Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

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The Rooftop restaurant offers modern British cuisine, inspired by the current exhibition at the Ashmolean museum. In the unique setting of the Ashmolean's rooftop.
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OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Shame about them using the hand towels from the toilet hand towels as serviettes! Let the overall feel of the place down...

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BO
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had booked a table which was worthwhile as it was buzzing! Very busy atmosphere, if you wanted a quiet tete a text, it wouldn’t be the ideal venue. The afternoon tea was excellent value for two people. It was a traditional tea with sandwiches, scones and little cakes. All very good. I would recommend it. We hope to visit again for an evening meal. Booking essential!

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GB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Drinks were forgotten about, food was ok but salad was not fresh. Was very busy- would go back but not on a weekend.

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RS
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely views and space in which to dine... but very disappointed with choice of food . No vegan main available . Was charged full amount for a salad which had its main ingredient ( haloumi ) missing in order to eat vegan.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a very pleasant atmosphere for the evening. It has a rather nice outside space where you can sit and enjoy the sun over looking some of the lovely Oxford buildings. The food itself was nicely presented a bit pricey for what you actually get. The valentines menu for the evening could have been a bit more imaginative but over all it was nice and most of the staff were helpful and friendly - apart from one gentleman waiter who was rather officious over where we sat outside. We chose a table outside in a quiet spot to enjoy the afternoon sun but was told we could not sit there as the table had not been cleared which I thought was a bit trivial.

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m
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambience.... and staff flexible about slight adjustment to booking etc.

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I'm a fairly frequent visitor. It's so convenient if you want to make an occasion of visiting the Ashmolean. The food (Haddock gratin) was fine. The service was quite patchy, the waiter didn't get our drinks order right so that took a bit of sorting. The room was really noisy -- the surfaces are hard so the sound gets quite amphlified, especially for those of with hearing difficulties. These issues won't put me off from coming again.

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CP
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our second visit, late in the lunch period, the service was a bit slower but food excellent.

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BL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fish dish (smoked haddock) was real good. Great place to dine, especially in a sunny day.

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GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very impressive - quality, fresh food, and good pleasant professional service situated in a light airy rooftop location. And to top it all you're feet away from an extraordibary art collection. A heady combo!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch , not an extensive menu but all cooked in their visible kitchen just like a Michelin star establishment. Staff just as lovely as the food.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An attractive restaurant which would be even nicer when the sun is shining and one could sit outside.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The female waiter was very friendly, helpful and will to go the extra mile for customers including myself
i'm defantly returning to this restaurant very soon.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great place for our lunch, nice atmosphere, location, nice bright daylight. The food is pricey but we had two starters which suited us

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SR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We should like to praise the really professional and attentive service we received from Cesar, a tremendous asset to the restaurant. I am disabled and he was extremely helpful and courteous. He made our visit, fond as we are of dining at the Ashmolean after visiting an exhibition.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Afternoon tea at the rooftop restaurant of the Ashmolean was lovely. The tea was particularly nice, and they accommodated our requests to an extent. The venue is very nice, although don't expect a view across Oxford as it isn't too high up and surrounded by buildings, but the glass walls meant it is a lovely bright space, and not too big so it doesn't get too busy or loud. I'd say it was towards the top end of a nice afternoon tea/meal out as it had a sophisticated atmosphere but is not the cheapest.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 2

It is in a lovely position ....bit bland . Afew plants/something to offer privacy& ambiance ,
& also sun blinds would help

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SL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Lunch menu could have had slightly more selection. Food average,
Location on roof top of the wonderful Ashmolean Museum
is a big plus , my friends and I thought the food should compliment it more , a great shame ..

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H
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A pleasant place, but why take bookings for afternoon tea at 2.30pm via Open Table if you don't serve cake until 3pm? And the cake was pleasant enough, but it was hardly a grand afternoon tea experience. A decent place - but not really any more special than the basement café.

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HH
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my visit and certainly hope to go again.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We had been recommended this restaurant as a great place to eat in Oxford with a fantastic view. The view was indeed special but there was nothing special about the food or the service. The portions were adequate but left us wanting more so we thought we would order cake. Unfortunately as it was before 3pm this was not possible!
We were quite entertained by the waiters arguing amongst themselves but it did make the service very slow and the restaurant was not full. When we got the bill it wasn't correct but as this worked in our favour and we were keen to leave we did not dispute it.

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JR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance and delicious food, portions were a little small but very good! Live music was a pleasant surprise!

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Meal, food and setting very enjoyable.
Background noise levels uncomfortable (crashing plates/ cutlery by staff) . Get some fabric clouds to tone this down.
Tables too close together. A little awkward.

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K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The team member on the phone when I called about afternoon tea on 22/01/19 was rude, and sighed on the phone when I enquired the timing.
It made me uncomfortable so I didn’t attend

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A very pleasant place to meet up with friends and/or take break from museum visit. Food tasty But menu pretty limited especially for Sunday lunch and not cheap. Wonderful light space and terrace in summer, but bright sunshine right at eye level makes it hard to see at a lot of the tables - they need to get shades!

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for our child free night out. We enjoyed the ambiance and the good was delicious. The staff were friendly and chatty with us

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Great location and ambience but the food was very overpriced and very ordinary. Oven chips and gem lettuce salad with an average steak costing £24 really isn't worth it in my view. Good place for drinks but not to eat.

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IC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service by Paloma, kitchen somewhat slow, although the food was alright.

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t
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty good though the set menu lunch that was shown on the website was not offered

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LA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Paloma was a very attentive server. When she fi7nd our it was a social birthday a free glass of Prosecco appeared for the birthday girl. Her dessert was personalised with Happy Birthday words.

All in all very special. Top marks to PALOMA - lovely lady!

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ON
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was good value due to our Groupon voucher. We wouldn’t return due to limited and uninspiring menu.

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal and surroundings. Booked in advance for pre-theatre but the fixed menu option that was publicised at the time of booking had been removed. So it became more costly than originally anticipated.

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AC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful place to have afternoon tea. Roof terrace, wonderful! Highly recommended.

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PR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

No vegetarian roast available, which in a progressive city such as Oxford, is a surprise.

We would recomend it as the service by Carlos was wonderful, but the menu could definitely do with being a bit more inclusive. The food we had was delicious though and well presented.

Thank you

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NA
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was unfortunately typical of restaurants and bars operated by Benugo: slow and unhelpful. The main course took 35 minutes or more to arrive. Granted, the restaurant was busy but there were not enough staff on hand. After indicating that I was getting impatient, the maitre d' did have the courtesy to offer free coffee and there was no service charge on the bill. That was appreciated but I won't be returning any time soon. I'm all too familiar with Benugo on London's South Bank, so I should have known better!

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PT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Once again a lovely meal in the wonderful surroundings of the Ashmolean. The service was very considerate and pleasant. Despite being quite full the restaurant was not noisy and we enjoyed our food, being particularly impressed with the desserts

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S
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

My partner and I Reserved a table for lunch we had been recommended this restaurant and was very much looking forward to it I had the soup of the day which was lovely my partner had the leak and sage risotto which is meant to be served al dente unfortunately it was much more on the raw side we asked the waiter if they would be able to cook it through a little bit more unfortunately the dish was brought back out the exact same it didn’t look like it had been touched I had finished my meal at this point so he just asked for a refund a different waiter took the dish back to the kitchen when she came back to us she had said but she told the chef that as we are in Britain he needs to cook it for longer witch we both found offensive my partner has eaten risotto in many restaurants around the world we are definitely aware of how it’s meant to be served

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DS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A unique setting for an interesting eating house. Imaginative menu, well cooked and courteously served by skillful and good humoured team

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PM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and ambiance were lovely. I would definitely go back during the day to take advantage of the views!

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JF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere. Overall a lovely experience.

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