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Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

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1975 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Perfect For:
  • 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 1975 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.5
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Nothing to dislike! A nice welcome- particularly with a youngster in tow- good choice of food, helpful staff, and as a real bonus, a lovely day to enjoy the outside space. Smart, but not pretentious- would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We sat outside as it was a lovely sunny day. Our food came quickly, was very well presented and tasted lovely. Our waiter was very good too. Couldn't fault the whole experience. Would definitely visit again.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a lovely lunch. The salmon with orange, lime, and coconut was delicious and superbly presented by a really friendly waitress. The whole occasion was really enjoyable and we would always return. The tables on the terrace in the sunshine were full and created a superb atmosphere.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent meal, the staff were very attentive and friendly. The food was very good and being able to eat outside in the sun made for a lovely dining experience .

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Good location and food, but sloppy service spoiled the overall experience. Order soup of the day as a starter, didnt arrive with any bread and thought to myself 'oh it mustnt come with bread'. Only at the end of the meal when I saw others getting bread with their soup did I realise there should have been some bread with my soup. A small thing that the serving staff should have noticed before delivering my table, which undermines the whole experience and their imposed pre-added service charge.

Come on Ashmolen, get your service standards rights.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Pre-booked a Groupon deal for early evening dining whilst on a sightseeing visit to Oxford - Starter and main and glass of Proscecco. Location feels special and has a relaxed and civilised ambience - particularly if seated on the outside roof terrace on a gloriously warm evening!
Food was tasty and well presented (but a little on expensive side for what it was - if paying full price).
Highlights were - being outside with a view of Randolph Hotel (NB: not the Oxford spires); our attentive and friendly waiter ARCANEELO (who was sensitive to our need for a relaxed experience); it was a memorable experience/ambience (something a little different!).
Downside was the live Jazz music after 7.30 - a little too loud and upbeat if wanting relaxed conversation (but great for those of you who enjoy contemporary jazz!).
Would recommend to friends!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Love the Rooftop Restaurant, the ambience and service is always great, but the prices are starting to get too high for what you get!
The choice also appears to be reducing, making it no longer good value for money!
The "special" of the day was already sold out when we arrived, just after one, and everything was slow as there was "chaos" in the kitchen.
However, dining alfresco with an excellent Czech Republic waitress made up for the slow arrival of our food.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

I had booked a table outside but there was no umbrella to cover the table and we asked to be seated inside .
There was no air conditioning and was stuffy and hot.
We order of the set menu , starters were nice , I then ordered the salad which was like eating sawdust and had to send it back .
No taste dressing very poor.
It was my birthday and didn't enjoy the lunch .

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Really nice set menu served by a polite and attentive waiter.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Good Quality Food served by pleasant and efficient staff. Slightly pricey but OK

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Worth the wait for the lift. Lovely service and nice views. Outdoor dining on a hot day was superb plenty of shade under big umbrellas. Service was quick and food delicious.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Found the choice of mains on the lunch menu poor will hesitate going there again. Coffee cold service poor not a pleasant waitress.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Nice atmosphere but quite expensive, £13.50 for salad with basic ingredients. Stayed as profits to museum.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A very disappointing Sunday lunch. The roast pork was pulled rather than sliced. Tiny amounts of vegetables and a roast potato that was dry and the skin blistered. Our waitresses was barely civil. I doubt we shall return lots of very much better places to dine in Oxford.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I've lways enjoyed lunch here before but on this occasion it the experience was spoilt by bad service. Our waitress was lovely but it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive and when it did one of the orders was wrong... she admitted she couldn't remember whether it was roast pork or chicken. This meant that my companion did not get her food till 10 mins after mine had arrive and 55 minutes after ordering. The roast potatoes were badly burned on the roast chicken and the starter was basically a potato salad dressed up with a bit of mooli. Shame... will definitely not recommend in future and go elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Loved the experience and the views. The food was really nice but was disappointed to find we couldn't have a cream tea at 2-30 which is after all just a scone and pot of tea. We had a piece of cake instead! However, we didn't let it spoil our Oxford experience having booked the table weeks beforehand to be sure of the opportunity and the sun shone on us so all in all a lovely visit.
Note to self though if booking again that afternoon tea at the Ashmolean is only available from 3pm.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service took ages - the salmon dish was OK, and the cod but the chowder was disappointing in flavour, and the guinea fowl was dry and chewy with accompanying veg that had stood around for far too long.
We'd had lunch here before which we'd thoroughly enjoyed but standards have clearly slipped - indifferent cooking and a disappointing dining experience. Not one we'd care to repeat.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Slightly disappointed with the food. Smoked Herring on the menu as a starter, but mackerel was served and rejected by me. Service was very good and attentive.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Lovely staff and excellent service. Menu limited as using a Groupon voucher and would have been nice to be near the glass windows as very warm

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very pleasant surroundings. Did go with a Groupon voucher. Food choice within voucher value was challenging. Still ended up paying £7.50 on top (only had 2 courses) due to "discretionary" service charge was applied. It's really quite awkward to decline this!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sorry to say but the food was unremarkable ! The herring starter was bland on the extreme especially the beetroot which was completely tasteless. My wife’s main of gnocchi was in her opinion delicious . My main of guinea fowl was ok but nothing special !
The price of the starter was excessive given what it was
The jazz musicians were very good as is the overall ambience but I think they need to review their menu by tasting it and adjusting their prices

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were visiting Oxford for a few days and as I have been to the museum before but did not know it had a restaurant, once I found out I thought we could give it a try. We were not disappointed. The place is really well set out, lots of natural light, good space between the tables. The food arrived quickly, and was well made and very tasty. The outside tables were not being used but I am sure it would be great to sit out on a sunny evening. We will definitely return next time we are in Oxford.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Dined on Friday evening which was Jazz night. A bit too loud for us but we were sitting 2 tables away from the music.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very helpful staff and prompt service. Jazz music was very enjoyable,

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A disappointing meal. I had a salad and the leaves were limp looking and did not taste fresh. My friend's dish had sweet potato which was burnt in appearance and when she pointed this out to the waitress she brought some new ones but had to be asked to take the burnt ones away.
It was very busy , the restaurant was almost full but there did not seem to be any air conditioning because it was very stuffy in the room.
When our waitress asked us if all had been OK with our meal we said no and explained why, she did offer us a free coffee. It's an expensive place for lunch when you've been to an exhibition at the Ashmolean and I will not be going there again.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My husband and I had Sunday lunch here after visiting the Cool Modernism exhibition. The menu was very interesting and we enjoyed our food, especially the ham hock terrine. There were several families with small children which added to the noise level, but it was nice to see them all enjoying themselves and the staff coped very well. I look forward to returning in the better weather and sitting out on the terrace.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food is pretty good and well prepared but eye-wateringly overpriced for what it is: I paid £105 including service charge for appetizers and two courses for three people, without any alcohol or tea/coffee. Side vegetables are priced additionally (and extravagantly!), which I regard as something of a racket when one has already paid the thick end of £20 for a main dish. Service was friendly, although slow and slightly forgetful. Plates were not adequately warmed so main courses cooled quickly. Baked cheesecake was very good indeed!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very limited choice especially if you do not like food on the spicy side. Asked for no Cajun sauce on a sweet potato and got fries instead with the guineau fowl. However they do not seem to realise that the black pepper they smothered it with is also a spice!! Waitress dropped a knife which stained my shirt with no apologies. The ham & picallili starter came with some very sad looking lettuce. The ham terrine and the pickle were nice but would have been better with twice the ham so that the pickle proportions did not smother all the flavours.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good way to round off a visit to the Museum. Good food , even better service from the charming and friendly Arcangelo (from Sardinia). We would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the Museum or Oxford. Would be even better in the summer,sitting outside on the roof terrace .

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A really lovely venue with outside seating. Excellent service and value for money food.
A well-priced wine list with plenty of choices. Usually quite busy - especially during school holidays.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Would have been so much better if there had been more gluten free options.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food, service and views.
Dining outside in the warmth of first spring day was an added bonus.
Good wine list and attentive service.
A great lunch.
Thank you - we will return!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Not a good menu choice - limited
Potatoes al dente, cheese cake decidedly heavy going. Disappointing

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Lovely, light lunch. Interesting menu. Light dining room with a view out over Oxford.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Very enjoyable food and attentive service from Cesar in great roof top location.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Delightful lunchtime dining - portions are not over whelming. Fish was beautifully cooked. Very much enjoyed by our group of friends.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

A great place to meet up with friends. Nice atmosphere. Lovely setting.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

disappointing experience compared with previous visits.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Basic and simple food flavours and way over-priced for the quality, presentation and ambience. All four of us felt the same across all dishes. Only worth a visit if weather permits a table outside for the view.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Visited for birthday lunch. Great atmosphere, great food. Despite it being busy, the service was very good. Would definitely visit again.

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