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

Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (21)romantic (20)special occasion (19)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (16)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent in every respect. View down Town Creek, regardless of season, is delightful. Coupled with great food, service, ambiance and conviviality and a magical experience is achieved.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wesailanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of our favorite dining spots. We love to take friends over on the boat from annapolis and enjoy dinner at Pope's Tavern. Great food - cozy ambiance - good wine - We have Never had a bad dining experience and the service is exceptional. We are also kinda obsessed with the popemobile. Cheers to Dan and Lisa!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated our 45th anniversary at Pope's. We were seated promptly (had reservations) & served drinks promptly. Food was excellent, I don't think you can make a poor choice. It's a bit noisey and was filled with locals (a good sign). We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    Stuart
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pope's Tavern was a unique find and provided an enjoyable, tasty evening meal for a special occasion. While the menu was a bit limited, it aptly reflected the ambiance of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Our only concern was the noise level in the main dining area; it was a bit difficult to hold a conversation with one's dinner partner(s). We were visitors to the area but the tavern was clearly a favorite spot of locals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We really enjoyed Pope's Tavern. We had been wanting to try it for years and finally went for a birthday dinner. The menu had soe many great items, it was hard to choose. The BLT salad was excellent, the Antipasto appetizer had unique offerings. Very good. Seared tuna was tender and cooked rare to perfection. The special of the day Flounder with lemon caper butter was a hit. We shall definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb, as always!
    lawdudeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed another superb meal at Pope's Tavern on Sunday night of Oxford Regatta weekend. Even though we heard that the restaurant had been extremely busy with reservations and walk-ins on both Friday and Saturday, the food and service that we received couldn't have been better. As always, the servers were friendly and professional, and the food was delicious.This place is always exactly what I want it to be -- whether I want great food while having a serious conversation at a corner table or while celebrating a special occasion with a group of friends; whether I want something new from the always interesting specials or something familiar from the menu; whether I want consistently fresh seafood or a perfectly cooked steak. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend getaway
    Shoreguido
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a lovely meal at the Tavern. We sat outside, which offers an oblique view of the water. The food was excellent quality but not particularly interesting. That said, it was within walking distance from our bed and breakfast and would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was beautiful in appearance and taste! The chef is among the very best. One of us had the largest, most delicious, most binder free crab cake we have ever seen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic menu
    Oxford
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a great upscale seaside restaurant with tbe best most creative seafood around. All vegetables are fresh from the garden and the desserts are divine. Wine pairings always seem to be spot on. We try to go at least once a week while we are here for the summer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FishwifeCrew
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Best soft shell crabs on the Eastern Shore - hands down. Consistently solid, top flight jewel of a dining spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Old Favorite
    Willbeback
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Fit for a Pope
    rockhalljim
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at the Oxford Inn
    angie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MoonbeamVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food appeared to be hastily prepared and the chef spent more time with patrons than in the kitchen...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service
    WanderSteveVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Bruce
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    RescriticVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Visiting Oxford for the first time. Had a lovely meal. Waitress was adorable and helpful. Nice experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    wyerivermarineVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Diner
    RKoh
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a getaway
    ToCCResidentVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we've done it again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 163 reviews are from the Pope's Tavern at the Oxford Inn reviews archive.
  • oxford find!
    wellfed
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    delicious food -- friendly staff-- in a wonderful town by water's edge
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A consistant Gem.
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have never been to Popes when it wasn't excellent !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Dining
    localdiner
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Donna
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a pleasant surprise
    adchotinVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we loved having the round
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy night at Pope's tavern
    lesnomadesVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    Bruce
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, really slow service
    jcbohnVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal at Pope's
    wyerivermarineVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a wonderful place! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Just a wonderful place! The dinning is always fabulous! Staff is always energetic . Owner and chef are present and check on customers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect New Year;s Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit
    Giacos
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Skipper
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food! Absolutely
    MichellVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Loved the food! Absolutely Awesome! Definitely tantalizes the tastebuds! A burst of flavor in every bite! A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    Daylily
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pope's Tavern
    Ronbo
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot to take out of town guest
    DollarDeb
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.