Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.9
2081 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture.


Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the spectacular setting for Oxford's first and only rooftop restaurant.


We have a fantastic fresh menu taking the food back to a good, hearty British feel with a European twist.


Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and we use many local Oxfordshire suppliers to bring the best quality to you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Wednesday 10am - 4.30pm

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 10pm (Entrance via. St Giles)

Sunday - 10am - 4:30pm

Closed on Mondays, unless a Bank Holiday
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Phone number
01865 553823
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jamie Webber
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Private party facilities
There is a private dining room which seats 20 people. The restaurant is also available to hire privately. Please contact Ivelina at Ashmolean@benugo.com who will be happy to help you.
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Catering
Our own on site caterers can caterer for any event from 50 - 150 guests, canape receptions, gala dinners and corporate events. Either within the Ashmolean museum or at a venue of your choice.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The Ashmolean Museum is located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester Green



There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.
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Public transit
A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2081 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.1
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3.5
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DR
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a lovely time, food was nice and particularly liked the live music, range of food could be expanded a little more.

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DA
5.0Dined 3 days ago

It really is a lovely place to eat especially now we have hot weather to sit outside and have live music was lovely . The staff are helpful and friendly , the food is delicious can’t fault it

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a
4.0Dined 3 days ago

We got there very early (ahead of the booking time)and they had no trouble giving us a place.
Wine and food were good quality and value with not a wide choice but adequate.
Would recommend it when visiting Oxford.

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N
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Brilliant location and excellent service. Food was good though the veggie choice was a bit limited - salad or gnocchi. Recommend the grilled apricots for dessert.

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RJ
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely surroundings and well presented food. Friendly but busy staff

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BE
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic location, the food was delicious and service was warm and welcoming.

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KE
3.0Dined 7 days ago

Locoatipn great especially in the sun food ok nothing special expensive with small portions. Coffee also good but pricey as served in bone china cups 😬 service very good fast & polite- for location I’d come for drinks & view again but maybe skip food

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DP
4.0Dined 7 days ago

A lovely place to eat after a visit to the museum, especially if the weather's good and you
can sit out on the roof terrace. Excellent food and lovely attentive staff.

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EP
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Meeting a friend for lunch during day of shopping: rooftop outside in shade was offered and appreciated. Food looked and tasted great and service was attentive but not excessive. Delightful experience.

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SS
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We had a lovely lunch before visiting an exhibition. The food was good and the service excellent.

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RA
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Visited for afternoon tea on my birthday. Lovely sunny day and the tea was really nice.

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BD
3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The restaurant was under-staffed for the number of diners.
Summer menu not as good as that available last winter.

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JC
2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The food and service was great, but the booking system unfriendly and unhelpful.. I tried unsuccessfully for long periods (up to an hour) to get through on the phone. I had wished to follow up my booking with a specific request, difficult to do online.

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C
3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

A lovely location for a special occasion.
However, as a coeliac, I’d expect there to be gluten free bread available, especially as I’d pre-booked. The GF menu options were good but the food was a little bland. The service was friendly, relaxed and helpful.

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LW
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We had a very enjoyable lunch here and would recommend it as a pleasant dining experience in central Oxford. The set menu was good value - not huge portions if that is what you want but in our opinion ample for lunch. There is a good atmosphere, busy, without being frantic and I was very grateful to the manageress for organising a quiet table as my husband has hearing issues. It helps that there is no deafening background. music! There was a little blip over our drinks order which didn't appear with the meal and had to be chased but this was speedily rectified with an apology. We would recommend this as a good place to eat in Oxford, especially if combined with a visit to the museum.

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DH
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

very pleased to see that you have changed from using plastic straws to paper straws - well done!


Need another lift! One lift for all the people with mobility difficulties, and pushchairs, is not enough - every time we have visited there has been a long wait - surely needs a second lift!

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R
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Charming, helpful and friendly staff; very attentive but not in-your-face. A birthday was mentioned when booking and a complementary prosecco was served and a happy bithday embellishment was on the dessert plate. The food was freshly cooked and attractively presented.
Particularly lovely to be sitting outside of a rooftop restaurant on the hottest weekend of the year!

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RL
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Beautiful spot on sunny evening. Food was fine but not great. Waiters very friendly.

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J
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The roof of the Ashmolean is a very beautiful venue for dining and this rooftop solution could be better used across UK towns. There is the sense that diners are contributing to the upkeep of the Museum, which is worthy. For £90.00 for two I was comparing other European dining at 100 Euros. The wine was overpriced. Pinot Grigio Rose at £26 when it should have been about £16. £26 indicates a bottle with a cork. The menu was sort of everyday bistro; fish and guinea fowl in mid - modest size portions. No default selection of vegetables because everything carries an extra charge. With a table of this price it was depressing not to be offered at least 4 breads, water, ice and lime and home made grissini and cracker breads. There was the omission of local sourcing reference on the menu; were these guinea fowl from a local farm? Service was by classic British underpaid children or proud immigrants trying to get by. This tells us all we need to know that we are part of a skinflint business plan, not the world of dining pleasure. No live music on a Saturday night. This can be done well and not obtrusive. Recommend to a friend? We could return but I would need to be able to say that each part of the meal was "Ashmolean Terrace" unique, something that didn't seem to have the tone of the local supermarket about its sourcing. Corner cutting and not focussed on the food.

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GD
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

It’s a very nice place to eat when visiting the Ashmolean or close by. It’s light and fresh. And also a good place to meet friends for lunch.

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CA
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Although the location is beautiful and the hostess was very accommodating, the food was very poorly seasoned, bland and utterly dull. We had a selection from the set menu and the main menu - what was consistent overall was the complete lack of flavour in all dishes, the squid was like eating rubber bands and the couscous was so tasteless my friend had to procure her hot sauce from her bag to liberally douse over said dish!!!
One would expect with the prices as they are and the quality of the restaurant that the food would have more love and care cooked/baked into it. We were supremely disappointed - an instance where eating out is such a let down one wonders why you ever leave the house because your food tastes much better and cleaner.

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DI
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Visited Oxford with 4 friends to do walking tour and exhibition at the Ashmolean.
Lunch in between. We only had starters as it was too hot. Thought the menu a bit limited but what was delivered was delicious.

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A
2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Last night in Oxford and wanted to celebrate with dessert and drinks while listening to jazz on their outside patio. Unfortunately service was negative upon arrival with notice of kitchen closing time, which was not posted anywhere online. Was being seated at last outside table and then moved to a second table so that a previously seated table could sit there -then seated at table immediately next to band. Waiter had much difficulty - didn’t understand our order, extremely slow and inattentive, uninterested in us altogether. Only plus was the band was very good, and we were able to make the most of our celebration together.

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NR
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our favourite restaurant after years of coming - cod in seared black squid ink was delicious

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a
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Staff most engaging, menu somewhat restricted , waiter suggested a non alcoholic drink which was a perfect choice on a hot day

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JG
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very hot day so the bottled water was warm, otherwise cannot fault. A bit noisy but restaurants always are.

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KR
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I was lunching on my own and felt very much overlooked by the waiting staff. I waited at least 15 minutes after being seated before any of them offered me a drink and that was because I asked. I would have liked some bread when my lunch arrived but there was noone to ask. Equally I had to ask for my bill. The couple next to me asked after me, were brought their bill and paid it before mine even arrived. Eventually I had to get up and find someone, which felt like my experience from beginning to end. Very poor.

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SP
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We’d just had a terrible train journey to Oxford, so sat out on the roof terrace on a gloriously hot day to relax and eat some nice food. Lovely menu and some pretty decent wines. We also had the added bonus of seeing a beautiful hawk hovering above the rooftops in a clear blue sky. Highly recommended, but worth sitting under a parasol in hot weather.

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DG
2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Our second visit but this was very disappointing. The Groupon voucher clearly does not work as they charge for the prosecco ,the starter and the main course separately before deducting the price of the Groupon. As a result it is impossible to achieve the purpose of the voucher. Two of the main courses arrived some time after the first two which is poor and one of the trout was swimming in a liquid which was neither pleasant to look at or taste!! The service was cursory and showed no enthusiasm for the job whatsoever. Why work in the hospitality area if it is clearly not what you want to do. As I said at the beginning this was our second visit and certainly our last. We will not be recommending it to our friends.

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SB
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Very civilised place for lunch in central Oxford. Delicious food. Would have been better if we could have sat outside but no tables available in the shade

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WH
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Very nice ambience, friendly staff, great food and great location.

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RW
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Pleasant environment and price matched standard of food. Service was slow however they offered complimentary coffee and tea. Nice retreat in the heat of an Oxford summer.

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AG
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent service from Arcangelo gave the occasion a good European feel.

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C
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My friend had had the Sunday lunch there before and was impressed so invited me. It was great to sit outside but the sun moved round (as it does!) and we had to keep shifting to keep out of it which was tricky as my friend uses a wheelchair. No assistance was offered although we could possibly have been moved to a shadier table? The food was very good - way better than the normal pub type roast, but a bit more expensive: definitely worth it. Good service and quite friendly. My friend was slightly off-put by the luke warm coffee. I noticed this vaguely but didn't really mind...

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CJ
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I waited and waited by the entry desk, having been ignored by three people when I entered, then told to wait while the maitre d needed to "talk to someone else". Not asked if I had booked (I had) and refused an outside table because "they are all booked". Eventually got my outside table. If both I and my friend (waiting in another part of the restaurant) had been asked if we had booked we would have been quickly seated together rather than waiting for each other in different areas. Need more umbrellas on the roof terrace - quite a few people wanted to be seated in the shade but some tables were in full sun so they had to eat inside. Food ok but not remarkable, and somewhat expensive. Nice rooftop view.

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JR
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

My breast of guinea fowl was slightly overcooked and dry, but my companion was happy with his rump of lamb.

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MB
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Pleasant friendly service
Spacious and airy
Convenient eating place when visiting the *Ashmolean
Menu and Pricing fine
Would recommend ... when visiting A*

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EF
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The restaurant has a good selection of food, prompt service, engaging and professional staff and a superb location. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Oxford.

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G
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We both had the lamb and seasonal veggies - cooked to perfection

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MB
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Tasty modest portions although the Beetroot jus was fairly tasteless!
Otherwise well presented and served.

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