Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.9
2122 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 2122 People Are Saying
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LS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was overpriced and the portions were small. The service was also slow. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue with a good ambience. Our waiter Cesar was friendly and efficient.

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LH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable lunch, with great service from Paloma.
LH

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, good food, what else do you need ?

The hard floor, walls and ceiling make it very noisy. Heaven knows what it is like when it is busy.

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CW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place to meet up what food was ordered was pleasant but not a lot of filling for the price the service was not great had to ask for waitress back on a few occasions for silly little mistakes but overall would visit again and try afternoon visit instead

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meat eaters said food was superb / vegetarian menu options were moderate and food disappointing. We like the lunchtime ambience of the Ashmolean restaurant, but will not be hurrying back for dining - still recommend for afternoon coffee. Lunchtime service slow - make sure you order bread and olives...

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location with interesting food choices
Service was really excellent...friendly without being over familiar and very accommodating.
Only slight criticism was that the Thai fishcakes were advertised with a salad, but this proved to be little more than a garnish

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food, excellent unobtrusive service.

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PW
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a nice lunch but the menu choice was a little unexciting and a bit disappointing unfortunately.

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IR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars. Last Thursday was great, as noted,with our Slovakian waitress a great bonus. I am not sure what your “What would you recommend this restaurant for” adds anything useful to our assessment.I would ditch it !i

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although it was a little disappointing that two starters and one main was off the menu (quite small to start with) the food we had was fantastic. The braised beef was perfect. No hesitation in recommending this place.

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CB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food although still good not as tasty as I have had there before.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was moderate. Service was great. We were really looking forward to dining at this restaurant, we were somewhat disappointed by the standard of the food. The dishes sound great on the menu, but not quite live up to the description when served. Overuse of onions.

Having said that, I would go back. The atmosphere is great, we had a wonderful waiter - a complete professional. Afternoon tea looked great, so we shall give it another chance and hope the food improves.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Expensive for what it was. We were on a Groupon deal that although said it was for 2 courses plus a glass of prosecco it did not cover that - only a contribution towards the courses and fizz. The bill when it came was very odd and not at all transparent. Rather than listing the amounts spent and then taking off the allocated amount from the voucher (which I think was £61 per couple) - there were odd sums listed including over £4 for the Prosecco and other amounts for the starters and mains. All very hard to understand and we were left feeling it was not good value for money.

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LT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed with the food on this occasion. Have been to your restaurant before and unfortunately this visit was no where near the quality of previous visits. Food was not very hot, potatoes under cooked and veg, the portion for a child. We were with family who would have got embarrassed if we complained so we put up with the conditions of the food. Why skimping on the veg is necessary as it is cheap to buy. The potatoes tasted like they were old and cooked from raw rather than had been par-boiled first before roasting.
Not a value for money meal unfortunately.

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PS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Ashmolean for my birthday with friends and the service, setting and food made my birthday meal an excellent occasion. Would recommend to anyone wanting a great setting with excellent service and delightful food.

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice location away from the Summer tourist crowds in Oxford. Food and service good if not outstanding. Eating outside would be great on a nice day. Would revisit.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We waited almost 50 minutes for our very simple food (chicken and chips), though the food was good when it arrived, when paying my bill I was dismayed at the attitude of the manageress who seemed entirely unconcerned at the long wait we had had
The ambience was very pleasant, but the service so poor I would strongly recommend The Ashmolean formally assesss customer satisfaction
A very disappointed customer

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We sat inside but sadly our afternoon tea was ruined by wasps. The food was quite nice but the price was £££, afternoon tea for 3 plus a hot chocolate was over £50! And we vacated before we’d finished as there was about 10 wasps over the food, table, children. Not the celebration tea we’d have hoped for.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch in the sunshine. Food and wine first class. Extremely friendly and helpful waitresses. Menu small but interesting . Would highly recommend. Fits in very well with the whole experience of a wonderful museum

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F
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointing
I have previously lunched at the restaurant and thought it was excellent in every way.
This time we found some of the food tasteless and disappointing. There was a delay in serving one main course.Staff were very helpful and friendly as they wrre previously.

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z
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The staff member who greeted me couldn't find my reservation and was rescued by her colleague.

The roast chicken was overlooked.
The lamb was very good.
The roast pork very good also.

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NS
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service slow - manager very good but not backed up by staff.

Food very average.

Atmosphere great. Would give benefit of the do By and try again.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A perfect place for a relaxed Friday evening meal with friends. Casual enough to kick back, special enough to feel like a celebration treat.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very tasty, well presented food, lovely.

A lovely, enjoyable setting but found the jazz music, though very good, far too loud to have a relaxed conversation over dinner. If the volume level could have been turned down a notch or three, as background music, it would have made for a much more relaxed dining experience.

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DM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Music (particularly saxophone) was so loud it literally was impossible to hear anything. My wife and I were unable to carry on a conversation and the waiters had to shout repeatedly for us to communicate. Food was so-so at best. Rooftop location was attractive, but nevertheless disappointing overall, considering the recommendation we had received from friends.

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had wanted to dine at this restuarant for some time so I was really looking forward to it. I met up with my brother and had a quick look around the museum first and that was stunning also. We agreed we needed to return to see more

The food and service at the restuarant were excellent and we went for the whole three courses and a bottle of wine. It was lovely food and the wine was very good. betwern two of us the cost was reasonable. I would definitely eat there again. The outside area was flanked with beautiful flowers.

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JB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

Lovely setting and fabulous jazz on Thursday. Staff coped very well with a sudden downpour but as a female dining alone this time I noticed the difference from when I'm with family- I tended to get left till last! Vegetarian & gluten free choice was not great either!

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S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great venue with good menu. The sudden rainfall could have been managed by staff a little better but then recent heatwave has given little chance for rehearsal!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Vegetarian meal a little dry.

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AV
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked table online for 2.15pm hoping to have afternoon tea. Told afternoon was served between 3.00-4.30pm and nothing was ready. Disappointed. Only wanted a pot of tea and couple of scones!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely food / great location with lovely views from the rooftop...
Would recommend the cheesecake - amazing!

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SV
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place to have a lovely meal in the roof top terrace restaurant. Friday nights comes with some live jazz too. Food is fresh and delictely cooked. Staff very attentive. A lovely experience I keep going back to.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely day to sit out on the roof terrace and enjoy the hot weather, sunshine and excellent special of the day - sea bream with celeriac mash, peas, samphire and a white wine sauce. Service good without being intrusive.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Good news:
Nice food, but not particularly special
Rooftop garden is lovely
Excellent service- very attentive and polite

Bad news:
One vegan option
WAY over priced for what you get.

We will definitely return to the museum but probably not to the restaurant. You're spoilt for choice in Oxford- Ashmolean Restaurant needs to up its game for the prices they charge.

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

lunch in the rooftop terrace was very enjoyable, would certainly return

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ES
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Roast cod with black squid crust was absolutely delicious!

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c
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful venue for treating family to a delicious lunch.

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were celebrating our golden wedding and had visited Oxford for the day on Friday July 20th. We booked the rooftop restaurant for the evening meal as a pleasant end to our day.
We sat outside because it was warm and realising that rain was likely we hoped to finish our meal before the rain came. My soup of the day was cold and had very little flavour. My husband had the ham hock terrine and it was equally bland. We both had the Guinea fowl which again was luke warm and with some cold veg under it. There is clearly a problem in the kitchen if food can't be delivered to the tables hot. We had one glass of wine with our meal and tap water. We then had a dessert each which was ok but not worth £6 by any stretch of the imagination.
After that we went indoors because it was beginning to rain and had a tea for myself and what should have been a double espresso for my husband but was actually a cappuccino. We also had two very poor quality limoncello liqueurs. There was jazz entertainment beginning so it was beginning to get noisy. When we were ready to leave we were presented with a staggering bill of £84 which included a service charge. It was altogether a really bad experience and we were glad to leave when we finally managed to get a bill. Very poor management and terrible cooking.

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DO
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good choice of food excellently cooked and delivered by attentive staff.

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