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OX Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oxguelph.com/
  • Email: info@oxguelph.com
  • Phone: (519) 821-9271
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00am

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Pizzeria, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Parker Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wyndham Street North
  • Public Transit: St George's Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is additional parking available in the RBC lot adjacent to the building after 6PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends.
A word from OX
In the heart of Downtown Guelph, OX provides the best of sourced food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Start with our cheese and charcuterie boards and lead into our fantastic main courses and thin crust pizzas. Wash it all down with a local brew, a classic cocktail or one of our excellent small vintage wines. And be sure to check out the selection from our world-class bakery...Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Met with some friends on a Tuesday night for dessert and drinks. Pleased to discover Tuesdays are $6 cocktail nights! Yummy desserts too. We chose OX because of the location: central and easy to find. That is was attached to the Bookshelf was great as I was early and was able to browse through the bookstore before being seated. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is a great spot in the downtown area and the OX has SO much potential. If only someone would train these poeple how to serve a table. THEN it would be a place to come back to again and again.... but when you do not get the service you should have it makes it hard to say great things."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "OX is always a hit with us. The wine selection is stellar!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great time at Ox - our server was fun and energetic and could joke with us all throughout dinner. We had the spreads and crostinis which are always so different and delicious. The beer carpaccio was also awesome. My sister and mom had a pizza and said it was the best they've ever had. The burgers are made in house and are outstanding. The ambiance was great and I was happy to be able to take my family to an awesome local restaurant with great food and service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Bartender was happy to serve us and gave us plenty of time to make up our minds. It was a nice to catch up with friends and he made sure not to crowd or rush us. We had delicious cocktails to finish the meal. Very full, satisfied, and happy."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I came here with my parents who were visiting for a day, and it was a great spot to sit down and have a lovely dinner without feeling rushed or being too noisy to have a great conversation. We ordered salads and pizzas, and all the food was delicious! Service was pleasant, non-pushy, and helpful when accommodating gluten free options. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Brunch is good but selection is limited. WIsh we could order from their regular menu. Our server was very friendly. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent cocktail menu with unique ingredients and creative flavours, there is something for everyone as well as good wine and beer choices. Server was helpful with all drink and food questions. My guests had several of the duck dishes, other had pizza of which there is a great variety of options. My party of 6 women had a great time and wrapped up our night upstairs at eBar to relive old times!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We all had the hamburgers and frites which were excellent. We also all had the caesar salad's which we all agree were very disappointing. The dressing was extremely bland, hardly tasted like a caesar salad. This needs improvement. The homemade pop was also disappointing, an over powering taste of ginger. Bring back regular soft drinks!! Ambience was great"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love this restaurant and will definitely go back again but it's very noisy (need some sound baffles) and there isn't a great selection for vegetarians. I eat fish and they were kind enough to give me the fish and chorizo tacos without the sausage but it's a meaty kind of place. Great patio in the warm weather! Best part is you can buy great bread as well and wander through the bookstore. Hope this one lasts a long time - but more veggies please."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Went here for dinner and was impressed by the food and drink selection. However, the service was a bit on the slower side. The restaurant was busy but did not seem understaffed in the dining room. Perhaps it was a kitchen-issue."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • ".......their innovative take on pizza's esp. & food generally. The whole place is a refreshing chg to mundane dining. We really appre ciate their outstanding 1/2 price pizza nts."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This was the second time I ate at this restaurant- the first time was on a Saturday night - without a reservation- I ended up sitting at a terrible table and the food was OK. This time it was a weeknight with a reservation and the food and service were much better. However it was March Break and the number of children running around the restaurant was annoying and distracting. (not the restaurants fault) I would definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I was meeting a client at OX for lunch and was SO pleased with the outcome. I was seated in advance (being early to arrive) and my client was escorted immediately over upon her arrival. Server was knowledgeable and considerate of when we were in heavy business discussions. I noticed her not interrupting to fill water (that truly didn't require water) in light of our conversation. That's truly appreciated during a fast 1hr lunch. Food was fantastic as always and take-away items were lovingly wrapped. Will absolutely be going back"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "my son's birthday lunch celebration was fantastic. the food was awesome and lots of shareable items. they made a lovely dessert plate with a birthday candle. We will certainly go again and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were very impressed! Great ambiance, interesting original decor, wine/food pairings, and very creative dishes that tasted amazing. The best restaurant I've been to in awhile!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Interesting brunch menu, coffee excellent and service good, definitely will return."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It's always so difficult to choose which pizza to order, but I've always been blown away by each one! Delicious!!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Unique and delicious, the food as well as the decor. The ajoining bookstore is a cool plus and I really liked your door-wall. Cool food!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Lots of creative flair, refined keeping everything in check. Best cocktails in town, bartenders have extensive knowledge. Come as you are, dressed down for a few drinks, or dressed to impress with a hot date. Mostly, if not 100% local (Niagara) wines, Several craft beers, homemade desserts... This place has passion for the industry and shows it."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I'd have to rank my meal at OX as one of the top three I've ever had - anywhere. I had one of their specials, which was beef brisket served with an arugula slaw and lasagna potatoes. The brisket was tender and moist with a subtle glaze that didn't over power the flavour of the meat. The arugula slaw was outstanding - I wish I had the recipe - and the lasagna potatoes, which is a fancy name for scalloped potatoes, were perfectly prepared. My wife and daughter split one of OX's pizzas, which they both raved about. Our server was super friendly, informative, and attentive. The quality of food, the service and the price made for an exceptional dining experience. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "When I go out to eat, I want my meal to be unique, otherwise I'd stay home and cook for myself. Ox offers a unique menu. We like to go there to each order different things, then table share. The tables in the bar are better for this but when tables came free in the dining room the staff was happy to add one on to ours. Thin crust pizzas are VERY thin so not too filling but very flavourful. Charcuterie boards offer many flavour combos. Great beer selections. Sweet and savoury lamb pot pie. Unique and tasty pierogies."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My hubby and I enjoyed great Pizza and nice wine at this restaurant on Valentine's evening. We really enjoyed both and would definitely go back. We enjoyed this place a lot more than the other pizza place downtown, the pizza was just better!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great dinner for my wife and myself. Had the lamb pot pie. Amazing!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Great food, wonderful atmosphere, relaxed and efficient service....a very nice bistro experience for which we travel 45 minutes to enjoy."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I heard about The Ox from a coworker and loved the local food concept and the food she was eating looked great. I took my girlfriend there for a surprise date and we loved it! The food was fantastic- we had the antipesto half platter as chosen by the chef and each picked different pizzas. We also both had some cocktails which were very tasty :). The service was great and I was surprised at how quick two hand made pizzas came to us!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We tried the appetizer feature that night, some sort of Beet Balls (forget the name) but they were delicious! and really hope you add them to your regular menu. We would definitely be back just for them, and of course everything else. Love the atmosphere and was so happy to see a David Ceasar mural on the wall. I recognized his work right away, good on you to use a local artist!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "OX continues to provide local food , creatively prepared, reasonably priced, and tasty. And great beers."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Could not believe the waiter with the rolling of his eyes. A few unusual but not difficult requests left our waiter in a snoot. I picked up immediately he really had no use for us and it left me uncomfortable and embarrassed. Staff needs to realize people go out for an experience and it was my choice to come over from Waterloo with invited guests from Toronto after the restaurant had a great review. Trust me when my peer group asks it really was embarrassing. I am only too thankful I saw the last rolling of the eyes. Perhaps asking for an extra glass really was a horrible and inconvenient thing to ask. Ask for clarification if you don't understand. All of us are seasoned restaurant goers. There was no need. Won't recommend at all."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Interesting offerings with unusual small plates. Great selection of pizzas and mains. Really appreciate the Ontario VQA wine offerings by both glass and bottle. Also a super selection of Ontario Craft Beers from the tap tower."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We like the fact that the menu changes periodically. The food was very delicious. The staff was attentive without being annoying. We will be definitely be going back when we are in the area."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed dinner and lingering was encouraged. Good service, no hovering, but we could get something easily if we needed an additional service. Recommended for an enjoyable night out."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "5 of us, ordered a bunch of small plates and grazed. I'd say the only thing that was disappointing were the moles et frites (mussels and fries) and the chicken waffle, everything else was excellent. It was a Tuesday night so it was $6 cocktails, which was also fun."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Been to Ox on many occasions. The food & service never fail to impress. The service was friendly & attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious. Shared the meat & cheese house board with my companion - great choices & combinations. Especially loved the pickled jalapenos. The menu was brand new - impressive in that they continue to refresh the menu seasonally. The elk empanadas were tasty - coupled with the sauce & poached egg the flavor combination was stellar. My companion had the Foxy pizza - delicious & ended up with leftovers for the next day. Chocolate tort & white chocolate cheesecake for dessert were both delicious, although we both found the cheesecake to be the winner amongst the two."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "my friend and I shared a ceasar salad. it was very disappointing. it had lettuce leafs sprinkled with some ceasar dressing, some croutons, and a baked slice of cheese on the top. it was not a ceasar salad that tasted good. the look was impressive. the soup was very good. the pizza was also great. it was thin crust with a very different taste. the table was very small."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Service started a bit slow but picked up nicely. Our food all came out in a timely fashion and looked great. It was quite late in the evening and the kitchen could only manage to send us 1/2 of one of our orders of mussels so in addition they also sent us a free order of something else that we were quite happy with. Honestly if they didn't tell us that the mussels weren't a full order I never would have known. I have been here several times alone and with groups and have always had a good experience minus a few service glitches which I think this restaurant location has always been cursed with due to layout and placement of the kitchen perhaps. Overall I will return often awesome baked goods as well!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Both the menu and the wine list were very good. The platter of meat and cheese was great the deserts were outstanding. Too noisy though. Should try to add something to reduce the noise level."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Everything was outstanding! Food was incredibly delicious. Our server warm and attentive. We will definitely be back, and have already recommended OX many times to others..."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had a great time, great meal and loads of fun. :-)"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Recently dined at the Ox. Server was knowledgeable and helpful. Pizza is great and easily shared. Enjoyed the pear/parsnip soup, green salad and Foxy pizza. Friends enjoyed pizza and steak selection. Great beers and wine. Suggest non-alcohol beer options for future. Dinner and a movie option reasonable. Will be back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013