The Oxford
The Oxford

The Oxford

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oxfordraleigh.com/
  • Phone: (919) 832-6622
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thurs: 11am to 12am
    Fri - Sat: 11am to 2am
    Sun: 10am to 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, English, British
  • Executive Chef: Erik Beauchamp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: With the ability to accommodate parties of up to 275, The Oxford is one of the largest and most versatile event venues in Downtown Raleigh. Rich, dark woods, leather seating, and British-inspired details create the perfect backdrop for family reunions, receptions, business functions and more.
    Our event planning team can customize layouts and menus (buffet, plated or carving stations) for any private event you may be hosting.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Cates 8883967715
  • Entertainment: Oxford provides live music on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10pm. Our bands are always fun and energetic. To see a full music schedule, check out the news and events section of our website: http://www.oxfordraleigh.com/news-and-events/
  • Special Events: Oxford has several special events throughout the year. From nonprofit fundraisers to fall street festivals, there are always special events going on! To see our event lineup, check out the 'news and events' tab on our website: http://www.oxfordraleigh.com/news-and-events/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Martin St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and several parking decks within walking distance.
A word from The Oxford
In many English towns and villages, the pub is central to the entire community. It’s where people gather to unwind, chat, and exchange ideas. At The Oxford, we want to be the gathering place for business lunches, after-work drinks, birthday dinners — or “just because.”
Located on Fayetteville Street, The Oxford offers the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere of a British pub in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. Dark wood accents, leather chairs and couches, and other special touches make guests feel like they’ve just stepped off the streets of London — and offer the perfect setting for live music, private dining, and more. In fact, late night on Fridays and Saturdays, The Oxford features great local live party bands on the main stage and packs out the bar with young professionals.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Oxford reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (12)fit for foodies (7)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Not what we expected
    MCKSCI
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Its good pub fare but not what we were expecting. Service was VERY fast. Our entree was on the table while we were still eating our appetizer. We arrived at 6.45 and had finished our entree by 7.15. We prefer a slower pace so we can enjoy conversation and drinks. Everyone was very pleasant and attentive
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun on Guy Fawkes night!
    FoodLover
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    On November 1st the Oxford had Guy Fawkes night, complete with flaming statues, fire-jugglers, etc. Even though it was cooold outside, the atmosphere inside was super-fun -- lots of people still dressed in Halloween costumes, and of course the food is GREAT!. Our server was British and could not have been better. Nice evening all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, good downtown location
    DrPattyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    They had a really unique menu and something to satisfy the meat-eaters & Vegetarians. It was an easy walk from our hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad for pub food
    VolDinerNC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The menu is a bit mixed, is it bar food or high end bar food or pub fair? They had a nice Sheppard's pie, and decent short rib, bu the prices were out of place with they type of food. It was quite expensive, leading us to think the food would be much more high end, but it was pretty typical pub food served a bit more elegantly than usual. They had a nice sounding special, a crab stuffed lobster, but at $36 for an entree it was more expensive than most of the menu. The seem to do pub food pretty well, but they think of themselves as fine dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    brunchman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    On Sunday I met a cousin there for Brunch. The food was fantastic. The waitress was very good. She was there when we needed her but was not pushy. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Smart
    DowntownerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Hadn't dined here since shortly after grand opening. The food was so many steps above that experience, we will definitely be back soon. BTW, they did Restaurant Week perfectly. Great selections & appropriate size servings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    So from out of town and used open table, really liked the description British "gastro pub" and the food was good. Arrived at 8pm to find a nearly empty resturant. Only one other table had people in it. Was more shocked to find out it was resturant week, and it was still dead. Granted it was a Tuesday night but still slightly concerned. Service was OK we had a training waiter who was pleasant and curious. Our dinner arrived quickly, but they forgot our app. They apologized and brought it to us quickly and told us it was in the house. Everything I would expect, Just dead! Some reviews stated the quality had declined but it was great food and I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    FredR
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went on a Monday night for Raleigh Restaurant week. The softshell crab app was too fishy for my wife, I found mine a little fishy but not bd, nothing memorable. She had the Shrimp and Grits - again OK but not memorable. I had the Pork Chop which was decent, the potatoes were tasty but a little dry, the sauce was the high point of the meal. Dessert was Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich. The ice cream was 'homemade' maple vanilla - very tasty but also very icy. Our server was very good, when we considered the beer/win pairing he suggested that since Monday is $2 off NC Beer night that we just let him pair beer with our choices, which was a good move. Not a great start to restaurant week but not a complete fail.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slipping a little
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Having eaten here several times we decided to meet friends here for dinner early on a Sat. Night. Service was good but the total lack of herbs and seasoning on 3 of the 4 different main dishes we ordered was disappointing. The batter on the 'fish n chips' was thick and undercooked. The risotto with the salmon special was gummy and flavorless. The salmon was a nice piece but for 'grilled' fish it was very greasy. Short ribs were good and so was the shepards pie, but that was under seasoned. Might come back but wouldn't make a point of doing so.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 312 reviews are from the The Oxford reviews archive.
  • Why were we next to a party?
    GotGoals
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When we were taken to our table (which we had a reservation for) we were seated in the side room. There was our little table for 4 and then a giant table set for 25 or so (we were set no even an arms reach from the middle of the big table). I asked the hostess then if they were expecting a big group soon and she said not for a while. Well before our food even came in comes in a bachelorette party. The ladies were all very nice, but I don't understand why we were set in that room when there were clearly other tables available. The women were very nice but it was constant butts brushing our table as the couple got up and down to greet arriving guests and take pictures. This experience ended up over shadowing the good of our experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pub in a great location
    BobJVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you are going to do anything in downtown Raleigh, this is a great location for dinner. The food is very good pub fare plus some more ambitious dishes and the preparation was excellent. The service was quick, but not rushed. I suspect that the chef is good enough that you should just order what entices you and you will be happy. The prices are reasonable and the portions are ample.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    SelenaTheEater
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was amazing, cooked to perfection. My pineapple upsides down martini was amazing, mixed to perfection. And our server Ken was amazing, just perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oxford Rocks
    SherryS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time at The Oxford. Enjoyed the Band and the food. It became quite crowded later in the evening which made getting drinks quite a challenge without a long wait at the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for brunch
    Jill204VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My first turnoff was the sticky floors! The food and service was ok but not what we expected.
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  • Brunch on Sunday
    Caveindo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food and service were great. Overate because the food was so tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary so this was a great place to start the day. We had excellent service and many of the servers stopped at our table to wish us a happy anniversary. Food was good, but the service was the best part!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pub
    BigD
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Nice English pub feel. Traditional dishes with subtle twists. Great place for game time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • okay buffet brunch
    ezandsimply
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I'm usually not a buffet type person, but this one wasn't bad. The only thing I can say was that the roasted meat was a little too seasoned. The pulled pork was too sweet and the beef was way over seasoned. If they just use salt and pepper and let the meat be the flavor would be great. But the omelet was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very busy
    Jdporter3
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Apparently Memorial Day week is pretty dead for restaurants. I was surprised how empty the place was. Food was good and server was attentive, if not very knowledgeable about menu choices. The fried avocado was light and very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-concert dinner
    BobJVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The location of The Oxford is perfect for performances at the Memorial Hall area. I had Shepherd's Pie and my wife had fish and chips, both good although I thought mine had a bit too much thyme. The menu is very varied with typical British pub food along with more sophisticated food. We intend to eat here regularly before performances at the nearby theaters.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We love the Oxford. The staff is very knoedgeable. This last visit we had Josh who was great. He knew the menu inside and out. Gave great suggestions that on a whole we took. One of our favorites is the beef Short Ribs with spinach, shoestring onions and blue cheese mashed potatoes. It is a great restaurant if you have show tickets as it is 2 blocks from The theatre.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smashing venue
    gecko26
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The restaurant has excellent, tasty, well-presented entrees such as the salmon croquettes and butternut soup. Our wait person, Joshua, was helpful and recommended items on the menu. He was conscious of our need to attend the symphony on time and made sure that we were able to meet that time. Parking was easy...just across the street, so we were very happy with our girls' night out and our restaurant choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    DurhamDenny
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Perfect for a pre-Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts concert meal (and there's a discount with NC Symphony tickets). Creative, nicely seasoned food (a bit pricey). Very limited wine list. TV screens with various sports events unavoidable (if that's a problem for you).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Oxford was lovely!
    epicuriantastes
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    it has that English pub feel with a English football decor. quite pleasant....and when I spilled my wine, the server was so helpful and replaced my drink!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    sasjrm
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    as good as the old bogarts sunday brunch buffet & has good key lime pie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated food for a Europub
    BillnBeth
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    A bit loud, like a pub should be. Excellent friendly service. Great selection of beers on tap. English pub standard dishes plus fairly complex entrees; Our "small plate" grass-fed filet was smaller than most appetizers (a single 2-3 oz slice of beef). A bit steep prices for the entrees, but the tastes were outstanding. The pub standards were more reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go on a Monday!!
    ladyKBVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    So apparently, Monday night is the only day of the week they do not offer the "other menu special"; therefore the choices were extremely limited. The staff on Monday was extremely limited as well. Our server was AWESOME! He handled our table as well as the huge office party that showed up. I wasn't impressed with my order or my drink. However, I have been to the Oxford on other occasions and have been very pleased with my meal..... I just know never to return on Mondays due to the limited menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorful and Pleasant
    TeamK
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were all Wowed! by the.flavors and accommodations. My burger was extremely perfect. The quesadilla was even better. Sometimes you wonder when something tastes so go that it's too good to be true. Not the case here, that's for sure. We can't wait to go back! Loved the whole experience. We sat outside. It just might be the best prepared and freshest tasting food I've had. My burger looked like it belonged in a magazine. Awesome!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, attentive service
    RockerMom
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We met some friends at the Oxford before going to see the NC Symphony; we chose the restaurant because they are currently offering a 10% discount on food to Symphony ticket holders. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable, almost a bit too chatty. They have a very good beer selection including some local brews, and everyone's meal was excellent. Entree prices mostly range from $10-25, which was higher than I expected for a restaurant with a pub atmosphere, but my entree (the chicken bangers) was from the low end of the price range and was excellent. The Oxford is an easy walk to both the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center and the Red Hat Amphitheater, so is a good location for a pre-concert or play dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food and beer selection is outstanding. It can get a little loud and rowdy at times but still works for a good date night option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    TMFfromRaleighVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    British pub-like atmosphere, although the restaurant can hardly be called cozy. Good steaks, reasonable prices. Fayetteville St hotspot. Live music , at least on Friday nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Having dined at The Oxford
    Rebecca
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Having dined at The Oxford for a previous brunch a few months ago, this recent experience was a huge disappointment. The jazz band is gone, the waffle station is gone, the food selections are reduced and were not replenished. Service was great but that is not enough to return for lackluster food.
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  • Fun Bar and Grill
    HaysVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The Oxford was everything we had heard - a good place for a good meal and social interaction! A variety of food set it apart from basic burger/sandwich bars. Fun place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out
    Flower
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    It was within walking distance from memorial auditorium which was great We liked that the menu had fish entrees as well as sandwiches. Great pomegranate martini.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the Oxford!
    John415
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have been going to the Oxford for a long time, they are always updating the menu to keep it fresh and always have amazing food. I took my wife there for Valentine's this year and she loved it. The food is wonderful, you can tell the chef puts a lot of thought into the dishes. They always have the classic dishes but keep it fresh with a rotating menu. Our waiter was very helpful explaining the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great service. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Really great service. The Shepherd's Pie was amazing--our whole table thought it was the best we'd ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oxford
    Xrinx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was a miss for me this time. My boyfriend enjoyed his though. I had gotten the ginnoch with spinach and rabbit sausage. None of it went together and the rabbit wasn't even cooked with the rest of it. Last time I went we both had amazing dishes.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pub type atmosphere with
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Good pub type atmosphere with food that is above "pub food" category. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. I will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    Grace
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Great location for dinner prior to a show/concert at Memorial Hall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From a Happy Foodie
    tammy1365
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Went for restaurant week and did the prix fixe menu. Everything was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic