We had the seven-course taster menu which sounds like a lot of courses but the portions are quite small so the overall quantity of food is just about right. The food was all delicious and the service was very good.
Surprise taster menu
Went for dinner with my in-laws and wife and decided to go for the surprise 10 course menu. Overall an excellent experience but the dessert dishes were a bit disappointing and did not meet the level that the previous dishes caused us to expect. The sommelier was fair in his choice of wines but not outstanding in his explanations- in the end, it did seem that they were rushing to get us out even and to be honest for a bill of £1000 for 4, I did expect a better service overall.
Set in nice grounds the building
Set in nice grounds the building is imposing. Very friendly greeting and relaxed but elegant lounge area. Service was impeccable and the food very well presented with each mouthful having to be savoured, even the small dishes between courses were interesting and very enjoyable.
Best Meal Ever!
Took my son for his 21st - We've never been before, but we will go back, worth every penny, we thought it was better value than standard restaurants. Just perfect.
An Excellent night!!!
This was booked as a Birthday treat for my Girlfriend and it did not dissapoint. The 7 course tasting menu was amazing and the ambience brilliant service perfectly attentive without being intrusive and whole evening was perfectly delivered.
We thoroughly enjoyed the pink champagne lunch. Every course had a unique twist on classic French dishes, presented with creative flair and with an element of culinary wizzardry - creating 'wow' factor every time. The team created a real sense of occasion without being overbearing or fussy. The entire experience could not be faulted and will definitely return.
The most perfect meal
Wow, wow and furthermore WOW!
My partner and I were completely overwhelmed by the stunning service, friendly atmosphere and the most amazing food. L'ortolan, I thank you so very much for making our wedding anniversary just perfect. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Great food, fantastic wines.. We had the 7 course gourmand menu ( and nothing was too much trouble to tweak to dietary requirements) loved every part of the night. A perfect overall experience.. If you haven't been, save your pennies and treat yourself.. Run.. Go now!!
We'd been looking forward to visiting L'Ortolan for a few years and at last got round to it. We tried the 7 course taster menu and it was a great experience. Highlight was the turbot but all of the dishes were very good or better. The meal was more expensive and not quite as good as other restaurants we have been to of this quality. So slightly down on value for money. But service was great with friendly staff.
L'Ortolan for lunch
We enjoy taking lunch at L'ortolan for special occasions and they never fail to provide high quality food.
Just do not expect large portions.
Absolutely everything was what you would expect of a Michelin starred fine dining experience. The food was incredible, and the service even better. I will definitely be back.
A very good experience
As ever an interesting and tasty experience at L'Ortolan, Alan always seems to be able to blend ingredients to produce a sublime taste and interesting looking dish..
Summer testing menu was fantastic. All dishes had a lot of tasty ingredients and combination. The presentation was beautiful. Staff were very attentive. Attention o details were great from start to finish. It really made another good celebration for my husband birthday. Strongly recommend.
The front of house team really earned their gratuity. It was excellent from the moment we walked in until we left. There were occasional difficulties with the accents of some staff who were not native English speakers but the staff all worked hard to ensure that the service was top quality.
We ate from the 10 course "Surprise" menu and the food was very good. Some courses were a little bland whilst others - the goose "sandwich" in particular - were outstanding and full of flavour. The prices were not cheap, particularly when you also have the matching wines, but the food was good value and the accompanying wines were very good.
An excellent night out.
First visit - will go again!
This was my first visit and I think the setting of the restuarant is very nice. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table. The menu looked good, so I couldn't wait to order. The waiting staff were friendly and professional and our order was duly taken. The food was superb, great presentation and fabulous flavours. The ambience is nice too, very relaxing!
Many thanks for a great lunch and look forward to visiting again.
A special meal, with every element excellent. We had the three-course lunch menu, giving outstanding value. Wines by the glass are well-chosen and reasonably priced. It is nominally a three-course meal, but we had seven elements (canapes, amuse bouche, starter, main, palate refresher, dessert and coffee with petit fours), making it a sumptuous celebration. Quite the best restaurant in our area, and for example just as good quality and much better value than Maison de Q. Saisons, which we used to enjoy, but now think just too expensive.
The whole experience from the time we entered to when we left was excellent.
The food was brilliant, and the service was just as good.
I came to the restaurant with great excitement as I got engaged their 6 years before hand, and it lived up to the memory, the food was amazing and the evening was perfect. We will differently be coming back again soon.
An unexpectedly good experience, enhanced by the fact that we had just returned from two weeks in France, where even the best food we had enjoyed in quality restaurants was equalled or even surpassed by the L'Ortolan experience.
Perfect for Special Occasions
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday hoping that it would be a perfect place to wine and dine her in a special way. I was not disappointed. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly and the food was absolutely brilliant. We had the 3 course lunch menu, but we had two small bits to eat before the starter, a pre-desert and petit-fours to finish, all of which were delicious.
Would certainly recommend to friends and family and I expect I will be back again before all to long.
What a treat!
This is my second visit to L'Ortolan, and it is a great restaurant for that special occasion. My friends and I celebrated a 30th Birthday and the food was stunning so decided to go back for my birthday treat with my father. He was blown away with the service, the variety and the quality of the food. We are trying to find an excuse to go back asap.
I took 5 colleagues to L'Ortolan
I took 5 colleagues to L'Ortolan for a working lunch earlier this week. It was a beautiful sunny day. We were met at the door and invited to start with drinks on the terrace. It was a lovely spot, though a couple of slabs on the steps were loose, which made it a slightly trippy start...
The rest of the meal went very well. Food was excellent, Service great.
Everyone said they'd enjoyed the experience.
My yearly visit
As usual the staff are marvellous, the decor and ambience lovely. I was a little disappointed in the food since my last visit. I have always felt the creativity is as high as the quality but this time I was underwhelmed. What I ate was perfect but I was not so excited about it.
Another excellent meal at
Another excellent meal at L'Ortolan. We had the gourmand menu as usual and the selection of wines was very interesting. The sommelier's info adds to the occasion.
Main dessert one of the best ever and the foie gras delicious.
Wonderful night out
We had the summer tasting menu, which was fantastic as they did this whilst taking into account that some of our party had special dietary needs etc. From start to finish I couldn't have asked for more - except the food of course!.
The sommelier took us on a short history lesson on the co-ops in the french wine regions and their ascendancy - all fascinating stuff.
I will be going again.
We booked to celebrate my wife's birthday. From the reception we received to the coffee and petit fours it was excellent throughout. It can be considered expensive, but it is good value for the quality of ingredients and the attention of the staff which was attentive without being overbearing. I would wholeheartedly recommend the L'Ortolan for anybody who appreciates quality and style.
The whole experience was fantastic. From the minute we arrived and they opened the door the service was outstanding. The food was fantastic as was the wine and champagne. We were not rushed at all and the waiter looked after us for the whole 4 hours we were there. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough, it was superb and we will be going back again very soon.
Excellent food. Original without being extravagant. Very good service. A good one star Michelin...
A spontaneous week day evening, the service was exceptional the food matched, unhurried and attentive without being smothered. e both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.
our first visit. Well impressed,
our first visit. Well impressed, pleasantly surprised, glad , had an enjoyable time. Will definitely revisit and reccomend to friends.
We booked for our wedding anniversary and chose the Gourmand taster menu. The food was excellent, as was the service, the staff being amazingly attentive and eager to please. Price wise, I can't complain. For the standard of food and service experienced, this is great value. I'd highly recommend it for a special occasion.
7 tiny courses...but finished full
My wife and I had the midweek Autumn Taster Menu at £49.00 each. Lots of tiny courses and the food was really really good. So tasty. By the end we had both had more than enough to fill us up and finished off in the lounge with a coffee. Our first night out together as a couple in ages (got a young child) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Would recommend L’Ortolan to anyone in the Reading area. If you're a foodie then this is your place. Will be visiting again probably with the in-laws.
Having chosen the Champagne
Having chosen the Champagne lunch we were not disappointed - the service is second to none, food superb. My sixth visit & I can't wait to go again.
We went to the L'Ortolan for a special occasion. This was our first fine dining experience. The chef's surprise menu was perfect for us, because we would never have chosen the dishes from their description, but even my fussy husband ate most of them. The whole evening was delightful and the food was yummy.
Superb Saturday lunch with outstanding food from the special Champagne lunch menu. Excellent friendly service with just the right balance of formality/informality. We will definitely be back.
We have been to L'Ortolan several times and always had great meals but this Saturday's was probably the best ever. The new autumn Gourmand tasting menu with wine was outstanding. It was hard to pick a favourite course. The wine choices all complemented the food superbly.
The food and service here are absolutely outstanding. For a special occasion I would highly recommend eating at L'Ortolan.
We had the Gourmand menu - seven courses of wonderful food! All the staff were very professional but still friendly - and extremely attentive.
Can't wait till the next time!
An Appetite for More at L'Ortolan
Following many recommendations from family and friends to visit L'Ortolan, we finally did so recently for our 16th wedding anniversary.
Despite the special occasion, this was the first of many visits we'll be making to L'Ortolan. It's not just for the excellent food, but also for the setting, relaxed and informal atmosphere, attentive but discreet service and knowledgeable staff.
Fantastic food, coupled with great service. Thanks
Very responsive service and ecellen
The only restaurant I have come across that asked for any special dietary requirements when booking. Good choice of vegetarian food. Willing to change menu to fit special requirements. Excellent lunch time menu.
Yet to be disappointed
This is for us a special-occasion restaurant, and it delivers a special experience. Every aspect of the food and service is outstanding.
My husband and I have been wanting to dine at the restaurant for a long time. Well, it was worth the wait. We decided to spend our 17th Anniversary for lunch and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the services very timely and the ambiance very relaxed and comfortable.
Thank you to the chefs, waiters and team.
Maria and Richard Thomas
Our wedding anniversary day was topped by a wonderful meal at this restaurant. Not somewhere you would go every week but for that special occasional treat this is the place to go. Excellent service, food to die for and a great place to be. Will have to save up a little before we go again though!
Rumoured as one of the best restaurants in Reading thought this would be perfect for a special birthday meal with parents. The service was fantastic and they make you feel very special. There was good attention to you as a customer and the food was very good. Nice wine choice and relaxing atmosphere especially mid-week lunch.
Wonderful food, beautiful
Wonderful food, beautiful ambience and professional but friendly service. Sommelier is first class and talks with passion about the wines.
birthday celebration dinner
Having been to L'ortolan a year ago we wanted an excuse to go again and my husband's birthday was the perfect reason. We had the Autumn tasting menu which was simply delicious. An amazing array of food presented beautifully served by welcoming and professional staff. An extra bonus was a sommelier who recommended wine after chatting to us about the types of wine we preferred. Hugely recommended especially if you want Michelin dining without any pretension.
It's always a special treat
It's always a special treat to go to L'Ortolan and Saturday's delicious lunch was no exception. The service was slightly intrusive on a couple of occasions - apart from that the experience was top drawer. The desserts - particularly the tiramisu - was stunning and highly recommended.
Champagne lunch promotion
Good food with well balanced tastes and excellent presentation. Service from staff was exceptional. They were knowledgeable,helpful and always available when needed.
We went for Saturday lunch and would recommend it for that. Outside looked very pleasant but too cold to try it the day we went.Very nice experience.
Great food at a great price
We dined on the £39 Champagne lunch menu, and it was fabulous. A wonderful treat, can't wait to go again.
Best value for fine dining!
L'Ortolan always delivers excellent food and service in a superb atmosphere. The service is good without being overbearing.
Fora little more the experience is memorable... it is acredit to its staff at all levels.