City Grocery

4.5
324 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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City Grocery has become a landmark in the Oxford dining scene. Exposed brick walls and heart pine plank floor augment the candle light and white linen staging some the most inventive and interesting food in the South. "Their (dishes) deft presentation is imaginative, skillful and disciplined, elevating them above qualification as regional and ethnic cuisine."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Creole
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(662) 232-8080
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Currence
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Catering
City Grocery Restaurant Group offers off-site catering through our catering division, The Main Event. We are a full service caterer offering complete event coordination, to include exceptional service, attention to detail and unique menu design to suit each of our clients. Specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary dinners, corporate and university functions. Please call 662-234-9300 to book your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Van Buren
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Great place to dine. Our go to spot any time we are in town!

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2017

This was the first time I have been to City Grocery for dinner, though I've had many good experiences at lunch. Most of my issues this time were caused by our server. He was a fast talker, pushy and way too much of a smart--- for all of us. The most unfortunate thing he did was to tell me the wrong ingredients in my smoked oysters over pappardelle before I ordered. There was an ingredient listed that I had never heard of, and he quickly responded that it was parsley, olive oil, etc., just a nice little topping. Sounded good to me. Later I Googled it, and it was described as a hot chili pepper. It was so spicy hot it that I found it to be mostly inedible. Also, he and the hostess said there would be 10 oysters over the pasta. There were 4. Pretty steep for $27, I thought. I was there for my birthday, and it was a real downer. I wouldn't say I will never go back, but, if I did, I would make sure that I was not served by the same guy. By the way, they were not busy that evening, so there was no excuse for poor service.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

There was a lot of hype for City Grocery, and it lived up to it -- one of the most delicious and enjoyable meals I've ever had in the States. Each one in our party ordered a different entree, and we were all delighted with our choices. The salted honey pie with lavender ice cream was transformational! Service was excellent; we were well attended to on a busy Saturday night. The only knock: after about 8 pm, the noise level was extreme. After a relatively quiet evening at Snackbar the night before, we were acutely aware of how loud CG was. But for our small group, it worked fine, mostly because we were too busy cleaning our plates. Thanks to City Grocery for a very memorable Oxford experience.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was great except the appetizer of local tomatoes. They were over salted.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

This was a special occasion for my wife and me. We came up from Mandeville, La to celebrate our forty-fifth wedding anniversary and wanted to do something special. That is why we chose to celebrate at City Grocery. It is a special place. By the way, we are both graduates of Ole Miss.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

This restaurant is so quaint! Perfect brunch on the square! Food was delicious and the atmosphere is fun and inviting.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Best meal I've had in years! I'm not usually that adventurous, but the waitress convinced me to get the braised beef cheeks. The different items on the plate all had an interesting in a good way taste. But the combination of all of them came together in perfect harmony.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2017

Shrimp & grits are phenomenal. The rest of our food was average. Our server was excellent, and very helpful.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2017

Food was good but left hungry. Not much on the plate for the price. Tea glass was never full.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Outstanding in every way. Feels like family and great food and wine. Service is always perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Our Mother's Day Brunch was a delight. We arrived rather skeptical of the service we might receive on such a busy holiday/graduation weekend, but were pleasantly surprised at the good service and timing of the food delivery. Everything we ordered was delicious. The only snafu was the burgers ordered by two people at the table did not come out with the fried egg that was ordered, but the kitchen quickly made it right. I have dined here before for dinner and it was good; however, I enjoyed the lunch menu options more than the dinner menu and will definitely head back there soon for brunch or lunch when in town.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

As always, delicious food and delightful service...

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2017

3 tables (ours included) all ordered the same thing- beef cheeks and shrimp and grits. No one was disappointed!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2017

Her parents came in from Cali and we took them on little scenic trip of Oxford & Ole Miss campus and of course had to have lunch at your restaurant they had an awesome experience.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Food is predictably good. Wait staff is hit or miss. Was FREEZING inside the restaurant which made the meal uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

First time eating at city grocery. It was unbelievable. But you should expect unbelievable from a James Beard award winning chef. The waitstaff was incredible. Very attentive and willing to serve. The food was incredible. Very tasty, very fresh and very savory. We will definitely be back. This little place should be on everyone's list of places to eat in the south. Reservations are a must.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Had not been to City Grocery in awhile, and it was really great. I had one of the specials: pork sliders, and they were really good. We took our daughter, who is a college student who looks forward to our visits so she can go for lunch and/or dinner at some of the nicer places in Oxford. City Grocery was a great choice. We had reservations because it was Double Decker weekend, so no wait, which was really awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was amazing as always. Second time we had Claire as our server and she was the highlight of our lunch. Hope to have her every time!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great restaurant and in a perfect location on the square. The staff is great and very professional which is rare in a college town.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Lunch was spectacular

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Shrimp and grits can't be beat!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2017

The appetizers were good and not too filling. We had the smoked deviled egg, the roasted Brussel sprouts, and the shrimp and toast. Small tapas for sure! For dinner I had the fish of the day which was a whole red snapper. Nicely cooked and tender. My husband had the Mississippi catfish. It was much better than the snapper. If you go for nothing else but dessert, you have to have the Honey Pie. It is AMAZING. the lavender ice cream is so light and fresh.

Our service was great but it is very loud from the chatter! Otherwise, no complaints.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

My first time & not a disappointment. Food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Our server was awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Great food. Even better service. Sierra was a great server. Innovative menu. Everything was first rate
Only negative was door to bar was continually slamming and shaking the table

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent meal. Busy weekend in oxford, but it seems like this restaurant is always busy. Had a lovely old fashioned in the upstairs bar before our dinner reservation. We weee seated promptly but then were abandoned for about 10 minutes before someone asked us for a drink order. Once we got their attention, the service was spot on though. Food was as excellent as expected and advertised. Would definitely return. Seems like would be great fun for a larger group as restaurant is louder.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2017

When I walked in the restaurant smelled like bad fish/seafood. Very pungent. I endured. Manager really needs to take hold of the situation.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

I had never been to a restaurant owned by this chef but my family and I were very pleased with our experience. The food was wonderful and the servers were extremely helpful. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

We were so excited to finally have dinner @ the local favorite, City Grocery. Although the service was fantastic, the food didn't match its reputation. The crawfish ravioli was delicious, but it was too small to be an entree. The pork chop, although presented beautifully, was dry & fatty. We also found the appetizers to be disappointing. The Caesar salad was our favorite part of the meal and was displayed beautifully. Considering the prices on the menu and its notoriety, we expected a better overall product.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2017

Service was outstanding and very helpful. Appetizers, main course, deserts were all consistently unbelievably good. We had read other reviews and wanted to try for ourselves. Very glad we did. Priced slightly higher than nearby restaurants, but worth every penny. Deviled eggs appetizer 5 stars and reason enough to try City Grocery.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Great service, Great food. This is one of the great restaurants in America. Worth a trip from Memphis any time.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Went here to celebrate an anniversary and was not disappointed. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Enjoyed the tomato soup and City salad w fried oysters added.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent choice for the feel of Oxford. The choices for entrees are creative and do not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Have visited Oxford sevral times but never ate here.
Food is outstanding as was our service. My wife and I were very pleased.
It was crowded, noise level was okay to still have a conversation.
I had Quail, my wife chicken. Salads were exceptional.
Poached Pear dessert, incredible.
Great wine list.
The place though is cramped, narrow aisles and tables very close. Not a romantic place.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

For our anniversary, we received the best table in the restaurant. And complimentary Prosecco. Wonderful food & experience. We enjoy every time we go. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

We were only visiting Oxford and not familiar with the area. The restaurant was recommended by a friend. A great choice. Phenomenal service. Not a large menu but more than enough variety. Recommend the shrimp and grits.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Great meal - everyone at our table loved their food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

It was our first visit to Oxford, and I'd read this was a must. Absolutely everything is was cracked up to be! Our server, Jennifer, was just wonderful. Knowledgable, professional and (like everyone else we met in Oxford in our three days there) charming and friendly. The shrimp and grits is to die for. Don't go in expecting to dodge calories--embrace the comfort food while you are there. We were with our son for a college visit and so sat at a table, but on a future visit as a couple, we'd be right at the bar, which was very inviting.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Great food and service. Drove down from Memphis and it was worth the drive. We will be going back.

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