121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford
121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford

121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.121oxford.com/
  • Phone: 2032620121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Gilmour
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Charlene 2032620121

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Christian Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford
121 Restaurant has been serving the Oxford and the larger western New Haven community since 2007. The use of organic and sustainable products guarantees our dishes represent the freshest quality available. Patrons can often view small jets taking off and landing as the large open space faces Oxford airport’s runway and taxi-ways. The restaurant’s modern ”airport themed” décor contrasted against its “American favorites” cuisine, will have the most reserved diner soaring to new heights.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (26)great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (13)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (10)special occasion (9)romantic (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Pricey unless u go during the week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was the first time that I went to the 121 Restaurant and Bar in Oxford that was not a Tuesday - Thursday night. Going during the week allows you to have a three course meal for $19.99. We were very surprised that a side salad was $9 for basically lettuce. The food is very good and were lucky to get a window table to watch the planes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 121 Resturant
    Easter
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The service was wonderful as well as a nice diverse type of menu. The food was generous in portions and delicious. It was a little hard to find it on the airport grounds ---the gps may not work directly to get there so plan accordingly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Nice view of the runway and airplanes taking off and landing. We have been more than a few times and food was always good but we haven't been in probably a year. The same dishes we have had in the past were terrible and everything had so much salt you could gag. We asked if here was a chef change and were told they have had a few. It is too bad the chefs are not up to the task.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum.
    WeekendDiners
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Yummy meal and a perfect view of planes arriving and taking off.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoors at the Airport
    RedPorsche
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Pleasant evening for outdoor dining with good food and wine watching the planes come and go. Prix Fixe options were excellent, calamari appetizer outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but...
    Fritz2001
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been to 121 before and have enjoyed it very much. The problem with our last visit was the number of families with young children who came to eat and watch the airplanes. They were not unruly, as children go, but not what I was looking for in a quiet dinner with my wife at a relatively high end restaurant. The food was good, but I am not likely to make another 121 visit anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs some rework.......
    justbeinhonest
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love the restaurant and it's vibe, however, it's time to do a rehab. We went after 5:00 pm so I guess if we went around 8:00pm you wouldn't notice that the sceens need to be replaced, the windows and walls and tables really need to be scrubed clean. And the entry way floor. ... it's still slippery:( Sorry don't mean to be a downer....the food was good, it would be sad to lose a little gem like this because its getting too shabby. Good luck!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • airport view, great food
    DonnC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    we fly in to Oxford regularly and 121 is the best airfield restaurant we've ever been to. They provide flight catering for the business jets based at KOXC and have another location in North Salem, NY. There is a small bar, a separate party room, and a few tables on the deck, but the main dining room with many windows on the runway is just great. The food is special but not pretentious, and the designer pizzas and desserts are nice. We especially like the numerous helicopter operations, I think Sikorsky uses Oxford as a test flight destination...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    Dinner42
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The PEI mussels were perfection. Our guest raved over the Cuban sandwich. At lunch, the noise level is low compared to dinner. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fun to sit and watch the corporate jets and general aviation planes take off and land. But the good food and service are the best reasons to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jill
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is my third visit. Twice indoors for lunch in the cooler weather. This time outdoors for dinner on a beautiful June evening. Food very good each time. Nice variety to the menu. Suprisingly upscale items: think PEI mussels. Very nice cocktail menu and some good wines.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the 121 Restaurant and Bar - Oxford reviews archive.
  • Unexpectedly nice
    Igmont
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I booked this thinking "airport restaurant". But it was very nice. And different then their other restaurant. Unlike what some had said, it was not hard to find. The restaurant is very nice, large. The menu varies, but decent size. Decent bar and selection, beer selection was disappointing. Started with calamari, which was acceptable, but a tough. Not enough sauce as well for a dish that size. I had pizza (safe choice) which was decent, but under-cooked. My wife had steak, which was excellent, over mashed potatoes. Great choice. Berries for dessert- excellent. Overall a good choice. The airport is right outside the window and that gave it some uniqueness. No, there was not much noise when the jets landed! We look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot, good food, good service!
    Shandzilla
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Casual dinner with family and friends. Service was great, food was excellent, little loud but I've experienced worse. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for type of food
    Musicteach
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a reservation and they said they had no tables. We had to sit at the pizza bar. $91.00 for a salad and salmon, glass of house wine. The waitress did nothing, yet we felt obligated to leave a 15$ tip. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy in and out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We were in a hurry on our way to a meeting in Middlebury and this place was on the way. The wait staff was able to accommodate our rush orders and we were in and out with time to spare. The food was really good, too!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at 121
    JoyJoy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    First time visit. Right on the premises of Oxford Airport! You can watch planes takeoff and land! Open, modern space. In-house brick oven pizza making! Corn chowder is amazing. Made in-house dessert-Nutella Banana Empanadas-awesome!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have made 121 a regular stop on our restaurant list. Awesome food. The burgers are great and the specialty pizzas are worth the drive here. It's our first choice when new people are in town and we are looking for a casual atmosphere and great food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Augcomm9
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A very good restaurant with a great view of planes landing and a beautiful sunset. Romantic and unique, the food and drinks were very good including their pizzas and their burger. Everyone in our party enjoyed our time here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent food, cool location
    Mike
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Consistent food, cool location and an inventive menu keep bringing me back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    mper08
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My Girlfriend and I found this place while searching on line and decided to give it a try. The food was excellent and we intend on returning soon to try some of the other entrees. I would recommend their butternut squash soup and the salmon sandwich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the effort to find it!
    DKDK
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I scheduled this restaurant, to be frank, because it was close to my house and had an opening for New Year's eve. These are not great criteria for finding a good restaurant. It was also particularly iffy that this was a restaurant connected to a small regional airport. The place was a little hard to find although the signs were good. Upon entering we were pleasantly surprised by the tasteful decor and the courteous welcoming staff. We were immediately shown to our table and we were again surprised by the number of people there. The place was crowded. The menu was very well done with several items that were not ordinary restaurant fare..much more upscale. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Great food..great find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First trip
    OxfordResident
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This was my first trip to 121 at Oxford Airport. And we loved it. Food was tasty and the wait staff was attentive. In fact, the wait staff was the best I've encountered in a long time. Would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but some improvements
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The lower level tables are too close together, tables need a bit more reading light at night, entrance is very dark also... and better signs to help us find you. Had trouble finding the Oxford location on my second visit. Food is great and decor nice too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Rather pricey for
    BirthdayBuzzkill
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Good food. Rather pricey for overall experience. We went with another couple and were celebrating my wife's birthday and her friend's too. What bugged us was that the waitress had to say multiple times that they do not sing any type of birthday song. Ok once is enough. And why not? Not very customer friendly. Let's all have fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday dinner
    akse
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    This was my second time dinning at 121. Both times were very good . The menu has many good choices from sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and full dinner entrées.. I had the pizza and it was excellent. The ambience is very good and our party had a great time. The only disappointment was that we wanted to try their fixed price menu that I'd seen on-line. They us informed that it was discontinued and they hadn't updated the web info. I hope they bring it back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than you'd expect
    MamaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    This restaurant is tucked by the runway of an airport you'd never even know existed without the airport signs. The food was good - better than what I would have expected in a rural part of CT.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Not a typical airport
    mikee
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Good food. Not a typical airport restaurant. Good seafood.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the plane, the plane
    twmcd
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    very busy place on weekends. Kind of on the loud side, if you want quieter ask for corner tables. Prices are a little high, but quantities are to match. Very good food, attentive wait staff. After 9pm it quiets down alot. Nice view of runway too. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That was fabulous!!
    xiomych
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    It was our first time at the restaurant and we had such a great time! Service was spotless, and the food was delicious! Thank you so much for making my husband's birthday so special!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the lobster roll and
    Pepper
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    I had the lobster roll and it was a perfect size. I didn't want the fries with it so they gave me asperagus instead. It was perfect. My husband had a hamburger that he said was excellent. The cupcake dessert was wonderful. Can't wait to go back. We went on a rainy, cloudy day but the view was still fun--watching planes go out. We will definitely be returning and I'm telling all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    It's a little confusing to get to, but restaurant is great with excellent food and great service. Go during sundown to see an amazing sunset over the airport while you dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 121
    foodee44
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Getting to this restaurant is an interesting experience. The route is clearly marked, but we still felt like we had entered an episode of the Twilight Zone... even before we spotted the runway! The waitress was helpful, and the food did arrive quickly. Most of the dinner portions were filling. The lobster roll was disappointing & deceptively small. A brioche roll was hollowed out and lobster spooned into the center. The fried calimari appetizer wasn't large enough to share. The scallop dinner, however, was phenomenal! I would go back because the dining experience, beside a runway was so unique.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Buster
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Very nice lunch on a rainy afternoon. The food was good. My wife had the lobster roll, which she said could stand up to any she's had in Maine. My burger was good, but a bit overdone. I ordered it medium rare, but I'd say it was closer to medium well. Seems a lot of places do this as they don't want to serve anything on the rare side. The mussels we shared as a starter were outstanding. It was fun watching the planes take off. Funny, but we didn't see any land.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time at this restaurant
    Susie
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Second time at this restaurant - just such a great place! The food/drink are very good - servers wonderful. The place has a great feel to it. Right at the Oxford Airport, so you have a view of small planes landing/taking off. I know it sounds really casual, but its actually more upscale. You just don't expect what you are going to get when you drive up. Give it a try - we travel 45 minutes to get there and have plans to go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and service
    JenL
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    All 4 of us had a different entree and we all loved it. The dessert was fantastic as well. We should have reserved a table at the window overlooking the runway, but our window table was still okay, just to the side by the outdoor patio. It was a bit pricey though for lunch, considering we had no alcohol or appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    We've been at 121 4 times now. Always awesome food. I can't wait to go back. And I never leave hungry. Food great, price is great, waitstaff is top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Dann
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    This is a brilliant place in a brilliant location and they do it right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best fly-in restaurant
    fiyahdVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I have been flying in to eat at 121 since its inception. The best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of the way, but worth the trip
    DaveR
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    Located at Oxford Airport, provides the unique atmosphere with small planes landing and taking off. the runway light after a nice sunset etc. Staff is friendly, menu diverse and reasonably priced and excellent quality. Not rushed and you can carry on conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great restaurant!
    laydlike01
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    My husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary here and were pleasantly surprised. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was also very good. I found the prices comparative to any other good restaurant. I highly recommend 121 Restaurant and Bar. The short rib is to die for. The calamari was cooked to perfection and the cosmopolitans were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.