This is one of our favourite spots downtown Guelph. They have fantastic food! We shared mussels and fried olives as the appetizer. Then my husband got the steak and I got 1/2 Jeff's Selection platter. The dessert was out of this world -- we got the Lemon Pavlova. Service was fantastic as well.
Never a disappointment --- such a great spot!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A find in downtown Guelph
Downtown Guelph has long needed a "go to" spot.. a place to relax with friends, enjoy some food, tapas, excellent local wines, a place where the bar is more than a place to have a drink. Ox is such a place. I've enjoyed lunches, dinners, and many drinks at OX and it is good to finally have a place that is both casual and unpretentious while demonstrating a degree of urban sophistication. Great place to visit! One thing for sure, get the deep fried olives... you won't regret it.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little tucked away patio, sub-par wine list, AMAZING pizza!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent experience and service
We went to Ox for my mom's birthday and it was a really special night for her. The service was excellent and she went out of her way to make note of the special request I had made in my online reservation. The food as always was really tasty and hot when it arrived. The online booking was easy and accurate. Overall Ox is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Guelph.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
3 for Dinner
We went for a birthday and doctorate graduation. Excellent cheese, wine, and server knowledge. Server was fantastic. Pizza's were also very good but the cheese selection stole the show!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Half and half Wednesdays
OX has a great half and half special on Wednesdays, offering one of their half size charcuterie boards with a half litre of wine as a special enticement. The board makes a great appetizer. We followed up with the OX pizza and the clam linguine - both excellent. The pizzas are quite large and likely best to share between 2 - we took half of both of our orders home and enjoyed them again! Great service, a nice vibe and a very nice atmosphere. We will be back!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food Great Service
The food at Ox was a delightful surprise as well as the service. This restaurant, under previous owners and names has suffered from poor service and poor quality food. I am very happy to see that the new owners have more than just addressed these concerns but have also created a unique restaurant experience right in the heart of Guelph. Thank you for this!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out with a friend
It was a very enjoyable evening, hostess was great, good sense of humor and she new the menu well as she answered all our questions.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This Ox is not a slow one
The service was fast, friendly and attentive. The food was first-rate. The menu is smallish but there is a good range to it.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ox is Awesome
It was our first time eating at Ox and everything was delicious. The smoked trout salad, the corned beef sandwich and the polenta fries were all fresh, house made and very enjoyable.
We went for lunch, coming from Toronto, and will be sure to return.
I did post a the sandwich on Twitter @afoodgypsy.
Our server was very friendly and professional.
It was one of the best lunches we have eaten in a restaurant in a long time.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
real italian pizza
Your pizza(obnoxious) was far closer to the real Italian pizza than your competition buon gusto. The waitress was very friendly and very welcoming. She was great at her job. We will definitely be back to try other things. I do wish that the pork bellies were a little bigger, because when food is great you want just a little more. A wonderful experience . Thank you.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Buttered us up
We celebrated our son's 20th birthday at OX. My husband and I had been there on two other occasions and wanted to share it with our two boys. Loved the pizza! We didn't have time to stay for dessert so the waitress delivered to our birthday boy a butter tart to take home. What a nice touch.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The choice to with local food
The choice to with local food sources and other Ontario vendors is a good one. I took the opportunity to purchase a big butter tart from the display that was more expensive than most I enjoy...I was not disappointed.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
great night out
We had a fantastic dinner, and couldn't be happier with the food. The cheese board and polenta frites were fantastic, and the pizza was incredible. The server was helpful, attentive and friendly. Everything was wonderful, with the small question of why there were only paper napkins? Seemed an odd note in an otherwise perfect evening. Well worth going back!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was terrific! The service was great and the selection of drinks was fantastic.
The restaurant itself was very clean and decorated really well.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
No matter the season the chefs at ox don't disappoint. They are confident to blend interesting and surprising flavours. Every meal is a delight.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten free never tasted so good!
I love coming to the The Ox for the entire dining experience; great service, great atmosphere, great food! The cheeses are absolutely delectable and the menu has something for everyone. Gluten free options are not only numerous but mouth watering and delicious. I just love this gem in the heart of downtown Guelph!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious, fresh
The food was delicious, fresh and presented wonderfully. Our server was very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to interact with.
The atmosphere, for those folk who are a little older and not quite ready to admit they need a hearing aid, was on the noisy side. The high ceilings seemed to amplify sounds and made it difficult to hear our companions.
My husband thought the prices were a bit on the high side, but that may be because over the years, our culinary skills have continued to improve and we often realize we could replicate the same dish equally well at home.
But, all and all it was a very pleasing dining experience. and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
OX was recommended by my son and we enjoyed ourselves. The menu is interesting that you have to read the whole desciption to know what you are getting which made for some good conversations. I would definitely make a return visit
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Night out
Firstly, I want to praise Amy our server. She was wonderful, warm and organized and I appreciate excellent service as it is often hard to get. Our food was wonderful. I have one small complaint. We ordered pork belly which was very tasty however I thought a little undercooked. The fat should be well caramelized with a beautiful crust and the meat should be fork tender. It was not served that way and the fatty bits were rubbery and the meat was a little chewy and hard to cut. The rest of the dishes were delicious and I would recommend the tortello. Very satisfying. I am not a dessert person but the Goat Cheesecake was fantastic and I think I may still be dreaming about it.
Late evening gets a little noisy but overall we had a great night!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic, but noisey
Great wine list, delicious pizza that wasn't too heavily crusted or doughy, friendly, knowledgeable service, reasonable price...Only complaint was that it got really noisy when the restaurant filled up.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very cool atmosphere
This was a great restaurant. The outside is unassuming but with coffee and wi-fi up front, a variety of regional beers on tap, delicious food, and a bookstore attached this place offers a number of experiences in one location. The urban chic atmosphere makes this restaurant a unique find. I would definitely recommend!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE WILL BE BACK - FOR SURE!!!
We dined at OX in celebration of my birthday. The atmosphere is cozy, relaxed and the decor is unique. We ordered a couple of appetizers (try the fried olives) and opted to go with the small plate selections. There was ample food to fill us! The service is, without a doubt - AMAZING, our server was friendly and personable, she knew the menu well, and had some suggestions on pairing wine to the food. Excellent! As many other reviews have said, yes, the restaurant overall is very loud, so be prepared for that. If you are looking for a quiet space to have dinner, this would not be a good choice. We will definately be back for more!
Fried olives, Chef's choice plate (cheeses, meats and spreads), Tortello, Smoked/BBQ chicken on a waffle.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, TONS of seasonal choices, and most things were organic and locally sourced. The restaurant had a shabby chic feel which was nice. The restaurant is excellent for Guelph students and residents. Prices were mid to high range. They had average portion sizes, but still managed to fill us up. For the price, service could have been slightly better (although the waitress was very pleasant). I have never been to a restaurant where your pizza came uncut, and there was no cutlery provided to effectively cut the whole pizza. Very strange experience, but regardless the pizza was delicious non the less.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
After 5yrs at the UofG our son was now graduating! He chose the OX as his favorite place to go.
The food was refreshingly different and flavourful . The atmosphere was simple and inviting.
We had a dietary issue which was handled by the chef himself.
He actually came to our table and spoke to us, never making us feel awkward .
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I decided to try out OX for dessert with a friend and was not disappointed. From the fantastic decor and ambience to the great and friendly service and the amazing food, this place was perfect. I will definitely be going back again and again.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday Night Dinner at OX
Attention to detail is stellar! We love that the plate and fork and knife spell out OX. Staff is pleasant and knowledgeable. We've been several times for brunch and lunch. Their pizzas are fabulous as are the polenta fries. Their burgers are ridiculously good and come with fresh cut fries and a small serving of coleslaw (homemade.) You can order half fries and half salad, which we did. You can tell that the chef (Parker) takes a lot of pride in what he does. Downstairs boasts a bakery that makes fantastic goodies and breads.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience, and our group (of which two extra people showed up) was accommodated despite the fact that it was very busy! The pizzas are delicious and the atmosphere is great! Also, you can't beat 1/2 price pizza Mondays!! We try and go on Mondays whenever we can!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious selection of pizza out of the ordinary. I had the kickbOXer pizza with smoked chicken, charred peppers, red onion, green olives, aged cheddar, mole base, cilantro. I had mine gluten free and without the cheddar as dairy does not agree with me. It was delicious. I will definitely order this again
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and great service
Ox is hard to find because there isn't a sign on the street but, if you look carefully, you'll see it on an inside door when you go into the book store. It's worth the trouble.
We arrived early for a 1:00 p.m. luncheon appointment with some old friends, so we sat at the bar to enjoy a local brew. Carrie (Kerry?) looked after us well and, when it came time for lunch, she was our server. She was excellent and impressed our guest with her knowledge of the wine list. The food, mussels, pizza, pork cutlet was great. The carrot cake for dessert was huge and delicious with more than enough for two to share.
We greatly enjoyed the experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'll be back!
Such a lovely evening. Great atmosphere- lively, young, energetic, bustling. Fantastic food and great wine!! Service was also top notch. Overall wonderful experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots to share
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.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great time, great meal and loads of fun. :-)
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM