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Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn
Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn

Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oxfordinn.net/dining.html
  • Phone: (410) 226-5220
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Lisa MacDougal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Intimate private dining room accommodates up to 12 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa MacDougal (410) 226-5220

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking directly across the street
A word from Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn
Set in a quaint 19th century inn overlooking the creek in charming Oxford, an "Eastern Shore Gem" is what Zagat and others call Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn. Come and enjoy Chef/Owner Lisa MacDougal's ernest New American fare showcasing the season's finest ingredients. Sample our hand selected wine list featuring 100 boutique wines, including many by the glass. Whether you choose the cozy dining room, the intimate private dining room, the waterviews from the porch or the comradery of the bar, Pope's Tavern promises to deliver a great dining experience. And, don't forget to ask about our lodging and dining special packages.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Best soft shell crabs on the Eastern Shore - hands down. Consistently solid, top flight jewel of a dining spot."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was great after we saw a party of 7 sit next us and we asked if we could move to the porch. It was a gorgeous night so we loved being outside. Very fresh and well prepared. Suggest ordering rare versus medium rare if you want "no brown". Varied menu gives lots of choices for every taste."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A wonderful place to enjoy a dining experience and a relaxing evening. Whether at the bar or sitting inside or out, the service, ambiance and attention to detail and the customer is at the top. The food - choices, preparation, presentation and most importantly taste is the best in Oxford, MD and one of the best on the Eastern Shore. Wine list is capable of meeting anyone's tastes and budget and has some really good finds. Add the "English Taxi" that will come and pick you up at your hotel, Inn or Marina and you have all that you need to enjoy yourself, your companion and your evening."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The owners are very friendly. They will pick you up and give you a ride back to where you are staying. The food is outstanding.The Ahi tuna was among the best we ever had. Everything is made from scratch. The rolls served with roasted garlic and olive oil are excellent. Good wine selection."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food appeared to be hastily prepared and the chef spent more time with patrons than in the kitchen..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had to make a special request (carbo loading for a 70.3 Ironman event) and the server and chef were incredibly accommodating. Very nice people. Outstanding food. When in the area again, will make a point to visit. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It's great to have a restaurant that offers great food in an historic building within walking distance. The service is attentive, the food excellent, and the atmosphere friendly."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Visiting Oxford for the first time. Had a lovely meal. Waitress was adorable and helpful. Nice experience"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Lisa, owner and chef, consistently delivers an excellent meal while husband Dan insures you have a great time. One of our favorite restaurants. Definitely a "must go" if you're visiting the Eastern Shore."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were on a trip to Oxford, MD for a short getaway. The town offers this and one other fine dining experience. The staff treated us nicely. The menu was rather brief, but this may allow the kitchen to keep its focus to create memorable dishes. The wine list was quite extensive, with a wide range of per bottle prices. There was a large family party with young children. That meant quite a lot of movement and rather animated conversation at a decibel level that allowed everyone at the Table of 12 to hear each other. I don't hold that agains the establishment, but smaller parties might want to dine on the porch (weather permitting). Oxford is an exceedingly pleasant town. It is also a favorite port for curing sailboats."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I ate dinner at Pope's during our stay at a B&B in Oxford, MD. We asked to be seated before our reservation and that was no problem. It is an interesting building and while the dining area is small there is a cozy bar built into a corner where some people gathered for a drink and conversation. I had the grilled beef tenderloin, which was top shelf. My wife had the skate (seafood) and enjoyed hers also. What really impressed were the BLT salad (best bacon I've tasted in some time) and the artichoke hearts which were fried and came with a sauce that was just fantastic. The only drawback was a table of 8 who became loud in a nice jovial way... it was probably a family outing. Staff was great and we'll certainly return. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Yes, we have come again. And *****and we will continue to return to this gem. It is a true find in this historic town. Try it and you too will catch the allure of a great dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "delicious food -- friendly staff-- in a wonderful town by water's edge"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Every chance we get when in Oxford, we dine at Pope's - sometimes at the bar and sometimes in the dining room. The consistency of experience is amazing. The food and service are exceptional. The owners Lisa and Dan are on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly both in the kitchen and in the front of the house."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have never been to Popes when it wasn't excellent !"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Seeking someplace special for an anniversary is a daunting task. We heard about Pope's Tavern and, not having visited Oxford for years, decided to take the leap. Pope's Tavern is a a very attractive venue on the first floor of the Oxford Inn. The room is divided into a dining room located to the left of the bar and the bar itself on the right. We didn't know when we booked but it was Restaurant Week in Talbot County. Restaurant Week is generally a mixed blessing but here it was all positive. Escargots for my wife and a goat cheese souffle for me. Monkfish and veal were the main course accompanied by risotto and a Parmesan pasta cake. Dessert was creme brule and pineapple bread pudding. The main menu was similarly wonderful. This is a find!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After looking at all the places we could go for restaurant week, we chose this one because of the menu and its our old standby for special occasions! In other words, we went to the same place we always go despite all the other places on the list! It was the last night of restaurant week so we were thrilled to get a reservation. We ended up eating at the bar where we always eat when its just the two of us. The owner Dan was at the bar too and he is very entertaining. The chef Lisa stopped by to say hello. It was a great evening!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "we loved having the round table in the private dining room ... I marked the food down because i do believe in feedback and we honestly did not think the two desserts we ordered for the table were very good. The rest of the food was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went on a weekend night, the restaurant was crowded, but we were seated quickly. The tin pressed ceiling really reflects sound, so that when crowded, the noise level makes it difficult to hear the person sitting across the table to you. The oysters were fresh and delicious raw and Pope style. I found the fish a little undercooked, but other diners thought it fine. Dessert was very good. Service was a little spotty. If you can tolerate the noise level, Pope's Tavern is a good choice."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Another great meal at Pope's Tavern. My flounder was cooked perfectly. Nice and moist with plenty of flavor. My wife's filet was excellent. All in all a great meal and a great time."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "On a recent Thursday night, three of us had a great dinner at Pope's Tavern. It was great because the strip steak with frites was the best ever, it was quiet (not always the case), the service was friendly, but professional, and the total tab very reasonable (Thursday night offers $5 for wine and mixed drinks). This is a special place that should be supported by "natives" and tourists alike."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant since we moved here in 2007. We always have good food and attentive and knowledgeable service. On a recent visit, the server researched and found out which wine we had ordered on a previous visit. The atmosphere is relaxed, but efficient."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We got our wine somewhat quickly but didn't have our order taken for 40 minutes and starters didn't appear for another 25 minutes. Excruciatingly slow!! Restaurant wasn't even close to full, must have had kitchen troubles, but still very annoying. Food when it came was fine. Will hesitate to go again just because of service."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Just a wonderful place! The dinning is always fabulous! Staff is always energetic . Owner and chef are present and check on customers!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "One could choose from a special gala menu or order from an a la carte menu; we chose the latter and had delicious Pope's style oysters, followed by a salad and a perfectly cooked filet and a super Tuscan wine. Our server was cheerful and efficient; the noise level was energetic, but not overwhelming; we had no trouble carrying on a conversation. Gold and black balloons hanging from the tin ceiling gave a festive air and some contained slips of paper offering a free drink, discount or dessert on a future visit. Lovely, comfortable, low-key new year's eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've read about this in the past and wanted to try for some time. It was very good but disappointed there were no crab cakes as that is a specialty of the area and thought I heard they were good there."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My Wife and I were in the Oxford MD area and heard about this place. It was really good, the service was fast and friendly! The prices were a bit high for this type of restaurant, but overall, it was nice."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "Had a wonderful time here with the decor, the food and the service all of high quality and our small celebration was just the perfect spot for an intimate gathering were there 8 or more of us there was also a private dinning room that we could of used as well with a wonderful sitting area with fire place where the youngsters could amuse themselves as we chatted long past the desert."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Pope's Tavern. My wife and I were visiting Oxford celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. Pope's was cozy and quaint respite from a cold, raw, wet off-season evening. We were greeted warmly by the bartender, who quickly procured a cocktail for us, and then left her post to coordinate our seating. We enjoyed a corner table in a quiet, almost empty dining room. Our meal matched the ambiance in it's warmth and heartiness. The Moules and Frites were a fantastic starter, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp risotto. All in all, Pope's Tavern was exactly what we had in mind--fine dining served in a quiet, quaint and cozy atmosphere. Tres Bien!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Loved the food! Absolutely Awesome! Definitely tantalizes the tastebuds! A burst of flavor in every bite! A must try!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "The meal at Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn was all that we expected it to be. This restaurant is a favorite because the food is always reliably delicious! The specials should be tried because they are creative and delicious."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Quaint Inn, just about 12 or 14 tables. Nice wine selection. Nice food presentation. Three specials of the evening besides the regular menu choices. The food was excellent-- well prepared and very tasty. The service was "spotty".....we were greeted quickly upon arrival, placed and received our drink order but then waited nearly 40 minutes to place our food order after flagging down our server. There was no apology or acknowlegement for the delay. There was a festival going on in the neighboring town which brought many visitors to the area but the restaurant appeared to be staffed appropriately to handle the crowd. Service improved as the evening progressed."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "If you are looking for a quiet dining experience, Pope's Tavern is not the place. Although it is a small venue, a couple loud talkers can dampen an otherwise terrific experience. I would recommend going during the week when it is quieter than on the weekend. Do not order the Crème bruele for dessert as you may be disappointed."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Second time here! We're early diners so it was very quiet. Charming atmosphere. My oysters Pope style were very dry but tasty. Liver pate special was delish! Our Rockfish and NY strip specials were both excellent. Flourless chocolate cake wasn't as decedent as our last dessert there, but still great. Great place for a special occasion! Very good martini's and a nice selection of wines. We'll definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Went in for our 5 year anniversary and they had my favorite menu so far. I had 4 courses because I couldnt choose due to all the great food options. Lisa the chef really knows what she is doing and would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Keep up the good work and hope to see you again soon"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The swordfish was cooked to perfection, as was the filet."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn in Oxford, Maryland, is easy to miss as the road turns away from it just as it comes into view. Do not pass this spot by! Our dinner was divine from start to finish--and reasonable, too."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "Located in the quaint town of Oxford, in a beautiful historic Inn, going in the Pope's Tavern makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. Delicious fresh seafood, prepared skillfully in the Maryland tradition. The soft crabs and flounder melted in our mouths. Service was attentive friendly. If you arrive by boat, the Pope Mobile, an old london taxi will pick you up. Enjoy the beautiful porch for a drink outside for a view of the marina across the street."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "This restaurant flaunts a Zagats 27 for food. A 17 would be closer to the mark. The ambiance was rustic and dark with little charm. Although the food was not very sophisticated, the restaurant tries to pass itself off as gourmet, with prices for an entree high (in the mid to upper $20's) and the servings large. The staff was pleasant but rather unsophisticated. The foyer smelled of mildew which was an off-putting preamble to a mediocre dining experience, made worse by the fact that we had had lunch at the glorious Inn at Perry Cabin."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "A wonderful evening. Great dinner, lovely atmosphere, superb wine list. A great find in Oxford."
    Dined on 9/5/2013