Restaurants in Oxford

The Oxford restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over £45)
Moderate (£25 to £45)
Cheap (up to £25)
These Oxford restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including a half bottle of house wine or equivalent (where available).

The Perch

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

A 17th-century thatched inn set in the ‘village’ of Binsey, The Perch is as notable for being a peaceful riverside bolthole from the city centre as it is for its excellent cuisine. Menus are seasonal, but the over-riding concept is to use fresh local produce and present it “with a French twist”. Recently voted one of the best city pubs in the UK.

Address: Binsey Lane, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 728 891.

Brasserie Blanc

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

This establishment opened in 1996 as the first of several brasseries run by Raymond Blanc. It is one of Oxford's very best restaurants, and for the quality of the food the prices are reasonable. The seasonal menu changes often, but the cuisine is decidedly French in influence, albeit with influences from Asia and Med. The restaurant is located in the Jericho area.

Address: 71-72 Walton Street, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 510 999.

Ashmolean Dining Room

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Moern European

Opened as part of the Ashmolean Museum’s mass refurbishment, Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant has become one of the most talked-about dining venues in town. In keeping with the cosmopolitan feel of the museum itself, it draws its influences from a wide range of European culinary traditions and has a handpicked 80-strong international wine list.

Address: Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 553 823.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: British

Something of an institution in Oxford, Browns is just as popular for lunch and afternoon tea as for dinner. The cuisine as well as the ambience is mainstream, drawing in a wide audience. The food itself is of a high standard – the signature dish is the Steak, Mushroom & Guinness pie.

Address: 5-11 Woodstock Road, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 511 995.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Seafood

This is a busy place both at lunchtime and in evenings. A superb seafood restaurant, it has a varied menu based on daily supplies of fresh fish and shellfish. Impulses from Mediterranean, Northern Atlantic and Pacific Rim gastronomy are discernible in the food, which is rarely less than delightful. A stylish place with an extremely assured touch.

Address: 35-37 St Clements Street, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 243 003.

Thai Orchid

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Thai

Great service, a warm, authentic atmosphere, a wide-ranging menu and excellent food combine to make this restaurant a favourite. A wealth of exotic, flavoursome dishes tempts guests while the staff, all dressed in Thai silk, are courteous, discreet and friendly. Open for lunch Monday to Friday and for dinner seven days a week.

Address: 58A St Clements Street, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 798 044.

Cous Cous Café

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: North African

This North African joint serves up a great range of authentic dishes in a laid-back environment bedecked with authentic ceramics and glassware. The focus is on good, honest Moroccan dishes, from couscous and tagines to pastries and mint tea, and service is open and friendly. File under “moreish”.

Address: 19-20 St Clement’s, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 722 350.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Lebanese

Offering a great selection of traditional Lebanese dishes at very reasonable prices, Al-Shami on Walton Crescent is a very popular Oxford restaurant. Deservedly so, for the food is really good, both the grilled meats and the vegetarian dishes. And if you want something a bit out of the ordinary, try the fried lamb's brains as a starter.

Address: 25 Walton Crescent, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 310 066.

Atomic Burger

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Fast food

An institution among the students and office creatives that frequent Cowley Road, Atomic Burger dishes up good-quality beef, chicken and veggie burgers in a colourful setting that owes everything to the 1980s. Back to the Future memorabilia, R2D2 models, A-Team vans – they’re all here. The lunch special (£5 for a burger and ‘sci’fries’) is a solid bet.

Address: 96 Cowley Road, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01865) 790 855.