Ottolenghi Spitalfields

Afternoon tea, Middle Eastern·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, Middle Eastern
Cosy, Lively, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Child friendly


Yotam Ottolenghi took London by storm a few years ago when he opened his first restaurant-cum-deli in Islington, and even now that he’s onto his fifth site, the storm shows now sign of abating, rather, it seems to be getting stronger – this is almost an empire now. But given the style of these places, where diners are faced with a mouthwatering counter of food, including beautifully presented salads and lip-chewing cakes, as they arrive, we’re not really surprised. There have been many imitators of the style but the original is still the best – lucky Spitalfields, then, to be the home of the latest in the line. The vibrant colours and flavours of the Medierranean and the spices of the Middle East are a truly winning combination, delivering flavourful, healthy and fun food, enjoyed by City workers and ladies who lunch alike.

Ottolenghi Spitalfields is featured in


50 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 7LJ

020 7247 1999 020 7247 1999


Opening Times

Mon 09:00-11:45
Tue 09:00-11:45
Wed 09:00-11:45
Thu 09:00-11:45
Fri 09:00-11:45
Sat 09:00-11:45
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 09:00-12:45
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 13:00-16:00
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed


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7 Reviews 

Paula T

09 October 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Worth the Wait!!

Have been wanting to visit Ottolenghi for ages and was not disappointed.  Delicious food and super generous sizes.

Taking my son for his birthday next week, it is definitely in my favourite list.


Nicki T

12 December 2018  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Booked this restaurant for my boss and his client and they both enjoyed the meal and atmosphere.

Lloyd S

20 August 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Quick Lunch
Having visited the Spitalfields area on many occasions we've often walked passed Ottolenghi's and thought to ourselves we must try it one day. When we booked you see that there's a Two hour turnaround on the table which we thought was fine but the day before when you get a reminder from Opentable the message from the restaurant says that the turnaround is now 90 minutes which we thought is a touch quick but anyway we wanted to give the place a try so off we went. As you enter you get a good feeling that your going to have a nice time as the welcome is friendly and there is a nice atmosphere. Once seated we started with a cocktail before asking the waiter about the menu. This is set out in three sections the kitchen which are the hot main courses , the counter which are cold courses and the salad section. With the top two sections you get a choice of two salads. With this we then started to realise why the turnaround was a little quick because it really is only a Two Course meal. The staff were very friendly and helpful telling us you could go and look at the salads before making your choice. From the kitchen menu I ordered the Beef & Lamb Kofte together with my choice of salads the Sweet Potato with miso & lime tofu and the Basmati & Red Rice with mango & papaya. We also chose the Fried Sardines and two salads of Roasted Aubergine & Chargrilled Broccoli. Now this is where our mixed feelings start because when our food arrived it looked amazing and in fact was delicious the thing is I would hardly call three small kofte's and three sardines main courses more a starter portion and the salads just seemed to be on large spoonful of each which really was a shame. Anyway we really did enjoy what we had. The other thing was that although the staff are friendly you feel there walking around looking to see if you were finished which is why we felt a bit rushed especially when you notice the couple seated next to us the gentleman had put his cutlery down because he was chatting to his partner and two waiters approached to ask if he'd finished when it was very clear he hadn't. It seemed they were very keen to turnaround as many tables as they could Once we'd finished we was asked if we'd like dessert to which again you could go and choose because some of the desserts were not on the menu and they did look very appetising. We decided on the Apple & Sultana cake with Maple Syrup cream & the Carrot & Walnut cake and both were amazing. At the same time we ordered a coffee and a mint tea The strange thing was our tea & coffee arrived first and by the time we'd finished desserts our drinks were cold. So that brought us to the end of our lunch which was all over in under an hour and also when you've paid £93 for two cocktails , two starter sized mains two small salads each and two desserts I don't think it was great value for money either. I think a better idea would be to price each dish individually allowing you to choose from the entire menu and therefore try as many dishes you liked. I would say that this place is ideal for a quick lunch but for a relaxing meal then perhaps not

Avi Sarkar

21 March 2018  
Small, intimate neighbourhood restaurant serving gutsy, inspiring dishes from the chef patron, and presided over by his wife, who has created a very interesting wine list with many organic and biodynamic wines.

Maya N

30 May 2017  
The food is healthy & delicious served by a friendly waiting staff.amazing deserts are displayed by the entrance to get people to come in & return again & again.

Rachel S

04 May 2017  
Fabulous, healthy food. Amazing deserts and cakes. Excellent value for money. What else would you want?

Jon H

15 May 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
The flavour explosion was immense
I had previously eaten several lunches at the Ottolenghi in Islington and where the service would get ruder and more surly on each visit. So it was not with a great deal of enthusiasm that I looked forward to a friends choice for an evening in the Spitalfields outpost of Ottolenghi. I am always slightly confused by them - is it a posh lunch time salad bar, or a restaurant? And Spittalfields still confused me. More so as we sat on a table near the bar, between the darkened dining room, and the salad bar. But there is a key difference to soul destroying experience of Islington here, and that was the service. Everybody was charming, friendly and knowledgable. It really made for a different experience. As a table of four greedy so and so's, we wanted to try most things. So in this international tapas style restaurant we tried our hardest. With a sweet and lush quince salad, a stunning aniseed courgette and broccoli dish, crispy pork belly, seared tuna, lamb with a jalepeno salsa and many more dishes (all £9/11 each) the flavour explosion was immense. Our wonderful waitress was amazing. Friendly, forever helpful, and kept the little plates of delights coming. She suggested various wines, from which we had a Dabouki from Palestine (£35) and a prosecco (£32) which we great. I still think it is quite expensive. I still can't quite work out whether it is an evening restaurant or just for lunches. But the food and service were great. I really hope the Islington branch has been shamed into being the venue that Spitalfields has become.
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