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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Oxford/Oxfordshire

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Oxford/Oxfordshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Loggia at RH England restaurant
4.8
4.8 (171)
£26 to £40
Pizza Bar
Banbury
About the restaurant
Located at RH England, a 400-year-old landmark estate in the Cotswolds, the Loggia is a relaxed open-air restaurant and wine bar offering wood-fired pizzas and charcuterie boards.

For group dining inquiries, please email: aynhoeparkhospitality@rh.com

Top review
KatrinaR
Dined 4 days ago
Exceptional service with plenty of lovely younger people who genuinely wanted to serve and help their customers. Quick delivery of our food choices to the table and we didn't have constant interruptions over how was our meal which was also refreshing! Can highly recommend a visit!
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A photo of The Plough Shiplake restaurant
4.8
4.8 (207)
£26 to £40
British
Henley-On-Thames
About the restaurant
The Plough Shiplake, pub & dining room that prides itself on offering a delicious, seasonal menu with an excellent drinks selection. The Plough makes you feel special, and at home, all at the same time.

The menu itself is the perfect combination of reinvented pub favourites, with interesting and culinarily creative signature dishes. As well as having a reputation for the best cocktails in Oxfordshire.

The building has been lovely restored; creating a homely, yet modern atmosphere, where it's easy to get lost in conversation for hours. Every table has been given an unique touch and the open fire creates warmth, in both meanings of the word.

Mobile Number: 07932 962655

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Hands down this is the best restaurant for miles and miles around. At last we have something that continually serves top quality food at very good prices. We’ve been here countless times and have not been let down once. The menu never disappoints, the team are brilliant, always professional and always smiling, the food is exceptional, the wine and drinks list offers a fantastic selection and the garden is just simply stunning. You can’t find a restaurant with a garden as beautiful as theirs anywhere locally. The owners have turned this place into a “must go” which keeps getting better and better!
A photo of The Plough at Hanney restaurant
4.7
4.7 (358)
£25 and under
British
Wantage
About the restaurant
Set in the picturesque village of West Hanney,This beautiful thatched pub offers great british pub classics, and small plates, with a vibrant pub atmosphere. This community owned business has new tenants who have been lucky to win a fair few awards in their time.
The Plough is the ultimate country pub and offers an incredible atmosphere and dining experience. Housed in a stunningly thatched public house, customers can choose to eat in the beautiful eatery, in the cosy bar by the fire or in the beautiful sun trapped garden.
With a passion for supporting farmers, the kitchen sources food from the very best local farms, knowing where each item comes from, from farm to plate. Owain even uses the produce from his family farm in Wales! Cooking is modern British and menus change daily depending on what is fresh and seasonal - Luke is particularly passionate about his small plates menu, ensuring that th plough is something for everyone.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food, nice atmosphere and reasonable price
A photo of The Shilton Rose & Crown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (154)
£25 and under
Pub
Burford
About the restaurant
Situated in the idyllic village of Shilton, in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Rose & Crown is the
'perfect English country pub', serving exceptional food in our bar and dining room and a beautiful sunny beer garden. Join for snacks Tuesday – Saturday, with the full food menu available at lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, including roasts with all the trimmings on Sunday afternoons.

Top review
lukel
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Probably the best meal of the year! Amazing quality and ingredients with Matt expertly guiding us through an unforgettable meal. Thank you so much for having us!
A photo of Branca restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2373)
£25 and under
Italian
Oxford
About the restaurant
Welcome to Branca, our large and lively Italian brasserie in Jericho. For us food is all about quality ingredients, honest cooking, big flavours and uncomplicated dishes. In other words buy decent stuff and keep it simple.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Simply the best restaurant we’ve been to and go to regularly. Beautifully light and airy, tables are thoughtfully placed a good distance apart. The outside area is lovely too. Staff are friendly and attentive, thank you Toby for Sunday. Very sensitive about the low key birthday! Most importantly the food served at Branca is exceptional, not fussy, simply great ingredients, cooked well and a menu with variety. Will return again and again .
A photo of The Snooty Mehmaan restaurant
4.8
4.8 (733)
£25 and under
Indian
Faringdon
About the restaurant
The Snooty Mehmaan is a refined contemporary Indian restaurant in the Oxford suburb of Faringdon.

Welcome to the Snooty Mehmaan! Previously the Snooty Fox, the Snooty Mehmaan now delivers the best in Indian & Thai food all expertly prepared by our award winning chef.

Our stylish and contemporary revamp of this former pub is able to accommodate a variety of functions including Weddings, Christenings, Business Meetings and friends/family get togethers.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Snooty Mehmaan for lunch or dinner. We serve our A La Carte menu daily. If you are Vegetarian or have special dietary needs please tell us and we will endeavour to offer you a wider choice of meals… During Sunday lunch we serve a delicious Indian buffet. (Please note we do not serve our full menu at Sunday lunch).

Top review
AndreaD
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We are always made to feel really welcome when we visit the restaurant. We had some great recommendations and delicious food. Good variety of drinks, great food, great service and really beautiful decoration. I am always very happy when I leave here and can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Pizza Calzone Banbury restaurant
4.8
4.8 (583)
£25 and under
Italian
Banbury
About the restaurant
Pizza Calzone has been awarded By The Food Awards England 2023 for Best Pizza Restaurant of the Year & Best Italian Establishment! Multi-ward-Winning Pizza Calzon,e we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food.
Whether you come for our mouth-watering Italian dishes prepared by our Chefs or for the creative cocktails, Pizza Calzone has something DELICIOUS for you!

Pizza Calzone Italian Restaurant is perfect for a quiet meal, family gatherings, events, and business meetings.

Good food. Good Drink. Good Atmosphere

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This is our favourite restaurant in Banbury, very friendly staff and all the food is amazing. Large menu with plenty to choose from, have had multiple things from the menu and never left disappointed 5 stars
A photo of The Bear of North Moreton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (169)
£26 to £40
British
Wallingford
About the restaurant
The Bear of North Moreton is a welcoming village pub in North Moreton, South Oxfordshire that dates back to the 16th century and has always been the heart of the village. We offer a humble menu of traditional home-cooked pub dishes, using the best local producers and seasonal ingredients. We serve a range of ales, beer, and cider and have a small and curated wine list.

There’s a large beer garden that backs onto the village cricket pitch, and we hope to open up the Aunt Sally pitch soon.

Top review
DavidW
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely supper (veggie and normal burger) and lovely wine and very friendly staff
A photo of Orwells restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1330)
£41 and over
British
Binfield Heath
About the restaurant
Located in Binfield Heath, Henley on Thames. Orwells' Kitchen is headed up by Michelin starred chef Ryan Simpson & Liam Trotman. The aim is to source the best produce available locally and beyond to prepare delicious dishes with no fuss to let the quality of the produce shine. The kitchen takes a rural approach combined with modern cooking. The restaurants' been recognised in all the major guides and have continued to hold 4AA rosettes consecutively for 8 years. We have a nice relaxing lounge area and the atmosphere is cosy and classy. The garden area has great views and is open on warm days for dining. We are also dog friendly.

Orwells offers a choice of Al a carte, Wednesday - Sunday alongside a Tasting menu.
The Lunch menu runs from Wednesday to Sunday, its £45 for 2 courses and £55 for three courses. Sunday has a roast offering which in £55 2 courses & £65 3 courses, alongside the tasting menu and A la carte

We look forward to seeing you very soon, Ryan, Liam & The Orwells Team x

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Food was amazing, service was excellent - we had a great Dinner. Always great when you actually see Chef and you know they are in the Kitchen preparing your meal. Both Ryan and Liam were there and they came out to chat with us, it was a real pleasure. Absolutely wonderful evening, great food, wine ,service and atmosphere, we will be back!
A photo of The Yew Tree - Frieth restaurant
4.6
4.6 (39)
£26 to £40
Modern European
Henley-On-Thames
About the restaurant
Nestled in the picturesque village of Frieth in Buckinghamshire (close to Marlow and Henley-on-Thames), the Yew Tree is where locals and destination diners meet for good company, exceptional food, and an extensive array of their favourite drinks. It also boasts three ensuite boutique bedrooms, the perfect place to rest your head after exploring the breathtaking Chiltern Hills nearby.
Whether you're a looking for a cosy spot to unwind or in search of an authentic cosy country pub experience, the Yew Tree Pub is your pub of choice.
Enjoy a diverse menu, fine ales, wide variety of wines and warm hospitality.

Top review
RJPops
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Delicious roast dinner and pudding in an elegant dinning room with excellent service. A few of the diners wanted to share their conversation with the rest of the room but well worth putting up with.
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