Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

3.8
2189 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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 2189 People Are Saying
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BM
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

On Sunday when we were there for lunch, the sun was much too bright for comfort. We had to move tables twice, and perhaps some blinds should be considered to reduce the glare. It was also too noisy for conversations, because of a very large group having lunch.

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A
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice views of Oxford and a small but very tasty menu which could pose a challenge if you have fussy children with you. Overpriced as you would expect from a museum restaurant.

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JS
Kent
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, lovely service. Nice ambience and a friendly atmosphere.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sadly an unexciting expérience in most respects. Food solidly mediocre in quality and high on price. Choices few and formulaic cooking obvious. Gravadlax was OK but risotto not good and without flavour other than Parmesan. Do not serve risotto at such prices if you are going to operate on formula cooking. It needs individual attention and immediacy to succeed as a dish. Advance cooking kills it. Deserts better. 1/2 litre Rioja was pleasant but also quite pricey. The Thurs night Jazz was unremarkable enough to be an irritating accompaniment. Won’t come here again even if service was fine.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday, in a low-key sort of way. Good for conversation (one member of the party is quite deaf and finds noisy spaces challenging). Good food, fresh and interesting without being overwrought. Friendly but unobtrusive service. Not cheap, but worth it for a special occasion.

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FG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

£51 for2 salads, 2 glasses of house red, bread and olives felt prohibitive. Perhaps a simple hot drink would have been better. Lovely staff and nice ambiance.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were two of us and we had a very pleasant informal lunch with a fair amount of food which was of good quality. There was a reasonable space between the tables and the service was excellent.

The bill was reasonable.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food in a splendid setting on top of the historic Ashmolean Museum. Despite most of the surrounding rooftops being jacketed by scaffolding, it felt like a special treat and a real privilege whilst in beautiful Oxford.

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I
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant meal, with good service. Parsnip soup was excellent!

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SO
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anybody. It should be closed. To be told that the chef had gone and to be presented with a paltry menu,no set menu,as is advertised is an insult to anyone's intelligence.
I had invited a guest as I has read a good review in the summer,but ended up bitterly disappointed after a 2 hr journey and embarrassed.
My advice is to forget it and enjoy the Museum instead.

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant many times on a Groupon deal, but after our last visit would think twice about returning. The menu choice had greatly reduced, and what was on the menu they never had half of it, which is not right surely for a 7.30pm booking on a Saturday night.

Also found it very strange my only option to book a table were 6.15 or 7.45, we arrived at 7.30 and the restaurant was a third full.

As I said the Ashmoliem has always been our number one choice in central Oxford, sadly I think that may change.

Thank you

Paul & Lisa

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointed that menu appeared truncated compared with website version but found good dishes on the version offered. Waiter was helpful and made up for the shortfall in menu choice. The table spacing was good and the décor interesting and a neat blend of modernity with hints of exotica. In common with most Oxford restaurants prices of wines were excessive.

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EA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I tried to book for Afternoon Tea and the system returned with available at 1.30pm booking. When I aerived I was told that afternoon tea only starts at 3.00pm.
There are only 4 mains to choose from and they are very expensive for what it is offered.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Not sure what it wants to be, alternative fine dinning or museum caffe with evening bistro either way the food was ok but for the price poor, service wa poor with two orders forgotten. Perhaps if money is no object and you want some food after a museum visit then fine and I’m sure in the summer sitting on the roof is novel. Dissaointed

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Whilst the venue and the setting was beautiful and the food was very nice it was not good value for money. £60.00 for 2 main course and 2 drinks. (A tiny pot of olives to start). This seemed way overpriced to me.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Disappointing compared with last visit. Tasteless soup, v ordinary chicken and slow service by charming waitress. Very, intrusively and unpleasantly noisy. Might not revisit which is sad because I had held Benugo in high esteem.

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

This was a deeply disappointing food experience. However, let's get one thing out of the way: the staff/ reception/ service was fine; friendly and nicely done. Two of us had roasted tomato and red pepper soup, the taste was reasonable but served only with a single slice of baguette. The main course was fish of the day (a fillet of sea bass with a sort of pesto type sauce on the top). It was all rather bland, and I have eaten better in pub restaurants. I found the bill (two soups/ two fish/ two small glasses of modest white wine) at £63 very expensive and not value for money. Whilst I agree with the fashion for limited menus (letting the kitchen focus on a smaller range of excellent food) the menu was in fact too small. I am a member of the Ashmolean, but cannot imagine myself going back to the rooftop restaurant. Like a few other high-end restaurants in the area (thinking of the Trout at Wolvercote), there is a temptation to allow a brilliant location (i.e. rooftop views over dreaming spires) to lead to a mediocre performance. At this level, and at this price, mediocracy is simply not acceptable. So, Ashmolean, as far as I am concerned: must try harder!!

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C
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super place for me to meet a friend from London - we were having a mini reunion so wanted time to chat and were not hurried although tea was being served before we’d finished lunch!

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue for meeting old friends for lunch ..... delicious food and great staff ...thx

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had a very pleasant lunch here with my sister recently , the staff were friendly and very happy to sort out gluten free options for me. It was a little noisy, as it was very busy but not worryingly so.

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SC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

From the already small menu one of the starters was unavailable and two of the mains were sold out.
The service was fine and the wine choice good. The setting is lovely but I will not visit again in the evening as I was disappointed overall.

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LN
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I love the Ashmolean Rooftop restaurant for morning coffee -- it's a beautiful, south-facing space, and the coffee is good. BUT the restaurant continues to be disappointing. We went recently to have a celebratory dinner. The menu was limited and that was OK until we got there and discovered that quite a few items were not available. This is just not good enough. If you have a limited menu then everything on it needs to be available! I would never have booked it if I'd known that the choice would be so pathetic. Other points -- I had risotto which arrived with no offer of extra cheese, and it didn't have enough salt in it. By this time we'd been through the gauntlet of limited choice with a very offhand server, and I just couldn't be bothered to complain at the table. I did speak to the very nice front of house person as we left and she retrospectively offered us free tea/coffee. But what we wanted was a decent set of choices, and some decent food, and a decent server. I'm not in a hurry to return.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Worst value food I’ve ever had. Main dish of salad was a few chard leaves, four slivers of roast pumpkin and three dots of curd cheese. Ingredients must have cost 50p. Dish cost around £15. Even the waiter agreed “it’s embarrassing”. What a waste of a lovely space. Jazz was nice. Waiters tried hard

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SG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was to celebrate my wife's 71st birthday, we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the ambience, the service and the food. We would like to return next summer & experience the outside seating area.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another first class lunch in this beautiful venue. There is always a warm welcome, courteous service and delicious food - a winning combination. Fresh ingredients, seasonal ingredients are treated with respect to provide unfussy, attractively presented and extremely tasty dishes.

A fantastic museum complimented by a superb restaurant.

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LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

warm white wine and warm sloppy risotto . Limited lunch menu would have been acceptable except several key ingredients were not available . Plus market fish if the day was substituted with pork pie!!
Come on catering manager - take your job seriously - these are GCSE level errors that relay indifference to customer dining experience.

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AM
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

As occasional visitors we found our meal very disappointing. We felt similarly last time and sadly we will look elsewhere in the future.

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IF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Not a memorable experience, food poor, quantity small and not at all good value. I advise only to use it if its heavy rain outside.

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NH
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We had to wait 40 minutes for the kids meal and ours although we ordered at noon in a very empty restaurant. Staff were dour. Food was good. Was amazing when it first opened but now you very much get a benugo cafe experience, don’t go with higher expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

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TP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We were very surprised there was no gluten free bread available for my husband to have with his soup, he is a coeliac . Also, the tap water & carafe of wine were tepid ( not even cold) let alone chillled. We still enjoyed our lunch with friends though.

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Having dined at the rooftop restaurant several times in the past, I wanted to let you know that on this occasion, I found the experience very disappointing. We had a table for 4 which was near the service area - it was very noisy (at times making it difficult to talk) and, on what was a cold day, frequently unpleasant as a result of a cold draft from the external door being opened and closed. When I made the booking I advised you that one of the party needed a gluten free diet but there seemed to be no awareness of this and when my wife had the 'gluten-free’ soup it consisted of the soup, a butter pat but no bread as there was no gluten free bread. Her butternut squash salad was very poor with the butternut squash, such that it was, undercooked and with the skin on, and the salad was little more than some spinach leaves and a few bits of onion. There was a significant delay in us receiving our main courses which was recognised by our waiter Paloma who gave us free coffee to compensate. We were not offered desserts but by this time I had given up and wanted to go. I would have made my concerns known at the time but it was the 90th birthday of one of our party and i did not want him upset. I will be very reluctant to make a further booking for lunch or dinner in the future

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SM
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brilliant experience. Food was extremely tasty with a good choice on the menu. The live jazz was enjoyable and added to the ambience of the restaurant. My only (slight) negative is that the food was just warm.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another magical luncheon in this excellent restaurant after attending Spellbound. I had reserved at 1:30 intending to eat after the exhibition but half term meant only entry at 1:15. The pleasant maitre de was very graceful accommodating our changed time at 12 midday. Cesar our waiter was quietly efficient. All the dishes we had were very good. It was good to have nicely heavy cutlery. Well done

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S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Great service - especially Cesar! Everything was great.

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AP
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Convenient location allowing you to maximise time in the museum. Nice environment. However service v slow with some vegetables arriving tepid and chicken extremely hot and dry.

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A nice airy restaurant at the top of the Ashmolean Museum. The museum is free and well worth a visit ( give yourselves plenty of time ).

The restaurant has a nicely balanced menu selection and a daily special ( fixed menu ). The food quality was good as was the service. I will go back when next in Oxford.

I do recommend that you book

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

very disappointing experience! we booked for a birthday. Half of the items on the menu were not available.
(who runs out of olives?). waitress forgot to bring water, had to be asked 3 times and she also forgot to put in order for sides> we had chips with coffee!
really expensive considering limited menu and poor service.

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B
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was really looking forward to this, but ended up being underwhelmed. Three of us had the same dish, but one of them had clearly had one of the items omitted at service. Also, my wife had ordered a dish which included shallots, but none were to be seen. And, for the price we were paying the the lamb stew had a more lumps of fat than we would have expected. The menu, the dessert and the ambiance were fine, and the front of house staff were great too. Just a pity about the plating and the lamb stew.

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Booked a rooftop restaurant but could have been anywhere as no access to outdoor and lights on inside bright so could not even see outside (no lights outside either). Food was disappointing and our starter arrived 2 minutes after ordering and then main within 2 minutes of starter being removed. Just too quick for an evening meal. Waiters, whilst pleasant enough, lacked in attention and did not return to offer dessert after we asked to wait for a few minutes. We gave up trying to get their attention after a couple of attempts. At 10pm (closing time) we were politely told the restaurant was now shut, I would have expected 15 minutes grace from the official closing time. For dinner, the experience was disappointing.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed staff friendly and helpful very good

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