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L'Ortolan, Reading
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French Fine Dining


Church Lane, RG2 9BY Reading
Average price £68


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This spacious red-brick Georgian building – a former rectory – sits under a creeper cloak, surrounded by mature grounds. Modern cooking uses high end ...

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Devon Lobster - L'Ortolan, Reading

Devon Lobster

Cornish Cod - L'Ortolan, Reading

Cornish Cod

Restaurant menu

Chef James Greatorex
Bienvenue à L'Ortolan
Isle of Wight Heritage Tomato
Spenwood Cheese, Basil, Olive Oil
Devon Lobster
Honey Melon, Iberico Ham, Ajo Blanco
Eight-Course Tasting £105
This preset menu includes: Appetiser + Isle of Wight Heritage Tomato + Devon Lobster + Beef Carpaccio + Cornish Cod + Prince de Dombes Duck + or + Wagyu Bavette + Chef's Pre-Dessert + Peach Melba + L'Ortolan Cheese Trolley

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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Very short waiting time
  • Justin P.1 review

    November 16, 2023


    Never fails to impress. Our favourite restaurant if we want to treat ourselves to excellent food and wine.

  • Liam C.1 review

    November 14, 2023


    The sommelier in particular was great. Lovely food and a great experience

  • Clemence B.1 review

    September 21, 2023


    We always enjoy dining at L'Ortolan. Such amazing service, friendly and professional staff... Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to eat delicious food. Will definitely come again!


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  • Anita C.1 review

    August 24, 2023


    L’Ortolan never disappoints….staff attentive but discreetly so and the care given to the food and presentation is exemplary.

  • Jeremy B.2 reviews

    July 26, 2023


    Good food good service and good value

  • Jennifer M.1 review

    July 19, 2023


    Arrived to find they could not trace our reservation- booked on their site- using The Fork app.. it was there but they said the Fork does not work With them..??.. apart from that .. delicious food.. friendly staff.. a bit rushed and quiet “whispery” atmosphere which I find strange as we are not in a library- staff v informative but at times “too Present” as on about 4 occassions( per course) our discussion was yet again disrupted for food description ( nice to get but poss less often) We all enjoyed evening but felt a tad rushed and somehow conversation was continuously stopped for food - earning a flowing easy meal

  • Alfred Y.1 review

    June 14, 2023


    Mid week dinner is good value for this fine dining restaurant located in a historical building! Good quality main course with tasty fish and lamb.

  • David G.1 review

    May 11, 2023


    Always fantastic at this restaurant. Only let down of the day was did not tell the restaurant we were coming. Luckily they had space for us. Could have been very embarrassing! Can't believe the site confirmed twice with me but not the place that mattered. Will never use the app or site again. Discussed with them.

  • Andrew M.2 reviews

    April 1, 2023


    It was a lovely experience as always but having visited a number of times before we felt that portion sizes of food, petite fours, and the glasses of wine in the wine flight were all smaller. The restaurant was not full and everyone was placed in the same area rather than being a little spread out.

  • Kantic D.1 review

    February 15, 2023


    Barring the food, the overall experience was bland. They knew it was my wife’s 80th birthday, and there was not so much as a nod to acknowledge that let alone a little gesture to mark it. All very robotic.

  • penny s.1 review

    January 21, 2023


    Excellent does not really do the food, service and ambience of L’Ortolan enough credit. Every single one of the staff members from greeting to dispatch was lovely: warm and committed to us diners having the best experience. The food was sublime! Wish I didn’t live two hours drive away!!!.


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  • Catherine M.1 review

    January 14, 2023


    My last visit was some years ago but I remember a much better experience then. The ambience and decor in the conservatory were really poor. It was cold and it took four requests for the radiator to be turned on next to us. We were obviously given the wrong lunch set menu as we were expecting veal but received pork which was not that tender. We enjoyed the occasion of our birthday lunch but we would not rush to go back.

  • Zameray K.1 review

    January 12, 2023


    Rude staff….overpriced food that doesn’t taste good..cold room with no heat…McDonald’s has better service than this place and their customer service was absolutely terrible.

  • Robert J.1 review

    October 27, 2022


    Had an excellent luncheon at L'ortolan. The food was delicious, and the wine pairing made the lunch special. Many thanks to the chef and the very attentive service from all members of the team.

  • Heather W.1 review

    October 26, 2022


    Lovely food. Every dish served was delicious. Service excellent. Our only criticism would be it’s very sparsely decorated. Wall & tables bland. No flowers, no soft edges so made it very cold looking. Otherwise a lovely evening


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  • Terri L.1 review

    September 7, 2022


    Beautiful food, in taste and presentation, by staff who were enthusiastic about their role and rightly proud of what they were bringing to their customers. Lovely setting particularly the bar area which was decorated in an inviting fashion, and comfortable. The dining area could use some of this ambience, perhaps a touch of dark dramatic decoration would work well to bring the 2 rooms together.

  • Michele D.1 review

    August 25, 2022


    There’s something missing at L’Ortolan. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Service was excellent. Food was great but several of my dishes were very salty. It may have been me! Didn’t love the Indoor setting - it was like being in someone’s Manor House with a conservatory. Tasting menu was varied & interesting.


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Opening time
Open today

06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Closing time

25th dec to 3rd jan

How to get to the restaurant

Church Lane, RG2 9BY, Reading, United Kingdom

Additional information

5 minutes from Junction 11 of the M4

Car park on site

About the restaurant

This spacious red-brick Georgian building – a former rectory – sits under a creeper cloak, surrounded by mature grounds. Modern cooking uses high end ingredients and offers interesting contrasts in textures and temperatures. French influenced dishes sit alongside those of a more British persuasion.


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