Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Oxford
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Oxford restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 96 restaurants in Oxford and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Oxford restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Oxford Restaurants
. Oli's Thai
Thai restaurant in Oxford
38 Magdalen Rd - OX4
“A taste sensation! – every dish is a masterpiece” at this cult Thai café. Despite being permanently crammed, “they maintain phenomenal standards, with beautiful, exotic flavours” – and “the best of the best” is still “exceptional value for money”. There’s just one complaint: “you have to book three months in advance!”
Spanish restaurant in Oxford
74 Cowley Rd - OX4
“Fabulous” tapas has made an instant hit of this small, year-old bar in an old chemist’s shop (from Rufus Thurston, owner of Oxford legend Oli’s Thai, and Ben Whyles of east Oxford’s Door 74): “yet another independent to liven up the Oxford food scene”. “Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff” add to the “brilliant experience”.
. Chiang Mai
Thai restaurant in Oxford
Kemp Hall Passage, 130A High Street - OX1
“A real find down a side alley off the High in Oxford”, and occupying a slightly unexpected venue for a Thai – a wood-panelled Tudor-style room in an ancient medieval building; “not quite what it used to be” perhaps (given greater competition in the town nowadays), but it’s “still good”.
Lebanese restaurant in Oxford
25 Walton Cr - OX1
A Jericho institution for more than 30 years – “the food remains excellent” at this “charming” Lebanese. To newcomers it’s still “a real find” – “so many small dishes to choose from that I never got to the mains, although my friends were impressed with those”. “Pleasing and original choice of vegetarian offerings”, too.
. Jolly Post Boy
restaurant in Oxford
22 Florence Park Road - OX4
The new regime (as of 2016) has “turned this tired and old venue into a local treat”, whose “good small menu” features “great daily specials”, slap-up Sunday roasts and ten taps with sought-after craft beers.
. Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford
Indian restaurant in Oxford
309 The Westgate, Queen Street - OX1
“Situated in the new Westgate centre – an offshoot of the London’s Cinnamon Club” which opened in late 2017, and which inspires a strong amount of feedback: all positive. “Better than most Oxford restaurants”, “the menu is interesting and the cooking up to scratch”: “not a patch on the Cinnamon Club original, but for Oxford this is an astounding addition”.
British, Modern restaurant in Oxford
61 Banbury Rd - OX2
A “lovely” Grade II listed Victorian conservatory provides a very “attractive setting” at this well-known and highly popular venue. But despite some reports of “fine” meals, most feedback suggests it’s “living on past glories” – including a stint as Raymond Blanc’s original Petit Blanc – while “Oxford has improved overall” (“humdrum menu and humdrum cooking”).
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