads.
Always buzzy atmosphere but not too loud
Great wine and cocktails

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SN
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Good food, but very noisy. Early Saturday AM and already filling up with parties.
Too noisy for me.

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PH
London
43 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our first dining experience at Ottolengi, I enjoyed the explosion of flavours and different dishes. Will come back.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food with amazing service. I couldn't praise the waiting staff highly enough, the service we had was perfect from all of the staff that we spoke to .

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, I keep on coming back and introducing others to it. Food is fresh, very high quality and bursts with surprising, elegant flavors.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Such a treat for the eye and taste buds. My first full Ottolenghi experience was a great one. Service was also exceptional.

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food outstanding as usual. It’s a must do in London. Next trip Nopa snd Rovi.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food, excellent service; each dish was 100% fresh with unique ingredients

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Imaginative dishes using more unusual veggies - so tasty

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CL
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The general salad wasn't very fresh and the bread a bit burnt. Otherwise service was pleasant and location good. A little noisy as tables are too close from each other.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

delicious beautiful food, friendly charming service - always pleasurable.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my friend for a 50th birthday lunch treat. The food was delicious and service was excellent. The waitress thoughtfully delivered the dessert with a candle in it the finish of our special afternoon.

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere and a very helpful waiter. One of my favourite places to eat.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ottolenghi does not disappoint. This place is awesome. Nearly every dish we had was my "favorite." Perhaps my most favorite was the duck croquette... or the lamb meatball... or the eggplant with the green chilis and pomegranate... Not sure - it was all fantastic. The carrot cake was incredible as well, and I consider myself somewhat of a carrot cake connoisseur. Out of the 9 dishes and desserts we ordered total, there was only one that I wouldn't order again and even that wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as everything else (the hazelnut cake with chocolate chunks).

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LB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing some of the best I've ever eaten! The service was also great the waitress was friendly and attentive. The only thing we thought was strange was vat being added to the bill at the end came as a bit of a surprise.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service and too loud.
Good choice of food & beverage

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food amazing flavours yum! The menu was just great loved the shop too. Will be back
Thanks

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

It was lovely food, I really enjoyed it. But there was a mix up with our booking. We booked for 3 people and they only reserved space for 2. Seating the extra person seemed to cause them a lot of stress which they seemed to imply was a stress I’d given them. I checked my booking confirmation and I’d booked correctly. I was happy to sit at a small table, but this seemed to annoy them. The table servers were very nice, but there was a long wait for coffee so we’d finished our desserts before they came. All in all I would go back, but with lower expectations.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was the second time we had this waitress and she was fantastic. She made sure we had a fabulous time and gave us great recommendations.

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IC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Food was excellent but service was not very hospitable, quite stressed waiter. The acoustics were terrible we could barely have a conversation between the four of us, so we weren't a big party. But we enjoyed the food very much!

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TF
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was truly amazing and so interesting as we had hoped. However... it takes one unsatisfactory element to spoil a night. Unfortunately we had a waiter who seemed aloof and who appeared disinterested in us a group. He wasn’t engaging at all and advised us badly on how much food to order. This is resulted in us leaving unsatisfied. We didn’t order more as the mains took about 30 minutes to come out. We headed to the 24hour bagel shop close by to satiate ourselves. So disappointed as we had been looking forward to it for weeks.

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CJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Great food as usual but the service was a bit disappointing. Which was not the case previously

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the food!
Very good service and good value for money.
My favourite lunch restaurant.

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y
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good and felxible reservation process with the reataurant.
Friendly and good welcome and introduction.
Very good food and service.
As the food is served quite quick and it is quite loud you shouldn't come here to have a relaxed or romantic evening (from the perspective of a non Londoner)

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