City Grocery
City Grocery

City Grocery

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.citygroceryonline.com/
  • Phone: 6622328080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Creole
  • Executive Chef: John Currence
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Catering: City Grocery Restaurant Group offers off-site catering through our catering division, The Main Event. We are a full service caterer offering complete event coordination, to include exceptional service, attention to detail and unique menu design to suit each of our clients. Specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary dinners, corporate and university functions. Please call 662-234-9300 to book your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Buren
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from City Grocery
City Grocery has become a landmark in the Oxford dining scene. Exposed brick walls and heart pine plank floor augment the candle light and white linen staging some the most inventive and interesting food in the South. "Their (dishes) deft presentation is imaginative, skillful and disciplined, elevating them above qualification as regional and ethnic cuisine."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
City Grocery reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)special occasion (34)neighborhood gem (24)romantic (16)hot spot (16)great for lunch (15)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (9)good for groups (9)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointed.
    Andi
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Terrible. Maybe because they weren't prepared, but the strip steak was abhorrent. Service was mediocre. Seemingly trying. I won't be back until maybe the off season.....if that. And to be honest, this is my 3rd visit. Just not good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Grouper Ever !!!
    BirthdayVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I live in Dallas and have had grouper many times all over this country, but none was better prepared than the grouper here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was OK but the service was very slow. I wouldn't go again anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too much/crowd for chef(in trng)
    TexasWineDistributor
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    wow! have had some great meals here over last 4 years, not sure what happened Thursday night.... sloppy presentations, overcooked fish, burned softshell crab, when wait-staff took back to kitchen, chef(cook?) comments oh well....disappointing...to bad the place use to be a definite "must eat" not anymore. Better Choice -Lenora's Restaurant (walking distance from here) seems to be able to handle the crowds better in quality and customer service- at a$100plus a head-come on people get with the program!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find on the square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was a recommendation form the locals and it did not disappoint. Great food in a quaint setting. A must try if you are in Oxford.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Amazing food. Amazing service. Can't wait to go back! It will be my first stop the next time I'm in Oxford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Cathyd
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been multiple times and this restaurant never disappoints. Food is excellent. A bit noisy but a fun place to dine. Thankfully this Oxford restaurant takes reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant in Oxford
    Diner1936VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Oxford! The service is impeccable, the food divine, and what a great location! I had the Lamb Curry on my last visit and it was wonderful!! Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Oxford!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Exceptional
    NOLAREB
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Service was excedllent from the time we were greeted by the hostess to the time we left. The staff is very well trained.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to School
    Hard2please
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Returned our daughter to Ole Miss for the Fall semester and with all our trips to Oxford we try to visit City Grocery. I am a fairly good "cook" and very difficult to please when it comes to food and wine. I have eaten at fine eateries all over the world and City Grocery continues to stay in my Top 10 everytime I eat there. It did not disappoint once again. A mistake if you enjoy at wonderful meal not to eat at City Grocery if anywhere near Oxford. Requested a "special" martini from the bartender (more of a mixologist) and he did quite well with what he named the Summertime Sadness. Ask Seth for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great experience at City Grocery. My husband said his grouper was one of the best pieces of fish he has ever eaten. My food was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    ricfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our dinner was excellent as always! Never disappointed, always impressed with the menu items. The specials are always exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb dining experience
    fanfrommemphis
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    When in Oxford, MS, City Grocery is a must -- everything about your experience will be superior. For all the right reasons, City Grocery defines classic dining at its best. The menu and daily specials are unique -- fresh ingredients in scrumptious combinations. The service is attentive and courteous. And the setting is understated elegance. A wonderful, relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    ncsc
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    City Grocery was a fantastic experience. We started with some frites in order to sample the duck fat aioli. It did not disappoint. My quail was cooked perfectly, extremely tender with great carmelization from the grill. The star of the plate, however, may have been the lima beans on which the quail rested. My wife had the shrimp and grits. I found the taste interesting and innovative, but as I am from the Carolinas and am accustomed to a different take on the dish, it did not particularly appeal to me. But I appreciate the creativity nonetheless. The chevre-based crème brulee was a great ending -- not overly sweet. It seemed in general that the restaurant was experimenting with quite a lot of acidic and/or sour notes. Most worked very well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Diningmom
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always love coming to City Grocery and have been visiting it for 20 years, and it continues to get better and better. The food is unique and a little adventurous but familiar at the same time. Wonderful service and would recommend to anyone in Oxford - don't miss this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really really good
    Swimmeret
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice, knowledgeable server. Really good food, great coffee. Cava was cold and still bubbly (some are fairly flat after being opened, but not here.) So good we were thinking of going back just to eat there, for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hate2dinealone
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First class food with good service. Noise level high. As good as anywhere in America and certainly the finest in Oxford.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Highly satisfied
    TravelingEater
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Visiting Oxford for the second time now, I knew I had to stop in at the notable and award-winning City Grocery. The staff was knowledgeable, the food itself was delicious, and the timing of everything flowed great. If you're willing to splurge a little for a nice dinner, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angry Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The meal was not an enjoyable experience, mostly because of our "angry" waitress. Other servers were quite nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kate2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Appetizers and salad outstanding. We were disappointed in the entrees. Shrimp and grits extremely salty, so much so, that I could hardly eat them. Special that evening was nothing special. Never asked by server as to our satisfaction with the entrees.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant on the Square
    Pilotpaul
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My only complaint was the pricing. I had the rib eye steak, which was good, but at $31.00, I think more should have come with it. The service was excellent! And, the wine list was pretty reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY
    Pepper
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We dined at City Grocery during our trip for our Daughters Ole Miss orientation. Dinner was very great, we all got something different and everything was just perfect. The wine was good, the desert was good. But the noise level (people)and temperature in the rest. was loud and a little stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Did not like it. Did not like it. Did not like it.
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  • John Currance never disappoints you
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Spring menu has just started and it was a nice mix of choices. As always the foo is very innovative but draws on southern roots with some interesting twists. If you visit Oxford it is a must for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the City Grocery reviews archive.
  • Phenomenal Dining Experience
    ufmark79
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Everything and everyone was awesome. Especially enjoyed eating at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    Gores
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have been here several times but today the whole experience was horrible. Before my elderly father could get to his chair, the hostess loudly and rudely told him to take off his hat, which he would have done as soon as he got seated. It then took over ten minutes to get water and with a mostly empty restaurant. The best food was the shrimp and grits hands down but the Po'boy and Chicken Salad were not worth ordering. Service was definitely off and it wasn't a very welcoming experience. With all of the great restaurants in town, we will be patronizing those instead. It was a busy weekend with graduation but someone forgot each customer counts.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful but Loud
    MMRazorback
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our food was wonderful (lemon garlic shrimp po boys), and our waitress was good. But, the lunch crowd on Saturday afternoon was pretty loud. We have visited for dinner before, and the ambiance is better in the evening than during the day. Great spot though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oxford wanna-be
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Once again this restaurant is the best in Oxford. I am from California and I wish John Currence would open a restaurant there. He would fit right in. As, a matter of fact. We only eat at his restaurants ( snack bar,big bad breakfast,Boure. All of them really good Always a treat to come back nd enjoy outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grace under pressure
    Oxpatchian
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Even in light of the über busy weekend called "Double Decker" in Oxford, MS, the service was outstanding. The food is always worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Southern Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Farm to fork freshness and upscale riffs on traditional Southern Cuisine. What a treasure for a small, but charming town. We had and recommend the beet salad with chèvre and crispy greens, the shrimp and grits, the trout over small red beans, a shared desert with drinks. I would go again in a heartbeat if I'm ever in the area again, but would also be tempted to try Chef Currance's other restaurants in Oxford: Bourre and Snackbar
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJT2002
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Very accommodating. We changed our time, showed up early, seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal.
    steve
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was an Oxford classic. Greta meal and great service. The beef cheeks were recommended by our waiter and proved to be outstanding. other menu choices were a little eclectic, not what you would expect in Oxford.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    Apicius
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A tasty and creative meal on a special occasion. Good service, creative and tasty entreés, excellent desserts. Good bar offerings, nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Notsohot
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food was ok. My wife and I got fish. My wife's fish was dry and even tough enough that it was hard to cut with a fork. Did not have enough steaks for the specials that night. Why have a special, if by seven o'clock the special is no longer the special.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    DJQ1
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We had dinner here while visiting Oxford. We were surprised to find our favorite wine on the wine list. Our entrees were superb. The chocolate chess pie was fabulous! I could have eaten an entire pie. My spouse's favorite dessert is a hot fudge sundae. Though not on the menu the staff did not hesitate to make one. A truly wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience
    ep05
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I had been wanting to eat here for a few years. My wife picked this as the spot for our first anniversary dinner and I was impressed. It's somewhat pricey, but the food and service were fantastic. It's not a place I would choose to go very often but it will be great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not really
    RedbirdVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Does not even begin to live up to its hype - either in food or service. It's a solid "OK" but not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rubber fish and thin Rib Eye
    TexEx
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The Drum was flavorless and rubbery. Rib eye was cut very thin. However rib eye was flavorful. Oyster appetizer was fantastic. Salad was so light on tomato and dressing flavorless. Brought wrong wine as well but waiter was attentive and knowledgable. Kitchen let her down especially on main courses.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I had looked forward to this as one of the best restaurants in the South. Unfortunately, I had the shrimp and grits which were so spicy as to make them nearly inedible. There was nothing in the menu which would have led me to believe this to be the case.When the server removed a full plate of food ,no mention was made of my lack of appetite.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Night at the Grocery
    DEKStL
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Let’s start positive. The food here is really good. Unfortunately, I can’t even remember what I had because the service and comfort of the building was just horrendous. Service here is hit or miss. When they miss it tends to be like an Alabama field goal. This night it started with water arriving late (then never re-filled), an empty cocktail glass that sat on the table until shortly after dessert had begun, no bread, an old wine list from which I was lucky enough to select a bottle they no longer carried, an appetizer for two with no plates, and topped-off with a patronizing waiter who insisted that the dining room was unbearably warm because, “it is an old building”. Funny, it was comfortable last summer when it was 100 degrees outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic