Our Favourite Places to Eat in Oxfordshire

Oxford is the city of historic culture. Its streets are lined with medieval houses, walkways and beautifully preserved landmarks.
 
Many people flock to Oxford for a romantic weekend away, a short-stay family holiday or a week away experiencing all of the heritage that Oxford has to offer. And, whilst many people plan their holidays with things they’re going to do, the majority of people often forget to check out the local pubs, bars and restaurants before they go and often miss out some hidden gems!
 
Oxford is full of amazing places to eat out; from hearty pub food to michelin star dining, there is so much on offer!
 
To make the process of hunting down eating establishments in Oxford easier for you, we’ve collated a list of our favourite places to eat out in Oxford. Below, you’ll find all the information, addresses and our handy Google map to help you get the best grub in town!
 


 
Banana Tree https://bananatree.co.uk/
63 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ
 
The Banana Tree is a pan asian kitchen which provides beautiful and authentic dishes from Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, all within a Japanese-style dining area. With their main, evening meal menu, discounted lunch menu, kids menu and vegetarian and vegan menu, the Banana Tree is able to provide high-quality meals to everyone!
 
Sitting in the heart of Oxford city, the Banana Tree is the perfect place to slip into before watching a play at the theatre or to wind down after a busy day of sightseeing.
 
The Banana Tree offers great quality thai dishes at very affordable prices. In fact, back in 2012, Banana Tree won the award for the Best Value Restaurant Chain, and currently holds a Certificate of Excellence from tripadvisor.
 
 
No1 Ship Street https://www.no1shipstreet.com/
No.1 Ship Street, Oxford, OX1 3DA
 
No1 Ship Street offers the highest-quality food and drink options all within a gorgeous setting.
 
Covering two floors, you’ll find their modern British brasserie menu on the ground floor and their champagne, oyster and cocktail bar on the first floor.
 
The modern British brasserie menu consists of lobster bisque, flat iron steak and cauliflower fritters (to name a few!)  with a sunday lunch menu option available every Sunday from 12pm until 4:30pm.
 
Up on the first floor, in their champagne, oyster and cocktail bar, you’ll find just that; champagne, oysters and cocktails. Although you can enjoy a meal from their a la carte menu up here, too. From Tuesday through Friday, 5pm - 7pm, you can enjoy 3 oysters and a glass of champagne for only £15!
 
Whilst No1 Ship Street offers amazing food and alcoholic beverages, this restaurant is catered towards a romantic evening rather than a family meal. If you’re in town for a weekend away for you and your loved one, No1 Ship Street should definitely be on your list of restaurants to eat at.
 
The Folly https://www.no1-folly-bridge.co.uk/
1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU
 
The Folly is a riverside restaurant, river cafe and boating experience, all rolled into one.
 
During the day, you can find a very reasonably priced lunch, consisting of sharing platters, whitebait and sirloin steak. A little later in the afternoon you can enjoy a set afternoon tea menu with finger sandwiches, pastries, tea and prosecco!
 
The Folly also offers a Cruise & Dine experience; this experience starts at 6pm and will last until around 8pm. You’ll take in the sights of Folly Bridge, Christchurch Meadows, the University boat houses and the Regatta course within your 30 minute cruise. After this, you’ll disembark into the restaurant or, weather permitting, the floating river terrace, to enjoy a 3 course meal.
 
If you want something a little bit different, and the weather is great at your time of visiting, we’d highly recommend The Folly’s Cruise & Dine experience.
 
The Coconut Tree https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/oxford/
76 Saint Clement’s Street, Oxford, OX4 1AH
 
The Coconut Tree offers Sri Lankan street food in a very lively, brick-accented Sri Lankan environment. Close to the River Cherwell and only a short distance away for the historical architecture of the University of Oxford, and its neighbouring colleges, this restaurant is in a prime location for a Sri Lankan meal after a day checking out what Oxford has to offer.
 
Food is served in Sri Lankan-style plates and bowls and, at your table, you’ll find a candle sitting in a coconut! On their menu, you’ll find dishes to suit all; they offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options as well as preparing and cooking meals on the day so that they can cater to any allergies that you may have.
 
This is a perfect restaurant for the whole family to enjoy, although in their mantra, they do say that it’s a lively and loud place, so if you’re after a quiet meal then this may not be the place for you!
 
 
Pierre Victoire Bistrot https://www.pierrevictoire.co.uk/
9 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP
 
As the name suggests, this is a french cuisine restaurant, open 7 days of the week for lunch and dinner.
 
Situated near Oxford University Parks and a short walk away from the Phoenix Picturehouse and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, makes this an excellent place to enjoy high-quality food after a day of seeing the sights.
 
Walking through the doors of this restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’re in France. The decor has been beautifully created to mimic a restaurant in France with their signs and menus being in French, too.
 
The food at Pierre Victoire Bistrot isn’t exactly cheap but the food is out of this world! You can enjoy anything from pigeon, venison and rabbit to salmon, and sea bass with a few vegetarian options, too.
 
Atomic Burger https://atomicburger.co.uk/atomic-burger-oxford
92 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1JE
 
As the name would suggest, Atomic Burger specialises in burgers. They have great concoctions to choose from and you also get the option to build your own, entirely from scratch, starting with the bun!
 
This isn’t to say that they don’t offer other foods, too. They also serve hot dogs, salads, halloumi fries and nachos! The majority of their dishes can be made gluten free and they have some great options for vegetarians, too.
 
With its fun and quirky decor of toys, memorabilia and wall murals, the Atomic Burger is perfect for the whole family!
 
Conclusion
 
Whether you live in Oxford or are just visiting, the city offers a huge variety of restaurants, some easy to find, some are more hidden gems, but they’re definitely worth a visit.
 
This list of our favourite restaurants in Oxford is pretty diverse so we hope we’ve listed something of interest to you. If you decide to check any of these places out, please let us know what you thought! Did you know our gift cards can be spent in hundreds of restuarants up and down the country, including Oxford? Why not treat your friend, colleague, or family member to a delicious meal, on you?
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