French | The City

Want to be looked after to within an inch of your life? Well, this is the restaurant you come to. Properly old-school French, Otto's has carved out a niche for itself because of a serious bit of kit called the duck press and its fans are legion.

Restaurant details

182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
Nearest tube: 
  • Chancery Lane
  • Farringdon
Telephone number: 020 7713 0107


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182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on July 15, 2014
"Pressed duck may not be for you. I have tried it three times, with men of large appetites. None of us has managed to finish it. It is also a slow meal. It wouldn’t work for a first date, unless you would enjoy also having a stranger at your table, cooking and telling jokes in a German accent." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed by August 04, 2013
"The wine list is of the kind written by a man who wants you to share his enthusiasms. It's full of big sexy names priced according to cost plus a fixed margin, so it's also full of big sexy bargains. Have I sold it to you? Do you want to go? No? Then clearly you have no soul." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on July 20, 2013
"...the experience really is made by the presence of Otto himself. We have barely spoken to him, yet on leaving it feels like we know – from his food and his brow – a great deal about this charismatic man. And his passion makes me want to come back." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Kelly Hussey View London
Reviewed on July 01, 2013
"Otto’s Restaurant has managed to adroitly balance modernity and classic French dining, which is no mean feat. Visit to sample wines usually out of your price range and to enjoy examples of top classic French cooking. Bon appétit." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 22, 2013
"Passionate unflappable attention always a second away without the wanky pomp or expense of London’s Michelin long-stayers, substance kicking style off into touch ... Otto is a man battered by 18 months of six days a week but this is so his room, his dream restaurant.” READ REVIEW